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Newsletter - Wednesday 21st November 2018

Pastors Corner

Wahroonga Church Christmas Concert

Saturday night 24th November is the Wahroonga Church Christmas concert, which our school will be performing again this year. Join us as we celebrate the beauty of Christmas with orchestra, choir and soloists. Featuring carols and hymns to lift your spirits in the joy of the season. It's a 7.30pm start, everyone is welcome to attend. We would love to see you there not only to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Service but also to support the school.

School Update

We are very excited that the Junior school building is near completion!! The Junior school teachers will be moving their classrooms into the building Mid December and the new playground equipment has been ordered. Attached are architectural drawings of the new equipment. The soft fall area is currently being designed for more activities around the playground.

Term Dates for 2019

Below are the term dates for 2019

  • Term 1 - Tuesday 29th January 2019 - Friday 12th April 2019
  • Term 2 - Monday 29th April 2019 - Friday 5th July 2019
  • Term 3 - Monday 29th July 2019 - Friday 28th September 2019
  • Term 4 - Monday 14th October 2019 - Thursday 12th December 2019

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.

Uniform Shop Fitting Days

The school uniform shop will be holding fitting days for all Middle & Senior School students needing to purchase school uniforms on the dates below:

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

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.

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

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.

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 for 2019

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.

Whole School News

Music Creative Night, Years 2 to 6

Last week we held our annual creative night where students from Years 2-6 showcased their musical efforts and accomplishments. From classical to jazz to pop, the students did an amazing job performing a variety of different styles of music. The night was a huge success and we are looking forward to seeing what they all have in store for us in 2019!

Remembrance Day Church Service

On November 10 the students and staff of Wahroonga Adventist School participated in a special 100th anniversary Remembrance Day service at Wahroonga Adventist Church. The program, organised by Pr. Richie, included a flag bearing procession of School Captains, Adventurers, Pathfinders and students to the sound of a lone bagpipe. The School Captains then led out by laying the wreath, reading the Ode to the Fallen, and observing the minute silence, and Tom J played a rousing rendition of The Last Post and Reveille on his trumpet. The teachers led the congregation in an uplifting song service, and the Junior Choir performed the song ‘You Raise me Up’ as a special item. All were blessed by this moving ceremony and the students represented our school with respect and dignity.

Remembrance Day Service

On Monday 12th November we held a special Remembrance Day Service to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. School Captains Vice Captains and Middle School Prefects played various roles throughout the service and Tom J played the 'Last Post' and 'The Rouse' beautifully. It was a lovely service enjoyed by all who attended.

Hornsby Kuring-gai Basketball Gala Day

On Friday November 9th the Year 3/4 and 5/6 basketball teams participated in the annual Hornsby Kuringai Basketball Association Gala Day. All four teams competed at a high level and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, team work and camaraderie in support of each other. The Year 3/4 girls went undefeated on the day while the 3/4 boys won all but one of their games - both excellent efforts. The 5/6 girls put forward a great effort, persisting with only a few substitutes to come home with a win, the 5/6 boys drew their first matchup and went on to win the rest of their games for the day.

A big thank you to the parents who came along to support and assist with coaching on the day. It is great to see a generation of strong young basketball players with a great team spirit. We look forward to the many more successful basketball outings to come!

Junior School Events

Touch Football Gala day

On Tuesday 13th November, Years 3 and 4 participated in the Touch Football Gala day against the other Adventist schools in the Sydney area. They had a great day out and played a total of 5 matches each. The girl's team came in second place, runner up to Macarthur. The boy’s team tried very hard, coming in fourth position.

OZ Tag Gala Day

On Tuesday 20th November some of the Year 3 and 4 students went to a local Oz Tag Gala Day at Rofe Park in Hornsby Heights. The girls team won three out of four matches and the boys won two out of three matches. Both teams came second in their pool and had a great day out. We are looking forward to next year. Well done everyone!!!

Infant Swimming Program - Adjusted Timetable

Our Intensive Swimming Program for Prep - Yr 1 will be held for an extra week due to it been postponed Wednesday, Thursday & Friday last week & Monday this week.

Swimming will be held Monday 26th November, Wednesday 28th November (Prep only), Thursday 29th November & Friday 30th November. Swimming WILL NOT be held in the afternoon on Wednesday 28th November as it is a half day at school due to Speech Night.

