From Mr McMullen

Term 2 is such a busy term for students and staff. The process of compiling data for the Semester 1 reports is already underway and as I progressively meet for interviews with our Year 12 students, they consistently express the load of assessments.  Our discussion focuses on how they can gain their personal best in the last year of school by adopting positive learning attitudes and habits to be effective with their time both in the classroom and at home.

There is never a quiet moment in a school of nearly 1300 students. So, I write to provide you with a glimpse of what is happening across the school.

This week has seen our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 complete the literacy and numeracy tests with NAPLAN. These tests provide parents and the school with a snapshot of the learning progress over two years. It is important to remember that these results comprise only a section of the student learning that occurs at school and must be combined with a range of educational data when evaluating and planning where to prioritise learning in future years. Results will be made available later in the year.

Last Tuesday we welcomed back our HSC 2020 high achievers to celebrate their outstanding results and give Year 11 and 12 students an opportunity to hear firsthand, from their peers on what was involved in gaining personal bests in their subjects. Returning not only included allrounder high achievers but also students who gained HSC showcase nominations for their major projects. You can view an interview between Georgia McNamara and Mr Thackeray (Head of Mathematics) on the school’s Youtube page where she provides some realistic advice and reflections on her approach to studies.

Despite still being in the first half of the year, we have been running activities with a focus on the students of 2022. Current and incoming Year 7 students spent a day at school gaining a ‘taste’ of High School life and incoming Kindergarten students enjoyed a pyjama party with stories, songs and a yummy afternoon tea in their 2022 classrooms. These taster days are extremely helpful in familiarising students with future school life. The result of which are reduced levels of worry about changes in their lives and smoother starts to the next stage in their learning. This is one of the great benefits of being part of a Prep to Year 12 school, smooth transitions between stages, partnering with teams of staff working to the same mission.

This week the Primary school hosted a great Mother’s Day picnic celebration. I would like to congratulate all the mums and grandmothers of our school community and thank you for the care and love that you provide in the raising of our students. It was a great afternoon with over 200 people attending. This was of course run within the requirements of a COVID-19 safe plan. I would like to thank you for your cooperation in meeting these adjustments as we help keep our community safe and healthy. The current good health we enjoy, is something for which I give thanks to God. We cannot take our good community health for granted and can work together to help maintain.

I am also really looking forward to next Monday evening when we will launch Carey Parents and Community (CPC) with a get together at 7pm in the school library. CPC will take on many of the roles held by CCS. It will be an opportunity to meet and socialise with other parents (children will require baby sitting at home), members of the school board and leadership team over some dessert. I will be attending and plan to give some further updates (including what was presented this week at the Principals-Police Forum in Liverpool). All are welcome; however, it is a ticketed event to help with catering. Please go online at https://www.trybooking.com/BQOBW  to book your spot.

As I look further into the term, High School Years 7-10 will be participating in school camps as part of the pastoral care and wellbeing program of the school. Rehearsals for our musical production of Matilda are bringing more and more of the pieces together, our sets are being constructed and whole act run throughs are starting. This will be a great production with many opportunities for members of the whole school community to be involved. There is much to look forward to this term and in second semester.

In His service

Keith McMullen
Principal