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2021 Term 1

  • Solving problems Kindy-style - What do you do when life doesn’t go to plan? Ms Bouterakos’s Kindergarten students have been learning all about problem-solving as part of their PYP Unit of Inquiry into Who we are.
  • A new school year! - It may have been a bit of a soggy start to the new school year, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of our students as they arrived on campus this week. It was great to see so many happy faces!
  • A street-level view of Sydney - Our Year 10 Geography students visited Chippendale and Newtown last week to see if urban policy and development has helped to shape these areas in more human-centric ways.
  • And the ‘Woscar’ goes to… - The House Drama Competition is a perennial favourite of the first term at Wenona. This year, in lieu of live performances in the Big Gym, we’ve introduced the inaugural Wenona House Drama Short Film Festival.
  • Being Fashion Forward - If creativity is important to you, the fashion industry may be a great career option. So said three of our alumnae, when they spoke to students about their careers in fashion at our latest Twilights Insight session.
  • Blog: Be yourself! - Our School Captain, Georgia kicked off the first Assembly for Term 1 by urging everyone to channel their inner Tigger and ‘make the ordinary extraordinary’!
  • Blog: Brothers in Arms - This week, Caroline, one of the Debating Captains and Senior Cadet Leaders for 2020/2021 used the seminal Dire Straits song, Brothers in Arms to illustrate how she makes the ordinary, extraordinary!
  • Blog: Lest we forget - Wenona marked Anzac Day with our Cadets laying a wreath at the Cenotaph and Year 11 students, Constance, Bella and Kate, speaking movingly at Assembly about the contribution of the Royal Australian Air Force.
  • Blog: Make it extraordinary! - This week in our Principal’s Assembly, Charlie, one of our Vice Captains for 2020/2021, spoke about some of the opportunities she has taken to push herself outside her comfort zone.
  • Blog: My everyday hero - Often it is the day-to-day heroes in our lives that inspire us. As Molly (Year 12) explained in our Principal’s Assembly this week, sometimes we don’t appreciate their legacy at the time.
  • Blog: Own your strengths - Sometimes, as in the case of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, your biggest strength can be something you’ve overlooked, says Astrid, one of Wenona’s Wellbeing Captains for 2020/2021.
  • Blog: Shout out to the Cohort - At Assembly this week, Jes, one of the Wenona Service and Community Captains for 2020/2021, gave a rap about the importance of a cohort in making the Wenona experience extraordinary.
  • Celebrating our Women of Spirit - In what was a joyous occasion, the Wenona Alumnae Association held the 11th Women of Spirit Breakfast at Luna Park last Friday, with Professor Jane McAdam (1992PY) as guest speaker.
  • Cultivating empathy: Year 2 - Empathy lies at the heart of what it means to be human, as Ms Peck’s Year 2 students are discovering in their first PYP Unit of Inquiry for 2021, Who We Are.
  • It’s A Bug’s Life for Year 4 - Sir David Attenborough would be proud of our Year 4 students, as they excitedly explored the gardens of the School campus last week, as part of their latest PYP Unit of Inquiry into How the World Works.
  • It’s All About Me - Last week, Kindergarten were VERY excited to present their ‘All about me’ bags to the rest of their peers in Woodstock. But the most exciting bit? When Dr Scott came to visit and told them all about her!
  • IWD: We choose to challenge - To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) this week, students found different ways to ‘Choose to challenge’, including an IWD lunch with Grace Tame, speaking at Assembly and selling IWD ribbons.
  • Justice is served for Year 12 - Ms Isbel’s Year 12 Legal Studies students have been exploring the complexities of bail. As they’ve discovered, there are lots of grey areas to consider when it comes to an application.
  • Meeting The Happiest Man on Earth - For Year 10, meeting Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku at the Sydney Jewish Museum this week was inspirational. Despite the horrors of Auschwitz, he told them he’s the happiest man on Earth.
  • Molly makes a difference - This term, Molly (Year 12) received the 2020 Wenona Alumnae Spirit Award for her outstanding fundraising efforts in support of last summer’s bushfires and the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Psychology: Olympics Unleashed - What does it take to be an Olympian? As former Olympic rower, Tom Laurich told our Year 10 Psychology students on Friday, it takes years of training and determination with no guarantees!
