Waratah Weekly - Term 2, Edition 10
- Message from the Headmaster
- Deputy Headmaster
- Pastoral Care T-12
- Pastoral Matters - Middle Years 5-8
- Performing Arts News
- HSC Music Drama Visual Arts and Dance and Senior Showcase Evenings
- German News
- Stage 6 - PDHPE Excursion to the University of Wollongong
- Secondary Sport
- Primary Sport
- Application for Enrolment
- Save the Dates
- P&F Association
- Clothing Pool
- Church Services
- Pretend Headmaster
Message from the Headmaster
At Wollondilly Anglican College we strive to employ the highest quality staff we can find. Sometimes this even means that we will not make an appointment if we believe that we have not found the right person for the role. We are seeking staff who will uphold our values of seeking excellence, who are called to serve and most importantly are seeking God’s leading in their life and work.
With this in mind, it is very exciting to formally share with you that Mr Paul Burns has been appointed to the role of Deputy Head from 2022. Paul has already demonstrated excellence and service in his role, and he is a man who is truly seeking God’s leading.
Recently Mr Jay Hart has let us know that he will be leaving the College at the end of 2021, therefore we are advertising for a Humanities Coordinator amongst other roles. Thank you Mr Hart for your excellence over many years of service to the College.
Mr Trevor Norman
End of Term Reports
Parents will receive Semester 1 Academic Reports for Years K-10 during the holidays. This will be a great opportunity for parents to have a conversation (age appropriate) with their children about the progress students have made in the first part of the year. It is always good to encourage students to self-assess their progress and focus on the areas they have identified for improvement. The next step is to discuss with them the steps they might take to improve their progress. This process will be helpful before the Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Interviews that occur early in Term 3.
Term 3 Commencement – Monday, 19 July (Monday A)
A new timetable for Secondary students will be in operation at the start of Term 3. This is due to the changes in History and Geography classes switching in Years 7-10 and the changes in the Mandatory Technology classes in Years 7 and 8.
Students will be able to access their new timetable via Edumate during the third week of the holidays (PD week). They will need to make sure that the dates in Edumate are advanced to Monday, 19 July when the timetable starts.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Silver/Gold Adventurous Journey
Our next Adventurous Journey will include hiking a further section of the Great North Walk. The dates include - Thursday, 19 August (for Gold Level students) and Friday, 20 August 2021 (for Silver Level students). Students will only be able to participate in this Journey if they have been active in the program, logged their hours on the ORB and submitted their report for the Practice Journey (Silver).
Specific details are below:
This expedition takes three days for Silver and four days for Gold. It starts from Berowra along the Great Northern Walk to Brooklyn, Mt Wondabyne, Rocky Ponds and Little Wobby. The mode of transport to and from the Journey will be by a College bus. The journey will also involve a rail trip and a water taxi ride.
Thursday, 19 August (Gold Only)
- Departure from WAC at 8.00 am to Berowra. Hike circuit from Berowra Heights return.
Friday, 20 August (Gold and Silver)
- Gold students hike from Berowra Heights to Cowan Station.
- Silver students depart WAC at 7.30 am to meet the Gold group at Cowan Station. Groups hike towards Brooklyn camping overnight at Brooklyn Dam.
Saturday, 21 August
- Groups hike Brooklyn Dam to Brooklyn. Catch train across the river and then proceed to Mt Wondabyne and camp at Rocky Ponds.
Sunday 22 August
- Rocky Ponds to Little Wobby.
- Water Taxi from Little Wobby to Brooklyn.
- Return to WAC from Brooklyn by College Bus by 3.00 pm.
The Water Taxi fare is $15.00. This fee will be placed on the student’s account. Students to pay their own rail fare using an Opal Card. Please make sure the Opal Card is topped up beforehand.
Students will need to carry all their own food, equipment, water, sleeping gear and tent. They will need to carry three litres of water.
The College has some backpacks, two person tents, limited cookers available for hire at $10.00 each. This fee will be placed on the student’s account.
Students are reminded that all College rules regarding behaviour and expectations apply.
Mr Croger, Ms Huxtable, Mrs Miller, Mr Hart and Mr Baulch will be supervising the students.
Mr Schroder will be an emergency contact person.
Permission Notes and medical information forms will be sent out electronically during the holidays to students who are eligible. The due date will be Monday, 2 August.
Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering and Service Opportunities
Wollondilly Library have contacted me to offer volunteering opportunities for our Duke of Edinburgh students. This will help with the completion of their Service component of the Award with the Library or being part of the Youth Advisory Committee.
This is a great opportunity for our students and a chance to build a partnership with our local Council.
If students are interested and are seeking more information, they should contact me.
Mr Ian Croger
Pastoral Care T-12
Reflecting on Semester 1
As we approach the end of Semester 1, 2021 and move into the College holiday period, apart from having a rest and enjoying some time away from the classroom, I would encourage all students to reflect on the Semester.
Reflection on our progress and evaluating how we are travelling are important skills both in this context and as a part of everyday life. It is useful to do as it allows us to examine both areas that we have experienced success as well as identify and concern areas of growth. From a wellbeing perspective, reflecting with a focus on gratitude for things that have taken place during the Semester adds further value to this process and to individual wellbeing outcomes.
As students complete this process, looking at areas that they have succeeded, improved or achieved, can be viewed positively. This is a great opportunity for parents to affirm their children and celebrate these achievements. It also provides an opportunity to really examine areas in which they can grow or improve and start to formulate strategies to implement this in Semester 2.
One approach to this is to use the Semester 1 Report as a guide. This can be valuable in assessing application to studies, work habits, areas of achievement and areas for growth. I would encourage all students and parents to engage in a period of reflection guided by such ideas prior to returning to Semester 2. This can really support a positive opportunity to have some strong goals in place to build on successes further or to address things that didn't go to plan in Semester 1. Goals provide a direction and purpose and again from a wellbeing perspective, purpose is a very valuable aspect that can impact positively on personal wellbeing.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Pastoral Matters - Middle Years 5-8
Service Learning Projects
This Term, Stage 3 students have been working on creating and implementing Service Learning Projects.
Service Learning is the reciprocal relationship between the giving of time and energy to improve a situation and the learning that is captured by that experience. It provides an opportunity to think critically and creatively as students work with each other to develop ways to contribute to a range of communities.
Throughout the Term, embedded in these service focused lessons, students assessed and explored their character strengths. Character is a broad and complex family of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are recognised and encouraged across cultures for the values they cultivate in people and society. Character is the aggregate of who we are; it’s “what’s inside every one of us.”
Making students aware that every one of them has all 24 character strengths, provides the foundation for genuine self-confidence grounded in self-awareness. At the same time, it helps children better understand why everyone is different and how to appreciate those differences. Unlike our height, weight, or eye colour, character is something that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, understanding and valuing it - especially in other people - requires a framework of consistent reflection and discussion.
The service learning projects focused on our College Community and the African Aids Foundation. This culminated in the application of service projects implemented by students this week.
These projects included:
- The creation of ‘friendship bracelets. these will be donated to family members and will include information about the African Aids Foundation and how people can give generously to this worthy cause.
- The sale of soft drinks on the last day of Term to fellow Stage 3 students. The money raised will be donated to the African Aids Foundation.
- A colouring in competition run by Stage 3 students for their younger peers. During lunchtime, students also spent time educating their younger peers on the character traits outlined in Colossians 3:12. Clothe yourself in compassion, humility, kindness, gentleness and patience.
- Stage 3 students will donate their time to serving our Kindergarten students in their classrooms this week.
Discover more about character strengths by clicking on the link:
You could even take the free survey to discover your greatest strengths:
Mr Stuart Houweling
Pastoral Care Coordinator 5-8
Wollondilly Anglican College welcomes applications for the following permanent positions.
Director of Teaching & Learning 7-12
Humanities Coordinator 7-12
Senior Pastoral Care Coordinator 9-12
Performing Arts News
Performing Arts Website
We are so proud of the efforts of our T-12 Performing Arts Ensemble members this Semester and we are very excited to be able to share some of their rehearsal and performance work with you in an online format. You can view their work on our new Performing Arts website which is now live!
Also, we would like to thank our talented and dedicated ensemble leaders who provide so many opportunities for our Wollondilly students.
Performing Arts Ensembles
As we finish Semester 1, it is a good time for your child to start planning how they will get involved with Performing Arts in Semester 2. Please consult our rehearsal timetable to help with decision-making.
