We’re finalists in the Waverley Council Brightest & Best Business Awards 2014!

Waverley Council Brightest & Best Business Awards 2014

Waverley Council Brightest & Best Business Awards 2014

We are excited to be finalists in Waverley Council’s Brightest & Best Business Awards 2014!

Art Auction fundraiser

Tallaganda Forest, 2013

John R Walker – Tallaganda Forest, 2013 – Gouache and oil on paper 550 x 760mm (image size) – Courtesy of John R Walker represented by Utopia Art Sydney


You are invited…
We are organising our biannual charity art auction. All proceeds will go towards the funding of WAYS High School – POEM for youth (aged 13 to 19) who have been disconnected from mainstream education. Our goal is to re-engage our students in education whilst making it a fun and flexible learning environment that allows the students to feel relaxed and help them to achieve their own goals.

The auction will be held on Tuesday November 11 2014, starting at 6.30pm at Ravesi’s Hotel, Bondi Beach. 

This year, we are fortunate that our Patron, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Member for Wentworth, who has supported WAYS for many years, will launch the event. If you wish to register your attendance please RSVP in advance by calling Vanessa on 9365 2500 or email artauction@ways.org.au


Donate to our building fund appeal!

Last year we fundraised to revamp our well-worn kitchen and received a brand new SMEG oven donated by Winning Appliances! This year we are setting our goal higher at $50,000 to refurbish the rest of the kitchen as well as our classrooms, bathroom facilities, music room and rooftop basketball court.

Donate by going on our website and clicking on the Donate to WAYS button on our homepage or at the top of this newsletter. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.



WAYS Events

Minister Dominello visit

Minister Dominello visit

Minister Dominello visit

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello announced a third round of Youth Opportunities funding, with applications opening on 22 August 2014.

Mr Dominello made the announcement during a visit to WAYS Bondi Junction to mark International Youth Day. He was joined by Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith.

“The NSW Government is pleased to commit a total of $1 million for new Youth Opportunities projects which seek to empower at-risk young people to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and participate more fully in their local communities,” Mr Dominello said.



Raising Resilient and Confident Adolescents

WAYS along with Jewish Care ran a popular parent evening on the 19th August 2014 on Raising Resilient and Confident Adolescents with guest speakers Dr Terri Said and Dan Haesler. Practical strategies for parents included:

  • Teach how to separate the situation from the emotion
  • Help your kids manage negative emotions and problem solve
  • Do not always provide all the answers, or accommodate every need
  • Focus on managing failure as much as successes
  • Encourage help seeking behaviour
  • Foster resilience in your children

Let your kids make mistakes and normalize failure. If you would like to be put on an email list to be notified of any upcoming lectures, workshops or seminars regarding parenting of adolescents, please call 9365 2500 and ask for Kelly or Olivia.

The WAYS Effective Parenting Course will be starting again from the 10th November – 8th December. Dr Terri Said along with Kelly Beasley and Olivia Garnett will be running the ever-popular, free five week course. The course is jam-packed with the latest information, strategies and skills for parents who want to manage the behaviour of their teenage children. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Reflecting on your Parenting
  • Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Setting Limits and Boundaries
  • Practical Strategies for Building Resilience in your Children
  • And MORE!

Adolescent Development Registration is now open. To reserve your place, please call 9365 2500 and ask for Kelly or Olivia.