  • Reading the Menu at the Genre Café - Fancy flowers. Tablecloths. A menu to serve all tastes. And a highly knowledgeable Maître d' (Librarian Teacher Ms Porter). What’s not to love about the Junior School’s Genre Café!
  • Roll on Year 9 PASS - Lawn bowls has a reputation for being a genteel sport, generally played by older people clad in white. However, as our Year 9 PASS students demonstrated, lawn bowls is how the youth of today roll!
  • Sisterly Bonds - One of the most popular articles from last year’s Ut Prosim magazine featured two alumnae, sisters, Audrey and Daphne Raymond. We recently caught up with Daphne to see how she was faring.
  • Blog: The Wisdom of Wikihow - Maddy, one of Wenona’s School Vice Captains for 2020/2021, spoke at our Principal’s Assembly this week about the wisdom of Wikihow, and how it can help to bring this year’s Prefect initiative to life.
  • Swimmers make a splash at CIS - Wenona competed in the CIS Swimming Championships at Homebush this week. Head Swim Coach, Mr Michael Creighton was there to cheer on the students, who all performed incredibly well.
  • The Adventures of Year 5 - Fields. Horses. Abseiling. Bushwalks. Mountain biking. Cabins. Kangaroos. Canoes. For our Year 5 students, this year’s camp at Attunga had it all. It was three days of fresh air and adventure.
  • The Players thrill Wenona - This week, Bell Shakespeare’s The Players returned for 2021 with two of their most popular shows visiting Wenona, bringing dynamic, entertaining and enriching Shakespeare performances to our Year 8 and Year 9 English students.
  • We believe we can fly - There are no such thing as ‘boys’ toys’. Just ask the members of Wenona’s Drone Club, who along with our Robotics Club, are reaching for the skies when it comes to technology!
  • Wenona Boarders’ Amazing Race - Boarders enjoyed a fun first weekend back with a Brushes and Burgers Night, a collaborative meal – from shopping to cooking, everyone helped – and finished off with an Amazing Race.
  • Wenona’s Music Instrumental Weekend - How incredible it was to hear instruments playing all over Wenona last weekend, as students in Year 3 to Year 12 were able to come together and make music for the first time in over a year.
  • Winangali inspires Year 4 - As part of their latest PYP unit of inquiry, Year 4 attended Winangali, a hands-on and thought-providing Indigenous Australian workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Year 10 market their wares - Running a small business is a lot harder than it looks. Just ask our Year 10 Commerce students, who have been putting their classroom theory into practice by launching a business and selling their wares at Market Day.
  • Year 10 take on the sausage roll - Last week, Ms Jalili’s Year 10 Food Technology students took on the culinary challenge of creating the perfect meat-free sausage roll. They were so good, even the carnivores loved them!
  • Year 3 create an ecosystem - Last term, Year 3 conducted an ‘ecosystem in a bottle’ experiment to find out what living things need to survive. They were very excited to return to School this week to see if anything had grown.
  • Year 5 pitch to NASA - When Year 5 received a letter from NASA this week, informing them that a planet would be eliminated from the Solar System, they had to mount a persuasive argument to protect their chosen planet!
  • Year 6 slow down fast fashion - As part of their latest Unit of Inquiry, Year 6 have been exploring the negative impacts of fast fashion, researching how the industry can move towards a more sustainable, ethical future.
  • Year 8 Geography visit Warragamba Dam - There was water, water everywhere for our Year 8 Geography students as they visited the spectacular Warragamba Dam as part of their studies into Water in the World.
  • Year 8 play Game of Thrones - Last week, Wenona’s Year 8 History students journeyed back in time to the Middle Ages, with a fun, hands-on incursion, with lots of opportunities to wield swords, lances and longbows.
  • Year 8 pop and lock for PDHPE Day - On Wednesday, our Year 8 students enjoyed an action-packed PDHPE Day focusing on healthy bodies and healthy minds, with aqua aerobics, hip hop, cardio, cooking and more.
  • Year 9 ‘entrenched’ in WW1 - As our Year 9 History students discovered last week, life in the trenches during World War 1 was a nightmarish test of human endurance as soldiers battled death in appalling conditions.