30 Mar 2017

A Message from Mr Holden

After an exceptionally busy 10 weeks, Term 1 will come to a close next Friday. In many ways the first term is the most important time of the school year. Expectations are set, routines established and relationships between teachers and students are formed. I have been very pleased to see these elements combined, which has meant that productive and enjoyable learning has been foremost in all we do at Wyvern.

I thank parents who have made time in your busy schedules to attend the many events and activities on offer, including various learning showcases this term. We really enjoy showing your sons in action and in turn, the boys benefit hugely from the interest you show in their learning. I also thank our hardworking team of parent volunteers and the P and F executive for their superb support of the school.

Early in Term 2 we are looking forward to the biannual Newington College Literature Festival where a number of well-known authors will be working with our students. Mrs Barnes has put together a very exciting programme, details of which are in this newsletter.

I hope that you are able to enjoy a bit of a break in the upcoming holiday period and look forward to seeing the boys back at school on Wednesday 26 April.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards & House Points

 The following achievement awards were awarded at Assembly:

17 MARCH 2017

5B Roman Lewis
4V Anthony Gregoire
4V Yanni Krallis
4V Oakley Tocknell
4K Cameron Wilk-Ellis
3M Felix Beresford
3M Kieran Chan
3M Aston Rose
2B Kiril Kukeski-Xipolitas
2B Harry Vohra
2B Khai Vu
1Y Rupert Beresford
1P Zachary Amirian
1P Frank O’Halloran
1P Ross Tsaloukas
6L Isaac Zoud

24 MARCH  2017

1Y Jack Michos
1Y Adam Saab

House Points

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Archetypal Learning Spaces in the Digital Age

After reading an article put in front of me early this month I can’t stop thinking about our learning spaces and the way we learn. The article was about ‘Archetypal Learning Spaces’ and how these are now evolving in the digital word.

The archetypal learning theory focuses on looking at ways we have learnt for thousands of years. Traditionally we would learn around a campfire. This was a place for telling stories and listening to times gone by. One person would be the focus and all of the audience would listen in to gain greater understanding of something or just simply to be entertained. The second place that we would learn in was the watering hole. Civilisations would have made the trip to the watering hole everyday to collect water. Here they would have spoken to known people from other tribes, shared information and learnt of different ongoings. Thirdly, we observe the cave. Here is a space for individuals to go and think, to ponder and reflect on what have been learnt. This is a place of solitude and a place to get lost in ones own learning journey. Finally they would need to apply all that had been taken in from the learning spaces and apply it to life. Here is a very short snippet taken from ‘Using archetypes to match learning spaces with physical and digital spaces’.

  1. Campfire: A place ‘where the storyteller … shared wisdom with students who, in their turn, become storytellers to the next generation’.
  2. Watering hole: A place ‘where we learn from our peers … each participant at the watering hole is both learner and teacher at the same time’.
  3. Cave: A place where learners ‘isolate themselves from others in order to gain special insights’.
  4. Life: The application of knowledge … is an essential component of the learning process (because) when we learn something in anticipation of its immediate use, we not only reinforce our understanding, we increase the likelihood that what we have learning will not be readily forgotten’.

In an age where we are interacting online we can observe the same environments opening up. Think of where we head for our modern day campfire. Places such as YouTube, Vimeo, Pod Casts, Audio Books and other online streaming services allow us to access our campfire. We head to the watering hole in the means of discussing information through blogs, forums, messaging services like email, chat services or even social media outlets. The cave is where we head deep into research skills on the Internet and really clarify any uncertainties that we have about burning questions. However, what about life?

Life is done every day in the digital world. It is creating something that hadn’t existed before us. It is making a blog with your thoughts. It’s about making a presentation that informs people about a topic. It is all the creation that we do online and publish to the world.

So this has got me thinking. How can we encourage our students to approach the digital world through the scope of the archetypal learning environment? Easy. We encourage different methods of accessing information. We promote the use of communication between trusted people. We provide strategies and skills around researching and finally allow our students to demonstrate their new knowledge through the production of websites, videos, blogs and the list goes on.   

This term at Wyvern we have delved into our cyber campfires, discussed at our cyber watering holes, disappeared into our cyber caves and ultimately shared something with each other that we have learnt and produced.

