14 Nov 2019

A Message from Mr Holden


This year’s Annual Wyvern Prize Giving for students in Years 3 – 6 will take place in Centenary Hall on Wednesday 4 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 Tuesday 3 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.


Years 3-5

  • Each class has 2 awards for outstanding academic achievement and effort (incorporating Maths, English, History, Geography) to be determined by class teacher
  • Each class had 1 award for outstanding academic improvement
  • Each class has 2 awards for outstanding citizenship
  • One Year Award for these subjects; Art, Languages, Music, Physical Education, Science to be determined by specialist teachers
  • Year 5 Prize for All-Rounder – Jack Divine Memorial 
  • Junior Sportsman Trophy

Year 6

  • Each class has 2 awards for outstanding academic achievement and effort (incorporating Maths, English, History, Geography) to be determined by class teacher
  • Each class had 1 award for outstanding academic improvement
  • Each class has 2 awards for outstanding citizenship
  • Year 6 Prize for Art
  • Year 6 Prize for Debating
  • Year 6 Prize for English
  • Year 6 Prize for Humanities
  • Year 6 Prize for Languages
  • Year 6 Prize for Mathematics
  • Year 6 Prize for Music – Wallace Webb Memorial Prize
  • Year 6 Prize for Science and Technology
  • Year 6 Prize for Service to Sport
  • Year 6 Sportsman of the Year – Griffiths Trophy (incorporating PE)
  • Year 6 Prize for Service to Wyvern House – Boyd Fowler Memorial
  • Year 6 Prize for All Rounder – Bosman Family Award
  • Year 6 Prize for Public Spirit – Lodge Wyvern Award (School Captain and Vice Captains)
  • Dux of Wyvern House – Roy Zimmerman Memorial Award

On Monday we commemorated Remembrance Day with a short service. The concept of Remembrance Day can be a difficult one for younger students to grasp as inevitably, over time, our connection to these immensely significant events starts to fade. But this is precisely the reason why pausing to reflect on the vital roles our service men and women have played in past conflicts is so important. I was extremely impressed with the respectful and dignified manner in which our boys honoured those who have sacrificed so much.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

1.11.19 1Y Cruz Caldwell
1.11.19 1Y Ethan  Wing
8.11.19 1Y Alvin Zhang
8.11.19 2B Ned Ireland
8.11.10 2B Oliver Howard-Jones

3 – 6 Assembly

11.11.19 3P Campbell McCrostie
11.11.19 5D Aston Rose
11.11.19 5S Lioniel Falk-Brown
11.11.19 6B Zachary Coull
11.11.19 6H Oakley Tocknell
11.11.19 6J Edward Hicks
11.11.19 6K Cameron Wilk-Ellis


11.11.19 6J Edward Hicks


Artist of the Week

K – 2 Artists of the Week

Jad Chami 1Y
Alexander Gregoire 1Y

Year 1 students have immersed themselves in different types of Portraiture.  Inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso, Jad and Alexander have created their own mixed media self-portrait.  They have drawn, painted and collaged in pencil, paint and paper to create them.  Year 1 used hand mirrors to look at their unique facial features and to check for correct proportion and details.  The boys enjoyed seeing their work hanging in the recent Wyvern Biennale.  Well done!

Yelena Rubie
K-2 Visual Art Teacher


3 – 6 Artists of the Week

Year 4

Year 4 painted carnivorous plants in preparation for their carnivorous plant sculpture. As part of their creative thinking assessment task, the boys were asked to come up with many varieties of plants with facial expressions. The boys also used their colour knowledge to use warm, cool and neutral colours on their work. Congratulations to Richard Wilson for his plant checkerboard artwork.

Year 5

The boys created ‘Changeling Monsters’, using ceramics and glazes. The boys were inspired by ceramic artist James de Rosso, focusing on his use of quirky characteristics within his work.

Congratulations to Fergus FitzSimons, Sam Gallant, Max Barry, Adam Younes, and Alexander Fulton for their beautiful ceramic pieces.

Year 6

Year 6 completed work using Australian mid century artist Albert Tucker as inspiration. Albert Tucker was an artist in WW1. He was charged with drawing the wounded soldiers in a hospital near Melbourne. His work ‘Parrots Attacking Faun’ is an example of his response to the war and the long lasting trauma for soldiers.

Congratulations to Finnbarr Hynes, Ryan Cordato and Zeke Kolenc for their original work in response to the work of Albert Tucker.


Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Art Teacher

Barnardos Christmas Tree Appeal

Dear Parents and boys,

The Barnardos Christmas Tree is growing. So far we have had an incredible 84 vouchers donated to this worthy cause.  We still need 116 vouchers to complete the last 3 layers of the Christmas tree with only 2 weeks left remaining to do this.

Thanking you in advance for your wonderful support and generosity for teenagers again this year.

