Newsletter - Friday 7 February 2020

Pastors' News

We as a Chaplaincy team would like to welcome all students, staff and our extended school family back to this new schooling year. We are so looking forward to this year with the expansion of our Chaplaincy team.

We welcome Eden Ashcroft our newest Chaplain to our school family and look forward to her care and pastoral leadership.

Eden says: I'm a country kid, who loves exploring, and looking at cool old buildings! I love going to the beach and drinking coffee in my spare time!

She is also a mad AFL Geelong supporter!

Her favourite words in the Bible come from 2 Corinthians 5:17 .... "In Christ I am a new creation..."’

Whole School Information

Building Update

Construction of the new grass and multi-sport area was held up over the holiday break due to rain and further engineering specifications. We have rectified the specifications and this area is now moving ahead quickly, we are hoping for completion by the end of term... weather dependent!

The wedge - housing our Head of Junior School, staff room, Learning Support team and counselling services is nearing completion. We hope to be moving in over the coming weeks.

School Parking

When dropping your children to School please ensure you use the Kiss n Drop zone in the basement car park. If your child needs help getting in/out of the car please park in one of the car spaces, this will allow for the kiss n drop queue to keep moving in peak times.

We ask parents to please park in the basement car park when needed and refrain from parking in the lot out the back. The land behind the School does not belong to the School and with the amount of cars coming and going we have concerns for student safety.

Lift Access

A reminder students are not to use the lift unless they have a lift pass/approval from School Staff. If your child needs to use the lift please email the School Office at office@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Parent Access to Students

A reminder Parents are not to proceed past Level 1 unless accompanied by a member of staff. If you need to see your child's teacher - please make your way to the School Office and they will organise for your child/child's teacher to come and meet you in the office.

Executive and Administration Team for 2020

We are pleased to announce our new Executive and Administration team for 2020. Please see below for details of our team...

Executive Team

Principal - Mrs Michelle Streatfeild

Head of Junior School - Mrs Anne-Marie Deppeler (Years Prep - 4)

Head of Middle School - Miss Natalie Rogers (Years 5 - 8)

Head of Senior School - Mr Michael St Mart (Years 9 - 12)

Business Manager - Mrs Alyssa Potts

Administration Team

Front Office/Accounts - Mrs Kelly Oldfield - your contact for all school matters and fee enquiries Contact: office@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au (for student related matters) and accounts@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au (for fee enquiries)

Registrar/Marketing - Ms Carmen Wynstra - responsible for managing the enrolment process and school marketing (includes being your contact for scholarship information and the newsletter) Contact: enrol@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Student Services - Mrs Nerolie King - looking after our students and all their administrative needs while at school.

Please keep a look out for an update on our new teaching staff which will be coming out soon!

Music Tutors

We have a variety of music tutors onsite for those students wanting some extra tuition. If you would like further information please contact the tutor directly;

  • Aggie Breski - Piano - Tel: 0406 477 997
  • Nick Ciccarelli - Clarinet, Saxophone & Drums - Tel: 0448 602 180
  • Tom Erceg - Guitar - Tel: 0492 908 348
  • Sarah Jameson - Cello - Tel: 0414 809 761
  • Deb Johnson - Violin (Suzuki) - Tel: 0425 318 575
  • Amelia Martin - Flute - Tel: 0437 129 500
  • Suzanne Milne - Piano - Tel: 0449 131 069
  • Natalie Miller - Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium & French Horn - Tel: 0434 130 390
  • Tamika Sutton - Drums - Email: tamika.sutton@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Wahroonga String Orchestra

Wahroonga String Orchestra started rehearsals on Thursday this week and will continue to meet on Thursday mornings at 7.50am in the large music room on Level 4. We welcome new violinists, violists and cellists who have been taking private lessons for a year or more.

For more information, please contact our director, Sarah Jameson via email: sarah.j.jameson@gmail.com or simply come along on Thursday and try it out.

Free Webinars on Internet Safety

Please find below information on free webinars for parents and carers of young people, which are being run by the eSafety Office.

These webinars are convenient for parents and carers who are not able to make it to one of the Safer Internet Day cyber safety presentations at PCYC clubs across NSW due to work, childcare, or other prior commitments.

There are two webinar topics:

1. Helping Kids Thrive Online - suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 5-12 years old.

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, contact with strangers and online bullying
  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges
  • skills that young people need to protect themselves online
  • how to get help if things go wrong

Webinar Times:

  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 - 8pm to 9pm (AEDT)
  • Friday 14 February 2020 - 12pm to 1pm (AEDT)

2. Tech, Teens and Time Online - suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 12-18 years old.

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, relationships and online harassment
  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges
  • online wellbeing strategies for teens
  • how to get help if things go wrong

Webinar Times:

  • Tuesday 11 February 2020 - 8pm to 9pm (AEDT)
  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm (AEDT)

All sessions will be delivered by eSafety expert Greg Gebhart and parents will need to register by logging onto the eSafety webpage;

Woolworths Earn and Learn - They have arrived!!!

We are excited to announce that the goodies we purchased with all the Earn & Learn points arrived over the holidays!!! These items are a great addition to the digital technology our School currently has and will be well used in classrooms across the School.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program in 2019 - we really appreciate everyone's efforts and look forward to participating in the program again this year! Thank you!

Upcoming Junior School Events

Primary School Swimming Carnival - Sunday 16 February 2020

Our Primary School Swimming Carnival for Prep—Year 6 will be held on Sunday 16 February 2020 at PLC Pymble School’s Aquatic Centre - Avon Road, Pymble. You need to enter via Gate 3 and park in the Centenary Car Park. Helpers will be needed on the day either with novice events, swimming events or both.


