Waratah Weekly - Term 1, Edition 11 - Thursday, 6 April 2023
- Message from the Headmaster
- ANZAC Day
- Girls' Winter Uniform Changes
- WASP Football Academy
- Year 7-10 Parent-Teacher Interview
- College Chaplain - Resilience
- NASSA Netball Gala Day
- Primary Netball Gala Day
- Creative Arts & Languages
- Primary Performing Arts
- Creative Arts & LOTE News
- Family Chapel - Term 2
- Enrolment News
- 2023 Key Events & Dates
- Speed Cubing Competition
- P&F Clothing Pool
- Church Services
- Community News
- College Sponsors
Message from the Headmaster
As we approach the end of Term 1, I am thrilled to see our students' dedication to their learning and their commitment to the values of our Wollondilly culture. It's the little things that matter, and I am proud to witness our students becoming more mature, respectful, and responsible each day.
I want to extend my gratitude to our parents, who joined us at our Formal Assembly on Monday to celebrate the achievements of our secondary students. It was a joyous occasion, and I am proud of their accomplishments.
Throughout this term, our focus has been on resilience, and I am pleased to see our students incorporating this mindset and attitude towards learning. Many teachers have shared how resilience can benefit us in various aspects of life, and I am grateful for their efforts in instilling this important disposition in our students.
During our staff devotions, we have been reading Luke's account of Jesus' final week before his crucifixion. Jesus taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who harm us, and he demonstrated this through his own life purpose. Even in his final hours, he endured beatings, mockery, and abandonment to complete his mission - to die for our sins so that we don't have to. Jesus took our punishment and gave us hope and peace for the future. I am grateful for his sacrifice so that I can have a relationship with him.
On behalf of the College, I wish everyone a joyful and restful break, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back for Term 2. Thank you for your continued support in creating a positive learning environment for our students.
Mr Trevor Norman
ANZAC DAY – Tuesday, 25 April
ANZAC Day is a day of national significance and one that marks the anniversary of Australia’s first major military action during World War I. This year, ANZAC Day will be observed on Tuesday, 25 April, the first week of Term 2. Students return to the College on Monday, 24 April.
ANZAC Day is a major event in the life of the College and students are encouraged to join us as we remember the men and women who have sought to serve their nation in that first engagement and over the many decades that have followed.
Those students who attend the services in their full College Winter Uniform will be acknowledged with the receipt of a Community Service Award. There will be teachers present at the services and students should get their names marked off the Roll by the staff attending.
Assemble in the car park behind the Picton Hotel between 6.00 am and 6.15 am in preparation for the March which will commence at 6.30 am sharp. As there will be a significant number of WAC students attending this march, it is asked that students please be prompt.
Parents of Years K-2 children are asked to collect their child/ren at the gate of the park after the March as we enter the park, before the Service commences.
Mrs Evans, Mrs Wellington and Mr Norman will be attending
Hill Top Dawn Service
Please meet at 5.45 am for the Service to commence at 6.00 am at Hill Top Memorial Hall. Hannah White of Year 12 will deliver the address at this community service. Mr Aquilina will be attending.
Camden Dawn Service
Please meet at 5.00 am at the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park Memorial, Cawdor Road, Camden. Service commences at 5.15 am. Mr Clarke, Mr Beckinsale, Mrs Napier and Mrs Frederiksen will be attending.
Those who would like to march are asked to assemble on Elizabeth Street between Mitchell and Elizabeth Streets from 10.15 am with the march commencing at 10.30 am. The March will then move to Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park for the commencement of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Service at 11.15 am. Mrs Wellington will be attending.
Mittagong Dawn Service
Meet from 5.15 am at the Cenotaph, Hume Highway, Mittagong. Service commences at 5.30 am.
The March for Mittagong traditionally assembles at the Tourist Information Centre on the Old Hume Highway at 10.15 am for a 10.30 am start. The start location and route are still being finalised, but the RSL envisage that it will be back to the traditional time and route. A Community Service will follow at 10.45 am. Mr Smiltnieks, Mr Grant, Mr McIntosh and Mrs McIntosh will be attending.
Please meet at 4.45 am at the Thirlmere Memorial Park, Oaks Street Thirlmere. Service commences at 5.00 am. Mrs Colombo will be attending.
Bargo Sports Club
Please meet at 10.00 am for a 10.15 am start at the Bargo Sports Club. Mrs Maher will be attending.
Students from across the College are encouraged to participate and join with the community in this important commemoration.
Please note that parents are responsible for all transport to and from ANZAC Day events and for the supervision of their child whilst at the event.
It is too early to determine the weather forecast for these events, but a reminder that if the weather is forecast to be warm, taking a bottle of water is a good idea.
It is understood that students may attend a variety of Services to commemorate ANZAC Day, both locally and further afield. If a student attends a Service and a photo is made available of them representing the College by wearing their full Winter Uniform, they too will be acknowledged by receiving a Community Service Award. Email ANZAC Day images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will only receive one community service award on the day.
Mr Daniel Aquilina
Year 12 Patron
Girls' Winter Uniform Changes
ALL girls in Years K-12 now have a pants option for Winter.
