Welcome back to Term 4 and, looking over the calendar, what a fast and busy term this is going to be!
Our HSC students started their examinations yesterday. I met them outside the examination room to wish them well and pray with the year group. It was so encouraging to see our students supporting each other. There was a real mixture of anticipation, nervousness and even relief. The parents and students I have spoken to nearly all expressed their desire to start the examination process and, while the first paper is always one that comes with nerves, students quickly settle into the process for the remainder of the HSC. As a School community we continue to wish our HSC students well and uphold them in prayer.
We have also had Book Week with the Library staff decorating the library and dressing up as super heroes to remember that ‘Reading is their superpower!’ This coincided with a Book Fair with lots of exciting options for reading. Primary also ran Grandparents’ Day today. I would like to thank everyone for their involvement and staff in running these events to provide a warm welcome into our School to the wider community and incoming families.
Upcoming events include the 2019 Year 12 Maximising Our Opportunities night which is provided for students and their families to help make the most of their final year at School. This will be an important night for Year 12 and their parent/carers to hear the changes that our School is making to the reporting of assessments as a progressive undertaking. By attending you will hear how to access assessment results through Edumate in a timely and informative manner.
Later in the term the School will be hosting the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Open Night. This evening allows students to showcase what they have been learning in these classes and have the opportunity to perform. With multiple stages and display spaces, it is a wonderful evening with lots to see.
I would also like to let families know that the 2020 fee schedule has now been published. Please avail yourself of this information in preparing for the new year. School fees have been a topic of much discussion in the media recently and I would like to encourage you to be mindful of a few points when reading the general media’s assessment of school fees and making comparisons between the costs of schools.
Firstly, every school is different and therefore it is a mistake to assume government funding should be the same for each school, or that the expenses of each school will be the same. To illustrate my point, the funding for a school that has 300 students will never be the same as a school that has 1200 students. However, media reports fail to acknowledge these or other differences when making comparisons between schools.
Secondly, when comparing fee schedules, remember to look for the multiple fees on some schedules that can accumulate. Just like phone plans, school fee schedules can be structured to appear lower than the actual cost. For a comparison of William Carey’s all-inclusive tuition fees, feel free to refer to my article published in the Term 2, Week 5 Newsletter.
Lastly, when comparing schools, consider the intangible value of the school culture. One like William Carey’s that is characterised by students who are well-known, well cared for and well-educated. A learning culture of challenge and support enriched with a range of opportunities to suit all students. A school in which our students can learn about who Jesus claims to be and make the evaluation for themselves.
As the Mastercard ad says – ‘Priceless!’
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.Ephesians 2:4-6