29 Nov 2018

A Message from Mr Holden

A reminder that this year’s Annual Wyvern Prize Giving for students in Years 3 – 6 will take place in Centenary Hall on Thursday 6 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. Note: boys performing in various music ensembles are required to arrive earlier. They will be notified of the time next week. Following Prize Giving we invite parents and students to join the Wyvern staff for morning tea under the space frame area near to the gym.

I thank the staff team for their dedication, hard work and commitment shown to Wyvern students in 2018. Ms Caoimhe McMillan (music) who is currently on maternity leave, has relocated and therefore formally leaves us at the end of the year; I thank Caoimhe for her excellent contribution over several years.  I thank the staff who have undertaken temporary roles in 2018, namely: Mr David Munnoch, Mr Tom Thoroughgood, Ms Katie Drake, Ms Sophia Lee, Mrs Eva Angel, Mr Stuart Brown, Mrs Lisa Seymore and Mrs Julie Burke. I wish Mrs Alina Belshaw (Head of Music) every blessing as she starts a period of maternity leave. Mrs Belshaw is planning to return in Term 4 of 2019.

I acknowledge the tremendous parental support that we were so fortunate to receive. In particular I pay tribute to Mrs Lillian Fadel who after 2 years of superb leadership of the Wyvern P & F has stepped down as President. I warmly welcome Mr Mick Cronin to the President role. Mick has previously served as P & F Treasurer and Vice President.

Finally, I wish you all a wonderful family focussed summer break and festive season. I look forward to seeing boys and families on 29 January for the start of the 2019 academic year.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards & House Points

 The following achievement awards were awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

16.11.18 1Y Christian Macdessi
16.11.18 2H  Ross Tsaloukas
23.11.18 KK Kaelan Dugan
23.11.18 KK Oscar O’Halloran
23.11.18 1Y Jordan Ikladios
23.11.18 2S Johnny Koutalas
23.11.18 2S Adam Saab


House Points

 10 16 14 13

Artist of the Week

Years 3 – 6 Artists of the Week

Year 3 completed their spooky houses.

Congratulations to Maxim Cvetkovski 3M for his outstanding spooky house.

Year 4 have finished their ‘Bird’ pictures. The boys were introduced to the concept of traditional painting, using layers to make the texture of feathers. The boys then used a number of collage techniques to complete their artwork. The results are always amazing.

Congratulations to Charlie Appleyard, Charlie Kirikau and Benjamin Chau for their outstanding work.

Year 5 completed their ‘Changeling Monsters’ Ceramic work based on the work of James de Rosso.

Congratulations to Scott Yan and Oliver Turner for their amazing skills using clay.


Meredith Buining
Years 3-6 Visual Art Teacher

Faith Matters

Christmas Reflections

2 Corinthians 9:15:

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

This season approaching is often referred to as ‘The Season of Giving’. God’s great gift, his own Son, born to a humble family in less-than-humble situation, a run-down stable in a little town, amongst the animals. It was this reversal of greatness that turned fate of the world upside down. The lowly shepherds – outcasts in their own society – were the ones to first hear the news of the arrival of God’s great gift.

Unlike the wise men we hear of later, these poor men would have nothing to offer a coming king. Their gift to him? Their presence. They came to worship and see this newborn King who would be the Messiah, the saviour of the whole world.

I want to suggest that this Christmas, as we share gifts, and celebrate this wonderful time together, that the best gift we can bring is our presence. To be present with our families and share meaningful time together. It might even be a chance to enjoy God’s presence together, or to worship at church or in your own way. God has given us his amazing gift, our response might to enjoy his presence, his love and his grace, which came to be with us around 2000 years ago in a small town in Israel and is with us now and will be forever. 

Enjoy the break, and God bless you.

Isaac Williams
Chaplain – Wyvern House

Jamie Martin Wins Challenge Bathurst

Challenge Bathurst is a regularity motorsport event, that attracts hundreds of race drivers, amateur, semi professional and professional drivers with teams.

