From Mr McMullen

It has long been acknowledged that not only do schools thrive, but students progress in their learning more effectively when schools see themselves and act as a community. This time of Term 3 is exemplary of the community connections within the school.

Currently Year 10 students and their families are meeting one-on-one with members of High School Senior Executive to discuss subject choices for their senior years. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to sit with families and discuss our students’ passions and interests and to also take a moment to consider what families value in the school and to discuss what steps can be taken at home and at school to benefit individuals and the whole student body.

This is also a time of change for our Student Leadership Council. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding job this year’s council has done in leading and serving our students. Staff and students will be voting on the membership of the counsel for 2020 and we pray for these incoming members, that they will seek to serve to their full capability.

Next Tuesday, the Primary school will host a Father’s Day Breakfast. These are always well attended, and the BBQ breakfast is a great way to start the day, with dads, granddads and even some great granddads enjoying time with their children.

On another community related topic, we are currently writing a grant application for the Local Community Schools Fund. We have identified the ‘Tank Garden’ as an area for development. Our goal would be to provide an upgraded space for students to benefit from imaginative and cooperative play. Such a space will benefit both social and creative thinking for our Primary students.

We are seeking any support community members may wish to provide in the planning and completion of such a project. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in the planning or involvement in this community project. Please contact Michele Shaw via shawm@wccs.nsw.edu.au if you would like to find out more.

While all this is happening, it cannot be forgotten that ‘High School Musical’ opening night is tonight!

The final dress rehearsal went well this Tuesday and the whole chorus numbers are an absolute knockout! This Thursday, we also ran a Preview Show for local community groups. William Carey hosted over 300 students from local Primary schools and a number of Senior Citizen groups. This performance was well received, and the audience left humming the many catchy tunes.

At the heart of High School Musical is the story of two students who meet at a New Year’s Eve party, end up attending the same school, and impact the student body when they decide to challenge the status quo. Troy is captain of the East High “Wildcats” basketball team and Gabriella is a member of the scholastic decathlon club. They shock the school by teaming to audition for the upcoming school musical.

The major theme of challenging preconceptions and fixed mindsets is such an important one for all of us to engage in and understand. At William Carey we desire for our students to grow to live life well, this includes challenging the ‘status quo’ in how they see themselves. To do this well, requires wisdom and the need to make courageous choices. The result of ‘challenging the status quo’ in a constructive way is growth, freedom and transformation.

We also desire that our School community know that Jesus Christ came to challenge the status quo of the world. His death and resurrection fulfilled God’s plan to provide a way for us to enjoy relationship with Him, to enjoy ‘something new’ and experience the promise of eternal salvation. The decision to follow Jesus also involves wisdom and the need to make courageous choices. However, it’s result also leads to growth, freedom and transformation. I invite everyone to put aside preconceptions and investigate the claims of the Bible and discover who the real Jesus is.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

In His service,

Keith McMullen
Principal