WCCS News


WCCS News

  • BYOD for Learning

  • 20-09-2017
  • BYOD coming soon. For more information click here.


  • Suicide Prevention Seminar for Parents and Carers

  • 27-04-2017
  • Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 25?

    On Monday, 8th May at 7:00 pm , Donna Redman will be presenting at a Parent/Carer Seminar hosted by WCCS on the topic of Suicide Prevention.

    The presentation will cover:

    • Current trends and statistics pertaining to suicide
    • The role of the “gatekeeper” in suicide prevention
    • Protective and risk factors for young people
    • Warning signs for suicidal ideation – what to look for
    • Safe methods of intervention (including self-care and arenas of safety)
    • Referring young people at risk – where do I go for help?

    Donna is a young adult fiction writer and Leader of Wellbeing (Pastoral Care Coordinator) in a school in South West Sydney. She has been awarded an International Study Tour Scholarship from the NSW Department of Education in conjunction with the Anika Foundation and will be gathering information and data on the most recent strategies for the prevention of youth depression and suicide and proactive strategies to promote overall wellbeing in adolescents.

    Following the professional presentation our guest speaker, as well the counselling and senior welfare team, will be available to answer questions and discuss situations specific to your circumstances.

    Please note that, whilst this seminar is open to all WCCS parents and carers, children should not attend.


  • Brickfest is Back!

  • 26-04-2017
  • On the 27th of May, 2017, the second Southwest Brickfest will be hosted by WCCS in conjunction with Rainbow Bricks. Last year’s Southwest Brickfest was an overwhelming success and we can’t wait to see you all there again! Click here to find out more.


  • We’ve Gone Digital!

  • 20-03-2017
  • The WCCS Newsletter is now being distributed digitally! To see our latest editions or to subscribe to the Newsletter, click here.


  • Mary Poppins Cast and Crew

  • 05-03-2017
  • Our Mary Poppins cast and crew have been working hard to bring this spectacular musical production to life. Each week, we are introducing members of the team to our community. Get the know the cast and crew here.


  • 2016 HSC Results

  • 19-12-2016
  • Congratulations to all of our HSC students on their hard work and wonderful achievements. HSC results were published on the 15th of December and ATARs released on the 16th of December.

    In 2016, William Carey students achieved 25 Band 6 results (90% or more, or an E4 in an extension course) across 16 subject areas. 17 students received a Band 6 result in at least one subject. In addition, we had 181 Band 5 results (80% or more).

    Subjects in which students earned Band 6 results were Mathematics (4), PDHPE (4), Modern History (2), Music 1 (2), English Extension 1 (1), Mathematics Extension 1 (1), Advanced English (1), Ancient History (1), Biology (1), Business Studies (1), Extension History (1), General Mathematics (1), IPT (1), Senior Science (1), Textiles and Design (1) and Visual Arts (1).

    Congratulations to Hope Siciliano who achieved an ATAR ranking of 94.2 and Millicent Robertson whose ATAR is 93.5. Other outstanding achievements were made by Ruth Paul (93.2), Vishant Prasad (93.05), Elizabeth Hayes (91.9), Brian Bokalawela (91.8), Ethan Jones (91.6) and Kyra Lyell (91.05). Well done to all 80 of our HSC cohort – we pray your efforts are rewarded with the courses or careers that have been mapped out for you.

    Any other students who wish to advise the school of ATAR results should contact us via pr@wccs.nsw.edu.au.


  • Employment Opportunities

  • 21-10-2016
  • Click here to find out about the positions we have available for 2017.


  • National Tree Day

  • 04-08-2016
  • Last week, William Carey Primary classes planted 100 new trees around the school as part of National Tree Day. Every Primary class planted at least one tree, most with the help of our school gardener, Mr Ben. All of the trees are Australian natives and were kindly donated by Liverpool Council or Planet Ark.

    Primary students also completed activities related to trees and Tree Day throughout the week in their classes. Students learned about the science of how trees work as well as why trees are so important to us and our environment.

    We look forward to watching these trees grow over many years to come! Please visit our gallery to see photos from the day.


  • The Good Doctor is Coming to WCCS

  • 14-06-2016
  • Every year the Drama class in Year 11 takes on a far from usual dramatic work to perform at William Carey Christian School. This year is no different.