PRIMARY - YEARS K-6
Primary girls now have the option to wear tartan pants with the current Winter blouse and tie instead of the tartan tunic, blouse with tie and stockings. Lowes now has the pants available for purchase.
SECONDARY - YEARS 7-12
Secondary girls now have the option to wear black pants with the current Winter blouse and tie. Lowes now has the pants available for purchase.
PLEASE NOTE: The rest of the Winter uniform remains the same: black polishable leather shoes, College Ribbon, College Hat, College Bomber Jacket or College Blazer.
The blouse should be worn tucked in and the pants are full ankle length. There is an adjustable waist fitting and generous hem to assist a good fit.
WASP Football Academy
WASP Academy - Wollondilly Anglican Sports Performance Academy: Football (Soccer) begins Term 2!
We are excited to announce the return of WASP. The WASP Academy aims to improve students’ individual sporting skills as well as develop players for our Representative College Sides. In Term 2, we will be running our WASP Football (Soccer) Academy.
Year 7-10 Parent-Teacher Interview
Parent-Teacher interviews are a great chance to meet your child's teacher(s) and find out how your child is progressing in their studies. Interviews for students in Year 7 to Year 10 will be occurring in Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 2. On Tuesday, 9 May teachers will be available for face–to–face interviews at the College between 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm and on Thursday, 18 May teachers will conduct interviews via Zoom between 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Please put these dates in your calendar and make sure your email addresses are up-to-date in Edumate. Details of how to book these interviews will be sent out at the beginning of next term.
Mr Wayne Baulch
College Chaplain - Resilience
The College Learner Disposition
This week in devotions we've been continuing our journey through the gospel of Luke. In Luke 22:63 - 23:1-12 we see Jesus enduring false charges in front of Pontius Pilate and King Herod. He endures guards mocking and making fun of Him. He endures the physical pain of being beaten by the same guards. Jesus endures because he knows that this is the cost of what is required for our sin. Jesus endures knowing that His sacrifice on the cross is the only way that our sin can be dealt with. He lays down His life, in order that we might live. In doing so he demonstrates to us how to endure, and how to be resilient; trusting in God depending on Him and leaning into His power. Are you someone who is dependent on God? This Easter, I challenge you to consider where you stand with Jesus, the one who endured significant suffering because of His great love for you.
Mr Matthew Roberts
NASSA Netball Gala Day
On Friday, 31 March, an Under 15’s and Open’s Side represented the College at the NASSA Gala Day. Coached by Ms Rienits, the Under 15’s faced tough competition to place 5th overall. Coached by Mrs McCann, the Open’s Side successfully defended their title, winning convincingly in both the Semi-Finals and Grand Finals to take out the top spot. All of the girls should be proud of the manner in which they carried themselves and represented the College on the day.
A number of students were selected to trial for the AICES Representative Team. Congratulations to Abby Bowden-Grimes who was selected for the Under 15’s Side and Maddison Keaney, Charli Day and Claire Allen who were selected for the Open’s Side. We wish them all the best as they represent the College and NASSA at the AICES Gala Day.
Mrs Ella McCan
Primary Netball Gala Day
The Primary Netball Gala Day Team played exceptionally well against some well-matched competition. The team placed 5th overall on the day. Jessica Blomfield, Tennesse Kozma and Amelia Fletcher were selected for the Possibles and Probables Match. Congratulations to Jessica and Tennesse for being selected for the NASSA Netball Team!
Miss Jessie McMaster
Creative Arts & Languages
What a term it's been for Creative Arts and Languages!
In the world of Languages, students from Years 7-10 participated in the Education Perfect World Championships, where Wollondilly placed 3rd in the world! The incredible effort of our students who participated and the dedication of the fantastic German teachers made such an outstanding achievement possible. German club is bustling with students who want to enrich their language development and engage in a variety of cultural activities.
Senior students in Visual Arts were provided with the opportunity to visit the Art Gallery of NSW to attend Art Xpress. Students were able to see the most outstanding artworks from the 2022 HSC cohort. This experience is invaluable in terms of inspiration for their own major works and increasing their skills in art criticism and appreciation. The lunchtime Art Club has become increasingly popular with students extending themselves in both class tasks and their own personal artworks.
Our amazing dancers put on a spectacular display at the Thirlmere Festival of Steam winning 1st place for their performance in the Parade. Year 9 Dance students performed a stunning routine at the Secondary Formal Assembly at the beginning of Week 11. Ms Valente and the dancers have all worked incredibly hard to achieve this outstanding success.
We have been very fortunate to have Ms Jill Kelly step in and teach Drama for Mrs Talbot while she is on leave. Ms Kelly has brought extensive experience to the Drama classroom, guiding Year 12 students through their Half Yearly examinations and supporting all Drama students in building their capacity to convey meaning through performance. We thank Ms Kelly for all her efforts and we look forward to the return of Mrs Talbot in Term 2.
