The dust has settled on the start of the term and the first of many school events have come and gone with new ones following fast.
Last week our Year 10 families spent time speaking with teachers from all of our faculties, gaining advice for senior school subject selection. It was most encouraging to see such a big turnout on quite a chilly winter’s evening. Amongst the delivery of information relevant to our students’ HSC studies, I spoke on the topic of ‘BYOD for Learning’. This exciting new program will start at William Carey in 2018 for Years 5, 7 and 11. Part of my address last week included an interactive online survey. I asked the families what their reaction was to the news of this change in the use of technology in the classroom. Understandably, the responses varied between ‘excited’ and ‘thrilled’ through to ‘unsure’ and ‘concerned’.
I can quite appreciate the uncertainty families maybe feeling at the news of these changes and we are developing structures to help support students, families and the teaching staff in this transition. Our goal is to establish the use of ICT in ways consistent with Biblical Christian principles, in order to; differentiate between learners, enhance teaching and learning, and assist in the collaboration within our school community.
I also asked families, ‘What questions do you have that you would like the school to address in relation to implementing BYOD in 2018?’ There were more than one hundred responses and they covered topics such as ‘what sort of device?’, ‘what will be the financial impact?’ and ‘how can the device be protected when at school?’ In the second half of this term, the school will address these and the other frequently asked questions with an information booklet. At this stage, the advice the school is providing to families eager to start, is, ‘Please don’t purchase a device yet. Wait until all the information is available.’
I will be attending a number of parent teacher nights for the High School and Primary, as well other school events this term. Should you have questions about BYOD for Learning, please feel free to speak with me.
The Creative Arts Department displayed the Year 12 major works last week at the Creative Arts Cocktail Evening. Those who attended enjoyed perusing the Visual Arts major works using a wide range of techniques. Our hunger was well met by the food service of the Year 11 Hospitality class. The evening continued with a range of outstanding performances from our Dance, Drama and Music students. We were definitely spoilt by the quality and range of performances.
This has been a very sporty time for Primary enjoying the fun of the P-2 Sports Carnival and for those who are a bit older and faster, the Zone Athletics. It is always a pleasure to see our students getting whole-heartedly into the spirit of these events. I would like to thank all the students who participated in the 40 Hour Famine Day in Primary. Your involvement and the collection of sponsorship is a great service to people who are often powerless to bring about change to improve their access to clean water, good food, health services or education. Congratulations to Years 3 and 6 on their outstanding progress in the Word Mania competition. These students are holding top three positions for our region. For everyone who is taking part in Word Mania – keep on reading!
Mary Poppins is now fast approaching with only a few rehearsals to go. The staging construction is most impressive and the props and scenery are being busily painted. The word is that our cast are pulling together a highly polished show and I’m really looking forward to seeing the result of such hard work from so many Primary and High School students and teachers. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you can buy them online here.
Please be prayerful for our Year 12 students who have started their Trial HSC examinations this week. I have been progressively meeting with these students over the past weeks and many of them are feeling the strain of this time. Please pray that our students know that their value is not based on performance, but on God’s great love; that they may recall clearly the things they have studied; that they may remain focussed and calm, firm in the knowledge of God’s offer of salvation in Christ Jesus.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (HCSB)