While the break feels a distant memory, I do hope it was a positive time for your families, providing refreshment for your children in preparation for Term 2.
I am very excited to tell you about the upcoming launch of Carey Parents and Community (CPC). CPC is the new name for Carey Community Supporters (CCS). The core goal of providing a means to serve the school community through strong parent- staff partnership remains the same. CPC seeks to provide a way for parents and community members to connect and work together for the benefit of our students. The launch of CPC also provides the opportunity to discuss future activity of this partnership.
I’d firstly like to acknowledge the work of Caroline Young and Kylie Adams leading CCS for so many years. Their work has been immeasurable in supporting the school community. I would also like to introduce Jo Barden who is stepping into the leadership role of CPC. You can view a conversation between Jo, Kylie and Caroline here.
I would like to invite you to join us to launch CPC, on 17th May at 7pm in the school library. It will be a great evening to connect (and reconnect post COVID) as a parent and community group. I am very much looking forward to the evening and would love to meet with you there and discuss ways we can work together for the benefit of the school and our students.
Term 2 is characterised in many ways by our school camps program. This part of our school calendar provides a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy experiences together that extend beyond the curriculum delivered within classroom walls. They are times for building positive relationships with peers and learning more about themselves through a range of character-building programs promoting the development of the Carey Attributes. It is also a time for reflection, as our camps include a component in which students hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ in a new context.
Last year, the spread of COVID-19 led to the cancellation of many of our camps. This year we thankfully are operating under fewer restrictions and camps for Year 4 right through to Year 11 are planned to run, with the addition of a Year 8 and 10 camp. Some camps have already been completed and our students and staff have returned with loads of great stories and learnings.
Camps are designed to provide an appropriate level of challenge to help in our students’ growth. For some, the challenge will be found in the activities or sharing a bunkroom with others. For others, it will be a challenge just to be away from home for a few days and so attending will be an achievement. However once accomplished, usually the fun of the activities holds their attention and will provide a great time away with their peers.
All students attend our camps and engage in this program. Where necessary, adjustments can be made to ensure all students can access this part of school life. Not a year goes by without our graduating Year 12 students reflecting on camps being one of their highlights from their time at William Carey.
Term 2 is also when our cross-country carnivals run. It was great to see the energy on display, not just on the course but amongst the cheer squads.
Over the past week we commemorated ANZAC Day with an assembly for each the Primary School and High School. Such events provide our students with the opportunity to learn more about Australia’s more recent history and its engagement in world politics. It also provides for the opportunity to reflect on the concept of service and sacrifice. We recognised the cost and harm that war causes for individuals and communities. We also remembered the great sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf. While service men and woman have sacrificed much for our country and their comrades, Christ’s sacrifice was unlike anyone else’s. Christ died on behalf of those who reject him and God the Father. A sacrifice like no other.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Mr Keith McMullen