Newsletter - Wednesday 8th May 2019

Pastors' News

WIRED Program

Our WIRED program will be running again this term and will be on Friday Night 31st May, 2019.

This is a Friday night chapel style event that is aimed at our Years 7-10 students.

Mothers Day

We would like to wish all our school mothers a very happy Mothers Day weekend.

We as a school community honour our mums and thank them for all that they do in our lives.

"Her children rise up and call her blessed….."

Proverbs 31:28

School News

School Update

We are currently working through the final design and tender process for the basketball courts and extension of play fields. These works are due for completion at the end of this year ready for student usage in 2020. The extensions include a toilet block, storage and access. Below is a drawing of the concept plan.

Fees payment reminder

Just a reminder that if you wish to receive the discount on term fees, they must be paid BY Friday 10th May, 2019. (There is no discount for Prep fees). ALL term fees are due for payment BY Friday 17th May, 2019.

Insight SRC Parent Survey

You will be receiving an envelope from your eldest child in your family by the end of this week with a unique log in and password to the Insight SRC Parent Survey. Insight SRC are conducting this survey on behalf of our school, the results will benefit our school by providing valuable information about the ways in which our school's climate can be improved in a way that will lead to well-being, engagement and improved student outcomes. We would encourage you to complete the online survey BY Friday 17th May, 2019

School ANZAC Service

On Monday 30th April we held our ANZAC Service. Pastor Richie opened the service, with the Emily M and William J lead out with the Prayer and ANZAC address. Claudia Y read the Ode of Remembrance and Jonathan H lead out with the National Anthem followed by a Gratitude and Scripture reading. There was also a choir item and Thomas J played the trumpet for the Last Post and Reveille and Pastor Richie spoke as the wreath was laid. It was a beautiful service, Thomas J was amazing with his trumpet playing, the choir sang beautifully and we were very proud of our school leaders for their roles on the day.

Whole School Upcoming Events

Cross Country - Friday 10th May

This Friday Morning (10th of May) is the Cross Country! We need volunteers to make this day possible. This year, the cross country will include the whole school (Prep to year 10) Above is the program and map.

We need helpers for the following times below:

  • Middle/Senior School: 8:30-10:30 (approx)
  • Junior School: 10:10-11:30 (approx)
  • Both: 8:30-11:30 (approx)

If you are able to help, can you please complete the volunteer button below before tomorrow.

School Photo Day

School Photo Day is Monday 27th May 2019. Have your child’s school memories captured forever!

The MSP photography envelopes will be sent home next week - please look out for them. Forms are to be returned to your CHILD'S CLASS TEACHER, as they need to be marked off and and handed to the photographers on the day.

Please take time to read the relevant information on the MSP Photography payment envelopes and remember these helpful points:

  • Don’t seal envelopes inside each other. You can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day.
  • If paying by cash please enclose correct money as no change is given on photo day. NO CHEQUES ACCEPTED.
  • Credit card payments can be made online (please follow instructions on envelope) or by calling the MSP Office prior to the day. Your child will still need to take their envelope with them on the day.
  • Specialty Photo Orders (e.g. Captains ) will be organized after photo day on a separate form.

Single Parent families can place multiple orders for children by either option below:

  • Placing all the orders on the one envelope.
  • Handing in multiple order envelopes (they can collect a spare one from the school office and complete it as usual). If this is the chosen method, it may be worth having them label the envelope as either “Mums Copy” or “Dads Copy”, so upon delivery the correct photo order is returned to the correct parent.

******* Please direct all parent queries to MSP Photography on 9499 6555.


Naplan will be held from Tuesday 14th - Thursday 17th May for Years 3, 5, 7 & 9. Please ensure your child/ren are well rested and on time to school. We are treating these days as normal school days to try to keep the stress levels low for the students. Years 7 & 9 need to bring their own headphones and ensure their laptops are charged.

Winter Uniform - Monday 13th May, 2019

A reminder all students are to commence wearing the winter school uniform from Monday next week, 13th May 2019. Middle and Senior school students MUST wear their hats and blazers to and from school.

Woolworths Earn & Learn

The Woolworths Earn & Learn promotion is back so please start collecting your stickers!! It's a great initiative with over 10,000 educational resources on offer! You can either pop your stickers on a sheet, available at the office, or deposit stickers straight into the collection boxes - anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated!

We have a collection box in the School Office and one each at Woolworths Hornsby and Thornleigh.

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term! (Prep to Year 8)

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for over 35 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $75 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started.

Students will be skipping throughout the term in PE lessons, before school and during lunch and recess breaks. During this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause.

We will hold our school Jump Off Day on Thursday the 27th of June, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

Cafe - Level 3 on Fox

Year 8 Café ‘Level 3 on Fox’ is open for Term 2 to our school community. Pop in and sample the delights on Monday and Friday afternoons from 2 - 2:50pm in the Textiles room.

Café allows students to build on their food preparation skills and teamwork, as well as giving them confidence, skills and experience to serve others in a café environment.

If you choose to visit us, please make sure you sign in at the front office before you make your way up to the Textiles room on Level 3. We look forward to having you join us!

Primary School Events

Band Camp - Years 3 to 6 - 3rd to 5th June 2019

Band Camp is on Monday 3rd June - Wednesday 5th June 2019 at Crosslands Convention Centre, Galston. Please note: students are to make their own way to Crosslands Convention Centre and need to be there by 10.00am for Registration. Mrs Streatfeild will be there from 8.00am for anyone that needs to drop their child early.

