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Newsletter - Friday 14 August 2020

Chaplains' News

Our Senior School is going through a six week wellness lifestyle project. The vision is to recalibrate our mindset for a healthier and more positive outlook on life.

Inspired from the most important commandment in the entire scripture found in Mark 12:30, our Chaplaincy team aims to create opportunities for the School community to love God.

With all our hearts (emotional health),

With all our soul (spiritual health),

With all our mind (mental health),

With all our strength (physical health).

The topic for this week is about being grateful. We live in a world where we wake up and complain about going to school, going to work or even getting out of our bed. When reality is that we should be grateful to have a bed, to have a job and even be going to school. Some people don’t have what we complain about. Being grateful is not part of our lifestyle and therefore it takes time to intentionally learn to be grateful - what better way to journey together as a school family.

As part of our wellness challenge, we dare you to be grateful by choosing one of the following challenges:

1. Write 3 things to be grateful for.

2. Pray for God to help you be grateful.

3. Express your gratefulness to others via text, call or in person.

I pray that we may have a grateful heart towards God and the people He placed in our lives.

Christ is ALL

The Chaplaincy Team

Whole School News

Seventh-Day Adventist Schools Scholarship Program (Prep to 12)

Seventh-day Adventist Schools (Greater Sydney) operates a Deductible Gift Fund for its Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded annually to students who face financial hardship, by paying their tuition fees. To be eligible for a scholarship students must meet the following criteria;

  • Be enrolled or have the intention of enrolling in Years Prep to 12 at Wahroonga Adventist School for 2021.
  • Hold Australian citizenship, be a permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Please find the application form attached to this Skoolbag post, alternatively please contact Carmen Wynstra at carmen.wynstra@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au and an application form will be emailed to you.

Home and School - Feedback Please!....

We need your help. Home and School wants to understand what your family needs so we can actively contribute to the physical well being of Wahroonga Adventist School, as well as creating a special sense of spirit and belonging for students and family.

The survey takes about 3 - 5 minutes. Thank you for taking the time to help us understand how to better serve your family and the Wahroonga Adventist School community.

Junior School News

A Note From Mrs Deppeler

I hope that you have been able to stay warm over the past few weeks of cold and wet weather. Students often get warm during the day while playing sport or on breaks and take off their jumper and jackets. While we try to remind them to place their belongs in their bags, we often find many of these items in lost property. Please remember to label all jumpers and jackets that come to school so that they can be returned to the rightful owner. Thank you to all the parents that have completed the parent/teacher interview survey. The survey will be open for a few more days for those wishing to provide feedback.

I have enjoyed hearing about the innovative foods that the students came up with in the last challenge. Well done. For those who still like to complete the challenges that I have been posting on Seesaw, I will be posting a challenge into your child’s folder on a fortnightly basis this term. These challenges are not compulsory and are in addition to any work set by the class teacher. Once completed please upload and post to Mrs Deppeler's Weekly Challenge folder on your child’s class homeroom page in Seesaw.

Share your Hopes and Dreams for the Future

This week’s challenge requires you to share your hopes and dreams for the future. What do you want to be when you grow up? You can either draw a picture, write or provide a video explanation. I look forward to what you come up with. See your learning journal in Seesaw for more details.

Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.

– Richard Wilkins

Moving Bodies (P-6)

This term Moving Bodies will be providing our Junior School students with valuable skills in athletics. Students will participate in a variety of activities to further their skill development and enhance their overall abilities. These sessions will be conducted over two days, Tuesday and Friday, and each child will participate on one of these days.

Harmony Day Competition

I would like to congratulate Victor for participating in the 2020 Harmony Day Poster and Song Writing Competition. Victor was one of a number of students from over 180 schools in New South Wales who participated this year. Well done.

Stem Day Challenge - Stage 2 & 3

This term selected students from stage 2 and 3 participated in a Stem Day Challenge. This year there was an added element of challenge, in that the schools involved had to compete from different locations via TEAMS.

Our teams tried hard and worked well together yesterday completing the STEM challenge which was to build a device in a flood scenario to travel 1.5m to take as many things (blocks) as possible in 2 minutes from one side of a mat to the other. Each of our teams used the maqueens paired with the microbit to block code and built a trailer of sorts to carry these blocks.