Mr Tony Cross
eLearning – Wyvern House and Lindfield Preparatory School

Artists of the Week

K – 2 Artists of the Week

Brandon To KW

Kindergarten have been exploring colour and line. After reading the book ‘Lines that Wiggle’, Brandon created a sculpture with many different types of lines. He thought carefully about how a sculpture can be viewed from all angles and made his work interesting and unique. Fantastic work Brandon!

Lachlan Baird 2B

Year 2 have been investigating drawing figures from observation and adding form. Lachlan arranged his mannequin into a pose and then carefully drew what he saw. He explored blending two different shades of oil pastel effectively to create the idea of form. Great work Lachlan!

Heather Brodie
K-2 Visual Arts Teacher


3 – 6 Artists of the Week

Year 3 have been busy studying amphibians. They looked at a number of artworks by Australian Artist John Olsen. He is currently having an exhibition called – ‘You Beaut Country‘ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The boys enjoyed looking at his frogs and discussed the personality of his frogs.

These artworks show some beautiful pen and ink line work, as well as the blending of the inks to make new colours.

Congratulations to Liam Ross and Luca Celona Bower for showing us some excellent techniques.

Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Arts Teacher


Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 2

Dear Parents,

Please find attached Club and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 2 below. Once you click on the link below select the activity you are interested in and it will take you to the relevant Space Page on SPACES. Please note that not all activities are linked yet as. Will update again when this is all finalised. 

Term 2 Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities at Wyvern

Please refer to SPACES for more information regarding the Clubs and Activities.

Kind regards

Wyvern Office

Faith Matters

Knowing the worst, believing the best

We’ll never really understand God’s love for us without sacrifice; without paying the price to love others. Loving others doesn’t mean much if we only love the people we choose to love, or love them on our own terms, at a convenient time, place, occasion, and in comfortable conditions. Loving those who are different from us in personality, culture, gender, race, background, likes, dislikes, etc., and loving them in spite of their faults – that’s the challenge! Displaying the same kind of sacrificial love, that Jesus lavishes on us, calls for death to self-interest; it goes against our grain!

We’ve a tendency to think that some people are ‘naturals’ when it comes to loving. We think they’re just ‘nice’. We wish we could be like them. Those who follow this line of thinking use it as an excuse for not being loving. They feel absolved of any responsibility to change: “That’s just the way I am. I don’t happen to be outgoing. Loving others isn’t easy for me.” Jesus made it clear when it comes to the way we are to love others. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). Notice the words “As I have loved you.” Jesus doesn’t penalise us for our past, or label us, locking us into it forever. Knowing the worst about us, He still believes the best. And that’s how He expects us to love one another!

Happy Easter!

Reverend Peter Morphew

Flyers in Bookstand

Martial Arts – Kung Fu Action at Wyvern

Term 2 Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern 


Greek School

School Student Opal Information


Uniform Shop

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  • Order Form

Kids and Co Psychology

Next Two Weeks


Week 10

Mon 3 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Winter sport team allocation, 1.40pm
Tue 4 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Year 6 Learning Showcase – ‘Ecowarriors’, 9.00am
  3-6 Chapel, 11.30pm
  K-2 Chapel, 12.30pm
Wed 5 Year 6 Camp to Point Wolstoncroft
  Winter sport team allocation, 1.40pm
Thu 6 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 6 Camp to Point Wolstoncroft
  Year 4 Billy Cart Incursion
Fri 7 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  K-2 Assembly 10.00am
  Easter/BBQ Day – Tuckshop
  Year 6 return from Point Wolstoncroft
  Term 1 concludes


Week 1

Wed 26 Term 2 commences
  Students return
  Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Winter sport training, 1.40pm
Thu 27 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  6R Parents to meet Dr Andrew Lee, 8.30am – 9.30am, classroom
Fri 28 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  3-6 Assembly, 8.30am
  K-2 Assembly, 10.00am
Sat 29 Winter Sport Round 1
Sun 30  Wyvern Music Day (Instrumental), Senior School Campus, 9.00am – 3.00pm

Oshclub – Wyvern’s Before and After School Care Provider

Wyvern’s Before and After School Care Program is run by OSHClub. Enrolment for all students is recommended and allows parents to easily manage their before and after school care needs via an online account. Visit www.oshclub.com.au to use the free enrolment service.

