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Newsletter - Wednesday 5th December 2018

We will be holding a final Chapel of the year for the whole school on Friday 7th December at Wahroonga SDA Church, all welcome to attend.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year. During the holidays we will be refurbishing the grass area on the oval, installing the Junior school playground equipment, Junior school teachers will be moving into the new building, new furniture will arrive for the Junior school as well as the Middle school (in the classrooms where the junior classes were) and finally the basement carpark will be opening for next year with a new kiss and drop/pick up area. Look out for emails that we will be sending throughout the holidays

We would like to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Year 6 2018

As the school year has now concluded, our Year 6 students are moving onto high school. It has been a wonderful year and it is amazing how quickly it has gone by. There have been lots of friendships made and lots of information passed from teachers to students. We have enjoyed seeing the growth in each child, not only academically but also emotionally, socially and spiritually. Thank you Year 6 for all the memories, the happy times and the laughs. God bless as you go on your new adventure into your next phase of life.

School Fees

All school fees should now have been paid. If you have not paid please contact Alyssa BEFORE Friday 7th December 2018 on accounts@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

Term Dates for 2019

Below are the term dates for 2019

  • Term 1 - Tuesday 29th January 2019 - Friday 12th April 2019
  • Term 2 - Monday 29th April 2019 - Friday 5th July 2019
  • Term 3 - Monday 29th July 2019 - Friday 28th September 2019
  • Term 4 - Monday 14th October 2019 - Thursday 12th December 2019

Farewell to Staff

  • Miss Paige Fuller - we wish Paige all the best as she leaves us to be close to family in Melbourne
  • Mr Chris Riley -we wish Chris all the best as begins his new job working in IT support for all our NSW teachers
  • Mr John Edwards - we wish Johnny all the best as he leaves us to move closer to home and will be teaching at his local Adventist School
  • Mr Sam Davidson -we wish Sam all the best as he leaves us to move close to family and will be teaching at an Independent School in Newcastle
  • Mr Sandro Bostos - we wish Sandro all the best as he leaves us to move to teach in an Adventist School in QLD

New Staffing 2019

We are excited to be growing and commencing our Senior School in 2019. With growth comes new teachers which are listed below:

  • Mrs Victoria Hutchings
  • Mrs Nicole Kanimako
  • Mr Zachary Cowley
  • Mrs Coralee Kemp
  • Mr Morgan Edwards
  • Mrs Kristina Vuceski
  • Mrs Nikki McTernan
  • Mrs Julie Sutton
  • Mrs Lee-ann Heise
  • Miss Reiko Kohama
  • Mr Christopher Jones
  • Mr Lindsay Gates
  • Miss Debbie Wright
  • Mr Tyson Dunn
  • Mr Peter Wallace

Upcoming Whole School Events

Christmas Charity Drive Reminder.....Beyond our school yard & Smiles 4U

  • Friday (7th December) is the last day of our Christmas Charity Drive. 🎄

Please help us bring joy and happiness to many children who are less fortunate than us at this time of year!

Two options;

1: Bring in an unwrapped present for either boy/ girl aged 0-16 years and place under the tree in the office. These presents are being distributed to children who will spend Christmas Day in our local north shore hospitals! Helping Hands North Shore will distribute these for us.

2: Operation Christmas Child Boxes. Grab a box from the office and fill it with supplies for children less fortunate in countries overseas.

We thank you for your support in advance and look forward to bringing some cheer to those less fortunate this year! The picture below is the Christmas boxes collected so far.

Any questions in relation to this event, please contact Mel Harris melinda@spect.com.au / Lisa White lisa@dwct.com.au / Mr Edwards.

Primary School Picnic Day

On Monday 10th December, the Primary school will head to Balmoral Beach for their annual picnic day.

The permission slips were sent home last Wednesday (28th November), if you have not returned the slip or emailed your child's class teacher please do so asap as they are now overdue.

If your child is not attending the picnic day please do not send them to school as there will be no staff or supervision.

Please note; Monday 10th December is the last day of school for 2018. Sherpa Kids will be holding their Vacation Care for students if needed commencing Tuesday 11th December. Details of their programs can be viewed in the "Bits & Pieces" section.

Wayside Chapel's Donate a Plate campaign

For 28,191 homeless Australians in NSW, Christmas is a lonely and difficult time. And while most kids look forward to Christmas all year, that's not the case for over 3,600 NSW children under the age of 12 who are homeless. There's no present under the tree, stuffed stocking or family lunch ... and we just don't think that's right. So with your help, we're looking to change this for as many homeless people as we can.