Students in Years 7-11 Music have participated in a variety of musical experiences from exploring the fundamentals of sound, through to Electronic Music, Jazz, Australian Art Music and dissecting and interpreting music from a diverse range of social, cultural, historical and stylistic contexts. Students have also been exploring and developing their musicianship across a range of instruments.
Thank you to all the CAPA/LOTE teachers who deliver exceptional teaching and learning each day. And thank you to all the students who are so invested in their own learning. Have a wonderful and safe Easter break and we look forward to all the exciting challenges that next term will bring.
Mr Chris Law
Year 7 Patron
Relieving Leader of Learning CAPA/LOTE
Primary Performing Arts
The College Bucketz did a ‘flashmob’ performance this week, where they visited different areas around the College in Break time, to play the songs they’ve been learning in Term 1. Students enjoyed listening and watching the performance. College Bucketz is a group for students in Years 5-8. Students can talk to Mr Hopkins if they’re interested in joining College Bucketz in Term 2.
Primary Drama is a Performing Arts group for Years 3-6 students. Mrs Gooden and myself run the rehearsals each week on a Tuesday. The students have been working on improvisation and teamwork through drama games and activities. Some of the Year 5 and Year 6 students prepared a skit to perform at the Easter Chapel. Primary Drama is a great opportunity for students to develop their imaginative play, teamwork, confidence, and creativity. Students can talk to Mrs Gooden or myself if they’re interested in joining Primary Drama in Term 2.
Mrs Sallyanne Barker
Assistant Performing Arts Coordinator T-6
Primary Music Teacher
Creative Arts & LOTE News
German classes in Year 7 and Year 8 have been learning about Ostern (Easter) in Germany. In addition, the German Club (which meets on Wednesdays in the German room), and our elective classes have made an Osterzopf, which is a traditional German Easter bun. Of course, we had fun eating it too!
Frau Holmes and I join in wishing you all a "Frohe Ostern".
German Teacher & Assistant Year Patron Year 12
Family Chapel - Term 2
Term 1 has flown by and coming up early in Term 2 is our first Secondary Family Chapel for the year. This Family Chapel is for Students in Years 7-9 and families and will be held on Thursday, 11 May from 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm. All students and parents in these Year Groups are encouraged to attend. It is important that students attending wear their full College Winter Uniform. Rolls will be marked on the night and students who attend issued with a Community Service Merit.
The Secondary Family Chapel will be a great opportunity to gather together and hear about how God is working in the lives of students here at Wollondilly Anglican College. It'll be a chance for us to gather together and be encouraged by God's word.
There will also be an opportunity to continue to bless our broader community. Donations of gold coins or non-perishable foods are welcomed. These will be used by the WAC Kids Care team to prepare meals for those in our community experiencing hardship. Additionally, House points will be allocated to students who attend and these points will go towards the Overall House Shield.
Prior to the commencement of the evening, a BBQ dinner will be served from 5.00 pm. All parents and students are encouraged to join us for the BBQ from this time.
Mr Matt Roberts
Application For Enrolment
Applications continue to pour in for 2024 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 Visitors' Reception or from the College website www.wac.nsw.edu.au
Mrs Kristy Biddle
2023 Key Events & Dates
Speed Cubing Competition
The World Cube Association in association with Speedcubing Australia will be hosting a competition at Wollondilly Anglican College on Saturday, 10 June 2023.
3x3, 3x3 (One-handed), 2x2, and Pyraminx events will be held between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm
Registration will open on Tuesday, 11 April. Competitors can enter on the World Cube Association website or follow the link Cubing in the Dilly 2023 | World Cube Association
For further information, I can be emailed at email@example.com
Mr Bill Norman
P&F Vice President
P&F Clothing Pool
Clothing Pool Summer Uniform Sale
10% off Summer Uniform Items
The Clothing Pool has a great selection of pre-loved uniform items, come in and see what you can save!
Cashless transactions only - Visa, MasterCard & Eftpos accepted.
Sale items include :
- Primary, Secondary and Senior Boys' Summer Shirts & Shorts
- Primary, Secondary and Senior Girls' Summer Blouses and Tunics
- Sport Polo Shirts and Shorts
Items are on sale until the end of this Term!
Also, we would like some more volunteers - are you free for 45 minutes on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday?Contact Melissa at 0415 402 013
- Location: White Cottage
- Open: 7.45 am - 8.30 am
- Payment: Card only
Have a great week!
Mrs Melissa Whishaw
Clothing Pool Coordinator
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.
MW Physie and Dance
Registrations are open for MW Physie and Dance. Part of the Australian Physie and Dance organistion. (https://www.mwapda.com.au/
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.
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.
Phone: 02 4640 0100 (within office hours) 1800 154 415 (after hours)
Double Gold Sponsors
Little Elves Childcare Centre
T/ Little Elves OOSH
Bargo Public School
Ph: 0487 000 245
Thirlmere Quality Timbers
60 Oaks Road Thirlmere, NSW, 2572
Phone: Deb 0417 486 522
Office 02 46841 8580
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)
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PRISM Human Capital
Address: PO Box 56, Bowral NSW 2576
ABN: 94 604 594 345
Contact Person Name: Victoria Holt (Company EA)
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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.