In a blink of an eye, this year has raced by. However, if you take the time to think about what our School has engaged in over the past four terms, the list is endless. It speaks of what a vibrant, diverse and active community we belong to. Last Saturday’s Carey Christmas Fair summed this year up so well.
What a wonderful community day, with so many things to do and see. The carols evening was a wonderful time, both showcasing our students’ gifts and celebrating the birth of the Saviour Jesus Christ. All this was capped off by a truly ‘epic’ fireworks display. While we received many messages of thanks and congratulations from families who thoroughly enjoyed such a positive event, the best feedback was visible on the day on the faces of those who attended and amongst the families who sat down together to enjoy the carol performances.
The Carey Christmas Fair was such a successful event because of the contribution of time and effort from so many members of the School community. I would like to highlight and thank our Fair coordinators Caroline Young, Kylie Adams and Laura Heard. Without the effort of these three people, along with their teams and families, the day just would not have happened.
The day was also made possible by the generous gifts of time from many parents and carers, providing a helping hand in so many places, from the stalls through to ensuring the day’s operations ran smoothly. So much of the Fair, including the fireworks, was funded through generous donations from local businesses as well as private family gifts. Thank you, thank you, thank you! A special thanks to the following sponsors:
We now move into our final week which includes Year 10 Service Learning activities and Peer Support training plus, of course, our Year 6 Graduation, final assemblies and award presentations for Primary and High School.
It is also a time when we will be farewelling a few retiring staff. We are sad to say farewell to Mr Adams (Mathematics Dept), Mrs Brander (Primary), Mr Jessop (Assistant to the WHS Manager), Mrs Luxford (Education Support Unit) and Mrs Myhill (Mathematics Dept).
Mr White, our Deputy of Senior Studies and Physics teacher, is stepping back from his current role and will be taking a new part time support role within the school, helping to ensure we maintain our excellent workplace safety standards
Mrs Smith, our Head of Library, is also retiring. Mrs Smith was William Carey’s first teacher, starting in 1984. While carrying out a range of teaching roles and taking time to raise her children, Mrs Smith has more recently served the School by leading the Library staff. The Library is such a welcoming and engaging space for so many different students. The Library staff are always so willing to help students, parents, carers and staff. These features of the Library are an outworking of Mrs Smith’s love for learning and love for others.
I would like to thank each of these staff members for the way they have taught and cared for our students and wish them God’s blessings in the years to come.
As this is the final newsletter for the year, I would like to wish all members of our school community a blessed, safe and refreshing break during the Christmas holidays, looking forward to meeting the new challenges of the 2019 school year together.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
– Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
In His Service,