31 Aug 2017

A Message from Mr Holden

Last week, parents of students in Years 3 & 5 received their sons’ NAPLAN results. Whilst we accept that NAPLAN testing can be challenging, at Wyvern we seek to provide a learning environment of low anxiety so that boys can be themselves at their best.This year performance in the key areas tested (reading, spelling, writing, grammar and punctuation and numeracy) was very strong with our school average being significantly above the national average as well as for that of similar independent schools. In addition we have seen pleasing growth in the areas tested when compared to our good results from last year. I congratulate students and staff for their very good approach to NAPLAN earlier this year.

Last weekend eight Wyvern teams’ performed at the Regional Tournament of Minds (TOM) finals. The high level of student participation in our TOM club, run by Mr Reinier Jessurun, has been tremendous to see. It is an excellent forum for boys to work in collaborative teams where they must solve problems, under strict time pressure, by showing their creativity, initiative and innovation. Well done to all boys for your wonderful ‘TOM’ efforts.

I was delighted to see the Wyvern Athletics team represent the school so well at this week’s IPSHA Carnival. A number of boys set personal best times or distances and all competed with great pride, exhibiting excellent sportsmanship. I thank the many parents who gave such practical support to the team. A special well done to the following boys who will go on to compete at the Combined Independent School’s athletics competition on 13 September:  Lionel Falk-Brown in 100m, Sam Walker in discus, Lipina Ata in shot put and Xavier Borralho in discus.  

I congratulate Mrs Melanie Bryden (Year 2 Team Leader) who has been appointed as Acting Deputy Head (K-3) for the duration of Term 4 whilst Ms Sandra Gray is Acting Head of Wyvern. Mrs Rebecca Stewart, who returns from a period of maternity leave in Term 4, will be teaching Class 2M.

Finally a big thank you to the Wyvern P and F executive for organising the Father’s Day Breakfast tomorrow morning. I am sure that the event will be hugely enjoyable for fathers and sons.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement awards were awarded at Assembly:


6H Alexander Sutherland
6B Evan Malakonakis
6B Zachary Nguyen
6B Flynn Stokes
5P Benji Burshtein
5P Joel Lyons
4K Rhys Bhatia
4P Sebastian Reinitz


3B Ethan Gregoire
2B Thomas Johnston
1P Tom Dunstan


Artists of the Week

K – 2 Artists of the Week

Kurt Hunter KW & Nicholas Paradise KW

This week Kindergarten continued their unit on Storytelling through Art.  They investigated the work of artist Donatello and discovered the story behind his sculpture of the Marzocco Lion.  The boys have created their own mixed media lion based on this famous Italian sculpture.  Great work!

Yelena Rubie
K-2 Visual Art Teacher

Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 3

Dear Parents,

Please find attached Club and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 3 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 3 Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities at Wyvern

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

Kind regards

Wyvern Office

2017 Co-curricular, Music & Winter Sport Photo Orders

The Wyvern Co-curricular, Music and Winter Sport photos are now available to order online from Advanced Life Photography.

To order photos please go to www.advancedlife.com.au and use the 9 digit online code Z4L MJR RWN.

Kind regards

Wyvern Office

Donut Day

Faith Matters

Good father?

Max Lucado writes: “Today’s my first Father’s Day without a father. For 31 years I had one of the best, but now he’s … buried under an oak tree in a west Texas cemetery. Strange he isn’t here … because he was always available. His words were nothing novel; his achievements, though admirable, were nothing extraordinary. But his presence was. Because he was there, life went smoothly …the future was secure … and my growing up was what God intended. He taught me how to shave and how to pray. He taught me that wrong should be punished … and that rightness has its own reward. He modelled … the elusive balance between ambition and self-acceptance. I knew if I ever needed him he’d be there. Like a warm fireplace. Maybe that’s why this Father’s Day’s a bit chilly. The fire’s gone out. The winds of age swallowed his splendid flame leaving only golden embers. But there’s a strange thing about those embers, stir them … and the flame will dance … and knock just enough chill out of the air to remind me that he’s still … present.”

Whilst this will not necessarily be our own experience as a child or a father it does cause us to pause and ponder.

The Bible pictures God as the perfect, ever-present Dad. While those who are fathers among us will struggle, make mistakes and even scar our children, God is totally reliable, 100% dependable. Even though at times we might be bemused about the way He does things we can be assured He has our very best interest at heart.