    The play chosen this time around is Neil Simon’s comedy romp “The Good Doctor”. It is really a series of short plays, based on the short stories and other works of Russian writer Anton Chekhov.  Drama teacher, Mrs Sylvia Morris, explains, “Each story exposes the frailties, susceptibility and yet tender nature of human beings​ but the Drama class have loved taking on this project because each story does not end typically or predictably. What we end up with is a rich comedy that will keep any audience entertained.”

    With short titles such as “The Sneeze” (a government worker has a nervous breakdown after sneezing on an Army General at the Opera) through to “Surgery” (where a patient becomes frightened by the dentist’s zeal fro her profession after only complaining of a toothache).

    Drama Student Rhea Stafidis plays the “writer” whose opinions and running commentary is given on each scene. She gives one final opinion:  “This play is really quirky and fast paced. The humour just adds to the tone of the play and is the perfect remedy to an otherwise dull Winter’s night”.

    Tickets are on sale now at William Carey by calling 9608 2277 between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm or by visiting the School Uniform Shop – adults $10; high school students and pensioners $5. Primary school-aged and younger children are welcome free of charge. “The Good Doctor” will be performed on Tuesday, 21st June at 7:00 pm and Wednesday, 22nd at 3:30 pm in the WCCS Drama Studio.

     

     


  • Primary Athletics Carnival

  • 07-06-2016
  • The Primary Athletics Carnival is on today for all students from Years 3 – 6. Looking forward to a great day!


  • School operating as normal today

  • 06-06-2016
  • Attention: School operating as normal today.

    All High School: Please be advised that the Athletics Carnival has been made a Competitors Only Carnival (i.e. you are going to compete in events where you have a high expectation / chance of qualifying for the Zone Carnival). Also please note that the only events running are track, javelin and discus events. All other events will not be running.

    For all other students, please pack all your books for a usual Monday Week B.


  • A Little Night Music

  • 17-03-2016
  • A Little Night Music

    Saturday, 17th of June 2017

    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    The evening will include a 20 minute intermission and the opportunity to purchase soup and snacks.

    To secure your free tickets for A Little Night Music, the WCCS Art Music Concert, please fill out the form below. Once you submit your form, you will be directed to a link where you can download and print off your ticket/s.

    Please print the amount of tickets that you have booked, as this will help us with catering.

    The event will feature performances by the WCCS concert band, junior band, string ensemble and flute ensemble, as well as solo instrumental and piano performances.

     

    A Little Night Music RSVP

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  • SOUTHWEST BRICKFEST is Coming Soon!

  • 09-03-2016
  • Southwest Brickfest 2017

    Book tickets: Tickets are now available online or you can buy them at the door on the day.

    WCCS is pleased to announce the return of the Southwest Brickfest! The Southwest Brickfest will be presented by Rainbow Bricks LUG on Saturday, 27th May from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm in the WCCS auditorium. Lego exhibitors from all over NSW will be there to display their amazing creations. Brickfest exhibitions are kept fresh and current by the creation of new displays and the addition of new exhibitors, many of whom showcase their skills at Lego displays throughout Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. So rest assured that, even if you came in 2016, the Southwest Brickfest 2017 will have fantastic new displays for you to enjoy!

    Saturday, 27th May

    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    $5 per person or $15 for a family of four

    (two adults/two children or one adult/three children)

    Displays

    This exciting event will not only feature Brickfest’s amazing displays, but will also include robotic displays courtesy of WCCS.

    Speed Building Competitions

    Our speed-building competitions will be back! Every half hour, children will be invited to the stage for a 60 second speed build to demonstrate their creativity – brilliant prizes will be up for grabs in each round.

    School Tours

    School tours will run at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to speak to our Enrolments staff as you explore our large campus.

    Things To Do

    Are you missing that final block or a rare piece? Then come along and check out the products that will be for sale. Take a break for lunch with a sausage sizzle, food and drink stalls and a gourmet coffee cart. There will be a jumping castle and free Lego play areas (for the young AND young at heart), as well as outdoor entertainment that will be provided by some of William Carey’s talented senior students.

    Want to find out more about WCCS? Book a tour today.

    Like what you see? Request an enrolment pack.

     

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  • 2015 HSC Results

  • 16-12-2015
  • HSC Results are in for 2015

    Congratulations to all of our HSC students on their hard work and wonderful achievements this year. HSC results were published on the 16th of December and ATARs released on the 17th of December.

