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2022 Term 1
Wenona students from Kindergarten to Year 12 celebrate how strong, independent women have helped to break the bias, accelerate change and close the gender gap, on International Women's Day 2022.
2022 Age National Championships
During the April school holidays Wenona sent six Swimmers to compete at the 2022 Age National Championships in Adelaide. The Championship marks the end of the Long Course Swimming season with the best 13 to 18 year old swimmers from across the country competing over the eight days of competition.
40 Hour Famine
Wenona’s commitment to helping combat world hunger is proving as strong as ever this year, with more than $20,000 raised for World Vision in the 40-Hour Famine.
A changing story
Constance, Wenona’s STEM Captain, knows her story will change over time, and that’s OK.
A slightly different start to Kindergarten in 2022
Kindergarten’s transition to School was slightly different this year, with students attending Zoom sessions late last year to familiarise themselves with their new friends, teachers and Wenona School grounds.
A Surfeit of Achievements
Wenona has achieved 11 finalists and a prize winner in the 2022 Mosman Youth Art Prize, with the judges making particular mention of our students' technical skill and sensitivity.
Achieving in History
Wenona students from Years 7 to 10 have accrued a plethora of impressive results in the Australian History Competition.
And the winner is...
The House Drama Competition is a perennial favourite of the first term at Wenona. This year, students will be treated to a Short Film Competition.
Anzac Day 2022
Wenona marked Anzac Day with a special and poignant Assembly in the Independent Theatre, followed by the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph in St Leonards Park.
Appreciating Our 2021-2022 Student Leaders
School Captain Emily pays tribute to her fellow student leaders, as they pass the baton and graduate from their roles.
In a union of mathematics, geometry and art, Year 11 Design and Technology students are creating some eye-popping multi-dimensional designs that embrace the visual potential of fractals.
Assuming the Mantle of Global Leadership
“Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done.” G. M. Trevelyan.
Back on Stage
Wenona performers lit up the stage in two major productions this week, a welcome return after an almost three-year hiatus.
Be kind to yourself
Luisa, Wenona’s music choral captain, urges us to reconsider the judgements we make of ourselves.
Boarders Give Back
Last weekend was alive with industry and the spirit of giving for our family of boarders, who prepared and cooked 206 meals for homeless people in the Sydney area, supported by the charity Kids Giving Back and its Cook4Good project.
Bon appetit Wenona!
Year 9 Food Technology students have been busy orienting themselves to the industrial kitchen in Wenona’s Athenaeum over the first few weeks of term, culminating in their first practical lesson, making delicious French Toast, which proved to be a resounding success.
Book Week 2022
Plunging into literature across the Junior and Senior Schools for Book Week 2022.
The 2022 Senior School Athletics Carnival produced five School records and a triumph for the overall winner, Messiter House.
Building a brighter tomorrow
Amelie's nationwide work to improve the lives of others
Kate, Vice Captain 2021/2022, has learnt that confidence is a skill, and like any skill, it takes practice to perfect.
Celebrating our Mothers
The Junior School gained a head start on Mother’s Day this week by hosting mothers and guardians of girls in Kindergarten to Year 6 at two Mother’s Day Breakfast events.
Coinciding with National Skills Week, Year 9 students received a sneak peek at Victoria Cross Station and inspiration from the women helping build it.
Cracking the Code
The Wenona Year 8 da Vinci Decathlon students have come first in Code Breaking out of a field of almost 80 teams.
Dancing with the stars of Wenona
Wenona has introduced Dance into our Creative Arts curriculum, and we are so excited to see our students in the studio with Head of Dance, Mr Peter Fares.
Demystifying Greek myths
Our Year 9 Elective History classes have been examining the connectivity between creation stories and the ancient Gods of Greece.
Design is intelligence made visible
Our students are developing innovation and creative problem solving, through such subjects as Technology and Applied Studies, Design and Technology and Engineering Studies, as well as a range of STEM clubs.
Dolls and Divas
Every week in Assembly, members of Wenona’s Student Leadership Team share youthful insights and advice with their younger peers. This week’s message comes from Prefect Sophie.
Year 6 are currently working on their PYP Transdisciplinary Theme, How We Express Ourselves, with the idea that ‘Fashion is a tool used to express yourself, beliefs and cultures’.
If you're looking for fun, Wenona has you covered on Saturday 10 September, with four big events converging to produce a festival of family entertainment.
Fast start to 2022
Sport at Wenona making a splash to kick off an exciting year ahead!
