Waverley College

Waverley College is a dual-campus independent early learning, primary and secondary day school for boys in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, located on Birrell and Henrietta Street in Waverley, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Waverley College
Waverley College
131 Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales

Coordinates33°53′50″S 151°15′21″E
TypeIndependent early learning, primary and secondary school
MottoLatin: Virtus Sola Nobilitat
(Virtue is its own reward[1])
Religious affiliation(s)In the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established27 January 1903 (1903-01-27)
ChairmanMark Davies[2]
ChaplainBernie Thomas ofm[3]
GradesEarly learning; and Year 5Year 12
Number of pupilsc.1,400 (2016[4])
  •      Aungier
  •      Brennan
  •      Conlon
  •      Green
  •      Lacey
  •      O'Connor
  •      Quinn
  •      Tevlin
Colour(s)Royal blue and gold         
Deputy Head of CollegePatrick Brennan
Former pupilsOld Boys
Head of CollegeGraham Leddie

The non-selective[5][6] College caters for approximately 1,400 students from early learning; and Year 5 to Year 12 across two campuses.[6]

As part of the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) network, Waverley College attempts to uphold the vision of its founder. Edmund Rice was a proponent for leadership in social justice he donated almost everything he had to the poverish.[7]


The school was founded in 1903; opening with 20 students, operating from a house in Salisbury Street, ‘Airmount’,[8] until proper facilities could be constructed. A purpose-built school house was finished in 1903 and expanded with an additional two floors by 1919.[9]

In 1938, the school started accepting boarders. The school's boarders came from rural New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Norfolk Island, Nauru, New Caledonia, Saigon and Singapore. The school stopped taking boarders in 1979.[10]


Waverley College a member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS) in NSW. Other members include Barker College, Cranbrook School, Knox Grammar School, St. Aloysius’ College and Trinity Grammar School. This membership provides students with access to academic and sporting competition.[11]

Waverley College is also affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[12] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), and[13] the Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW/ACT (CSSA).[14]

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 that was established in December 1908.[15][16]


The Waverley College Cadet Unit (WCCU) also known as WCACU was originally founded in 1911. The unit currently has over 340 members and offers a wide variety of leadership positions.[17] Students in Year 8 are required to participate in the cadet program and are given the option to continue into Year 9 and thereafter. Attendance at Annual Promotion Courses are voluntary and result in the gaining of rank and responsibility within the unit structure.

See also


  1. "Waverley College Crest". Waverley College. 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  2. "Setting the tone for 2018". Waverley College. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. "Religious Education". Waverley College. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Waverley College. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "EREA – Waverley College, Waverley". Erea.edu.au. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  7. "Home". Erea.edu.au. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  8. Fleming, Justin (2003). The Crest of the Wave: A History of Waverley College 1903–2003 (1 ed.). Sydney: Allen & Unwin. p. 5. ISBN 1-74114-092-7.
  9. "School Choice".
  10. Fleming, Justin (2003). The Crest of the Wave, Waverley College 1903–2003. Allen & Unwin.
  11. "About Us – Combined Associated Schools". Cranbrook School. 2007. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  12. "AHISA Schools". Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, New South Wales. April 2007. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
  13. "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". Junior School Heads' Association of Australia, New South Wales Branch. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  14. "About Us – Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW/ACT". Catholic Secondary Schools Association. 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  15. "Wavelength" (PDF). Publications. Waverley College. April 2007. pp. 6–10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
  16. Notable Alumni, Waverley College
  17. "Cadets". Waverley College. Retrieved 13 September 2019.

Further reading

  • Fleming, Justin; Cosgrove, P.; Fleming, J. (2003). The crest of the wave: a history of Waverley College 1903–2003. Australia: Allen & Unwin.
  • Fleming, Justin (2009). The Wave Rolls On: a History of the Waverley College Old Boys’ Union 1908 to 2008 (1st ed.). Australia: Waverley College Old Boys’ Union.
  • Eberhard, Kim (2014). In good faith: Waverley College and the Great War 1914–1918. Waverley College Old Boys' Union.
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