    In 2015, William Carey students achieved 21 band 6 results (90+% mark or a notional band 6 if in an extension course) across 13 subject areas. 13 students received a band 6 result in at least one subject. In addition, we had 165 band 5 results (80% or more).

    Subjects that earned band 6 results were Business Studies (2), Chemistry (1), Drama (1), Economics (2), Mathematics (1), Extension 1 Mathematics (4), Extension 2 Mathematics (1), Music (1), PDHPE (3), Physics (2), Textiles & Design (1), Visual Arts (1) and Hospitality (1).

    Congratulations goes to Jasneil Singh who achieved an ATAR ranking of 97.70 to be this year’s dux. Close behind were Bradley Stephens (97.5) and Nathaniel Warren (97.15). Other notable achievements were Vinaayak Ram (94.95); Jerome Sami (94.7); Ethan Tai (94.25) and Mary Zheng (93.95). Well done to all 88 of our HSC cohort – we pray your efforts are rewarded with the courses or careers that have been mapped out for you.


  • Casula Powerhouse displays WCCS students’ works

  • 15-12-2015
  • Well done Sara Nguyen and Naomi Jimenez! Both have been chosen to have their HSC major artwork displayed at the Powerhouse over February and March 2016. This exhibition, suitably named “NEXT” is held each year to showcase the best local talent in HSC major works.

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  • New Principal Commencing 2016

  • 12-10-2015
  • Our new School Principal, commencing next year, is Mr Keith McMullen. Please click here to read the letter from the President of the Board regarding this new appointment.


  • The NED Show at Carey

  • 10-08-2015
  • On Monday July 27th, Maiya from the NED Show, visited WCCS and presented a great message to all of our students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

    The NED Show uses humour, storytelling, audience participation and yo-yo and magic tricks to teach students to become champions at school and in life.

    During 2015, the NED Show will visit nearly 2.5 million students in 5,500 schools around the globe. Since the company’s beginning in 1989 more than 25 million students in all 50 US states, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK have seen the NED Show.

    The NED Show does not cost schools anything.  Through the sale of yo-yos, a “pay it forward” option allows us to sponsor the next school to participate in the programme. What a fantastic initiative!


  • Our Fantastic Facilities and Grounds

  • 17-07-2015
  • At William Carey, we are extremely fortunate to have wonderful grounds and facilities where our students can learn and play. This video offers a new perspective of the WCCS site and shows us just how much we really have here. Settle in and treat yourself to a relaxing few minutes as you see things from a new point of view.


  • The Countdown is on!

  • 15-07-2015
  • With only five weeks to go, the countdown to Seussical is now on! Our cast and crew have been working incredibly hard to bring this show to life and they have done a brilliant job. Tickets are selling fast, so do yourself a favour and purchase yours ASAP. Check out this behind the scenes video for a tantalising taste of what’s in store.


  • Mr Wake’s New Blog

  • 15-06-2015
  • Our school principal, Mr Wake, has recently joined the wonderful world of blogging. If you would like to read updates and news stories straight from the principal himself, then follow his blog here. Mr Wake regularly posts insightful musings, news items and informative articles.


  • A Little Night Music

  • 10-06-2015
  • This will be a wonderful night for students in the string ensemble, junior band and concert band to perform. You will also hear from solo instrumentalists, the flute ensemble and the Harrowsmith String Ensemble. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Saturday, 13th June: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (20 minute intermission). Soup and snacks will be available. Please pre-order your FREE tickets from the Uniform Shop to assist with catering.


  • Changes to Athletics Carnivals

  • 29-05-2015
  • Please be advised that the High School Athletics Carnival has been moved from Monday, 1st June to Tuesday, 2nd June at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium. Students are to come to school on Monday, 1st June as per usual.

    Consequently, the Primary Athletics Carnival has been postponed to Monday, 22nd of June. This will take place at The Ridge Athletics track, New Illawarra Road, Barden Ridge. More details are to follow for Primary School families.

    This change of plans is due to Council double booking the stadium and the fact that we must run our High School Carnival before the Zone Athletics Carnival, which is on the 18th of June.

