The end of term is always such a busy time. For students, it is a time when assessments and projects tend to fall due and so there are many items to complete despite the ‘beckoning promise’ of a holiday break. For staff the busyness of the final weeks is similar, however assessments usually involve the ongoing responsibilities of marking and providing feedback. Despite this, looking back over the past 10 weeks my thoughts go to thanks for the many blessings we have enjoyed as more and more of our pre-COVID school life have been reintroduced.
I took a bit of time last week in reflection to write to staff on the topic of the past 12 months. Responding to COVID as a school has been an immense learning experience. It has been exhausting at times, and while we are currently blessed by God through living in a healthy and safe community, the stresses of last year are still impacting us. That said, there were so many positives that came to my mind in reflection, that an attitude of thankfulness can be a real response to the last year. One particular item was the way staff and parents gave their best to meet the needs of our students as they arose through the challenging period of remote learning.
Over the past fortnight we have enjoyed events involving parents, including the recommencement of Primary Assemblies, the Year 6 community BBQ and the ALC Night of the Notables. Each of these events have ‘breathed’ refreshing life into our school community. It was such an encouragement to experience the energy generated through the face to face connection between staff, students, and parents in the one space.
Rehearsals for the school’s production of ‘Matilda’ are bearing great fruit. I’ve had the opportunity to drop in and see their progress. We have a great cast and I am already impressed with the leads’ singing and acting. The whole cast numbers are coming together extremely well and the progress the production team and cast is pointing to Matilda being one our best musicals to date!
This week, I spoke to Years 10, 11 and 12 on the topic of building positive and respectful relationships with one another in terms of their interactions at school, communication with one another, and the topic of consent. The topic of consent in relation to sexual relationships has taken a high profile position within the media in schools and wider society.
This is a challenging topic and an important one and the presentation was intended as a start of ongoing education focusing on treating others with respect both in reference to consent and broader contexts also. This will be part of our broader wellbeing programs which continue through the year.
As I look to the events of Term 2, we are in for a very full term. We shift to winter uniform starting in Week 1 and High School students will have the photograph day in this week also. We also have a series of camps booked which will be great times learning together outside the formal, four walls of our classrooms. There is a great deal to look forward to in the months ahead at William Carey.
This break between terms also marks Easter. It is at this time particularly, we have an opportunity reflect on what Jesus Christ accomplished in the past. His death and resurrection have a real impact in the world and lives of Christians today. Easter also points us to the future, and for Christians this is a great assurance and hope. I would like to wish all our school community a restful and safe holiday break with the chance to enjoy God’s good plan of salvation.
Jesus “Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
Mr Keith McMullen