Newsletter - Wednesday 20th March 2019

Pastors' News

Our guest speaker in this our Week of Worship is Pastor Leighton is currently the lead Chaplain of the Central Coast Adventist School.

Each day this week our students in both Middle and Senior school are involved in Chapels, "Pancakes with the Pastors", lunchtime Teachers vs Students competitions and WIRED (our Friday night program).

This week our theme for WOW is ‘Movement’, exploring about the concept of the journey of ones own life with God.

Pastor Leighton’s last presentation will be on Saturday Morning at 11am down at the Fox Valley Hall where we hold chapel. We extend a welcome to you and your students to come and join us.


Pr Richie

School News

Home & School

We are excited to announce that Home & School will recommence from Term 2 with the first meeting on Tuesday 7th May, 2019. We will let you know more details closer to the time. Other dates for the year are listed below:

  • Tuesday 4th June
  • Tuesday 6th August
  • Tuesday 3rd September
  • Tuesday 5th November

Playground Update

The students have been very patient waiting for the playground to be completed at the of the Junior School building. Due to the heavy rain this has been delayed. The final coat for the soft fall will be laid as soon as the weather fines up.

Uniform Shop Fitting Days

Junior School Fitting Days Thursday - 21st & Friday 22nd March

Our Uniform Shop fitting days are on Thursday 21 March and Friday 22 March for all students purchasing the winter Junior School uniform. Parents are requested to join their child for their fitting time. Fitting times are booked online through Flexischools by following the link www.flexischools.com.au

Queries can be directed to Helen Roberts our Uniform Shop Manager at uniformshop.waps@gmail.com

Senior School Uniform Shop Fitting Day -Thursday 28 March and Friday 29 March

Our Uniform Shop fitting days are on Thursday 28 March and Friday 29 March for all students purchasing the winter Senior School Uniform.

The boys formal uniform of trousers and long shirt are the same as the Middle School Uniform. The girls formal uniform of blouse and skirt are also the same as the Middle School Uniform however the red trim has been removed from the blouse.

The other difference is the jumper changes to navy for Senior School. It is the same style and size as the red jumper for Middle School. The tie has also changed to a full navy version.

Parents are welcome to join their child for their fitting time, however it is not compulsory. If you would like us to fit your child and email the sizes to you so you can order on-line, please let us know so we can co-ordinate with teachers to ensure your child attends the appointment. Alternatively, if you know your sizes you can order online directly.

Fitting times are booked online through Flexischools by following the link www.flexischools.com.au

Middle School Uniform Shop Fitting Day -Thursday 4th April and Friday 5th April

Our Uniform Shop fitting days are on Thursday 4 April and Friday 5 April for all students purchasing the winter Middle School Uniform.

The boys formal uniform of trousers and long shirt are the same style and sizes as the summer uniform - only the length is different so you may like to order on-line. If not, your child will need to be fitted on one of these days.

The girls formal uniform is new and will need to be fitted.

Fitting times are booked online through Flexischools by following the link www.flexischools.com.au

Parents are welcome to join their child for their fitting time, however it is not compulsory. If you would like us to fit your child and email the sizes to you so you can order on-line, please let us know so we can co-ordinate with teachers to ensure your child attends the appointment.

Return and Earn - Start collecting today!!!

Wahroonga Adventist School has decided to take advantage of the container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, to earn funds to purchase sporting items.

Families are asked to bring in eligible containers in plastic bags (please note – no glass due to safety issues) and place them into the signed caged receptacle (look for the wombat) in the Kiss and Drop Zone in the basement carpark. Students in the SRC, supported by teaching staff, will then work with teachers to return the containers to a collection point to receive the refund. Monies collected will be used to purchase sporting items.

Cafe - Level 3 on Fox

The Year 8 Café class for Semester 1 is proud to present ‘Level 3 on Fox’ – a Café run by Year 8 to serve our school community. We will be open 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 Swimming Carnival

We had 28 students compete at the ASISSA Swimming Carnival last Monday. We are proud of our all our students who swam extremely well on the day, some breaking ASISSA records, some swimming their personal best times as well as 2 students who achieved overall Champions in their age group. Well done everyone!!

