From the Principal

Last week, the Government provided an update on some relaxations to COVID-19 restrictions for schools. This term continues to be one of change, however, I am most thankful that generally these changes are moving the school community to function closer to what we consider normal. 

That said, this will likely be a ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future. Like all things in life, this will be a mix of things we enjoy and other things we don’t.

This week we have held our first start of day assemblies for High School and Primary. It was a real treat to stand before all our High School students at one time and recognise this piece of the ‘school picture’ going back into place.

One practice that is yet to change is the drop off and pick up of students in our school carpark.

Over the past three weeks I have been at the carpark greeting our students as they enter the school. Some of our younger students were initially nervous about walking up to Primary, however there has been a great increase in confidence over the past weeks with many of these little ones walking in without hesitation.

I would like to thank the staff and Year 6 students who have helped serve our school community in providing support while our youngest students build their confidence.

These is just one example of the William Carey Attributes in action!

* Serve and lead for the benefit of others (Be leaders and helpers)
* Make wise and courageous choices (Be wise and brave)

Another observation from the carpark is the time it currently takes for parents to drop off their children and the impact it has on punctuality to class.

Our school day starts at 8:40 am. However, it is clear that many students are arriving to class well after this time. This results in them missing part of their school day and taking time up to settle into learning while their peers have already made a start.

We have been tracking the time it takes for a car to join the queue in Bumbera St and then drive out again having completed drop off. Here are the results:

* Up until 8:25 am there is no queue in Bumbera and traffic is flowing smoothly
* From 8:30 am traffic is queued up to the next intersection and slowed to stop start movement

When traffic is flowing smoothly, drop off takes less than 5 minutes while from 8:30 am it takes approximately 15 minutes!

This means that even if you arrive 10 minutes before the bell your child will be late to the start of the day.

To help your child make a smooth start to each school day and ensure they do not miss out, please plan to arrive earlier. Our playgrounds open with supervision at 8:00 am.

As a parent of three children I can appreciate the difficulty in organising everyone to leave on time, however with some basic strategic changes (e.g. packing schoolbags the night before) the goal of arriving at school on time can be achieved in most cases.

I will leave you with this quote by novelist Elin Hildebrand.

“To be early, is to be on time
To be on time, is to be late”

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 31-33

Keith McMullen