We live in a world of plenty, with more than enough food to choose from, but what influences which foods we decide to buy and eat?
Fostering Gifted Artists
A Wenona pilot program targets artistic exceptionalism.
Growing Through Disappointment
Every week in Assembly, members of Wenona’s Student Leadership Team share youthful insights and advice with their younger peers. This week’s message comes from Deputy Head Prefect Nashara.
Our 2022/23 Deputy Head Prefect Sophie shines a spotlight on the importance of choosing supportiveness over toxic competitiveness.
Independence Through Boarding
Year 12 Boarding Captain Emily addressed Assembly this week, reflecting on the ways the Wenona Boarding House has prepared her for the next stage of her journey.
International Knowledge Sharing
The academic respect was flowing when our Year 12 Extension Science students exchanged their research with peers in Japan.
Junior School visit to the MCA
What is Contemporary Art? This question was asked of our Junior School students at the beginning of our Visual Arts visit to the MCA recently.
Just Keep Swimming!
Creative Arts and House Captain Mia considers the milestones of her Wenona journey
Keeping safe in cyberspace
Wenona students have been very fortunate to hear from one of Australia’s leading experts in the area of cyber safety, Susan McClean
Amelie finds inspiration in the classic film ‘Top Gun’ and shares the life lessons she’s gained during her tenure as Vice-Captain.
Ms Lydia Bentivoglio is a passionate educator and accomplished teacher of Italian and French.
Making things happen
Rosie, School House Captain and the Duke of Ed Captain, shared her Clear Calcite crystal and its uplifting powers with us this week.
Mental Fitness Swim
An inaugural Wenona event raising money for the Black Dog Institute celebrates the link between exercise and positive mental health.
Mr David Cook
Mr Cook has joined Wenona as our Senior Deputy Principal. Mr Cook is an outstanding educational leader, having most recently been Acting Principal, Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal at Hills Grammar School.
Ms Mirella Di Giorgio
Ms Mirella Di Giorgia joined Wenona at the start of 2022 as the Head of Music. She reflects on her time at Wenona so far.
Ms Santina Restuccia
Ms Restuccia, who joined Wenona at the start of 2022 as the Head of Senior College, reflects on her impressions of Wenona thus far.
Ms Sue Foxcroft
Ms Foxcroft joined Wenona this year, as Dean of Students K-12, a new role that has oversight of all systems and processes pertaining to Student Wellbeing.
On the first weekend back of Term 2, over 150 students from Years 3 to 12 attended the annual Music Weekend, where musicians from our core ensembles and chamber groups come together to work intensively on their repertoire with the Music staff.
Wenona is bustling with creative talent, including Hayley and Esha who are excelling in Music.
With a haul of 10 medals, Wenona has been named Overall Champion School in the Secondary Female Category of the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships.
National Reconciliation Week
Commemorations continued across campus all week, as students from Years 7-12 shared their passion for facilitating reconciliation in Australia.
New Student Leaders
Wenona’s newly-announced 2022 – 2023 School and Cadet Leadership Teams comprise an exceptional group of young women. All were elected by students and staff for their commitment to lead with (among other things), integrity, authenticity, compassion, and joy.
NSW Senior Age State Championships
During the School holidays, the Wenona Swim Club was represented by 8 swimmers at the Senior Age State Swimming Championships. The event was a resounding success with a record number of National Age Qualifiers who will compete in Adelaide during the April holidays.
Own your story
Chloe, one of Wenona’s drama captains, shares some thoughts about evolving and being proud of who you are.
Year 10 students bonded over interactive wellbeing training, as they learnt to lead their younger peers.
Principal of the Year
Wenona educators shine at the 2022 Australian Education Awards
Every week in Assembly, members of Wenona’s Student Leadership Team share youthful insights and advice with their younger peers. This week’s message comes from Deputy Head Prefect Kalara.
Reshape the narrative
Emily, one of our Wellbeing Captains, is not afraid to shape her own story.
Shaping my Story
Lucy Robertson, Creative Arts Co-Captain, has learnt the values of resilience, kindness, and humility, and has gained the perseverance to put pen to paper each day to continue to shape her story.
Wenona’s State Interschools Team takes out the Secondary Female Overall Cup
Sparring for Armenia
Against a soundtrack of rousing 80’s anthems, daring staff and House Captain Sumo wrestlers battled for supremacy in the Big Gym ring on Thursday 5 May, to raise money for the Armenian Children’s Fund Australia.
