Newsletter - Friday 23 October 2020

Chaplains' News

Hi School Families,

I hope you all enjoyed a well deserved break and are excited to be back for our final term of this year.

We ended last term on a high note with our Junior School Fun Day, and all the kids had an awesome time. The day included, jumping castles, activities and even an outdoor chapel. I would like to thank all our Middle and Senior School students who volunteered their time to serve Junior School kids on this day, we are very proud of their efforts and passion.

This term has started off strong and we are slowly starting to transition chapel back to normal. In the Middle and Senior School, we are still livestreaming but are now inviting one-year level per week to be there in person. This will allow us to better engage with each year level. In the Junior School we will no longer be pre-recording our chapels and will now be livestreaming the service from a different classroom each week. We are excited to see what we can do with these new changes and how we can better engage with your kids.

Although this year has been challenging and things are still not quite the same, I pray that we can cling to this beautiful promise found in Deuteronomy 31:8. “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Please continue to pray for God's leading in our school and community during these interesting times.

Blessings, The Chaplains

Whole School News

A Message from Dr Faull

This week one of our parents spoke highly of our lovely school and the after-school added value classes that Wahroonga has to offer.

Year Three is an exciting year because students get to choose to learn an instrument or to join in the basketball training, running club or a dance class! All of these activities occur after school and are readily accessible as extracurricular activities to students of the school.

If your child would like to join any of these activities or you would like more details please contact the School Office for this terrific opportunity.

Year 12 Officially Commences

Monday 19th October marked a significant milestone here at Wahroonga Adventist School... It was the day our first ever Year 12 cohort officially commenced!!! The occasion was celebrated with a special assembly where the students were each presented with their own Year 12 jacket! It is a special time and we wish you all the best for a great year ahead!!

All School Cross Country - 16th October 2020

The Annual School Cross Country was held on Friday, 16th October 2020 with all students in Years Prep to 11 taking part. Students ran either the 1km, 2km, 3km, 4km or 6km circuit depending on their age - the day ran very smoothly and all the students had a fun time... the reward of an ice block at the end of the race was a definite hit!

Wahroonga Adventist School - Facebook Page!

A quick reminder Wahroonga Adventist School now has an official Facebook Page! If you are yet to like or follow the page jump on to see all the great things going on around School!

Student Medical Information

We are in the process of updating the student's medical information for our new database. If your child is anaphylactic, can you please send an up to date plan to Student Services as soon as possible. Please email studentservices@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

October ADRA Appeal

Thank you to all who donated to the October ADRA appeal! We are very excited to have reached and exceeded our target!!! If you missed the email earlier in the week and/or the week simply got away with you and you didn't get to donate here is the link: https://adraappeal2020.gofundraise.com.au/page/Wahroonga

It is a very worthy cause and even the smallest donations will be gratefully received.

Wahroonga Pathfinder Club

Junior School News

A Note From Mrs Deppeler

We have a lot to fit in our shorter term 4. There were lots of smiles and excited little people here last Wednesday and Thursday as we welcomed our new Kindergarten students during Kinder Orientation. It was nice to be able to share information with our new parents about our school facilities and programs offered at Wahroonga. During week 1, our students demonstrated resilience and determination as they completed the cross country. All our students should be extremely proud of their efforts. Week 2 has also been an eventful week as the Primary students celebrated Book Week. There were lots of interactive activities planned during the week ending in a book parade. The parade was recorded and uploaded to Seesaw so that parents could be involved.

For those who still like to complete the challenges that I have been posting on Seesaw, I will be posting a challenge into your child’s folder on a fortnightly basis this term. These challenges are not compulsory and are in addition to any work set by the class teacher. Once completed please upload and post to Mrs Deppeler's Weekly Challenge folder on your child’s class homeroom page in Seesaw.

Super Hero Challenge!

This week’s challenge requires you to share your favourite super hero and explain why they are your favourite. You can either draw a picture, write or provide a video explanation. I look forward to what you come up with. See your learning journal in Seesaw for more details.

Moving Bodies (Term 4) – Fundamental Movement Skills

As previously communicated, we are unable to run swimming this term due to COVID restrictions and the pool that we use has not yet reopened. Moving Bodies are running a Fundamental Movement Skills programs for our Prep to Year 6 classes for this term every Tuesday and Friday.

Kindy Orientation

Last week we was super excited to welcome the new Kindergarten students for 2021 to our School. There were lots of excited faces in the morning and smiles all round at the end of the day. Thank you to all the staff that were involved in making this event special for our newest members of our School.

