01 Apr 2021

A Message from Mr Holden

As Covid restrictions begin to ease, we look forward to welcoming parents back into the school for certain activities. In particular, our very popular learning showcases will be occasions where parents can come into school to connect with your sons in the classroom. Updated details will be provided on the Spaces calendar. Next term we will continue with the same arrangements for drop off and pick up, e.g., carpark or top gate on Cambridge Street. Should parents wish to arrange an appointment to meet with teachers in person, you are welcome to do so. Check-in via the front office is required for these occasions.  

From next term, to supplement the current school sport training arrangements for students in Year 3-6, we will offer a range of additional optional co-curricular sport and fitness activities each week.  These include a fitness session, rugby and soccer skills sessions with Mr Fear (Director of Rugby) and Mr McCarthy (Director of Soccer).  Please refer to the Term 2 Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities schedule for further details.

I thank boys and staff for their hard work and excellent effort across the first term; it has been a particularly settled start to the academic year. I thank parents for your steadfast support of the school. As we break for the school holiday period, I wish you all a very special Easter and that the central messages of forgiveness, peace and hope resonate with all families as we celebrate this important time of the year.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Achievement Awards

 The following achievement award was awarded at Assembly:

K – 2 Assembly 

19.3.21 1S Marcus Camilleri
19.3.21 2M Salim Fodda
26.3.21 1S Zachary Wernecke
26.3.21 1Y Archie Foustanis
26.3.21 2M Jacob George
1.4.21 1S Ethan Wong
1.4.21 1Y James Haddad
1.4.21 1Y Christian Caristo

Artist of the Week

3-6 Artist of the Week

The boys in Year 6 completed a number of activities related to cartooning and street art. They were treated to a special workshop from local street artist ‘Mulga’. They were also taken on an excursion around Stanmore to photograph graffiti and street art. During this time, the boys completed an art assessment appreciation task, focusing on whether they thought ‘graffiti’ was Art! There were some vigorous discussions. The boys went on to make a print collage using their Mulga work and the graffiti work.  

Congratulations to Yash Jayswal, Isaac Messiha, Joshua Cronin and Jamie Burgess for their amazing print collages.

Meredith Buining
3-6 Visual Arts Teacher

Next Two Weeks


Week 1

Mon 19 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Term 2 commences
  Students return
  K-2 Chapel, 1.40am
Tue 20 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
Wed 21 IPSHA Cross Country Carnival, 10am – 2.30pm
  Winter sport training, 5 & 6, 1.40pm
Thu 22 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Years 5 & 6 Inquisitive Minds Maths Incursion – ‘Core Problem Solving’ Workshop
  Winter sport team allocation, 3 & 4, 1.40pm
Fri 23 K-2 Assembly, 9.00am
  Years 5 & 6 Inquisitive Minds Maths Incursion – ‘Talented’ Workshop
Sat 24 Winter Sport Round 1
Sun 25  


Week 2

Mon 26 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
Tue 27 Wyvern Shop 2.30pm – 4.00pm (entry via driveway)
  Year 2/2022 Interviews 
  ANZAC Day Parade
Wed 28 Year 2/2022 Interviews
  Newington LitFest 2021
  MMG Survey
  Years 3 & 4 Author Talk – Gregg Dreise, 8.30am – 9.30am
  Year 4 Writing Workshop – Sue Whiting, 9.30am – 10.30am
  K-2 Author Talk – Gregg Dreise, 9.30am – 10.30am
  Year 4 Workshop – Sue Whiting, 11.00am – 12.00pm
  Years 5 & 6 Author Talk – Gregg Dreise, 11.00am – 12.00pm
  Year 4 Writing Workshop – Sue Whiting, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  Winter sport training, Years 5 & 6, 1.40pm
Thu 29 Wyvern Shop 7.30am – 9.00am (entry via driveway)
  Year 2/2022 Interviews
  Newington LitFest 2021
  Year 5 Writing Workshops – Deb Abela & Tim Harris, 8.30am – 9.30am
  Years 3 & 4 Author Talk – George Ivanoff, 9.30am – 10.30am
  Year 5 Writing Workshops – Deb Abela & Tim Harris, 9.30am – 10.30am
  Years 5 & 6 Author Talk – George Ivanoff, 11.00am – 12.00pm
  K-2 Puppet Show – Dennis Murphy, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  Years 5 & 6 Spelling Bee, 1.50pm – 2.50pm
  BOOK LAUNCH – ‘Heroes of the Secret Underground’ – Susanne Gervay, 1.50pm – 2.40pm
  Winter sport team allocation, 3 & 4, 1.40pm
Fri 30 Newington LitFest 2021
  Book Parade – Classic Book Characters Parade, 8.30am – 9.30am
  Years 3 & 4 Author Talk – Kate & Joel Temple, 9.30am – 10.30am
  BOOK LAUNCH – ‘Ginger Meggs’ – Tristan Bancks, Years 3, 4 & 5, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  Years 5 & 6 Author Talk – Jack Heath, 1.50pm – 2.50pm
Sat 1 Winter Sport Round 2
Sun 2 Instrumental Intensive Day

