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Newsletter - Wednesday 6th November 2019

Pastors' News

This week our Junior School has joined with 1300 other Junior School students at our combined school day of worship. This is a day in our annual program that all our Adventist Schools in Sydney come together in a chapel style program.

The theme of the day was ‘Living Out Of The Box’ with the Toy Maker. Take the time to speak to your children about the day and the messages they received about how special they are to God.

Blessings upon your homes.

Thank you and Farewell....

After 17 years, our beloved Jax is leaving WAS. She has worked tirelessly to keep the office running smoothly – we will miss her dedication and expertise in all areas of school life. We are grateful for the time and energy she has put in to the Junior School and beyond. Jax’s last day is Thursday this week. Thank you Jax - enjoy your next chapter and be sure to come back to visit.

Please continue to email jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au with any issues regarding Junior School.

Building Update

The new green space and basketball area is on track for opening in 2020. It has being exciting to see these works progressing. We had approval to commence with the internal works on the Junior School wedge area, opposite Levels 1 and 2 of the Junior School building. Only part of these works will be completed for 2020. This will be 3 office spaces on Level 1, a Junior staff area, a Learning Support room and a Chaplaincy room will be on Level 2.

These works will commence on next week. Builders fences will be placed around these areas early on Monday morning.

Term Dates for 2020

Below are the Term Dates for 2020

  • Term 1- Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Thursday 9th April 2020
  • Term 2 - Monday 27th April 2020 - Friday 3rd July 2020
  • Term 3 - Monday 27th July 2020 - Friday 25th September 2020
  • Term 4 - Monday 12th October 2020 - Thursday 10th December 2020

School Banking Volunteers needed for 2020

We would like to thank Claudine Tucker and Mel Broadbent for being fantastic school banking volunteers for our school this year!!!

We are looking for a couple of new volunteers to help with school banking each week for 2020. As it's the Primary school students that do the school banking, it would be great if the volunteers could come from that area. Our current banking co-ordinators will do handover, so if you are able to spare a couple of hours, and be on-site, please email the office on office@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au so your details can be passed on.

Upcoming School Events

Year 8 Cafe, Level 3 on Fox - Open for Term 4

Level 3 on Fox is up and running for Term 4 - if you're free on Monday or Friday afternoons between 2pm and 3pm please sign in at the office and make your way to the Cafe on Level 3.

Music Creative Night, Years 2 to 6 - Wed, 13th November 2019

Every year we hold a concert showcasing the musical efforts and accomplishments of our students. This year we have scheduled Wednesday, 13th November 2019 as our concert date. The concert will start at 6.30pm sharp and will conclude by 7.30pm or shortly thereafter. This music night is a compulsory school event for all students in Years 2 to 6. If your child can't attend, please contact Natalie Miller at natalie.miller@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au so that we can make adjustments to ensembles where necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: A change of venue. The concert will now be held at the school on the Synthetic Grass, Level 1 NOT Fox Valley Community Centre.

Uniform Shop Fitting Days

The school uniform shop will hold 3 fitting days for all students needing to purchase school uniforms. They are as follows:

Senior School Uniform Shop Fitting Days

Thursday, 7th November and Friday, 8th November 2019

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 for you to order on-line, please let us know.

Fitting times are booked online through Trybooking by following one of the links below:

Junior School Uniform Shop Fitting Days

Thursday, 14th November & Friday, 15th November 2019

Parents are requested to join their child for their fitting time. Fitting times are booked online through Trybooking by following one of the links below:

Middle School Uniform Shop Fitting Days

Thursday, 21st November & Friday, 22nd November 2019

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. Fitting times are booked online through Trybooking by following one of the links below:

Upcoming Junior School Events

Intensive Swimming Program Prep - Year 1 (Prep Optional)

Our Intensive Swimming Program for Prep - Yr 1 will be held over 2 weeks from Monday, 11th November, 2019 – Friday, 22nd November, 2019 (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri) excluding Tuesdays.

Bookings are now closed. The swimming groups and times have been posted up on the Prep room window as well as sent out via Skoolbag notification.

