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Newsletter - Wednesday 29th August 2018

Pastors Corner

A Prayer For Our Dads

We would like to wish all our Dad's, Grandad's and other significant males a very Happy Father's Day for Sunday!!!!

School Update

Just a reminder that there is a school community update session on Thursday 30th August 2018 at 7pm.

The session will cover:

  • The outcomes of our discussions on the proposed Wahroonga Estate residential neighbourhood with the South Pacific Division and Capital Bluestone, through which we have been advocating your concerns. These conversations have progressed in earnest since the school community update in May and have been positive.
  • An update on the Junior School building works.
  • Opportunity for your questions and comments, as we continue to listen and remain grateful for your input.

The session will be held in the school shared learning space on Level 3.

School News

Wahroonga Adventist School Ice Skating Night

What a great time was had at ice skating on Saturday 18th August with 118 people carving it up and plenty of others watching the fun and having a chance to catch up. Thank you to all who supported this fun event and funds raised will contribute towards the Year 6 fundraising activities that will enable them to purchase a wonderful gift for the school.

The next Year 6 Fund Raising Activity will be Friday Fun Day on Friday 21st September, second last Friday of the term. Do put the date in your diary. All students are invited to Dress Up and at lunchtime have the opportunity to purchase a crazy ice cream and/or get a crazy photo in our photo booth and receive a print out straight away - yes parents, today's Polaroid is called a "Sprocket Print!".

With regards to the icecreams, we will have standard and soy ice cream and as many allergy-friendly toppings and treats available as possible, cups or cones will be on offer too!

Enjoy the photos from Ice Skating on Saturday 18th August.

Primary School Athletics Carnival

We held our Primary School Athletics Carnival on Thursday 16th August at Bannockburn Oval. It was like a summers day and the carnival ran extremely well. A HUGE thank you to all our amazing volunteers who helped at all the various events and in the canteen, we couldn't have done it without you!!!

We had 8 records broken on the day. Congratulations to the following Champions and Runners-up as well as new record holders: Congratulations also to PHILLIP who was the overall winner of the School Athletics Carnival with 2325 points!!

  • 5 Year Champion Girls & Runner Up: Lucy M/Olivia F & Jana V
  • 5 Year Champion Boy & Runner Up: Kynan B & Lucas W
  • 6 Year Champion Girl & Runners Up: Madeleine B & Jasmine L, Nevaeh F
  • 6 Year Champion Boy & Runner Up: Aqeel B & Rafael S
  • 7 Year Champion Girl & Runner Up: Olive G & Lillie O
  • 7 Year Champion Boy & Runners Up: Matthew M & William S
  • 8 Year Champion Girl & Runner Up: Jessica S & Caitlin M
  • 8 Year Champion Boy & Runner Up: Asher W & Ollie O
  • 9 Year Champion Girls & Runner Up: Rebecca C/Coira R & Madeline P
  • 9 Year Champion Boy & Runners Up: Thomas S & Elijah P
  • 10 Year Champion Girl & Runner Up: Abigail M & Harriet L M
  • 10 Year Champion Boys & Runner Up: Eli M/Sebastian & Blake P
  • 11 Year Champion Girl & Runner Up: Michaela J & Niamh C
  • 11 Year Champion Boy & Runner Up: Nathanael R & Raphael Y
  • 12 Year Champion Girls & Runner Up: Darcy L/Claudia G & Gamu S
  • 12 Year Champion Boy & Runner Up: Cameron K & Jude G
  • Encouragement Awards: Abbey S & Ashton P

The following records were broken:

  • 5 Year Boys 100m - 20.86s: Kynan B
  • 8 Year Girls Shot Put - 7.08m: Sasha C
  • 9 Year Boys Long Jump - 3.49m: Thomas S
  • 9 Year Boys High Jump - 1.2m: Thomas S
  • 10 Year Girls 800m - 3:07.48: Harriet L M
  • 10 Year Girls 200m - 35.34s: Harriet L M
  • 10 Year Girls Shot Put - 6.83m: Abigail M
  • 12 Year Boys 100m - 12.97s: Cameron K

ASISSA Athletics Carnival

The ASISSA Athletics Carnival was held at E.S Marks Stadium, Randwick on Thursday 23rd August. We had 40 students represent our school against 20 other Independent schools. All our students performed extremely well on the day, we are so proud of all of them!

