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Newsletter - Wednesday 21st March 2018

Pastors' Corner

A Quote from the Chaplains on Living the Christian Life

As Christians we are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine.

Dwight L. Moody

Upcoming School Events

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

ASISSA Swimming Carnival

We had 27 students compete at the ASISSA Swimming Carnival on 13th March. We are extremely proud of our all our students in the team, who performed the best they ever had at this level!! They swam extremely well, breaking their times from our school swimming carnival, as well as breaking personal best records!!! We were so proud of our whole team on the day. Well done everyone!!

Congratulations to Salani S for breaking the ASISSA record for Junior Girls (8-10 Yrs) 50m backstroke record.

Salani S was also the overall Junior Girls ASISSA Champion & Nicholas L was the overall Junior Boys ASSISA Champion. Well done Salani & Nicholas on this EPIC achievement!!

Congratulations also to Logan L, Nicholas L, Abigail M, Salani S, Erin Q, Harriet L M, Kendra G, Cameron K & Harry P who have made it through the next level of competition - the NSWCIS Swimming Carnival.

Chicks at Wahroonga

Year 2 were very excited to welcome some eggs, hatchlings and chicks to our classrooms from March 5-16. We loved having the incubator and chick cage in 2M's classroom. We are studying the life cycles of animals in our Science Unit this term. Year 2 watched several chicks hatch and enjoyed watching them eat, drink and cuddle together under the heat lamp. We held the chicks everyday and welcomed as many visitors into our classroom to share the joy of holding a soft little chick.

Upcoming School Events

NSWCIS Swimming Carnival

We have 9 students competing in 16 events at the NSWCIS(Combined Independent Schools) Swimming Carnival on Thursday 22nd March at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, Homebush. They will be representing the ASISSA team and we wish them all the best at this extremely competitive level! . Entry to Pool -8.00am, warm up 8-8.45am, carnival commences at 9.00am.

Band Camp

Band Camp is for any students from Years 3-9 who wish to attend and will be held from 21st—23rd May 2018 at Crosslands Convention Centre, Galston. If your child is wanting to attend Band Camp, please note that applications close Thursday 29th March,  payment must be made prior to the Camp commencing . Payment can be made by card over the phone, cash or cheque or direct deposit. If paying by direct deposit, please ensure you put your family code & "Band Camp" so we know who has paid.

What to bring:

  • Musical instrument and music stand
  • Reed Instruments (please bring 2 spare reeds)
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag + blanket or Doona/sheets
  • Hot water bottle (if desired)
  • Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Medication (please check in with camp nurse on arrival)
  • Bible, pen and notebook
  • Torch/batteries—really important
  • Sun screen—really important
  • Insect repellent—really important
  • Warm jacket (very important)
  • Casual clothes for every day—could be cool!
  • Please bring clean blue jeans for the Concert
  • Good rain coat
  • Hat
  • Firm soled joggers (and able to get wet)

What Not To Bring: Electronic Gear

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Upcoming Junior School Events

Junior School Winter Uniform Shop Fitting Days

Our Uniform Shop fitting days are on Thursday 22 March and Friday 23 March for all students purchasing the winter Junior School uniform. Parents are requested to join their child for their fitting time.

Fitting times are booked online through Flexischools by following the link below: www.flexischools.com.au

The boys’ formal uniform of trousers and long shirt are the same style and sizes of the summer uniform - only the length is different, so you may like to order on-line. If not, your child will need to be fitted on this day.

The girls’ formal uniform of pinafore and blouse will need to be fitted.

Any queries can be directed to Helen Roberts our Uniform Shop Manager at uniformshop.waps@gmail.com

Middle/Senior School News

CSSA Zone Swimming Carnival – Wednesday, 7th March 2018

On Wednesday 7th March 26 students were asked to represent the school at the CSSA North Met Zone Swimming Carnival at Warringah Aquatic Centre and they did us proud! Everyone swam well on the day against tough competition from students at Oxford Falls Grammar, Pacific Hills, Covenant Christian and NBCS. A special congratulations to Amelia M, Billy C, Hamish T and Elliott Y for making it through to the next level of competition! Good luck guys, we hope you do well next week and enjoy the day!

