Waratah Weekly - Term 4, Edition 6 - Friday, 18 November 2022
- Message from the Headmaster
- From the Deputy
- Community Outreach
- Performing Arts News
- Year 9 Industrial Technology Timber
- Jr Engineers Holiday Code Camp
- Years 3-6 Instrumental Performance Afternoon
- Library News
- Scholarships Now Open
- Festival of Fun
- P&F Clothing Pool
- College Sponsors
- Church Services
- Community News
Message from the Headmaster
Our staff at Wollondilly Anglican College have appreciated these two mid-term Professional Learning days. It has given us much-needed time to focus on a few very important areas. Firstly, we completed our annual CPR and First Aid training so that we are trained and prepared to care for our students and each other if an emergency arises. We also spent time thinking about our WHS expectations and ongoing training so that WAC continues to be a safe place for our staff and students.
Secondly, we were able to work in teaching teams to think deeply about the following:
- How can we continue to improve in the way that we care for the well-being of our students?
- What does it look like for each of us, individually and collectively, to ensure that WAC is a safe, caring and supportive learning environment?
- How can we help every student to develop the learning dispositions that will enable them to be successful and confident learners?
- How can we explore the data collected about our students to ensure that every student is learning at a high level, according to their academic development?
Thirdly, we used this time to reflect on our personal development and achievement and to look towards 2023 by setting personal and professional goals for the coming year. We all want to continue improving how we perform in each of our specific roles so that WAC continues to be the outstanding College that we know it is.
Finally, we began each day in a shared time of Worship, Prayer and Learning from God's Word. We know that God is responsible for the success of this College, from conception through to now, and we want to give Him all the glory for that success. We also reminded ourselves of our need to rely on God every day in this critically important role of guiding and educating each new generation of young people.
Mr Trevor Norman
From the Deputy
Important Dates - Term 4
As we head towards the end 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. Please refer to the College App.
- College Working Bee - 26 November
- Senior Formal Assembly - 30 November
- Middle Formal Assembly - 1 December
- Junior Formal Assembly - 2 December
- Toto Graduation - 6 December
- Primary Presentation and Showcase Evening - 6 December
- Temba and Twiga Graduation - 7 December
- Secondary Presentation and Showcase Evening - 7 December
- Last Day For Students - 8 December
Mr Paul Burns
On the last day of Term 4, Thursday, 8 December we normally have a Gold Coin Collection to support a Charity of the Student Representative Council's choice. This year we will have a collection of the following items to support the initiatives of Wollondilly Community Links in supporting the provision of hampers for Christmas to families in need in the local area. All students in Years T-12 and staff are encouraged to participate in this initiative.
Wollondilly Community Links will collect the donations on the last day of the term. Year 10 students can donate on Wednesday-Friday of Week 8 as they conclude on Friday 2nd December. All other Year groups will be collected on Wednesday, 7 December and Thursday, 8 December during Roll Call Time.
This is a great opportunity to be outward in our thinking and support those in need. Please give generously.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Performing Arts News
Guest Artist Rehearsals
Students in College Band, College Strings and College Choir will be rehearsing with a guest artist, Richard Lane, in preparation for an item to be performed at the Secondary Presentation Evening. These rehearsals will occur on:
- Monday, 21 November (Periods 2/3)
- Wednesday, 30 November (Periods 5/6)
Students are encouraged to bring a drink bottle.
Performances for Formal Assemblies and Presentation Evenings
The groups and individual students below will be performing at the following Formal Assemblies and Presentation Evenings under the Shoulder to Shoulder Shelter:
Senior Formal Assembly - Wednesday, 30 November
Ha Seung Jung - Solo
Jessica Fraser - Solo
Year 10 Music Class
Middle Formal Assembly - Thursday, 1 December
Jackson Welsh - Solo
Job Tindall and Ewan Garside - Duet
Junior Formal Assembly - Friday, 2 December
Primary Dance (Stage 2)
Primary Presentation Evening and Showcase Evening - Tuesday, 6 December
Secondary Presentation Evening and Showcase Evening - Wednesday, 7 December
College Band, College Strings and College Choir
Christmas Markets in the Garden (Picton)
On Friday, 9 December, our Primary Choir will be performing at the Christmas Markets in the Garden at the Picton Botanic Gardens. Parents of the students involved should have received a notification via the College app with further information. The students are eagerly preparing for this event and certainly getting in the Christmas spirit, the time of the year that celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mr Lloyd Grant
Performing Arts Coordinator T-12
Year 9 Industrial Technology Timber
Many of the projects we make in Stage 5 Timber have either evolved or changed during 2022. As a result, 50 of our Year 9 students were challenged as we undertook a complex new project at the College. For the first time, students were required to make a Blackwood and Pine Chess Board Cabinet. The project enabled students to develop advanced skills in marking out, constructing widening, housed, mitre and rebate joints, constructing a simple drawer as well as fitting cabinet hardware and applying quality finishing techniques. Students are now working busily to complete the task before the end of Term 4. The quality of the projects has been remarkably high and the motivation of students in both classes has been very encouraging. We look forward to the challenges that 2023 will bring as these enthusiastic and talented students continue their woodworking pursuits at the College.