Wvyern SRC

CommunityOSH – Wyvern’s Before & After School Care Provider – Commencing 5th December 2019

Dear Parents,

CommunityOsh will be Wyvern’s new Before and After School Care Provider as of the 5th December 2019. Please see information below for holiday programs.

The December 2019 Holiday Program will run from the 5th – 20th December 2019.

The January 2020 Holiday Program will run from the 13th – 28th January 2020.

Download the December 2019 Holiday Program brochure here!

The brochure for the 2020 January Holiday Program will be available to download from the 18th November 2019.

To make a booking you must enrol here first, you will only be required to enrol once. Once your enrolment is completed you can then book the dates you require on the monthly calendar. Please feel free to contact us if you require any assistance completing your enrolment or placing your bookings on 03 9977 3000.

Key information about CommunityOSH can be found here.

Compassion in Action

Dear Wyvern Community,

You are being called to action…. Compassion in Action!  Have you ever thought about seeing the world from a different lens… the perspective of a child with cancer? an animal that is dying out….? communities with no sporting opportunities?… people suffering severe heart conditions or those who go to bed at night with as little as a cardboard box?

On 29 November (Friday of Week 7) Year 6 will be hosting a ‘Compassion in Action Expo’ day as part as their final Religious Education unit. In Term 4, Year 6 have been exploring the multilayered concept of compassion and how it provides a vehicle for changing the lens in which we look at the world around us. The boys were called to ‘Compassion in Action’ where they take it a step further by genuinely wanting to understand and have a desire to alleviate the suffering of another. This will culminate in an expo day where the boys will inform other young Wyvern men and staff about their charity and will organise an activity that the K-5 boys will participate in.

Therefore, Year 6 are asking for a gold coin donation on Friday the 29 November, Week 7 in order to help support their charities in need. The boys in K-5 will then participate in the Year 6 expo stalls while learning about the different small, large, profit and non-for-profit charities that need our help. All the money raised will be split across the multiple charities the Year 6 boys are fundraising for. A list of charities the boys will be raising awareness for is listed below. Please also have a look at the attached digital posters which demonstrate some of the incredible charities that will be showcased at the Compassion in Action Expo. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks,so stay tuned!

“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love and an act of kindness.” Mary Davis

Hand holding Poster

Paralympics Australia

Surf Life Saving

The heart foundation

Miss Leontios
RE Teacher

  1.  Little Legs
  2.  Smith Family
  3.  Dementia Australia
  4.  Make A Wish Foundation
  5.  The Heart Foundation
  6.  Boots For All
  7.  Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  8.  Paralympics Australia
  9.  #Team Trees
  10.  Kids Cancer Project
  11.  EJ Whitten Foundation
  12.  Have Bear Will Run
  13.  Helping Hoops
  14.  Surf Life Saving Australia
  15.  Sea Life Foundation
  16.  Cancer Council
  17.  Humpty Dumpty Foundation
  18.  Starlight
  19.  World Wildlife Fund

Courtesy Reminder to Year 6 Wyvern families continuing to Year 7 2020 at Stanmore

Dear Year 6 Wyvern families,

On the 31 October, an email was sent to all Wyvern families (both contacts) who are continuing to Stanmore in 2020. It introduced a special SPACE called Welcome Year 7 2020 containing information to prepare you and your sons for a smooth transition to Year 7. A number of Wyvern families did not receive it. We are not sure why this occurred and apologise for the inconvenience. Please click on the link below to access the information and submit the required forms no later than Wednesday 20 November.


(for those families who did receive this information and have already submitted forms, no further action or resubmission is required.)

I look forward to meeting you on Monday 18 November at the Parent Information Evening.

Kind regards


Yvonne Kaloterakis
Director of Admissions

2019 ICAS Results for Science and Mathematics

We wish to congratulate the following boys for their recent achievements in the 2019 ICAS Science a Mathematics Competition. The following boys were recipients of High Distinction and Distinction Awards


James Graham
Daniel Carter, Nathan Chong, Anthony Gregoire, Vishay Modi, Owen Rees, Angus Thompson, Oakley Tocknell, Sebastian Wong
Benjamin Chau, Hugh Edmundson, Benjamin Macdessi
Angus Baker Wood, Thomas Johnston, Carter Tocknell
Kiran George, Arun Thanigasalam




Patrick Jones
Thomas Tweeddale
Frank O’Halloran


Harry Alscher, Nathan Chong, Jacob Haddad, Michael Korompay, Owen Rees, Ramsey Safieh, Angus Thompson, Andrew Wayling, Sebastian Wong
Freddie Bolton, Benjamin Chau, Finnegan Hannah, Zachary Messis
Angus Baker Wood, Yash Jayswal, Thomas Johnston
Bryant Diep, James Graham, Deyan Nikolic


Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities 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