Urbanovillage is getting behind the Wayside Chapel's Donate a Plate campaign by putting together the Donate A Plate Christmas Gift Box.

Although the box would normally retail at $90, we've chosen to go with $50 (of which $20 goes directly to the Wayside Chapel to sponsor a homeless Aussie Christmas lunch) in the hope that it will enable as many people as possible the opportunity to be involved in the joy of giving a great gift to a loved one AND help a fellow Aussie in need at the same time.

This project is NOT money making, but rather a labour of love that we want as many people as possible to be involved in. The contents of each box has either been donated by businesses we work with, or we've purchased it at cost price. Urbanovillage has gone out on a bit of a limb here and we are holding our breath ... because we have 200 boxes, and if we can sell them all then that means we can reach our goal of raising $4000 to support the homeless of Sydney this Christmas - just imagine, we have the opportunity to make the Christmas of 200 homeless people living in our city, just that little bit merrier!

Here is a link to the Donate a Plate Christmas Gift Box page on our website for more information:

https://urbanovillage.com/products/christmas-charity-gift-box

Whole School News

Primary School Speech Night

Last Wednesday 28th September, we held our Primary School Speech Night at Hornsby RSL. The evening was a huge success, even though it is with much sadness that we say farewell to Miss Fuller, Mr Riley and Mr Edwards.

Junior School Events

Kindy - Aquarium Excursion

Last week the Kindy students went on an excursion to Sydney Aquarium. They had loads of fun and some students have written about their experiences below:

The both Kindy classes went to the Aquarium. We saw a lot of jelly fish and they were pink and dugong love to eat lots of lettuce and to get there we all went on a bus. I loved it!

Jasmine L

On Tuesday I went to SeaLife. I loved the sharks. I liked jellyfish too, and octopus!We all went on a bus. All Kinds came. I liked the stingrays. My mum was a leader. I loved it!

Tate G

We went to see the starfish. I liked the excursion. It was so much fun on a bus. We touched the starfish and we saw octopus and sharks. We had to stay with our groups but not when we saw the jellyfish. It was so so fun!

Stephanie Z

On Tuesday we went to the Aquarium. We went there on the bus. We saw stone fishing octopus and penguins and we saw sharks and a cold fish. We saw jellyfish and a dugong and a turtle that was floating. We saw a seahorse and stingrays. We all loved it and my mummy was there. It was so fun!!!

Charlie B

Australian Children's Music Foundation

Each year the Australian Children's Music Foundation runs a National Songwriting Competition. Children from across Australia and New Zealand enter their original songs and hundreds of entries are submitted for each age group. This year Angel M entered her song “Fishy” in the competition - and won third place for the Year 3 and 4 category. Congratulations Angel - what a brilliant achievement for a budding song writer.

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Middle & Senior School News

On Sunday the 2nd of December the final Wahroonga Mountain Biking event for the year took place. Students & parents made the trek to the Central Coast mountain bike trails at Ourimbah. The trail includes a 10 kilometre loop with a number of fun and challenging descending sections. The riders completed one practice lap, followed by a race lap with 3 timed downhill sections. The students navigated steep sections, rock gardens, berms, jumps and tree roots to make their way to the bottom of each stage. The riders legs were tired and lungs were burning from pushing to the limit while racing the clock. The final results produced close times, with Andy Roberts finish fastest, followed by Ben Farkas, Caleb King and Zac Johnson. Congratulations to these young riders for completing a tough event!

There will be plenty more mountain bike riding and racing in 2019. If you have not joined the group for a ride please contact Mr. Starrett early in the new year.

Congratulations Emma!!

Congratulations to Emma and the Copperheads from Icon Gymsport who recently competed at the Australian National Cheer Championships on the Gold Coast. They placed third in their division. Well Done Emma!!!

Congratulations Tilly!!

Tilly C, Year 5, has just completed the Kyu mixed male/female tournament where she competed against competitors from all over Australia, including Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. Tilly did an incredible result finishing 5th in Australia in sparring (out of 15) and 6th in Kata (out of 18) in the 10-11 years. She has come away with lots of learnings for next time and it was great experience for her! We are very proud of you Tilly!! Congratulations!!

