Newsletter - Wednesday 7th November 2018

Pastors Corner

Junior School Week of Worship

This year we had a guest speaker Pastor Andrew McCrostie, Chaplain for one of our sister schools called Border Christian College, Albury.

Our theme was 'Maker Fun Factory’ Created by GOD, Built for a Purpose. Every morning the Junior School would meet down at Fox Hall for the week long chapel series, that ended on Friday afternoon with a family concert at 5pm.

I was speaking with a mother of our Junior School while at the shops, who stopped to thank me for the week that her children had experienced and shared with me that her kids would come home singing the new song and would jump on YouTube and share the songs with their father and her, much to their delight.

School Update

We are very excited that the scaffolding has come down from the Junior School building!! The students have been very excited to see the flow and connectivity between the Junior and Middle schools and were also excited to look through the glass area to see the play area and beyond. The music pod was a real stand out as well!!!!!!!!

Combined Choir Service - Avondale Church

The Combined Choir made up of students from Wahroonga Adventist School, Central Coast Adventist School, Macarthur Adventist School, Mountain View Adventist School and Hills Adventist School sang at Avondale College Church on Saturday November 3. It was a breath taking event where the singers raised the roof of the church in praise and worship. A big thanks to all the students and parents who attended this event.

Upcoming Whole School Events

Beyond our school yard - Christmas Boxes and Smiles2U Christmas Present Appeal

It is starting to look a lot like Christmas!

For many children this is an exciting time of the year but unfortunately for others due to personal circumstances or illness there are no Christmas trees nor presents and time spent in hospital beds.

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 fourth 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 Australian branch of OCC sent 327,841 gifts overseas. We are hoping that this year, our school community can provide 200 gift-filled shoe boxes to children. The SRC will be handing out boxes this week to your child’s classroom. Please encourage your child to collect a box or you can collect one from the office.

In addition, this year we will also be collecting gifts for the Smiles2U charity, which provides love and care to patients in local North Shore Hospitals. The gifts will be go to boys and girls aged 0 – 16 who will unfortunately be spending Christmas in our local hospitals. We would like to encourage your child to bring in an unwrapped present for either a boy or girl aged between 0-16 years and place it under the tree in the office.

Both initiatives will run until early December.

We thank you in advance and look forward to bringing some cheer to those less fortunate this year!

Any questions in relation to this event, please contact Mel Harris melinda@spect.com.au / Lisa White lisa@dwct.com.au / Mr Edwards.

Music Creative Night, Years 2 to 6 - TONIGHT!!!

Just a reminder that the concert showcasing the musical efforts and accomplishments of our students is on tonight at the Fox Valley Community Centre. 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. A great night for all!!

Remembrance Day Church Service

This coming Saturday (10th November) the school will lead out in the Wahroonga Church 'Remembrance Service' starting at 10:45am. We would like to welcome all students, and their families, to come and be a part of this Service of Remembrance. All Students who attend are to be in full dress uniform.

This year during the church service there will be an extra offering (donations) taken up for the Work of Legacy. This week coming home with your child/children will be a donation envelope which we would encourage you to speak about with your child/children and consider what you are able to financially gift to this amazing Charity.

Also worth noting, there will be a Remembrance Service held at the school on Monday morning, 12th November.

In the coming days, you will be receiving a letter and donation envelope, from the chaplaincy team, to which you can contribute whether you will be attending Saturday's 'Remembrance Service'. Please feel free to drop in your envelope, to the office, by Monday 12th November or bring it to the church on Saturday. Together as a church and school community, we can bless through giving, the work of Legacy. 'Lest We Forget’

Contact the office or Pr Richie if you have any questions.

Your gift will help to provide support to the families of our veterans who have given their lives or health in service to our country. Throughout Australia, Legacy cares for Tens of thousands of widows, children and veteran’s dependents.

Remembrance Service

On Monday 12th November, we will be holding a Remembrance Service at 10.30 am on the synthetic grass area outside the office. All parents are welcome to attend.

Uniform Shop Fitting Days

The school uniform shop will be holding 6 fitting days for all students needing to purchase school uniforms. They are as follows:

  • Junior School - Thursday 15th November & Friday 16th November 2018
  • Middle School - Thursday 22nd November & Friday 23rd November 2018
  • Senior School - Thursday 29th November & Friday 30th November 2018

Parents of junior school children are requested to join their child for their fitting time. The Uniform Shop is happy to fit your middle or senior school child if you cannot be present. Please ensure your child knows the time of their booking so they can come to the shop at the correct time. Fitting times can be booked online through Flexischools, bookings are now open!!!!.

***It is really important to attend the fitting days to purchase uniforms as there will be limited time on Registration Day.***

Hornsby Kuring-gai Basketball Gala Day

Selected students from Years 3-6 will be representing our School at the Hornsby Kuring-gai Basketball Gala Day to be held at Thornleigh Brickpit Basketball Sports Stadium on Friday the 9th of November 2018.