    Please note that the musical rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon will go ahead as planned.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

     


  • CSSA Primary Girls Soccer Gala Day Update

  • 22-05-2015
  • At this stage, the Gala Day is still going ahead. However, Penrith Council will make a final decision regarding the grounds on Monday morning at 8am. Consequently, the starting time of the day has moved to 10am, to allow us to respond to the decision made.

    Assuming the day is going ahead, students will now be leaving school at 8:30am. If you are meeting us at the grounds, please be there by 9:30am at the latest.
    If there are any updates, they will be put on the Sport Blog, School Webpage and FaceBook page ASAP.

    The finishing time for the day is also uncertain at this stage. We will know by Monday morning and will inform parents then. We will also update the various electronic sites.

    Here’s hoping for a fine weekend!


  • Primary Cross Country Carnival 2015

  • 07-05-2015
  • Our Primary students, families and staff had a wonderful time at their Cross Country Carnival yesterday. The weather was perfect and the event was great fun for everyone involved. Fell free to have a look through the gallery of photos from the event – our photographers did an excellent job of capturing the moments that made up the day.


  • OOSH Exceeds National Quality Standard

  • 07-05-2015
  • At the end of last term, the WCCS OOSH service was inspected by the Early Childhood Education Care Directorate using the National Quality Standards Assessment and Rating Report. The result of this inspection was that the service received an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard.  This is the highest rating you can achieve and is testament to the excellent quality practice that occurs in OOSH.  Congratulations to all at OOSH – you provide a fantastic service to our school.

    To achieve this rating they were inspected the following 7 rating areas:

    1. Educational program and practice – Exceeding National Quality Standard
    2. Children’s health and safety – Exceeding National Quality Standard
    3. Physical environment – Exceeding National Quality Standard
    4. Staffing arrangements – Exceeding National Quality Standard
    5. Relationships with children – Exceeding National Quality Standard
    6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities – Exceeding National Quality Standard
    7. Leadership and service management – Exceeding National Quality Standard

    Find out more about what the WCCS OOSH has to offer.


  • Soccer Gala Day Postponed

  • 01-05-2015
  • The Primary Girls’ Soccer Gala Day that was scheduled to be held on Monday has been postponed. The new date is Monday, 25th May.


  • High School Cross Country

  • 30-04-2015
  • Our High School students had a fantastic time at the Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday. Check out the gallery for some great displays of athleticism, teamwork and healthy competition.


  • Parent Seminar – “Adolescent Suicide: The Silent Killer”

  • 30-04-2015
  • All parents, carers and adult members of the wider WCCS community are welcome to attend this informative seminar.

    Wednesday, 6th May from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in R Block.

    We have invited chief inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (rtd) to be our keynote speaker on the night. Gary is a retired Chief Inspector of the New South Wales Police Force in Sydney. Prior to joining the police, he was an Ambulance Officer with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales and he now serves as a passionate campaigner and educator in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention.

    As a member of the Police Rescue Squad, Gary performed over 1,500 rescues including 1,000 motor vehicle collision rescues, 200 cliff rescues, and 200 suicide negotiations at heights such as cliffs, buildings, bridges, roofs and towers. He also performed industrial and domestic rescues. He conducted searches both on land, air and sea whilst working as crew on the police helicopter. Gary has also performed duty at numerous siege and barricade situations as well. Gary attended and dealt with many identified explosive devices.

    Gary performed duty at the Granville Train Disaster, Thredbo Landslide Disaster, the Newcastle Earthquake, Luna Park Ghost Train Fire and Hilton Hotel Bombing. He also worked on the Manly Ferry collision case, Nurse Anita Cobby’s murder, Member of Parliament John Newman’s assassination, Cyclone Larry in North Queensland and the Boxing Day Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka. Gary has received a number of awards for his bravery displayed during rescue and suicide negotiation missions.

    Gary is an engaging and passionate speaker, He has spoken both in Australia and overseas conferences including the Hendon Police Training College, London. Gary is now serving as Vice-President and Senior State Chaplain to the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) of New South Wales. This organisation has over 73 squads and 3,000 volunteers as members. The VRA provides land, sea and air patrol rescue capability. Gary conducts workshops to help people in the VRA become aware of Critical Incident Stress Management.

