09 Nov 2017

A Message from Sandra Gray

The last few weeks have been busy and exciting at Wyvern. Thankfully the rain held off for the Year 3 camp allowing the boys to participate in a range of outdoor activities which helped them to exercise independence, perseverance and collaboration. We held two very successful instrumental concerts showcasing the emerging talent of our Strings, and Wind, Brass and Percussion programs. On Monday Years 5 and 6 came together at Wyvern to work on a da Vinci style day of activities across a range of subject areas. Teams were mixed across both grades and the activities lent themselves to exercising their BLP muscles in a creative and imaginative way. This week sees the conclusion of our annual Aquatics program where the boys have shown considerable improvement. Last night our Year 6 boys had a wonderful night at the social held with Trinity, MLC, PLC and Meriden. I was impressed with the friendly and respectful way the boys approached making new friends. I would like to thank all of the teachers who have been involved in organising and running these events for our boys.


Whilst it is not our practice to announce the staffing structure for the new year until later in the term, I write to inform you that various members of staff will be leaving us at the end of the year.

Neil Brunton, Classroom Teacher and our Wyvern Sportsmaster for 24 years, will be moving to SCOTS College to help set up their new Prep School campus as a class teacher. This is a very exciting opportunity and we wish him well for his future teaching career.

Rebecca Stewart has decided to resign from full time work to spend more time with her young family.

Angus Lowrie, David Hazelton and Tony Cross have each decided to relocate to various areas of Australia. Angus will take up a teaching position at Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School. The relocation to Toowoomba also supports his partner who is in GP training there. David has decided to move back to his hometown of Orange before heading overseas with his wife, also a teacher, to teach at an international school. Tony Cross has decided to relocate to the North Coast of NSW with his young family.

We wish all of our departing teachers well in their new positions and new locations. I will be writing to all families in the coming weeks to notify you of the arrangements for One Up Morning on 30 November.


This year’s Annual Wyvern Prize Giving for students in Years 3 – 6 will take place in Centenary Hall on Thursday 7 December at 9:00am. Students are asked to meet their class teachers at the Senior School outside the Music Centre (next to Centenary Hall) no later than 8:30am wearing summer uniform minus black cap. Following Prize Giving we invite parents and students to join Wyvern staff for morning tea under the space frame area near to the gym.

Whilst we take the opportunity to award a number of prizes for outstanding effort and achievement (categories listed below), the ceremony is primarily an opportunity for the Wyvern community to mark and celebrate a most positive year. As such, this event is a compulsory activity for all students in Years 3 – 6. Although the final school day for students in K – 2 is Wednesday 6 December, K – 2 families are most welcome to attend Prize Giving. K – 2 boys must attend in uniform. The end of the ceremony marks the official start of the summer break for students.



  • Each class has 2 awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Effort (incorporating Maths, English, History, Geography and Science)
  • Each class has 1 award for Outstanding Academic Improvement
  • Each class has 2 awards for Outstanding Citizenship
  • One Year Award for – Art, Languages, Music and Physical Education
  • Year 5 Prize for All-Rounder – “Jack Davine Memorial”
  • Junior Sportsman Trophy


  • Prize for Art
  • Prize for Debating
  • Prize for English
  • Prize for Humanities
  • Prize for Languages
  • Prize for Mathematics
  • Prize for Music – Wallace Webb Memorial Prize
  • Prize for Science
  • Prize for Service to Sport
  • Sportsman of the Year, “Griffiths Trophy” (incorporating PE)
  • Prize for Service to Wyvern House, “Boyd Fowler Memorial”
  • Year 6 Prize for All Rounder, “Bosman Family Award”
  • Dux of Wyvern House, “Roy Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship”

Sandra Gray
Acting Head of Wyvern

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement awards were awarded at Assembly:


4P Ethan Koic
3B Hugo Baker
3M Abbas Beydoun


6B Art Kritikos
6B Matthew Potter x 2
6R Thomas Chanter
5B Isaac Holmes
5D William Kah
KS Liam Johnston
KW Kurt Hunter


Artist of the Week

Years 3 – 6 Artist of the Week

This week, Artist of the Week comes from Year 4 and their amazing Australian Bird paintings. The boys worked at making traditional paintings with a background layer and then the detailed layer on top. The boys were using their previous knowledge of the colour wheel, so they knew how to mix their colours.

