29 Oct 2020

A Message from Mr Holden

The final term of 2020 is rapidly disappearing. Despite this I am impressed by the purposeful and calm tone evident in all Wyvern classrooms.

I am very pleased to announce that two boys have been selected as prize-winners in the 2020 STANSW (Science Teachers Association of New South Wales) Young Scientist Awards. They are Bryant Diep in Year 4 for his project into which brand of hand sanitiser is best at reducing bacteria and viruses in the ‘My Community Scientific Investigation’ category, and Ruben Merani in Year 6, who for the third year has won the ‘Scientific Investigations’ category. This year, his project was investigating if fresh or frozen BBQ snags taste better!  A big well done to Bryant and Ruben and all the boys who entered this year’s competition.

A well-deserved mention goes to Hamish Tweeddale in Year 5 who was recently confirmed as a medal winner for ICAS Mathematics for achieving the top score in NSW. Also congratulations to Thomas Kielniacz in Year 3 for achieving Best in School in the recent 2020 Australian Mathematics Trust Competition and to Ren Clarke in Year 4 who was awarded a gold certificate in the NSW ‘WriteOn’ creative writing competition. 

As you are aware, we are required to follow current NSW COVID-19 guidelines in relation to school attendance if your child is unwell. As part of this, parents must send confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test before your son can return to school. These are the 3 options for parents who do not wish to have their children tested:

  1. Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test result will not be permitted to return to school for a 10 day period. Additionally, they must be symptom-free for at least 3 days prior to returning to school.

  2. Students who have seasonal allergic rhinitis or another condition that presents similarly to flu-like symptoms are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test result. Where their symptoms continue beyond 10 days, students should provide documentation from their GP confirming their symptoms are typical for their condition. If the student develops new or changed symptoms, they should get tested for COVID-19. Find more information about COVID-19 symptoms.

  3. COVID-19 testing for students with complex health or disability may be challenging. In these situations, schools will ask the parent or carer to have their child assessed by their medical practitioner. Where a medical practitioner determines that a COVID-19 test is not required, documentation must be provided to the school to confirm that the student does not have symptoms that warrant a COVID-19 test. The certificate must also indicate that the student is able to return to school.

All details can be found here https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families#School1

As mentioned, please note that these are the current NSW heath guidelines we are required to follow. Thank you for your ongoing support during these times.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

19.10.20 2B Alexander Koulias

3 – 6 Assembly

19.10.20 3J Leo Davies
19.10.20 4L Johnny Koutalas
19.10.20 4P Beau Lilley
19.10.20 4P Jacob Lim
19.10.20 5M Zane Safieh
19.10.20 5S Coen Johnstone
19.10.20 6B Ethan Gregoire
19.10.20 6T Matthew Alvarez
30.10.20 3P Oliver Di Cristo
30.10.20 3H Austin Li
30.10.20 4P Harry Cooper
30.10.20 6B Nolan Pham


30.10.20 6B Nolan Pham


Artist of the Week

K-2 Artist of the Week

Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed working on their mixed media ‘Junk Men’ sculptures. 

They carefully selected small pieces by exploring an array of recycled materials.  The boys chose interesting objects and arranged them on their canvas.  Through this experience, the boys explored the idea of drawing the viewer into the artwork by the careful placement of objects, and by the layering of materials to create interest. 

Theo, Cruz and Oscar have used colour and the careful placement of objects to create well balanced sculptures. 

Well done!

Yelena Rubie
K-2 Visual Art Teacher


Years 3-6 Artist of the Week

The Artist of the Week comes from Year 3 , 4 and 5 this week.

Year 3

Year 3 Finished their ‘Abstraction’ unit, based on the art of Vasily Kandinsky. The boys were taken through a number of steps of paint mixing and layering backgrounds, then adding work on top to create a focal point. The artworks are called ‘Black Grid’.

Congratulations to Ren Clarke,  Christopher Beaton and Zac Thomson for their beautiful abstract work.

Year 4

Artist of the Week goes to Leo Langman of Year 4 for his beautiful and well crafted ‘Pirate Ship’ based on the art of Grayson Perry.

Year 5

The Year 5 boys have been working on ceramic ‘Space Monsters’ using a number of complex ceramic techniques. The work was very individual and interesting.

Congratulations to Maksim Stevanovski, Kiril Kukeski-Xipolitas, Orson Lloyd, Max Filetti, Luka Tomesevic, Cooper Scott-Mackenzie and Henry Pardea.

Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Art Teacher

Next Two Weeks


Week 4

Mon 2 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 2B 9.00am – 9.45am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 2P 9.45am – 10.30am
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am
  Summer sport training, 3 & 5, 1.40pm
Tue 3 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 1S 9.00am – 9.45am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 1Y 9.45am – 10.30am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – KW 11.00am – 11.45am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – KE 11.45am – 12.30pm
Wed 4 Year 1 Mad About Maps Incursion, 9.00am – 11.20am
  Summer sport training, 4 & 6, 1.40pm
  P&F AGM, 6.45pm, via Zoom
Thu 5 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Year 2 Excursion to Georges River Environmental Centre
Fri 6 K-2 Chapel, 8.30am
  3-6 Chapel, 10.00am
  Instrumental Concerts Rehearsals and Filming
Sat 7 Summer Sport Round 10
Sun 8  


