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Newsletter - Wednesday 31st July 2019

Pastors' News

Welcome back to Term 3, we hope you had a wonderful break!

Our next WIRED program will be held on Friday 16th August! The evening is for students in Years 7 and above, from 7pm to 9pm at the Fox Valley Community Centre.

Wired is organised by the chaplains and staff at Wahroonga Adventist School and local church youth. The concept is about our students having a safe place outside of school hours on a Friday night where they can connect more within our school family and invite their "out of school" friends to a chapel like program.

School News

Adventist Schools New Branding

The Seventh-day Adventist Church shares Jesus and His Word with the world through a variety of ministries, including education. Across Australia, the Seventh-day Adventist church administers almost 60 schools catering for more than 12,000 students. Worldwide, the church operates almost 6000 schools with a total enrolment of over one million students. This network of experience and care enables us to provide your child with a quality education in an ideal environment for them to learn and grow academically, and as a person.

Following adoption of a global identity style by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventists Schools Australia has endorsed the adoption of a new logos and style guide for its education ministry in keeping with the global brand. Schools in the Greater Sydney Conference will, over time, adopt the new logos and style guides to keep consistency with the global brand.

“As part of the Adventist Education philosophy we believe that each child is unique and of immeasurable value. At the heart of Adventist education is a belief that children achieve true growth when their mental, physical and spiritual needs are met. With a focus on personal attention to your child, our independent schools provide a nurturing and caring learning environment where Christian values are upheld. “says the Executive Director of Education Dr Jean Carter. “Our values are formed from our faith and our new brand is a reflection of the strength that embodies”.

You will start to see our new brand rolled out across the school over the coming months, starting with our newsletter.

We wish to reassure parents that there are no plans to change the uniform in the immediate future. Any change to uniform will be done in a consultative manner with all stakeholders and would be phased in over many years to minimise disruption to students and parents.

School Musical - Cinderella - Now Showing!

If you are yet to purchase tickets to our School Musical, Cinderella - its not too late! There are still tickets available for tonight's performance and Thursday night (limited tickets available for Saturday nights performance). We would love you to support the School by coming along and sharing in the talents of our children and school community.

For ticket sales, dates and times visit https://www.trybooking.com/BDOCF.

Multicultural Day

The SRC, with the leadership of Mrs Stanculescu, organised a Multicultural day on Thursday 4th July. The students spent the day travelling from continent to continent with their personalised passports. Each continent (classroom space) had activities, language experiences and food tasting which the students thoroughly enjoyed. We would like to thank Mrs Stanculescu for all her time and effort that she put in to make the day such as success!!!!

Term Fees - Reminder

Please note that Term 3 fees are due by Monday 12th August. If you wish to receive the prompt payment discount, term fees MUST be paid by Friday 2nd August, 2019.

Upcoming Primary School Events

Our Primary School Athletics Carnival will be held on Monday, 5th August, weather and ground permitting, at Bannockburn Oval, Bannockburn Rd, Pymble. The carnival is for Prep to Year 6. Students will need to wear their sports uniform. Prep students who don’t have a sports uniform, can wear appropriate casual clothes. Your child will need plenty of fluids, snacks and wet weather gear. A limited Canteen will be available on the day, please see below for the menu and volunteer sign up. Buses will be leaving school at 8.45am and returning 2.50pm.

Letters/permission slips were sent home with your child last term and were due back to your child's class teacher yesterday. If you have not returned your child's form, please do so ASAP.

We will need many helpers on the day in the areas below and for the following times: 9.15-12.15pm OR 12.15-2.15pm OR Whole day

  • Timekeeping
  • Marshalling
  • Long Jump
  • Shot Put
  • High Jump
  • Canteen

Canteen Menu and Volunteer sign up

Athletics carnival is fast approaching. We will be running a canteen on the day. Please see attached the menu. We would love some volunteers for 1 hour time slots on the day. Please sign up on the link volunteersignup.org/YE7HH

Upcoming Junior School Events

Kindergarten Information Afternoon - Thursday 15th August, 2019

If you would like to know about our Kindergarten class for 2020, please come along to our information afternoon. We would love to tell you all about our school and Kindergarten program.

WHERE: 181 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga (Kindergarten Room – Level 1)

WHEN: Thursday 15th August, 2019

TIME: 3.30pm

Middle & Senior School News

Outstanding Year 10 Results for Minimum Standards Testing

As a school, we are making significant strides academically, with students in Year 10 achieving outstanding results in the Minimum Standards Tests.

Students now need to achieve minimum literacy and numeracy standards to gain a Higher School Certificate. Year 10 is the first opportunity students have to sit each of the on-line tests in reading, writing and numeracy.