The wise King Solomon said, “The righteous man walks in integrity … blessed are his children after him.” (Proverbs 20:7)

Rev Peter Morphew

Flyers in Bookstand

Martial Arts – Kung Fu Action at Wyvern

Term 3 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 18 Year 3 Incursion – Skyworks, 8.30am – 12.30pm
  Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Stage 3 Musical Rehearsal, Centenary Hall, all day
  Years 1-6 Start Smart Financial Literacy Program
  Years 5 & 6 House Debating
  No sport training
Tue 19 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Stage 3 Musical Rehearsals, Centenary Hall, all day 
  Dress Rehearsal, 1.30pm
  Years 1-6 Start Smart Financial Literacy Program
  3-6 Chapel, 11.15am – 11.45am, Senior School Chapel
  K-2 Chapel, 12.30pm
Wed 20 Years 1-6 Start Smart Financial Literacy Program
  No sport training
  Stage 3 Musical, Centenary Hall, 6.00pm
Thu 21 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 1 Learning Showcase
  Years 1-6 Start Smart Financial Literacy Program
  Years 5 & 6 House Debating
Fri 22 Years 1-6 Start Smart Financial Literacy Program
  Sausage Sizzle Day
  Debating – Round 7, Year 6 vs St Patrick’s at St Patrick’s, 1.30pm
  K-2 Assembly, 10.00am
  Year 12 Valedictory Day, Senior School
  Term 3 Concludes
Sat 23 New Zealand Tour
Sun 24 New Zealand Tour


Week 1

Mon 9 Term 4 Commences
  Students return
  Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Kindergarten 2019 Interviews
  No sport training
Tue 10 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Kindergarten 2019 Interviews
  K-2 Chapel, 12.30pm
Wed 11 Kindergarten 2019 Interviews
  Year 5 Great Aussie Bush Camp, Tea Gardens
  Summer sport training, 1.40pm
Thu 12 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 5 Great Aussie Bush Camp, Tea Gardens 
  Aquatics Program Week 1
  9.00am – 9.45am KW/5B
  9.45am – 10.30am KS/5J
  11.00am – 11.45am 1Y/6L
  11.45am – 12.30pm 1P/6R
  12.30pm – 1.15pm 6H/6B
Fri 13 Year 5 Return from the Great Aussie Bush Camp
  Aquatics Program Week 1
  9.00am – 9.45am 3B/4P
  9.45am – 10.30am 4V/4K
  11.00am – 11.45am 2M/2B
  12.30pm – 1.15pm 3S/3M
  K-2 Assembly, 10.00am
Sat 14 Summer Sport Round 7 (first round Term 4)
Sun 15  

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much Screen Time?

The tough question that I am asked all the time from parents and friends is how much time should our children be spending in front of a screen? As an eLearning teacher it is sometimes hard to come up with the right answer for this. Luckily there is a lot of advice out there to help us make informed decisions that will benefit our children.

The ever so helpful website commonsensemedia.org has your screen time plan sorted. An idea provided by the experts suggests sitting down as a family and discussing a screen time and media plan. ‘Sit down with your kids and work out a weekly plan that includes activities such as camps, trips, and events as well as media and tech time. If you’re traveling, talk about whether to bring devices and when and how much they can be used.’ This media plan can be a great anchor point to go back to and keep everyone on track.

Another helpful tip is to reset your Wi-Fi password at the end of the day or the end of the week. Create a list of activities for your children to do before they can access the new Wi-Fi password. Some activities include household chores, reading time, outside play or any other activity that is important to you and your family.

Commonsensemedia.org also recommend a list of apps that ‘let them have their cake and eat it too.’ They suggest blending outdoor activities with some of their favourite apps. One that is suggested on the website and is a household favorite for the Cross family is Geocache. The exciting app has the whole family out and about on a wild treasure chase. The website also suggests popular fitness apps and other outdoor apps to get the whole family moving around. A list of the most popular apps in this category can be found here https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/apps-that-inspire-kids-to-play-outside

So, how many minutes should be allocated to screen time? Unfortunately, I cannot give you the answer to this. It will all depend on how your child is using technology and what is important to your family. If you have any questions about the resources suggested above, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Tony Cross
eLearning – Wyvern House and Lindfield Preparatory School

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

Sausage Sizzle Day


Sport Newsletter, Click here

Sporting Venue Addresses, Click here

2017 Sports Handbook, Click here

Term Dates 2017

Term 1  – Monday 30 January to Friday 7 April

Monday 30 January Classes commence for Years 1-6 
Tuesday  10 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Friday 7 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Wednesday 26 April to Friday 23 June

Wednesday 26 April Classes commence 
Friday 9 June Staff PD – Student Free Day
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 23 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September

Monday 17 July Classes commence 
Monday 14 August Staff PD – Student Free Day 
Friday 22 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 9 October to Thursday 7 December

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


Term Dates 2018

Term 1  – Monday 29 January to Friday 13 April

Monday 29 January Classes commence for Years 1-6 
Tuesday  30 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Thursday 29 March Classes conclude for Easter break
Tuesday 3 April School resumes after Easter break
Friday 13 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Monday 30 April to Friday 29 June

Monday 30 April Classes commence 
Friday 8 June Staff PD – Student Free Day
Monday 11 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 29 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September

Monday 23 July Classes commence 
Monday 3 September Staff PD – Student Free Day (tbc)
Friday 28 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Thursday 6 December

Monday 15 October Classes commence 
Thursday 6 December Classes conclude – Prize Giving Years 3-6


Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm Asthma is a term we have all heard of now. It occurred in Melbourne last November where sadly nine people died as a result and ambulance services were stretched to the limit. So what exactly is it?