Mrs Sarah Talbot
Performing Arts Coordinator
HSC Music Drama Visual Arts and Dance and Senior Showcase Evenings
In Term 3, Wednesday, 21 July, there will be a HSC Dance and Senior Showcase Evening for Year 12 Dance, Year 11 Dance and selective Year 9 and 10 Dance Students.
On Friday, 23 July, Music, Visual Arts and Drama will hold their HSC Showcase Evening.
These events showcase the HSC Major works in each subject. The evenings start at 7.00 pm and will be conducted in the Johnson 11 Studio. There will be an intermission at approximately 8.15 pm where refreshments will be provided. Permission notes have been issued via Edumate and need to be signed off by Monday, 19 July.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these events to celebrate the great work of the Creative Arts students in 2021.
Mr Simon Denley
Creative Arts & LOTE Coordinator
Auf Deutsch bitte!
Year 8 German students have finished the term with a German breakfast. Students were able to sample Brötchen, Salami, Schinken, Käse, Orangensaft and Kakao. A huge thank you to some of our elective students who served the breakfast and made sure the Year 8 spoke German to ask for their preferred breakfast.
Remember, Monolingualism is curable. Learn another language.
Mrs Carolyn Clark
Stage 6 - PDHPE Excursion to the University of Wollongong
On Thursday, 17 June, the Year 11 and 12 PDHPE classes visited the University of Wollongong (UOW) to engage in practical workshops to complement and reinforce their study in sports science related concepts. Year 11 went to the Anatomy Lab where they examined cadaveric materials to identify body structures and systems. They then completed a biomechanics practical session, measuring and observing the physics behind movement in sport. The Year 12 group started at the Physiology Lab where they measured the capacity of the body to complete movement by measuring heart rate, power output, oxygen uptake and lactate levels. To finish, Year 12 undertook a workshop on exercise prescription in the gym. This was a highly practical session where they engaged in different types and methods of training. The day was very worthwhile for the students, being able to experience first hand the science behind movement and improving performance in sport.
Mr Joshua Hewitt
Term 3 MISA Trials
Congratulations to all the students who were selected in one of the nine MISA teams on offer in Term 3. The first matches will be played in Week 1, Term 3. If you/your child have been selected in one of the sports below please read through the uniform and safety requirements carefully to ensure they come prepared to participate in Round 1.
AFL - All students require a mouthguard to play.
Soccer - All students require shin pads and the College Football Socks
Rugby League - All students require a mouthguard and both the College Football Shorts and Socks. Head gear is optional. Parents are also reminded that alternate transport arrangements will be require for Rugby League as the bus will not return each week until 3.00 pm.
NASSA Soccer Gala Day
In Week 2 of Term 3, we will be sending five teams across two days to the NASSA Soccer Gala Days. Teams for this event will be selected from the Term 2 and Term 3 MISA sides. Any student who could not participate or trial for a MISA team this year needs to speak with Mr Goldsbrough to be considered for selection. Information will be distributed via the College App for those students selected to represent the College.
MISA Golf Event
In Term 3 MISA will be hosting a one-day Golf event. This event is open to all Secondary students who have a current Golf Link Number/Handicapp. If you are interested in this event please speak with Mr Goldsbrough.
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports Coordinator
Tuesday, 20 July - MISA Round 1 Matches
Thursday, 29 & Friday, 30 July - NASSA Football (Soccer) Gala Day
The Junior Boys' Soccer Team narrowly defeated St Peter’s in a 1-0 nil victory.
The Senior Boys' Team rampaged through an embattled St Peter’s Anglican Primary School Team (SPAPS) like General Sherman’s 1864 march to the sea, winning 8-0. Martial artist turn footballer Lochlan Cook, brought his fighting qualities to the field, being named Mr Wayne’s player of the match.
The Junior AFL team recovered from last week's harrowing defeat, to edge out SPAPS 15-9. The Duke of Wellington’s 1815 description of the Battle of Waterloo being the ‘nearest run thing you ever saw in your life’, could have fittingly applied to the Senior AFL Teams closest of 42-36 victories over SPAPS. This recent triumph firmly plants WAC at the top of the AFL pecking order.
Like the diggers on the Victorian Goldfields, the Junior Girls' Netball Team has caught its rare second glimpse of illustrious and victorious treasure, sifting out SPAPS 4-3. The Senior Netballers continue to run amok through the IPSSO competition, obliterating SPAPS 45-4.
