Waratah Weekly - Term 4, Edition 4 - Friday, 4 November 2022
Message from the Headmaster
Over the previous two weeks, I have been providing a brief overview of our upcoming Strategic Plan. So far, I have explored Learning and Care. This week I would like to share our planning around Culture. While Learning and Care are, in large part, what our staff will provide to your children, Culture has more emphasis on what is expected of our students. An important goal for Wollondilly is that every young person grows and matures in self-discipline and personal responsibility; two characteristics that I believe are becoming rarer and rarer in our society. The strategic development of Culture at Wollondilly is about maintaining those high standards that parents and our community have come to expect from our students. High standards of behaviour, personal presentation, respect for teachers, adults and their peers and a strong work ethic. It takes self-discipline for a student to tuck their shirt in, to maintain their hair, to complete homework, to show up to class on time and ready to learn. These small acts of self-discipline create a foundation for a lifetime of living a disciplined life, a life that will provide great opportunities in the future. Students also begin to understand personal responsibility. When young people develop the mindset of taking responsibility for their lives, and not blaming mum, dad, the teacher or someone else, they begin to realise that they can accomplish so much more because they have more agency than they realised.I know that every one of your children can meet these high expectations and I know that every one of them will gain great life skills through this process (even if they don't yet believe it for themselves!)
Mr Trevor Norman
From the Deputy
Important Dates - Term 4
As we hit the midpoint of Term 4, I have outlined a few important dates as a reminder. At the beginning of the year, all parents were emailed a one-page summary of College dates. This is a great summary and will help to plan your year. A copy can also be found here via the College website
While many dates are set early in the year, other events such as excursions and sporting activities are added to the calendar. The live College calendar can also be found on the College website by clicking here.
- Staff Professional Development Days (Pupil Free) - 17 and 18 November. Reminder - Students do not attend the College os these days. Staff will be undertaking professional development.
- Temba and Twiga Graduation - 21 November
- Toto Graduation - 22 November
- College Working Bee - 26 November
- Senior Formal Assembly - 30 November
- Middle Formal Assembly - 1 December
- Junior Formal Assembly - 2 December
- Primary Presentation and Showcase Evening - 6 December
- Secondary Presentation and Showcase Evening - 7 December
- Last Day For Students - 8 December
Speed Limit on College Grounds
Please be mindful that there is a 10km per hour speed limit on College grounds. This is not much faster than a brisk walk. We have a very large number of people moving around the College and it is important to maintain safety for all. Please be patient and respectful during the morning drop-off and afternoon pickup times.
Mr Paul Burns
Pastoral Care - Community Sevrice
A message from our College Captains & Community Service Prefects - Emmett Shafer & Jessica Fraser
The term 'Community Service' is often heard within our College environment, but have you ever stopped and wondered what the term actually means? Community Service is defined as voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area. This is a vital way to serve others, so therefore it is extremely important for individuals to take the initiative and get involved in Community Service activities. There are multiple community service activities that are available to get involved in, strengthening and serving the College community as well as activities that serve the wider community within the Wollondilly Shire. It is estimated that almost one-third of the population undertakes some form of voluntary service. Volunteering is a key part of the Australian mentality about mateship. Many people like to volunteer and give back to their community, but either don’t know where to start or can’t find something that suits them. NSW Volunteering is a Government website dedicated to helping those who wish to volunteer and helps those wishing to volunteer to find the organisation that best fits them. There are also many opportunities within the College to volunteer. It is important for us to use outward thinking and realise that the actions we carry out affect others. It is important for individuals to serve others and know that their service will impact others within the community. It’s crucial to think outside your needs and think about the needs of others and how we can serve them whilst leaving a positive impact. Community Service activities are the best way to serve others whether it is within our College community or the wider Wollondilly Shire community.
Below are a few of the main areas to volunteer both at the College and in the wider community. There are multiple ways to get involved in community service activities. Decide which avenue best suits you.
At the College:
- Family Chapel
- Working Bee
- WAC Kids Care
- ANZAC Day Marches
- Thirlmere Festival of Steam
- Primary Playground Support
- Tutoring Roll Call groups
- Volunteering in the Canteen
- Helping teachers run different lunchtime activities
- Rural Fire Service, www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/ or 1800 049 399
- State Emergency Service, www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/ or 1800 201 000
- Surf Life Saving, www.surflifesaving.com.au/get-involved/ or (02) 9471 8000
- NSW Volunteering, www.makeadifference.volunteering.nsw.gov.au
- Wollondilly Riding for the Disabled https://rdansw.org.au/
- Wollondilly Meals on Wheels https://www.facebook.com/wsacciiccare/
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Year 12 Community & Family Studies
Independent Research Project
Year 12 CAFS students are conducting research as part of their study of Research Methodologies. The two classes attended a research day on Wednesday, 12 October, where students were guided through the construction of a research question and taught research skills such as sourcing secondary data. The focus of the research is the Social Impact of Technology which links to the option they study next year. As a result of the research day and collaborative class activities, the classes settled on the research question, “What impact does social media have on the quality of adolescent relationships?”