Congratulations to Salani S who became the overall 11 Years Girls ASISSA Champion & Thomas S who became the overall 10 Years Junior Boys ASSISA Champion. Well done Salani & Thomas on this EPIC achievement!!

The following students achieved a top 5 place in their are group - Abigail M - 2nd - 11 Years Girls, Nicholas L -2nd - 10 Years Junior Boys, Claire H - 3rd - 10 Year girls and under & Kenneth P - 5th -12-13 Years boys.

Congratulations to the following students who will be competing at the NSWCIS Swimming Carnival, today, Wednesday 20th March at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush Bay. Claire H, Nicholas L, Logan L, Abigail M, Salani S, Thomas S, William S, Jude S, Oscar S & Emma V

Life Education Van

Year 3 learnt about the systems of our body, how our body works and the ways to keep our body healthy. We loved our time in the Life Ed Van and saying Hi to Healthy Harold.

by Hayley R and Lily A.

Primary School Events


This Friday, March 22, is your chance to get creative with dress-ups. This year we have a Beach theme – so please get adventurous by creating some beautiful beachy costumes! Crabs, seagulls, seaweed, coral, shells, lifesavers, surfers – anything goes, just so long as belongs at the beach!!! Every participant will be rewarded.

Year 5/6 participation is optional!! Please note that this is a dress up day not a mufti day, so if you choose not to dress up please wear school uniform.

Band Camp - Years 3 to 6 - 3rd to 5th June 2019

Band Camp is being held 3rd to 5th June 2019 for students in Years 3 to 6 at Crosslands Convention Centre, Galston. Application forms were handed out to students last week, additional copies are available in the School Office. If your child would like to attend, please ensure your child's completed application form, along with payment, is returned to the School Office by Thursday 4th April 2019.

Junior School Events

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Excursion

This term Year 3 are learning about Australia’s State and National Parks. Ku-ring-gai Chase provides us with the opportunity to explore a national park in our local community. We will be walking from the Kilkari Discovery Centre down the hill to Bobbin Head finishing at the mangrove boardwalk. We will be viewing the beautiful scenery of the hills and the bay and stopping along the way to take part in some interesting and fun learning activities.

  • DATE: Wednesday 3rd April, 2019
  • TIME: Students need to be at school by 8:40am. Our bus will depart school at 9:15am. We will aim to be back at school by 2:30pm
  • DRESS: Full sport school uniform.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Hat, recess, lunch and a large water bottle in a small backpack.

Please do not send your child with any extra money, as there will not be the opportunity to purchase additional food or drinks.


Middle & Senior School News

Year 8 Practice Hike - Friday 8th March 2019

The Year 8 practice hike took place on Friday, March 8th. The hike along the Coastal Track in the Royal National Park was a great day of adventure.

The four walking groups were blessed with awesome weather, which allowed the students to fully experience the beautiful views and scenery along the coastline. The students attacked the climbs and walked at an efficient pace as they enjoyed the track, which took them along a mixture of sandstone balconies, bush trail and boardwalk pathway. It was great to see the camaraderie between the students as they supported and encouraged each other along the journey. The students enjoyed a lunch break together at Wattamolla beach, where stomachs, water bottles and spirits were filled. Despite some sore legs the students pushed on, with each group successfully completing their planned route.

The hike was an opportunity to prepare, plan and practice for the hiking experiences to come later this year and in future years, as well as a time to appreciate the pristine natural environments that we have close by in Sydney. We hope that the journey was a worthwhile and valuable experience for all of the students.

CSSA Zone Swimming – Wednesday 13th March 2019

On Wednesday the 13th of March, 24 students represented WAS at the CSSA Zone Swimming carnival. Students showed great displays of sportsmanship and athleticism. Well done to Robbie S for achieving age champion, as well as Amelia M, Cameron K and William K who have progressed to CSSA State.