    Gary talks candidly about the rise in youth suicide in Australia and how parents can develop a strong emotional intelligence and prevent thoughts of suicide and self harm. The key is through good communication with adolescence (often a challenge when they get to the grunting stage). Gary unpacks children’s issues with stress, anxiety and the often unseen depression.

    Please make it a priority to attend this seminar, as we endeavour to learn more about this incredibly important issue. Please note that children should not attend this event.


  • P-2 Fun Run Postponed

  • 30-04-2015
  • Today’s P-2 Fun Run has been postponed until next Thursday, 7th of May. We are making wet weather plans, so the Fun Run will definitely be on next week, regardless of weather conditions. Normal school uniform is preferred however, if your child is already to go, the sports uniform will be fine for today.


  • Problems with WCCS Phone Lines

  • 29-04-2015
  • The telephone lines at WCCS are currently down, meaning that the school can not receive incoming calls or make outgoing calls. We are working with Telstra to rectify this problem. If you need to urgently contact the school, you can reach the Front Office on 0429 770 422. We will advise when the lines have been fixed.


  • Changes due to Flooding

  • 22-04-2015
  • UPDATE: Bus 852 will terminate at Mannow Ave, if your children usually depart the bus after this point, you will need to collect them from Mannow Ave. If you need to make other arrangements please contact the school immediately on 9608 2277.

    The rain is easing but the creek is still rising. The WCCS car park is partially closed so, if you are able, you may collect your children early today to help alleviate congestion. We have been advised that there are a number of local road closures and that there may be some variations to bus routes this afternoon – we will advise of any details as they become available. Parents of students travelling on Transit Systems buses are advised to call 131 500 for information.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS AFTERNOON’S MUSICAL REHEARSAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED – students should travel home as per usual arrangements. The orchestra rehearsal at 6:30 pm will go ahead as planned.

    The WCCS OOSH service will operate as usual.

    Additionally, the High School Cross Country Carnival has been postponed. We will advise when a new date has been selected.

    See Live Traffic NSW for more details about road closures and delays.

    Thank you for your cooperation. Please drive carefully and stay safe on the roads.


  • National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

  • 20-03-2015
  • Today is the 2015 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION against bullying and violence.

    William Carey is a registered school supporting and participating in this important day. Our Primary school children have been involved in NDA class activities today, which will also continue through next week. Activities vary for each year. Years 1-6 completed a colouring in page and Years 5 and 6 received a laminated “go to card” for their purse/wallet.

    The Primary Quad has the big anti bullying banners up and everyone in Primary,children and staff, is wearing a NDA wristband, which reads “Bullying. No way. TAKE A STAND TOGETHER”. The day will finish with a film in assembly.

    We must all take a stand against bullying and violence; we can make a difference.


  • Phineas Pig Comes to Carey

  • 18-03-2015
  • There was lots of excitement in the Library last Wednesday as author, Sharon Perry, and illustrator, Julie Robertson, visited William Carey to show off their new book Phineas Pig and the Mud Puddle.

    This book is the first book of the Bobson Farm series. In the story, Phineas Pig and the Bobson Farm gang go in search of the mud puddle. Along the way, Phineas Pig learns the true value of friendship.

    Author, Sharon Perry, has always been passionate about writing and literature. Phineas Pig and the Mud Puddle is Sharon’s first children’s book.

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    Illustrator, Julie Robertson, is a William Carey parent and an incredibly talented illustrator. Julie exhibits her work at the Traffic Jam Gallery at Neutral Bay and online.

    Phineas Pig and the Mud Puddle will soon be on sale at Word Bookshop and Big W, but in the meantime you can visit the Bobson Farm Facebook page and message them to find out how you can purchase your copy.

    Many thanks to Julie and Sharon for visiting our school and sharing their story with the children. Check out some photos from this great event in our gallery.


  • Rebekah’s Fencing Victory

  • 11-03-2015
  • Rebekah Shiba (Year 11) has helped Australia to their first ever medal in the team event of the Asian Junior & Cadet Fencing championships in Abu Dhabi. Rebekah also competed in the individual event against the top fencers in Asia and finished 12th. Coaches from other countries commented that she is very impressive for a 16 year old and that she has a bright future in this event. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Rebekah!

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  • Invitation to Parent Seminar

  • 30-01-2015
  • A discussion of “The effects of the adult world on a developing adolescent mind.”

