Newsletter - Wednesday 6th February 2019

Pastors' Corner

Better Together

One person once put it like this ‘It's like peanut butter and chocolate. Each is great but they’re better together’.

We started off the school year with a combined school chapel service on the first day. Students, staff and parents were reminded that what makes this school community strong is building upon the concept of ‘Better Together' whether it be in the classroom, the playground, the sport team, the staff room or our school community events we are always 'Better Together’

As a school built on Christian principles we also hold to the concept that together with Christ we are better. I am reminded of the Biblical text that is often used at weddings but holds true in the context of our school being ‘Better Together’.

'Two are better than one….. but a cord of three is not easily broken.' Ecclesiastes 4

With Christ at the centre of our school, our relationships, our community will bring strength and the unity of us all being ‘Better Together’.

Looking forward to the journey of 2019 together!

The Chaplains

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller

School News

The teachers and students are all excited about the Junior School building and are all enjoying the new surrounds like the amphitheater and roof top play. Just a reminder that the classes are on the following levels:

  • Prep & Kindy are on Level 1 (Ground floor)
  • Years 1 & Year 2 are on Level 2
  • Years 3 & 4 are on Level 3

Upcoming Primary School Events

Primary School Swimming Carnival

Our Primary School Swimming Carnival for Prep—Year 6 will be held on Sunday 17th February 2019 at PLC Pymble School’s Aquatic Centre - Avon Road, Pymble. You need to enter via Gate 3 and park in the Centenary Car Park. Entries are now overdue, as letters were due back to your child's class teacher BY Monday 4th February. Helpers will be needed on the day either with Novice Events, Swimming events or both.

Please email jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au if you DID NOT complete the helpers section on the form, but are able to now help. Please note that helpers will need to be at the carnival at 8.30am if helping with novice or both events or by 10.00am if helping with the swimming events. We will meet at the recording table.

The Carnival will be held from 9.00am-2.00pm. The Novice Events will be held from 9.00am-10.15am and the Swimming Events will be held from 10.15am - 2.00pm. Entry will be from 8.45am for the novice events and 10.00am for the swimmers. Please ensure your child arrives at this time and reports to their class teacher.

Primary School Events

Primary Swimming Classes

Years 3 - 6 swimming have commenced and 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 change rooms. Class times are outlined below:

  • 9.40am - 10.20am - 4H Mr Hurst
  • 10.20am- 11.00am - 3B Mrs Beness
  • 11.30am - 12.10pm - 4R Miss Robinson
  • 12.10pm - 12.50pm - 3K Mrs Kemp
  • 12.50pm - 1.30pm - Yr 6 Miss Spall
  • 1.30pm - 2.10pm - Yr 5 Mrs Kanimako
  • 2.10pm - 2.50pm - Year 5/6 Miss Kohama

Junior School News

Infant Swimming Program

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. If you have brought second hand clothing, please ensure you have changed the name inside the clothing. Class times are below:

  • 9:45am - 10:15am - Mrs Els
  • 10:15am -10:45am - Mrs Els/Miss Andrews
  • 10.45am - 11.15am - Miss Andrews
  • 11.45am - 12.15pm - Mrs Lorentz
  • 12.15pm - 12.45pm - Mrs Lorentz/Mrs Sedgman
  • 12.45pm - 1.15pm - Mrs Sedgman
  • 1.15pm - 1.45pm - Mrs Jacobs
  • 1.45pm - 2.15pm - Mrs Mowbray

Meet the Teacher Night

Last night we held the Junior School "Meet the Teacher Night". There was a shared tea at 6pm followed by parents moving off to classrooms, to meet their child's teacher. It was a very successful evening enjoyed by all who attended.


Middle School News

Seqta Engage - Years 7 to 10

Seqta Engage is the School's Parent Portal which allows High School parents to log in and view their son or daughter's academic results, lesson outlines, timetable, upcoming assessments and school documents.

Families with students new to the school were sent information yesterday on how to set up Seqta Engage. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Middle School Office.

Students Out of Uniform

Just a quick reminder to please provide a signed note if your child is not wearing their complete school uniform. Please ensure your note is signed and that it lists all the uniform items your child is missing that day. Students need to give their note to their homeroom teacher when they arrive at roll call.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 10 Excursion to Taronga Zoo - Monday 11th February

As part of the Photography and Visual Arts Units, Year 10 students will be going on an excursion to Taronga Zoo and Manly Beach on Monday 11th February. Students need to meet at Turramurra Train Station at 8.30am and will be returning to Turramurra Train Station at approx 4.20pm. Please arrange for your son/daughter to make their own way home from Turramurra Station.

Please ensure your son/daughter has an Opal Card to use for trains and ferries with at least $30 on it, as they will be making 4 ferry trips, as well as train journeys to and from Wynyard.

If you are yet to return your child's permission slip please do so urgently, if we do not have permission from you your child won't be able to attend.

High School Swimming Carnival - Thursday 14th February

The High School Swimming Carnival is scheduled for Thursday, 14th February at Pymble Ladies College Aquatic and Fitness Centre - Gate 3, Avon Road, Pymble. The carnival will start at 9am and finish approx 2pm - Students need to make their own way to/from the event.

The Swimming Carnival is a compulsory event and students are expected to attend even if they aren't swimming. Students may wear casual clothing and are encouraged to wear house colours to support their team.

