Newsletter - Wednesday 11th September 2019

Pastors' News

Week of Wellbeing - September 15th - 20th September, 2019

Week of Worship is a big week in the Spiritual life of our school each year!!

Week of Worship is a week within the schooling year where we run Chapels every morning as we focus and grow together in our school community on the foundations of our christian heritage and faith.

This year we are embarking on new concept of participation with the school community that we are calling 'Week of Wellbeing’.

This 'Week of Wellbeing' is a week where we as a school community focus on the mental, physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing of our students, staff and school community. There are many different opportunities for your child/children and yourself to be involved in the many different actives taking place on the campus during next week. This week will also give you the opportunity to have conversation around the theme of Wellbeing with your child/children in your home context.

Wahroonga Adventist School supports Legacy Week

Students from our School have raised more than $3000 for Legacy last week.

To support Legacy Week (September 1-7) the school held a mufti day and lunch food stall, which raised over $1500, and sold Legacy badges and pens, which raised a further $1800.

An initiative of the school’s Student Representative Council, the activities were all about supporting the community and teaching the students about the importance of Legacy, a charity helping Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence force service.

Upcoming School Events

Junior School Building - Official Opening - Friday 13th September 2019

We would like to invite all of our School families to join us for the official opening of our Junior School building at 1.30pm on Friday 13th September, 2019. Please ensure all school students come to school that day dressed in their FULL summer school uniform.

Prayer Breakfast - Friday 20th September, 2019

Cybersafety Parent Seminar - Thursday 26th September 2019

We are holding a Cybersafety Seminar for School Parents at 7pm on Thursday evening, 26th September at the Fox Valley Community Centre. Come along and hear Susan McLean present on the benefits of technology and what parents need to be aware of. Susan is certified by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner as a provider of high quality Cybersafety education to schools throughout Australia. The event is free, however if you could please book via the link below for catering purposes, it would be greatly appreciated.

Year 6 Carnival Car Wash - Friday 27th September 2019

Year 6 will be hosting a Carnival Car Wash to raise funds for our class gift to the School on the last day of Term 3, Friday 27th September. Come along and have your car washed, your shoes shined and enjoy delicious food and fun activities including lucky dips, games galore and loads of prizes! The event will start at 8am with last cars being washed around 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Year 8 Cafe, Level 3 on Fox - Now Open!!

Our Year 8 Cafe - Level 3 on Fox - is open Monday and Friday afternoons from 2.00pm - 2:50pm.

If you choose to visit us, please make sure you sign in at the front office before making your way to the Textiles room on Level 3.

Please note Level 3 on Fox will be closed on Friday 13th September due to the Junior School building opening.

Primary School News

ASISSA Athletics Carnival

The ASISSA Athletics Carnival was held at E.S Marks Stadium, Randwick on Thursday 29th August. All our students performed extremely well in what was shocking weather on the day, we were proud of the way they preserved and gave it their all under the very trying conditions! Well done everyone!!

Congratulations to the following 16 students who made it to the next level of competition and will be representing the ASISSA Team at the NSWCIS Athletics Carnival to be held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Homebush on Wednesday 12th September, 2019.

  • Margrete A - Senior Girls Long Jump
  • Annie B - Senior Girls 4x100m Relay
  • Sasha C - Junior Girls Shot Put
  • Samuel K - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay, 11 Year Boys 100m, 11 Year Boys 200m and 11 Year Boys Discus
  • Paris L - Junior Boys Shot Put and Junior Boys Discus
  • Harriet L M - Senior Girls 4x100m Relay and 11 Year Girls Long Jump
  • Matthew M - Junior Boys 4x100m Relay and 8 Year Boys 100m
  • Keira M - Senior Girls 4x100m Relay
  • Abigail M - Senior Girls 4x100m Relay and 11 Year Girls Shot Put
  • Christian P - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay
  • Joel R - Junior Boys 4x100m Relay
  • Nathanael R - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay, 12 Year Boys 100m, 12 Year Boys 200m, 12 Year Boys Long Jump and 12 Year Boys Shot Put
  • Thomas S - Junior Boys 4x100m, 10 Year Boys 100m, Junior Boys 200m, Junior Boys Discus, Junior Boys Long Jump and Junior Boys Shot Put
  • William S - Junior Boys 4x100m Relay and 8 Year Boys 100m
  • Alexandra W - 11 Year Girls Shot Put
  • Raphael Y - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay

Congratulations to the following students who excelled and received overall Age Champions on the day:

  • Thomas S - 10 Years Boy Champion
  • Samuel K - 11 Years Boy Champion
  • Nathanael R - 12 Year Boys Champion

Upcoming Junior School Events

Wildlife Sydney Excursion - Year 4 - Wednesday 25th September, 2019

As more and more species disappear from the face of the Earth, we are caught up in a race to discover what we never knew we had. This excursion complements our Science and Geography program where we have studied various biomes and animal classification. During this excursion, we will be investigating different Australian animals and how they specifically adapt to help them survive a variety of habitats that can be found in Australia. Please note: There will be a small amount of interaction with certain animals throughout the day.

  • Where: Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • When: 25th September 2019 (Wednesday)
  • What to wear: Full school uniform
  • What to bring: Water bottle, hat, lunch, snack (students are able to bring a smaller backpack if they would like).

Middle & Senior School News

Year 7 Hike - Friday 6th September, 2019

Last Friday the Year 7's set out on a hike. On the day, we travelled to opposite ends of the Bobbin Head Track. We began walking after a quick safety brief from Mr Dunne. After only a couple of minutes, it was quickly evident that Lachlan Clague’s long legs were superior to ours. We forged on in groups while stopping every half hour to discover the name of a certain tree or to look down ‘snake holes’. After 5 km of walking, we ran across an impressive bridge and came to our lunch spot. A well-deserved lunch later, we continued on Warrimoo Track. This half was shorter, but unfortunately much steeper and rockier. We stopped at a neat little alcove of rock on the riverbank and the teachers took quite a lot of photos. We then made quick work of the remaining 2 km and came to the Sphinx Memorial as our finish line. Everyone admitted that throughout the day they all had a moment of happiness or a time where they felt like they accomplished something. Everyone should be commended and congratulated. The teachers deserve a thank you as well.

By Jude Goodacre, Year 7

Year 9 Camp - 10th - 13th September, 2019

Our Year 9 Class had a successful day yesterday, with everyone making is safely to camp last night. Students are now on day 2 of their Royal National Park hike and all is going well! A few pics have been posted below of their travels so far...

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Middle & Senior School Parent/Teacher Interviews -24th & 25th September 2019

Middle and Senior School Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday 24th & 25th September in the shared space on Level 3. The link to book appointments will be sent out via Skoolbag shortly.

Year 7 Vaccinations - Wednesday 25th September 2019

NSW Health's Immunisation Team will be visiting the School on Wednesday 25th September to administer the HPV immunisation (2nd dose) to Year 7 students. Parent's don't need to do anything as approvals were obtained before dose 1 at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions please contact the Middle School Office.

Year 8W Geography Excursion - Wednesday 25th September 2019

Our Year 8W class will be going on a Geography Field Trip to Norah Head on Wednesday, 25th September. Permission notes will be sent home with students today. Please ensure students are at school ready to depart by 8.30am, due to return around 3pm. Students are to wear their sports uniform and take their lunch/water with them. If you could please return your child's permission slip to the School Office by Wednesday 18th September it would be greatly appreciated.

Year 10 Bible Excursion - Wednesday 16th October, 2019

Please note the new date for our Year 10 Bible Excursion to Cooranbong is Wednesday 16th October. As part of the Year 10 Bible course, Year 10 students will be going on an excursion to Cooranbong to visit the Adventist heritage sites of Avondale College and Sunnyside, the home of Ellen G. White.

Students need to arrive at School at 8.30am, and will be returning to School around 3.00pm. Full school uniform is to be worn, including blazer and hat. Students have been given the opportunity to pre-order lunch, or they may bring their own food for the day.

Due to the change of date, new permission slips will be sent home towards the end of this term.