I believe they all enjoyed this challenge, and as per results below our school did very well with two of our 3 teams placing.

Remote Learning

Junior School teachers will continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students who are required to stay at home due to COVID-19, however our focus has now shifted towards face to face learning again.

Years 3 to 6 - Basketball Program

We would like to invite students from Years 3 to 6 to participate in a Basketball Program conducted by Hornsby-Ku-Ring-Gai Spiders. This program will be held at School every Friday from 21st August till 25th September during the students lunch break.

The program is limited in numbers and places will be offered in order of applications received.

Expression of interests close on Tuesday 18th August. To register your expression of interest click the button below.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at office@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Middle & Senior School News

Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award - Congratulations!

Through developing transferable skills, increasing their physical fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Duke of Edinburgh Award helps young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

Congratulations to the following Year 10 students who have achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Award!!!

  • Jayden K
  • Charlie L
  • Renee L
  • Arna T
  • Olivia Y

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Year 11 Biology Excursion - Wednesday 19th August 2020

Our Year 11 Biology Excursion to Catherine Hill Bay has been rescheduled and will be taking place Wednesday, 19th August. A quick reminder students need to be at school ready to depart by 8.00am, returning to school around 3.00pm. Students are to wear their sports uniform and take a pair of long pants, their lunch, water bottle and hat. If you have any questions please contact Mrs S or the School Office.

Year 10 Vaccinations - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please note Year 10 Meningococcal vaccinations are taking place at school on Thursday 20th August 2020.

Consent forms are due back today - if you are yet to return your child's form please return it to the office asap on Monday morning.

Running Training

Wahroonga running training is back! Over the past two weeks students have been back in action at 7am on a Friday, participating in a mixture of running warmups, games and drills. After the break in running training we are aiming to rebuild our base fitness with some fun lower intensity sessions. It is great to have George, Danny and Jack, three of our Duke of Edinburgh students, planning and leading the sessions.

Breakfast is still on for $2, running through our school canteen due to current Covid restrictions regarding parent volunteers. Thanks to the canteen team for pulling together to ensure that our runners can still fuel up after the session.

If your child is a keen runner please contact Mr Starrett to get them involved in the running training group.

Term Dates for 2020

  • Term 3 - Thursday 23rd July 2020 - Friday 25th September 2020
  • Term 4 - Monday 12th October 2020 - Thursday 10th December 2020

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Jamie L (KE), Lucy M (1L), Yijie S (1L), Mila J (2B), Matthew M (3K), Ariana N (3K), Yifei S (3K), Sophie L (3T), Olivia C (4H) and Holly M (6J) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Great reading!

PLEASE NOTE: The Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes on August 28, so if you haven’t entered your books online there are only two weeks left to do so!! If you need help entering your child’s reading list please email Mrs Savage (library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au).

Book Week 2020

Term 3 is usually Book Week term in the library, however, this year Book Week has been pushed back to Term 4 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Book Week celebrations will therefore take place over Weeks 2 & 3 of Term 4 and will include a Book Week performance and dress up day for the junior students, and a virtual book fair from Carnival Books for the whole school. Look out for more details later in the term. The Book Week theme this year is: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

Library WebApp

The library WebApp is a great place to keep track of your child/ren’s library loans, search the catalogue and read about upcoming library events. You can access it from any device at bit.ly/waslibrary Instructions on how to log in to your child/ren’s personal details are on the home page.

World Book Encyclopedia Subscription

Wahroonga Adventist School have a subscription to World Book Encyclopedia Online which gives all students and teachers online access to an amazing variety of resources which can be accessed using any device. If you would like to explore this resource, please follow the link below and use the word "was" for the log-in ID and password.

Meals with Love

Do you know of a school family that has just welcomed a new baby, has a sick family member, or is going through a bit of a tough time? We would love to be able to support them on behalf of the school community with a Meals with Love meal! Please send us an email and we can have a meal arranged. Unfortunately, due to the current climate we cannot accept donations of meals this term and all meals are being prepared by the Canteen and Meals with Love team. Thanks for your continued support.

nicolasweetman@gmail.com

tishiarmstrong@hotmail.com

Canteen

Bits and Pieces