Waratah Weekly - Term 3, Edition 2 - Friday, 4 August 2023
Message from the Headmaster
As we welcome parents to consider Wollondilly Anglican College for their child's education, we often ask, "Why do you believe Wollondilly is the best choice for your son/daughter?" The responses we receive are diverse and meaningful, ranging from academic excellence and caring teachers to well-behaved students and high expectations that reinforce the values upheld at home. One response that resonates deeply with many parents is the desire for a Christian Education.
A Christian Education can mean different things to different people. For some, it is about instilling the values and morals taught in the Bible, such as compassion, care, honesty, encouragement and graciousness. Others seek to provide their children with an understanding that there is more to this world than what meets the eye – the belief in a loving and caring God who provides purpose and direction for their lives. Some emphasise the teachings of Jesus and a desire for a culture of love, non-judgement, care for those in need and the importance of humility and service.
All the reasons mentioned above are significant and set Wollondilly Anglican College apart from non-faith-based schools. However, I would like to emphasise one essential aspect that underpins our Christian Education – helping students understand that they are created by a loving God who desires a personal relationship with them. As human beings, we have all wandered from God in some way, but His love for us was manifested through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to pay for our sins.
I am eternally grateful to have a personal relationship with God through my belief and trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. This profound understanding of faith is what we earnestly hope our students will grasp, above all other important lessons from the Bible. Our aim is to guide them towards understanding the significance of this message and encourage them to thoughtfully explore their faith journey.
We warmly invite you and your children to investigate and discover this profound aspect of our Christian Education. Our College community is a supportive and nurturing environment where students can explore their faith, ask questions and deepen their understanding of God's love.
Mr Trevor Norman
House Flag Raising
On Friday, 11 August there will be a flag-raising day for Wollemi House. On this day students in Wollemi can wear their Green House Shirt and College Sports Uniform. Students are to meet at the flag pole near Deakin at Break 2.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Care & Culture T-12
Year 11 Hospitality
Last week, Students in Year 11 Hospitality, as part of their units of study in ‘Prepare Simple Dishes’ and ‘Organise and Prepare Food’, had to work together in small groups in a specific time allocation to design and create a food item that could be sold to staff and students during break time. The students had to create 40 portions of the food item and it had to use a minimum of three precision cuts such as brunoise, julienne, macedoine, chiffonade, etc.
Students also had to ensure their items could be relatively quick to prepare and meet a certain budget requirement. Students created a range of options which included: spaghetti, loaded fries, waffles and chicken and salad wraps.
They did an outstanding job and the money raised went into the WAC Kids Care Program and the College Breakfast Program.
Mrs Kelly Evans
Director of Teaching & Learning 7-12
Primary News - Mr Matthews
We wish to inform our community that Mr Matthews has received some difficult news as he has recently been diagnosed with cancer. As he will be starting treatment in the near future he will be unable to teach his class for the foreseeable future. The students in his class and their parents have been informed of this.
Miss Stacey Baker will be taking over the class from Monday, 7 August. She is well-known to the students as she has taught the class for the majority of the periods that Mr Matthews has as his coordinator release.
I will step in to take on the coordination of Stage 2 for the time being should you have concerns beyond the classroom teacher level.
We would appreciate your prayers for Mr Matthews and his family.
Ms Jacqui Huxtable
Director of Teaching and Learning T-6
The first few weeks of IPSSO in Term 3 are below:
- 9 August - HOME vs St Peter's Anglican Grammar
- 16 August - BYE
- 23 August - AWAY vs St Peter's Anglican Grammar
30 August - AWAY vs Oran Park Anglican College
6 September - IPSSO finals (venue TBA)
IPSSO results vs St Gregory's College
LOSS 15 - 69
Primary NASSA Athletics Carnival
On Thursday, 10 August, a team of WAC athletics qualifiers will represent the College at the Primary NASSA Athletics Carnival at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium. The College will be providing a bus that will depart WAC at 7.30 am. It is expected to return to the College by 3.30 pm that afternoon. Parents are welcome to provide transport for their children; however, please notify email@example.com of your travel arrangements. Parents are permitted to sign their child out from the Carnival upon the completion of their event. Students are to wear their full College Sports Uniform. Competitors are permitted to loan a College Sports singlet for the day.