The first game of next term is at WAC on Wednesday, 21 July against Macarthur Anglican School.
Primary Athletics Carnival
A big thank you to all our mighty competitors at the Primary Athletics Carnival last Friday! It was a great day of good spirited participation and competition, despite the howling Antarctic winds. Stay tuned for qualifiers to the NASSA Athletics Carnival on Thursday, 12 August.
Term 3 WASP Soccer
The WASP after College Soccer Program run by the Football Star Academy will be running again in Term 3. This is open to all students from Years 3-8 and runs on Wednesday afternoons. Unless students already have done so previously, participants must purchase a special WASP Academy shirt from Student Reception and return a completed note to Mr Gooden. Please contact the Football Star Academy on 0488 372 666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the cost of the program. Permission notes will be distributed next week.
After College Sports Programs for K-2 in Term 3
On Friday afternoons throughout Term 3, K-2 students have the opportunity to sign up for a Football (Soccer) provided by the Football Star Academy. Email Eddie Urra at the following link for more information: email@example.com
Mr James Gooden
Primary Sports Coordinator
Thursday, 12 August - NASSA Athletics Carnival
Application for Enrolment
Applications continue to pour in for 2021 and beyond, across all Year Groups, but especially our entry years of Transition, Kindergarten, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 11.
All current College families looking to enrol siblings for the coming years are encouraged to do so without delay to avoid disappointment.
Enrolment packs are available from the College Office or from the College website www.wac.nsw.edu.au
Mrs Kristy Biddle
Ph: 4684 2722
Save the Dates
Wednesday, 4 August - 7.00 pm Deakin Administration Building
Save the date for the Country Fair: Saturday, 11 September 2021
The Country Fair is happening for 2021!
We are happy to say that we are already planning for our Country Fair for 2021. This year will be a little different to others, however, we are still planning for it to be amazing with Stall Holders, Food Vendors, Amusement Rides, Wood Chopping, Pony & Camel Rides, Petting Farm, Climbing Apparatus and much, much more.
The annual Photo Competition will be going ahead so the approaching holidays will be a perfect time to get some happy snaps of different themes like animals, landscapes and people. See the attached flyer below for information regarding the Photo Competition.
The Cake Competition is also going ahead. See below for details.
Toy Brick Display at Country Fair - Volunteers Required
We are looking at having a Toy Brick display (including Lego, Megablocks, Nanoblocks) at the Country Fair. For this to run we are seeking volunteers to coordinate entries and supervise on the day. Please contact Leah Frost on 0413 942 243 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers Required for Country Fair
To help with the running of the Country Fair we are also seeking Parent/Carer involvement for volunteers. Once again if you are interested in helping out, please give Leah Frost a call on 0413 942 243 or email@example.com
Seeking Sponsorship for the Country Fair
This year our Silent Auction will be running again. We are seeking donations of goods or services for our Silent Auction. If you have a business or know of anyone who might be able to assist please contact Mrs Deirdre Fitzsimmons for sponsorship packages and information.
This year our Country Fair is requiring sponsorship of these events:
- Camel Rides
- Pony Rides
- Animal Farm
- Prizes for Cake Competition & Photo Competition.
Please support the businesses that support our College.
We are seeking a volunteer to be able to work in the Clothing Pool on a Tuesday or Thursday morning. No prior experience is required. This would be a great way to help at the College. If you could assist by filling this vacancy (Friday, 7.45 am - 8.30 am), please call Melissa. It is a great way to meet other parents and be part of the WAC volunteer community.
With the cool change, you may need a spare warm item of uniform. We have a good supply of second hand woollen jumpers and sports jackets for only $20.00 each!
Keep dry with our new ponchos for $18.00 each. A great item that will keep your child and their bag dry! Available in all sizes.
Please visit the Clothing Pool before the end of this Term to check for any of your lost items.
The Clothing Pool has been holding lost items of uniform that Student Reception can't return to students due to lack of clear identification. Any unclaimed items will be added to the Clothing Pool as stock. A cheap way to add your child's name to uniform items is to purchase white hemming tape. The tape can be cut to a suitable size and ironed onto your items. Please write your child's full name on the tape in permanent marker or pen.
