Welcome back to Term 3!
Despite lessons stopping for the holiday break, school has remained an active place with the OOSH Holiday Program running at full speed and the long ‘to do’ list being caught up on by our maintenance and cleaning team. This included the setting up of the stage extensions in preparation for the ‘High School Musical’ shows in a month’s time.
Last week Year 10 completed their work experience program and I would like to thank these students for the positive way they represented the school. Our staff rang and spoke with each of the employers and comments were consistently given on the excellent approach our students took. Invariably, employers offered to host William Carey students in future years.
Last week was also busy for our staff as they took time for professional development. The week was in part spent with time in Christian Growth, studying the Bible’s book of Philippians. This book was written by the Apostle Paul to the first Christians in the town of Philippi. Paul wrote to encourage these people to live, while growing in commitment to serve God and others. Humility, service to others and unity were key elements of his writing and are just as important now for our community as it was 2000 years ago.
Teachers spent further time in training on the design of purposeful learning experiences, assessment and differentiating lessons for higher achievement. The development of new PDHPE programs was a specific focus for the Primary teachers whilst our counselling team spent time together discussing future directions in school welfare, gaining training in behaviour management strategies for students who exhibit challenging behaviour in mainstream classes.
This was a busy and diverse week of training and planning. We were unified by our learning framework ‘Design for Learning’, which we follow to deliver an excellent Christian education, characterised by attitudes of inspiration, expectation and growth.
Term 3 is such a busy time, so I encourage you to look to the calendar of events on our school app, to ensure you and your children are well prepared. We have Trial HSC examinations, Years 9 and 11 Subject Selection (for 2020) and K to 10 parent teacher nights, the CAPA HSC Showcase and, of course, High School Musical. Tickets are selling fast so book yours to avoid missing out! All this in just the first half of the term.
I would like to thank members of the William Carey community for their generosity in donating to the building fund. Donations this year approached $20,000. These funds will go a long way to help the school enhance and maintain our resources. This in turn will allow us to establish exciting new programs, to improve the learning opportunities for our present and future students.
I would also like to commend our students and staff in the very settled completion of a surprise lockdown drill. It is a necessary precaution that we practice such procedures to provide care and safety for our school community members. We chose a time for the drill when students would be moving between classes, to test how the school, and student body, responded to such a change to normal routine. Staff and students had not been notified in advance. The feedback from our School Compliance Officer Mrs Allchin, who acted as observer, was very positive. Well done everyone.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer
and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to
God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard
your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)
In His service,