Replacement Student ID Card

Dear Parents,

By now all boys in Years 3-6 should have received their student ID card. Please ensure that your son only brings this to school when using the Tuckshop or travelling by bus.

As of Term 2 we will be charging $5 to replace lost Student ID cards and this will be charged to your son’s stage account.

Kind regards

Wyvern Office.

STEM – NASA Teleconference

There was an exclusive opportunity for the ‘What’ll happen to the wattle??!’ schools last week. Wyvern submitted a video last year and is now 1 of 150 schools who will receive and plant Wattle seeds in August 2021 that have been to Space (The International Space Station).

This exclusive opportunity happened on Thursday March 25th at 11.00am Sydney time, where we had a group of boys interact with an amazing guest speaker via teleconference. Todd Barber is the NASA JPL lead propulsion engineer for the Mars 2020 mission and he presented about Perseverance and the Mars mission. The Year 5 and 6 boys who were selected have already given up lunchtimes to find out about the NSW Young Scientist competition and have demonstrated a keen interest in Space exploration. 24 Students submitted questions and watched this presentation online.

Todd Barber is a JPL senior propulsion engineer, spending two decades as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn, following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, Deep Impact (DI) mission, and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, which landed the large rover Curiosity on the red planet on August 5th, 2012.  He also recently began supporting the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission and was the Mars 2020 propulsion lead engineer for operations.  Much to Todd’s delight, he is now supporting the Voyager mission as well, more than forty years after the launch.

Here are some thoughts from the students:

I liked the hidden codes that the JPL engineers left on the Perseverance Rover. The wheels had morse code for JPL repeated all over them. The parachute had a secret code you had to crack that stood for the JPL motto ‘Dare Mighty Things’. I also enjoyed how the NASA ground people celebrated when the Perseverance finally touched down on Mars. 
Bryant Diep 5B

I found the teleconference very interesting – I learnt a lot about the Perseverance and Mars itself. 
Fred L’Estrange 5B

My favourite part was finding out about the ‘What’ll happen to the wattle’ experiment. Also how all the rovers evolved – the ‘family bumper sticker’ of all the rovers that went before Perseverance, that is stuck at the back of Perseverance, made me laugh.
Kyan Pavendranathan 5T

The laser that the Perseverance shoots at Mars’ rocks to find out the composition and to collect samples is really cool.
Xavier Forsell 5O

I liked the parachute landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars – it shoots rockets downwards to slow down because the three parachutes can’t collect enough air on Mars’ thin atmosphere.
Arun Thanigasalem 5B

Term 2 Schedule – Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities

Dear Parents,

Please find the Term 2 Schedule for Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities at Wyvern. For more information please click on the co-curricular activity you are interested in and it will take you to the the relevant page on SPACES.

2021 Term 2 Clubs & Extra Curricular at Wyvern

Please note that Music Ensembles, Sporting Skills and activities such as TOM, Debating, Young Scientists and Future Problem Solvers Club will still have their stand alone Spaces. 

Within this Space you will find information for the following:

Coding Club
Lego & Construction Club
Artist Club
Crafty Kids
Wyvern Story Lab
Yoga & Mindfulness
Dungeons & Dragons
Philosophy Club
Greek School
Martial Arts – Kung Fu Action at Wyvern

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

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