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Newsletter - Wednesday 24th October 2018

Pastors Corner

Junior School Week of Worship

Next week will see our WEEK OF WORSHIP (WOW) for our Junior School down at our chapel venue. All parents are invited any day of the week to attend and see what all the excitement is all about.

The theme for our ‘WOW’ is ‘Maker Fun Factory’ - Created by God, Built for a Purpose.

We will also have a Junior School families concert at school on Friday afternoon/evening starting at 5pm. We have invited the music group Endless Praise for a fun family concert.

If you would like any more details please contact the front office or the chaplains.

School Update

The Junior School Building is slightly ahead of schedule despite the rain. The Junior teachers will start to move in after the conclusion of the school year. Currently topping slabs have been added to the verandah areas, internal works are moving quite quickly with some cabinetry and painting still to occur.

New furniture has been ordered for the Junior building and Middle school spaces. This furniture is due to arrive mid January in time for the Junior School opening. Some parents have requested a tour of the new Junior School building, however, as this is still a building site we are unable to take anyone through until Registration Day next year.

School News

Drought Relief Efforts

As of August, all of NSW was declared drought-affected, with some parts of the state not receiving any substantial rain for more than 2 years. It is at times like this where it is amazing to see people step up and help a fellow Australian in need.

We, as a school, are proud to be part of the fundraising efforts for drought affected farmers. Our students have been doing a wonderful job of collecting 5-cent pieces for their class trails which we have already begun constructing. They have also been bringing in bags of dog food; some almost as big as the students themselves!

There is still plenty of time for students to get involved with our fundraising efforts which are not concluding until 26th October when the school will become a mini farm for Agriculture day. All profits raised from this day will be added to our total.

Thank you for everyone’s efforts thus far and we are looking forward to seeing you all at Agriculture day! See details below.

Upcoming Whole School Events

Agriculture Day - Friday 26th October

This Friday, the much-anticipated Agriculture day is finally happening at WAS! Students, siblings and parents are all invited to dress up in their farming finest and come along to take part in a whole day of farming activities.

A wide variety of food will be available for sale as well as games, crafts, races and even a petting zoo!

Keep an eye on Skoolbag for more details about the day but we are looking forward to seeing you at 9am on the synthetic grass on Friday!

Beyond our School Yard

Beyond our School Yard is an initiative supported by our wonderful School Community and the SRC. The role of which is to bring attention to and focus on those in need outside of our own community.

This term we will be encouraging our children to provide Christmas gifts to others.

For the fourth year running we will be supporting Operation Christmas Child – sending a shoebox of gifts to those in need overseas. Last year we provided over 130 boxes which was a great effort!

In addition, this year we will have a Christmas tree in the school office and will be collecting gifts for the Smiles2U charity which provides love and care to patients in local North Shore hospitals. The gifts will go to boys and girls aged 0-16 who will unfortunately be spending Christmas in our local hospitals this year.

More information on both initiatives to be forwarded over the next few weeks.

Any questions in relation to this event, please contact Mel Harris melinda@spect.com.au or Mr Edwards.

Monopoly - Special Ku-ring-gai Edition!!!

Don’t miss out on your Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly!! Order your game using the special link below during the pre-sale period (24 September to 2 November) and by nominating Wahroonga Adventist School we will receive a $10 donation per game ordered.

All games ordered this way will be delivered to the school in the week beginning 5 November.

Combined Choir Service - Avondale Church

Every 2 years we have the opportunity to sing with a massed choir made up of Year 3 - 12 students from several Adventist Schools in NSW. Selected students will be performing at the Church, details are as follows. All welcome to come and support the school. It is an amazing experience, both for the choir and the audience, and not to be missed.

When: Saturday, 3rd November - 10:30am - 12 noon

Where: Avondale College Church, Cooranbong

Music Creative Night, Years 2 to 6 - Wednesday 7th November

Every year we hold a concert showcasing the musical efforts and accomplishments of our students. This year we have scheduled Wednesday, 7th November 2018 as our concert date. The concert will start at 6.30pm sharp and will conclude by 7.30pm or shortly thereafter. This music night is a compulsory School event for all students in Years 2 to 6, if your child can't attend please contact Natalie Miller at nmiller@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au so that we can make adjustments to ensembles where necessary.

Uniform Shop Fitting Days

The school uniform shop will be holding 3 fitting days for all students needing to purchase school uniforms. They are as follows:

  • Junior School - Thursday 15th November & Friday 16th November 2018
  • Middle School - Thursday 22nd November & Friday 23rd November 2018
  • Senior School - Thursday 29th November & Friday 30th November 2018

Parents are requested to join their child for their fitting time. Fitting times can be booked online through Flexischools, we will let you know when the bookings are open.

***It is really important to attend the fitting days to purchase uniforms as there will be limited time on Registration Day.