All help would be appreciated. Please note that parent helpers need a current “Working with Children Check” prior to helping. If you need to apply for one, please do this ASAP as it can take a couple of weeks to clear and we cannot let anyone help without this. Go to the website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au and click on “Working with Children Check” If the office does not have a copy of your WWC, please email it to jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au as soon as possible so we can finalise your clearance.

Prep Orientation Days - 26th and 27th November 2019

Prep Orientation will be held on the mornings of Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November 2019 for children attending Prep in 2020. Your child will only need to attend 1 of the mornings. Morning tea will be provided for all parents at 9.00am in the music room. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about the school and to socialise with new and current Prep parents.

Year 3 Science Excursion - Wednesday, 27th November 2019

On Wednesday, 27th November 2019, Year 3 be be going on an excursion to the Sydney Tower and Sydney Observatory. Students will need to be at School at 8.30am sharp as the bus will be leaving at 8.50am. Full summer uniform must be worn and students will need to bring their hat, snacks, lunch and drink. A permission letter with further details will be sent home soon.

Upcoming Primary School Events

Primary School Speech Night - 4th December 2019

Primary School Speech Night will be held at Hornsby RSL in the Showroom on Wednesday, 4th December commencing at 6.30pm SHARP!! All students from Prep to Year 6 are involved and will need to arrive NO LATER than 6.10pm. Full summer school uniform must be worn. Please note that no alcohol is permitted in the function area.

PLEASE NOTE: It will also be a HALF DAY at school, so students can be rested for the evening. Please pick your child up at 12.00pm from level 1. If you are unable to do so there will be supervision at school.

Junior School & Primary News

Touch Football Gala Day

On Thursday 24th October, a group of Year 3 and 4 students participated in a Touch Football Gala Day at Kareela Reserve, Doonside. They played games against Mountain View Adventist College, Auburn Adventist School, Macarthur Adventist College and Hills Adventist College.

It was a very warm day and the students had to stay hydrated. They had a great day out and showed great sportsmanship even when the odds were against them.

The girls came in overall 5th position out of 6 and the boys team came in 3rd overall. Well done guys!!

Electricity Safety Week Poster Winner

This semester Year 2 learnt about safety and electricity through the lessons and video clips provided by Ausgrid. This learning was integrated into our art lessons and all of Year 2 created a poster that gave an electrical safety message. Quite a few Year 2 students had their posters entered into the electricity safety poster competition run by Ausgrid. To our excitement, one of our students won first prize for the poster competition in the Kindy-Year 2 age group.

A huge congratulations to Ariana N, whose detailed painting below of where and where not to fly your kite, won first prize!

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk

On Sunday the 28th October, there was a walk to raise money and awareness of those living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Ms Abbey who is in Year 2 was diagnosed at the age of 3 1/2 with Type 1 Diabetes. This is an autoimmune disorder that can be life threatening without the administration of insulin and management of her blood sugar levels. Everyday is a challenge but Ms Abbey is an absolute super star!!!!!. This year she was awarded a certificate for raising the second most amount of money for JDRF who are doing research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Ms Abbey raised $11,200!!!!!!!!!!! - the Sydney walk alone raised $140,000 this year.

Fantastic job Abbey, we are extremely proud of you!!!

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 9 & 10 Exams - Commencing Monday, 11th November 2019

Year 9 and 10 exams commence Monday next week, 11th November. Please check your child's exam schedule for exam dates and times under the Documents section in Seqta.

WIRED!!! - Friday, 15th November 2019

Our next WIRED program is scheduled to take place on Friday, 15th November 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 Aventist 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.

If you have any questions please don't hestiate to contact the School Office.

Years 5 & 6 - Interrelate Program- Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Our annual Interrelate Program for students in Years 5 & 6 is being held on Wednesday, 20th November in the Year 5/6 shared space on Level 3.

Year 5 - 6.00pm - "Preparing for Puberty"

Year 6 - 7.15pm - "Where Did I Come From?"

We recommend students attend with a parent of the same gender to facilitate post session discussion, where possible. Students are required to attend wearing their full school uniform.