We have 7 students who made it through to the next level of competition, which is the NSWCIS Athletics Championships, to be held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on Thursday 13th September. Congratulations to the following students who will represent the ASISSA team:

  • Eli M - Junior Boys Long Jump
  • Alexandra W - Junior Girls Shot Put
  • Darcy L - 12 Year Girls High Jump
  • Jude G - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay, 12 Year Boys 100m
  • Cameron K - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay, 12 Year Boys 200m, 12 Year Boys Shot Put
  • Nathanael R - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay, 11 Year Boys 100m, 11 Year Boys 200m
  • Declan W - Senior Boys 4x100m Relay

Congratulations to Nathanael Ramsay who came 3rd overall in the 11 Years Boys age group.

NSW Snowsports State Championships

Congratulations to Kendra, who represented Wahroonga Adventist School at the NSW Snowsports State Championships last week at Thredbo.

Kendra qualified for the AUSTRALIAN National Championships, to be held next week, in both Snowboard Cross and GS disciplines. She has also achieved 2nd place in the Amelia McGuiness Snowboard Time Trials.

Great results for her first year of Snowboard competition after crossing over from skiing. Go Kendra! Go WAS!

Father's Day

Another successful Father's Day morning tea and Chapel was held yesterday with Dad's, Grandad's and other significant males all having a great morning with their children.

Thank you for all the helping hands that helped make today’s Father’s Day morning tea a success. A BIG thank you to Jeanne for coordinating the event and for all her time in preparation. Thank you for the super generosity re craft materials and for lending baskets, cushions & photo booth props. We really appreciate it. We have included some pictures from the morning tea and Chapel.

Please collect any photo props, baskets or cushions at the school office.

Prayer Group - ALL Welcome

Summer Uniform Changeover

Just a reminder that students can change over to their Summer uniform from Monday 3rd September (after Fathers Day). Due to the uncertain nature of the weather at present, students can wear either summer OR winter uniform, depending on the weather each day for the remainder of this term. Please ensure students do not mix and match uniforms e.g no winter stockings are to be worn with the summer uniform. If you need to purchase a summer uniform, you can go online at the following website www.flexischools.com.au. Alternatively the uniform shop is open every Thursday morning (in term time) from 8.30am - 9.00am.

School Banking - There will not be any school banking this week.

We are still in need of a couple of volunteers to help with school banking each week. If you are able to spare a couple of hours each week and be on-site please email the office on jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au so I can pass on your details.

Upcoming School Events

Primary School Concert

The school concert is being held at the Hornsby RSL on Wednesday 19th September and Prep to Yr 6 are all involved. Students need to be at the venue at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. They MUST remain with parents until their teacher takes them!!

It will be a HALF DAY at school that day so the students will not be too tired for the performance. Please pick your child up at 12.30pm. For those parents who are unable to do this, supervision will be available at school.

NB As Hornsby RSL is licensed premises, it is a requirement that children are accompanied by an adult at all times. Also no food or alcohol is to be brought into the auditorium where the concert is happening.

Tickets will soon be available to purchase online.

The students are excited and looking forward to performing for you.

Hip Hop Classes - Years 6-9

Hip Hop classes are being offered on Monday afternoons, commencing Monday 3rd September for Years 6-9. Please see details below:

NAPLAN online test

NAPLAN plans to start moving from pen and paper to online testing from next year. A final decision for NSW will be made after the upcoming NAPLAN Online Readiness Test.

Students from Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 will be participating in a NAPLAN online trial readiness test next week. No results will be given.

School Uniform Passes

It is compulsory that all students wear the correct school uniform to school. If students can't wear their full uniform please write them a note which they will need to submit to the School Office to obtain a uniform pass.

