From the Principal

This will be the last full newsletter for this year as in a fortnight’s time, students will be enjoying the first full day of the school holidays. It feels somewhat premature but as I reflect on what William Carey has experienced over the past four terms, I am amazed that it all fitted into just one year.

Significant events for the school have included both joy and sorrow but overall it has been an exceedingly encouraging year to see the planning and development of new programs and the progress in learning in our students. It has also been a privilege to work in a community of hard working staff and committed parents who desire to see the best outcomes for their students and children.

Everyone will have his or her own highlights for the year and here are just some of mine (in no particular order) . . .

  • The newly branded Board of Studies (now known as NESA) carried out an inspection of the school and gave us a very positive feedback.
  • The bright and cheery ‘hellos’ from students, as I have walked through the school playgrounds.
  • The community ‘hum’ both inside and outside the hall at South-West Brickfest.
  • Hearing Year 6 presentations on their research and designs for improved learning spaces.
  • The passing of Gonski 2.0 by the Federal Government, improving funding to schools with students requiring additional support in a wide range of areas.
  • Parents helping at the school musical keeping the sausages sizzling and more.
  • Planning for 2018’s BYOD for Learning and discussing with teachers how technology can enhance learning in the classroom.
  • Watching some Year 7 students demonstrate their Rube Goldberg Machines following the STEM pilot immersion lessons.
  • Receiving notes and comments from parents that identify members of our school community, highlighting their acts of service and the times when teachers have gone that ‘extra mile’ for a student.
  • Finding out the High School Athletics carnival was running behind schedule because of the much higher than expected level of student participation.
  • Hearing testimonies from individuals (both children and adults) as to how hearing the gospel has had a life changing impact, placing their trust in Jesus Christ.
  • NAPLAN results showing significant growth in many individual students and strong results in whole year groups.
  • Singing along to ‘Supercalifragelisticexpialidocious’.
  • Being amazed by the energy and organisation of the Prep to Year 2 Sports Carnival.
  • Speaking with individual Year 12 students regarding their progress in preparation for their HSC and reflection on their years at Carey.

The longer I sit here typing this, the more I recall and so for brevity’s sake I will stop here. However, it is always the case that in a school this large, there are so many who do such good, but often do so without recognition. So I give thanks to God and would like to say ‘thank you’ to all students, parents and staff who make William Carey a wonderful place to learn and work.

So can I encourage you to say ‘thanks’, if you notice someone making a positive contribution to our school.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:16-17

 

Keith McMullen,
Principal