College Sport - Equestrian
Call in the cavalry! A small group of Primary students have been participating in Equestrian lessons at Endeavour Park Equestrian Centre throughout Term 3. Thank you to Miss Baker for organising this enjoyable equine event!
WASP Academy - Wollondilly Anglican Sports Performance Academy: Football (Soccer) continues Term 3!
Just as we did in Term 2, we will be running our WASP Football (Soccer) Academy on Wednesday afternoons throughout Term 3. The first training session for Term 3 is scheduled to begin Wednesday, 2 August at 3.00 pm.
All boys and girls from Years 4-8 are welcome to join. Access the following link to complete your registration: https://www.trybooking.com/CKEVI
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- NASSA PRIMARY ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Thursday, 10 August
- WINTER IPSSO FINALS - Wednesday, 6 September
- NASSA AFL GALA DAY - Thursday, 7 September
Mr James Gooden
Primary Sports Coordinator
Parent-Teacher Interviews - Years 7-10
Parent-Teacher Interviews - Years 7-10|
Parent-Teacher interviews are a great chance to meet your child's teacher(s) and to find out how your child is progressing in their studies. We are conducting face-to-face Parent Teacher Interviews for students in Years 7-10 at the College on:
- Tuesday, 15 August between 3.00 pm - 8.00 pm and
- Thursday, 24 August between 3.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Parents should have now received the details for how to book via email. If not, please email Mrs Gabrielle Lacey: email@example.com
Kindly note that Mrs Karen Norman and Mrs Justine Holmes will be available for interview bookings on Thursday, 24 August only.
Mrs Gabrielle Lacey
WAC Country Fair
MARKET STALLS REQUIRED For This Year’s Country Fair.
If you or anyone you know would like to hold a Market Stall at this year's Country Fair, please get in contact with us!
When: Saturday, 9 September 2023
Where: Wollondilly Anglican College
Contact: Bill Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlimited Rides Wristband
Purchase your unlimited rides wristband before the day for just $30! The wristbands will be on sale for $45 dollars on the day. The wristband will give you unlimited rides on the following attractions:
- Dodgem Cars
- Superhero Round-Up
- Jumping Castles
- Camel & Pony Rides
- Windjammer Sizzler
- Giant Slide Teacups
- Soccer Shootout
- Gladiator Duel
- Children's Chair-O-Plane
- Inflatable Obstacle Course
- Wipeout Balls
Term 3 Family Chapel - Years 10-12
The Term 3 Family Chapel will be held on Thursday, 31 August from 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm. This Family Chapel is for is for Students in Years 10-12 and their families.
All students and parents/carers 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 will be 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.
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 experiencing hardship in our community. 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. Please register at the following Trybooking link if you're joining for dinner beforehand.
Mr Matt Roberts
Term 3 Prayer Breakfast Invitation
Amongst the business of Term 3, I'd like to extend an opportunity for you to join us as we stop, pause and bring the things on our hearts and minds to God in prayer.
Our Term 3 Prayer Breakfast will be kicking off on Saturday, 2 September. All are welcome to join us from 8.00 am - 8.30 am for some bacon and egg rolls before we join together in prayer from 8.30 am - 9.00 am.
I completely understand the busy schedule all of us have on the weekends. There are many competing factors and commitments. Saturday is normally full of community sporting events along with various other activities. However, in this business, taking the time to stop and pause with our great God is incredibly beneficial.
I'd love to see you there!
If you're able to make it please RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday, 23 August.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
Mr Matt Roberts
Book Week Parade 2023 For Years T-2 students
The Book Week Parade will be on Friday, 25 August at 1.35 pm under the Shoulder to Shoulder Shelter. The Parade is for students in Transition 3-Day, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. This year’s Book Week Theme is Read Grow Inspire….
Students are to dress as a book character and carry the book in the Parade and can come to the College in their costumes. Please make sure students have warm, practical clothes they can play in all day. College sports shoes are to be worn and hair and jewellery need to be in line with the usual College expectations. Please be aware that onesies were found to be very hot to wear all day last year.
