11 Sep 2019

A Message from Mr Holden

This week parents with boys in Year 3 and Year 5 will receive their son’s 2019 NAPLAN results. Once again, the boys’ 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 a number of the areas tested when compared to our very good results from last year. In particular, there have been significant gains in Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy. I am most pleased to see excellent student growth at Wyvern in the area of Writing (when comparing the 2017 Year 3 cohort’s results to their Year 5 results in 2019). I congratulate students and staff for their measured and calm approach to NAPLAN earlier this year.

A reminder that on Tuesday 24 September at 6:00pm all students in Year 5 and Year 6 will be performing in the Stage 3 Musical, Scheherazade. The boys have certainly been working very hard over this term and we are looking forward to a memorable evening.  I would like to acknowledge the wonderful efforts of a dedicated group of parent volunteers coordinated by Nicole Williams who have given up their time to create a sparkling array of costumes. Also, I thank Ms Fuss, Acting Head of Music, for standing in so capably for Ms Belshaw whilst she has been on maternity leave. Ms Belshaw returns to Wyvern in Term 4.

As this is the last newsletter of the term, I would like to thank boys, teachers and parents for a very productive term. A reminder that Term 4 starts on Monday 14 October.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

6.9.19 1S Matthew Song
6.9.19 2B Thomas McCloskey
6.9.19 2B Owen Morris

3 – 6  Assembly 

16.9.19 3J Bryant Diep
16.9.19 4P Frederick Simmons
16.9.19 5K Hugo Baker
16.9.19 6K Nathan Chong


Clubs & Extra Curricular at Wyvern – Term 4

Dear Parents,

Please find the 2019 Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern – Term 4 below. 

Term 4 2019 Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities at Wyvern

Kind regards

Wyvern Office

Dungeons & Dragons


WHAT IS D&D? By Hugo Young 5M

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role playing game; there are 4-5 players who each play a character, each character is made up of three things. 

  • Their race e.g. Human, Elf, Gnome, Dwarf, Dragonborn.   
  • Their class e.g. Fighter, Cleric, Wizard, Rouge, Paladin, Ranger.
  • Their level, for each level characters gain new abilities, do more damage and get more hit points 

The characters go on quests, solve riddles, slay monsters and explore new places, all this is told by the narrator or storyteller (this is called the Dungeon Master or DM) and that’s who I usually play as.  

I am Hugo Young; and my biggest passion is Dungeons & Dragons or D&D. I have been playing ever since I was 9.  I love the story telling, the role playing and just having fun with my friends. In Term 2 I started a club for it so I could introduce my friends to D&D and so I could do what I love at school. We started with 11 members playing on Thursday lunch and soon split the players and added another session after school on Tuesday for the second group. Since then our numbers have grown to 13 players. 


Meet our dedicated players. I have asked each player 3 things: 

  1. What is your favorite class to play as? 
  2. What is your favorite race to play as? 
  3. And why do you play D&D? 

Gill Gracie 

  1. My favorite class to play as is a Cleric because they have the powers of a wizard and the strength of a fighter. A cleric is a healer so it’s fun to help people and save them from death and very bad injury like poison and wounds. A cleric was also the first class I ever played as in the out of school Sunday sessions, the character was called ‘Gillian The Third’, who was an ancient king in a Gnome mountain city that was overtaken by a dragon. My character lead my race to a small village of men and we worked and lived there. 
  2. My favorite race is a Gnome because they can be thrown at large and huge beast like giant’s and dragons. I also love gnomes because they are small and light, so they can sneak past people sometimes unnoticed. Gnomes are also great spell casters so they can play as very good clerics.  
  3. I play D&D for the acting involved in it, and the social interaction. I also love Fantasy like The Hobbit and Lord of the Ring’s.

Guinness Devlin

  1. I like my custom class called Prospector because you get to blow up stuff with dynamite
  2. I play as a Human because they are boring.
  3. I play D&D because I like to role play and blow up my fellow teammates.

Oscar Walsh 

  1. I like to play as a Rouge because it opens a lot of new possibilities.
  2. I like to play as a Goblin because they can make explosives.
  3. I play D&D because it is so fun, and you’ll make new friends everywhere you go. 

Benjamin Macdessi

  1. My favorite class is a Rogue as it holds the ultimate power of surprise. 
  2. My favorite race is the Eladrin race as they can teleport and they only need to rest for half the amount of time you usually need to.  
  3. I love D&D because it lets me be imaginative and nowadays, I like acting as the character I play as! 

Hugh Edmundson 

  1. My favorite class to play as is probably a Fire Aarakocra, or a Rogue because they both have good strength.  
  2. My favorite race to play as is Halfling, because of their small size and human-like abilities.  
  3. I play Dungeons & Dragons because it is a great way to socialize and have fun, plus it is very creative and the game runs on imagination. 

Nicholas Iliopoulos 

  1. Wizards because of all the spells they have loads of spells.
  2. Dragonborn because of the fire breath and they are cool.
  3. I play D&D because it is fun being a pretend character and it is fun burning trees. 

William Chanter 

  1. I like Clerics so I can heal people with magic.
  2. I like High Elfs because they’re cool.
  3. I play D&D because it’s fun being a character that I can control, and it’s fun lighting trees on fire whenever i see some. 

Oliver Turner

  1. My favourite character is Paladin.
  2. I like to play as a Dragonborn.
  3. I play D&D because it is a fun and entertaining game.

Liam Mitchell-Zancanaro

  1. My favourite class to play as is the Ranger because it has a lot of weapons.
  2. Aarakocra because I can scout and fly around in the game.

