From Mr McMullen

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for the school. ‘High School Musical’ has been an absolute highlight of the year for so many people. I have received many comments from school community members and visitors regarding the high quality of the production and the performances from the students. Closing night was another great performance and the best bit for me was watching the students and their families celebrate outside the hall at the end. It was such a spontaneous and joyous moment for our school. Such an event can only succeed, as it has, through the efforts of many people and their willingness to volunteer their time.

I would like to acknowledge the commitment of our students to attending rehearsals throughout the year to bring their singing and dancing to such a high level. The production team of staff from across the school have given so much of their time and maintained high standards in this production. The school was also blessed by many staff and parent volunteers helping to ensure the performances ran smoothly and contributing to the welcoming atmosphere. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who lent a hand in this Carey community event.

Last week I had the pleasure of joining many Carey fathers with their families to celebrate Fathers’ Day with a breakfast on Turner Field. The frisbees were a great hit and the large field allowed for lots of fun. The BBQs driven by Primary staff and SLC students, produced a very tasty breakfast, the Fathers’ Day Photo Booth was very busy producing family photos and Simon Barden shared a few thoughts on his experiences and beliefs as a Christian father. I do hope the children enjoyed breakfast with their dads and that Fathers’ Day was a blessed time for your families.

Our Primary School also hosted a number of the IPSSO finals at our school with a number of our teams competing. I want to commend the students on positive way they hosted the visiting teams and displayed good competitive behaviours in respectful ways.

In the High School our Year 12 students will be spending the final weeks attending the last of their lessons and enjoying the friendly completion of staff and student games of volleyball, basketball, netball and soccer. The Graduation Assembly will be held in the last week of term along with the Year 12 Formal. This will be a significant time for our students to reflect on the past 13 years of schooling. For a significant number of our students, they are graduating, having first enrolled in our school as Kindergarten students. It will also be a time of expectation and uncertainty. Year 11 yearly examinations will be running at the end of this term also. This will be the final set of assessments for the Preliminary courses. Our school community is praying for both these sets of students at this time.

Yesterday I attended the High School Learning Support Awards Assembly. Our students celebrated with families, and past and present staff members (including our founding Principal Mr Warwick Wilke). The assembly included dance and drama performances plus demonstrations of our students’ work using technology. Plus, the students’ catered a delicious morning tea.

A highlight of the assembly was to hear from one of our alumni, Jack Murphy, and his mother. Jack graduated in 2016 and has since pursued further training and is currently working with a real estate agent in Mount Annan. Jack developed a love of musicals at William Carey and is currently a member of the Campbelltown Theatre Group. Both Jack and his mother reflected positively on their time at Carey and the support they received from our High School Learning Support Team, led by Mrs Cheryl Anderson.

Jack concluded his talk with these words, “My life is full of opportunities now and it is all due to the years in the ESU (now titled High School Learning Support) at this wonderful school.”

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21

In His service,

Keith McMullen