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Newsletter - Wednesday 4th April 2018

Pastors' Corner

This week in our Middle School Chapel, we saw one of our own students Lachlan W speak in front of our student body. Our theme this term has been "Awakening" and he shared the story of how Jonah was called by God for a mission yet decided to go in the opposite direction. Through it all Jonah still had an awakening experience from God. Lachlan then challenged his peers to listen to God's calling on their lives. We, as the chaplaincy team, are proud of Lachlan for sharing today and we are committed to empower our students to be involve in different aspects of chaplaincy.

The key verse from his message today was Romans 13:11 "And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed"

Upcoming School Events

NSW Interschool Snow Sports (K to 9)

This year during the winter school holidays, there is an opportunity for WAS to submit a team and/or individual entry to the NSW Interschool Snow Sports competition held in Perisher. Please note, you will have to provide all necessary equipment, accommodation and travel. There are costs associated with the competition. For full details, please see;

For expressions of interest, please contact Miss Sutton on tamika.sutton@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Band Camp

Band Camp is for any students from Years 3-9 who wish to attend and will be held from 21st—23rd May 2018 at Crosslands Convention Centre, Galston. Please note that applications have now closed and payment must be made prior to the Camp commencing . Payment can be made by card over the phone, by cash, cheque or direct deposit. If paying by direct deposit, please ensure you put your family code & "Band Camp" so we know who has paid.

What to bring

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

What Not To Bring: Electronic Gear

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NSWCIS Swimming Carnival

We had 9 students competing in 16 events at the NSWCIS(Combined Independent Schools) Swimming Carnival. Congratulations to Logan L, Nicholas L, Abigail M, Salani S, Erin Q, Harriet L M, Kendra G, Cameron K & Harry P for a fantastic performance at this very competitive level. Congratulations also to Kendra G who made it through to the finals of the 11 Year Girls 50m Freestyle Finals placing 10th overall. We are extremely proud of all our students!!!!

Winter School Uniform

  • Summer uniform is to be worn until Friday 11th May 2018.
  • Winter uniform is to be worn from Monday 14th May 2018 (after Mother's Day).

School Photo Day

School Photo Day is Wednesday 2nd May 2018. Have your child’s school memories captured forever!

The MSP photography envelopes will be sent home in the last week of school this term - please look out for them. 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.
  • Direct all parent queries to MSP Photography on 9499 6555.

School Cross Country

Our Junior, Middle and Senior School Cross Country will be held on Friday 4th May. Parent helpers will be needed in the morning to watch children on the course. It would be wonderful if you are able to assist. Helpers will need to be at the front of chapel at 9.30am to get instructions and placements. Please see Miss Sutton if you are able to help.

Church Car Park Closed 9 to 20 April 2018

Please note, if you have access to the Church Car Park it will be closed for maintenance from 9 to 20 April 2018. If you have any questions please contact Church administration.

Middle/Senior School News

CSSA Secondary State Swimming Carnival

Four high school students were invited to swim at the CSSA Secondary State Swimming Carnival held Monday 26th March - we are really proud of you all for swimming so well and making it to this level. A huge congratulations to Elliot Young, for making it into the CSSA team to compete at the CIS Championships in the 100m freestyle!! Good luck Elliot, we hope you really enjoy the day!

Year 8 - Geography Field Trip to Norah Head

On Monday the 26th of March, Year 8 lined up at the school gate ecstatic for our beach excursion. When we arrived at the beach everyone rushed to the fence to see our surroundings, including the beautiful Norah Head Lighthouse. Our task was simple, yet fun, we had to measure longshore drift, measure angles of landforms, and we got to play with tiny ghost crabs! On the way home everyone’s shoes were filled with sand, but we were disappointed that we had to leave the beach. Although the excursion was educational, everyone had loads of fun and wanted to do it all again.

Written by Amy P - Year 8A

SEQTA - High School Parent Portal

SEQTA setup information for the High School Parent Portal was emailed out to parents on 28th February. Through the parent portal you can see your child's timetable, homework, upcoming assessments and more. If you are having trouble logging in please contact the Middle School Office.

Upcoming Middle/Senior School Events

Middle School Winter Uniform Fitting Days

Thursday 5th April and Friday 6th April for all Middle School students purchasing the winter Middle School Uniform.

Fitting times can be booked online through Flexischools by following the link;

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.