    WCCS parents and carers, as well as those from the local community, are invited to attend aviewing of Melinda Tankard Reist’s recent DVD, Too Sexy Too Soon. In this DVD, Melinda looks at how hyper-sexualised messages harm children and what you can do about it. She takes us on a visual tour of popular culture and unpacks how the proliferation of sexual imagery and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in girls and boys, and affects our ability to raise happy, healthy, resilient kids.

    The viewing will be followed by an open discussion with the WCCS counselling and senior welfare teams.

    Wednesday, 18th of February from 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm in the R Block meeting room.

    Please note that this event is for parents and carers only – children should not attend.


  • Welcome back!

  • 27-01-2015
  • Welcome to 2015 at William Carey! A special welcome to all of our new students and their families. 2015 is shaping up to be another big year in the life of WCCS – following on from the introduction of the New Australian Curriculum for English last year, Primary will be introducing new programs for Science and Mathematics. High School teachers are also working hard to implement the new curriculum changes into the Key Learning Areas (KLAs). Additionally, the whole WCCS community is gearing up for the spectacular production of Seussical the Musical that will hit our stage in Term Three.

    Today, we welcomed our new Year 7 students as they begin their High School career. We are excited to greet all of our Kindergarten students tomorrow (Wednesday, 28/1) as they take their first steps in “big school”.


  • Bianca, the King and I

  • 06-11-2014
  • Bianca L., a Year 6 student at William Carey Christian School, has just finished performing in Sydney’s eight week season of the smash hit musical The King and I at the Sydney Opera House. Bianca is no newcomer to the spotlight, having played the role of Tam in Miss Saigon when she was just four years old.

    Despite having shared the stage with stars Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Bianca is still incredibly humble about her talent. “The audition was scary,” she said, “I think I’m a good dancer and actor but I’m definitely not the best singer – I don’t know why they let me through!”

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    Bianca (front left in lime green shirt) with the cast of The King and I.

    It’s clear that, once she came to terms with being good enough to secure a part, Bianca enjoyed every aspect of her role in this most recent production, particularly meeting lots of new people. “I was really nervous at first because I didn’t know anyone, but then we all got to know each other and it was great.” During the show, each child cast member was paired with an adult from the cast, Bianca said that her “show mum” and all of her new friends are what she will miss the most about the experience.

    Bianca is obviously passionate about entertaining people and being on the stage. “Most of all,” she said, “I love that feeling when you come on stage at the end of the show to do the bows and everyone cheers for you.” It’s not hard to see why audiences cheer for the delightful and talented Bianca – she currently trains in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics and singing at the Dance Encore Performing Arts Studio in Bexley and has previously performed with the studio in America.

    Bianca is very grateful to WCCS for encouraging her and allowing her to have time away from school in order to participate in rehearsals and performances. While she loved her experience in the show, Bianca said that it left her with a lot of school work to catch up on. Being a model student, Bianca is already up to date again – just in time for her to audition for the next show, Matilda, in January of next year.


  • ALC Science Fair

  • 16-09-2014
  • Each year, students in the Advanced Learning Centre (ALC) spend a term stepping through a detailed Science experiment of their own choosing. All of the students’ findings are then presented to parents and teachers at the ALC Science Fair. Congratulations to all of the students who enthusiastically participated in this educational event during 2014.

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    Pictured: Adelaide B. with her project entitled “What Makes the Best Cookie?” and Muskaan K. with her display about how wind meters work.

  • Western Sydney Parklands Planting Program

  • 04-09-2014
  • Recently, a group of Year 5 and 6 students attended the Western Sydney Parklands 500 Schools Planting Program.  These students were part of a larger group of students, who are helping rejuvenate the Cumberland Forest in our local area.

    Students arrived to find holes already dug and a large collection of saplings ready to plant.  Detailed instructions were given regarding how to plant each tree, as well as how to attach a cardboard base, to assist with watering. The final touch was a “rabbit proof fence” around each tree, to give it a fighting chance.

    Despite some light rain, our students soldiered on, and by the end of the allotted 1½ hours, had managed to plant just over 200 trees.  According to the rangers in charge, this was a mammoth effort for one school and they were very pleased.  They also commented that the trees had been planted well.

    Congratulations to the students involved and thank you for your efforts.