Week 5

Mon 9 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Year 6 Camp – Jindabyne Sport & Rec
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 2B 9.00am – 9.45am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 2P 9.45am – 10.30am
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am
  Summer sport training, 3 & 5, 1.40pm
Tue 10 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
  Year 6 Camp – Jindabyne Sport & Rec
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 1S 9.00am – 9.45am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – 1Y 9.45am – 10.30am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – KW 11.00am – 11.45am
  K-2 Aquatics Program – KE 11.45am – 12.30pm
  Instrumental Concerts Rehearsals and Filming
  5-6 Second Step, 1.40pm
Wed 11 Remembrance Day
  Summer sport training, 4 & 6, 1.40pm
  Year 6 Camp return from Camp
Thu 12 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Year 3 Camp at Narrabeen Sport & Rec
  Australia Reads
Fri 13 Kindy Calmsley Hill City Farm Excursion
  K-2 Chapel, 8.30am
  3-4 Second Step, 9.30am
  3-6 Assembly, 10.00am
  Year 3 return from camp
Sat 31 Summer Sport Round 11
Sun 1  

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
Monday 15 March College Closed – Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
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
Friday 18 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 12 July to Wednesday 15 September

Monday  12 July Classes commence
Monday 16 August Staff Day – Pupil Free Day
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

Wyvernbald 2020 Winners

Congratulations to all these boys for a successful 2020 ‘Wyvernbald’

Overall Prize Winner of the Wyvernbald Portrait 2020:
Awarded by Ms Meredith Buining, Head of Art, Wyvern House

  • Charlie Appleyard, Max Barry and Hugo Young

Winner of the Black & White Portrait Prize:
Awarded by Mr Ian Holden, Head of Wyvern House

  • Nolan Pham

Winner of the Senior School Prize:
Awarded by Mr Andrew Thompson, Head of Art, Senior School

  • Liam Casey

Winner of The Concordia Gallery Prize: 
Awarded by Ms Hannah Chapman, Curator of Concordia 2020

  • Thomas Tweeddale

Winner of the Best Colour Portrait:
Awarded by Mrs Debbie Bourke

  • Miles Jenkinson

Winner of the People’s Choice:
Best Youtuber – ‘Mr Beast’     

  • Jim Tsavdaridis

Highly Commended Winners:

  • Evan Grillakis, Benjamin Chau, Stirling Hunt, Hugo Edmundson
    Jake Bell, Dylan Hubbard, Hugo Kilborn


Wyvern Stationery for 2021: Closing Soon – Order by 13th November 2020

The order deadline for your son’s stationery for the 2021 academic year is coming up in two weeks. Kindly note that all stationery orders from Kindergarten to Year 6 need to be placed with Campion Education by Friday 13th November 2020.

Please order student stationery online at Campion using the four-digit code EU4T.

  • For students in Kindergarten to Year 2, stationery will be delivered to Wyvern House prior to students commencing in 2021.
  • For students in Years 3 to 6, stationery will be delivered to your nominated address in mid January 2021.
  • Note that textbooks are supplied by Newington College and will be provided to students in the new year.

Placing your order online by the due date is the best way to ensure your son receives all available items in time for the start of the new school year.

Wyvern Office

Year 5 Camp Recount and Photos

Muddy Madness At Camp!

Year 5 had an amazingly exquisite time at The Great Aussie Bush Camp, Tea Gardens in Week 1 thanks to the experienced organisers and teachers. These wonderful events made several unforgettable memories for us as a grade; such forcing, (well encouraging), Miss Dillon to get her face covered in grime and mud throughout the mud run!

On day one we had raft building which was quite hilarious. There were 3 groups which had limited wood, rope and finally inflatable tires. We all were extremely excited until all our rafts broke and we had to carry the floating destruction while we tirelessly dragged it along.

After the activities in the morning and afternoons, we had the famous Aussie Bush Camp snow cones. Thankfully, I brought a big cup. After this, we sat down on the logs and ate our snow cones. Groups then changed and got ready for their next activity. Some of us got ready for the mud run.

The mud run was really fun, and we all got ourselves nice ‘n’ dirty! After the obstacles everyone went to have a blissfully long shower while I waited in the cold… but I wasn’t alone.

On day two we had a mapping task which involved a compass; this is called orienteering. We had to find clues and complete the riddle. During this we saw heaps of kangaroos and joeys which we ended up showing Miss Dillon. I had never seen her run so fast in my life on the trail to see the kangaroos. At the end, I was over the moon that our team had won! I don’t think I’ve won anything in about 10 years. And went on in day two for my second. (Which I’ll explain later).

After that we went to the high ropes which was absolutely hysterical! When Miss Dillon was on the ropes she looked so scared, the look on her face made everyone laugh. It was impossible not to. I had made a deal with Miss Dillon that if she didn’t fall off the high ropes and use the harness I would go to the top of the giant swing which was coming up next. And she somehow did it! I didn’t even want to go on the giant swing!

We did the swing, and I went to the top which was the last activity of the day. My face might have looked crazy but Miss Dillon squealed like she was watching a horror movie in real life.

On day three we had the crate climb which was when I had my literal second win in 10 years as Harry E and I stacked an immense amount of crates up. And that was it for the activities and camp unfortunately. I had a great time even though I hadn’t eaten proper food and hadn’t had a proper shower in 3 days.

Thank you Great Aussie Bush Camp for the best camp experience!

Jordan Dib 5D