Opening Days & Times
- Monday to Friday
- 7.45 am to 8.30 am
- Location - White Cottage - side windows
- Payment - EFTPOS or cash
Have a great week!
Mrs Melissa Whishaw
WAC P&F Clothing Pool Coordinator
Ph: 0415 402 013
- Grace Anglican Church at Harrington Park - 9.30 am at Harrington Park Public School
- Wollondilly Presbyterian (Tahmoor) - 9.15 am service + links via FB page to recorded service
- Wollondilly Uniting Church - 110 Thirlmere Way, Tahmoor - 9.15 am Sunday. Kids Church
program. All welcome. https://picton.uca.org.au/about-us/im-new/
- Wilton Anglican Church - 9.30 am at St Mark's, Picton at 5.00 pm. https://pwac.org.au
- Narellan Anglican Church meets at 9.00 am, 10.30 am and 5.00 pm every Sunday, with full
children’s programs available at 10.30 am.
- Wollondilly Anglican Church service meeting at St Stephen's, Thirlmere - Sunday at 9.00 am and 10.30 am. Sunday School offered at both services.
- St Jude's Anglican Church Bowral are as follows:
- 8.00 am Traditional Service of Holy Communion in the old church building
- 9.30 am Traditional Service of Morning Prayer alternating with Holy Communion in the old church building
- 9.30 am Contemporary Service in the Auditorium
- 5.30 pm Auditorium Church Service - aimed at teenagers and young adults but open to all Online services can be found here: https://bowralanglican.org.au/online
- St Marks Anglican Church Picton Services - Sunday 9.30 am
- Campbelltown Christian Community Church (C4) - Sunday at 10.00 am (also online)
- Mittagong Anglican Church - Cnr Main St & Church Ln, Mittagong
- 8.00 am Traditional 9.30 am Contemporary with Kids & Youth programs
- 11.15 am Traditional 5.00 pm Contemporary: young adults and beyond www.mittang.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook or Instagram
WAC Kids Care
From time to time, families undergo trauma such as severe or terminal illness. There are short term support structures in place at the College to assist families during these times.
The WAC Kids Care Program offers support to families in the way of meals. Please contact Mrs Hay or Mrs Rockwell at the College. Confidentiality will be respected. The College is accepting food donations towards the WAC Kids Care Meals Ministry.
WAC Kids Care
If you would like to practically support the WAC Kids Care Program, you are able to contribute food goods at any time.
The following items are very helpful when preparing meals:
- Rice, Pasta, Noodles and Lentils
- Tinned Vegetables eg Kidney Beans, Corn and Tomato
- Sauces eg Passata, Sweet & Sour and Curry bases
- Stock - Chicken, Beef, Vegetable
- Wheat Flours + Gluten Free Flours
- Tinned and Dried Fruit
All donations need to be within their use by date. Wish Cards or cash are also welcome which can be handed directly to the Office Staff.
Thank you to everyone supporting this ministry as we serve our Community.
Mrs Lisa Rockwell
WAC Kids Care Organiser
- The Wollondilly Redbacks Junior AFL U/14s team is looking for more players
- When: Wednesday Nights from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at Hanaford Oval, Wilton
- Ages : 12, 13 or 14 years - Please contact Clinton on 0467 001 002
- St Jude's Bowral Anglican Church Holiday Club - Years 1-6
- Where: St Jude's Bowral
- When: Monday, 28 June - Wednesday, 30 June
- Mittagong Junior Disco
- Where: Mittagong RSL
- When: Saturday, 26 June
- Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
- Cost: $5.00 per person
- For more information, please contact 0412 321 555
- Getting Korina Back on the road Trivia Night
- When: Friday, 13 August
- Time: 6.30 pm doors open
- Cost: $60.00 per ticket
- Wollondilly Netball Clinic
- When: Friday, 9 July
- Time: 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
- Cost: $60.00 per ticket
- For more information, please go to www.spnetball.com
Two-course buffet dinner served at 7.00 pm. Please contact Mittagong RSL on 4872 6700.
Please note that the above is a service to the Community and items advertised do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the College. The College tries to be selective with what is advertised but cannot take responsibility. Please look into events advertised carefully.
Pretend Headmasters - Kalarah Chalker (KF) and Sonny Smythe (KF) are ready to let the holidays roll on in.