Matt Kean Visit – Friday 15th March 2019

On Friday the 15th of March 2019, Years 5 and 6 had the privilege of having the Hon. Matt Kean come to talk to us about what life is like in politics. Matt Kean is the Member for Hornsby and he shared lots of information about what he does as a politician on a daily basis. Five students were chosen to ask a question to him about his job. We all enjoyed hearing Mr Kean’s insight into Australian Politics.

Written by Alexandra. W (5/6 ADV)

On Friday the 15th of March the Honourable Matt Kean came to our school. He is the New South Wales Liberal Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Like all politicians from the Liberal Party, he has a blue tie and a dazzling smile.

We were allowed to ask questions such as, “what is the most difficult part of being a politician?” and “why did you decide to be a politician?” For the last question, he said his favourite thing about being a politician is meeting new people just like us! One of the interesting things he told us was that it was his idea to put all the dirt from the M1 to M2 tunnel into the Hornsby Quarry and turn that into a park for picnics, mountain biking and other recreational activities. I hope I can be a politician when I grow up and come up with wonderful ideas like that one.

Written by Atticus. J (5/6/ADV)

A special thanks to Jane Andrews for organising Matt Kean’s visit to Wahroonga Adventist School.

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

WIRED Teen Program - Friday 22nd March 2019

Our teen program WIRED is on this Friday night – 22nd March from 7pm - 9pm at the Fox Valley Community Centre.

As Wired is an extension of our Week of Worship program this week, students from YEARS 5 AND ABOVE are welcome to attend the celebrations!!

The evening commences at 7pm, students will take part in some games & fun activities, have a BBQ for dinner and close with a chapel program. The evening will conclude by 9pm.

CSSA Secondary State Swimming – Monday 25th March 2019

Selected students have been asked to represent the School at the CSSA Secondary State Swimming Carnival to be held at Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Homebush on Monday 25th March 2019. Please return your child’s permission note to the Middle School Office by Friday 22nd March.

Middle & Senior School Parent/Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th March 2019

Bookings are now open for the Middle and Senior School Parent/Teacher Interviews scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday 26th and 27th March 2019.

You can book your interview times at www.schoolinterviews.com.au, booking code: pmhaf (lower case). Bookings close Monday 25th March 2019.

Please note it is not a requirement to see every teacher, please discuss your child's teachers with them so you are able to make the appropriate bookings. As spaces are limited we ask you please make only one appointment per teacher.

Students are required to attend interviews with their parents, full school uniform is to be worn.

Year 5&6 SDA Touch Football Gala Day – Thurs 28th March 2019

Selected students have been asked to represent the School at the Year 5 & 6 SDA Touch Football Gala Day scheduled for Thursday 28th March 2019 at Eric Mobbs Reserve, Castle Hill. Permission notes with further details were sent home earlier this week, if you could please return your child’s signed note along with payment by Friday 22nd March it would be greatly appreciated.

Year 7, 2020 & 2021 Information Night

Students commencing Year 7 in 2020 and 2021 are invited to attend our Year 7 Information Night on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019. We will be holding two sessions, both covering the same topics, so please attend one session at the time that best suits you. Information will be shared regarding class structure, timetabling, curriculum and there will be opportunity to ask questions.

Time: Session 1 - 4.45pm for 5.00pm; Session 2 - 6.45pm for 7.00pm

Place: Level 3, 181 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga

Both parents and children are encouraged to attend.

Year 5 & 6 Canberra Camp - Tues 9th to Thurs 11th April 2019

The paperwork for the Year 5 & 6 trip to Canberra was handed out at the end of last week. Please ensure you complete all the required paperwork and return it to the office by Friday this week, 22nd March. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Middle School Office.