During Week 9 of Term 2, all Year 10 students sat the tests, and all achieved incredible results, with 97.5% of tests sat having met or exceeded the minimum standards. This is an amazing achievement for our students - we are incredibly proud of Year 10. Meeting the standards in a particular area means they do not have to take the test again.

For those students who did not meet the minimum standard, the next tests will be in Week 6, Term 3.

CSSA Basketball Gala Day - 30th July 2019

The CSSA Basketball High School Gala Day took place at Hills Basketball stadium on Tuesday July 30th. Wahroonga was represented by three teams across the open and under 15's age groups. The open boys team had a tough day facing teams predominantly composed of year 11 & 12 students. Our team represented the school with great sportsmanship and a competitive spirit, giving a few of the older and more experienced teams a serious challenge. The under 15's boys and girls teams both made the 3rd v 4th playoff and came home with 4th place. It was excellent to see the high level of sportsmanship and team spirit demonstrated by our Wahroonga students. It is exciting to see the continued development and improvement of our young basketball players.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

HSC Subject Selection Evening - Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Our HSC Subject Selection Evening for Year 10 students/parents will be held on Tuesday 13th August at 7pm in the shared space on Level 3. The evening will consist of a short presentation summarising the HSC requirements and an outline of the subjects students will be able to choose from for 2020. A subject handbook including guidelines will be available to assist in the discussion and selection of subjects.

Middle School Day of Worship - Monday, 19th August 2019

Our Middle School Day of Worship will be held on Monday, 19th August at Mountain View Adventist College. The theme this year will be "End Game" - further details to follow shortly.

CSSA State Athletics Carnival - Friday, 23rd August 2019

Selected students will be asked to represent the School at the CSSA State Athletics Carnival being held on 23rd August at the Sydney International Athletics Centre, Homebush. Permission notes will be sent home this week, if you could please sign and return your child's note by Wednesday 14th August we would really appreciate it.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Home and School News

Next Meeting Tuesday 6th August, 2019 – 7pm

Our next Home and School Committee meeting is next Tuesday 6th August, 2019 at 7.00pm. This will be held in the shared space of the Years 3 & 4 classrooms on Level 3. It would be great if more parents of our WAS community can join us as we welcome new ideas and suggestions. We want to be able to create a sense of belonging for our students and parents.

This term we are hoping to run a social event - ice skating - date to be confirmed. We also plan to run a parent workshop on cybersafety - date to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for the flyers and dates!

Meals with Love

Reminder that Meals with Love is up and running, please if you know of a family in need let the office know, class teacher or contact the ladies directly (emails below) who run Meals with Love so we can get a meal out to the family in need.

A big thank you to those who donated some delicious meals in Term 2, we would welcome any support with meals for the new term.

Tish Armstrong - tishiarmstrong@hotmail.com or Putu Barnett subhalaksmi81@yahoo.com

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Ariya B (KA), Matilda M (KA), Emmalee H (2M), Harriette M (3B), Lulu C (5K), Chloe L (5/6K) and Harriet L (5/6K) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Great reading!

PLEASE NOTE: The Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes on August 30, so if you haven’t entered your books online there is only one month left to do so!! If you do not have internet access at home, please send in a list of the books your child has read and Mrs Savage will enter them for you.

Library WebAPP

The library WebAPP is a great place to keep track of your child/ren’s library loans, search the catalogue and read about upcoming library events. You can access it from any device at bit.ly/waslibrary. Instructions on how to log in to your child/ren’s personal details are on the home page.

World Book Encyclopedia Subscription

Wahroonga Adventist School has a subscription to World Book Encyclopedia Online which gives all students and teachers online access to an amazing variety of resources which can be accessed using any device. If you would like to explore this resource, please follow the link below and use the word 'was' for the log-in ID and password. https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Login?ed=wb

Book Week 2019

Term 3 is an exciting time in the library as Book Week is fast approaching – our celebrations will take place during Weeks 5 & 6. The Book Week theme this year is: Reading is my Secret Power, however we at Wahroonga Adventist School all know that the power of reading is no secret, so we’ve changed it to Reading is my Super Power. See below for our Book Week activities:

Junior School

  • Dress-up Friday (August 23) – Super Hero Theme
  • Book Week Performance (August 30) – ‘Big Dreams’

Years 5 and 6

  • Blind Date with a Book

Middle and Senior School

  • Teacher/Book Match Competition

Canteen News

Welcome back!!!!

Below are Term 3 menus, we hope you enjoy it!

We are in need of wonderful volunteers through out the term. Please drop in for 30mins to a couple of hours any day of the week.

We will also looking for a couple of volunteers to help Missy serve our high school students on Monday 5 August at school. Please drop in and let us know if you can lend a hand.

Bits and Pieces

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