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Below is the link to our upcoming calendar events. Just click on the link below to access it.

Home and School News

A hard copy of the above Flyer will be coming home this week, please put it on your Fridge so you can keep up to dates with upcoming events.

Cybersafety Parent Seminar - Thursday 26th September 2019 - See all the details in the section above under "Upcoming School Events"!!!!!!!!!

Meals With Love

Just wanted to share what typically goes in a Meals with Love bag for a family of 4-6...

  • Soup and bread (garlic bread or rolls)
  • Garden salad (provided by Canteen)
  • Main meal (curry and rice, bolognese or casserole)
  • Fruit salad (provided by Canteen)
  • Dessert/lunchbox snack (brownies, muffins or cake)

As you can see, a full meal is provided, which takes lots of preparation. The more contributions from our school community, the more meals we can provide. Meals have been provided to families affected by illness or with family members in hospital or families with new babies.

Any contribution is greatly appreciated; it all adds up! And of course if you know a family in need; please drop us a line!

Tish Armstrong - tishiarmstrong@hotmail.com & Putu Barnett - subhalaksmi81@yahoo.com

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following people who have now completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge: Oliver C (KA), Levi L (1S), Joshua L (2M), Kornelia B (5/6K), Holly F (2J), Logan L (3K), Aksel L (KA), Jeremy W (1L), Stephanie Z (1S), Olivia M (2M), Aidan P (2J), Peyton S (6S), Asena C (KE), Cierra C (KE), Aria C (1S), David C (2J), Rhea K (4R), Angelique M (4H), Alexandra W (5/6K), Ronata L (6S), and Tilly C (6S). Well done to all of you - Excellent reading!

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is now over for 2019 – Congratulations to the 128 students who completed it. Mrs Savage does have continued access to the PRC site until Friday, however, so if you missed the August 31 deadline, please see her with a list of the books you wish to enter. The Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates will be given out late in Term Four.

Students can now start reading for the 2020 challenge, although there will be no access to computer log-ins until early next year so a written record of books read will need to be kept until then.

Perfect Book Match Competition

Congratulations to Emily M (10W) for winning our Perfect Book Match Competition by matching 6 teachers with their recommended book. Emily won a $30 QBD Books gift voucher.

We had four second place winners who all matched 4 teachers with their recommended book. Congratulations go to Eva M (5K), Nathanael R (5/6K), Adi V (7W) and Elijah H (8S) who all won a $15 QBD Books gift voucher.

Last Week of Borrowing for Prep

This week is the last week of borrowing for Term 3 for our Prep students. Please ensure that all library books are returned to the Library before the school holidays so the Prep boxes can be sorted and changed over during the holidays. Thanking you.


New Summer Canteen Menu

With the change to summer uniform the canteen has a new summer menu! See above. Please note all orders need to be submitted through flexischools.com.au by 8am.

  • Please note the canteen will no longer be open for breakfast for the remainder of the year.

We are in need for volunteers every morning to help with sticking labels on bags and preparing snacks for our students. If you have a spare 30mins to 1 hour available any day of the week please pop in and lend a hand. It will be greatly appreciated.

We hope you enjoy the new menu!

We are in need of wonderful volunteers to help stick labels on bags, chop fruit, pack snacks and serve our lovely students through out this term. Please drop in and say hi for 30 mins to a couple of hours any day of the week.

Bits and Pieces

Wahroonga Church - Chinese Vegetarian Cooking classes

International (Mediterranean, middle east, Mauritian, Thai ) vegetarian cooking class demonstrations with tasting (free) Wahroonga SDA Church (downstairs) 3.00pm-5.00pm, Sunday September 22 and 29.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to David Fatt at drdfatt@gmail.com or 0419269592


National Student Photo Competition

The Your Health Link National Photo Competition is back for 2019 and provides a platform for students to get creative and express their concept of "Healthy Life, Healthy You" through the exciting medium of photography. The competition has four categories: Primary School, High School, Mobile and Open. This is an amazing opportunity for students to win some incredible prizes! See link below for further details...


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