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Waverley College, Waverley NSW

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Waverley College, Waverley
131 Birrell Street
Waverley
New South Wales
2024
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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Waverley College, Waverley NSW

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Mr Graham Leddie
Primary School, Secondary School
Catholic
Catholic
Year 5 - Year 12
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  • Australian Rules Football
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Diving
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Rugby Union
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting

"This is a school with an important mission at its core: the development of innovative learning and wellbeing programs designed to assist boys to flourish across their spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, cultural and physical dimensions"

GRAHAM LEDDIE, HEAD OF COLLEGE

In 2018 the College celebrates 115 years of educating young men. The Senior Campus (Our Lady’s Mount) provides its 1100 students with a comprehensive library, science and specialist areas, gymnasium, tennis courts, cricket nets, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a Performing Arts Centre to cater for all aspects of Music and Drama. The Junior campus (Waterford), houses 290 students in Year 5 and 6. Facilities include a library, auditorium, specialist art room and sport facilities. The College’s home sports field and pavilion is located a few minutes’ walk away at Queens Park.
Because learning is a lifelong process, we aim to develop our 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 savvy and information literate.

Our experienced and motivated teachers have a firm focus on academic achievement and our professional learning focuses on improving pedagogical practice. We have both learning support and gifted and talented (enrichment) programs that support individual advancement and extension. The College has strong literacy and numeracy programs that are explicitly taught across all learning areas. Progress at an individual and class level is closely tracked. Waverley College offers over 40 subjects at HSC level.

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.

Opportunities for creativity are forged daily. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning, to be open to new ideas and challenges, and to be willing to take risks with their learning. The College offers more than 40 HSC subjects including English Extension 2 (Creative Writing) and Extension History (Theory and Philosophy of History). There is also an exciting range of Technology and Applied Studies subjects, the most popular at HSC level being Industrial Technology/Multimedia and Construction.

Student wellbeing at Waverley focuses on both mental and physical health and ensuring every student can experience success. The College provides students with proactive and positive behaviour support, designed to encourage independent learning, self-regulation and positive peer and adult relationships. Individual student care is managed by a team comprising the Director of Student Wellbeing, Heads of House, dedicated Mentor Group teachers, Learning Support and school Psychologists.

Co-curricular activities are a vital part of our Wellbeing program at the College. We want the boys to develop life long habits that include physical activity which stimulates positive energy within. Physical activity is vital for health, discipline and focus; sport is compulsory for all students from Year 5 to 12. The commitment includes two training sessions per week and a weekend sporting fixture. Graded competition allows every student to represent his school in sport according to his ability, to learn how to win and lose gracefully and learn from being part of a team dynamic.

A wide range of co-curricular options include: AFL, athletics, cricket, cycling, cross country, diving, judo, lawn bowls, rugby, swimming, tennis, touch football, waterpolo, weights and fitness. Non-sport options include: an extensive music tuition and performance program, media club, debating, public speaking, social justice and school musical and drama productions.

Our artists and performers are celebrated in equal measure with our sportsmen and academics. The Junior School has been a frequent finalist and winner in the statewide Wakakirri story dance competition and also boasts the award-winning Cantores boys’ choir. The Senior College stages biannual musical and major drama productions, each produced to a professional standard. Participation by students in the musical life of the College is strongly encouraged, not least for the beneficial effect on other academic outcomes.

"It is wonderful to watch the students grow and develop in musical confidence."

CHRIS BALKIZAS, HEAD OF MUSIC

"There’s so much passion to do well – not just for sport but academically – there’s a real drive to get the students in strong positions... ultimately the goal is to turn these boys into fine men."

JOHN MCCOY, CONVENOR OF RUGBY

"Regardless of skill levels, it’s all about positive reinforcement, making new friends, not focusing on themselves but on the participation."

STEPHEN O'DONNELL, DIRECTOR OF CO-CURRICULAR

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<p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The college offers the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program to students from Year 9. By creating opportunities for students to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the award can play a critical role in their development.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Waverley College Cadet Unit has provided fun and vigorous outdoor education, character development and practical skills to our students for over 100 years. Australian legend, Governor-General His Excellency the Honourable Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) former Chief of the Australian Defence Force and 2011 Australian of the Year began his training here. Participation is compulsory in Year 8 and voluntary thereafter, with older students progressively offered greater leadership development opportunities.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>"Leadership that focuses upon integrity, moral courage, compassion, humility and good communication is what the Cadet Unit aspires to develop in boys."</strong></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">LT. COLONEL (AAC) PR FROST, COMMANDER OF WAVERLEY COLLEGE CADET UNIT</span></p>

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

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.

 

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Waverley College, a Catholic school for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition from Year 5 – 12. We are proud of being a school that is unique in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs for its genuinely inclusive community, authentic Catholic education, breadth of opportunities and innovative approach to educating boys.

It is an exciting time to be at Waverley College. Our learning philosophy focuses on individual growth, critical thinking, collaboration and innovation which is underpinned by our wellbeing goals of developing boys who are connected, resilient and supportive of each other. Our ongoing investment in school infrastructure is coming to fruition with state-of-the-art teaching facilities across a wide curriculum offering.

Over its 115-year history, Waverley College has educated many eminent Australians who are represented across all industries. Our students come from diverse backgrounds which provides them with a rich learning environment and real world experience to learn from each other and to value and appreciate difference. Each year approximately 80% of our graduates go on to attend university, with the remaining 20% taking up apprenticeships and other training or employment opportunities.

Our experienced and motivated teachers have a firm focus on academic achievement and our professional learning focuses on improving pedagogical practice. We have both learning support and gifted and talented (enrichment) programs that support individual advancement and extension. The College has strong literacy and numeracy programs that are explicitly taught across all learning areas. Progress at an individual and class level is closely tracked.

In 2018 the College celebrates 115 years of educating young men. The Senior Campus (Our Lady’s Mount) provides its 1100 students with a comprehensive library, science and specialist areas, gymnasium, tennis courts, cricket nets, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a Performing Arts Centre to cater for all aspects of Music and Drama. The Junior campus (Waterford), houses 290 students in Year 5 and 6. Facilities include a library, auditorium, specialist art room and sport facilities. The College’s home sports field and pavilion is located a few minutes’ walk away at Queens Park.

 

MR GRAHAM LEDDIE - HEAD OF COLLEGE

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