From the Primary Deputy

Grandparent’s Day/Book Week

What a fun week we had last week!  Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who came up and enjoyed the various activities.  We discovered that you can actually serve over 600 morning teas, especially as we had the assistance of our amazing Year 11 hospitality class.  If you have any feedback about how we can improve activities such as grandparent’s day, or to tell us what went really well, please let me know.  Some photos from the day are here.

School Photos – Parent Input Required

As you will recall, we asked for feedback from families regarding school photos.  Mr Hudson and I met with the photography company and went through all of the feedback with them.  The meeting was very productive, with a number of changes decided upon.  I will inform you of some of these decisions in coming Newsletters.  However, we need your input.  We currently receive the photo packages based on the booklet format.  There are a number of other formats available, similar to the tradition style of school photos, produced on photo quality paper.  For the next two weeks, we will have samples of each style in the Uniform Shop.  Please take the time to drop in, view the different styles and let the ladies know your preference.  From there, we will tally the votes and inform the photography company.  It is essential that parents engage in this process, as you are the ones receiving the finished product.

You can view a video that shows you the differences via the Newsletter email. Please share you preference via email to


Just a reminder about the third Prep class which is opening next year.  Click here for more information and be sure to tell your friends.

Our current Prep students are getting a taste of “big school” at the moment, joining Kindergarten for various lessons both inside and outside of the classroom.  From what I have seen, they are adjusting well, and I suspect they will walk in like they own the place at the beginning of next year.  It is a blessing to have the Prep School at William Carey, as it is an excellent grounding for the beginning of the children’s school journey.


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has been part of William Carey for a number of years, however, in 2018 it is becoming more formalised.  For those who may have missed the previous articles, the basics are these for Primary.

  • In 2018, Year 5 students will be expected to bring a device to class to incorporate into their learning.
  • In 2019, the next Year 5 will do the same, meaning we then have Years 5 and 6 with BYOD present.
  • For Prep to Year 4, the school has a variety of devices (i-Pads, Chromebooks, desktop computers, etc) which we provide for students to use.
  • Year 3 and 4 students may choose to bring in devices, as guided by their class teacher.

Please click here to access the “BYOD For Learning” booklet the school has created, to answer more of your questions.  This booklet not only discusses the practicalities of what to buy for each grade/age, it also presents what BYOD will look like in the classroom.  Simply put, devices will not be replacing teaching; they will be another tool for use in classrooms.  Feel free to have a chat with me, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Post or your child’s teacher, for more information.


Upcoming Events

Monday 30/10
Kindergarten and Year 5 Gymnastics

Wednesday 1/11       

Thursday 2/11 
Prep 2018 Orientation

Friday 3/11         
K-6 Assembly – 2pm in the hall

Monday 6/11       
Kindergarten and Year 5 Gymnastics

Wednesday 8/11      
Prep/Kindergarten Literacy Swap (1)

Friday 10/11           
Prep/Kindergarten Literacy Swap (2)


Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

In His service,
Robert Burgess