Newsletter - Friday 21 February 2020

Pastors' News

"God is HERE"

Time is one of the most valuable and precious things in life. Earlier this year, some of our students went to summer camp at Crosslands. The theme was “ Dare to Be”, where they learnt and experienced a vision of a life to live according to God’s identity and purpose for each one of them. In our natural world, everyone one of us go through different stages of life and I want to share with you a moment of vision from one of the students’ experience and encounter with God at summer camp.

Me: Tell me where you’re at?

Friend: Last year was a tough year for me.

Me: Sorry to hear.

Friend: It’s ok, but things changed at summer camp where I experienced God personally.

Me: Wow, tell me more.

Friend: God loves me. He loves me. He accepts me and has a purpose for me. And I met some awesome people there and made some new friends too.

Me: 😊 😉 bless your heart...

I am not sure about you, but for me this is gold. This is one of many most precious stories I hear and celebrate. It deals with real life and it’s real talk. It’s got substance and I know we all can relate to it in some aspect. At times, God interrupts your schedule to create a new shift in your life. I pray that if possible to make time to send God a message. But don’t stress, God is always here. He loves you. He is faithful.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble therefore we will not fear"Psalm 46:1

Whole School News

Skoolbag App

A reminder that we communicate all information to our School families through the Skoolbag App. If you are yet to download the School App please do so asap. Passwords to your child's class group can be obtained from their homeroom teacher. If you need assistance in getting set up please contact the School Office at office@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Upcoming Junior School Events

Life Education Van Visit

During Week 6 and 7 the Life Education Van will be visiting Wahroonga Adventist School. All Primary classes will participate in a session which will be organized and run by trained Life Education staff. The classes will attend sessions on the following days;

Monday (wk6) – KA & 6T

Tuesday – Prep, KE & 4R

Wednesday – 1S & 4H

Thursday – Prep, 1L & 5K

Friday – 3T, 2B & 5C

Monday (wk7) – 3K, 2M & 6J

Students may wish to purchase merchandise from the Life Education Van during their session. Please note this is optional. Pricing of items has been included below for your information. Please send the correct money in an envelope with your child’s name, class, and the item to be purchased clearly written on the envelope and hand to your child’s teacher on the day of their visit.

Product Description Price Incl. GST QTY Product Description Price Incl. GST

Primary Swimming Classes

A reminder that Years 3 - 6 swimming is on each Tuesday for 8 weeks 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 the change rooms. Class times are outlined below:

• 9.00am - 9.40am – 5K Mrs Kanimako

• 9.40am – 10:20am – 4H Mr Hurst

• 10.20am- 11.00am – 3T Mrs Thomson

• 11.30am - 12.10pm – 5C Mr Cowley

• 12.10pm - 12.50pm - 3K Mrs Kemp

• 12.50pm - 1.30pm – 6T Mrs Tierney

• 1.30pm - 2.10pm – 4R Miss Robinson

• 2.10pm - 2.50pm – 6J Mrs Jacobs

Junior School News

Primary School Swimming Carnival - Sunday 16th February 2020

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended the Primary Swimming Carnival on Sunday the 16th of February. Well done to all the students who participated in the events and a special thank you to all the parent helpers. A big congratulations to all the new record holders. It was impressive to see so many records being broken. Trophies will be presented in Chapel later in the term.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Parent Seminar - Elevate Education - Reinforcing Study Skills at Home - Wed 26th February 2020

Wahroonga Adventist School has a strong and supportive relationship with ELEVATE education who have been providing our students with study skills and advice on maximising performance for a number of years.

Elevate are the leading provider of study skills to Australian students and have worked alongside 1500 schools through their high impact study skills workshops.

Parents are warmly invited to a parent seminar with Elevate and will take place on Wednesday, 26 February @ 6:30pm.

The Parent Seminar is open to all parents of Year 7 to Year 11 students.

The parent seminar will cover:

• The key points from the seminars that students have attended

• Strategies for how the skills can be reinforced at home

• Time for Questions and Answers

The presentation shares Elevates key research, skills, and answers questions so parents can support their children navigate school. understand how to assist you child/ren as they are provided with new skills and resources to improve their study habits and develop effective learning skills.

If you are intending to attend this important seminar, please book through the link below.

Click on the video link for more information https://vimeo.com/158261264

Elevate student sessions will be taking place during class time on Wednesday afternoon 26th February.