Jack Riley

  1. I like playing a Ranger because they use ranged weapons.
  2. I like High Elf with a Ranger because it is easier to shoot my enemies.
  3. Because I get to mess around and have fun with my friends.

Hugo Young

  1. I like playing a Bloodhunter, which is like a wizard and a fighter at the same time. Also because they can make their weapons temporarily enchanted.
  2. I love being a Goblin because they can make explosives and also because they are small and can fit through small spaces.
  3. I play D&D because it gives you creative freedom in almost any situation in the game. It unleashes your imagination with making the characters (and in my case, the Quest books). D&D is also great for socializing, for example; I would have less than half the amount of friends I do now if it wasn’t for D&D. Also, there is something in it for everyone.

IPSHA Gala Day

On Friday 13th September, a selected group of Newington IPSHA debaters competed in the annual IPSHA Gala day, held by Ascham. The boys that competed were Daniel Carter, Luca Wong, Patrick Jones, Angus Thompson, Sam Walker, Nathan Chong lead proudly by the 2019 Debating Captain, Harry Alscher and our debating coaches Miss Dillon and Mr Borger. We debated two topics: ‘That students should write reports on their teachers’ and ‘That school sport should not be compulsory’. The Gala day was an opportunity to put our developing debating skills to the test, including our ability to rebut and think critically under pressure. We had a great day with two wins and one loss and debated with heart and a high level of Wyvern spirit. We have learned a lot from the experience and will always be grateful for having the chance to debate. We would like to thank Miss Dillon and Mr Borger for their coaching and guidance.

Written by Samuel Walker

Next Two Weeks


Week 10

Mon 23 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Stage 3 Musical Rehearsals, Centenary Hall, all day
Tue 10 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Stage 3 Musical Rehearsals, Centenary Hall, all day
  Dress Rehearsal, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
  Stage 3 Musical Performance, Centenary Hall, 6.00pm
Wed 11 K-2 Chapel, 11.00am
  Year 2 Learning Showcase
  3-6 Second Step, 11.00pm
  Summer Sport training, 1.40pm
Thu 12 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 5 Learning Showcase
  Year 1 Excursion to The Royal Botanic Gardens
  Year 5 & 6 House Debating, Wyvern
Fri 13 K-2 Assembly, 12.30pm
  Year 5 & 6 House Debating, Wyvern
  Term 3 Concludes
Sat 14 NZ Rugby and Football Tour


Week 1

Mon 14 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Term 4 Commences
  Students return
  Aquatic Program Week 1
  9.00am – 9.45am – 4H/2S
  9.45am – 19.30am – 3P/1Y
  11.00am – 11.45am – 2S/2B
  11.45am – 12.30pm – KW/4A
  12.30pm – 1.15pm – KK/4P
  3-6 Assembly, 12.30pm
Tue 15 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Aquatics Program Week 1
  9.00am – 9.45am – 5S/6J
  9.45am – 10.30am – 5K/5M
  11.00am – 11.45am – 3M/6B
  11.45am – 12.30pm – 3J/6H
  12.30pm – 1.15pm – 5D/5K
Wed 16 K-2 Second Step, 11.00am
  3-6 Chapel, 11.00am
  Year 5 to The Great Aussie Bush Camp
  Summer sport training, 1.40pm
Thu 17 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 5 at The Great Aussie Bush Camp
Fri 18 K-2 Assembly, 12.30pm
  Year 5 return from The Great Aussie Bush Camp
Sat 19 Summer Sport Round 7
  Wyvern Biennale 2019 Art Exhibition, Concordia, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sun 20  

Oshclub – Wyvern’s Before and Afterschool 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

Reading Hour

Thank you to the over 80 boys, parents, extended family and Wyvern Staff who made time to participate in this year’s Australian Reading Hour this morning. What a great start to the day!

Our winners for the lucky door prizes were as follow:

ELC to Year 2: Ravi Das (ELC)

Years 3 – 4: Jay Ziri (3M)

Years 5 – 6: Alex Rumboll (6H)

Adult Reader: Vanessa Das


Sports Newsletter, Click here

2019 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 – 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  – Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 9 April

Tuesday 28 January Classes commence for Years 1-6 
Wednesday 29 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Monday  16 March Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
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 14 August Staff PD – Pupil Free Day – TBC
Monday 17 August Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
Friday 25 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December

Monday 12 October Classes commence 
Thursday 3 December Classes conclude – K-2
Friday 4 December Classes conclude – Prize Giving Years 3-6


TOM – NSW State Finals

One of Wyvern’s Tournament of Minds teams spent the day at UNSW last Sunday competing in the NSW State Finals, competing against about twenty other schools in The Arts category. It was a very big day! We all had a lot of fun and enjoyed seeing how schools from all around NSW interpreted the challenge to explain how important cultural stories can be transmitted without the use of modern technology, presented through a musical performance.

Post-Performance at the NSW Branch Final

Left to Right: Daniel Carter, Nathan Chong, Buddy Latham, Vishay Modi, Tommy Tweeddale, Adam Younes


Enjoying performances from schools around NSW

Right to left: Buddy Latham, Adam Younes, Tommy Tweeddale, Daniel Carter, Nathan Chong, Vishay Modi

Amy Kirk
TOM Facilitator

Tuckshop Menu, Roster & Online Ordering

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

Tuckshop Menu and Roster Term 3 Week 10, 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

Dear Parents,

Wyvern Uniform Roster Term 3 Week 10 and Term 4 Week 1, Click here

Nicole Williams
Uniform Shop Manager – Wyvern, Newington College

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