Year 6 Surf Day - Thursday 28th February

The Year 6 Surf Day is scheduled for Thursday, 28th February where students will attend a Learn to Surf session with Manly Surf School at Long Reef. Permission slips including further information will be sent home shortly - please sign and return your child's permission slip to their class teacher by Friday 22nd February.

Year 7 Vaccinations - Friday 1st March

NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Year 7 vaccinations will take place here at School on Friday 1st March.

Parent information kits will be sent home over the next week, if you would like your child to be vaccinated return the signed consent forms to the Middle School Office by Monday 25th February. For further information please visit the link below;

Scholarship Information - Year 7, 2020

Wahroonga Adventist School is offering three academic part (50%) scholarships for entry into Year 7 in 2020, scholarships awarded will follow through from Year 7 until Year 12. We encourage all students entering Year 7 in 2020 to apply.

The scholarships awarded to Year 7 students are for applicants who achieve excellent results on the ACER Scholarship Exam.

The exam will be held here at school on Monday, 29th April 2019. Students can register online by going to our Acer Scholarship Page, please visit the link below.

The exam fee is $100 due at the time of booking. The closing date to sign up for the scholarship exam is Thursday, 11th of April 2019.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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


Library News

Library Classes

Library borrowing has started for the year so please check your child’s library day below and remind them to bring their library bags on that day. Prep-Year 2 can borrow a maximum of 3 books at a time, Years 3–6 can borrow a maximum of 5 books, and High School students may borrow up to a maximum of 6 books. Library bags are required for all junior borrowers (P-4), but are optional for middle and senior students.

Library WebOPAC

Wahroonga Adventist School Library has an online catalogue (WebOPAC) which makes searching for resources easy from any device with internet access. To log on to our WebOPAC either go to bit.ly/waslibrary, or follow the library link on the Wahroonga Skoolbag App. On the Guest page you will find instructions on how to access your child’s personal details.

Volunteers Meeting

We will be holding a short meeting for new library volunteers at 8.45am on Thursday, February 14. If you are a new volunteer and are unable to attend at this time please email Mrs Savage at library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au for more information about how you can help in the library.

‘Book Fair Beach – Catch the Reading Wave’

Our annual Book Fair is going to be held in Week 8 of Term One this year, so watch this space in coming weeks for more information.

Canteen News

Welcome back to school everyone. Please see attached the term 1 menus. We are open for breakfast every morning from 8am.

We are also looking for volunteers this term. Mum’s, Dad’s and Grandparents are all welcome. Anything from 30 mins to a couple of hours any day of the week we would love to see you. No experience is needed, just the willingness to help, chop, pack bags and serve our lovely students. If you are interested or have any spare time please jump on to https://www.volunteersignup.org/RCYP3 or pop in and lend a hand.

Bits and Pieces

AFL - Pennant Hills Juniors

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

  • Please note - this is a different Helen O'Grady Drama Academy to the one also advertised in this section

Parenting Workshop

The Adventist Media ministry "Mums At The Table" are presenting a Parenting Workshop, which is all about building and strengthening resilience in children. The speaker is a renowned author and psychologist, Collett Smart. It is being held at Fox Valley Church on March 19

Helen O'Grady Drama Classes

Orienteering NSW

On Wed Feb 27, Garingal Orienteers are putting on a FREE course for kids, at George Christie Field, from 4.30-6.30pm.

It's great exercise and an even better workout for the brain. This is aimed at school Years 3-6 you won't need a compass or anything fancy - just comfy exercise clothes and a spirit of exploration.

Bring mum, or dad, or some friends, or all of them. Come along and get a taste of the original adventure sport!

SAN Regifting for a good cause

Share your Christmas gifts for the San Regifting Fair.

The San is collecting gifts for its first ever Regifting Fair to be held Thursday February 14th which will raise vital funds for the Women’s Shelter at Hornsby.

With over 1700 female staff, the San wants to join the global celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) by donating in a way that will help women locally.

The Women’s Shelter provides accommodation and refuge for women facing challenges including ill health, unemployment, homelessness, and domestic violence.

The San is encouraging people to donate gifts they received at Christmas but will not use, are not needed, or to their taste, but which if donated for fund-raising continues the spirit of Christmas for a good cause.

The monies raised will be donated before International Women’s Day on 8th March and the San’s Administration will match funds raised up to $1000.

Gifts to be sold at the Regifting Fair must be new and saleable, complete and presentable.

They can include perfumes, books, toys, ornaments, homewares, cosmetics, beauty and skin care products, electrical items, camping or sporting gear, clothing and accessories or other items.

Director of Human Resources at the San Melva Lee said Regifting Fair sale prices will be modest in the interests of selling all stock and raising much needed funds for the Shelter.

“Sometimes presents don’t suit or are not needed. This is a great opportunity to remain true to the spirit of goodwill in which gifts were given, while making a practical difference to women going through difficult times. We invite everyone to donate and then come along to the Fair.”

Family and friends are also welcome to contribute. There is a Colourful Regifting box in the school office on Level 1. Donations should be made before the close of business on Tuesday 12th February.

Queries to AHCL Director Of Human Resources Melva Lee at 9487 9220 or Corporate Communications Manager Leisa O’Connor on 9498 9416


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