NSWCIS Primary School Athletics Championships

The NSWCIS Primary School Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 13th September at Sydney Olympic Park. The ASISSA team will compete against students from other CIS affiliated associations. We wish our students all the best as they compete at this very competitive level.

Milo Cricket Gala Day - Monday 24th September

Please note the Year 3/4 and 5/6 Milo Cricket Gala Day has had a change of date and venue. The event will now be taking place on Monday, 24th September at Koola Park, Killara.

Given the change of date and venue, if you can no longer take your child please contact Miss Sutton at tamika.sutton@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Upcoming Junior School Events

Responsible Pet Education Incursion

The Living Safely with Pets program will be visiting our school on Monday 3rd September for our Kindy - Year 2 students. The program educates children on what it means to be a responsible pet owner and how to live safely with dogs. Pet educators and their suitability-tested dogs visit schools to present the program. Presentations are delivered using multimedia tools, role play, song and story-telling.

The Program teaches students about how to stay safe around dogs and what it means to be a responsible pet owner in the home and wider community including:

  • when dogs should be left alone
  • things we should not do to dogs
  • how can you tell if a dog is happy, frightened or angry
  • a safe way to approach and greet a dog
  • what to do if approached by an unknown or aggressive dog

Middle & Senior School News

Write a Book in a Day - The Kids' Cancer Project

On Wednesday 22nd August, a large group of students took part in the Write a Book in a Day event held at our school. Teams started planning at 8am, and in 12 hours each team had written, edited and illustrated a book for submission. Although a long day, teams had a lot of fun and worked together to produce some quality stories that will be available in the library for you to view and read later in the year.

CSSA Secondary State Athletics Carnival – Friday 24th August

On Friday the 24th of August, 11 High School students represented Wahroonga Adventist School at the CSSA State Athletics Carnival held at SOPAC Athletics Centre Homebush. It was a fantastic day of athleticism, with 7 of our students making it through to CIS on Tuesday 25th of September in individual events as well as our 12-14yrs boys relay team . Congratulations to;

Nicholas B, Jessica M, Hamish T, Benjamin W, Kanya Y, Tyrone R and Adamo K

Year 8 Forensics Excursion – Monday 27th August

On the 27th of August, all the students that participate/participated in Forensics, went to the AFP (Australian Federal Police) building in the city. When Year 8 got to the AFP building Steve McKenzie, a police trainer, taught us about what the AFP is, where they sit in government, and what they do. A forensics technician came and taught us about the different ways people can hide information on technology and how they can find that information using forensic software.

Other forensic specialists taught us about the important roles that different forensic workers do. Such as: Trace evidence examiners, chemical forensics, toxicology, forensic biology and others. We were shown some ways the forensic workers did their work.

One forensic specialist showed us how they find fingerprints at crime scenes by using magnetic powder. All the students were given a shiny piece of paper, some magnetic power and a magnetic pen that could pick up the powder to reveal the fingerprints we put on the page.

We were also shown the different ways forensic examiners find cleaned up chemicals and wiped away substances (such as blood) using luminescent powder. In small groups we were taken up to the top floor and saw different types of guns and how they worked in a shooting range. Additionally, we were taken to the building’s mat room where all the police train with different types of training equipment including: batons, hand cuffs, punching bags and much more.

This excursion was one of a kind, because one of the students’ parents that worked there, was able to let us participate in this experience. Everyone enjoyed the excursion immensely, had fun and learnt lots. By Maya Jeffrey and Charlotte Lynn

Mountain Bike Ride - Sunday 26th August

On Sunday the 26th of August the first mountain bike ride of Term 3 took place. Due to forecast rain the ride was moved from the Wylde MTB trail to the local Hornsby "Old Mans Valley" trail. Light showers overnight made for perfect conditions on the day, students and parents enjoyed great trail conditions with plenty of grip and no crowds. The students completed two full laps of the trail network, totalling around 10 kilometres, and successfully rode the technical, rocky descent from Hornsby pool down the "Lava Flow" trail to the Quarry convey or belt underpass. With each ride the skill level and fitness of the students continues to increase - we have some excellent young mountain bikers in training! If you are keen to join in on the mountain bike rides please contact Mr. Starrett. The second and final ride for Term 3 is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 23rd of September at Manly Dam.

