30 Jul 2020

A Message from Mr Holden

It has been good to have had two reasonably normal but busy weeks, as the boys returned to school this term. Years 3-6 students participated in a very successful Newington Prep Schools’ Athletics Carnival last Wednesday where many boys excelled in various events and it was wonderful to have the combined Lindfield and Wyvern campus join together for this annual event. We also started our shortened winter sport season on Saturday and again it was very good to have our boys in Years 3-6 participate with much enthusiasm in their fixtures. My thanks to all parents for paying close attention to the COVID-19 Sport Protocols for Parents that are currently in place, click here

We are carefully monitoring the current status of COVID-19 in NSW and will continue to be vigilant with our hygiene and safety protocols. However, given that in recent days the number of COVID hotspots seems to be expanding in Sydney, we do need to be prepared for the possibility of a positive case at Wyvern in the coming weeks. If we receive notification during the day that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, we will need to close the school and require parents to pick up their sons as per NSW Health guidelines. We have detailed plans for a controlled school closedown that will enable boys to be picked up by parents in a safe and organised manner. Should we need to action this plan, you will receive a text message from the College directing you to an email from me, which will provide detailed information about where to pick up your son. In general, the email will ask you to pick up your son/s from different locations dependent on his year group. They are:

  • Years K-2: Cambridge Street Play Area,
  • Years 3-4: Wyvern Carpark
  • Years 5-6: Senior School, Stanmore Road
  • Please note, older siblings will move to their youngest sibling’s class and will stay with them in their year group location for pick up.

Rather than provide all details now, can I please ask you to read that email carefully should we need to implement a daytime closure.

From time to time the College updates it’s Conditions of Enrolment. A copy of the latest version is available here. Please note that the new conditions apply to all existing families from Term 1 2021.

Finally, thank you for your assistance with the recent parent teacher interviews which were held via video conferencing. The different arrangement certainly had some major benefits for busy families, and I hope they were productive and useful for you.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Important Message from our School Nurse

Dear Newington families,

There is a lot of information available about COVID-19 and how to best manage its contagion. The College will continue to be guided by the NSW Government, which is providing regular updates here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19. While we will work under this umbrella, there might be times when the advice we provide to individual families, or the school overall, moves outside these general guidelines based on a case-by-case assessment. We regularly consult with the Public Health Unit and act on its recommendations regarding testing and self-isolation.

As a topline guide, everyone tested must self-isolate until they get their results. If they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, they must continue self-isolating for 14 days regardless of results. (Information about contact status will be provided direct by the Public Health Unit.)

We now also encourage boys and staff to wear masks on public transport and public places. More information about the value of masks can be found here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/face-masks. We continue to ask our community to practise physical distancing.

Again, we ask that anyone with even mild symptoms to stay home and get tested. To safeguard the health of the whole community, boys must be symptom free before they return to school.

Margaret Bates RN
School Nurse

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

27.7.20 1S Oscar Boyd
27.7.20 1S Paxton Clarke
27.7.20 1S Aditya Varun
27.7.20 2B Xavier Boustani
27.7.20 2B Qasim Khanbhai
27.7.20 2P James Buchanan
27.7.20 2P Axl Kolenc

3-6 Assembly

26.6.20 3P Arun Thanigasalam



Dear Parents,

Wyvern’s Before and After School Care Program is run by CommunityOSH.

To make a booking you must enrol here first. Once your enrolment is completed you can then book the dates you require on the monthly calendar. Please feel free to contact us if you require any assistance completing your enrolment or placing your bookings on 03 9977 3000.

Key information about CommunityOSH can be found here

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What we offer at CommunityOSH in the afternoons, click here

Newington Preparatory Schools’ Inter-House Athletics Carnival

Students from both Lindfield and Wyvern went head to head last Wednesday 22 July in the annual Newington Preparatory Schools’ Inter-House Athletics Carnival. Below are some photos taken on the day.

Next Two Weeks


Week 3

Mon 3 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am
  Winter sport training, Years 3 & 5, 1.40pm
Tue 4 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
  5-6 Second Step, 1.40pm
Wed 5 Year 3 & 5 Allwell Assessments
  Maths Olympiad 4
  Winter sport training, 4 & 6, 1.40pm
Thu 6 Wyvern Shop, 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
Fri 7 K-2 Chapel, 11.00am
  3-4 Second Step, 9.30am
  3-6 Assembly, 10.00am
  K-2 Second Step, 1.40pm
Sat 8 Winter Sport Round 3
Sun 9  


Week 4

Mon 10 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Winter Sport, Music and Co-Curricular Photos
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am
Tue 11 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
Wed 12 Winter sport training, Years 4 & 6, 1.40pm
Thu 13 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
Fri 14 Staff Day 4 – Pupil Free Day
Sat 15 No Sport
Sun 16  

Term Dates 2020

Term 1  – Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 9 April

Tuesday 28 January Classes commence for Years 1-6 
Wednesday 29 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Monday  16 March College Closed – Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
Thursday  9 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Monday 27 April to Friday 26 June

Monday 27 April Classes commence 
Monday 8 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 26 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September

Monday 20 July Classes commence 
Friday 14 August Staff PD – Pupil Free Day 
Monday 17 August College Closed – Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
Friday 25 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December

Monday 12 October Classes commence 
Thursday 3 December Classes conclude – K-2
Friday 4 December Classes conclude – Prize Giving Years 3-6

Term Dates 2021

Term 1  – Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April

Wednesday 27 January Classes commence for Years 1-6
Thursday  28 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Thursday  1 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Monday 19 April to Friday 18 June

Monday 19 April Classes commence
Monday 14 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday – Pupil Free Day
Friday 18 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 12 July to Wednesday 15 September

Monday  12 July Classes commence
Wednesday 15 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 4 October to Tuesday 7 December

Monday 4 October October Long Weekend
Tuesday 5 October Classes commence
Monday  6 December Classes conclude (K-2)
Tuesday 7 December Classes conclude – Annual Prize Giving Day Years 3-6