Next Two Weeks


Week 6

Mon 18 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 5 Surf Day
  K-2 Presentation Ceremony Rehearsals, Wyvern Hall
  Year 2 – 8.30am – 9.30am
  Kindergarten – 9.30am – 10.30am
  Year 1 – 11.00am – 12.00pm
  Year 6 into Year 7 2020 Parent Information Night
Tue 19 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Year 6 Surf Day
  Year 2 to Year 3 Transition Evening, Wyvern Hall, 6.00pm
Wed 20 K-2 Presentation Ceremony Rehearsals, Senior School Chapel
  Year 2 – 8.45am – 9.30am
  Kindergarten – 9.30am – 10.30am
  Year 1 – 11.30am – 12.30pm
  Year 5 Student Elections – Speech Writing, Speeches and Voting
  K-2 Chapel, 11.00am
  3-6 Second Step, 11.00am
  Summer sport training, 1.40pm
Thu 21 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Cold Write 4 – Recount
Fri 22 K-2 Presentation Ceremony Rehearsal, Senior School Chapel, 8.45am – 10.30a,
  Years 3-6 Prize Giving Rehearsal, Wyvern Hall, 12.15pm – 1.00pm
  K-2 Assembly, 12.30pm
Sat 23 Summer Sport Round 12
Sun 24  


Week 7

Mon 25 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  Year 2 Presentation Ceremony, Senior School Chapel, 9.00am – 10.00am
  3-6 Assembly, 12.30pm
  Speech and Drama Performance, OBLT, Senior School Campus, 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Tue 26 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  Year 1 Presentation Ceremony, Senior School Campus, 9.00am – 10.00am
  Year 6 Learning Showcase ‘Question Time’, Year 6 Centre and Wyvern Hall, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Wed 27 Kindergarten Presentation Ceremony, Senior School Chapel, 9.00am – 10.00am
  K-2 Second Step, 11.00am
  3-6 Chapel, 11.00am
  Year 5 & 6 Flight of Wyvern’s Day, Wyvern
Thu 28 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am
  One-Up Day, 8.00am – 10.30am
  Wyvern Choir and Wyvern Strings, Wyvern Hall, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Fri 29 2019 Sports Awards Assembly, Taylor Sports Centre, Senior School, 9.00am
  K-2 Assembly, 12.30pm
  Year 6 Graduation Rehearsal, Senior School Chapel, 10.00am – 10.30am
  Year 6 Graduation Rehearsal (Soloists), Wyvern Hall, 1.00pm – 1.30pm
  All Years 3-6 and Wyvern Strings, Wyvern Hall, 2.15pm – 3.00pm
  Year 6 Compassion in Action Exhibition
Sat 30  
Sun 1  

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.

Newsletter,click here

Kind regards

Adam Vilimaa
Program Co-ordinator

Sausage Sizzle Flyer


Wyvern Sports Draw, Click here

Sports Newsletter, Click here

Sports Results & Match Reports, 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


Textbooks and Stationery 2020

Dear Parents,

Campion Education supply the stationery requirements for our students for all year groups Kindergarten to Year 6 in 2020.  Textbooks will be provided to students in the new year.

Please order student stationery online at Campion using the four-digit code N3DX by Friday 15 November 2019.

  • For students in Kindergarten to Year 2, stationery will be delivered to Wyvern House prior to students commencing in 2020.
  • For students in Years 3 to 6, stationery will be delivered to your nominated address in January 2020.

Wyvern Office

Tuckshop Menu, Roster & Online Ordering

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

Tuckshop Menu and Roster Term 4 Weeks 6 and 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

Dear Parents,

Wyvern Uniform Roster Term 4 Weeks 6 & 7, Click here

Nicole Williams
Uniform Shop Manager – Wyvern, Newington College

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


Year 1 Sydney Observatory Excursion

Year 1 had a wonderful day when we visited Sydney Observatory. We learned about the way scientists measure the weather and used the same instruments to measure for ourselves. We measured the wind, rainfall, temperature and clouds. We also learned about the varying sun heights during our seasons as well what weather and climate is, and why we need to be aware of them. 

Year 3 Camp at Narrabeen Sport & Rec

Last week, Year 3 ventured off to Narrabeen for a 2 day camp. The boys had been looking forward to it since Week 1 of Term 1 and the experience definitely didn’t disappoint! Over the course of the 2 days, the boys participated in archery, low ropes, flying fox, kayaking and night games. The buffet style food pleased most of the boys as they crept up to get seconds and third serves. The fridge filled with fruit was a hit as the boys could access it at any time. We were extremely impressed with the resilience, perseverance, kindness and courage the boys showed. Their independence shown as they packed and unpacked their belonging and cleaned up after each meal. The boys are already looking forward to Year 4 camp! We would like to thank Miss Vuong, Mrs Edwards, Mr Jensen, Mr Naylor and Mr Wilson for coming along – we very much appreciated their support.