Thunderstorm Asthma can occur when there are high levels of pollen in the air combined with hot, windy, humid weather conditions. Ryegrass pollen in Spring is released into the air and blown with the wind. The usual pollen size is relatively large and so becomes trapped in the upper airways like the nose and throat. It does not easily reach the lungs.

During a particular type of thunderstorm however, pollen grains absorb moisture, start to swell and then burst into hundreds of tiny pollen starch particles. Storm winds blow these particles to the ground where they are easily inhaled deep into the lungs.

The lungs become irritated, linings become swollen, narrower and more mucus is formed.

People with asthma can be affected but interestingly those with severe hay fever are also affected even if they have never been diagnosed with asthma.

Thunderstorms are more common in Spring so be aware of the pollen count especially on windy days www.sydneypollen.com.au

What can you do to reduce your risk?

  • Firstly see your doctor to make sure that your hay fever due to grass pollen is well treated.
  • Regular use of nasal corticosteroid sprays is more effective than antihistamine tablets for severe hay fever, and both treatments can be used together.
  • Always carry your blue reliever puffer
  • Take your daily preventer and hay fever nasal spray if prescribed
  • Avoid going outside just before and after the thunderstorm
  • Close windows and doors
  • Follow your asthma plan or asthma first aid steps
  • If symptoms are quickly worsening call 000.

Bushfire Season

With the recent controlled bush burn off, smoke and increased air pollution can trigger asthma symptoms – wheezing, breathlessness, persistent coughing and chest tightness.

To limit exposure to the smoke, reduce outdoor activity, close windows and doors and use recirculated air in the car. Make sure you have more than one blue reliever medication with you in case one runs out.

Do you have an asthma plan?

An asthma action plan helps the person with asthma and/or their carer recognise worsening asthma and gives clear instructions on what to do in response.

Click here to see an example of an Asthma Plan

How to recognise signs of a asthma flare-up or attack

If you are experiencing any of these signs, start asthma first aid. Do not wait until asthma is severe. Remember anyone can develop asthma at any age.

 Mild / Moderate
 Minor difficulty breathing
 Able to talk in full sentences
 Able to walk/move around
 May have cough or wheeze

 Commence Asthma First Aid

 Obvious difficulty breathing
 Cannot speak a full sentence in one breath
 Tugging in of the skin between ribs or at base of neck
 May have cough or wheeze
 Reliever medication not lasting as long as usual 
 Call Ambulance on 000
 Commence Asthma First Aid
 Life threatening
 Gasping for breath
 Unable to speak or 1-2 words per breath 
 Confused or exhausted
 Turning blue
 May no longer have wheeze or cough
 Not responding to reliever medication
 Call Ambulance on 000
 Commence Asthma First Aid

If you are experiencing a severe or life-threatening asthma attack, call an ambulance – Dial Triple Zero (000) and then start asthma first aid.

Learn more about First Aid for asthma here: https://www.nationalasthma.org.au/asthma-first-aid


Sister Margaret Bates
College Nurse

Tournament of Minds – Regional Finals

Dear Parents and Boys, 

Each of our eight teams performed well at the Regional Finals, delivering high quality presentations and displaying flair and creativity when solving the spontaneous challenge. High levels of collaboration, autonomy and ability to rise to the occasion were tremendous to see amongst the Wyvern boys. 

Later on I will provide each individual team with specific written feedback about their presented solutions, where they did very well and where they could have improved. 

Special praise goes to Teams 3, 6 and 7 for winning honours in their categories.  

Team 3’s lotto machine worked to a high standard and the judges were impresed with the explanation of the machine’s manipulation in the Maths/Engineering category. They also enjoyed the witty script. 

Team 6’s ability to write a script that specifically identified each of the scoring criteria in a clear manner, along with the ability to portray a sense of fun when delivering their long term challenge, really impressed the judges in the tough Language/Literature category.  With each team member being in Years 3 and 4, this team deserves special recognition because most of their opposing teams were made up of clever students from Years 5 and 6 from many quality schools. 

Team 7 presented a script in a style that allowed the judges to clearly identify the  merging of two cultures in the Social Sciences category that had 28 competing teams. The judges were very impressed. Well done to this team that was made up of seven diverse personalities!  Of all the teams that presented at the Regional Finals, they were the closest to winning 1st prize!  

To conclude, I would like to thank all parents for your wonderful support which allowed the boys to participate in Tournament of Minds.  

Reinier Jessurun
Tournament of Minds Facilitator

Tuckshop Menu & Roster

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

Tuckshop Menu and Roster Term 3 Weeks 8 and 9, 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




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Wyvern Uniform Roster Term 3 Weeks 8 and 9, Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Order Form, Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Winter Price List 2017, 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