19 Mar 2020

A Message from Mr Holden

We are living in unsettling times and no doubt many families have already been impacted in various ways by the Coronavirus outbreak. For reasons already explained by the Headmaster, the school remains open at this stage. Your sons have shown great resilience and a good measure of common sense in their response. As always, we will look out for and support those boys who are uneasy and anxious.

We also respect the decision of families who are currently home schooling. To reiterate the Headmaster’s message, for those students, we cannot make individual arrangements to deliver work, live stream classes or mark and assess work at this time. There will, however, be some limited additional work provided on Spaces to enable your child to keep up with their learning. This is a particular challenge for K-2 students where most of their learning is teacher directed instruction. Also, it is not feasible for teachers to replicate a normal day of learning activities via this method as well as teach the boys who are attending.  Our staff are working exceptionally hard to maintain a calm, happy and healthy school experience for our students, whilst also planning and preparing for the future.

As we move to a possible scenario where the Campus is closed, I have set out below some guidelines for online learning at Wyvern:

  1. Spaces will be the main form of communication.

  2. By 9.00am each day your son’s learning tasks will be uploaded onto his Year Group Space.

  3. The information posted on the Year Group Space may direct your son to learning platforms such as Canvas (3-6), See Saw (K-2) or other apps to complete work. The boys have been using these platforms over the past few weeks to prepare them for learning from home.

  4. Other resources will be available on Spaces for parents to download and print.

  5. Subject Specialists will also provide learning activities via each Year Group Space.

  6. Teachers will plan activities that will relate as closely as possible to their existing programme.

  7. With the exception of K-2 students, all other grades should be able to complete the work independently.

  8. Student work will be submitted via Canvas, See Saw or via email for teachers to mark and provide feedback.

  9. Each Year Group Team Leader will coordinate the above.

  10. Students with learning needs will be supported by individual contact by the Learning Support Team.

  11. Class teachers will make contact with each student at least once per week to maintain student/teacher relationships and check on progress.

  12. As this is a fluid and ever-changing situation we will adapt our online learning approach as necessary.

May I take this opportunity to thank our parent and extended school community for their ongoing support in trying times. I wish you all well and remain available should you have any further questions.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

9.3.20 1S Aiden Kohan
9.3.20 2P Cody Jin

Artist of the Week

3 – 6 Artist of the Week

This week’s ‘Artist of the week” comes from Year 3 and Year 4.

Year 3 completed beautiful chalk pastel drawings of the Harbour Bridge on New Year’s Eve. Boys experimented with the range and colour of chalk pastels on black paper.

Congratulations to Kurt Hunter for his amazing ‘Harbour Bridge Firework’ drawing.

The boys also finished their fantastic ‘Birthday Celebration’ drawings using marker on mineral paper. They were influenced by Dorrit Black’s ‘The Breakfast Table’

Congratulations to Shaylan Modi and Clayton Huang for their beautiful tables.

Year 4 have completed their ‘Art Car’ Drawings . The boys used a variety of materials to observe cars, and make an ‘Art Car’. The boys looked at Ken Done’s ‘Art Car’, and made links between his artwork and the way he adapted his work to his ‘Art Car’.

Congratulations to Cooper Bell, Ted Wakelin and Kasra Gorgipour.

Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Art Teacher

CommunityOSH – Newington’s Before and After School Care Provider

Dear Parents,

Wyvern’s Before and After School Care Program is run by CommunityOSH.

To make a booking you must enrol here first. 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

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Next Two Weeks


Week 9

Mon 23 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am – No drop ins. Appointment only and sales online
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am – cancelled
  Winter Sport Team Allocation, 1.40pm – cancelled
Tue 24 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm – No drop ins. Appointment only and sales online
Wed 25 Maths Olympiad 1
  Winter Sport Team Allocation, 1.40pm – cancelled
Thu 25 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am – No drop ins. Appointment only and sales online
  CIS Swimming Championships – postponed
Fri 27 Year 4 Excursion to Luna Park – postponed
  3-6 Assembly, 10.00am – cancelled
Sat 28 No Sport
Sun 29  


Week 10

Mon 30 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am – No drop ins. Appointment only and sales online
  Year 6 Camp to Point Wolstoncroft – postponed
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am – cancelled
  Winter Sport Team Allocation, 1.40pm – cancelled
Tue 31 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm – No drop ins. Appointment only and sales online
Wed 1 Kindergarten 2021 Interviews – postponed
  Year 2 Learning Showcase and Strings Open Morning, 8.30am – postponed
  Winter Sport Team Allocation, 1.40pm – cancelled
Thu 2 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am – No drop ins. Appointment only and sales online
  Kindergarten 2021 Interviews – postponed
Fri 3 Kindergarten 2021 Interviews – postponed
  Year 3 Excursion to Taronga Zoo – postponed
Sat 4 IPSHA Cross Country Carnival – Cancelled
Sun 5 Daylight Savings (clocks fall behind an hour)

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 College Closed – 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 
Monday 17 August College Closed – Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
Friday 25 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Monday 7 December

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


World’s Greatest Shave

Hi my name is Jordan Dib. On Friday the 13th of March I participated the World’s Greatest Shave for blood cancer. This type of cancer is called Leukaemia. My aunty and my father’s uncle unfortunately passed away after getting this cancer.

My initial goal was to raise at $10,000 in 2 days. Luckily, I reached over that goal and a lot of that money was because of the Wyvern parents that donated. They helped me reach over $12,500. My dad’s friend, who is a barber, shaved my hair in our classroom. We allowed a number of students razor a stroke of my hair each before the barber fixed it up.

Thank you Wyvern for letting me do this in class and thanks for donating. I’m going to do it again next year. Keep donating please here: www.worldsgreatestshave (then type my name to donate to me).