Middle & Senior School News

Year 5 & 6 Activity Day - 14th & 15th October 2020

On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October, Students in Years 5 and 6 made their way to Central Coast Treetops Adventure Park for their first activity day. All students had a great time and challenged themselves on a variety of rope courses and obstacle challenges in the tree canopy. Highlights included playing with friends in Networld and the ziplines. We are all looking forward to the next activity day on 25th and 26th November when the students will be going surfing or heading to Sydney Zoo. Further details to follow shortly.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews - Wed 4th November 2020

Year 11 Parent/Teacher interviews will be taking place on Wednesday 4th November. The School Office will send out further details early next week.

Years 8 to 12 - Opal Cards to Expire January 2021

Transport NSW have advised us that from January onwards, a number of School Opal cards will be expiring as the physical card has reached its lifespan.

These are cards for students who will be in Years 8 to 12 in 2021, and only those Opal cards which haven’t been replaced in the last five years.

Impacted students and/or their parent/guardian will be contacted directly by Transport NSW via email or post. They will be asked to confirm their details online in order for a new School Opal card to be sent to the correct postal address in time for the new school year.

If contacted by Transport NSW, details should be submitted online by December 1, 2020 at the latest. Affected students who do not confirm their details in time will have a new School Opal card posted to the address we currently have on file.

Kanya's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

To anyone who I am not acquainted... Hi! I’m Kanya, I believe that all people deserve to have a happy and healthy life and I know that many people close to me and my friends have had family members or have suffered from breast cancer themselves. It is a debilitating illness that I and many others wish to abolish one day in the future.

For this reason, I have decided to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation by pushing a promise that if I reach $1000 in donations, I will shave my head. I would kindly appreciate it if you spread the word and hopefully donate some money as well. This foundation means a lot to both me and a lot of my friends/family so even one cent towards this honourable cause would mean the world! Here is the link:


Thank you for all your support!

Kanya (Year 9)

Term Dates for 2020

  • Term 4 - Monday, 12th October 2020 - Thursday, 10th December 2020

Term Dates for 2021

  • Term 1 - Wednesday, 27th January 2021 - Thursday, 1st April 2021
  • Term 2 - Monday, 19th April 2021 - Friday, 25th June 2021
  • Term 3 - Wednesday, 14th July 2021 - Friday, 17th September 2021
  • Term 4 - Tuesday, 5th October 2021 - Friday, 10th December 2021

Library News

Book Week - 19 to 23 October 2020 - Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

Carnival Books Virtual Book Fair - October 19-23

Open to all students of WAS - Junior, Middle and Senior. Look at the wide range of amazing books in the comfort of your own home. All sales will benefit our school library.

Log on to www.carnivalfairs.com.au/virtual and select Wahroonga Adventist School.

'Curious Creatures' Dress-Up Day - Friday, October 23

Creatures of all shapes and sizes visited Wahroonga Adventist School today for our Book Week dress-up day. Look out on Seesaw and the next newsletter for pictures of this fun event.

Middle/Senior School Book Swap - October 19-23

Do you have a book that you've enjoyed, but no longer want? Why not swap it for another great read at our book swap table. Situated on the deck outside the library - bring a book and take a book. Please note, books will not be returned to the original owners.

Other Onsite Events

'The Greatest Discovery' Book Week Performance – October 19-23: All Junior School classes have been viewing the book week performance virtually on their library day this week.

Virtual book author visit - Claire Saxby – October 30: Years 5/6 will enjoy a virtual visit from well-known Australian children's book author, Claire Saxby and illustrator, Tanya Harricks. Please visit the Claire Saxby category at our virtual book fair to purchase Claire's books.

Library Borrowing

Borrowing for the year will finish at the end of Week 5 in order to allow enough time for all books to be returned before the end of the year. Please visit the Library WebApp at bit.ly/waslibrary and use your child’s Seqta code to check what books your children have out. All books need to be returned by the end of Week 7 to ensure a smooth end of year stock take.

Home and School

We have a few events lined up for Term 4. Please save the date for Family Date Night which we encourage you to get together with another family, set up your computer for a zoom connection and a fire pit ready to melt some marshmallows.

We will also be holding a Gingerbread building competition. They will cost $25 each and are dairy and nut free - you can also purchase gluten free options. Buy your lollies and treats and we will have different categories you can win by sending a photo into the Home and School Panel. Not long now until Xmas!

Meals with Love

If you know a school family in need of a home-cooked meal, then please email us. Due to the current climate we cannot accept donations of meals, however we would gladly welcome any donations of dry food such as packets of pasta, microwave rice and garlic bread which we can add to our meals. Donations can be delivered to the School Office. All meals will continue to be prepared by Meals with Love and the Canteen.

We thank you for your continued support!

Nicola - nicolasweetman@gmail.com

Tish - tishiarmstrong@hotmail.com


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