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  • Literacy and Numeracy Information Night

  • 01-09-2014
  • Last week, some of our Primary parents and carers braved the weather to venture out to WCCS for the Literacy and Numeracy Information Night. They saw great student work samples that showed the incorporation of rich activities in classes and heard useful and interesting information from our panel of teachers. Feedback from those who attended was incredibly positive – one parent stated that it was, “Especially helpful as a new school mum assisting a child as he begins his reading journery”. Thank you to all of the staff and parents who attended this event as part of Literacy and Numeracy Week.

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  • James’ Historical Landmark

  • 11-08-2014
  • James G. from Year 8 at WCCS was recently declared the joint National Champion of the Australian History Competition, sharing the honour with a student from Victoria and another from the Northern Territory.

    James scored 49/50 in the National test conducted earlier this year. His love of history stems from a desire to see how things worked in the past, and to look at the finer details throughout the ages. James remarked, “My favourite areas of history are maritime and medieval history. I love the World Wars and British history also.”

    Congratulations, James – we are thrilled that you have been recognised with this award.


  • Primary Students Help Build a Bridge

  • 21-10-2013
  • On the last day of term two, students brought in coins to be stuck onto sheets of cardboard that were used to cover a wooden bridge set up in the hall  for the final assembly of the term. An amount of $929.80 was raised on the day. The weight of the coins on the wire that was strung to represent part of the bridge was so heavy, the wire broke under the stress. This was a great sign showing the generosity of the students to support this cause.

    WCCS continues to raise money for a bridge to span a river in the Maphutseng valley of Lesoto. The bridge is needed to cross the  river to get to school.  In the wet season, the river becomes dangerous to cross and students cannot get to school or have to sleep in the school overnight if the river rises during the day when they are at school.  This project, which is being shared between WCCS and Georges River Grammar School, is an ongoing partnership between the schools here in Australia and the community in the Maphutseng Valley.


  • Year 12 Student Receives Award for Service to the Community

  • 13-09-2013
  • Congratulations to Jessica H., Year 12, for receiving the Order of Australia Association Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Community. Like many of our students, Jessica has given countless hours to serving others in both her local and global community and is most definitely deserving of this recognition. We look forward to hearing about Jessica’s continued work in her community and encourage her as she seeks to serve others in this way.


  • Fencers Succeed Beyond School Boundaries

  • 11-04-2013
  • William Carey received good news this week about four of our students who represented the school at the recent Fencing Championships. Congratulations to the following students who out-“pointed” many other competitors:

    1st Place = Gold medal – Jacob D. (Year 10)  – Under 15 Boys individual Foil
    3rd place = Bronze medal – Rebekah S. (Year 9 ) – Under 15 Girl individual Foil
    3rd place = Bronze medal – Jonas D. (Year 7 ) – Under 13 Boys individual Epee
    3rd place = Bronze medal – Nathan S. (Year 5) – Under 11 Boys individual Foil

    All four competed in the Roberta Nutt shield which is one of only two annual school competitions where fencers represent their school rather than their Fencing Club. Congratulations to all of these students!


  • Brown’s Book is “Brilliant and Beautiful”

  • 04-04-2013
  • Former William Carey student and teacher, Lachlan Brown, has made quite a name for himself in the world of poetry. His recently published book of poetry, Limited Cities, received a glowing reviewing in The Australian. Click here to read the article.


  • Ex-Student Swaps TAFE Travel for Hero Duties

  • 20-03-2013
  • Luke Hyde (WCCS class of 2012) received his fair share of media interest yesterday. Luke and three other boys, all TAFE students, were travelling on a bus when they witnessed a woman slumped over the wheel of a car that was headed straight into a lake. The boys called out to their driver to stop then jumped out of the bus’ emergency exit and into the lake to pull the driver from her sinking vehicle. Luke and his mates have been hailed as heroes by the woman’s husband, who says she could have died without their intervention. For Luke, it was all in a good day’s work!

