04 Apr 2019

A Message from Mr Holden

After an exceptionally busy 11 weeks, Term 1 will come to a close next Friday. The first term is an important time of the school year where 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. I also acknowledge the excellent efforts and hard work of boys and teachers across the term.

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 Monday 29 April.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement awards were awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

15.3.19 1S James Buchanan
15.3.19 1S Xavier Boustani
15.3.19 1Y Christopher Tan


Artist of the Week

K – 2 Artists of the Week

Aston Ball 1Y & Alexander Gaspar 1S

Year 1 have been exploring how they can represent forces of nature in creative ways.  They have explored the work of Hokusai and focused their attention on his use of line and colour before creating their own versions of a ‘great wave’.  Aston and Alexander have used mixed media and a variety of paint and paper techniques to add interesting layers to their turbulent sea.

Yelena Rubie
K-2 Visual Art Teacher


3 – 6 Artists of the Week

This term, Year 4 have been studying the topic ‘Smooth Moves’. The boys observed sports cars that came to school for the Art Incursion, trying to recreate the details on the Mx5, Mercedes and Ferrari. The boys were asked to create a theme for their car ‘similar to the BMW Art Car series’. For their art car background, the task being to abstract the theme into a background that showed off their car. This background was painted in gouache, a medium not used before. These cars were so successful that it was really hard to choose Artist of the Week!

Congratulations to Angus Baker Wood 4H, Marcus Gorevski 4H and Edward Walker 4A for their amazing Art Cars.

Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Arts Teacher

Faith Matters

Give Grace

‘If we could be saved by keeping… laws, then there was no need for Christ to die.’

Galatians 2:21

Grace is when we show favour to those who don’t deserve it. And that’s what God shows us: his love and favour are available to us, even though we make mistakes and misbehave. We can often be guilty of judging others for not living up to our standards. Jesus said, ‘Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you’ (Luke 6:37). 

God doesn’t desire to enforce a set of rules and regulations that we must stick to in order to have eternal life or to be in relationship with him. But what do we do when it’s obvious that someone is getting off track, or doing the wrong thing intentionally? We can help others without condemning or judging them. The Bible also tells us: ‘If anyone has caused grief you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow’ (2 Corinthians 2:5-7).

As the Easter season approaches, let us remember and give thanks for the Great Grace given to all of us, through Jesus’ great sacrifice. It is this grace that not only frees us from our own shortcomings, but that leads us and equips us to give grace to others.

Isaac Williams
College Chaplain – Wyvern

2019 Newington LitFest

Dear Parents,

Our 2019 Newington LitFest has six events which Wyvern parents are welcome to attend. Please read the details below and register your attendance using the link provided.

Monday May 6th – Wyvern Parent Book Swap

You are invited to Wyvern’s first Parent Book Swap which will be held to launch the 2019 Newington College LitFest on Monday May 6th @ 8:30am – 9:30am in Wyvern Library.

Some information for you to know about the Book Swap:

  1. Books can be either fiction or non-fiction but not children’s books.
  2. Please bring a maximum of 2 books for the Book Swap. If you only bring one book that is perfectly fine.
  3. The book(s) you bring should be a book(s) that you enjoyed reading and think others would like to read.
  4. Each person should come prepared to explain why the book they’ve brought is a must-read. Pitch it like your life depends on it. If you would like, consider reading a (brief) excerpt to get everyone in the room intrigued.
  5. Come with a sense of fun to meet other like-minded bibliophiles and perhaps, leave with the greatest read of your life!

Please register your attendance using this link:  //eventbrite.com.au/e/59747433181

Wednesday May 8th – Tristan Bancks (Author)

Tristan will be speaking to Years 5 & 6 on Wednesday May 8th @ 8:30am in Wyvern Hall. Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two WolvesThe Fall and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards, as did his latest thriller, The Fall. Detention, a gripping new novel about a daring escape and a lockdown in a school, is out July 2019.

Please register your attendance using this link: //eventbrite.com.au/e/59500657067

Wednesday May 8th – Matt Cosgrove (Author and Illustrator)

Matt will be speaking to Years K to 2 on Wednesday May 8th @ 1:50pm. Matt, lover of words, pictures and books in general, is the author and illustrator of the best-seller Macca the Alpaca, and many other picture books, including My Dad is a Robot. His series, Epic Fail Tales, which includes Snow Man and the Seven NinjasAttack of the Giant Robot Zombie Mermaid and Little Stunt Riding Hood, are totally disgusting, yet completely awesome, retellings of classic fairy tales with a twist. Guaranteed no sloppy kissing, no handsome princes and no happily ever after!

