We are now a third of the way into this 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 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 ‘our purpose’ as a school. William Carey is seeking to prepare our students for a life of learning. We exist to provide the skills of ‘learning to learn’ built on the foundation of the knowledge and understanding of living God’s way, in God’s world, as God’s image.
We seek to inspire students to experience success for all learners through providing challenge and support. For me this means our students are encouraged to achieve their own personal best. The intention being that they focus less on how they are achieving in relation to others (and the expectations of others) and focus more on how they are improving and growing in understanding and skill. An article I recently read titled Understanding Fear of Failure Among Students with ADHD and Anxiety captured this well with the advice – “You’re looking to improve on yourself rather than beating other students.” (Prof. Andrew Martin).
I also touched on the topic of assessment and reporting, currently a major area of review. We are working to establish a system of progressive reporting on specific pieces of work in Primary and assessment tasks in High School. The key success indicators for this change will be seen in the benefit of improved feedback that is timely, with information that is based on demonstrated student achievement and not just the provision of a mark. Progressive marking will be delivered through Edumate and be commencing with 2020 courses. As the new year approaches the School will be providing more detailed information regarding these changes.
In preparation, can I encourage all families to check they have their Edumate username and password details. If you have any details regarding this, please contact the School via firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be utilising the school app to an increasing extent. If you have not downloaded it yet, it’s as easy as going to your regular app store and searching the phrase ‘William Carey Christian School’.
The Creative and Performing Arts Department (CAPA) displayed the Year 12 major works last week at the HSC Showcase. Those who attended enjoyed perusing the Visual Arts major works using a wide range of techniques and media. 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 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. The recent NED show, which promotes positive attitudes towards health and learning has kick started a new yo-yo craze with many students fine tuning their tricks.
Our production of High School Musical 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. I had the opportunity to gain a sneak peek at one of the big, whole cast numbers. The choreography and singing were really impressive. You can get your own sneak peek by checking out the promo posts on the School’s Facebook page. This will be a highly polished show and I’m really looking forward to seeing the final result of such hard work from so many Primary and High School students and teachers. Tickets are still available but some shows will sell out soon so make your booking now! Click here to purchase your tickets.
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 and many of them are feeling the strain of this time in their school careers. Please pray that our students will prepare well for these exams and use them as a good learning experience; that they will 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; and they may remain focused and calm, firm in the knowledge of God’s offer of salvation in Christ Jesus.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.- Proverbs 19:21
In His Service,