To help gather primary data on the research question, the classes have created a questionnaire. This questionnaire has been distributed to Years 7-12 students at the College via Canvas. We encourage students who use social media to respond to the questionnaire. The questionnaire is anonymous and individual responses will be kept confidential.
In addition, Year 12 CAFS students have created interview questions to gather further primary data. They will approach young people they know to conduct a face-to-face interview. This requires parental consent so a form would be sent home if your child is asked.
Participation in questionnaires and interviews is voluntary.
If you have any questions please contact me.
Mr Joshua Hewitt
Year 12 Jersey 2023
The Year 12 Jersey order form is now open!
Please use the following link to order and pay online:
A reminder that students can have either their first or last name on the Jersey (no nicknames) and payment is to be made online through the website.
Orders close Sunday, 13 November.
Once orders are made no further additions can be placed.
Mr Daniel Aquilina
Year 12 Patron
HSC: All My Own Work program - Year 10
On Monday, 14 November, Year 10 will complete the HSC: All My Own Work program. All My Own Work is a program designed to help HSC students follow the principles and practices of good scholarship. This includes understanding, valuing and using ethical practices when locating and using information as part of their HSC studies. Students who have completed the program will also learn about the penalties for cheating and how to avoid malpractice when preparing their work for assessment. The program is compulsory for all students before submitting any work for Year 11 courses and is completed every year at the College by students at the end of Year 10. HSC: All My Own Work will take place in Warne Auditorium and will be conducted by myself. Students are required to bring their laptops, pens, pencils and highlighters.
Mrs Justine Colombo
Scholarships Now Open
I am delighted to advise that the Wollondilly Anglican College Scholarship Program is now open for academic and creative arts scholarships commencing in 2024.
The College Headmaster may award a number of scholarships offering partial fee remission for each year in the areas of Academic, Music and Dance. Most scholarships will be awarded for two years and are conditional on the continuation of the relevant criteria being met. They will be available to students currently enrolled at the College or at other schools. Students who are studying in Years 6, 8 and 10 in 2023 may apply for a scholarship as they enter their next stage of learning.
Application Process for Scholarships
Academic Scholarships –
- Complete the scholarship application form and return it to the Enrolments Officer, Mrs Kristy Biddle with the supporting portfolio.
- Complete the online application with ACER at https://scholarships.acer.edu.au. (Parents will need to create a Parent Account, from which they can register their child for the scholarship test at Wollondilly Anglican College. A $110 application fee is also payable to ACER as part of the registration process).
- For Academic candidates, be available to complete the scholarship test on Saturday, 25 February 2023.
Music and Dance Scholarships –
- Parents should complete the scholarship application form and return it to the Enrolments Officer, Mrs Kristy Biddle with the supporting portfolio.
- Music/Dance scholarships need to be accompanied by a scholarship application processing fee of $110.
- Short-listed students will be required to audition before a panel at a later date to be confirmed. There will not be an additional audition fee.
Applications are now open and will close on Friday, 3 February 2023. The closing date is final and late applications cannot be accepted.
A comprehensive information pack and application form is available for download from the College website. Alternatively, all information and forms are available from me at the College Office.
Should you have any further general queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at (02) 4684 2722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Kristy Biddle
P&F Clothing Pool
The Clothing Pool has a great selection of used College uniforms from Transition to Year 12 for purchase. Additionally, our friendly volunteers can help you Monday-Friday 7.45 am - 8.30 am at White Cottage. Payment is via EFTPOS only. If you can't make it in, call us on 4623 0286 or email email@example.com
Volunteers to run the shop are also needed, if you can help, please contact Melissa via the Clothing Pool at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations of used uniforms are gladly accepted at the Clothing Pool during opening hours or can be left at Student Reception.
We currently have a great selection of pre-loved Senior Uniform available at the Clothing Pool.
Mrs Melissa Whishaw
P&F Clothing Pool Coordinator
0415 402 013
Tahmoor Colliery is an underground coal mine producing high-quality coal for steel production. Tahmoor Coal is a proud supporter of local charities, businesses, organisations and schools; and is committed to responsible mining operations, taking care of the community and environment.
