From Mr McMullen

While it may be a cliché to talk about the weather, this week’s weather has certainly been worth discussion.

The heavy rainfalls over the weekend, while greatly appreciated in ending the remaining bushfires outside Sydney, adding to dams and refreshing gardens and farms, also had a massive impact on the roads of our local area.

Moving 1,200 students in and out of the school every day is no small undertaking. So, when adverse weather hits our community, our students’ transport is hit hardest.

Therefore, it was an unfortunate necessity to close the school last Monday and postpone the High School Swimming Carnival. This has only happened three times in the School’s history. This time, the use of the WCCS App to send broadcasts and use of our Facebook community group enabled the message to be distributed widely with limited notice. As a result, the vast majority of families were aware of the change in organisation and only a handful of students needed to be picked up from school. The disruption caused by closing the school was far less than on the few past occasions.

While highly disruptive, the effective results of the WCCS App proved a valuable tool for our communication lines with school families. Therefore, I would like to encourage all our school parents and carers to download the app to their phones to ensure they receive notifications quickly and remain up to date. The WCCS App will continue to be utilized more and more by the school for communication with families about events, High School assessment results and as a streamlined way to manage following up any student absences.

Along with the unexpected effects of big weather events, we have had a very busy start to the year with three Parent/Teacher Nights and the Primary Swimming Carnival. Thank you to all students, families and organising staff in making this a fun and competitive community day at Macquarie Fields swimming pool.

The parent attendance at the Primary Information Evening was the largest in recent years and it was greatly encouraging to see so many parents investing time in their children’s learning. Our High School evenings included additional information sessions for Year 10 as they learn about the year ahead as they ‘Step into Senior School’. Our Vocational Education and Training students in Year 11 and their families also received essential information about the requirements of these dual accredited senior courses.

Evenings such as these are well attended at William Carey, which reflects the support and value parents have in building strong lines of communication between home and school.

It is for this reason I would like to invite you to attend our parent seminar on 24th February presented by YSAFE. YSAFE equip families with the fundamental information about how to achieve cyber safety at home. Their presentations include information on social media platforms, managing gaming and screen time plus how to set up a cyber safe home. YSAFE will also be presenting to our Primary and High School students on knowledge and critical thinking skills to become positive and safe digital citizens. You can find out more, including parent testimonials on YSAFE’s website.

The School understands the essential need for students to grow in wisdom when using digital technology and to achieve this, we want to work alongside parents and carers. So save the date and plan to join us for this time of learning together.

Keith McMullen