Term 4 is a busy time for the whole school community. It is a term that has many events and is also a time for planning the upcoming year.
Our students are at various stages of their courses. Year 11 are starting their HSC course work, which we launched with the ‘Maximising Our Opportunities’ student and parent evening. This information evening was well attended by families. I would like to thank staff for their contributions in helping students and parents navigate the challenges of the HSC year successfully. Years 7-10 are currently sitting end of year examinations through this fortnight. So we wish them well as they demonstrate what they have learnt and can do.
Carey Christmas Fair
The energy is ramping up for the Carey Christmas Fair which is only three weeks away! I have been involved in meetings with Joylands who are bringing a selection of rides to match the Easter Show and Foti’s Fireworks to plan the fireworks display to end the day with a bang! These meetings have made the plans for this great community event much more of a reality and they are an important milestone in the planning. I would also like to thank the generous offers of sponsorship and volunteer time, we have received form our community so far. I would also like to continue to ask that people consider the ways they may be able to contribute to this day, either through business connections providing sponsorship or items for the silent auction, getting creative and contributing to our cake stall items or making some of your time available on the day. We have heaps of different volunteer roles, to match a wide range of skills and time availability. Now is the time to contact our organisers to help our School.
Carey’s War on Waste
I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight an upcoming event in the High School. The ‘Carey War on Waste’. Inspired by the ABC TV’s series of a similar name, Mrs Morris and the Maphutseng Ambassadors are running tow activities, that can help reduce waste and also raise funds for the Maphutseng community in Lesotho, Africa.
High School students are being encouraged to register with $5 donation and bring in clothes in good condition to swap with other students. This is an opportunity to freshen up with some new wardrobe items without spending much, by reducing waste and helping others in more difficult situations than ourselves. The second part of the Carey War on Waste is a collection of recyclable bottles and containers.
Carey’s War on Waste will be held over the next two weeks. High School Students have received information letters outlining the details of how to be involved.
William Carey Student Attributes
At a School leaders’ meeting this week, we reviewed the goals we had set for our School in 2018. One goal was to implement a system to recognise the positive actions of students in line with the WCCS Student Attributes. These attributes are listed in every classroom and the Primary versions are available for all to see on the wall in their assembly quad. These signs were made possible by the gift to the School from Year 12 2017.
In reviewing our goals, it was most encouraging to see that not only are students being recognised for examples of going ‘over and above’ in relation to our attributes but the number of teacher awards usually outnumber the discipline incidents being listed.
I would like to acknowledge the way our students conduct themselves as a community and to continue to model positive attributes towards their peers and others in the community.
Our fourth attribute is ‘Serve and Lead for the Benefit of Others’. As a Christian School we look to the example of this attribute lived out by Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God and equal in value to God the Father. Yet the Bible tells us that he willingly gave up that position of power, to become human and live a physical life. His ministry was characterised by service to others, both as a servant and as a leader. This was evident in the way he cared for the immediate needs of people and in his death on the cross to meet the eternal need we all have. To serve and lead for the benefit of others is a core element of who we seek to be in our community, as a Christian school.
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.