After a three-year wait and under the bluest of sunny skies, the crowds started pouring into our Spring Fair well before opening time on Saturday 10 September, filling the grounds to bursting point and remaining heavy throughout the day.
Starting Strong in 2022
Year 12 heard from a panel of young Wenona Alumnae on their first day of 2022, with a focus on how to start strong. The panel of eight young women from the Class of 2020 and 2021, gave some wonderful advice to this year’s cohort.
Stay True to Yourself
Emily, School Captain 2021/2022, talks about the importance of the 2022 school initiative “owning your story” and how individually we need to celebrate our differences and be proud of the people we are becoming.
Wenona throws open its doors to the ambitious, entrepreneurial, optimistic world of STEM.
First place for Wenona’s team of Years 9 and 10 students at the competitive Science and Engineering Challenge.
Strong women support strong women
Grace, Year 12, reflects on what it actually means when we say, “Strong women support strong women.
Taking the leap into Senior School
This week it has been wonderful to witness the readjustment of the Year 7 cohort as they ‘take the leap’ into high school.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Year 6 headed off to camp at Chowder Bay for three days with a pep in our step, loads of smiling faces and a craving for fun.
The Challenge of Perfectionism
Wellbeing Captain Lily shares her learning on how to overcome unattainable expectations.
The Ties That Bind
‘As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true' - Kristen Hannah, author.
The Value of Ancient Knowledge
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through” - Aboriginal proverb.
To Market, To Market!
Students in Year 10 Commerce worked collaboratively throughout Term 1 to present their small business concept to their peers via their recent Market Day.
Work to revive the health of ailing Sydney Harbour is making news right now and few are as knowledgeable on the subject as our Year 5 cohort.
Year 10 and Year 11 learned first-hand about the importance of Aboriginal truth-telling in the journey towards genuine reconciliation and healing.
Twosday brought two much fun to Woodstock!
Woodstock students were only two delighted to engage in the Twosday fun on Tuesday 22 February, 2022.
Ugandan Educators Visit
As a school with a global focus and the motto ‘That I May Serve’, Wenona actively supports and learns from schools around the world. This week we were privileged to host two educators from School for Life in Uganda.
Use your voice
Every week in Assembly, members of Wenona’s Student Leadership Team share youthful insights and advice with their younger peers. This week’s message comes from Prefect Ruby.
If you take a wander around Wenona after 3:15pm you will find students from Kindergarten to Year 8 getting hands-on in our STEM clubs, encouraging curiosity, initiative and problem-solving in a highly collaborative environment.
What Binds Us
Our Year 3 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) students are learning the ways celebrations, rituals and traditions create and sustain identity, and bind us as communities.
White and Blue Reunion
The memories were flowing in the School Hall on Wednesday 18 May as more than 40 of our cherished Alumnae who left Wenona 40 or more years ago, joined us for lunch and the chance to reminisce at the 2022 White and Blue Reunion.
Why Learn a Musical Instrument?
Director of Performing Arts Kim Lemon discusses the ways that musical instruction develops not only academic performance but wellbeing.
Women Standing Strong
New Head Prefect Jemima’s call for female strength, pride, grace, and kindness
Lily brings home bronze
Year 12 Fun Day
The Class of 2022 relieved the pressures of their final year with some mind-body wellness in the great outdoors.
Year 12 History Extension students get the whole picture
Year 12 History Extension students were extremely honoured to Zoomeet art historian Alice Procter recently.
Year 12 retreat to gain perspective
One of the benefits of a retreat is to give fresh ways of seeing, to withdraw from the pressures of the everyday and so gain insights and perspective.
Year 5 Camp makes a splash
Kayaks, sun, snorkelling, fish and the gentle sea breeze. For the Year 5 camp experience in 2022, our students explored and appreciated the beautiful wilderness that we have right here on our doorstep in Sydney.
Year 6 Camp
While Australia was getting ready to vote in the week beginning Monday 16 May, Wenona Year 6 students were enjoying their first foray into the world of Australian politics, on a whistle-stop tour of Canberra.
Year 8 at Bawley Point
Year 8 travelled down the South Coast, to a small place called Bawley Point, around 30 minutes south of Ulladulla, in Week 7.
Year 8 Music Day
Year 8 Music Day filled the campus with a plethora of sound genres on Friday 10 June, familiarising the cohort with the vast breadth of musical styles and careers available today.
You can own more than one story!
Alice, one of Wenona’s drama co-captains, shares her thoughts about owning your stories, because we should not be defined by a single story.
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