Any queries can be directed to Helen Roberts, our Uniform Shop Manager, at uniformshop.waps@gmail.com

Year 5 & 6 Bathurst Excursion 10th - 12th April 2018

Our Year 5 & 6 Bathurst Excursion is fast approaching! Don't forget students need to arrive at school ready for a 6am departure on Tuesday 10th April! Please find below a list of what students need to bring;

  • Enclosed shoes MUST be worn on the first day for our tour of Mount Piper Power Station. These will also be required for Horse Riding on Day 3.
  • Toiletries and towel.
  • Sleeping bag – bottom sheets will be provided.
  • PJ’s or outfit for sleeping.
  • Jeans, shorts, shirt, jacket, tracksuit top, T-shirts, closed-in shoes and socks for outdoor activities, hat and sunscreen – it is likely to be cold, so please come prepared!
  • Wet weather gear – barbeques galore sell rain ponchos, which would be suitable.
  • Spare pants in a plastic bag in case someone slips in the muddy creek while gold panning!
  • Gum boots if you have them, for gold panning on Wednesday.
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • A daypack to carry water, jacket, camera, money. (Please not too much money - $50.00 max. There will be some opportunity to spend but this is certainly not our expectation.)

Please label all possessions.

Save the Date: High School Information Evening, Yr 7 - 2019

Our High School Information Evening for students entering Year 7 in 2019 will be held on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in the Year 5/6 shared space on Level 3. Please save the date, further details will follow shortly.

The Globe Café

‘The Globe Café is open from 2.00pm-3.00pm every Monday and Friday! Please make your way to the School Office to sign in before heading up to the Textiles class room on Level 3.

Performance Opportunity for Aspiring High School Musicians!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Canteen News

This weeks canteen specials

  • Home-Made Pumpkin Soup and Bread Roll
  • Sweet Potato Salad
  • Vanilla Cupcake with Honeycomb icing
  • Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

For more information or to order head over to https://www.flexischools.com.au

Thank you to all the helpers we have had 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. 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.

Library News

Congratulations to Claire Han (Yr 3), Amelia White (Yr 6), Elijah Van Warmelo (Yr 1) and Lukas Wallace (Yr 1) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Great reading!

Borrowing has now finished for Prep for this term. Please ensure all your books are returned before the school holidays so the Prep boxes can be changed over during the holidays ready for Term 2.

For all other classes, borrowing will continue over the school holidays. If you would like your child to have more books than their usual allowance to read over the school break (maximum of 10) please contact me at library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au , and these books can be collected in the last week of term and need to be returned on Week 1 of Term 2.

Kid’s Lit Quiz

On Wednesday, the 28th of March, our school competed in the Kid’s Lit Quiz for the very first time. The three teams consisted of Abigail B, Annika S, Katie M, Srujana P, Nathan R, Zachary J, Josh B, Tom J, Victoria M, Ellie A and Udit D. All the teams tried their hardest, and managed to achieve the highest score in at least one of the ten categories. By Annika S

Meals with Love

Bits and Pieces

Marian Street Theatre Holiday Workshops & Show

Sherpa Kids Vacation Care Program

We are pleased to attach the Vacation Care Program for the upcoming school holidays in April 2018. We take pride in listening the children interest in planning our April 2018 programs. Due to limited placement availability (especially on incursion / excursion days), we would encourage all parents to confirm your enrolment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All completed vacation care enrolment forms should have been returned by 30th March, if you have not returned your form, please contact Sherpa Kids directly to see if there are any spaces available. All enrolments will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vacation care includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Tea
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Structured daily programs and fun-filled activities

Incursions and Excursions information

17/04/18 Make Your Own Cuddly Friends Workshop Incursion Children will explore and involve the process in making their own and unique Cuddly Friends. Instruction and materials are supplied by our centre.

18/04/18 Connect 4 Basketball Incursion A new physical fun game run by a reputable incursion provider: NPAevents. This is newly introduced for this April holiday and not published on its website yet. https://www.npaevents.com.au/

26/04/18 Snooker Feet Incursion Have you or your child played snooker by feet? A unique version of the crazy hybrid game combing Snooker and Soccer. https://www.npaevents.com.au/snookerfeet

Coles Sports for Schools Program

Please keep the vouchers coming!! We are able to accept vouchers until mid May so encourage students, families and friends to get involved and collect as many vouchers as possible!!

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