Entry fees: Swimmers - $5, Spectators - $3

Please email studentservices@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au if you DID NOT complete the helper’s section on the form, but are now able to 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 9.45am for the swimmers. Please ensure your child arrives at this time and reports to their class teacher.

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:

• 9.00am - 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

Meet the Teacher Night

On Tuesday night we held the Primary School "Meet the Teacher Night". There was a shared tea at 6pm followed by parents visiting their child’s classroom. Parents met their child’s teacher where expectations and general organizational information was provided. It was a very successful evening enjoyed by all who attended.

Infant Swimming Program

Kindy to Year 2 have commenced their intensive 2 week swimming program. They will be swimming 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 Beness

• 1.45pm - 2.15pm - Mrs Mowbray

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Public Transport to/from School

We encourage High School students to take public transport to/from school, and locals to walk where possible. Transdev determine the number of buses and bus routes over the first few weeks of term, so please remind students that tapping on and off the buses and trains is really important at this time.

High School Swimming Carnival - Thursday 20 February 2020

The High School Swimming Carnival is being held at Knox Grammar School's Aquatic Centre on Thursday 20th February. Students are to wear sports uniform. While taking an outfit/items with team colours to cheer their house on is greatly encouraged, students are needing to make their way to/from the venue in their sports uniform. The Carnival will start at 9am. If your child is yet to confirm their participation please do so by Wednesday 12th February - no entries will be accepted after this date.

Please note the High School Swimming Carnival is a compulsory event. If student's can't attend parents need to provide notification in line with the School's usual Absentee Policy.

Middle & Senior School News

Year 7 Camp - Wed 5 to Fri 7 February 2020

Yr 7 camp is well under way at Lutanda Yarrmundi, and despite the wet weather all spirits are high and everyone is having a great time making friends, getting to know each other better and challenging themselves on a variety of activities. The Yr 7 camp is all about NETWORK, providing many opportunities for students to develop connections with each other and with staff to strengthen a sense of belonging and support right from the beginning of the year. All activity groups and cabin groups have a mix of students from each Yr 7 homeroom class, and include a mix of new students to the Wahroonga Adventist School community as well as those who have travelled with us through primary school.

Highlights of camp so far have included the team building and get-to-know-each-other games on the first night, the raft building and the flying fox. Way too much fun has been had to fully describe in this small blurb, but the Yr 7 students are eager to tell you all about their adventure when they return home this afternoon. When you ask them about what went well on camp, listen for their stories of new experiences, and take pleasure in knowing your children are fast growing into healthy, independent, responsible and supportive members of a thriving learning community!

From all the Yr 7 Camp Staff Team

Welcome Evening - Thursday 30 January 2020

A huge thanks to all the parents and students who came to our Welcome Evening last week. We ran a different format this year where families made their way around the school and met their child's relevant teachers in the classroom, before coming together on the Junior School rooftop for a short presentation and some light snacks/refreshments. All the staff really enjoyed meeting our new families and getting the chance to catch up with friendly faces - thank you to all our school families who attended.

Extra Curricular Sports

Basketball Training Program - Commences Monday 10 February

Our Basketball Training Program, for students in Years 4 to 11, will take place on Monday afternoons at the Fox Valley Community Centre. There will be 2 sessions;

  • 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Fundamental Skills (Min age Year 3)
  • 4.30pm - 5.30pm - Advanced Skiils (selection based - 20 positions)

The program is complementary - trial dates are scheduled for 10 and 17 February - please collect a note from the School Office for full details.

Running Training Program

The Running Training Program takes place at 7am on Friday mornings, commencing Friday 14 February. Students in Years 4 to 11 are invited to attend (talented runners from younger grades are also welcome).

The program is complementary - please collect a note from the School Office for further details.

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

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 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 Web App which makes searching for resources easy from any device with internet access. To log on to our Web App 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 Tuesday, 11 February. 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.

‘Enchanted Forest – Let Your Imagination Grow’

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.

Home and School News

Welcome to 2020.....if you are returning good to see you back and if you are new to our Wahroonga Adventist School Community we hope that your first year with us will be positive and rewarding.

Home and School is here to provide social events to create a sense of community within our school space. Our goal is to bring people together, so that you feel connected and supported, we do this during the year through various social gatherings and Parent Master classes.

We are hoping this year that more people will be able to attend our Home and School meeting - the first one for the year will be on the Tuesday 3rd of March at 7.00pm.

Events lined up thus far for 2020:

• Friday 3rd April - Afternoon Easter Event

• Friday 8th of May - Mothers Day Afternoon Tea

• Sunday 17th of May - Opening of the Multisport Courts - Family Fun Day

• Weekend of 24th of October - Dad’s Campout



The WAS Canteen would like to extend a huge thank you to Kelly Oldfield for the incredible job she has done as Canteen Manager over recent years. Together with the incredible canteen team, Kelly has developed nutritious, fresh and often home made food for our community, keeping the tummies of students and staff happily satisfied. We wish Kelly well in her new role in the School Office, and we are very happy that she has not moved too far away!

Our Term 1 Summer Menu became available last week, and it has been a joy to see the children back at school, looking somewhat taller and keen to embrace school life. Thank you to parents and staff for ordering lunches via Flexischools. May I kindly ask that you ensure your child’s class/ year level has been updated to reflect their 2020 details please? This will ensure that the correct order gets to the right person!

We 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.

For those of you who I am yet to meet, I look forward to getting to know you with time. I am excited to be a part of the WAS Canteen team and continue to provide our school community with delicious, fresh food moving forward.

Sarah Castillo

Bits and Pieces