Senior School Day of Worship - Thursday 15th March

Last Thursday, the whole of Year 9 participated in the fantastic Day of Worship with 3 other Seventh Day Adventist Schools. When we got off the bus that drove us from school to Liverpool Catholic Club, we divided into 2 groups. One group were going ice skating at the Liverpool Catholic Club and the other group went and played mini golf. The ice skating was so much fun and it was great to mix with the other schools too. After we finished our activities, we got back on the bus and drove to Macarthur Adventist College. Once there, we watched groups from the other schools sing songs praising God, and also had the pleasure of singing along too. Our own school presented a prayer for the other schools too, with Jonathan, Zach, Zoe, Billy, Emily and Lachlan working together with Pastor Landry to form a sensory prayer. We were very lucky to have the experience and have such and enthusiastic audience! We also heard stories from Jonathan Leonardo, who shared his life experiences that shaped him as a person. After the worship, we had a delicious lunch which was kindly provided by Avondale College. On the bus ride back to school, we all exchanged laughs and stories about the day. It was great to be involved with the Senior School Day of Worship this year!

Written by Zoe Rosen - Year 9

SEQTA - High School Parent Portal

SEQTA setup information for the High School Parent Portal was emailed out to parents on 28th February. Through the parent portal you can see your child's timetable, homework, upcoming assessments and more. If you are having trouble logging in please contact the Middle School Office.

Upcoming Middle/Senior School Events

Year 8 - Geography Field Trip to Norah Head

Our Year 8 students are going on an excursion to Norah Head on Monday 26th March, please ensure students are at School ready to depart by 8am. Students need to wear their sports uniform and take their lunch, snacks and water with them. Permission slips were sent home earlier this week, can you please sign it and have your child return it to their Geography Teacher by Thursday 22nd March.

Middle/Senior School Winter Uniform Fitting Days

Senior School: Thursday 29th March for all Senior School students purchasing the winter Senior School Uniform.

Middle School: Thursday 5th April and Friday 6th April for all Middle School students purchasing the winter Middle School Uniform.

Fitting times can be booked online through Flexischools by following the link;

Parents are welcome to join their child for their fitting time, however it is not compulsory. If you would like us to fit your child and email the sizes to you so you can order on-line, please let us know.

Any queries can be directed to Helen Roberts, our Uniform Shop Manager, at uniformshop.waps@gmail.com.

Save the Date: High School Information Evening, Yr 7 - 2019

Our High School Information Evening for students entering Year 7 in 2019 will be held on Tuesday, 1st May in the Year 5/6 shared space on Level 3. Please save the date, further details will follow shortly.

Year 8 Commerce Elective

Year 8 Commerce students are required to create a business as part of their Commerce elective. Some of the students have chosen to promote their business at school, flyers from “Cuilleres du Chocolat” and "Yummy in the Tummy" are attached. Items will be sold during the Middle/Senior School lunch break with some of the proceeds going to charity. We wish our entrepreneurs well as they set out on their first business venture!

The Globe Café

‘The Globe Café is open from 2.00pm-3.00pm every Monday and Friday! Please make your way to the School Office to sign in before heading up to the Textiles class room on Level 3.

Each semester, Year 8 Café students are given the opportunity to create and run their own café. This class gives students an introduction to the food service and hospitality industry through allowing them the experience of taking orders, preparing food and serving customers.

This class is a source of much excitement for students, and your support is greatly appreciated!

Skoolbag is Live

Thank you to all those parents/caregivers who have set up their new accounts for Skoolbag, logged on and subscribed to your student's classes. For those who are still having some issues or who haven't logged in yet here are few FAQ about Skoolbag

How do I set up a Skoolbag account?

On Friday the 2nd of March we sent out an email, from 'Wahroonga Adventist School', to every parent's email address in the current school database. This email contained the following request to 'Dear [Your Name] You have been invited to register as a user for Wahroonga Adventist School.......'. If you missed seeing that email, try searching for 'Wahroonga Adventist School' or look through your emails from last Friday, if it isn't there check your junk mail box. If there is nothing in there, please contact Jax or Carmen so they can check that your email address is correct in our system and then reissue you a registration email.

I don't know any of the passwords to relevant areas?

As part of a large number of emails that you might have received on Friday, there were two that related to the passwords. The first one titled 'Skoolbag PDF parent guide and whole school subscription passwords', contained a PDF guide for logging in and setup up your classes subscriptions and the passwords for the different whole school groups.

The second one entitled 'Skoolbag [Class] Subscription Password', is the password that is specifically for your child class area. For security reasons, we ask that this does not get shared outside of the class group. Once you have found your passwords, please refer the PDF guide with how to subscribe to the different areas. If you can't find your class's password, please email your homeroom teacher for the password.

Why am I not seeing any of the posts from my student's teachers?

