Newsletter - Wednesday 21st February 2018

Pastors' Corner


This time last week I was in the USA trying to book a table for my wife and I to go out to dinner. Every place I was trying to book said that they were booked out, I rang the front desk of our hotel and asked what they would recommend. I was told that it would not be likely that I would find a table in the city as it was Valentine’s Day and that most places would be 3x more expensive tonight.

Americans Spent $19.6 Billion on Valentine’s Day This Year Australians Spent More Then $23 Million on Valentine’s Day This Year

Not us!!! We ordered in Pizza to our room for $30, winner!

Its amazing how much we are all willing to payout on a day devoted to LOVE. As Christians we understand of a day that cost Heaven everything and yet was a free gift to this world. I pray that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

Blessing Pr Richie

Upcoming School Events

SRC - Pink Stumps Day - THIS SUNDAY!!!

NSW Interschool Snow Sports (K to 9)

This year during the winter school holidays, there is an opportunity for WAS to submit a team and/or individual entry to the NSW Interschool Snow Sports competition held in Perisher. Please note, you will have to provide all necessary equipment, accommodation and travel. There are costs associated with the competition. For full details, please see;

For expressions of interest, please contact Miss Sutton on tamika.sutton@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Primary School News

Primary Swimming Carnival

We held our Primary School Swimming Carnival on Sunday 18th February at Pymble Ladies College Aquatic Centre. It was the first time we have held our carnival at this venue and it was a great success, the morning was enjoyed by all who attended. A HUGE THANK YOU to all our parent helpers, teenagers and teachers who made the day a great success. Trophies for Champions and Runners up for Prep - Year 4 will be given out at Chapel on Friday 23rd February, and for Years 5 & 6 at Chapel on Tuesday 27th February.

School Banking

We had a representative from the Commonwealth Bank visit our school today, along with a special visitor, to sign up new students for school banking. It was a great success. If your were not able to attend, you can simply log on online to open a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child by visiting https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

Student School Banking is done on Fridays where students bring their deposit books to class to be processed. They can earn reward prizes throughout the year and learn about savings in a fun way. There are multiple competitions with fun prizes during the year that kids can participate. No deposit is too small.

If you have any questions, please contact the school banking co-ordinators (volunteering mums) : -

Upcoming Primary School Events

ASISSA Swimming Carnival

The ASISSA Swimming Carnival will be held on Tuesday 13th March, at the Warringah Aquatic Centre. Letters will be sent home this week for the students who have qualified for the carnival. They will be competing against 20 other Independent Schools.


Middle/Senior School News

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp, what a time to be alive! Excitement pulsed through both student and staff veins from the initial sight of the Lutanda Yarramundi tower of terror. Challenges and fears were overcome throughout the three day experience with students mastering rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing. When discussing highlights with students, many reflected on the time spent bonding with their peers, the feeling of joy that accompanied them making the leap of faith jumping down the flying fox and the Glow in the Dark Pool Party. If Year 7 Camp is any indication of what is to come in 2018, they should expect a year full of personal growth, solid peer connections and a continual appreciation for how blessed they truly are.

The link below will take you to a short video of the Year 7 Camp - if you have trouble viewing it all Year 7 students will be able to play it from their laptops.

Year 6 Surf Day

On Monday, Year 6 went to the surf day. We went to Collaroy Beach and the waves were very big and fun. We got to go boogie boarding and surfing. Almost everyone stood up on the surf boards. On the boogie boards, we rode the huge waves all the way into the shore. There were a lot of blue bottle so we had to beware! We all loved surfing. It was a lot of fun to go in the water but the best part of all was we didn't have to sit in the classroom.

By Charlotte Dunn, Tansey Raftery and Avery Larsen

Upcoming Middle/Senior School Events

CSSA Zone Swimming Carnival – Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Selected high school students have been asked to represent the school at the CSSA North Met Zone Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 7th March at Warringah Aquatic Centre. Permission notes were sent home last week, if you haven't signed and returned your child's note can you please do so urgently.

Students need to be at school on 7th March ready for the bus to depart by 7.30am. Please ensure your child has a WAS swim cap, they can be purchased from the school office for $10.

Middle/Senior School Teacher Interviews

Middle/Senior School Teacher Interviews will be held on Tues & Wed 27th/28th February in the Year 5/6 shared space on Level 3. An email containing details of how to make your appointments was emailed out on the 19th of February, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the school office.

Year 7 Vaccinations

Year 7 Vaccinations are scheduled to take place on Thursday 1st March. Can you please complete and return your child’s vaccination card this week, if you haven't already done so, and return it to the office by Friday 23rd February. It would be greatly appreciated.

Senior School Day of Worship - Thursday 15th March

The Senior School Day of Worship is scheduled for Thursday, 15th March 2018. Students will enjoy a fun morning of ice skating, followed by worship and lunch at Macarthur Adventist College. Sports uniform is to be worn (don't forget to dress on the warmer side for ice skating!) Permission slips will be sent home next week.

High School Concert Band and Choir

We are pleased to advise that this year we have two new music ensembles for high school students. The concert band will run on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.30 to 4.30 and a high school choir will run on Tuesday mornings between 7.30 and 8.30. If your child would like to be involved they simply need to turn up to the rehearsal with their instrument and a folder for their music. All ensembles will be held in the music room on level 4. Choir will commence next Tuesday and Concert Band commenced today.

If you have any questions please contact natalie.miller@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Home & School Meeting - Postoned

The Home and School meeting that was due to be held on Monday 26th February has been postponed. An update will be emailed in the next few weeks.

Canteen News

A huge thank you to all the parents and teenagers that helped at the Primary school swimming carnival your help was really appreciated.

The canteen is becoming increasingly busy this term and we would love to grab as much help as possible. Mum’s, Dad’s and Grandparents are all welcome. Anything from 30 mins to a couple of hours any morning of the week (especially Fridays) 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 alternatively just pop in and lend a hand.

Meals with Love

Library News

Bits and Pieces

Coles Sports for Schools Program

The Coles Sports for Schools program has commenced!! Customers at Coles, Coles Express and Coles Online will receive one voucher for every $10 spent just by doing their regular shop. We encourage our students, families and friends to get involved and collect as many vouchers as possible to help us reach our sports gear target!!

This year we have set a goal of 30,000 vouchers!!!! Please bring your vouchers to the School Office and deposit them in the collection boxes. We also have a poster tracking our weekly voucher count, so come in and see how we're going!!

This really is a great initiative by Coles, thank you so much for your support we really do appreciate it.

Introducing Sunday Football for Girls

This year Normanhurst Eagles are providing mini and junior girls with the opportunity to play on a Sunday morning in an all girls team in the North West Sydney Women's Football Association.

We also appreciate that some girls as they get older don't wish to play against the boys. We are also aware that some junior girls want an avenue to develop their game at a higher (representative) level. Playing in the women's association provides this avenue. We hope that by providing Sunday football, girls will have an avenue to continue to enjoy playing football, have fun and build life long friendships.

We are a grass roots community Club wanting to provide the opportunity for everyone to play football. As part of our Club's philosophy we would like to grow the women's game within our Club and in particular girl's football from Under 6 to Under 14's. In recent years we have had good success developing a Under 15's team and a number of teams at Senior levels.

Please contact Natalie if you have any questions. natalie.mikhael@normoeagles.com.au or call 0438 599 720

NRL Pre-Season Skills Clinics

Helen O'Grady Drama Classes


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