A Message from the Principal

Welcome back to Term 3!

Despite lessons stopping for the holiday break, our school remained an active place. The OOSH Holiday Program ran at full speed and the long ‘to do’ list belonging to our maintenance and cleaning teams were caught up on.

Significant changes around the School include the decommissioning and filling of our two ‘biocycle’ waste water tanks. One tank was located at the front of the school, next to the car park, and the second near the volleyball courts, next to the drama classroom. The School’s biocycle system has served us well and has run beyond its expected lifespan. The decommissioning of these tanks has taken place to ensure the continuity of running the School, in the case of a serious malfunction which was becoming increasingly likely. The ground over the tanks has been contoured and will be seeded for grass when the weather becomes warmer.

Secondly the Primary Quadrangle area has had one wall rendered and painted, in preparation for the addition of signage that will promote the William Carey Student Attributes. The Primary School have modified wording of these attributes, to help in student understanding and adoption of the attributes.

The Student Attributes are also being displayed on posters in classrooms around the School.

A positive student award system has been established to reinforce the attributes with our School community. The Student Attribute Awards are cumulative, and students are recognised as the number of awards received build up. The accumulation of awards will continue for an individual student from one year to the next and from Primary into High School.

  • Teachers can acknowledge actions that match one or more of the attributes, which are over and above what is usual student activity.
  • When a student receives five Teacher Awards, they will be presented with a Bronze Award by their Year Adviser or Stage Coordinator.
  • When a student receives three Bronze Awards, they will be presented with a Silver Award by their Deputy Principal.
  • When a student receives three Silver Awards, they will be presented with a Gold Award by the Principal.

I look forward to seeing students being recognised for exceptional examples of achievement, across the many aspects of a full learning experience.

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, who consistently commented on the excellent approach our students take and invariably offered to host William Carey students in future years.

I encourage you to check the school calendar for events this term. There are many events for both our High and Primary School, including the HSC Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Showcase, the CAPA Open Night, Parent Teacher Interview and Information afternoons and evenings, as well as examinations for our HSC and Year 11 students.

I would like to encourage our HSC students to continue pursuing the best in their studies, exercising perseverance and wisdom in managing their time well and caring for themselves during a time of heightened anxiety. I want to assure our Year 12 students and their families that our staff are upholding you in prayer at this time.

Jesus said “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

– Matthew 11:280-30 (HCSB)

In His service,

Keith McMullen
School Principal