From the Primary Deputy

Music in Primary
We are very blessed at William Carey to have a specialist music teacher, Mrs Arielle Shenouda, working with our students in Kindergarten to Year 6.  Those of you who saw any of the music items at assemblies last year would appreciate what I am talking about.  We have modified the program this year, to streamline the process.  Students in Years 4 to 6 are doing a double dose of music each week with Mrs Shenouda for Semester 1.  In Semester 2, Kindergarten to Year 3 will have their turn.  Students will have one semester of intensive music, covering all curriculum requirements.  We will evaluate this at the end of the year, to see if this is the best way to continue.  In the meantime, I am enjoying the sounds of drumming as I work in my office.

Visitors from Trinity Grammar
Each year, some senior students from Trinity Grammar School have a training camp during which they learn how to share the Gospel with younger students.  As part of this camp, the students come out to William Carey for three days and practise what they have learnt with our Primary School.  This is always a very enjoyable time, as these young men share their faith.  Their visit has taken place over this week, and we have greatly valued their input.

Uniform is not something I wish to keep high on the agenda, so it would be helpful if we could resolve a few issues quickly.  The two main areas are sport shoes (particularly colours) and jewellery.  Below are paragraphs from the School policy (available through the Parent/Carer Handbook) regarding these two areas.  If either applies to your child, could you please rectify the situation as soon as possible. I am happy to chat with anyone seeking clarification.


  • Jewellery is restricted to wrist watches (girls and boys) and one small plain gold, silver or birthstone stud or sleeper per ear (girls only).
  • Additionally, from the ICT policy, Fitbits or similar are acceptable, but no form of Smart Watch may be worn.

Sport Shoes:

  • Only on sports days students are to wear fully enclosed and lace up (no slips-on or canvas upper shoes, e.g. Vans). They should provide arch, ankle and sole protection and be conservative in colour (mainly black, white, navy, grey or silver – not fluoro)

Maphutseng Partnership Money Boxes
Our school continues to support children and their families in the Maphutseng region of Lesotho.  From time to time, there are special days where we target fundraising for specific purposes.  However, we also have money boxes in each classroom, where children can drop off small change at any time.  This money goes directly towards helping sponsor a child in Lesotho, to cover their costs to attend school.  Many of these children are orphans and live with their extended families.  Without our support, the children have to leave school, so they can work to support their families.  If your child comes home mentioning the class money box, this is what they are referring to.

Coming Soon:
Friday 1st March
K-2 Dance
CSSA Boys’ Soccer Trials

Monday 4th March
Gymnastics for Years 1 and 3

Wednesday 6th March
IPSSO – WCCS vs. St Marks

Thursday 7th March
Prep Meet the Teacher (all classes) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Prep
After School Cricket
Year 6 family and friends BBQ
CIS AFL Trials

Friday 8th March
Year 1 Australian Museum Excursion
K-6 Assembly, 2:00 pm in the hall (items from Year 2 and Year 4)
Bullying? No Way! Day

Monday 11th March
Primary CSSA State Swimming Carnival
Gymnastics for Years 1 and 3

Tuesday 12th March
Prep Mufti Day (1)

Wed 13th to Fri 15th March
Year 6 Canberra Camp

Wednesday 13th March

Friday 15th March
Prep Mufti Day (2)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
– Ephesians 2:8-9

In His service,

Robert Burgess
Primary Deputy