Newsletter - Friday 19 March 2021

Whole School News

A Note from our Principal - Mrs Julia Heise

Born in the 1800’s my great grandmother was only 16 when she ran away from her home in England and boarded a boat to New Zealand, married, had children and then moved to Australia. This type of story is mirrored in the many cultures that make up our country and I want to honour all Australians, in particular our First Nations people. As we celebrated Harmony Day with the theme of Everyone Belongs, I think forward to what our world can be if we embrace diversity and inclusivity. Thank you to Mrs Cooper, Mrs Deppeler, Mrs Miller, Mrs Vuceski, Mr Ashby, Mrs Jameson, Chaplains and the SRC Students for running today's events. 

The students raised $609.45 that will be shared between Free-to-Shine, Dot Com Mob and Miracle Foundation, being the 3 community based human rights projects selected by the SRC.

On another note, in response to requests from senior students we will be running workshops on the theme of consent in healthy relationships for Years 9-12 students that compliments the learning in PDHPE, Home Room and Bible. The shared values that we have between home and school help to support students as they learn to make wise choices in their lives.

Student Wellbeing

Parents engaging tutors for their children should be asking the tutor to provide a Working With Children Check application or clearance number – then verifying that number online.

Verifying a clearance online is quick and easy on the Office of Children’s Guardian website, and ensures that a Working With Children Check clearance is current. Open the hyperlink to access this application here.

The Certificate for Self Employed People from the old Working With Children Check system is no longer valid.

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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.

Chaplains' News

I remember walking through my schooling days, wondering how I fit into this world. Descending from Greece, England, Scotland, and New Zealand, moving house frequently, attending 6 different schools, and the list from my individual journey goes on.

We all have a journey don’t we. We all represent many memories. Highs and lows. Talents and struggles.

The Bible speaks about our different journeys..

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all it's many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one spirit so as to form one body - whether Jew or Gentile, slave or free - we are all given one Spirit. Even so, the body is not made up of one, but of many”

- 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

It reminds me of that song.. “We are one.. but we are many..” .

As a chaplaincy team, and as a school at large, we celebrate our differences, the things that we each offer as staff and students alike. And all of this, this belonging, this harmony, is given to us by God. It is His Spirit that unites us. His common cause for the good of humanity that unites us.

As we recognise each student, we recognise you too. We recognise you as a wonderful creation, loved by God.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

- Ephesians 2:10

May we as a school community recognise each other as we walk forward into the future together. May we honour each other. May we speak highly of each other. May we continue to build this beautiful community up, into the safe haven that God has planted it to be for our students and the ones who have not yet walked through our doors.

Pr Nicholas (On behalf of the chaplaincy team)

Student Representative Council (SRC)

Since our last Newsletter we have announced the students from Years 3 to 12 who have been voted to form this years SRC. They have already been busy helping to organise our Harmony Day. The students have shared some great ideas about future projects so we are looking forward to what is to come!

School News - Years P to 6

A Note From Mrs Anne-Marie Deppeler

Year 2M hosted Chapel this week. We were greeted with students holding flags that represent different countries and Pastor Andy shared about Harmony Day. All the Chaplains sang a song for us (with some help from the students) which was amazing. Our Chapel Mascot, Stirling has spent some time in 2M where he was able to see all the chickens. This week he is going to visit with Prep. I am sure that he will have a great time with the Preps. I wonder where he will visit next time?

The students are very excited about Harmony Day. They are looking forward to being able to come dressed in their cultural clothing or in orange. Just a reminder that students will need to bring a gold coin donation.

There have been lots of students out and about over the past weeks for various sport gala days and other sporting events. It always makes me proud when I hear students say encouraging words to each other.

As the weather is starting to get a little cooler, it’s important to check that each jumper/jacket is clearly labelled. Students often take them off during the day and its easier to return them to the rightful owner when the label is clear.

It is great to see students so enthusiastic and involving themselves in the extra-curricular activities during lunchtimes and outside of school hours.


Primary Music Program

Year 3 – 6 students participate in a weekly small group music tuition program, which enables them to develop not only their music skills, but also promotes language and math skills, memory and coordination. Thank you to the music tutors and to parents who have donated instruments to enhance the music program.

Paul Kelly Cup AFL Day

On Tuesday 9th March, twelve Year 5 and 6 boys participated in the Paul Kelly Cup at the Castle Hill Showgrounds. They competed in three matches and a had a great time playing in their team. They all displayed excellent sportsmanship and their confidence grew as the boys became more familiar with their positions and each other. Logan was chosen to race in the sprint event and we cheered him on against the very quick boys from the other schools. Harry Panarello was nominated for the sportsmanship lucky dip, for always checking in on players from other teams to make sure they were ok.