This is due to you subscribing, using the password, to your child's class but not being logged into the app with your new registration. Here are a couple of reasons why this might be the case:

1. You pressed 'skip for now' at the start when it prompted to enter an email address

2. You are still logged in to the app your account from last year. Due to an upgrade of the Skoolbag system, we needed to reissue everyone with new accounts. The app has you still logged in even though your previous account no longer exists. You will need log out of the app. To do this click on the 'More' tab on the bottom right and then 'Update My Profile', then log in with the account that you were promoted to set up in an email from 'Wahroonga Adventist School'. See the previous FAQ for more information. You should be able to access the posts then.

As the term and year continue, we plan on adding new subscription areas that are relevant to the different aspects of our school life, such as choirs, running clubs etc. The teachers in charge of those groups will notify you the name and passwords to access them.

If you don't already have the app installed on your device, you can download it by searching for "Wahroonga Adventist School" in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Cyberbullying

Most of us would agree that the digital world we live in has benefited our lives. However, it does come with with a significant downside, not only for us as adults but for our kids at school, cyberbullying. The ease at which someone can send a hurtful message to someone and how quickly it can spread through a community has parents and educators alike worried. The following is a great article that explores this issue and gives some great tips that I recommended that you share with your kids, especially if they have access to devices that connect to the internet.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Canteen News

Thank you to all the helpers who have helped in the canteen so far this term. We really appreciate the help we receive, from those who have helped for 20mins in the morning chopping fruit or packing bags, to those have helped a whole day throughout the term All your help is appreciated and we are very grateful for your help and support!

If you have any time from 30 mins to a couple of hours any morning of the week we would love to see you. The times we need the most help:

  • First thing in the morning to chop, dice and prepare snacks
  • 10:30am for Middle/Senior School morning tea service
  • 11:10am for Junior School lunch service
  • 11:50pm for Middle/Senior School lunch service

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.

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

All students in NSW, from Kindy to Year 9, are eligible to enter the Premier’s Reading Challenge. It is not compulsory, but it is encouraged that all students give it a go. Those who successfully complete the challenge receive a certificate at the end of each year. After completing the challenge for 4 years, students receive a Gold Certificate, after 7 years they receive a Platinum Certificate and if they complete the challenge every year from Year 3 through to Year 9 they receive a medallion. If your child has completed the challenge at another school please email me their details (name of school, years completed) and I will get their challenge history brought over to Wahroonga Adventist School to ensure they get the appropriate awards. Please contact Mrs Savage (library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au ) if you have any questions, or need help logging on.

Congratulations to Charlotte Spooner (Yr 4), Arabella Wallace (Yr 4), Claudia Granger (Yr 6), Emily Miller (Yr 9), Brianna Kol (Kindy), Benjamin Kol (Yr 3) and Riley Todd (Yr 5) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge – well done!

Last Week of Borrowing

Next week is the last week of borrowing for Prep for this term. Please ensure all your books are returned before the school holidays so the Prep boxes can be changed over during the holidays ready for Term 2.

Regular borrowing will continue over the school holidays for Kindy through to Year 9. If you would like your child to have more books than usual over the school break (maximum of 10) please contact me at library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au , and these books can be collected in the last week of term and need to be returned on Week 1 of Term 2.

Meals with Love

Bits and Pieces

Sherpa Kids Vacation Care Program

We are pleased to attach the Vacation Care Program for the upcoming school holidays in April 2018. We take pride in listening the children interest in planning our April 2018 programs.

Due to limited placement availability (especially on incursion / excursion days), we would encourage all parents to confirm your enrolment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To confirm your enrolment, please return the completed enrolment form to us (E-copy is fine) by Friday 30 March 2018. All enrolments will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vacation care includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Tea
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Structured daily programs and fun-filled activities

Incursions and Excursions information

17/04/18 Make Your Own Cuddly Friends Workshop Incursion Children will explore and involve the process in making their own and unique Cuddly Friends. Instruction and materials are supplied by our centre.

18/04/18 Connect 4 Basketball Incursion A new physical fun game run by a reputable incursion provider: NPAevents. This is newly introduced for this April holiday and not published on its website yet. https://www.npaevents.com.au/

26/04/18 Snooker Feet Incursion Have you or your child played snooker by feet? A unique version of the crazy hybrid game combing Snooker and Soccer. https://www.npaevents.com.au/snookerfeet

Kids Up Front Camp

Save the Marian Street Theatre

Coles Sports for Schools Program

The Coles Sports for Schools program is well underway and we are very grateful for all the vouchers coming in!! Our total is currently at 4,919... so please keep the vouchers coming!! 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!!

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