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Waverley College, Waverley
131 Birrell Street
New South Wales
A Catholic School for boys from Years 5 to 12 in the tradition of Edmund Rice that aims to create an environment for fostering the talents of all its students.
Sydney Central
02 9369 0600
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Mr Ray Paxton
Primary School, Secondary School
Year 5 - Year 12

"Our school is unique in Sydney's eastern suburbs for its genuinely inclusive community, authentic Catholic education, breadth of opportunities and innovative approach to educating boys."

Ray Paxton, Head of College

About Us

Senior Campus (7-12) information resource centre, science and specialist areas, gymnasium, tennis courts, cricket nets, 50 metre swimming pool, performing arts centre, canteen, uniform shop. Junior Campus (5-6): auditorium, language room, art room, cricket nets, basketball court, library, music room, learning support room, canteen. Playing fields are located a few minutes’ walk from the College.
Non-selective with over 40 subjects at HSC level. Languages includes French and Spanish. Learning Support Department encompassing learning support and learning enrichment. The Performing Arts Centre supports the growing numbers of students electing to study Music and Drama, and private tuition is available for a wide range of instruments as well as voice and music theory. Performance opportunities include regular musicals, drama productions and musical performances. The college gymnasium supports the extensive Physical Development and Health Education Program. In addition to a strong, focused HSC pathway the Vocational Education and Training courses in Stage 6 include Hospitality (Operations), Information Technology, Construction and Entertainment. In partnership with parents, Waverly College is committed to liberating the potential of all learners. Scholarships are available.

Broad sport program includes rugby, cricket, football, tennis, judo, athletics, swimming, water polo, diving basketball, volleyball, cycling lawn bowls and cross country. A member of the CAS and CIS. Cadet Unit for Years 8 to 12 includes outdoor education and leadership development. Extensive social justice program for all students


As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, the Waverley College scholarship program fulfils two key goals: to provide equality of access to those who otherwise would not seek enrolment, and to encourage our students to realise their potential and strive for excellence.

The Brother JP Lacey Scholarship

The Br JP Lacey Scholarship is funded by the Waverley College Old Boys’ Union and is annually awarded to a Catholic student or students who demonstrate sound academic performance AND whose families are able to provide evidence of financial hardship. Award of the scholarship is determined by the Head of College.

The scholarships are offered to Catholic students currently in Year 6 for entry into Year 7, and to students in Year 10 for entry into Year 11. Applications for other years may be considered at the discretion of the Head of College.

The Senior Academic Scholarship

In pursuit of academic excellence, Waverley College will offer a limited number of academic scholarships each year. The Senior Academic Scholarship is awarded annually to a student or students who demonstrate academic excellence through success in the ACER Scholarship Test. The scholarship provides full or partial remission of tuition fees.

Scholarships are offered to students in Year 6 applying for entry into Year 7, and to students in Year 10 for entry into Year 11. In 2015, the College will also consider students in Year 9 applying for entry to Year 10.

Edmund Rice Scholarships

The College offers Edmund Rice Scholarships to students who may not otherwise be able to attend the College because of financial hardship. Edmund Rice Scholarships are also available to families of enrolled students who find themselves in situations of financial hardship.

The scholarships are primarily offered to Year 6 students of Catholic primary schools applying for entry to Year 7. Applications will be considered for entry into other years at the discretion of the Head of College. Eligible students will show a commitment to learning and an ability to contribute to the life of the College. Edmund Rice Scholarships cover full or partial remission of tuition fees. The Scholarships are means-tested and are reviewed annually.

The George William Rummery Music Scholarship

Waverley College awards the George William Rummery Music Scholarship annually as a means of encouraging students to realise their potential and strive for excellence. The scholarship is a gift of the Rummery Family in memory of their son, George (Class of 1986). The scholarship covers ongoing full or partial remission of music tuition and instrument hire

Creative Arts Scholarships

As a school committed to excellence in the creative and performing arts, Waverley College offers scholarships to support full or partial remission of costs for individual music, drama, art or public-speaking tuition or activities incurred by a student during his time at the College. Applicants should either be currently enrolled or have applied to enrol at the College.

Higher Representation Scholarships

As a school committed to excellence in all areas of co-curricular life, Waverley College offers full or partial remission of costs associated with representing the College at state, national and international levels. Applicants should either be currently enrolled or have applied to enrol at the College.

College Tour Scholarships

As a school committed to excellence in all areas of co-curricular life, Waverley College offers full or partial remission of costs associated with participation in local and overseas tours offered by the College. Applicants should be currently enrolled at the College.

To read more about our scholarship program and to download information sheets and application forms, please click here.

Transport Options

How to get to Waverley College

State Rail: Eastern Suburbs line to Bondi JunctionClick here for the City Rail Timetable.

State Transit: School special buses from Bondi Junction, North Bondi, Edgecliff, Dover Heights, Randwick, Botany, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Mascot, Matraville and Maroubra.

Interactive school bus route map - http://www.sydneybuses.info/schools/wavj

School student transport scheme - student bus and rail passes

Eligible students must complete an online application form at the Transport for NSW website via this link: https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/applyNow 

Once you have submitted your application online you will need to print it out immediately or save it to print out later. Then you will need to sign and date it and bring it to school for endorsement.

Principal's Message

Established in 1903, this day school for boys caters for students from Year 5 to 12, and is a member of Edmund Rice Education Australia, consisting of more than 40 leading Catholic schools around Australia.

Because learning is a lifelong process, Waverley College aims to develop its students as critical thinkers who are ready to engage with their world: A learner at Waverley College is a problem solver, a communicator, a collaborator, an innovator, globally aware, media literate. Experienced and motivated teachers have a firm focus on academic achievement and globally researched teaching innovation programs are enabling the College to deliver leading-edge teaching techniques in the classroom.   The 1:1 technology program, iLearn, equips every student from Year 5 to Year 12 with their own Macbook Air laptop and provides online course content.

Catholic beliefs are at the centre of Waverley College life.  Each week, students learn about, share and practice their faith and traditions, contribution to building a spiritual foundation that can sustain them throughout their lives. The Social Justice program involves all students in outreach activities and encourages a lifetime commitment to activism for the world’s marginalised and for the earth itself.

The College was founded in 1903 and has educated many eminent Australians in law, medicine, the military, sport and the arts.  This is a school with an important mission at its core: to transform the minds and hearts of young Australians to build a more just, tolerant and inclusive community by educating for liberation and possibility.  This philosophy is underscored by the school motto, Virtus Sola Nobilitat: ‘Virtue Alone Ennobles’.


Ray Paxton, Head of College 

Waverley College, Waverley NSW

131 Birrell Street 
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