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

High School Speech Night - Thursday 6th December

The High School Speech Night will be held at Hornsby RSL in the Showroom on Thursday 6th December commencing at 7.00pm. Full school uniform must be worn including hats and blazers. Please note that no alcohol is permitted in the function area.

High School Deregistration Day - Friday 7th December

Deregistration day for all students in Years 7 to 9 will take place on Friday 7 December. If your child is unable to attend school on that day they will need to deregister prior to finishing school for the year.

Years 7 & 8 Fun Day - Jamberoo Action Park - Monday 10th December

The Year 7 & 8 Fun Day Excursion to Jamberoo Action Park will take place on Monday 10th December. Students will travel to Jamberoo by bus and need to be at school by 7.15am ready to depart by 7.30am sharp! Students will be returning to school at approx 4.00pm. Please ensure students take their lunch, wet weather gear, drinking water, swimmers, towel, sunscreen and a hat.

Year 9 Fun Day - Sydney Amazing Race - Monday 10th December

The Year 9 Fun Day Excursion to participate in the Sydney Amazing Race will take place on Monday 10th December. Students will travel into town by train and need to be at Turramurra Train Station ready to depart by 8.30am, returning to Turramurra Train Station at approx 3.00pm. Students are to wear their sports uniform. Please ensure they take lunch, snacks, wet weather gear, water, and sunscreen.

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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Library News

Book Return

All books still on loan are now overdue, and need to be returned to the Library before the end of this week. If any books are lost or badly damaged, please either buy a replacement copy, or make a $25 per book replacement fee at the school office. Thanking you.

Textbook Hire Return

De-registration for High School students will be happening this Thursday and Friday. Each student has received a list of the books they need to return along with a list of requirements for cleaning the books and ensuring they are returned in good condition. Any lost or badly damaged textbooks need to be paid for in order for your child to be signed out at de-registration ($35 textbooks, $20 English novels). Thanking you.

PRC Gold/Platinum Certificates and Medal Recipients

Congratulations to the 126 students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. The regular certificates for the Primary School classes have been given to the classroom teachers to be placed in each child’s profile folder. We are hoping the Gold/Platinum Certificates and Medals arrive in time to be handed out in Combined Chapel on Friday.

Gold Certificate (Completed the PRC 4 times)

Rebecca C (Yr 3), Mia C (Yr 3), Jasmine D (Yr 3), Liana D (Yr 3), Myles G (Yr 3), Japuji K (Yr 3), Benjamin K (Yr 3), David L (Yr 3), Angelique M (Yr 3), Isabel P (Yr 3), Elijah P (Yr 3), Samantha M (Yr 4), Josh P (Yr 4).

Platinum Certificate (Completed the PRC 7 times)

Claudia G (Yr 6), Alex J (Yr 6), Cameron K (Yr 6), James L (Yr 6), Katie M (Yr 6), Georgina M (Yr 6), Srujana P (Yr 6), Annmarie T (Yr 6), Jessica S (Yr 7), Sophia S (Yr 7), Amelia M (Yr 9).

Medal Recipients (Completed the PRC each year from Yr 3 – Yr 9)

Michelle C (Yr 9), Grace C (Yr 9), Naomi F (Yr 9), William J (Yr 9), Emily M (Yr 9).

Canteen News

Last day for Canteen is Friday 7th December 2018.

We would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time throughout the year in the canteen. Your willingness to help, chop, pack bags and serve our lovely students has helped make the canteen run successfully, we couldn't have done it without you.

We would also like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year

Bits and Pieces

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

  • Please note - this is a different Helen O'Grady Drama Academy to the one also advertised in this section

Sherpa Kids Holiday Programs

Tennis Holiday Program

Marian Street Theatre Workshops

Helen O'Grady Drama Classes

Normanhurst Eagles Football Club

Normanhurst Eagles would like to invite all Girls ages 6 to 12 to join us to play Soccer. We hold free, come and try, GIRLS-ONLY, coaching and kick-about sessions every Sunday from 5:00pm at Thornleigh Oval. All levels are welcome to the sessions, which are focused on building skills and confidence through having fun. Icypoles all round after!

If interested, please contact Nick Deverell on 0415564756 or nick.deverell@normoeagles.com.aunick.deverell@normoeagles.com.au

We will enter teams in all age levels during the main soccer season as well as co-ordinate teams for summer soccer in 2019.

Kids Up Front Drama Academy - Holiday Programs

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