    Read more and watch interviews:

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/latest/a/-/newshome/16400445/awesome-students-hailed-for-womans-lake-rescue/

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/nsw/watch/a0328786-22e4-3994-b1de-51214c4c741a/mum-of-two-reunited-with-rescuers/


  • WCCS Students are Money Smart

  • 05-03-2013
  • William Carey has been chosen to be one of 70 Primary schools trialling a government initiative called Money Smart. The government aims to address some of the issues in financial literacy that are experienced by adults by introducing these issues to children from a young age. Some WCCS teachers met with a group of interested parents to introduce the programme and received an enthusiastic response. “This programme, linked with their Maths unit is just fantastic” said one parent.  “It goes beyond what my children normally see as money and into the “hidden money” of this century.  When you think about it from a child’s perspective, all they see is Mum buying lots of stuff, then producing a piece of plastic (their EFTPOS or credit card) and, after walking away with all these goods, they may even receive cash back in return”.

    For a lot of children, parents never stop to explain how all of these transactions work. Mrs Post, who is coordinating the Money Smart programme, explains, “It has been an excellent opportunity for students to engage in finances and to see how money really works”. The programme has been trialled by all teachers and has been embedded in the William Carey Primary curriculum since November.


  • Family Rivalry Spurs Success

  • 04-02-2013
  • Tegan Hudson and William Aitken are cousins who have grown up around friendly competition. Both 2012 HSC students attended William Carey Christian School in the same year group and amazingly were placed in the same classes every year since fourth grade. Even when it came to the wide choice of senior subjects offered, they picked no less than five the same, ensuring the battle continued right through to the HSC. Tegan edged out William when it came time for seeing their HSC Results – Tegan achieving an ATAR of 96.95 and choosing to do Radiography at the University of Sydney and Will 93.85 which enabled him to enrol in an Engineering (Scholars) course at the University of Wollongong.

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    Both agree that the healthy rivalry spurred one another onwards. Tegan explains, “I remember putting a lollipop on the line for the one who topped a test as far back as fourth class and in junior high school we drew up a table in our Advanced Learners class to track our results against each other”.  William and Tegan were regulars in the library after school, engaging the tutors on-hand to check their working and hone their essay skills.

    When asked to pass on some tips for the next crop of HSC students Will states, “exercise was essential in de-stressing and I visited the gym, jogged or went riding most days.  Striking the right balance between study and exercise is important”.  Tegan even drew up a motto for her HSC year, “When you work – work hard and work productively.  When you rest, rest completely and do it guilt free”.

    The current group of William Carey students have used these cousins as inspiration as they begin to tackle their own HSC challenge in 2013. For Tegan and William the rivalry has ended, although they will be keeping a close watch on each other from different university campuses and comparing university experiences over this year’s Christmas dinner.


  • NSW Schools Constitutional Convention

  • 26-09-2012
  • One of our Year 11 students, Zenina Z has been selected to participate in the New South Wales Schools Constitutional Convention on Monday, 5th November, 2012. The convention will involve up to 100 students from secondary schools across NSW. It will take place at the NSW Parliament in Macquarie Street, Sydney. It is a great opportunity for students to meet other like-minded students and apply their knowledge of law.

    Zenina, as one of our sharpest legal minds currently enrolled in Legal Studies, will be listening to a keynote speaker who is a Professor of Constitutional Law at Sydney University and then participating in a workshop in a small group to discuss the topic and develop a report-back.

    During the workshop groups, students will select 30 participants as delegates to the National Schools Constitutional Convention, which will be held in Canberra in 2013. The delegates will be elected by secret ballot from amongst the groups. The day culminates with a “conference referendum” on the issues that were discussed. The referendum questions are thought provoking and always topical. Zenina will be grappling with such referendum propositions as, that: “The Head of State should be an Australian Citizen”, “The Head of State should be chosen by the Commonwealth Parliament” and “The Head of State should be directly elected by the Australian people”.

    We are sure that Zenina will admirably represent WCCS!


  • Prep Olympics

  • 14-08-2012
  • The 2012 Olympic Games provided an excellent opportunity for WCCS Prep students to learn about other countries around the world, different sports that are played at this event and values such as teamwork, fair play and encouraging others. The Prep students began their discovery by locating London on a map. They learned about the Olympic Rings and then painted their own. They then began to prepare for their own Prep Olympics!

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    Medals were created from salt dough and were beautifully painted. Flags were painted and torches made. On the day of the event, the children marched in four different teams representing Great Britain, Australia, Kenya and China. After a brief opening ceremony, the children participated in tennis, javelin, swimming and the hammer throw. Lots of cheering was heard! At the conclusion, everyone received a medal presented by Mr Burgess, the Primary Deputy Principal.
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