Newsletter - Wednesday 8th February

Pastors' Corner

The Chaplains, Pastor Richie and Pastor Landry, would like to welcome back to school all those returning students and their family.

This year we have so many new students and families joining us and we look forward to getting to know you through the many different activities this year.

Parents please know that the Chaplains are available through contacting either of the school offices for pastoral care needs.

Happy New School Year!

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Jeremiah 29:11 The Message Bible

The Chaplains

Junior School News

Welcome to 2017!!!!!!!!! It’s great to see how much our students have grown over the holidays and how excited they are to start a new school year. Welcome to all our new families, we are so glad that you have joined us and look forward to having you as part of our school community.

Our new Teachers; Miss Adéle (Prep), Mrs Sedgman (Year 1), Mrs Mowbray (Year 2) and Mr Hurst (Year 4) have settled into school routine and are loved by their students.


Parking over the first few days of school is the busiest time of the year. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. As you may be aware the school driveway can easily become a traffic jam in the mornings and afternoons. Our focus needs to be children and their safety and we request that you note and adhere to the following:

  1. Arrive out of peak times which are 8.00am- 8.20am & 3.05pm – 3.20pm.
  2. Use parking spaces at the front of the school.
  3. Use the pickup/drop off line.
  4. Advise your teacher if you would like your child in pickup line in the afternoon.
  5. Please note: Prep has an early pickup line option at 2.30pm. K-Year 4 finish school at 2.50pm & have a 15 min window from 2.55pm- 3.10pm to use pick up line. If you arrive too early you will be stuck in the Prep traffic.
  6. Children MUST remain with their parents within the car park area. (no matter the child’s age).
  7. Children may ONLY be dropped off & picked up at the concrete path. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are children or adults to use the gate leading into the oval.
  8. Please do not stop and let your children out of the car at the boom gate as this causes a traffic jam at the emergency exit

Children are NOT to be placed over the fence at any time. Please DO NOT leave your car in the pickup area as this becomes congested and frustrating for other drivers.


Welcome to Kelly Oldfield and Lisa Marton who are running our canteen this year!!!!

Lunch orders have started with a BANG!! Just a reminder that canteen lunch orders are available Tuesday – Friday each week. Orders are made through your flexischools account at

Junior School News

2017 Swimming Carnival

Our school Swimming Carnival for Prep—Year 6 will be held on Sunday 19th February 2017 at Abbotsleigh School’s Aquatic Centre - Cnr Pacific Highway & Ada Avenue. The car park entrance is through Gate 1 on Ada Ave. There is a boom gate when you enter the carpark which opens automatically. You will need a pin code to exit which will be displayed on the digital screen at the front desk at the aquatic centre.

The Carnival will be held from 12.00pm-6.00pm. The Novice Events will be held from 12.00pm-1.15pm and the Swimming events will be held from 1.15pm - 6.00pm. Entry will be from 11.45pm for the novice events and 1.00pm for the swimmers. Please ensure your child arrives at this time and reports to their class teacher.

Infant Swimming Kindy - Year 2

Kindy to Year 2 have commenced their intensive 2 week swimming program. They will swim every day (except Tuesdays), students need to bring their swimmers, towel, sunscreen and goggles in a swim bag. Please name all items. Class times below:

9:45 - 10:15 Miss Andrews

10:15 - 10:45 Miss Andrews/Mrs Els

10:45 -11:15 Mrs Els

11:45 - 12:15 Miss Ruiz

12:15 - 12:45 Miss Ruiz /Mrs Sedgman

12:45 -1:15 Mrs Sedgman

1:15 - 1:45 Mrs Jacobs

Swimming Years 3-4

Years 3 & 4 swim each Tuesday in Term 1. Students need to bring their swimmers, towel, sunscreen and goggles in a swim bag. Please name all items!!

Please note: parent helpers are not needed for children in Years 3-6, as adults are not permitted in change rooms. Class times are outlined below:

10.00 - 10.45 - Miss Robinson

10:45 - 11:30 - Miss Shanley

11:50 - 12:35 - Mr Hurst

Middle School News

Start of School Year

A huge thank you to all our Middle School families for your support and patience with the delay of the new building. Our new students all seem to be settling in well and teachers are reporting a positive atmosphere in both classrooms and playground in spite of the extreme heat. It is lovely to see the students taking the wearing of their uniform seriously and all have responded responsibly by wearing their hats with pride to and from school.

Inaugural High School Swimming Carnival

Our inaugural High School Swimming Carnival held at the Hornsby Aquatic Centre on Thursday 2nd February was a huge success with high participation rates and an excellent day all round. Students going on to the next level will be notified once this information is available.

