This week I had the opportunity to attend the Sydney Prayer Breakfast at the International Convention Centre with 1300 other Christian leaders from around Sydney. The key note speaker was Claire Rogers, CEO of World Vision Australia.
I came away from this Prayer Breakfast blessed and encouraged as we spent time around our tables praying for the marginalised in our city, our civic and Church Leaders, the young people of our city and their places of learning as well as those within the business community of our city.
I came away reminded about the opportunity that we have as a school community to pray for these same concerns that exist in our city, but further to prayer more for the concerns that exist in our local community and our school community. Our School was started over 100 years ago on prayer and it continues to grow in numbers and in strength, year by year because of the faithfulness of prayers by this community with which you belong to.
May I today encourage you to continue to uphold our nation, our city of Sydney, our community and our school family in your daily prayers.
We have a group of parents within our school community that meet together once a week to pray for our school, its teachers and students and you and your family as part of Wahroonga Adventist School family. They meet every Thursday from 2.15pm - 2.45pm at Fox Valley Community Centre. All welcome to attend.
Upcoming School Events
Pupil Free Day Reminder - Friday 7 June, 2019
Just a reminder that this Friday, 7th June, is a pupil free day at school. Teachers will be at an in-service, hence NO STUDENTS AT SCHOOL.
Unfortunately Sherpa Kids have not received enough interest from parents for care for the day so they will not be operating on Friday.
Both the Year 3-6 and the High School Choirs have been invited to perform on the evening of June 15 at Wahroonga SDA Church for Hymnfest, a musical concert being held to support The Bible Society’s projects in Indigenous Ministry.
Choir members will need to meet in full winter uniform outside the library at 6.30pm ready for a 7pm start and the evening will conclude by 8.30pm. Please contact either Mrs Vuceski (Kristina.email@example.com), Mrs Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs Savage (email@example.com) as soon as possible as to whether your child will be able to attend or not.
Woolworths Earn & Learn
The Woolworths Earn & Learn promotion is back so please keep collecting those stickers!! It's a great initiative with over 10,000 educational resources on offer! Just pop your stickers in one of our collection boxes - you will find one at Woolworths Thornleigh, Woolworths Hornsby and in the School Office.
Cafe - Level 3 on Fox
Year 8 Café ‘Level 3 on Fox’ is open to our school community 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 News
ASISSA Cross Country - Primary School
The ASSISA Cross Country, was held on Thursday 30th May, at Queens Park, Bondi Junction. There were 64 students from Years 2-6 representing our school on the day. We are extremely proud of all our students who put in a huge effort as they competed against 21 other Independent schools on a very challenging course. Our students also showed great sportsmanship and supported their team mates as they competed in their races. Well done everyone!!!
The top 10 students from each age group qualified for the NSWCIS Cross Country which will be held on Thursday 13th June at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek. We wish our students all the best as they compete for the ASISSA team!!
Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the NSWCIS Cross Country Carnival:
- William S - 4th in the 8/9 Year Boys age group
- Kyle S - 7th in the 8/9 Year Boys age group
- Thomas S - 1st in the 10 year Boys age group
- Isabel P - 9th 10 Year Girls age group
- Samuel K - 1st in the 11 Year boys age group
- Nathanael R - 5th in 12-13 Year Boys age group
- Raphael Y - 8th 12-13 Year Boys age group
Congratulations also to Callum P and Logan L who along with William s and Kyle S will be competing in a 8/9 Year Boys team event.
A HUGE thank you also to Kelly Oldfield and Cindy and Christopher Williams who very kindly gave up their time to man our allocated check point for the day, we couldnt have done it without you, it was extremely appreciated.
SAN Heart Health
Students from our School formed the shape of a heart on the front lawn of Sydney Adventist Hospital on Thursday (May 30) to celebrate a special anniversary. The event was to commemorate 40 years since the San became the first private hospital in Australia to offer a full cardiac program, and to educate children about the importance of heart health.
To begin the celebrations, the children, who were wearing their red clothing, participated in some exercises and dance moves. The Adventist Health Care CEO Brett Goods then spoke about the history and significance of the San’s cardiovascular and thoracic services.
The first heart surgery performed at the San was for a child who had a correction of a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus). Forty years on, our students formed the shape of a heart to celebrate the countless lives that have been saved since then.
The students thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this special day.
Primary School Events
Band Camp Concert - Tonight
A quick reminder the Band Camp concert will be held tonight, Wednesday 5th June at 5.30pm at Galston SDA Church. All families are welcome to attend to support the students as they perform items they have learnt.
