Newsletter - Friday 5 June 2020

Pastors' News

This year is flying past, we cannot believe that it is already June and we are well into our school year.

It has been great seeing everyone in the mornings at drop off time. We are loving this extra opportunity to connect with the students and also the chance to get to know all the parents a little better. Although it is usually a quick hello and goodbye as we get your kids out of the car and take their temperatures, its great to be able to meet the parents and families of our awesome students.

This week, Years 1 to 4 participated in a virtual ‘Combined Day of Worship’ with other Adventist schools in Sydney, and even our sister schools in Canberra, Albury and Narromine were involved. The students had a great time taking part in this worship program.

Our Chapel space has been continually evolving over the last couple of months and our high school students are now enjoying a live streamed program on Tuesday mornings. We see a variety of students from different year levels sharing with the School their passion for worship and serving God. Our Junior School love the weekly recorded videos with Pastor Chicken making regular appearances.

I want to leave you with this awesome promise, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you” - Isaiah 41:13. Whatever you may be facing, or whatever life is throwing at you, remember that God promises to be with us and that we need not worry because He is there to hold our hand and guide us through it all.

Blessings, Pr. Eden

Junior School News

A note from Mrs Deppeler


Now that winter is here, it is important that students are in their full winter uniform on the days required. Please label jumpers/jackets and hats so that they can be returned if found.

A reminder that no parents or visitors are allowed on site. Orders for uniform items can be placed by 4pm on Wednesdays through flexischools.com.au. Should you have any queries regarding uniforms, please contact Helen on uniformshop@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

I will continue to post a new challenge each week into your child’s learning journal in Seesaw. The challenges are not compulsory and are additional to any work set by your child’s teacher. Once completed, please upload and post to Mrs Deppeler's Weekly Challenge folder on your child’s class homeroom page.

"Favourite Bible Verse" Challenge

This week’s challenge requires you tell me your favourite Bible verse. You may choose how you want to present your Bible verse and provide an explanation as to why it is your favourite. I look forward to what you come up with. See your learning journal in Seesaw for more details.

A Thought for the Week

God gave you this life because He knows that you are strong enough to live it … don't give up.

Combined Schools Day of Worship

On Wednesday, 3 June Years 1 to 4 participated in the Combined Schools Day of Worship. Students were excited and engaged in singing, listening to stories and creating in a craft activity. A special thank you to our Chaplains who did an amazing job to put it all together in an online platform for the students.

Upcoming Junior School Events

Semester 1 Reports

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Junior School reports for Semester 1 will be sent home by the end of week 1, term 3. This decision was made to enable teachers to have the opportunity to complete assessments for each child, once students return to school. Please keep in mind that Semester 1 reports may not be a true reflection of your child’s skills and abilities at this time but will provide you with an indication as to your child’s strengths and potential areas for future growth.

Remote Learning

Junior School teachers will continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students who are required to stay at home due to COVID-19, however our focus has now shifted towards face to face learning again.

Middle & Senior School News

A note from Miss Rogers and Mr St Mart

Welcome back everybody - it is so good to have everybody back on site for Term 2.


As we are heading into winter and it is getting colder we would like to remind parents of the following:

• Travelling to and from school the outer most layer of your child’s uniform should be the school blazer.

• Hoodies are not permitted under sport uniforms. We have a school sport jacket that students are able to wear, under which non visible layers can be worn.

Finally, please be mindful of the requirement of the skirt length for the girls in the Middle and Senior School. As outlined in our handbook, girls winter skirts must have a minimum length below the bottom of the knee cap and maximum length above mid-calf.

A reminder that no parents or visitors are allowed on site. Orders for uniform items can be placed by 4pm on Wednesdays through flexischools.com.au. Should you have any queries regarding uniforms, please contact Helen on uniformshop@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

'How to...' in Year 5

Last week, Year 5 students started a brand-new writing task on how to write a detailed procedure. They took a hands-on approach by writing a procedure, swapping instructions with a partner and following what the partner had written to make fairy bread. You can see from the looks on their faces that this was the best writing lesson ever!

Year 5 students are preparing their own ‘How to’ procedure to present to their class next week. Think of all the wonderful things our Year 5 students will teach each other!

Invictus Welcome Breakfast - Years 7 & 10

This week, Year 7 students participated in Part 1 of their formal induction to the Invictus Wellbeing Program – the “Welcome Breakfast”. Each Year 7 homeroom class was generously hosted by Year 10 students who served a delicious breakfast of pancakes, hash browns, cheese toasties, cereals and juices. The breakfast was an opportunity for students in Year 7 to laugh and interact with their peers and get to know some of the Year 10 students a little better, contributing to the Year 7 Invictus theme of Network. Students in Year 10 had an opportunity to reflect on how service to others really matters and experience how their actions can contribute to developing a sense of inclusion and belonging. This event was also an integral part of the Year 10 Invictus theme of Serve. Students in Years 7 and 10 will be participating in Part 2 of the formal induction to the Invictus Wellbeing Program in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Years 7-11 Choir

Years 7-11 Choir will resume practice on Tuesday, 9 June at 7:30am in Music Lab 2. We look forward to seeing you there!

Year 10 Career Profiling Interviews

Monday, 22 June – Wednesday, 24 June

Students and Parents are invited to participate in a 30 minute individual interview with a Career Avenues Counsellor, to review the results from the recent Career Profiling and discuss the possible subject choices for both the Preliminary and HSC courses. This interview is strongly encouraged. Please ensure payment of $50 is made to the School Office ASAP.

Term Dates for 2020

  • Term 1- Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Thursday 9th April 2020
  • Term 2 - Monday 27th April 2020 - Friday 3rd July 2020
  • Term 3 - Thursday 23rd July 2020 - Friday 25th September 2020
  • Term 4 - Monday 12th October 2020 - Thursday 10th 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

Congratulations Annabelle J (KA), Nicolas J (2M), Lukas W (3K), Chloe L (6J), Arabella W (6J), Lachlan P (2M), Mateo S (KE), Brianna K (2B), Catherine G (5K), Benjamin K (5C), Claire H (5C) and Jax Richards (KA) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Fabulous reading!

Remember, the Premier’s Reading Challenge does not finish until the end of August so there is still plenty of time to complete it. Happy Reading!!

Overdue Books

There are still a lot of books overdue from before the Term 1 Covid-19 lockdown – both library books and English class novels. Please encourage your children to find these books and return them to the library as soon as possible. If you are unsure of your child’s current loans, please go to the library WebApp (bit.ly/waslibrary) and follow the instructions on the home page to access your child’s library records. There are no fees for overdue books, however lost or damaged books incur either a $25 replacement fee per book payable at the School Office, or alternatively a replacement copy of the lost/damaged book can be handed to the library.

Meals with Love

If you know a school family in need of a home-cooked meal, then please email us. Due to the current climate, we cannot accept donations of meals. All meals are being prepared by Meals With Love and the Canteen to aid with contact tracing if necessary. We thank you for your continued support of this initiative.

Nicola - nicolasweetman@gmail.com

Tish - tishiarmstrong@hotmail.com


Bits and Pieces

Please see link below to access the "Keeping Safe in Cybersafe" education series.