Primary & Secondary Interschool Chess Challenge – Thursday 11th April 2019

The Sydney Academy of Chess’ Interschool Chess Challenge is being held on Thursday 11th April, 2019 at Abbotsleigh. Please see flyer below for further details

Scholarship Information - Year 7, 2020

The closing date to sign up for the scholarship exam is Thursday, 11th of April 2019.

Wahroonga Adventist School is offering three academic part (50%) scholarships for entry into Year 7 in 2020, scholarships awarded will follow through from Year 7 until Year 12. We encourage all students entering Year 7 in 2020 to apply.

The scholarships awarded to Year 7 students are for applicants who achieve excellent results on the ACER Scholarship Exam.

The exam will be held here at school on Monday, 29th April 2019. Students can register online by going to our Acer Scholarship Page, please visit the link below.

The exam fee is $100 due at the time of booking. The closing date to sign up for the scholarship exam is Thursday, 11th of April 2019.

Parents & Supervisors of Learner Drivers – Free Workshop – Thursday 4th April 2019

Ku-ring-gai Council and the Roads and Maritime Services are running another FREE practical workshop for learner driver parents and supervisors on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers.

  • Date: Thursday 4 April 2019
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Where: Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers

Book on-line today: www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/learnerdriver (search under Roads and Traffic events)

Bookings are essential ~ A light dinner, tea and coffee are provided ~ PLUS a chance to win 1 of 8 Safer Drivers Course Vouchers (Includes Module 1 & 2) to be used at HART St Ives.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to complete the learner drivers log book,
  • the process of gaining a P1 (red P) driving license and beyond,
  • the use of licensed driving instructors,
  • practical tips for teaching
  • any questions or uncertainties.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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


Library News


Our ‘Book Fair Beach - Catch the Reading Wave’ book fair started today, Wednesday (March 20) and will continue until Monday (March 25) in the Wahroonga Adventist School Library. Opening hours are from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm, but on Thursday we will be open until 6.00 pm. Please come and enjoy the giant range of children’s books from Scholastic. Purchase books for your personal use, for gifts, or you can select books from your child’s class wish list and donate them to their classroom.

** 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.


This Friday, March 22, is your chance to get creative with dress-ups. This year we have a Beach theme – so please get adventurous by creating some beautiful beachy costumes! Crabs, seagulls, seaweed, coral, shells, lifesavers, surfers – anything goes, just so long as belongs at the beach!!! Every participant will be rewarded. Year 5/6 participation is optional!! Please note that this is a dress up day not a mufti day, so if you choose not to dress up please wear school uniform.


Congratulations to Caleb L (KE), Jasmine L (1L), Imran A (2J), Shivon C (3K), Samuel M (3K), Claire H (4R), Ryan L (1L), Jasmine D (4R), Ira S (2J), Ishaan S (3K), Zara X (2M), and Oliver X (4R) 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 at library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au


Wahroonga Adventist School are sending three teams to the Western Sydney Heat of the Kid’s Lit Quiz on Tuesday, March 26. The twelve students who have been selected to represent our school are Toby P, Amelia R, Finn A and Christian P (Year 6), Katie M, Nathan R, Liam N and Noah C (Year 7), and Victoria M, Ellie A, Josh B and George I (Year 8). We wish these students all the best as they enjoy putting their reading and literature knowledge to the test.

Canteen News

Thank you to all the Mums, Dads and Grandparents who have volunteered this term we are so grateful for your time and support.

We are still in need for volunteers first thing on a Monday and Wednesday morning to help pack snacks, bags and chop fruit and vegetables.

No experience is needed. If you are interested or have any spare time please jump on to https://www.volunteersignup.org/RCYP3 or pop in and lend a hand.

Canteen Assistant Position

With the school growing rapidly and the continuing expansion of the high school the Wahroonga Adventist School Canteen is looking for an energetic, passionate and enthusiastic assistant.

Position and Employment

The Canteen Assistant will work closely with other assistants and the supervisor by providing assistance in the day to day operation of the Canteen. This is a fast paced environment that involves, service, food preparation, handling and cleaning. This position is located on site at Wahroonga Adventist School in the Canteen facility.