Details are below:

  • Date: Friday, 9th November 2018
  • Venue: Thornleigh Brickpit Basketball Sports Stadium, 1A Dartford Rd, Thornleigh NSW 2120
  • Departure: School Bus: 8:00am
  • Start time: 8:45am
  • Finish time: 2:45pm
  • Return: School Bus: 3:15pm
  • Uniform: Full School Sports Uniform. Girls: Tights/shorts acceptable, must be navy blue or black
  • Additional Information: Students will need to take their hat/sunscreen, lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

NRL Bears League Gala Day

Selected students have been selected to represent the School at the NRL Bears League Tag Gala Day to be held at Montview Oval (Years 5&6) and Rofe Park (Years 3&4) Hornsby Heights on Tuesday the 20th of November 2018.

Details are below:

  • Date: Tuesday, 20th of November 2018
  • Venue: Montview Oval (Years 5&6) and Rofe Park (Years 3&4) Hornsby Heights
  • Start time: 9:30am
  • Finish time: 2:00pm
  • Uniform: Full School Sports Uniform. Girls: Tights/shorts acceptable, must be navy blue or black
  • Additional Information: Students will need to take their hat/sunscreen, lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

Primary School Speech Night

Speech Night will be held at Hornsby RSL in the Showroom on Wednesday 28th November 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 school uniform must be worn. Please note that no alcohol is permitted in the function area.

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.

Wahroonga Church Christmas Concert

Please keep Saturday night 24th November from 7pm free. It is the Wahroonga Church Christmas concert, which we performed in last year. If you could please let Mrs Jacobs know your availability, that would be great too! Her email is jacquie.jacobs@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Primary School Picnic Day

On Monday 10th December, the Primary school will head to Balmoral Beach for their annual picnic day. Details will be sent closer to the time.

Please note this is also the last day of school for 2018. Sherpa Kids will be holding their Vacation Care for students if needed. Details of their programs can be viewed in the "Bits & Pieces" section.

School Banking Volunteers - desperately needed

School banking is currently ceased. 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, and be on-site, please email the office on jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au so I can pass on your details onto the previous school banking coordinators.

Junior School Events

Junior School Day of Worship

The Junior School Day of Worship was held at Day Spring Church and we were very excited to catch a double decker bus to Castle Hill. When we were there we got to sing songs, there were different Pastors telling stories and Pastor Ben did a great experiment on Sin!! We had a great day and can't wait for next year! By: Alex.L & Thomas W Year 2 J

Upcoming Junior School Events

Intensive Swimming Program

Our Intensive Swimming Program for Prep - Yr 1 will be held over 2 weeks from Monday 12th November– Friday 23rd November (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri) excluding Tuesdays.

Please note: This is not compulsory for Prep students. A letter has been sent home for you to complete if you wish for your child to participate.

The timetable has been emailed out.

Prep Orientation

Prep Orientation will be held on the mornings of Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November 2018 for children attending Prep in 2019. Your child will only need to attend 1 of the mornings and letters have been sent home soon. There will also be a morning tea held for parents.

Elizabeth Farm Excursion Years 3 & 4

On Monday the 12th November 2018, Years 3 and 4 have an excursion to Elizabeth Farm in Rosehill. This visit will be part of our studies on British colonisation in Australia. Students will be learning what life was like in 1828 for a convict servant at the estate of John and Elizabeth Macarthur.

Please ensure you have returned your child's permission slip and that you are on time for school.

SDA Touch Football Gala Day

Selected students from Years 3 & 4 have been selected to represent the School at the SDA Touch Football Gala Day to be held at Webb’s Avenue Sports Fields, Webb’s Avenue, Auburn on Tuesday the 13th November 2018.

Details are as follows:

  • Date: Tuesday, 13th of November 2018
  • Venue: Webb’s Avenue Sports Fields, Webb’s Avenue, Auburn
  • Departure: 8:30am
  • Start time: 10:00am
  • Finish time: 2:00pm
  • Returning: Approx: 3:10pm
  • Uniform: Full School Sports Uniform. Girls: Tights/shorts acceptable, must be navy blue or black
  • Additional Information: Students will need to take their hat/sunscreen, lunch, snacks and plenty of water

Sydney Aquarium Kindy - 27th November 2018

Middle & Senior School News

CSSA State Triathlon - Thursday, 25th October

On Thursday the 25th of October, 3 teams of Year 7 students travelled out to the Penrith Regatta Centre to compete in the annual CSSA Triathlon. Josh B, Isaac N, Ben W, Elliot Y, Adamo K, Daniel J, Makaela C, Tara R and Angelica Y competed in the team event. In the team event, one person completes one section of the triathlon, either the swim, ride or run. Our three teams did well, showing great feats of teamwork, athleticism and sportsmanship. We are excited to see more students entering in both the individual and team triathlon next year.