Year 7 Vaccinations - Monday 2nd March 2020

Year 7 vaccinations are scheduled to take place on Monday, 2nd March. Student vaccination cards are being distributed this week. If you could please complete and return your child's card by Monday 24th February it would be greatly appreciated. If you require further information please contact Nerolie - studentservices@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Year 9 & 10 Day of Worship - Wednesday 4th March 2020

This year's Year 9 & 10 Day of Worship is being held at Macarthur Adventist College at Macquarie Fields. Students need to be at School ready to depart by 8.15am, and will return to School in time for afternoon classes. Please ensure students are wearing their full school uniform and take a packed lunch.

Year 11 Day of Worship - Thursday 5th March 2020

The Year 11 Day of Worship is being held at Macarthur Adventist College at Macquarie Fields. Students need to be at School ready to depart by 8.15am, and will return to School in time for afternoon classes. Please ensure students are wearing their full school uniform and take a packed lunch.

Years 5&6 Bathurst Excursion - 7th to 9th April 2020

The Year 5&6 excursion to Bathurst is taking place from the 7th to 9th of April, permission slips will be coming home with students today. Can you please ensure you complete and return your child's permission slip by Thursday 27th February. If you have any questions please contact the School Office at office@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Supervisors of Learners Drivers Workshop - Thursday 26th March 2020

Ku-ring-gai Council and Transport NSW are running a FREE practical workshop for learner driver parents and supervisors, on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers.

Date: Thursday 26 March 2020

Time: 6:30pm

Where: Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers

Book on-line today: www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/learnerdriver

Bookings are essential

A light dinner, tea and coffee are provided.

There are 3 Safer Drivers Course Vouchers (Includes Module 1 & 2) to be given away.

The workshop will cover:

• How to complete the learner drivers log book,

• the process of gaining a P1 (red P) driving license and beyond,

• the use of licensed driving instructors,

• practical tips for teaching

• any questions or uncertainties.

Turramurra Youth Centre - The Landing

"The Landing", a Youth Centre located in Turramurra, was refurbished last year and is open for young people aged 12 – 24 years every Tuesday from 2.30pm – 5.30pm during school term.

It is a safe space for young people to go and hang out, with full supervision while enjoying a range of programs, arts and crafts, board games, table tennis, snacks, Play station and more.

Located below Turramurra Library and just a short walk from Turramurra station it is a great place for young people to meet people and gain extra support if needed.

Middle & Senior School News

ASISSA Basketball Trial - Years 5 & 6

It's been a great start to the year for our Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the ASISSA Basketball Trial on Wednesday 11th February. All the students had a really good experience giving their all on the court. Everyone was seen to demonstrate impressive skills during the session - selections were based on those students who showed these skills often and at a level consistent with the CIS trial.

The following students have been selected to go to the next level:

Boys - Eli M

Girls - Leura Grace C, Abigail M and Sasha C

Well done everyone and a big congratulations to all those going through to the next level.

Year 10 - Photography Excursion - Wed 19th February 2020

Mrs Kim’s Yr 10 Photography students had a great excursion to Taronga Zoo on Wednesday. The excursion was organised in preparation to assist students to take wildlife photography photos for their upcoming Portfolio assessment task. Some of the students even brought an extra camera lens to capture photos of the animals utilising their artistic skills in photography.

A great day was had by all, with all the students capturing candid shots of a wide variety of animals such as reptiles, alpacas, seals, tigers, penguins, fish, giraffes and emus just to name a few using the different modes on their camera. In particular, some of the highlights also include, watching the seal show, the bird show and going on a safari Trek to see the Sumatra tigers. Students tried to capture the animals in motion using different photographic skills and perspectives.

Mrs Anita Kim.

High School Swimming Carnival - Thursday 20 February 2020

The High School Swimming Carnival was held at Knox Grammar School's Aquatic Centre yesterday, Thursday 20th February. It was a great day with plenty of healthy competition and great sportsmanship showed all round!! Well done everyone who competed on the day - including the cheer squads who did an awesome job cheering on their teams! It was a close call but I think Hunter may just have had the edge when it came to the house cheering competition! Notice of when Carnival results and champions are to be announced will be sent out shortly.


A huge congratulations to Jessica M who competed at the 2020 Gymnastic State Trials at Sydney Gymnastics & Aquatic Centre, Rooty Hill, on Sunday 16th February. Jess finished first overall in the Level 8 division!! Congratulations Jess - this is an amazing achievement!

Term Dates for 2020

  • Term 1- Tuesday 28 January 2020 - Thursday 9 April 2020
  • Term 2 - Monday 27 April 2020 - Friday 3 July 2020
  • Term 3 - Monday 27 July 2020 - Friday 25 September 2020
  • Term 4 - Monday 12 October 2020 - Thursday 10 December 2020

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Please click on the link below to access our calendar of upcoming events.

