From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 4 and, looking over the calendar, what a busy term this is going to be!

HSC Examinations
Our HSC students started their HSC 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, checking everyone was prepared and getting into small groups to pray together or keep each other’s mood up. 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.

Book Week
We have also had Book Week, which included the library staff decorating the library and dressing up as pirates to encourage students to ‘find their treasure!’ in reading. This coincided with a Book Fair with lots of exciting options for reading. Primary have also run Grandparents’ Day and Kindergarten Orientation for our 2019 families. I would like to thank everyone for their involvement and particularly staff for running these events to provide a warm welcome into our School to the wider community and incoming families.

Upcoming Events
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. Later in the term, WCCS 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.

Our High School Advance Learners program will have their showcase evening on 1st November. It is a great opportunity to see how some of our High School students have been challenged and achieved excellent outcomes in their areas of strength and passion.

On the 16th of November our High School Maphutseng Ambassadors will be running the “Carey War on Waste”. This fundraiser, in partnership with World Vision and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will help fund sustainable community projects in the Maphutseng region. Carey’s War on Waste will involve ‘clothes swap’ and return and earn activities for all of our High School students. Further information will be provided to students soon. This will be a great opportunity for them to refresh their wardrobes for summer, raise money for communities in need and reduce waste through clothing being discarded before it needs to be.

Carey Christmas Fair
Only five weeks to go before the Carey Christmas Fair and the anticipation is building! Our Christmas Fair will be a wonderful community day to celebrate this year. The fair rides have been announced and now is the time to buy arm bands to gain unlimited rides through the day at reduced cost. Click here to see all of the rides that will be at the Fair! We have a massive number of stalls of all kinds which will provide the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. The event focus will shift to community carols in the evening which will involve many performances from our students both past and present.

Following our request for sponsorship from the wider community we have a had a positive response with generous donations. At this point, further sponsorship opportunities are available and I would like to encourage you to ask people you know who may like to contribute in any way they can.

Our Silent Auction is a long-time favourite and we are looking for support on this part of the day. If you would like to contribute in a big or small way, check out this list of suggestions for gift basket items for our Silent Auction.

We are also keen to hear from you if you can support the Carey Christmas Fair as a volunteer. If you are able to help by providing some time either in the lead up, on the day or after, please contact Caroline Young or Laura Heard.

Edumate Update
Over the holidays there was an update in the Edumate system which provides online access to student information for parents and carers. This update will enable us to prepare for improvements in communication between School and home in 2019. More and more communication will move to this system. Please ensure your logon and families details are up to date on Edumate in the coming week. If you have any enquires or details which need to be changed, please contact the School.

So with all that said, lets get Term 4 underway!

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. 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

Keith McMullen