For all late bookings, please contact the Coordinator on 0428 131 700. OSHClub’s head office number is (03) 8564 9000 Click here for the OSHClub Information Flyer.

Newsletter, Click here

Kind regards

OSHClub Team


Sports Newsletter, Click here

Sporting Venue Addresses, Click here

2017 Sports Handbook, Click here

Term Dates 2017


Monday 30 January to Friday 7 April
Classes commence Years 1-6 – Monday 30 January
Classes commence Kindergarten – Tuesday 31 January
Classes conclude –  Friday 7 April
10 Week Term followed by a 2 week break


Wednesday 26 April to Friday 23 June
Classes commence – Wednesday 26 April
SPD Day – No Students – Friday 9 June
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday – Monday 12 June
Classes conclude – Friday 23 June
9 week Term followed by a 3 week break


Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September
Classes commence – Monday 17 July
SPD Day – No Students – Monday 14 August
Classes conclude – Friday 22 September
10 week Term followed by a 2 week break


Monday 9 October to Thursday 7 December
Classes commence – Monday 9 October 
Prize Giving – Years 3-6  – Thursday 7 December


Please click here for the Spotless Food Safety Information for Volunteers Guidelines

Tuckshop Menu and Roster TERM 1 Week 10 and TERM 2 Week 1, Click here

Everyday Menu and Price List, Click here 

Online Ordering Instructions, Click here

Online Ordering FAQs, Click here

Kind regards

Wyvern Office

Uniform Shop




7:30AM – 9:00AM


2:30PM – 4:00PM




7:30AM – 9:00AM



Wyvern Uniform Roster Term 1 Week10 and Term 2 Week 1, Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Order Form, Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Winter Price List 2016, Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Summer Price List 2016/2017, Click here

Lapel Badges Available from the uniform shop

Kind regards

Nicole Williams
Uniform Shop Convenor

Year 4 Excursion to the Botanical Gardens

Week 8 was again a challenging week with Mother Nature up to her usual tricks! The shoulder-dropping groans that follow the three most hated words in Primary school – ‘Wet Weather Lunch’ are now a thing of the past. It appears, our Year 4 boys have developed a much thicker skin when it comes to dealing with minor setbacks.  

This new-found resilience was put to the test on Friday as we all journeyed to the heart of Sydney and visited the Royal Botanic Gardens. As part of our History/Geography curriculum we have been focussing on Aboriginal life and the plants, animals, weapons and art that has influenced their culture.

The Royal Botanic Gardens gave us an incredible insight into the flora and fauna that has been part of the Australian and Indigenous landscape for centuries. The boys were shown native wildlife and totems that were carved into sky scraping trees. They were educated about the first contact site and the deepening of the once shallow harbour by Sir Arthur Phillip and his men. We handled spear throwing Woomeras and felt the weight of various boomerangs. All while trudging through a steady deluge of rain!

As part of the excursion Mr Jenson made a special trip out to work with the boys in developing some key communication skills. He stepped the boys through some activities that helped them build their social and emotional intelligence, focussing on their active listing skills and how our emotions can influence others. It was a lot of fun and we owe Mr Jensen a bit ‘thank you’ for making the effort to join our excursion.

The 3rd part of the excursion involved a guided tour through the Art Gallery of NSW, visiting Aboriginal exhibitions. It was eye-opening for our boys to see the detail and meticulous nature of these art works. Considering we were all still three parts wet, the behaviour of the boys was very impressive.

Ms Prizmic and Ms Vuong made special mention of the way the boys handled the day and just ‘got on with it’ in spite of the horrible conditions. Instead of complaining about the rain and the cold, our young men once again handled themselves with perseverance and class. They continued to stay engaged and ask questions that often had the adults raising their eyebrows and nodding in agreement.

Special thanks must go to our parent helpers who gave up their time to brave the weather and attend the excursion. We also thank and appreciate the many parent volunteers that offered to attend as well – we sincerely thank you for your support. 

Mr David King
Year 4 Team Leader