Year 9 PASS Camp - Wed 20th to Fri 22nd November 2019

Year 9 PASS Camp is taking place from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd November 2019 at Lake Macquarie.  Please see permission note for further details.  If you are yet to return your child's permission note please do so urgently.

Year 8 PASS Excursion - Wednesday 4th December 2019

Year 8 PASS students have the opportunity to go on an excursion to Cables Aqua Park in Penrith on Wednesday, 4th December 2019. Students will leave School at recess and return by 4pm. Students are to wear sports uniform and need to take their swimmers, rashie, board shorts and a towel. Please see permission slip for further details. Please return your child's Permission Slip by Friday 30th November.

Movember!

The annual "Movember" campaign for men's health is underway and a group of Year 9 and 10 students have set out to raise funds and awareness for the cause. The students, along with a few staff, have committed to raising a minimum of $50 each to support their attempt at moustache growth - all in the name of supporting men's health causes.

If you would like to support the Wahroonga Adventist School Movember team please click the link below and donate:

Upcoming Middle & Senior School News

CIS Athletics - 24 September 2019

On the 24th of September, 4 students represented Wahroonga and CSSA at the annual CIS athletics carnival. Our students competed well with some outstanding results. Special mention to Cameron K and Billy J who both came 3rd in 100m and high jump respectively.

Cameron K - 100m: 3rd 12.29s, 200m: 5th 25.30s, 400m: 8th 58.76s, Long Jump: 6th 5.07m

Billy J - High Jump: 3rd 1.80m

Jessica McIlwraith - 400m: 10th 1:07.62, Long Jump: 7th 4.49m

Hamish Treatt - Javelin: 4th 37.81m

Year 5 & 6 GSC Basketball Gala Day - 24th October, 2019

On Thursday October 24th Macarthur Adventist School hosted the annual Year 5/6 Basketball Gala Day for the Greater Sydney Conference. Enthusiastic young basketball players from the MacArthur, Mountain View, Hills, Auburn, Hurstville & Wahroonga Adventist schools participated in the day long competition. There was a great level of sportsmanship and encouragement among the teams throughout the tournament. Students of all abilities demonstrated impressive teamwork as they represented their schools.

Our boys team finished the day in 3rd place after a tightly contested draw against the eventual winners, MacArthur. Our girls team went undefeated for the day, winning the final against Mountain View Adventist College.

It was excellent to not only achieve such great results, but to do so demonstrating a great spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

CSSA State Triathlon - 24th October 2019

On Thursday 24th of October, 9 students braved a 35C day and competed in the CSSA Triathlon in the teams division. With one person doing one leg of the triathlon, students had to work together to complete a 300m swim, 5km ride and 2km run. Competing in a very large and competitive age group, the 9 boys displayed fantastic athleticism and should be proud of their efforts!

Isaac N, Adamo K, Daniel J - 17th

Josh B, Thomas J, Nicholas B - 36th

William K, Jude G, Jack B - 42nd

Well done!

CSSA Touch Football Gala Day - 29th October 2019

The annual CSSA Met-North Touch Football gala day took place on Tuesday October 29th. Students from Wahroonga competed in the tough competition at Terrey Hills, with boys and girls teams playing in both the in under 14's and open divisions. The collection of schools competing on the day included Oxford Falls Grammar School, Northern Beaches Christian School, Pacific Hills Christian School and Covenant Christian School. Our open division boys and girls teams, consisting of year 9 and 10 students, took up the challenge of playing students two and three years older than them, demonstrating determination as they pushed through the day and strived to learn and develop their touch football skills with each successive game - a great learning experience, which saw the girls team finish in 3rd place.

The under 14 girls team made the most of their opportunity to learn and grow as a team, even playing an extra game to finish the day off. The under 14 boys team competed at a high level throughout the day, demonstrating impressive teamwork and beating the eventual second place finishers during the rounds. The boys eventually took third place in a convincing win against Covenant in the third versus fourth playoff round, an excellent result. It has been great to see our results improve each year at the annual CSSA Touch Football gala day - well done to all of the students involved on the day!