School Banking Volunteers - desperately needed

School banking is currently ceased. We are still in need of a couple of volunteers to help with school banking each week. If you are able to spare a couple of hours each week and be on-site please email the office on jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au so I can pass on your details onto the previous school banking coordinators.

Upcoming Junior School Events

Intensive Swimming Program

Our Intensive Swimming Program for Prep - Yr 1 will be held over 2 weeks from Monday 12th November– Friday 23rd November (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri) excluding Tuesdays.

Please note: This is not compulsory for Prep students. A letter will be sent home for you to complete if you wish for your child to participate.

We will ask for helpers. If you are able to help we will need to have your WWC number and details. Please ensure we have a copy of this (which includes your birth date) at the office so we can confirm your number with The Office of the Children's Guardian.

Prep Orientation

Prep Orientation will be held on the mornings of Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November 2018 for children attending Prep in 2019. Your child will only need to attend 1 of the mornings and letters have been sent home soon. There will also be a morning tea held for parents.

Middle & Senior School News

Year 9 Camp

Last week the Year 9 students set out on their four day hiking camp in the Royal National Park. The students put in a huge effort over the four days to complete a near full lap of the hiking trails around the perimeter of the park. This included the beautiful Coastal walk and sandstone balconies, the Karloo Pool, Kingfisher Pools and Waterfall and Uloola Falls. As a staff we are so proud of the way that our groups persevered through heat, storms, blisters, carrying packs, creek crossings, rocky climbs, endless uphills, mud puddles and the internal struggle to push on. It was awesome to see the development of friendships, resilience, courage and growth in the midst of the challenge.

While the camp involved hiking and camping, it was about so much more than that: developing the life skills to cope with and overcome the challenges, struggles and adverity that come our way, working together as a team, communicating and looking out for each other, reflecting on our own growth and affirming others for the growth and positive traits we see in them. As we come back to school we have been reflecting with our year 9 classes on the highlights, challenges and lessons learned along the way. We hope that through the experience there have been life long memories made and lessons learned.

The camp also provided an opportunity for our twelve inaugural Duke of Edinburgh Bronze students to attempt their practice and qualifying hikes, which they all successfully completed - well done!

A highlight for two groups occurred on Thursday evening as our students sat around a camp fire and shared how they had overcomes challenges during the week and affirmed others in their group for their support and camaraderie. It was a powerful moment of personal growth and relationship building among our year 9 student family and a symbol of what our school camps are really about. We look forward to many more adventures, both great and challenging, in the future.

Tuesday Tennis - Term 3 Winners!

Tennis for the end of Term 3 ended in a tiebreak shootout tournament final!! Charli and Saray ended up beating Saloni and Charisse, 7-2, 7-5. Congratulations girls!!

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

CSSA State Triathlon - Thursday, 25th October

On Thursday the 25th of October, the CSSA Triathlon for high school students is taking place at the Penrith Regatta Centre. Students interested have been registered and detailed information was emailed out earlier this week. If you have any questions please contact Miss Sutton directly.

Year 8 Camp - 31 October to 1 November

The Year 8 Camp to Kuringai National Park is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 31st October and Thursday 1st November. If you haven't completed your child's paperwork please do so, and return it along with payment, to the Middle School Office urgently. As the students are hiking and camping further information has been distributed outlining what the students need to bring. If you have any questions please contact Mr Starrett or Miss Sutton directly on chris.starrett@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au or tamika.sutton@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au .

Interrelate - Tuesday, 6th November

Our annual Interrelate program for Years 5 & 6 -"Preparing for Puberty", will be held on Tuesday evening, 6th November in the Year 5/6 shared space on Level 3.

  • Year 5 - 6.00pm
  • Year 6 - 7.15pm

It is recommended students attend with a parent of the same gender to facilitate post session discussion.

Year 7 - 2019 Orientation Day - Thursday, 8th November

Our Year 7, 2019 Orientation Day is being held on Thursday 8th November. All current students in Year 6 are expected to attend, all students are to wear their full school uniform.

Application for Year 7 Selective High School Placements in 2020

If you would like to apply for a selective high school placement for your child in Year 7 in 2020, please see the link below for further information.

• Applications for Year 7 entry to selective high schools in 2020 must be made online between 9 October 2018 and 12 November 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

• Parents must apply online via the link below.

• All applicants are required to sit the Selective High School Placement Test to be held on Thursday 14 March, 2019.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

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Canteen News

We are hoping to grab as many volunteers to help with our busy term 4. Mums, Dads and Grandparents are all welcome. Anything from 30 mins to a couple of hours any morning of the week we would love to see you. No experience is needed, just the willingness to help, chop, pack bags and serve our lovely students. If you are interested or have any spare time just pop in and lend a hand.

Don’t forget we have a Breakfast menu every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8am. We hope all the students are enjoying the Term 4 menu.

Bits and Pieces

Marian Street Theatre Classes and Workshops

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