Matt’s picture book, Alpacas With Maracas, has been chosen as the National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2019 with the aim of 1 million kids across Australia and New Zealand reading together!

Please register your attendance using this link: //eventbrite.com.au/e/59503315017

Thursday May 9th – Ethics, Democracy and Journalism (in conjuction with the Newington Centre for Ethics)

In an era of so-called fake news, where world leaders malign the media and Facebook can determine election outcomes, is journalism still the lauded Fourth Estate? As business models collapse, reality television stars hold the public spellbound and media managers decide who will be interviewed and what they’ll be asked, is news still ‘what somebody does not want you to print’? Has news become advertising? Or do we live in a world that, thanks to the ability to reach millions with a single post, has never been more democratic, and never more able to expose truth, hypocrisy and folly?

Four of Australia’s most experienced journalists wrestle with what it means to be a journalist when time, competition and commercial considerations mean the very nature of truth is questioned.

When: Thursday 9 May 2019, 6:30pm
Where: Old Boys Lecture Theatre, Newington College
Cost: Free
Contact: Newington College Reception on 02 9568 9333 or contact@newington.nsw.edu.au to reserve your place.

Friday May 10th – Newington LitFest Book Parade @ Wyvern

Time: 8:30am – 9:00am
Where: Wyvern Playground B

The LitFest 2019 Book Character Parade will have the theme ‘Literary Characters from A Time or A Place’. This means that the character has lived in a particular time or a special place in the literary world.  Students are encouraged to plan and organise their costume well in advance of parade day. Each student who dresses up in a costume to support the ‘Room to Read’ organisation, with a gold coin donation, will receive a small gift.

Friday May 10th – Kate Forsyth (Author) The Impossible Quest

Kate will be holding a session with Years 3 & 4 on Friday May 10th @ 12 noon. She is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of almost forty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both children and adults. She was recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, and has been called “quite possibly … one of the best story tellers of our modern age.’

Kate is an accredited master storyteller. Kate discuss the story behind the inspiration and creation of her bestselling fantasy adventure series for children, The Impossible Quest.

Please register your attendance using this link: //eventbrite.com.au/e/59504899757

Joanne Barnes

Next Two Weeks


Week 11

Mon 8 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 6 Camp to Point Wolstoncroft
  3-5 Assembly, 12.30pm
  No sport training
Tue 9 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Year 6 at Point Wolstoncroft
  Year 4 Learning Showcase, 8.45am
Wed 10 K-2 Second Step, 11.00am
  3-6 Chapel, 11.00am
  No sport training
  Year 6 return from Point Wolstoncroft
Thu 11 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Wyvern Languages Day
  Tuckshop – Language Day
Fri 12 Tuckshop  – BBQ Day
  K-2 Assembly, 12.30pm
  Term 1 Concludes


Week 1

Mon 29 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Term 2 Commences
  Students return
  3-6 Assembly, 12.30pm
  Winter sport training, 1.40pm
Tue 30 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Senior School ANZAC Day Parade, (Years 3-6 attending) Senior School Campus
Wed 1 K-2 Chapel, 11.00am
  3-6 Second Step, 11.00am
  Winter sport training, 1.40pm
Thu 2 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
Fri 3 Year 1 Learning Showcase, 8.45am
  K-2 Assembly, 12.30pm
Sat 4 Winter Sport Round 1
Sun 5 Instrumental Intensive Day, Senior School Campus,  8.45am – 3.30pm

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 Adam Vilimaa 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

Adam Vilimaa
Program Co-ordinator


Sports Newsletter, Click here

2019 Sports Handbook, Click here

SRC Representatives


  Representative 1 Representative 2
YEAR 1    
1S William Angelopoulos Max Colantonio
1Y Ethan Wing Oscar Yusiw
YEAR 2    
2B Nicholas Paradise Hugh Christie
2S Jakey Nalliah Antonio Maiale
YEAR 3    
3J Jordan Fear Harry Benscher
3M Sam Cameron Andrew Wing
3P Jake Wills James Graham
YEAR 4    
4A Edward Walker Thomas Johnston
4H Angus Baker Wood William Illiopoulos
4P Cameron Latham Coen Johnstone
YEAR 5    
5D Frederick Bolton Ethan Gregoire
5K William Clarke Tristan Holmes
5M Hugo Young Benjamin Macdessi
5S Charles Auld James Morris
YEAR 6    
6B  Will Beattie Alexander Chiew
6H  Ted Goldsmith Keaton Saggers
6J Aart Lilley Yanni Krallis
6K Cameron Wilk-Ellis Rhys Bhatia

