It has been a wonderful start to the school year and I’m slowly getting to know all your children through class visits and time spent together at Chapel. I’m excited for the year ahead and the opportunity to journey with all the students.
This year our theme for Middle/Senior School Chapel is ‘Dare to Be…’, which will be exploring different concepts and ideas which God has called us to be/do. Our Junior School will be exploring a very similar concept with the theme ‘Called to Be…’. As a Chaplaincy team we are excited to see how this will unfold throughout the year and are confident that it will truly have a positive impact on the spiritual journeys of all our students.
This week our Senior School students were involved in the combined Days of Worship held at Macarthur Adventist College with all the other Adventist Schools in Sydney. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to connect with other peers and also to worship God in an atmosphere that is catered to their age group.
I look forward to meeting all the families as the year goes on.
Blessings, Pr Eden
Whole School News
From Monday 16th March we will be communicating with our School families through the Skoolbag App ONLY. If you are yet to download the Skoolbag App please do so ASAP. Passwords to your child's class group can be obtained from their homeroom teacher. If you need assistance in getting set up please contact the School Office at email@example.com.
Whole School Wellbeing
To help reduce the risk of the Covid-19 virus and promote a safe and healthy school learning community, Wahroonga Adventist School is actively following the advice of the Federal Health Department. Please keep an eye on your emails for an update on this later today.
Staff are explicitly teaching all students correct handwashing techniques and are encouraging good personal hygiene. If you could please continue this on at home it would be greatly appreciated.
More resources to aid in supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of students will be made available to parents shortly via SkoolBag.
Junior School News
Primary Swimming Carnival Presentation
A huge congratulations to all the Students who received trophies for their efforts at the Primary School Swimming Carnival, in Chapel this week. Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and show support for the students, it was also great to see the students supporting their peers when they received trophies.
New Primary School Records for 2020!! (Junior School Students)
Junior School Bell Times
This is a reminder that the Junior School students finish their day earlier than other students at Wahroonga Adventist School. The Junior School finish times are as follows;
- Monday to Thursday: 2.50pm
- Friday: 2.30pm
Thank you for noting this.
In the Junior School we provide a range of support for students, to assist students in striving to reach their full potential. The type of support provided is based on the learning needs of the students and can involve support within the classroom or small group settings. Learning support teachers work alongside the classroom teachers to provide programs that target student requirements. We aim to support students who are experiencing difficulty, students who are working within a normal range for their year and require enrichment in one or two areas, and those who require extension in their learning journey.
OOSH - Sherpa Kids becomes Esteem Kids Group
Sherpa Kids is exited to announce they will soon be using a new brand name - Esteem Kids Group. The current business owners, team members, enrolment details, child care subsidy, fees, bank details, phone numbers etc.. will all stay the same. The only changes will be as follows;
- Sherpa Kids' new service name will be" Esteem Kids Wahroonga Adventist".
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.esteemkidsgroup.com.au
Esteem Kids Group are expecting their new registration to take affect around mid March 2020, further communication will follow over the coming weeks. If you would like any further information please contact the School Office.
Upcoming Junior School Events
Life Education Van Visit
During Week 6 and 7 the Life Education Van is visiting Wahroonga Adventist School. Primary classes have been/will be participating in one of the following sessions;
• Prep – Harold’s Friend Ship
• Kindergarten – My Body Matters
• Year 1 – Ready, Steady, Go
• Year 2 – Safety Rules
• Year 3 – All Systems Go
• Year 4 – bCyberwise
• Year 5 – On the Case
• Year 6 - Decisions
Primary Swimming Classes
A reminder that Years 3 - 6 swimming is on each Tuesday for 8 weeks in Term 1. Students need to bring their swimmers, towel, sunscreen and goggles in a swim bag. Please name all items!!
Please note: Parent helpers are not needed for children in Years 3-6, as adults are not permitted in the change rooms. Class times are outlined below:
• 9.00am - 9.40am – 5K Mrs Kanimako
• 9.40am – 10:20am – 4H Mr Hurst
• 10.20am- 11.00am – 3T Mrs Thomson
• 11.30am - 12.10pm – 5C Mr Cowley
• 12.10pm - 12.50pm - 3K Mrs Kemp
• 12.50pm - 1.30pm – 6T Mrs Tierney
• 1.30pm - 2.10pm – 4R Miss Robinson
• 2.10pm - 2.50pm – 6J Mrs Jacobs
ASISSA Swimming Carnival - Mon 16th March 2020
Selected Primary School students have been asked to represent the School at the ASISSA Swimming Carnival being held at the Warringah Aquatic Centre on Monday 16th March. If you are yet to return your child's permission slip please do so asap. Full sport uniform is to be worn, students need to bring their lunch, snacks and drink bottle, there will also be a canteen with limited options available on the day. The pool will be open for warm up laps from 9.00am - 9.25am, with the Carnival starting at 9.30am.
All students competing at the event need to wear a Wahroonga Adventist School swimming cap. School swimming caps are available for purchase through the School Office - Cost: $10.
Middle & Senior School News
Middle & Senior Swimming Carnival Champions!
A huge congratulations to our Middle & Senior School Swimming Carnival Champions for 2020!! The champions were announced at Chapel this week - well done everyone on an amazing effort!
New Primary & High School Records for 2020!! (Middle & Senior School Students)
Year 11 Art Express Excursion - Wednesday 4th March 2020
Year 11 Visual Arts students attended the annual Art Express Exhibition at the Gallery of NSW on Wednesday this week. Students were inspired by all the expressive body of artworks and the presentation of their Visual Arts process diaries exhibited by the 2019 Year 12 Visual Arts candidates across the state. They all took photos of their favourite artworks and wrote down notes as to why they were inspired by paying attention to the artist’s statement, technical artistic skills and choice of medium used. It was a great day of inspiration for them particularly with respect to their upcoming assessment task on their Visual Process diaries and also for their HSC major works.
Mrs Anita Kim (Year 11 Visual Arts Teacher)
Senior School Day of Worship - 4th & 5th March 2020
Years 9 & 10 - Wednesday 4th March
On the 4th of March, Years 9 and 10 went to Macarthur Adventist School for the Years 9&10 Senior School Day of Worship, 2020. We were welcomed warmly as family, by both students and the pastor and had the opportunity to finally meet both past and current friends in our sister schools. The theme, dare to be, focused on God-given gifts and talents, and how to recognize them in ourselves and each other. Three women got up on stage to speak about their talents and share them with us. We watched creative expression, poetry and singing as they channeled their passions towards something larger than themselves, God. The speakers each encouraged us to challenge ourselves by using our gifts to tell others about Christ, enlightening students by telling their stories as they give their lives to Christ.
Written by Ellie A and Shruti P S
Year 11 - Thursday 5th March
Year 11 & 12 Senior School Day of Worship was a great way for us to connect with students from the Greater Sydney Conference. It allowed us to explore another facet of worship, through amazing testimonies, performances and music.
A great day for Wahroonga Adventist School to integrate ourselves into the community, make memories, meet new people and have fun with our friends.
Written by Genevieve M and Amelia M