ASISSA Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 11th March, selected students from Years 2 to 6 participated in the ASISSA Swimming Carnival at Warringah Aquatic Centre. They had a wonderful time supporting their school and enjoyed the positive and competitive atmosphere. Jude (Year 4) came away with five, first place ribbons and the Boys Under 10 Champion Medal. There were lots of other victories during the day from other age groups and events and we celebrated those achievements with smiles and congratulations.

CIS Girls Football Trials

Neve A and Chloe D represented our school on the 15th March at the CIS Girls Football Trials. Neve did an amazing job and played a total of 10 games and made it through to the last game before she was cut. Chloe had a great experience as well playing against some high calibre opponents, but unfortunately didn’t get selected. She is looking forward to trying again in the future.

Basketball Gala Day

On Thursday 18th March, students from Years 5 and 6 participated in the Adventist Schools Basketball Gala Day at the Minto Indoor Sports Stadium in Redfern. The boys and girls teams played 5 rounds each before the finals began. The girls made it through and competed against MacArthur Adventist College, winning by one point. The boys won 3 games and had a draw in one. It was a very positive day with lots of great teamwork and sportsmanship.

CIS Primary Swimming Championship

On Thursday 18th March Jude, Lukas, Logan, Levi and Lachlan represented ASISSA at the CIS Swimming Carnival held at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre. The boys had a great day competing in their races - well done boys, making it to his level is a huge accomplishment, we are very proud of you.

CIS Boys and Girls Hockey Selection Trials

On the 27th April there is the CIS Boys and Girls Hockey Selection Trials. If your child plays representative sports in Hockey and would be interested in going to the trials, please contact me at nathan.hurst@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au.

Abbotsleigh Holiday Program

If you are looking for a holiday program to entertain the children over the holidays, Abbotsleigh have now released the details of their Autumn Holiday Program for 2021 - With loads of fun things to do in Junior Activities and other courses, plus the ever popular tennis – there is something for everyone.

To download the program/access application forms click the link below;

School News - Years 7 to 12

Year 7 Camp

Last week students in Year 7 participated in the annual school camp at Crosslands Youth & Convention Centre. This camp was one of the highlight memory events for Year 7, and students had a great time connecting, learning, challenging themselves and having lots of fun. Some of the best memories were made during the night activities, which included a night flying fox ride and learning how to safely and efficiently light a camp-fire – and how to perfectly roast marshmallows!

Band Program

The music department has been busily working on the co-curricular programs offered at the school. We are happy to announce that our band program has started and grown considerably this year. It is under the formation of a concert band structure and we have both teachers and students playing together and learning new music weekly. Miss Afele and Mrs Miller both play in the band which the students love to see their teachers assist them in their playing. The support from all the parents has been wonderful and all the students are eager, excited, and happy to come in at 7:30am every Wednesday morning to practice and have a great time making music together.

This Harmony Day will be the first opportunity for a performance for the band, and we are very excited to be participating at this event. The students will be playing two pieces.

If your child is interested in participating in band please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Vuceski at kristina.vuceski@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au for further information.

Year 10 Science

On Thursday 11th March Year 10 Science classes went on a city adventure to The Australian Museum where they explored the newly renovated facilities and learnt all about fossils, geological time and evolution. Students spent most of their time in the Tyrannosaurus: Meet the Family exhibit where they compared and contrasted tyrannosaur relatives. The interactive exhibit showcased the evolution, survival and extinction of Tyrannosaurus rex. The excursion was more than just Tyrannosaurus rex, as students were also able to discover a variety of biological specimens and Australian Megafauna such as the Diprotodon and Megalania. Year 10 were most excited to compete in the jaw crushing tyrannosaur challenge where Mr Hokin ended up being the one to beat!

Representative Basketball

Our representative basketball teams are having great success at the Weekly Inter-School Sports Competition. The U15 Boys and Girls, and Open boys have qualified for semi-finals, and the Open girls have qualified for the finals. This coming Tuesday, teams will compete against the following teams. Keep up the great work and good luck!

U15s Girls Basketball - WAS vs Wycliffe Christian School

Open Girls Basketball - WAS vs Wycliffe Christian School

U15s Boys Basketball - WAS vs The Lakes Christian School

Open Boys Basketball - WAS vs Nepean Christian School

CSSA Zone Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday the 10th of March, selected students represented Wahroonga at the CSSA Zone Swimming Carnival at Warringah Aquatic Centre. Students competed against Covenant Christian School, Oxford Falls Grammar, Northern Beaches Christian School and Pacific Hills Christian School. It was a fantastic day with all students participating and representing our school with pride. Well done to all students for doing your best and striving for excellence.

