From Mr Hudson

Earlier this term, I wrote about the importance of good habits and the best practices to cultivate them.

“Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened and broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.” – Mortimer J. Adler

It was great to return to the Tuesday morning routine and have our first High School assembly this week. We celebrated and encouraged students in the way they engaged in remote learning and how they had returned to school. COVID-19 and isolation allowed for people to reflect on the blessings we have as a school community.  I shared with students that the COVID-19 break would have changed them and their habits. Personally, The 5 Ways to Wellbeing structure on the Welfare help page allowed me to focus on things that helped my wellbeing.  I used the example of ‘LG’ – Learning new things e.g. baking products was a trial and error for me but, finally, a success. This newfound skill of baking allowed me to Give and provide others with sweet baked products.  This allowed others to be grateful.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie.

Year 12 Activities
On Friday last week, our Year 12 students engaged in a fun community building activity. The SLC organised a BBQ lunch where Year 12 students dressed up as their favourite TV and Movie characters. There were some wonderful costumes as our students really committed to dressing up. It was great to be able to see the grade coming together in what has been a very challenging year. We wish them all the best as they enter a busy period of assessment and preparation for the Trial HSC Examinations.

Laptop Chargers
For students having any issues with laptops not keeping their charge, we now have the ability for students to get their chargers tested and tagged every Wednesday. Students need to drop off chargers, along with five dollars to the Uniform Shop. At recess they will be able to go back and collect the chargers. Chargers that are current and have been tested and tagged can be used at school.

Student Attendance
Students are now required to attend school.  Please inform us if there are any concerns that a student cannot attend school.  A reminder that, if your child is absent for three or more consecutive days, you are required to explain the absence on the Portal and supply the school with a doctor’s certificate.

Student Academic Reports
This semester, academic reports will not be mailed to carers but will be uploaded onto Edumate. The reports are in a new format and will be available in Week 10. These can be found in Edumate, under Progress/Academic Reports.

* Years 7 -10 reports will provide a student grade and a grade distribution graph that displays the spread of grades that were achieved by the cohort.  The grades awarded are based on the NESA curriculum outcomes and performance descriptors for each course and are used to report student achievement. Grades are from A-E. To read about the Common Grade Scale descriptors click on the link.

* The new Learner Profile:
Teachers of each course will assign a descriptor which indicates the frequency that a student displays each of the Learner Profile Statements.  Learner Profile Statements are intended to provide a general picture of a student’s approach to academic activities. They demonstrate student development as a self-regulating learner. The Learner Profile Statements are aligned with the William Carey Attributes.

There will be more details regarding the structure of reports in later communication.

Below is a reminder of what Mr McMullen sent to you this week.

Changes are expected to come into effect from the start of Term 3 for William Carey Christian School. Procedures remaining in place:
* Physical distancing: Non-essential adults are still not permitted on school grounds or at school events unless specifically approved. Adults must continue to maintain a physical distance of 1.5m from one another.
* Safety and Hygiene:  Infection control and hygiene measures will continue. Students are to bring their own water bottles – bubblers are not available

Expected from Start of Term 3
* Incursions/activities with external adult providers to support delivery of curriculum (including music tutors)
* Student activities outside school hours (e.g. Carey Dance Academy)
* Inter school events and competitions (e.g. MISA, IPSSO, debating etc) Several other activities are under consideration and as any further changes are made, you will be informed.

High School Photo Day with be on the 4th September. Thank you to the parents who have responded to the survey. The day will run as usual with year group photos and individual photos. If you are concerned and do not wish your child to be part of the year photo, you can provide a note on the day and he/she can stay out of the photo.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15

Anthony Hudson