Congratulations  to Sebastian Wong, Oscar Shaw, Daniel Muir, Sebastian Reinitz, Andrew Wayling, Adam Williams and Jack Duddy for their amazing noticing and painting skills.


Also Year 5 have completed their ‘Monster prints’ to complement their ceramic Monsters.  The boys used block printing techniques to make a black print on coloured paper.

Congratulations to Joshua Ibrahim, Alan Li. Alexander Kosmas and Callan Rixom for their interesting and sophisticated prints.

Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Arts Teacher 

Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 4

Dear Parents,

Please find attached Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 4 below. Once you click on the link below, select the activity you are interested in and it will take you to the relevant Page on SPACES. 

2017 Term 4 Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities at Wyvern

All Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities commence in the first week back in Term 4.

Kind regards

Wyvern Office

Faith Matters

What you see is what you get!

If I think of you as a friend and collaborator, my emotions on meeting you will be warm and positive. If I see you as an enemy and competitor, my emotions will be just the opposite.  You may know the little verse:

Two men looked out from prison bars.

One saw mud, one saw stars.

In the pursuit of the fullness of human life, everything depends on this frame of reference, this habitual outlook, this basic vision that I have of myself, others, the world, and God. (Our worldview if you like.) What we see is what we get!

Consequently, if you or I are to change, to grow into persons who are more fully human and more fully alive, we shall certainly have to become aware of our worldview and patiently work at redressing its imbalances and eliminating its distortions. All real and permanent growth must begin here. A shy person can be coaxed into assuming an air of confidence, but it will only be a mask – one mask replacing another. There can be no real change, no real growth in any of us until and unless our basic perception of reality, or vision, is change.

Rev Peter Morphew

Flight of Wyverns – Year 5 & 6 Enrichment Day

The Year 5 and 6 boys kicked off Week 5 with the ‘Flight of Wyverns’ Enrichment Day at Wyvern, where the boys challenged themselves in da Vinci Decathlon style activities. The students, split into 4 ‘Dragon Teams’ competed in Art, Music, Creative Writing, Mathematics, History & Cartography, Robotics, STEM, ICT and Modern Trivia. The day was conducted in good spirit, with some excellent creativity, imagination and collaboration between the Year 5 and 6 boys. It was great to see our Year 6 boys back at Wyvern, guiding the Year 5’s in the intricacies of being great leaders. Congratulations to each winner of the individual events, and the winning ‘Dragon Team’, Bignor Hill.

Justin Brayley
Year 5 Team Leader

Flyers in Bookstand

Martial Arts – Kung Fu Action at Wyvern

Term 4 Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern 


Greek School

School Student Opal Information


Uniform Shop

  • Summer Price List
  • Order Form

Kids and Co Psychology

Newington & Community Christmas Carols Service

Next Two Weeks


Week 6

Mon 13 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
Tue 14 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  3-6 Chapel, 11.15am – 11.45am, Senior School Chapel
  K-2 Chapel, 12.30pm
Wed 15 Year 5 Surf Day, Long Reef Beach, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  Summer sport training, 1.40pm 
Thu 16 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 6 Surf Day, Long Reef Beach, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Fri 17 K-2 Assembly, 10.00am
Sat 18 Summer Sport  Round 12 (last round of Summer Sport)
Sun 19  