As we edge closer and closer to Christmas a little yuletide humour that relates to our recent endeavours…
A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the Manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
“But why?” they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”
Mr Brad Milburn
Industrial Technology Teacher
Jr Engineers Holiday Code Camp
During the upcoming Christmas Holidays, I am very excited to announce that the College will be hosting a Jr Engineers Holiday Code Camp. The three-day camp will begin on Wednesday, 18 January and conclude in the afternoon of Friday, 20 January. I will be attending on all three days whilst the camp runs between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
You can expect our Wollondilly students to explore the world of Minecraft Education to develop and manipulate code and create amazing effects in a Minecraft world.
Students will be required to have the normal necessities they would bring to College for the day. They will need to have a packed recess and lunch (no canteen orders), a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, and any medications. College uniform is not required. although, students will need to wear appropriate casual wear including covered shoes.
Booking and payment can be made directly to Jr Engineers via the QR code provided on the flyer or by clicking here. The experience qualifies for the Creative Kids rebate.
If you have any questions please contact me via email.
Mrs Kathrine Frost
Primary Learning Innovations Coordinator
Years 3-6 Instrumental Performance Afternoon
On Tuesday afternoon, 18 students from Years 3-6 performed a song on their instrument to all of the Year 3-6 students and teachers, as well as their families who came to watch. A variety of instruments were played including the piano, clarinet, flute, guitar, trumpet, violin and cello. The students who performed attend weekly private music tuition at the College with our music tutors. Some students began learning their instruments this year, and others have been learning for a lot longer. The students were very brave, performing in front of a large audience. It was a great opportunity to encourage and celebrate these students' musical journeys and achievements. Following the concert, the performers and their families enjoyed afternoon tea at the FLOWERS cafeteria. A big thank you to the music tutors and families for supporting these students on their musical journeys.
Mrs Sallyanne Barker
Primary Music Teacher
Assistant Performing Arts Coordinator T-6
Last Borrowing Day - Friday, 18 November
It’s that time of year again. Students in Years T-10 had their last available borrowing day on Friday, 18 November, with all items to be returned in Week 7, in preparation for the Library Stocktake. This includes Library books, home readers and textbooks.
Primary students can return their books during Library day in Week 7 (Week 8 for Year 4 and Year 6).
Year 6 musical instruments and Music books will be returned during Music class in Week 8.
Year 4 string instruments and music books will be returned to the Music Room after the Presentation Evening Performance on Thursday, 7 December. Mrs Barker will advise students who are continuing with strings after Year 4.
Secondary students will return their textbooks and Library books during History or Geography class in Week 7.
Wheelers eBooks and Audiobooks
For those looking for something to read over the break, Wheelers' ebooks and audiobooks are available for Year 5 and above 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Visit the Student Cloud or download the App to access our College e-library. We also encourage students to visit their local library.
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
- 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
Festival of Fun
The Festival of Fun will provide the residents of Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Shire with an opportunity to come together and have fun. Since 2019, this community has been reeling from one natural disaster after another, and since March 2020 this has occurred under the dark cloud that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities are fractured and disconnected, and residents are tired. The Festival of Fun will provide members of the community with opportunities to engage in socialisation, entertainment and the establishment of social networks, which can contribute to the enhancement of community cohesion and resilience within the community.
10.00 am - 2.00 pm Sunday, 27 November 2022 at Bargo Sports Ground.
The Festival of Fun will have food trucks, amusement rides, inflatables, service stalls and more! This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with our community, have fun and share joy!
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
In-person service is held on Sundays at 10.00 am
Youth Group Friday night 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
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.
All enquiries - 0493 540 885 or look us up on Facebook.
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.
Mittagong Junior Disco
Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Times: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Venue: Mittagong RSL – Bessemer Street, Mittagong
Please note: This is a CASH ONLY and alcohol-free event.
We are having a special guest appearance - one of Santa’s helpers is coming to say hello.
All money raised goes back to the children in the Southern Highlands community.
We hope to see you there.
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.