Junior School Events
Year 3 & 4 Soccer Gala Day - Thursday 30th June 2019
Selected students from Years 3 and 4 will be competing against other Adventist Schools in a Soccer Gala Day on Thursday 20th June. See details below:
- Date: Thursday, 20th June
- Venue: The Hills Centenary Park - Commercial Rd & Withers Road, Kellyville
- Departure time: 8:00am Students to meet at the bottom entrance ramp to catch bus
- Return time: 3:10pm Students will arrive back at school at approx. 3.10pm.
- Uniform: Complete Sports Uniform.
- Additional Information: Students will need to take their lunch, snacks, water, warm clothing and wet weather gear.
Junior School Parent/Teacher Interviews - Save the Date
Please note Junior School Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July. We will email the link to book your appointments approximately 2 weeks prior.
Middle & Senior School News
WAS Mountain Biking - 19th May 2019
Mountain bike riding has been a big feature of term 2 so far. The Sunday social ride took place at Manly Dam on May 19th. Students and parents completed the 14 kilometre lap, which included technical sandstone features, flowing descents and some physically challenging climbs.
On Tuesday afternoons the high school sport rotation for this term also includes mountain biking. The group of 14 students have ventured into the Lane Cove National Park, to the "city view" lookout, and have started making the trip to "Old Mans Valley" in Hornsby via train.
It is great to see the improvement in fitness and technically skills as the riders get out on the trails consistently. The second Sunday social mountain bike ride will take place at "Old Mans Valley" in Hornsby on Sunday June 23rd. At this event there will be the option to complete some timed runs, with prizes up for grabs!
Year 8 Journey Camp – 22nd to 24th May 2019
The Year 8 class set out on their "Journey" camp on Wednesday the 22nd of May. Loaded with hiking packs filled with tents, sleeping bags, bed rolls, cooking equipment and food, students jumped on the train from Hornsby and disembarked in four groups at Mt. Kuringai and Berowra to begin their hike. The walking routes on day 1 ranged from 8 kilometres to 14 kilometres, including trails that took in the beautiful scenery of the Berowra and Kuringai National Parks, Apple Tree Bay and the views along sections of the Great North Walk. Upon arrival at Crosslands the students were ferried across the creek to camp, where tents were set up and the camp fire was built. On Wednesday and Thursday evening students had the option to take the plunge and ride the flying fox by night, or cook choc chip damper around the fire.
The second day of camp was filled with activities; high ropes and "the leap of faith", canoeing and capture the flag. Students overcame their fears on the leap of faith, learned to work together while paddling the creek and strategised as teams while attempting to capture the flag.
The final day marked the beginning of the journey home. One group set out with the challenge of hiking the full 14 kilometres through Galston Gorge back to Hornsby on foot, while the other two groups attacked the 8 kilometre climbs up to Berowra and Mt. Kuringai stations.
It was great to see the students finish the week having further developed their confidence, resilience and team work skills. The camp journey concluded with all groups making it safely back to Hornsby, where tired legs but happy faces made their way home for some well earned rest!
da Vinci Decathlon - Years 7 & 8 - Tues 28th May 2019
A group of students in Year 7 and 8 enjoyed a day out last Tuesday at Knox Grammar School to complete the 2019 da Vinci Decathlon. Students competed in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. The theme across all areas was ‘Landscapes’. Even though our students did not gain any awards on the day, they worked well as teams and it was a fantastic learning experience for them. The da Vinci decathlon is an academic competition that runs each year and is designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students.
High School Athletics Carnival - Wed 29th May 2019
On Wednesday 29th of May, High School participated in the athletics carnival. Students showed great feats of athleticism, sportsmanship and teamwork. Many records were broken and new records made. Well done to all.
CSSA Cross Country - Fri 31st May 2019
The annual CSSA cross country event took place at the Horsley Park Equestrian Centre on Friday, May 31st. Wahroonga was represented by a strong team of 33 students, who had qualified by finishing fourth place or better at the school cross country event. The Horsley Park course undulates and winds its way around the equestrian centre paddocks. With more than 100 competitors in most age groups, representing Christian schools from across NSW, the competition was tough.
Our students performed to an excellent standard with a number of individuals achieving top 20 results. Isaac Newling, finishing in 11th place, is a reserve for the CIS team. Claudia York and Lia Connolly finished 16th in their respective age groups. Ella Gale finished in 19th and Cameron Kueh and Will Kay had another tight finish, coming in 19th and 20th. Mason Jeffrey was off to a strong start in the 6 kilometre event before suffering an unfortunate hamstring injury. The team spirit amongst the Wahroonga students was impressive as warmed up for events together and cheered each other across the finish line in the area. Well done to all students who made it to this level and represented the school with effort and a positive attitude!