From the Principal…

Welcome to 2018 at William Carey Christian School!

I would particualrly like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and families. I hope you settle in smoothly over the coming weeks and please feel free to ask for help at any point.

Over the holiday break many of our staff have been busy at school. A new school bus has been brought online to service the Moorebank, Hammondville and Wattle Grove suburbs. This additional resource to the school will provide comfortable and quality transport for students living in these areas.

The maintenance crew have been busy laying a new sewer line in readiness for a changeover from the aging onsite recycling system to a mains connection. This has involved digging a four metre deep trench from the bottom car park up to the CAPA (Creative and Preforming Arts/G Block) building. Even in the quiet times, our school is on the go.

Year 12, 2017

I would like to congratulate our 2017 HSC students on their results. In particular, we commend some of our highest ATAR performers, including Rhea Stafidis (96.95), Charlotte Hou (94.95), Elizabeth Ross (94.20), Jane Huang (92.40) and Emelia Papadopoulos (91.0).

Kaya Sheehan’s major work for Visual Arts, ‘Ganatlai Adanado’, has also been selected for display at the ‘Art Express’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our 2017 Year 12 students as they commence a new and exciting phase of life.

Technology, BYOD and eSmart Seminar

This year sees the start of BYOD for Learning for Years 5, 7 and 11. The use of technology in the classroom will enable our students to engage in different learning experiences, which will result in the modification and ultimately the redefinition of classroom activities. The recent trial opening of a ‘checkout free’ Amazon store in the USA is an indicator of the changes in employment for our children’s future careers. The current trends point to the reduction of routine jobs and an increase in jobs that require creativity, problem solving and the capacity to communicate and collaborate effectively with others. The embedding of technology into our classes will help our students develop these 21st Century skills.

Of course technology is not neutral, and must be utilised correctly to avoid its distracting and, at times, destructive capacity. To complement BYOD for Learning, William Carey is participating in the eSmart School program. This is a behaviour change initiative to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying. You can read more about this program in the Deputy’s article.

I am very excited to announce that, to launch our participation in eSmart, you are invited to attend an evening parent seminar on February 22nd, with guest speaker Susan McLean. Susan McLean is expert on cyber safety and a highly regarded speaker. This is not an event to miss as she will provide great insight from personal experience, and guidance on the wise and safe use of digital technology.

WCCS Student Attributes

As students learn at William Carey Christian School, our desire and aim is to provide experiences that will allow them to develop and flourish throughout their lives. The culmination of this is to see our students with attributes that are pleasing to God and beneficial to them and the broader community.

Students demonstrate a range of behaviours that will exemplify their development in each attribute. A new awards system will be used to encourage and acknowledge student achievements in these attributes.

While the phrasing of the attributes differs between Primary and High School they correspond to one another. The Primary ‘Be’ attributes are explained in this video. The William Carey student attributes are:

High School Primary School
Build knowledge and think creatively Be a learner
Collaborate and communicate Be a team member
Show respect and compassion Be respectful
Serve and lead for the benefit of others Be leaders and helpers
Make wise and courageous choices Be wise and brave

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Keith McMullen
Principal