From the Principal

As a School we are a large and busy community. It is often easy to be unaware of what is happening in various parts of our School. However, it is important to remember that being part of a community is more than just common educational enrolment. Rather, community is built on feeling connected and responsible for what is happening by engaging in the activity of the community. In their own way, everyone can play a crucial role. In this newsletter article I would like to bring you up to date on what is happening in parts of our School and also invite you to take up a role in our premier community event for this year, the Carey Christmas Fair.

What’s Happening at WCCS?

For High School we have had several evening events in which student learning has been the focus. Our Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) faculty hosted the HSC showcase of our students’ major works for drama, music and visual arts. This was a wonderful evening for our HSC students, family and friends to celebrate their perseverance and development of skill. Our Hospitality students and staff also catered wonderfully for all in attendance.

We have also had an eye on the remainder of the year and beyond with a parent teacher night and another next week, along with subject selection information evenings for Years 9 and 11 of 2019. These evenings are key times for connection between students, their families and teachers to strengthen lines of communication in order to improve learning outcomes. I would like to encourage all of our families to engage in these events fully, to learn how their children are progressing and look to develop in the coming months.

Primary are gearing up for the 40 Hour Famine in partnership with World Vision. This activity not only has had a long history of raising funds to provide sustainable support for communities in need but provides students with the valuable opportunity to reflect on their own comparative wealth as they feel the pinch of ‘going without’ for a relatively short time.

On a smaller scale we have had a group of students attend a Bible Society’s Master Class training day. Students who attended have been involved in leading student Bible studies at School. This day provided them with the opportunity to build their understanding of the Bible and leadership skills.

Upcoming Drought Fundraiser

Looking forward to Week 6, our School will be running a bush themed mufti day for Prep to Year 12. Students will be asked to bring in a gold coin minimum donation. This donation will be sent to the Bush Church Aid Society to provide support for rural communities experiencing hardship due to extended drought conditions. Bush Church Aid responds to local community needs including buying vouchers from local shops to hand out to those in need. This not only supports farmers practically, but also gives local businesses a boost. Churches are also organising prayer meetings and social events to foster community and solidarity. Their focus is on caring practically for farmers and their communities and partnering with those on the ground to deliver the help that is most needed as quickly as possible. Please consider supporting this mufti day generously.

Carey Christmas Fair

Lastly, I would like to remind our community of a huge and exciting event set for the end of the year. Our Carey Christmas Fair is fast approaching (only 12 school weeks to go!). This major community event will bring the best of our Fun Fairs and Carols events together into one great day to celebrate our School community and the birth of Christ.

This day is fast approaching and there is a lot of planning coming together in the background. Last term we sent home the Carey Christmas Fair information pack with details and the opportunity to respond with ways you can help. If you have not seen this information, please ask your children for it or contact the School to receive a copy.

At this point we need three things from you now that will help us plan for an unforgettable day.

  1. Carey Christmas Fair sponsorship partners. We need to identify and finalise sponsors for this day now, so we can plan for the best day possible. Past Fun Fairs have been made excellent through the generous support of community businesses. Sponsorship partners have the opportunity to select from a range of packages which will provide different levels of advertising exposure for your business. If you or your workplace would like to come onboard as a Carey Christmas Fair Sponsor please talk with us.
  1. Offers of volunteers for the lead up and on the day. A community day such as this cannot run without the generous provision of time from community members. To help us in planning the logistics for this event we need to know what help we have. Offers to volunteer are greatly appreciated and no matter what skills you have or what time you have available, it will be gladly received.
  1. Purchase armbands for the fun fair rides. You can do this online through Munch Monitor or at the Uniform Shop. Buying rides armbands now provides unlimited rides on the day at a reduced price. The more armbands we sell in advance, means the more rides we can book to match a much wider range of thrill levels! So buy your buy your arm bands now to get your best from the Carey Christmas Fair.

To find out more about joining in on making this community day a super success please contact the School by giving us a call or by emailing Laura Heard (Community Relations) or Caroline Young (CCS).

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5

In His service,

Keith McMullen
Principal