The position is permanent part time, starting from Term 2, 2019. Hours may vary; however, a guide is 9am-3pm. The position is for term time only.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Provide assistance to the Canteen Supervisor in preparation of all meals.
  2. General cleaning duties ensuring the Canteen is working in a clean and efficient manner.
  3. Window service for lunch and snack service to the students.
  4. Deliver lunches efficiently and on time.
  5. Assist and brain storm menu ideas with the Canteen Supervisor.
  6. Assist the Canteen Supervisor for special school events upon request, such as carnivals / social events etc.
  7. Display excellent time management skills.
  8. Comply with health and safety policies, procedures, hazard reporting and safe work practices.
  9. Have a strong commitment to the values of Wahroonga Adventist School.
  10. Hold a current Working with Children Check for school employment.

We would like the successful applicant to complete a food handling online course as part of their employment. This is a short course adhering to the food and safety standards.

Please outline the knowledge and skills you bring to the position of Canteen Assistant along with an updated Curriculum Vitae including names and contact details of 2 referees.

Interested applicants are to submit their application by email to the Principal, Michelle Streatfeild at info@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

********Please note that applications close on Monday 25th March 2019.

Bits and Pieces

Underground Car park - Turn Engines off if parked

If your car is stationary for a more than a few minutes in the underground car park whist you are waiting to pick up your child/ren, we ask for the health and safety of students and staff that you please turn your engines off to preserve the air quality. Please also pass this onto any person that may be picking your child/ren up at any time.

Art Competition - Winner

In Term 3 2018, Year 2 students were presented the challenge of designing, drawing and painting an artwork on the theme of “Weather-Powered World”. The art competition was set by AMOS (Australian Meteorological & Oceanography Society). Quite a few students from Year 2 had their artwork entered in to this competition. Mrs. Mowbray was thrilled to receive a message from AMOS , announcing that Jaz B had won first prize for her artwork “Playground Surprise” for the Prep-Grade 3 section. Congratulations Jaz!

Screening of Five Feet Apart - Rating PG 13

Join some local parents and friends on Friday 29 March 2019 at 11:00am at Events Cinema Hornsby for a screening of Five Feet Apart. All money raise will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead.

Tickets are only $15.

Click on the following link to book www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=483155

Hornsby Touch Football Association

In February some students traveled to Port Macquarie to play representative touch football for Hornsby Touch Football Association. Abbey and Lily played under 10 girls, Ollie played in the under 10 Boys and Tara played in the 14’s Girls. Tara’s team made the top 16 teams for the Northern Conference. Well done to everyone!!

Prayer Group - All Welcome

Dance Studio Elements

Sherpa Kids - Vacation Care Program

Normo Eagles Girls - Football

Normanhurst Eagles aims to provide young female footballers of all abilities the opportunity to participate in fun, club coordinated football development activities. A key goal is to attract new participants and new talent to the game, and then retain them, promoting soccer as a lifelong sport of choice. From 2018 to 2019, we have already tripled the number of girls registrations, and intend to keep growing to become the main regional hub for female soccer.

We welcome all ages from U6 up to join, but are particularly interested in hearing from Year 4 and 5 girls who can join our U10s and U11s teams this year.

Our programs are in partnership with the NWSWF and Football NSW and support existing female football programs, promote player development, educate coaches and provide parent education.

We cater to girls of all standards from beginners who just want to have fun with mates, to advanced level players who have access through Normanhurst Eagles to development pathways in the NWSWF and Football NSW set ups, which in turn may lead all the way through to the Matildas.

For further details visit www.normoeagles.com.au

Tennis - Holiday Program

Coding and Robotics Holiday Program

Mandarin For Kidz

Marian Street Theatre Drama Classes

Castle Hill Adventist Youth - Week Long Event - April 12-20

Kids up Front April Holiday Camp

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

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