We had a few outstanding performances of athleticism throughout the day. A special mention to Felicity (Year 11) who broke the 200m Freestyle record in a time of 2:13.66, and Salani (Year 7) who broke the 50m Backstroke record in a time of 34.90. Felicity (Year 11) and Nathaniel (Year 12) both received Age Champions. The senior Girls Freestyle and Medley Relay came first, and for the first time ever, Wahroonga was able to participate in the super relay – a relay of 6 of the fastest swimmers in each age group. We came 4th in both the boys and girls super relays. Overall, Wahroonga placed 4th in the total points score. Below are the high achieving swimmers who will be progressing to CSSA State on Tuesday the 30th March as SOPAC.

CSSA Volleyball Gala Day

On the 10th of March, an open mixed volleyball team that consisted of 10 students, represented Wahroonga Adventist School at the CSSA Mixed Volleyball Gala Day. As this was the first Volleyball Gala Day that our school has attended, the team was nervous yet excited. Our first game was against William Carey Christian School and we were able to win 2 sets to 0 which was a positive boost for the team. The second game was against Tyndale Christian School who unfortunately defeated us 2 sets to 0. Our third and fourth games were against Wycliffe Christian School and Mamre Anglican School with our team dominating both games and winning 2 sets to 0. This put us in a position to be tied first place in Pool B. Unfortunately, we missed out on competing in the grand final due to the points and sets differential. The day was a great learning and fun experience for the students and we are excited to see more students playing volleyball.

CIS Golf Championships

On Monday 15th of March, William Moody competed at the CIS Golf Championships at Macquarie Links Golf Club. The competition was strong, with over 40 boys competing. William was successful in making the CIS team where he will compete at State in May. Congratulations William and we look forward to more golfing success.

Balmoral Triathlon Club Women's Triathlon - 18th April 2021

Balmoral Triathlon Club have invited our students to attend their upcoming women’s triathlon on April 18th at Middle Head, Mosman.

The non-competitive event is designed to introduce girls aged 15+ to the sport of triathlon in a safe and fun environment. It will be hosted on a traffic-free bike course, any type of bike is permitted and swim aids (e.g. flippers) can be used.

The entry fee is $10 for individuals or relay teams, and the distances are 250m swim, 9km bike, 2.5km run.

In addition, the club is hosting the following training sessions prior to the event, at no cost to participants. These will be led by experience triathlon coach Christina Thomas from Energy Link Performance Coaching.

All the information for the race and training sessions can be found here.

Maths News

Maths Help Club

If you are in Years 7-12 and would like some help with maths assessments or homework, Maths Help Club runs every Wednesday lunch in GLA 2. Come and ask a question!

Maths Newsletter Challenge

Well done to Justin (7A) for correctly solving the Junior Challenge and Anthony (8W), Ivan (8W), Samarth (5K), Fraser (11W) for correctly solving the Junior and Senior Challenges. Remember to include your name and all working out when submitting solutions. Keep up the good work!

Junior Winner – Justin (7A)

Senior Winner – Ivan (8W)

Worked solutions for this week’s challenge can be submitted to the office in the Maths Challenge post box and Junior and Senior winners will be drawn from the correct entries.

Entries close Friday 26th March

Student Spotlight - Year 12 - 2021

Meet Genevieve (Gen)...

1. How long have you been at Wahroonga? I’ve been at Wahroonga since term 4 of Year 7.

2. What subjects are you studying in your HSC? Advanced English, Advanced Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Studies of Religion II

3. What’s your greatest life achievement so far (either in school or out)? Getting my licence.

4. What advice would you give your Year-seven-self who is starting high school? Stop putting pressure on myself to achieve high marks and to understand that we all have our own individual strengths and weaknesses.

5. What career would you like to do once you leave school? Ministry in the Adventist church.

6. Any school study/survival tips for those in younger grades? Know your learning type because it helps you to understand the way that you will learn best and get the most out of school. Also, to just enjoy the relationships that you form with your friends and your teachers because they are really valuable.

7. Best thing you’ve ever eaten for lunch? Haloumi burger from the canteen.

8. Favourite excursion? When we went to Sunnyside in Cooranbong. It was cool because it was Ellen White’s house and we got potato gems.

9. Favourite day at school and why? Any day that we do Bible studies and get to spend time with awesome gals.

10. A quote from you... “So Miss, at CrossFit last night...”

Meet Lachlan...

1. How long have you been at Wahroonga? I started in Year 7 so this is my 6th year.

2. What subjects are you studying in your HSC? English Standard, Maths Standard, Food Technology, Business Studies and PDHPE.

3. What’s your greatest life achievement so far (either in school or out)? Being voted as Year 11 School Captain.

4. What advice would you give your Year-seven-self who is starting high school? You’re only a teenager once. Don’t worry if you’re not doing great all the time, there’s still time!

5. What career would you like to do once you leave school? Real estate or something to do with property.

6. Any school study/survival tips for those in younger grades? Get ready and be prepared for the workload to increase in the upcoming years of high school and you’ll be fine.

