26 Nov 2020

A Message from Mr Holden

A reminder that this year’s Annual Wyvern Prize Giving for students in Years 3 – 6 will take place on the Johnson Oval on Friday 4 December at 8:45am. Students are asked to meet their class teachers at the Senior School on the courtyard next to the front entry gate no later than 8:25am wearing summer uniform minus black cap. Boys performing in various music ensembles are required to arrive earlier and will be notified of those arrangements in the next few days. One parent per family is invited to attend to sit (socially distanced) at the western side of the Johnson Oval. Parents must register their attendance by scanning the QR codes on site using the Service NSW app, click here. At the conclusion of the ceremony we request that parents and students leave swiftly and avoid any mingling with other families. The 2020 school year will conclude at the end of Prize Giving. Note, K-2 students’ last day is Thursday 3 December.

In the event of wet weather, we will relocate to Centenary Hall, unfortunately only a limited number of parents and students will be able to attend (Prize winners and Year 6 students with one parent for each family). We will communicate our wet weather plan in a timely manner should this be necessary. 

I thank the staff team for their dedication, hard work and commitment shown to Wyvern students and families this year in extra-ordinary circumstances at times. After many years of service Mrs Sharon Lewandowski will be retiring from her teaching role at Wyvern. Mrs Lewandowski has made a superb contribution in a number of teaching roles over the years, including class teacher, team leader and learning enhancement teacher and will be very much missed. We wish Sharon many happy retirement years ahead. Mrs Julie D’Arrigo, our K-2 teacher aid, will also retire at the end of the year and I thank Julie for her wonderful work with our boys and staff over many years. Mrs Meg Edwards will be teaching at Lindfield Prep School in 2021. I acknowledge and thank Meg for her excellent service to our boys and parents. I am delighted that Mrs Edwards remains a Newington staff member. Mr Hugh Tomkins has been appointed as a teacher at the Scots School, Brighton Campus; I thank Hugh for his terrific work with his student and parents this year.

I acknowledge the tremendous parental support that we were so fortunate to receive. I pay tribute to our departing President of the P and F, Mr Mick Cronin, and his executive team for their steadfast support of Wyvern.

Finally, as this is the last newsletter of this year, I wish you all a wonderful family focussed summer break and festive season. I look forward to seeing boys and families on 27 January for the start of the 2021 academic year.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

23.11.20 KE Arlow Garner
23.11.20 KW Ted Ferguson
23.11.20 2B Adrian Nguyen
23.11.20 2P Max Colantonio
23.11.20 2P Flynn Fildissis
23.11.20 2P Alexander Gregoire
23.11.20 2P Theodore Harding

3-6 Assembly

13.11.20 5D Joshua Cronin
13.11.20 5m Khai Vu
13.11.20 6B Dylan Hubbard

Artist of the Week

K – 2 Artists of the Week

Hugo Chilcott 2P
Qasim Khanbhai 2B
Flynn Fildissis 2P

Throughout Term 4, Year 2 students have explored Japanese Art.   They have learnt about the symbol of the Koi fish and the element of water.  They have worked in a variety of media in a range of forms and have explored many new techniques.  Using oil pastels and poster paints, Year 2 have created their own ‘Koi in Summer Rain’ artworks.  Qasim, Hugo and Flynn displayed a great use of colour, line and pattern on their finished pieces.  Well done boys!

Yelena Rubie
Visual Arts Teacher 


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

What we offer at CommunityOSH in the afternoons, click here

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Fundraising for a Good Cause #greathearts

Great Hearts

Inspired by the Library display “Take Care of Our Planet”, a group of thoughtful and dedicated boys from across the Year Four classes – Harry Benscher (4B), Kiran George (4L), Thomas Bilsdon (4B), Arun Thanigasalam (4P), Frank O’Halloran (4B), Ted Wakelin (4L), Owen Charles (4P), Bryn Hunt (4B), Leo Langman (4B) and Alessandro Pizzolato (4B), banded together to raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund. They decided to hold a gift basket raffle which was made up of many imaginative and tasty items contributed by them. Each day at recess or lunch they diligently sold raffle tickets to the Wyvern boys in the playground. They have raised an amazing $486.80 which will be donated to WWF Australia to assist them in their work to halt the decline of threatened plants and animals and to support their recovery. The raffle draw was held on Monday November 23rd and the winning ticketholder was Cooper Bell (4P).

As evidenced by this initiative, the future of our planet is in good hands with these Wyvern boys who have #greathearts.

The Team #greathearts with the raffle winner

Mrs Barnes

Next Two Weeks


Week 8

Mon 30 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Year 4 Adventure Day at the senior school
  Start Smart Incursion – Years 1 & 2
  Year 1 – 9.00am – 9.45am & 9.45am – 10.25am
  Year 2 – 11.30am – 12.10pm & 12.10pm – 12.50pm
  Year 5 & 6 Flight of the Wyverns, all day event in classrooms
  K-2 Assembly, 11.00am
Tue 1 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
  Year 6 Graduation Rehearsal, Wyvern Hall, 9.00am – 10.00am
  Year 6 Graduation Ceremony, Playground B, 6.00pm
Wed 2 Year 6 Picnic activities, pm
Thu 3 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Classes conclude for K-2 Students
Fri 4 Prize Giving Day (3-6) Senior School Campus – classes conclude after Prize Giving for students

Sausage Sizzle Day

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Thursday 3rd December it is Sausage Sizzle Day at Wyvern. Please remember to go online and place your son’s order so that he doesn’t miss out. 

Please note – no other food will be available on this day.

Wyvern Office

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 
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 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

Term Dates 2021

Term 1  – Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April

Wednesday 27 January Classes commence for Years 1-6
Thursday  28 January Classes commence for Kindergarten
Monday 15 March College Closed – Newington Long Weekend – Pupil Free Day
Thursday  1 April Classes conclude

Term 2  – Monday 19 April to Friday 18 June

Monday 19 April Classes commence
Monday 14 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 18 June Classes conclude

Term 3 – Monday 12 July to Wednesday 15 September

Monday  12 July Classes commence
Monday 16 August Staff Day – Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 15 September Classes conclude

Term 4 – Tuesday 5 October to Tuesday 7 December

Monday 4 October October Long Weekend 
Tuesday 5 October Classes commence
Monday  6 December Classes conclude (K-2)
Tuesday 7 December Classes conclude – Annual Prize Giving Day Years 3-6

Tournament of Minds

This year our Tournament of Minds teams were tasked with not only solving a complex problem in a creative way but doing so in a completely digital format. Our two teams competed with many other schools on a challenged entitled Quo Vadis? The challenge asked students to imagine an object of great significance has been found and to show how this object would change the course of history as we know it. Each team selected a discipline on which to focus. Our Social Sciences team consisted of Hugh Edmundson, Gil Gracie, Hugo Verden, Yash Jayswal, Miles Jenkinson, Will Gray and Hugo Young. Our Arts team members were Tristan Holmes, Adam Younes, Guinness Devlin, Hugo Kilborn, Cameron Latham, Tommy Tweeddale and Aston Rose.

Both teams worked incredibly hard to not only write, plan and perform their story solutions but also to film and edit their final product and for the second year in a row, Newington College were victorious. Our Arts team’s submission, Garbage Day, was awarded Honours, the highest possible award this year.

All Tournament of Minds participants are congratulated for their energy, enthusiasm and dedication to this year’s competition.

Amy Kirk
TOM Facilitator


Social Science Team

Arts Team