On the 2nd of February Year 7 & 8 dressed in yellow for Phillip and red for Hunter to support their houses in the first High School Swimming Carnival. The day started as the students poured into Hornsby Aquatic Centre then we got into our friendship groups and got ready for our first race which was the 200 metre individual medley. The races kept coming thick and fast and the weather was unusually cold and the breeze was icy but everyone tried really hard. The student teacher relay was the last race of the day and was very exciting because the Hunter girls team beat the teachers by a millisecond! It was a great day and lots of fun and I can't wait to hear which house won! Will Phillip win again or will Hunter finally rise?

By Amy Parker 7A

Trophy Winners

12 Years Secondary Boys

Champion: Dariya Amiri Runner Up: Udit Dhanda

12 Years Secondary Girls

Champion: Ella Mackenzie

13 Years Secondary Boys

Champion: Jayden King Runner Up: Ethan Todd

13 Years Secondary Girls

Champion: Charli Bowyer Runner Up: Amy Parker

14+ Years Secondary Boys

Champion: Zach Goodacre Runner Up: Nathaniel Sperring

14+ Years Secondary Girls

Champion: Grace Colville Runner Up: Amelia Monteleone

Encouragement Trophy

Champion: James Bell Runner Up: Charlotte Lynn

Middle School Upcoming Events

Year 7 Camp

A final reminder will be sent home this week regarding expectations and packing list.

Primary Swimming Carnival

A reminder of our up coming Primary School Swimming Carnival on Sunday, 19th February. Students need to arrive no later than 1pm, event sheets need to be returned immediately if you have not already done so.

Middle School Goal Setting Interviews

A reminder that Middle School Goal Setting Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February. An email containing the link to book interview times will be sent out shortly. Please discuss with your students some academic and personal goals they would like to set for this year. This is an opportunity to simply touch base with you child's teachers, if you wish to have a more in depth conversation please arrange a separate interview for another time.


First round of vaccinations for our Year 7 students will be held Wednesday 1st March.

Please note the second date of 4th May for Year 7 vaccinations has been cancelled due to the introduction of Year 11 vaccinations. As students will require a 3rd dose of HPV, the 3rd vaccination session will now take place early in Year 8.

Library Lunch – Upper Campus

This term the Middle School students on the upper campus have access to a lunchtime Library session every Thursday and Friday. During Library Lunch students are welcome to read a book, play a game, or return and borrow books from a selection especially chosen by Mrs Savage. Check below for Library times and places.

Thursday: GLA (Miss Parker’s room) 12.10-12.40

Friday: Year 6 class (Miss Spall’s room) 12.10-12.40

Home and School News

Welcome back to an exciting year ahead!

First Meeting

Our first Home and School meeting of the year will be:

Monday 27 February 2016 - 7pm @ the Junior School Campus

COME ALONG AND JOIN -The Home and School Committee is always welcoming new members. This is a great way to meet people and get involved in the school.

Each class will have a parent representative on the Home and School Committee.

If you would like to join, take on a specific role and just want more information, please feel free to send an email to Lisa White: or call on 0424 653 069. There are no obligations to attend every meeting nor take on a role at all.

We are very excited to invite you to our ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY on Sunday 12 March from 1pm-4pm.

This is our first social event for the year and all families from the whole school are invited. This is a school families only event. This event caters to all children with unlimited rides on the inflatables / giant slides / face painting / dunk your teacher / craft / food stalls and more.

It is a fantastic way to get together with other school families, meet some new faces and generally have a fun filled afternoon for all!

Tickets are now on sale for this event via your flexischools account, and type in Wahroonga Adventist School. The cost is very minimal and is purely to cover costs for the hire of the equipment.

$30 for a family ticket( 2 or more children )

$15 for a single child ticket

Adults are free with an accompanying child.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

School Banking

For those wishing to join and sign up for School Banking who don’t have any accounts, the Commonwealth Bank Co-coordinator is coming to our school on:

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 from 8.00am - 8:40am (Junior School Campus)

Please bring along your child’s Birth Certificate and some ID for yourself (Current Drivers Licence or Current Passport).

Library News

Library Borrowing

Library borrowing has started for the year for those students who bring their Library bags. Prep-Year 2 can borrow a maximum of 3 books at a time, Years 3–6 can borrow a maximum of 5 books. Please see below to check your child’s library day:

Monday: Prep, Mr Crabtree, Mrs Sedgman

Tuesday: Miss Ruiz, Mrs Els, Mr Hurst

Wednesday: Prep, Miss Robinson, Miss Spall, Miss Shanley, Mr Riley

Thursday: Mrs Jacobs, Miss Andrews, Mrs Mowbray

Library Volunteer Meeting

There will be a meeting for all new Library volunteers at 3 pm next Monday February 13 in the Library. In this short meeting Mrs Savage will demonstrate book covering and explain the areas in which volunteers can help out in the Library.


Our February/March events area available online . Just click on the link below to access it.

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