Week 7

Mon 20 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  K-2 Presentation Morning Rehearsals, Wyvern Music Room – 
  Year 2 – 8.30am – 9.30am
  Year 1 – 9.30am – 10.30am
  Kindergarten – 11.00am – 12.00pm
  Year 7 2018 Parent Information Evening, Centenary Hall, Senior School Campus
Tue 21 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Year 2 to 3 Transition Evening, Wyvern Library, 6.00pm
Wed 22 K-2 Presentation Morning Rehearsals, Senior School Chapel –
  Year 2 – 8.30am – 9.30am
  Kindergarten – 9.30am – 10.30am
  Year 1 – 11.30am – 12.30pm
Thu 23 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 6 Learning Showcase – Morning of Eminence, Year 6 Classrooms at Senior School
and then Prescott Hall, 8.30am
Fri 24 K-2 Presentation Morning Rehearsals, Senior School Chapel –
  K-2 – 9.00am – 10.00am
  Summer Sports Awards Assembly, New Gym, Taylor Sports Centre, 9.00am
  K-2 Assembly, 10.00am
Sat 25 Year 6 Father & Son Camp
Sun 26 Year 6 Father & Son Camp

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 Luc Curling 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 Draw, Click here

Sports Results and Match Reports, Click here

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


Tuckshop Menu and Roster

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

Tuckshop Menu and Roster Term 4 Weeks 6 & 7, 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 4 Weeks 6 and 7 Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Order Form, Click here

Wyvern Uniform Shop Summer Price List 2017/2018, Click here

Lapel Badges Available from the uniform shop

Kind regards

Nicole Williams
Uniform Shop Convenor

Wyvern SRC Christmas Tree – Barnardos Gifts for Kids


This year we are supporting Barnardos Australia Gifts for Kids to reach their goal of collecting a gift for every child in care this Christmas. Thousands of Australian children suffer from family violence and homelessness and Christmas can be a sad time for them. That’s why our school is helping Barnardos Australia and together we can make a big difference and bring smiles to children in need this Christmas. Gift collection will begin on Monday 30th October and will end on Wednesday 6th December.

If you would like to donate online please go to barnardos.org.au/giftsforkids

Each year Barnardos struggle to receive gifts for infants/toddlers aged between 0 – 2 years and teenagers aged between 13 – 18 years.

Some suggestions of infants/toddlers appropriate gifts for 0 – 2 years are:

  • Building blocks
  • Sensory toys
  • Push and pull toys
  • Baby clothes
  • Picture books
  • Toy instruments
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Puzzles and train sets
  • Bath toys – great also for playing with on the beach!

Some suggestions of teenage appropriate gifts for 13 – 18 years are:

  • sporting equipment (footballs, cricket set, soccer balls)
  • baseball caps
  • girls make-up
  • perfume
  • beach towels
  • jewellery
  • skin care products
  • books/novels
  • Gift vouchers are the easiest for this age group, examples of appropriate gift vouchers include vouchers from – Rebel Sport, itunes, JB-Hi Fi, Hoyts Cinemas and Sports Girl

By supporting Barnardos Gifts you are helping make a difference to these children at Christmas Time.

Why We Ask For Unwrapped Gifts

Please do NOT wrap gifts as we need to view the gifts to ensure their safety and to allocate gifts according to a child’s age, gender and individual circumstances.

Please feel free to donate wrapping paper for our centre staff to wrap presents once allocated.

The Salvation Army Christmas Tree

Year 6 Engineering Task – Our Restless Earth

Last week on Friday the 3rd November, Year 6 participated in an engineering challenge in our STEM lesson. We had to create a structure that could withstand a jelly earthquake. This term, we have been looking at earthquakes and how they are caused by our restless Earth. In this lesson, we had to create a small 3 level structure out of cocktail sticks, marshmallows and cardboard. We defined a three level structure to be an area or space between two pieces of cardboard. We had to use a marshmallow base for our structure so it would be marshmallow on jelly. We were only allowed to use 30 marshmallows for our build. The majority of the buildings withstood the shakes. We had five side to side shakes, then back and forth, and finally a really hectic shake side to side. Many boys had been smart with the way they built their structures, growing smaller as we learnt about the properties of what an earthquake safe building would be like. I believe we had a fun STEM lesson, and I think I can say that for everyone.

Josh Serone 6B