High School Sport

Each Tuesday afternoon, High School students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sporting activities. The options this term are Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Mountain biking, Multi-sports and Representative Rugby 7s.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Years 8 & 9, 2019 - Electives Information Night - TONIGHT

Our Electives Information Night for students in Years 8 and 9, 2019 is on tonight - in the Year 5/6 Shared Space on Level 3.

6.30pm - Year 8 (2019)

7.00pm - Year 9 (2019)

We would like to ask our current Year 7 students (Year 8, 2019) to arrive ready to commence at 6.30pm sharp, and our current Year 8 students (Year 9, 2019) to please join us by 7.00pm. STUDENTS ARE TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM

WIRED!!! - Friday 14th September

Our teen program WIRED is on again Friday night – 14th September from 7pm - 9pm at the Fox Valley Community Centre. Any teen that is in Year 7 and above are welcome to attend.

This event is open to the school, church and community - it is a joint initiative of the Chaplaincy department and the churches of the estate.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations Ira Sahai (Yr 1), Oliver Xie (Yr 3), James Monteleone (Yr 5), Aqeel Boltwala (Kindy), Alexis Goodwin (Kindy), Myles Goodwin (Yr 3), Amelia Monteleone (Yr 9), Mia Chan (Yr 3), Cornelius Jun (Yr 2), Tate Gibson (Kindy), Harriette McCay (Yr 2), and Georgina Mowbray (Yr 6) who have all completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. That takes our total to 98 students finished. Congratulations everyone for excellent reading.

Just a reminder that the Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes at the end of August so access to your PRC page will end at midnight this Friday!! Please make sure you have entered your books online, or handed your reading record form to Mrs Savage by Friday. Thank you.

Book Week

The countdown is over and Book Week is finally here!! Please join with us to celebrate reading over the next two weeks with the following activities:

Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held in the Library from Wednesday, Aug 29 to Monday, Sep 3 8.00am – 3.30pm (Thurs. will close just prior to the parent meeting). Come and see the great range of books and novelty items from the Scholastic Book Company. With Father’s Day this weekend and Christmas just around the corner take this opportunity to stock up on quality gift items, or buy a book from the ‘wish lists’ to donate to your child’s classroom.

Book Donation – ‘Restore One’

This year we have chosen to support the Restore One team (www.restoreone.org.au) by collecting donations of good quality new or used books which will then be sent to Cambodia. Restore One’s mission is to break poverty one child, one family, one community at a time. Picture books and readers for young children (pre-school to Yr 3) with fairly simple language are ideal. Please place your donations in the bin provided at the Book Fair.

** Please note: Due to our Book Week celebrations this week there will be no returning or borrowing of books from Tuesday on this week. Borrowing will resume Tuesday next week. Thank you.

Dress-up Day

Our Book Week dress-up day is this Friday and has a Space Travel theme. Come dressed ready to blast off into space and get ready to celebrate reading – you may even get to have your picture taken in our space travel shute!!

Please note: If your child doesn't dress up they must wear their sports uniform (or for Prep students their school uniform) as usual.

“Treasure Hunt” Book Week Performance

Our Book Week Performance this year will be held on Friday morning, August 31. All Junior school students will be attending.

Scholastic Book Club

Due to Book Fair this week, the current Scholastic Book Club catalogue will not be sent home. If you would still like to see the catalogue, they are available from the school office or can be viewed online at www.scholastic.com.au

Canteen News

Thank you to all the helpers who have helped in the canteen so far this term. 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.

Breakfast Menu

Meals with Love

Bits and Pieces

Marian Street Holiday Workshops

Marian Street - The Velveteen Rabbit

Incub8 -School Holiday Camps

Pop Star Workshop

Family Fun Day at NSW Parliament

Code Camp Holiday Programs

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