Parents are invited to the Parade and also to a sausage sizzle beforehand, in the BBQ area, starting at 1.00 pm. We request that visitors to the College stay in the BBQ and Shelter area so as not to disturb the students at lunchtime. Please note, the sausage sizzle lunch is for parents/grandparents/non-College-attending siblings only. Students will not be able to join their families during this time.
Please let us know if you intend on joining us for the sausage sizzle through the link below or via the QR code: https://www.trybooking.com/
Book Club Orders Due Sunday, 6 August
The Book Club Issue 5 catalogue is now available. Secondary students should select the class ‘Secondary’ when ordering. Primary select their usual class. All orders are to be made online or through the LOOP App. Please note that the Book Club catalogue is set out with suggested age ranges for the books, each page has a different age range, with ages 12+ towards the back. The College does not necessarily endorse the books available through Book Club and parental discretion is advised.
Premier’s Reading Challenge ends Friday, 18 August
If you are taking part in the PRC this year, please make sure you complete your reading log by Friday, 18 August and I will validate your record. For any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask our Library Staff.
Book Week Competitions for Years 3-6
During Library Lessons this Term, Years 3-6 are taking part in our Book Week Competition. A winner will be selected from each class and announced in Week 9. Winners will receive a book prize.
- Year 3 - An artwork done in class based on Frank’s Red Hat by Sean E Avery
- Year 4 - An artwork done in class based on Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall
- Year 5 and Year 6 - Working in pairs, students will create a board game, based on a chosen shortlisted book for Younger Readers. The game will reflect aspects of the story. In Week 7 or Week 8 of Term 3, students will play their games with their Kindergarten Buddies or their Year 1 buddies.
Secondary Book Review Competition:
To celebrate Book Week 2023, Secondary students are invited to write a Book Review on the Library catalogue. Search for a book you have read on the OLIVER Catalogue and add it to the ‘Write a Review’ section. The best reviews will receive a book prize!
Mrs Justine Colombo
2023 Non-Government School Census Collection
Dear Parents, Guardians & Staff
The Australian Government Department of Education would like to advise all staff, parents and guardians that they will collect certain information about the College, its staff and student body as part of the 2023 Non-Government School Census collection (the Census).
Please see the below document outlining the details and what will be collected.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Madilyn Shelley
P&F Golf Day - Save The Date!
P&F Clothing Pool - Volunteers Needed
Volunteers keep the clothing pool running and open. A big thank you to our returning volunteers Renu Tondak, Janise Hawksworth, Deanna Parry, Kath Whittaker, Kerrie Holloway, Annette Dalrymple, Amanda Coles, Cristina Negi and a very warm welcome and thank you to our new volunteers Katie Conte, Rochelle Fussell, Phoebe Glucksman and Sonia Feeney.
The clothing pool has a wide variety of good quality used uniforms at great prices for all Year Groups at the College.
- Shirts $10
- Pants from $15
- Blazers $60
- Jumpers $20
- Tunics $30
- New Socks and Ties are also available for purchase.
Payment: Card Only (no cash)
Location: White Cottage through the side windows
Monday to Friday 7.45 am to 8.30 am
Phone: 4623 0286
Have a great day!
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.
Free Training Workshops
Wollondilly Shire Council has partnered with the Workplace Mental Health Institute to Deliver a series of free training workshops aimed at supporting the people who help their communities in times of emergency, disaster or crisis. The next two workshops in the series are:
This training provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to look after their own personal mental health and wellbeing, specifically, when dealing with people who have experienced trauma, or with material of a highly sensitive or emotional nature.
When: Saturday, 5 August 2023
Time: 9.00 am- 4.00 pm
Where: Picton Shire Hal - 64 Menangle Street Picton
Cost: Free (including morning tea and lunch)
Book Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/?aid=95865
Boundaries, Privacy and Confidentiality Training
This program will equip you with essential knowledge and skills to manage boundaries with care and sensitivity when supporting people who have experienced or are experiencing distress. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of ethical and legal frameworks for boundaries, privacy, and confidentiality, while also building genuine connections and rapport with community members.
When: Thursday, 10 August
Time: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Where: Picton Shire Hall - 64 Menangle Street Picton
Cost: Free (including morning tea and lunch)
Book ticktets: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/?aid=95865
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.
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