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Waverley College
Virtus Sola Nobilitat
(Latin for "Virtue alone is noble")[1]
Established 1903[2]
School Type Private, Single-sex, Secondary, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Key People Mr Ray Paxton (Headmaster)
Fr Martin Milani (Chaplain)
Mr Paul Gillian (Chairman)
School Fees AU$6,021–22,082 p.a[3]
Location Waverley, New South Wales, Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°53′50″S 151°15′21″E / 33.89722°S 151.25583°E / -33.89722; 151.25583Coordinates: 33°53′50″S 151°15′21″E / 33.89722°S 151.25583°E / -33.89722; 151.25583
Enrolment ~1,350 (5-12)[4]
Employees ~115[4]
Revenue AU$18,257,466 (2006)[4]
Colours Royal Blue and Gold         

Waverley College is a Roman Catholic, secondary, day school for boys, located at Waverley, in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Founded in 1903 by the Christian Brothers, Waverley has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,350 students from Years 5 to 12.[4]

The College is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[5] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[6] the Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW/ACT (CSSA),[7] and is a member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).[8]



Waverley College opened in 1903, with 22 boys enrolled.

Between 1938 and 1979 the school housed boarders in an adjacent property, The Grange, and in the west wing of the Senior Quad from 1963. The school's boarders came from rural Victoria, Queensland, New Guinea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Norfolk Island, Nauru, New Caledonia and Saigon, as well as the country areas of New South Wales.

The college joined the Combined Associated Schools (CAS) of New South Wales in 1944. In its first year of membership it won the football, cricket, and athletics competitions. The school's co-curricular program now also includes soccer, swimming, basketball, volleyball, water polo, tennis, cycling, lawn-bowls, cross country, chess and debating.

Two of the College's major buildings, the College Hall and the Chapel, were built in the 1950s. The former, which includes stained-glass window displays, has a vestibular Lady Chapel, focusing on the school's Marian tradition. One of the school's religious chapters is The Sodality of Our Lady, and the school hosts an annual May Procession in honour of Our Lady, the longest-running Marian procession in Australian history, on the first Sunday in May; Old Boys are encouraged to attend.

Waverley students in the Saint Patrick's Day parade, 1930s

Two quadrangular buildings - the Senior School and Middle School "quads" - were added in 1963 and 1970 respectively. The boarders were then accommodated in the west wing of the Senior quad until 1979.

The school also opened an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 1970. In the 1980s, several areas of the school's site were redeveloped including The Grange building, the refurbishment of the Ludlow Hall as a music centre and a modern gymnasium, the Brother J P Lacey Gymnasium.

In 2003, the college opened its Performing Arts Centre. The centre includes a 300 seat proscenium arch theatre, an 80 seat drama studio and a six seat recital room. In 2005, the college refurbished the Ludlow Hall area and cleared the area for a playground. In 2006, the pool was repainted and now has the school's emblem painted on the base. In 2007, the school started its million-dollar plan to develop classrooms into 21st-century facilities.

School centenary

In 2003, Waverley College celebrated its centenary. The highlight of the celebratory year was a school Mass for students past and present as well as their families at the Hordern Pavilion. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop David Cremin.

Waverley College, The Grange

Another highlight was the opening of a $6.5 million Performing Arts Centre, housing facilities for the teaching and performance of music and drama. It was opened on June 15, 2003, by New South Wales Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir.

A history of the College, The Crest of the Wave, written by Justin Fleming was published by Allen & Unwin.

House system

Students at the college compete in a number of internal sporting competitions as members of rival "houses", identified by a team colour.

Waverley College gates, Carrington Road

The four original school "houses" of Waverley College, and their colours, are:

  • Aungier, pronounced Ayne-jer (Red)
  • Brennan (Royal Blue)
  • Conlon (Emerald Green)
  • Tevlin (Gold)

The school's four "houses" were later expanded to eight. The four newer houses are:

  • Lacey (Maroon)
  • O'Connor (Black)
  • Quinn (Sky Blue)
  • Green (Bottle Green)

All eight team houses are named after former headmasters of the College, or individuals who figure prominently in the College's history, such as Brother M.A. Aungier, who founded the Sodality of Our Lady, and Brothers P.A. Conlon and P.A. Brennan, who were former headmasters.

Notable alumni

Alumni of Waverley College are known as Old Boys or Waverlians, and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the Waverley College Old Boys' Union.[9]


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