Newsletter - Friday 23 July 2021

Chaplains' News

Having enjoyed a sleep in one Sunday and yet woken up agitated by the relentless news cycle that seemed to say fear, fear, fear, I thought- hey it's time to go for a walk and listen to some positive music and spend some time sharing the Bible and worshipping with my family. We spoke together about how easy it is to be around each other and yet at times be fearful or alone, we need to connect, we need to talk and share!

So, it got me thinking that we need to intentionally seek out relationships, to talk, to laugh, to pray and to realise that certainly spiritually- we are never alone! Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

It may be that there are times we feel overwhelmed, alone, worried, unsure, and it is in these times we can pray to a God who is present and can be trusted.

Be encouraged to reach out, if you would like someone to pray with, share with or just to discuss your experience with, please know that as Chaplains we are willing to connect with you, we are willing to share learning on this journey together. May God be our strength, guide, and protector as we travel together at this time.

Strength and Encouragement In Jesus

Pr Andy, Pr Eden, Pr Nick - WAS Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy email: chaplaincy@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Whole School News

A Note from our Principal - Mrs Julia Heise

Remote learning has progressed very well and our collective experiences and insights from 2020 have helped us start at a different point this time. I would like to congratulate our students for their focus and commitment to their learning. It is heartening to see students applying themselves, engaging in lessons and remote learning tasks. Our Year 12 students have been courageous and resilient in continuing to prepare for their HSC despite the uncertainty created by COVID, and their holiday workshops were beneficial. Thank you to all our Wahroonga Adventist School families for continuing to support your children and our school through these weeks.

Staff have been creative across the school in preparing online lessons that keep students engaged. Students of all ages have enjoyed connecting with peers in MS Teams lessons and the use of breakout rooms in the older grades has provided opportunity for collaboration.

SeeSaw has been a vibrant way for our P-6 students to work at their own pace and get feedback from their teacher. PDHPE staff have produced innovative challenge videos and the theme of the Olympics has been timely. Chaplains have created spiritual online chapels and science teachers have conducted online experiments. These are just a few examples of the creative ways in which our staff are continuing to engage and stimulate students while they are learning at home. I am grateful to all our teachers and staff for their commitment to the wellbeing of students.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and relaxing weekend at home, which may even include some Australian action at the Tokyo Olympics. Take courage and comfort from Philippians 4:8, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Stay well and God bless.

Online Learning Values

Our expectations of students in a virtual classroom are no different to our expectations of them in a physical classroom. It is vital that students demonstrate respect, responsibility, integrity and compassion online, at home and at school.

Parents and carers are partners in student learning in a unique way during remote learning. For that reason, you may find it useful to discuss and reinforce our four school values as they apply to online learning.

The Value of Responsibility

Written by Suzanne Mann, Parent of Year 8 Student

All of the current events really have made me focus more on values like responsibility.

It has led me to question in myself, those around me and even our leaders, where different responsibilities lie. Am I and are we, accountable where necessary and staying authentic and truthful in our relationships? This is not necessarily an easy question to answer.

My hope is that these definitions start a conversation both internally and with those around us. I am very aware of the need to explain where our responsibility lies to ourselves and the greater good with my children at the moment. The need to discuss how taking responsibility for our actions can have such a major effect on the lives (and possible) deaths of so many.

Parent Wellbeing

Parenting is hard work. Parenting during remote learning is even harder. The following strategies can help you and your family stay sane while we get through this tough time together.

1) Be realistic

Perfectionism doesn’t make things easier. It’s time to be exceedingly realistic, both at work and as a parent. Avoid burnout by setting realistic expectations and giving yourself grace if you can’t meet them. Practice forgiveness and self-compassion. Remind each other that these are unprecedented times. There’s no playbook for this. Remember you’re doing your best during a very difficult time. Cut yourself some slack.

2) Prioritise healthy choices

The colder weather and ongoing stress we’re all experiencing right now can make it easy to slip into habits that feel good in the moment but can be detrimental in the long term. Make sure you’re eating properly, try to get enough sleep, and create a routine that includes physical activity. Be thoughtful and intentional about how you’re treating yourself and your body. Small changes like making time to take a walk, doing a short exercise routine, or choosing to go to bed a little earlier than usual can reduce stress and help you feel more relaxed and resilient.

3) Set boundaries

Anxiety is everywhere. With so much worry and uncertainty around it can be easy to absorb fears and concerns without even realising it. Take a break from the constant news cycle and your devices. Schedule time for work/jobs, time for family, time for others and ensure you are getting some time alone each day – even if it’s just intentionally enjoying a quick shower.

4) Connect with things that bring you joy

Finding time to get back in touch with hobbies or activities you enjoy or making the choice to learn a new skill can be a great way to practice self-care. Maybe there’s a project that you’ve wanted to complete or try. If young children at home make solo activities unrealistic, seek out activities you can enjoy together, like baking bread, making art or throwing a ball.

Parenting Resources...

Seventh-Day Adventist Schools (Greater Sydney) Scholarship Program


For further information and access to the Application Form please visit this link.