The beauty of this type of racing is the variety of cars – from Maserati’s, Lotus’s, Porsche’s, Holden’s, WRX’s, BMW’s etc  and MX-5’s, old and new.

They are sorted into groups according to the time the driver sets for doing 1 lap around Mount Panorama.  Don’t be fooled though, there is no such thing as a slow lap time. All the drivers are pushing themselves to get the fastest lap time.

Points are allocated to drivers who drive faster or slower than the time nominated.  The aim of the game is not to get points, but to drive consistent timed laps each session. There are no timing devices for the driver, so the driver needs to drive smart and fast around the track with other cars that maybe faster or slower .

As in all motor sport, a few cars with break down, crash out or hit a kangaroo in this notoriously difficult track. There are whole teams that come with their cars in semi trailers, with sponsorship galore.

This year the ambassador for the major sponsor Liqui Moly, was John Bowe, who was a Bathurst 1000 winner, and tours now in the Touring Car Masters series. He decided to have a go at this event.

Our own Newington College PE/PDH teacher Jamie Martin, with his MX-5 car, (sponsored by Merribuiningfinearts.com) not only won his group, but also won overall, against 100s of race cars with the lowest point score of 100 points. He ran 4 laps in the last session hitting his exact time of 3.05 minutes.  

This was a mammoth effort beating some of the best drivers to take out this prize. Congratulations.

Next Two Weeks


Week 8

Mon 3 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
Tue 4 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Year 6 Graduation, Senior School Chapel, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Wed 5 Prize Giving Rehearsals, 7.30am – 11.00am
  Tuckshop – BBQ Day
  Classes conclude for K-2 students
Thu 6 PRIZE GIVING DAY – Centenary Hall, 8.45am – 10.30am
  Classes conclude for Years 3-6 students
Fri 7 Experience Year 7 Day

Oshclub – Wyvern’s Before & 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 Adam Vilimaa on 0428 131 700. OSHClub’s head office number is (03) 8564 9000 Click here for the OSHClub Information Flyer.

School Holiday Programs, click here

Kind regards

Adam Vilimaa
Program Co-ordinator


Sports Newsletter, Click here

Sport Results and Match Reports, Click here

Sporting Venue Addresses, Click here

2018 Sports Handbook, Click here

Term Dates 2019

Term 1  – Tuesday 29 January to Friday 12 April

Tuesday 29 January Classes commence for Years 1-6 
Wednesday 30 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Friday 12 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Monday 29 April to Friday 28 June

Monday 29 April Classes commence 
Friday 7 June Staff PD – Student Free Day
Monday 10 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 28 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September

Monday 22 July Classes commence 
Monday 19 August Staff PD – Student Free Day, tbc
Friday 27 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Wednesday 4 December

Monday 14 October Classes commence 
Wednesday 4 December Classes conclude – Prize Giving Years 3-6



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

Tuckshop Menu and Roster Term 4 Week 8, 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

Wyvern Uniform Roster Term 4 Week 8 Click here
Wyvern Uniform Shop Order Form  Click here
Wyvern Uniform Shop Summer Price List 2018 Click here
Wyvern Uniform Shop Winter Price List 2018 Click here

Nicole Williams
Uniform Shop Manager
Mon & Thurs   7:30 am  to 9:00 am 
Tues  2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Year 3 Camp

In Week 5, Year 3 embarked on a journey to the Northern Beaches for their school camp. For many, this was the first time they had been such a considerable distance from their families overnight. Understanding this, all the boys did a wonderful job at investing themselves into the camp experience. Mr. Wilson even survived the night away!

The most rewarding thing for me as a teacher, apart from the constant smiles, exciting activities, wholesome food and memories that were made, was the camaraderie. Many boys were quick to lend a hand pack and clean up after meals. Harnesses for the flying-fox were helped on and off each other by the boys (a tricky and fiddly job for small hands). Boys would offer to fill up drink bottles for others. Heavy boats, and the paddles, were in and out of the boat shed before you could say “Is that an eel?”. The list goes on.

This is what camp is about – the boys working with each other, for each other.

Hugh Scott
Year 3 Team Leader