There will be a concert on Wednesday 5th June at 5.30pm at Galston SDA Church. All families are welcome to attend to support the students

Please see list below for what to bring:

  • Musical instrument and music stand
  • Reed Instruments (please bring 2 spare reeds)
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • 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!
  • Good rain coat
  • Firm soled joggers (able to get wet)
  • Please bring clean blue jeans for the Concert

*******What Not To Bring: Electronic Gear

ASISSA Cross Country - Primary School

On Thursday 30th May selected students will represent the school at the ASISSA Cross Country, Queens Park, Baronga Ave, Bondi Junction. Letters will be sent home next week to Primary students who have qualified for the event.

The Cross Country will be held from 10:00am to 2.00pm. A bus will leave school at 8.30am sharp. All competitors traveling by bus will need to be at school NO LATER than 8.15am and will return to school at the completion of the cross country, at approximately 3.15pm. Any students travelling from home will need to be at Queens Park NO LATER than 9.30am.


Middle & Senior School News

RSL and Schools ANZAC Service – 9th April 2019

On Tuesday 9th April our School Captains, William J and Claudia Y represented the School by attending the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service held in Hyde Park. Representatives from Independent, Catholic and Government Schools across Sydney attended the event. The service was co-hosted by the State President of the RSL NSW Branch and the NSW Minister for Education.

Year 5 & 6 Canberra Camp - Tues 9th to Thurs 11th April 2019

At the end of last term students in Years 5 & 6 undertook an education tour of our nation’s capital. Students participated in a variety of educational programs which focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. They visited Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, Australian Institute of Sport, Royal Australian Mint, Telstra Tower, National Museum of Australia, Questacon, cycled around Lake Burley Griffin and enjoyed some horse riding! It was a busy trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students and staff attending.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government also contributed money on behalf of each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.


William M (Year 9) represented WAS at the CIS golf trials on Monday 15 April, he shot 8 over par coming 8th and has been selected to compete in the CIS team at Yamba in late June.

Yesterday William competed at the Years 7, 8 & 9 Newton Shield, he came 2nd overall by 2 shots and has qualified for the NSW Under 15 School team to contest the Australian Under 15's in December.

Congratulations William M!!! Amazing results, we are so proud of you!!

Year 5 Spelling Bee

At the end of Term 1, Mrs Kanimako’s Spelling Class participated in a Class Spelling Bee. It was optional to enter and there was an overwhelming level of participation. There were two Spelling Bees – one for the Year 5 Spelling List students and another for the students with Year 6 words. After a brilliant effort, there were two winners:

  • Alexandra C– Year 5 list
  • Charlotte S - Year 6 list

Congratulations girls! Enjoy your prize!

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 8 Camp – 22nd to 24th May

The Year 8 Camp scheduled to take place Wednesday to Friday 22nd to 24th May will be here before we know it! If you haven’t returned your child’s permission slip with payment please do so urgently. If you have any questions please contact Mr Starrett on his email; chris.starrett@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Sports Corner

CSSA State Gymnastics 2019

  • Date: Thursday 6 June 2019
  • Venue: Sydney Gymnastics Centre - Rooty Hill

Gymnastics Info: https://www.cssa.net.au/index.php/state-carnivals/gymnastics

Please email Tamika Sutton for expressions of interest by Monday 27th May (Week 5). Please include your child’s WAG/MAG National Level and Club Affiliation. There is a cost of $45. tamika.sutton@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Mountain Bike XCO Championships 2019

  • Date: Friday 7 June 2019
  • Venue: Glenrock Mountain Bike Park

Event Information:

Register at the above link. Please note, this is a self-transport event, teachers will not be present

CSSA Secondary 15&U Girls Netball Selections for NSW All Schools Trials 2019

Date: Thursday 16 May 2019

Please email Tamika Sutton for expressions of interest by Monday 15th May (Week 3). Please include your child’s representative playing history and preferred positions. There is a cost of $20

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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


Library News

Library News

Congratulations to Jaz B (3K), Lucy M (KA), Charles B (1L), Sarah L (2M), Matthew M (2J), William S (2M), Lachlan P (1S), Alexander L (3K), Liana E (4R), Sophie C (1L), Emma D (3K) and Arabella (5/6K) who have all completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Keep up the great reading!

The Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes at the end of August, so there is still plenty of time to get on board – it’s fun!

Kid’s Lit Quiz

In Week 9 of Term 1, Wahroonga Adventist School competed in the Western Sydney Heat of the Kid’s Lit Quiz, an International Literature Competition. The students who were chosen to represent our school were: Year 5 team: Christian P, Finn A, Toby P and Amelia R; Yr 6 team: Katie M, Nathan R, Liam N and Noah C; and Year 8 team: Victoria M, Josh B, George I and Shruti P. All three teams participated competitively with each of the teams achieving the top score in at least one of the ten categories. The Year 7 team had us on the edge of our seats as the competition progressed, remaining towards the top of the scoreboard throughout the competition and managing to place third overall, with the second place team beating them by only 1 point. Well done to all the students involved for representing our school so well.

Canteen News

Howdy and welcome back!! Please see below Term 2 menu. We hope you enjoy the new menu.

Don’t forget we are open for Breakfast every morning from 8am.

We are always looking for volunteers. If you have a spare 30 mins to a couple of hours any day of the week we would love to see you. No experience is needed, just the willingness to help, chop, pack bags and serve our lovely students. If you are interested just pop in and lend a hand.

Bits and Pieces

RETURN and EARN – 10c plastic bottles, containers and cans

We need your help! We are collecting eligible containers including plastic bottles, containers and cans to raise funds for sport equipment. Start collecting at home and bring your items to school to place them in the signed crate in the basement. Additionally, at lunch and recess, there will be small bins popping up around the school for students to deposit their lunch bottles, containers and cans. Every container counts!

*****Please note: there needs to be a barcode and ‘10c’ on the label. Due to safety reasons, we are unable to handle glass containers.

Prayer Group - All Welcome

Dance Studio Elements

Wild Flower Art & Garden Festival

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