As we enter the second half of this term, our focus turns to ending the year well and preparing for the start of the new school year.
The HSC examinations are now halfway and an increasing number of our students are completing their final papers. The relief students experience of finally reaching this milestone is palpable and as a school, we are most relieved and thankful that this examination period has not be disrupted to this point by COVID-19. A great deal of work continues to be invested to minimise the impact of possible positive cases within our school community.
The end of the year is also a time for celebrating the efforts of our students over the past four terms. Firstly, our students have managed the changes to regular patterns of school exceptionally well and I am most thankful for the care and support provided by staff and families alike, for our students. Plans for the Year 12 and Year 6 graduations plus end of year assemblies are in place and the details of how parents can participate in these events have been communicated to these groups.
The most recent changes in restrictions mean that we will be running orientation afternoons for our incoming Prep and Kindergarten students. This will provide our youngest learners with a taste of their new classrooms and help in making a smooth transition into their learning in 2022.
We recognise that the start of a new year can be a big step for our students and their families, especially those in Kindergarten. Thus, we are currently considering structures that will enable parents and students to have confidence when starting their first days of school. Information about how this will be structured will be sent to relevant families.
It is with excitement and renewed hope that we confirm Term 1 performance dates for the school’s musical production of Matilda. Rehearsals are underway following COVID safe plans. We look forward to the opportunity to put finishing touches on the rehearsal in the first weeks of the new year to finally lift the curtain on an amazing show.
I would like to take this opportunity to note three significant changes in school staff that will occur at the end of this year.
Mrs Shaw will be stepping out of her role as Assistant Deputy Principal K-2. While she is leaving this role, Mrs Shaw will continue to work with us with a focus on supporting staff in the areas of wellbeing, curriculum and staff coaching and also leading the implementation of school wellbeing projects. Mrs Shaw’s current position will be filled by Mrs Mitchell who is currently Assistant Principal at Kuyper Christian School.
Mr Chris Smith, who has held the role of Dean of Students Years 7-9, will be moving to the Inaburra School to take up the role of Director of Professional Learning. Mr Smith has contributed greatly in leading the support of students under his care in both the spheres of learning and wellbeing. Mr Smith’s position will be modified to lead the Year Advisors of Years 7-10 and is being filled by Mr Kaye who is currently the Coordinator of Welfare for Years 10-12.
Mr Thackeray will be retiring at the end of this year after 29 years of service at William Carey. Over nearly three decades, he has taught 27 HSC mathematics classes. His pastoral approach in his teaching and leadership has had a great impact on the lives of hundreds of students. We wish Mr Thackeray well in the coming years.
I would like to recognise and thank Mrs Shaw, Mr Smith and Mr Thackeray for their great service in leadership in the school and the work they have done with so many students and their families. They will be missed and it is our hope and prayer that they find great success.
In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Mr Keith McMullen