7. Best thing you’ve ever eaten for lunch? Definitely Paul’s (Dad’s) famous pasta sauce!

8. Favourite excursion? Our Year 10 Photography excursion to Manly.

9. Favourite day at school and why? Every last day of school when we get to celebrate the year.

10. A quote from you... “I promise I’ll get my licence… soon”

Library News

Book Fair 2021

Our ‘To the Book Fair and Beyond’ Book Fair is starting next Wednesday (March 24) and will continue until Monday (March 29) in the Wahroonga Adventist School Library. You can participate in one of two ways:

1. Visit in person – now that Covid restrictions have relaxed you are now able to come and visit the Book Fair before or after school, or during your child’s library lesson. When visiting you will need to abide by our Covid guidelines by:

a. Signing in and out at the sign-in table outside the library before entering.

b. Sanitising your hands before entering.

c. Social distancing by keeping a gap of 1.5m between yourself and others.

d. Numbers will be limited according to the 1 person to 2 square/m guidelines, so if it’s busy you may have to wait before entering.

2. Prepay online by visiting www.scholastic.com.au/payment and choosing Book Fairs payments, or by following the instructions on the back of the catalogue and wish list slips the children will be bringing home. A full stock list of products available can be found on our Library WebAPP (bit.ly/waslibrary). Just click on the link under the Book Fair information on the home page and you will find a list of the products along with the item number and price.

We would love some more volunteers – particularly on Wednesday (24th) and Thursday (25th) afternoons, Friday (26th) morning and all-day Monday (29th), so if you have any time available please email Mrs Savage: library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

** There will be no book exchange in the Library during the Book Fair so please keep your books at home and return them the following week. Tuesday classes will be rescheduled in order for these classes to attend while the Book Fair is on.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s reading challenge website is now active so please encourage your children to get involved. This challenge is achievable for all students and is a great way to motivate your child to read more! Congratulations to Lilly S (2B), Charlie B (3H), Gaba G (3H), Ryan L (3H), Oliver B (5C), Max L (5K) Josephine L (2B), Joshua L (4L), Jessica L (6J), James L (9W) and Abby S (KA) who have all completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Keep up the great reading!

If you need your child’s username and password, please email Mrs Savage (library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au).

Last Week of Borrowing for Prep

This week is the last week of borrowing for the Prep students so that their book boxes can be changed over during the holiday period. Please ensure all books are returned by the end of the term.

All other students can borrow up to and over the holiday. If you would like extra books for holiday reading (max. of 10) please email Mrs Savage (library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au) and make sure your child collects these books in the last week of term.

Home and School

Parent Masterclass: Respect Matters

On Tuesday evening 20th April Pymble Ladies College is hosting a panel discussion for their school parents/carers and the wider community, "Respect Matters, a public forum on consent education". Moderated by Dr Arne Rubinstein from the Rites of Passage Institute, the panel will feature leading experts on consent and sex education for adolescents: Maree Crabbe from It’s time we talked, David Kobler from Your Choicez, Dr Judith Locke from Confident and Capable, Brent Sanders from Brent Sanders Consulting and Angie Wan from Consent Labs.

To register to receive the live stream link parents and carers simply need to click here to join the waitlist. PLC will share the live link to all those on the waitlist closer to the date.

Home & School Meeting Dates for 2021

TERM 2 - Tuesday 4th May and Tuesday 1st June

TERM 3 - Tuesday 27th July and Tuesday 31st August

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


Please see below the Term 1 2021 Canteen Menu. It is recommended that students save time and order online as there is a limited amount available from the window. We have a great online system to make ordering of lunches easier and more convenient, all orders must be submitted by 8am.

To order:

• Go to www.flexischools.com.au

• Click register now to create an account

• Add Wahroonga Adventist School

• Top up your balance

• Start ordering

Volunteers Needed – Wednesday’s and Thursday’s as a one off or on a regular basis.

Many hand make light work! Mum’s and Dad’s are all welcome. Anything from 30mins to a couple of hours any morning of the week, we would love to see you. No experience is needed, just the willingness to chop, pack bags, follow a recipe and serve our lovely students. Please click here to register your interest. Please note due to COVID we require all volunteers to complete to registration form and sign in to the office before proceeding to the canteen.

We look forward to having you volunteer in our fabulous canteen.

Meals with Love

If you know a school family that needs a helping hand, Meals With Love are more than happy to provide a meal. Please send us an email so we can have this arranged.

We would like to give special thanks to the Doust family for their kind donation of more than 10kg of organic apples that have gone into slices, muffins, and stewed apples this week!

All meals will continue to be prepared by the Canteen and Meals with Love for the remainder of the term.

Many thanks for your support.

Nicola Binns: nicolasweetman@gmail.com

Tish Armstrong: tishiarmstrong@hotmail.com

Vanessa Carter: vanessa.c.carter@hotmail.com

Bits and Pieces