From Mr Burgess

Book Week – Term 4, Week 2

Despite having to make some adjustments, Book Week will still be going ahead next term.  As usual, it will feature the Scholastic Bookfair, as well as an opportunity for students to dress up for a book parade.  The theme this year is, “Curious Creatures and Wild Minds.”  (I’m sure we could all have come up with an alternative title more reflective of 2020…)  I’m confident this has a lot of scope for pupils to come up with creative ideas for the parade.  Unfortunately, parents and grandparents will not be able to come onsite for any of the activities.  We will be so glad when this restriction can be lifted!

More information will come home via the WCCS App closer to the events.

Changing of the Guard

Hopefully everyone has received communication from Mr McMullen regarding me leaving at the end of the year.  As Mr McMullen commented, I have been at William Carey for 31 years, so it is well and truly time for a change, both for me and for the school.  It has been an absolute privilege to have been part of this special community for so long, and I will greatly miss so many aspects when I leave.  I will have more to say nearer the end of the year.  Please be in prayer for Mr McMullen and the School Board, as they find the appropriate replacement.

School Photos (Reminder)

School photos were postponed from earlier in the year, due to COVID.  The new arrangements are:

* Friday 16th October – Primary Photo Day, Prep (Thurs/Fri) plus remaining sibling photos

* Wednesday 21st October – Prep Photo Day (Mon-Wed)

You will receive a message via the WCCS App, outlining how to order online.  This will include individual, class and sibling photos.  The message will contain a code unique to William Carey, which allows you to access your Advanced Life photo account online and place your order.

ICT Reminders

Based on recent incidents, it would appear that some of our students have forgotten aspects of the WCCS ICT user agreement.  This is the agreement that all students in Year 3 and above sign at the beginning of the year, indicating that they will use their devices, or school devices, appropriately.  A few areas that seem to have been forgotten include:

* Only use your device at school for school purposes (this covers many of the infringements)
* No messaging/emailing, unless directed by the teacher
* Never use your device in the playground/bus bay/carlines/etc
* No taking photos, unless directed by the teacher for a specific task
* Only search/Google what you are asked to.

Breaches of the user agreement will see students lose access to school sites and accounts for a period of one week.  In this digital age, that can cause a lot of issues, so we would appreciate your support with reinforcing the expectations with your child/ren.  You can check the user agreement in the front of your child’s planner.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

In His service,
Robert Burgess