Upcoming Junior School Events

Sydney Aquarium Excursion Kindy - 27th November 2018

Powerhouse Museum Excursion - Years 1 & 2 - 5th December

In Science, Year 1 has previously learned about mixtures and the different states of materials. To celebrate our learning, they will be attending an excursion to the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Year 2 will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Information Communication Technologies, by exploring how to code with the program Scratch Jnr. See details below:

WHEN: Wednesday 5th December 2018

WEAR: FULL Summer uniform

BRING: HAT, lunch, snack & water bottle

TIME: Buses will leave at 9:00am SHARP and return by 2:25pm

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Middle & Senior School News

Years 5&6 NRL Bears League Gala Day

We arrived, warmed up and started not long after. The boys won their first game 5 – 1! Go boys! The girls didn’t win any games but they were very close. We tied the last game 2 – 2. It was a great, fun, entertaining day, I 100% recommend trying out for this Gala Day next year. So for now keep kicking that ball and a big thank you to all the parents and teachers that picked us up and dropped us off, and special thanks to Mr Ed for taking us!

Written by Tansey R

CSSA High School Touch Football Gala Day

On Tuesday the 13th of November, selected high school students participated in the CSSA Zone Touch Football Gala Day held at Terry Hills. Students played 4 games in a round robin competition, with the U14s boys making it to the semi-finals. The day was a fantastic opportunity for students to learn, practice and refine their touch football skills.

National All Styles Regional Tournament

On 19th August 2018, Tilly C competed at the National All Styles (NAS - Mixed Martial Arts) Sydney Region tournament where she won a silver medal in the Kumite (Points Sparring) and a bronze medal in Kata (Forms) in the 10-11 years age group. On 7th October 2018, she competed at the NAS State tournament where she won a silver medal in the Kumite. In both tournaments there were not enough girls competing in her age group so she competed against the boys.

The wins at both tournaments qualified Tilly for the 2018 NAS National Championships. She will be competing at the NAS National Tournament next weekend on the Gold Coast in both the Kumite (Points Sparring) and Kata events - good luck Tilly!!! We wish you all the best and hope you really enjoy the tournament!

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 6 Dinner - Monday 3rd December

The Year 6 Dinner will be held in the Waratah/Acacia Room at Hornsby RSL on Monday, 3rd December. The event commences at 6pm - please see the Parent Information post on Skoolbag for all the details on the event.

High School Speech Night - Thursday 6th December

High School Speech Night will be held at Hornsby RSL in the Showroom on Thursday 6th December commencing at 7.00pm. Full school uniform must be worn. Please note that no alcohol is permitted in the function area.

High School Deregistration Day - Friday 7th December

Deregistration day for all students in Years 7 to 9 will take place on Friday 7 December with Deregistration Forms being distributed the week prior so students can get organised. If your child is unable to attend school on that day they will need to deregister prior to finishing school for the year.

Years 7 & 8 Fun Day - Jamberoo Action Park - Monday 10th December

The Year 7 & 8 Fun Day Excursion to Jamberoo Action Park will take place on Monday 10th December. Students will travel to Jamberoo by bus and need to be at school ready to depart by 7.15am, returning to school at approx 4.00pm. Please ensure students take their lunch, wet weather gear, drinking water, swimmers, towel, sunscreen and a hat.

If you are yet to sign your child's permission slip please do so and return it to the school office urgently.

Year 9 Fun Day - Sydney Amazing Race - Monday 10th December

The Year 9 Fun Day Excursion to participate in the Sydney Amazing Race will take place on Monday 10th December. Students will travel into town by train and need to be at Turramurra Train Station ready to depart by 8.30am, returning to Turramurra Train Station at approx 3.00pm. Students are to wear their sports uniform. Please ensure they take lunch, snacks, wet weather gear, water, and sunscreen.

If you could please sign and return your child's permission slip by tomorrow, Thursday 22nd November, it would be greatly appreciated.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

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Library News

To ensure all books are returned before the end of the year in readiness for our annual stock take, borrowing has now finished for the year.

Please make sure that all books are returned by the end of Week 7-Friday 30th November 2108. Thanking you.

Canteen News

We are hoping to grab as many volunteers to help with the end of our busy term 4. Mum’s, Dad’s and Grandparents are all welcome. Anything 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 just pop in and lend a hand.

As we approach the end of the year we will be winding down stock, please note some items will become unavailable. A new and exciting menu will be available for 2019.

We would love to hear what you would like to see on the menu. Please complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RN76QH2

Bits and Pieces

Sherpa Kids Holiday Programs

Helen O'Grady Drama Classes

Kids Up Front Drama Academy - Holiday Programs

Marian Street Theatre Classes and Workshops

Pennant Hills Junior AFL Club

Come on down to Ern Holmes Oval (Britannia St, Pennant Hills) on Tuesday 4th December 5-7pm to have a kick and learn more about playing AFL for Penno Juniors AFL in 2019. We will have some fun activities and members of Pennant Hills as well as representatives from NSW AFL will be on hand should you have any questions about registering for the upcoming season.

Boys and girls, ages 5-17 – everyone can play! Games are played on Sundays.

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