Calendar of Upcoming School Events

You can access the list of upcoming School events via the link below. The School Calendar is also available under the Parent Information tab on the School website.

Term Dates for 2021

Please click on the link below to view the school term dates and public holiday information for 2021.

School News - Years P to 6

Primary School Athletics Carnival - Thursday 5th August 2021

On Thursday 5th August we are scheduled to have our Primary Athletics Carnival at Bannockburn Oval. At this stage we are waiting for confirmation from the NSW government in regards to future COVID guidelines. Once these guidelines have been revealed, further communications will be sent out. Thank you to all the parents who have indicated that they are willing to help on the day.

School News - Years 7 to 12

Year 12 - Industrial Technology (Wood) Major Works

Year 12 Industrial Technology had the privilege of coming into the school workshop for the first week of the school holidays, prior to the Greater Sydney lockdown, and what a blessing it was to have such time available to the students to spend many hours, averaging 7am – 4pm most days, working on their projects to complete their HSC. We are nearing the due date of project completion, August 5, so it is a sprint to the finish line for our Year 12's. We are very blessed to have the ability to still provisionally access the workshop and provide time for the HSC students completing their projects in a COVID safe manner, together we will get there and I’m sure these students cannot wait to show off their finished project once completed. Keep them in your thoughts as they journey through these latter stages of Yr 12.

The major work consists of a Major Project, and an accompanying Project Portfolio. Student Names and projects are listed below:

  • James B – Electric Guitar
  • William C – Draftsman’s Table
  • Mason J – Hall Table
  • Ethan M – Office Desk
  • Christian J – Electric Guitar
  • Thomas M – Squatters Chair

Mr Gates

Year 12 - Visual Arts Major Works

All masked up and ready to create! The Year 12 Visual Arts class have been granted permission to work face to face on their major works at school. This photo of Lia C and Mrs Cherry was taken in the Industrial tech room where Mr Gates and Mr Coyte shared their expertise to enable Lia to laser cut her intricate artwork into wood. We are fortunate to be at a school with such caring, generous staff, thank you Industrial Tech!

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Amelia K (KE), Jonas F (1S), Emma D (2M), Eliza C (3H), Ryan Z (4L), Lukas W (4L), Olivia C (5C) and Sheressa S (5K) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Great reading!

PLEASE NOTE: The Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes on August 20, so if you haven’t entered your books online there is only one month left to do so!! Please email Mrs Savage if you need your child’s log-in details, or if you need help with entering your list. Email: library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Library WebAPP

The library WebAPP is a great place to keep track of your child/ren’s library loans, search the catalogue and read about upcoming library events. You can access it from any device at bit.ly/waslibrary.Instructions on how to log into your child/ren’s personal details are on the home page. High School students can also access the Library WebAPP in Seqta.

World Book Encyclopedia Subscription

Wahroonga Adventist School have a subscription to World Book Encyclopedia Online which gives all students and teachers online access to an amazing variety of resources. This is a very useful resource to use during online learning. The Wahroonga Adventist School subscription provides access to Kids (Junior School), Students (Middle School) and Advanced (Senior School) and is therefore useful for all year levels. To explore World Book Online, please follow the link below and use the word "was" for the log-in ID and password. High School students can also access World Book Online in Seqta.

World Book Online Link

Book Week 2021: ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’

Book Week is taking place during Week 7 of Term 3 (August 23-27). More information regarding Book Week events will be sent out closer to the date, but if you want to start planning your dress-up costumes the theme is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’ so costumes can reflect anything from the past, present or future and preferably literature related.


The canteen is still open for students learning on campus, please see attached menu. During the lockdown food can only be purchased by online ordering, there will be no window service. Orders can be purchased through flexischools.com.au by 8am the same day. We hope all families are keeping safe and well.

Home and School

Mindfulness Colouring Competition

Colouring has the ability to relax the fear centre of your brain. It allows your mind to rest. Mindful colouring has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep, improve focus and enhance fine motor skills. So there is no better time than now while in a lockdown to have a Mindfulness Colouring Competition.

There are 7 categories - each division will have an age appropriate mindfulness colouring picture to complete.

Categories are:

  • Prep - Kindy
  • Years 1-2
  • Years 3-4
  • Years 5-6
  • Years 7-8
  • Years 9-10
  • Years 11-12

Further details will be emailed out shortly. Competition entries are to be sent via email to the Home and School. Email: homeandschool@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au. Entries need to be submitted no later then 5.00pm on the 13th of August, 2021. WINNERS of each category will be awarded a $20 Gift Card.

Enjoy colouring students of WAS and we look forward to seeing your entries. Winners will be posted on Face Book page and in the Newsletter.

Good luck!

Home and School Meetings are suspended for now, next meeting will be advised.

We hope to be able to organise the following events in Term 4 -

1) Laser Tag for High School students

2) Ice Skating for all students

3) Dad’s Campout for Primary School students

Home & School Meeting Dates for 2021

TERM 3 - TBA and Tuesday 31st August

TERM 4 - Tuesday 5th October and Tuesday 2nd November

Bits and Pieces