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge website will be active as of March 2 for the 2020 challenge. Any book that has been read since the 2019 challenge finished last August can be listed on your 2020 reading record. On the NSW PRC website (https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html) you can read about the challenge, check the rules and regulations, access the extensive book lists, read the privacy policy, and from March 2 enter books onto your child’s reading record. Please use the same username and password as last year. I have a list of the usernames and passwords so if you have forgotten them please email me at library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au . Kindy students and those new to the school will receive usernames and passwords within the next couple of weeks, along with an introductory letter to get you started.

If you are new to our school and your child has completed the challenge elsewhere please contact me with the details of those challenges (which school and which years) and I will contact the PRC team and have your challenge history brought over to our school.

Kid's Lit Quiz

Wahroonga Adventist School will be participating in the Kid’s Lit Quiz on Tuesday, March 17 at Cerdon College, Merrylands. Select Middle School students will be chosen to represent our School. If you are an avid reader who is under 14 years old as of the 1st of July and would like to be considered as a participant, please see Mrs Savage.

Book Fair 2020

Get ready for some fun in the Library at our Term 1 Book Fair which is being held during Weeks 9 and 10 of this Term!!! Our theme this year is: Enchanted Forest: Let Your Imagination Grow!

Book Fair will run from Wednesday, March 25 – Monday, March 30 (8.00 am – 4.00 pm & Thursday until 6.00 pm) in the School Library. Please come and enjoy the giant range of children’s books from Scholastic. Purchase books for your personal use, for gifts, or you can select books from your child’s class wish list and donate them to their classroom.

** Please note: Our dress up day this year is going to be on August 21 during our Term 3 Book Week celebrations. The theme will be: Curious Creatures!

** There will be no book exchange in the Library during the Book Fair so please keep your books at home and return them the following week. Tuesday classes will be rescheduled so that they can also attend the Book Fair.

Home and School News

It's hard to believe we are already in Week 4 of Term 1. For those who have started Prep and Kindy we hope that you have settled into school life and have been having loads of fun.

For those who have started Year 7 – it’s a bit of an adjustment period as you transition into a different structure of learning. I came across this link posted by Maggie Dent who is an Australian parenting author, educator and speaker. She posted a link called “tips for year 7 newbies from older high school kids”. It’s a good read for those who have started year 7. https://mumlyfe.com.au/tips-for-year-7-from-older-kids/

I’m really looking forward to the pending Parent Master Classes this year, I have been working with the schools Wellbeing Co-ordinator exploring some options for 2020. We plan to have a Parent Master Class in Term 1, 2 and 3. So keep a look out for the date, venue, topic and speaker in the next couple of weeks.

Social events for Term 1;

  • 3rd April 2020– Easter Event
  • Date TBC - Parent Master Class

THE FIRST HOME AND SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING IS TO BE HELD ON THE 3rd OF MARCH 2020 – please come along, hear what we do and share your ideas.



Valentine’s Day provided the WAS Canteen with a fun opportunity to spread some extra love throughout our school community. Students enjoyed being served their delicious, heart shaped Valentines Day cookies by our friendly team dressed in red.

Special promotions and treats are offered at different times throughout the year, often in conjunction with calendar events and sometimes just because! Students can discover more about this via Flexischools under ‘Limited Edition Items’ and also displayed on posters throughout the school.

Students are encouraged to come and visit us anytime to learn more about our menu options, nutrition and upcoming specials. Suggestions are also welcome as we desire to provide our school community with fresh, healthy food that is in line with recipe favourites!

The WAS Canteen would love your help throughout the year if you have some spare time and a desire to become more involved in the life of our school. No previous food handling skills are required, simply a servant heart and willingness to learn. Please visit us at the canteen any time to express your interest.

Meals With Love is Back!

For those new to our School, Meals With Love is a Wahroonga School-based initiative where we provide a cooler bag with a frozen homecooked meal, fresh salads and a dessert/lunchbox snack to a school family in need. If you know a family that would benefit from a meal then please send us an email and we'll arrange it.

If you would like to provide a homecooked meal or a lunchbox snack such as muffins that could be stored in our freezer next to the Canteen, we would greatly appreciate it! Please write the list of ingredients in each food item and the date the food was prepared to aid with distribution. We do request no pork or shellfish meals please. Please see Sarah in the Canteen if you would like any storage containers. And lastly, a big thank you to Nicola Binns for coming on as another co-ordinator for MWL this year!



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