From the Primary Deptuy

Mary Poppins
Have you bought your musical tickets yet?  Opening night is soon, and there is a real “buzz” around the rehearsals.  The stage has been extended, props are in place, costumes have been adjusted and things are looking great.  I have included the performance information for each grade, so you know which performance to book for (though you are very welcome to book for more than one).  Remember, it is OK for children to sing with a brother/sister in another grade, to make arrangements easier for parents.

  • Friday August 25th Year 4
  • Saturday August 26th Kindergarten, Prep T1 and Prep L (Matinee)
  • Saturday August 26th Year 2 and Year 3  (Evening)
  • Friday September 1st Year 5
  • Saturday September 2nd Year 1, Prep T2 and Prep W (Matinee)
  • Saturday September 2nd Year 6 (Evening)

You can purchase tickets online here.

Primary Athletics
Congratulations to all of the students who represented William Carey at the recent Zone Athletics Carnival.  By all accounts our students performed very well, with a number proceeding to the State Carnival in a few weeks.

Parent Volunteers
Thank you to the parents who have arranged to provide the school with their Working With Children Check (WWCC) information.  This is a requirement for all parents helping at William Carey, as we seek to ensure the safety of the children.  If you are planning to help at school, and do not yet have a WWCC, please arrange one as soon as possible.  You can see Mrs Katzberg in the Primary Office if you need assistance with this.  Each WWCC lasts for five years, so we don’t require annual updates.

Word Mania
I am very impressed by the enthusiasm with which our students are approaching the online Word Mania challenge.  At the end of Round 1, several of our grades featured prominently on the leader board.  If you would like to see what this is all about, please go to

Literacy Pro
Similar enthusiasm is also being shown by our Year 3-6 students, as they engage with Literacy Pro online.  Literacy Pro (previously known as Lexile) allows students to keep track of the books they are reading, the number of words they have read and also provides quizzes to challenge them once a book is complete.  If you are unsure of how your child should be accessing Literacy Pro from home, ask them – all 3-6 students have a logon.  We have a large number of students who have surpassed the 100, 000 word level, with some already passing 500, 000 words.  Who will be the first student to reach 1, 000, 000?

Staff Training
Primary Staff recently undertook training presented by NSW Health around Fundamental Movement Skills as well as Crunch and Sip.  Staff found this very helpful, as we look at PE and Health programs.  There are also ideas for parents, which looks at childhood health and nutrition, with a program called Go4Fun.  More information can be found at

Parent/Teacher Interviews
A reminder that our Term 3 parent/teacher interviews will be held during Week 7 of this term.  Our Year 3-6 interviews will take place on Tuesday 5th September, with K-2 on Wednesday 6th September.  NOTE: KC interviews will be held earlier, on Wednesday 30th August.  As usual, bookings will be made online through the PTO webpage.  Detailed information will be coming home soon.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday 15/8
ICAS Mathematics Competition

Wednesday 16/8
IPSSO – Thomas Hassall vs. WCCS
Fast Football

Friday 18/8
State Athletics Carnival at Blacktown International Sports Park

Wednesday 23/8
IPSSO – All Saints Grammar vs. WCCS
Fast Football

Friday 25/8


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

In His service,
Robert Burgess