Year 8 Camp - 31 October to 1 November

Our Year 8 students put in a huge effort on their camp last week, hiking through the Berowra Valley & Kuringai Chase National Parks. We are so proud of the way that the students persevered through heat, carrying packs, rocky climbs, blisters, endless uphills and the internal struggle to push on.

Some highlights included the beautiful views along the water at Apple Tree Bay, the sandstone cliffs and echoing valleys in the Berowra National park and cooking "choc-chip" damper around the camp fire on Wednesday night - some had more success than others!

While the camp involved hiking and camping, it was about so much more than that: developing the life skills to cope with and overcome the challenges, struggles and adversity that come our way. Students learned to work together as a team, communicate and look out for each other and see the positives in challenges, even when they are difficult. As we come back to school we will be reflecting with our Year 8 classes on the highlights, challenges and lessons learned along the journey. We hope that through the experience there have been life long memories made and lessons learned.

Could we please ask that all students who have hired backpacks and tents return these items as soon as possible - preferably prior to Thursday this week. We will be putting the tents out to dry on Thursday during PDHPE class and checking that all the pegs, poles etc. are included. Thank you!

Athletics Sporting Season 2018

During the Athletics season this year, 3 of our students have achieved outstanding results. Nicholas B, Kanya Y and Cameron K progressed through to the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Athletics Competition. All three students achieved commendable results with Nicholas coming 1st in the 80m hurdles, Cameron coming 2nd in the 100m sprint, and Kanya coming 1st in 100m sprint, 2nd in Shotput and 200m sprint and 3rd in the long jump.

Cameron recently competed in the PSSA athletics carnival where he tied 6th with a time of 25.51s, missing 1st by only 26 milliseconds.

Nicholas continued on to compete at the NSW All-Schools and achieved 2nd in the 80m Hurdles, 6th in the100m Sprint, 7th in the 200m Sprint, and 5th in Long Jump.

We are very proud of these athletes and their achievements and are excited to see them in action next year.

Primary School Leaders Morning Tea - Parliament House

As part of our role as Primary School School Captains, on Thursday, the 1st of November, we were privileged to visit Parliament House. We went there to visit Alister Henskens, our member of Ku-Ring-Gai. We arrived and made our way to the Jubilee room, where we formally met Alister Henskens and many other Primary School Captains in the area. There, Mr Henskens led the adults in one direction and his colleague took us in another. We passed through hallways which were decorated with historic photos, paintings and several other priceless items that made NSW’s history. We were led into a large green room, where we learned about the Legislative Assembly. The room was shaped like a horse shoe and lined with old-fashioned seats. Mr Hensken’s colleague then informed us of the history that had taken place in the room. After we had learned about the Legislative Assembly, we were escorted by another of Mr Henskens colleagues, who took us into the Legislative Council. This room was themed with red. There we did a short role play of what would happen when a Bill was being passed. We learnt that a Bill was essentially an idea for a law. We also learned about the ceremonial Black Rod. Then we went back to the Jubilee room, where the adults and children listened to an inspirational speech meant to inspire us to become leaders of the world. Then Mr Henskens handed us certificates and took us outside for a photo. Overall, the day was a fabulous learning experience for us and we feel privileged that we were able to represent our school as Primary School Captains. We would also like to thank Mr St Mart and Ms Wynstra for taking us there and also being with us throughout the day.

By Katie M and Jude G

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 7 - 2019 Orientation Day - Thursday, 8th November

Our Year 7, 2019 Orientation Day is being held on Thursday 8th November. All current students in Year 6 are expected to attend, all students are to wear their full school uniform.

Application for Year 7 Selective High School Placements in 2020

If you would like to apply for a selective high school placement for your child in Year 7 in 2020, please see the link below for further information.

• Applications for Year 7 entry to selective high schools in 2020 must be made online between 9 October 2018 and 12 November 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

• Parents must apply online via the link below.

• All applicants are required to sit the Selective High School Placement Test to be held on Thursday 14 March, 2019.

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. If you are unsure what books your children have out, and their due date, you can access this information by logging onto the Library WebOPAC (bit.ly/waslibrary) where there are instructions on how to access your child’s library account. If your child has lost or damaged books these need to be replaced either by purchasing a replacement copy, or paying a $25 replacement fee at the school office. Please make sure all books are returned promptly by the end of Week 7 in time for the annual stock take.

Canteen News

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

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 just pop in and lend a hand.

NEW TO THE MENU this week is:

- Philana’s Home-Made Vegetarian Spring Rolls

- WAS Salad Wrap with the opportunity to add veggie patty, haloumi, hash brown and any more options.

Enjoy the new items!

Bits and Pieces

Helen O'Grady Drama Classes

Marian Street Theatre Classes and Workshops

Pennant Hills Junior AFL Club

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