High School Sport - Terms 3 & 4

Last term on Tuesday afternoons, our high school students had the opportunity to participate in Tennis, Mountain Biking, Representative Rugby League 7s, POUND Fitness, Bushwalking, Basketball, Netball, European Handball, Soccer and Touch football.

This term, students have made their selections and are participating in;

  • Representative Touch Football
  • Representative Super 8s Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Self Defence
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Oztag
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Crossfit

We hope the students have fun with their chosen sports this term

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Library News

Last Week of Borrowing

Next week (Week 5) will be the last week of borrowing for this year. Please remind your children to bring their library bags so they can take advantage of borrowing over the week, and if all books can be returned promptly by the end of Week 7 it would be much appreciated.

Library WebApp

Please monitor your child/ren’s current loans and due dates by logging on to the Library WebApp. To access this either use the Library WebOPAC link on the Skoolbag App, or log in on any device at bit.ly/waslibrary Details on how to access your child/ren’s personal details are on the home page. If you experience any difficulties, please email Mrs Savage - library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au .

Home and School News

“Last night the Home and School met for the last time this year but will be sending out a survey for you to complete should you wish to provide feedback and/or provide ideas for 2020.

We have our last social event for the year of 2019 which is an Afternoon Tea for Mum. Please note the change of date. It will now be on Friday, 22nd November 2019!!! See details below:

Beyond our School Yard - Christmas Gifts

As a school we like to teach our children charitable services so every year we run a program called Beyond Our School Yard.

Can you believe it is already November! The shops are filled with Christmas decorations and no doubt the Christmas carols will start to echo around very soon. For many children this is an exciting time of the year but unfortunately for others due to personal circumstances and situations there are no Christmas trees nor presents.

As part of our initiative to encourage our children to consider others, ‘Beyond our school yard’ (part of our School Committee and run in conjunction with our SRC) is supporting two charities to help spread joy this Christmas time.

For the fifth year running we will be supporting Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sending a shoebox of gifts to those in need overseas. Last year we provided over 130 boxes which was a great effort, overall the NSW branch of OCC sent 97,000 gifts overseas. We are hoping that this year our school community can provide 200 gift-filled shoe boxes to children.

In addition, this year we will also be collecting gifts for a community in Northern NSW which has been severely affected by drought.

This is what the country side looks like all across that area. Nothing but dirt.!!!

Please encourage your child to take home a box to fill or drop in an unwrapped gift for our drought affected area (or both!). The SRC will be taking boxes and information around each classroom. Alternatively, they can drop in a gift or pick up a Christmas box from the Christmas Tree in the office which will be set up next week!

Any questions in relation to this event, please contact Mel Harris melinda@spect.com.au

Ice Skating Social Night

On Saturday night over 70 of us came together to enjoy a night of ice skating. It was a fantastic night on the ice with lots of fun, laughs and a few falls along the way. Some brave parents took to the ice to show us how skating is really done. During the night we were able to mix with friends from Prep to Year 10 and there was a lovely community spirit. Thank you to the Home and School for organising the night. We look forward to the next event where we can come together as a school community.

Charlotte and Kate (Year 8)

Meals With Love

Do you know a school family who has just had a new baby, a sick family member, or is going through a bit of a tough time? We would love to be able to support them on behalf of the school community with a Meals With Love meal! Please send us an email and we can have a meal arranged.

If you would like to contribute with a meal, please contact either Tish or Putu first as we don't want to overstock our freezer heading into the Summer break. Thanks again for supporting this initiative.

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

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Canteen

Help desperately needed on Tuesdays and Fridays!!!

We are in need of volunteers for Tuesday mornings to help with sticking labels on bags and preparing snacks for our students. If you have a spare 30 mins to 1 hour available any day of the week please pop in and lend a hand. It will be greatly appreciated. You can volunteer on https://www.volunteersignup.org/RCYP3

  • Please note: all orders need to be submitted through flexischools.com.au by 8.00am each day.
  • Please note: The canteen WILL NOT be open for the last week of school ( Monday 9th Dec - Thursday 12th Dec).

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