From the Principal

This has been a most encouraging week at William Carey as our students, staff and family have participated in a number of community events highlighting the many opportunities available at William Carey.

Last week, students involved in the Advanced Learning and CS Lewis programs showcased their work and the results of their passion projects. We heard from students who had attended the Forensics camp held up in Armidale earlier this year and had presentations from a immensely diverse range of projects. These included works of creative writing, research into political movements, water colour painting, whether a sustainable earth is a possibility, the reason we feel fear, ways to improve memory and long term impacts of foetal development as the result of the health and nutrition of the mother. There were many more presentations on the night plus segments that highlighted the many programs curated by Miss Smith and supported by numerous staff mentors.

Monday night saw the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Open Night. We had hundreds of visitors enjoying the displays of artwork from students through our High School years. The Drama, Dance and Music performances across multiple stages provided us with a significant challenge in soaking up the great depth of talent our school enjoys. The evening was capped off by our Chamber Choir’s debut performance. The acapella arrangement for nearly 20 students wowed the audience and I am seriously looking forward to their next performance and seeing how this group will develop next. This was a big event and I would like to acknowledge the huge effort and success of our CAPA staff in providing the opportunity for our students to showcase their creative talent and gain experience in performance.

This has also been a week in which our students have benefited from being part of a P-12 school. Our Prep students have been involved in visits to their Kindergarten classrooms for next year, to meet their new teachers and learn about ‘big school’. Parents were also invited to join their children to participate in the Kindy Orientation afternoon which supports our parents in leading their children in this significant change. Along with familiarisation of the Kindergarten staff, classrooms and activities, our students enjoyed learning a bit about technology and using the ‘Sphero’. Spheros provide students with opportunities to explore, discover, and create using the fundamentals of computer science. They also got their hands a little dirty planting sunflower seeds in garden beds and in pots to take home. We are looking forward to seeing how these have grown for the first day of school next year.

Growth and building positive relationships were key themes of yesterday’s Year 7 Transition day and evening. Students entering Year 7 next year spent the day getting to know each other further and having a taste of High School life by moving between different classes. Parents joined us for an information session and a BBQ dinner. This was a lovely opportunity to spend time with families in a relaxed setting and speak about some of the many changes students experience as they move from Year 6 to Year 7.

During the information session I highlighted the fact that great schools are in the business of transforming lives. At William Carey we believe that lives are transformed through hearing and responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and through the delivery of an excellent Christian education. We strive to provide a school culture of growth, challenge, support and improvement through a nurturing partnership between home and school. In such a culture, we can expect the young people who graduate from our school will not only leave with results we can all be proud of, but more importantly, they will be young men and women who have grown to be, and will continue to be, a blessing to their friends, their families and their communities.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Keith McMullen