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 – Pupil 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 – Pupil Free Day
Friday 27 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Wednesday 4 December

Monday 14 October Classes commence 
Tuesday 3 December Classes conclude for K-2 students
Wednesday 4 December Classes conclude – Prize Giving Years 3-6


Term Dates 2020

Term 1  – Wednesday 29 January to Thursday 9 April

Wednesday 29 January Classes commence for Years 1-6 
Thursday  30 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Thursday  9 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Monday 27 April to Friday 26 June

Monday 27 April Classes commence 
Friday 5 June Staff PD – Pupil Free Day
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 25 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Monday 7 December

Monday 12 October Classes commence 
Monday 7 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 1 Week 11, Click here

Tuckshop Menu and Roster 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

Wyvern Uniform Roster Term 1 Week 11 and Term 2 Week 1, Click here


All new students to Wyvern, need to be fitted into a Winter Uniform.

Please use this link to book in your fitting


Winter Uniform 

  • Long Sleeve Shirts (same sizing as the summer shirts – just long sleeve)
  • Jumpers – optional
  • Winter Shorts – no elastic waistband – so need to be fitted
  • Blazer – needs to be fitted

Bookings are now open and fittings start next week in store! Don’t leave it to the last week as we have limited fitting sessions available

All items can also be purchased online (if you know what size you need)


Please email me if you have any queries.

Nicole Williams
Uniform Shop Manager – Wyvern, Newington College

Mon & Thurs – 7:30am to 9:00am
Tues – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm


Year 3 Sleepover

Exciting, sensational, stupendous, extraordinary, delicious, impeccable, intense, brilliant, exhausting, spectacular, tiresome and awesome” are just some of the WOW words the boys used to describe their experience at the Year 3 Sleepover! There was not a dull moment and not an instant to lose. Every minute was an opportunity to make a memory and indeed a myriad of memories were made. The first Year 3 milestone was a huge success – the much anticipated Year 3 Sleepover. An afternoon filled with fun, friends and food was always destined to be a thrill.

The boys started the day with their heads in the books, writing their Big Write and their minds on the music, with the Instrumental Program. Following this period of concentration, they were itching to get into the pool and exert some energy. Being the sole users of the pool was a real experience. A quick change and the boys were on their way to afternoon tea, team building rotational activities and bed set up. With an ever increasing appetite, the boys (and teachers) attempted to make a dent in the pizza stack for dinner. It was then onwards to bed to relax in front of a flick and a book, before some much needed shut-eye. Day 1 was done. 

Day 2 began the same way the previous day ended – slow and calm. Breakfast was waiting for the boys once they had reorganised their belongings and packed up their bedroom (formerly Wyvern Hall). More activities saw the clock wind down on Day 2 of the Year 3 Sleepover. 

An enormous thank you to all the staff who volunteered over the 2 days to make the 2019 Year 3 Sleepover a huge success. The Year 3 students and teachers are grateful for the support so many other staff members offered. A special mention to Mr Jones, Mrs Miles, Ms Vuong and Mr Jensen who stayed the night.  

The boys and their families should be very proud of the behaviour and conduct the boys displayed as they supported each other and the staff during the event. Now for camp in Term 4… 

Aimee Parkinson
Year 3 Team Leader

Year 3 Zoo Excursion

Last Friday 29th March, Year 3 went to Taronga Zoo as part of their Science unit. The zoo experience never fails to disappoint. We had such a fantastic outing, sighting many animals, partaking in a wonderful lesson with a Taronga Zoo keeper and applying much of our Science knowledge.

This term we have been exploring life-cycles of living things such as frogs, spiders, butterflies and humans. It was great to have Jessie, a Taronga Zoo keeper run through different life-cycles with us to expand our knowledge. It was quite the hands-on experience.  When we weren’t at our Taronga lesson, we were enjoying the Seal Show and were trekking around the zoo finding different species and filling out ‘Wyvern’s Wise Taronga Challenge’.

It was fantastic to be able to wander through the zoo to see animals that are certainly not native to Australia, as well as those animals that are.

Many thanks to the wonderful parent helpers that assisted us on the excursion! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Aimee Parkinson
Year 3 Team Leader