Double Gold Sponsors
Little Elves Childcare Centre
T/ Little Elves OOSH
Bargo Public School
Ph: 0487 000 245
About our business:
We supply quality rural hardwood fencing products and quality seasoned firewood sourced from sustainable regrowth forests. We produce 90% of our stock on-site and strive to supply the best timber products in the area to our customers.
The Associates Insurance Broking Services Pty Ltd
Address: PO Box 56, Bowral NSW 2576
ABN: 90 638 881 660
Contact Person Name: Victoria Holt (Company EA)
Email address: email@example.com
PRISM Human Capital
Address: PO Box 56, Bowral NSW 2576
ABN: 94 604 594 345
Contact Person Name: Victoria Holt (Company EA)
Email address: Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org
About our business:
Insurance Investment Solutions (IIS) opened its doors for business in 2017 and quickly built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading strata insurance specialist underwriting agencies. We provide brokers with market leading insurance solutions.
Wollondilly Anglican Church
Our church services are all held at St Stephen’s Thirlmere at 9.30 am and 4.30 pm. Both are family services and all ages are welcome. If you are interested in attending a Bible Study, or Youth Group and connecting with the community this way, please visit these links for more information
We also encourage you to check out their website to stay updated with any new information https://wollondillyanglican.org/
Contact them about any enquiries at
C3 Picton and Camden
Live-streaming their services on their YouTube channel:
If you would like to find out more information about C3 connect groups, please visit these links:
If you would like to know more information about C3 and keep updated please visit their website:
Contact them at:
Campbelltown Christian Community Church (C4)
Services run on Sundays at 10.00 am. Also currently streaming their services on their YouTube channel:
Wollondilly Presbyterian Church
Sunday Service starts a 9.15 am.
The Service is also streamed on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClGGkiM_xP5rCdViW3uo6Xw/featured
They are also holding Church Zoom Calls at 9.15 am on Sundays, if you are interested in connecting to the community in this way, please visit their Facebook page for the links as well as updates, information and to contact about any enquiries.
Tahmoor Baptist Church
Sunday Service starts a 9.50 am.
Also streamed at https://www.tahmoorbaptistchurch.org/
If you are interested in attending a Bible Study, or Youth Group and connecting with the community this way, please visit this link for more information
Picton and Wilton Anglican Church
Picton - Sundays 9.30 am – 10.50 am all welcome.
Also live-streamed on Youtube: http://youtube.com/
Wilton - Sundays 5 pm – 6.20 pm all welcome.
Also live-streamed on Youtube: http://youtube.com/
Most importantly, we encourage all to meet with God directly and personally through daily reading of The Bible and prayer. This is the best way to get to know who God is and further trust in him during this time. If you don’t have a Bible or don't know where to start, we encourage you to download “You Version” on your device, this is a great resource to assist you in your journey and relationship with God.
The Oaks Anglican Church
Sunday at 10.00 am. Services will also be streamed online live: toa.church/livestream/
Douglas Park Evangelical Church
10.00 am Sundays at Douglas Park Community Hall or online via Zoom.
Contact David Luxford on 0404754105 or via Facebook.com/DPEChurch
Wollondilly Uniting Church
110 Thirlmere Way, Tahmoor.
Sunday Service 9.15 am
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.
Staying connected in the Southern Highlands area.
Highlands Christian Church:
Sundays at 10.00 am
Highlands Baptist Church
Sundays at 10.30 am
St Judes (Bowral Anglican)
Traditional Church Building - 8.00 am, 9.30 am & 4.00 pm
Church Auditorium - 9.30 am & 5.30 pm
Sundays at 10.00 am
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.
We have a collection of beautifully prepared meals that are ready for distribution to any families in need.
The WAC Kids Care Program offers support to families in the way of meals. Please contact Mrs Hay or Mrs Evans at the College. Confidentiality will be respected. If you know of anyone who may need meals at this time, please contact the College office.
Community Links - Christmas Hamper Collection
Community Links will be placing a basket in Student Reception for the collection of any items from the list below that you might like to donate. These donations will be given to families in need this Christmas
Christmas Hamper Shopping List
Tinned Leg Ham
Self-Saucing Pudding Mix
Tinned peaches/fruit salad
Tuna Bake Sauce jar
Mixed Vegetable tin
Corn Kernels tin
Bolognaise Sauce jar
Sweet biscuits packet
Tea Bags packet of 50
Tuna in Springwater large tin
Instant Noodles packet of 4
The families of Wollondilly greatly appreciate your support
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.