I hope that you and your families had the opportunity to rest over the term break and are ready for what this term holds.
History Study Tour
Over the holiday break, 18 of our students in Years 10 to 12 joined the Academy Travel History Tour of Germany and Italy. The first week of the two week tour was spent studying 20th Century Germany, travelling through Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin. This included investigating the rise to power of the Nazi Party, some of the terror of their reign, the war crime trials and the impact of the Cold War.
Students were challenged by the grim history of sites such as the German labour concentration camp situated at Dachau. They considered ‘what is it about humans, that enables them to inflict such horrors upon one another throughout history?’ These were monstrous acts carried out by generally very ordinary people.
The second week was spent in Italy visiting Ancient History sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both these towns were destroyed but also partially preserved by the eruption of the volcano that is Mt Vesuvius. A visit to Rome included walking tours to take in the amazing Renaissance architecture and art of the city and Vatican City. The remains of the Roman Empire’s ‘Eternal City’ have mostly been modified, destroyed or built over, but some sections, including the Colosseum, Pantheon and Forum gave our students a glimpse into the life and culture of ancient Rome. It created a sense of the smallness of our own lifespans but also the insufficient nature of humanity’s attempts to grasp eternal existence through their own efforts.
The tour gave our students an outstanding opportunity not only to receive highly enriched teaching from academic experts at a variety of sites; they also gained a greater insight into the differences in cultures and histories between Australia and Europe. Such a trip prompts students to widen their view not just of the world but the place historic events play in God’s story of humankind.
The History Tour was a wonderful opportunity for our students and I would like to recognise the organisational work of Miss Smith, whilst also congratulating the students on the excellent manner with which they conducted themselves, representing the school and Australia so well.
I would like to encourage you to read this short article, which outlines six good results that come from studying History.
Our first week of term has been busy with Year 12 reviewing their half yearly examination results, the High School cross country and ANZAC Day ceremonies for both Primary and High School. We also celebrated Mothers’ Day with a big breakfast get together. Around 450 people arrived, students bringing their mothers, grandmothers and even a great grandmother to sit down to a breakfast of 860 croissants, 300 yoghurt cups and hot drinks or juice for everyone. This was a wonderful community event celebrating family and there were many happy faces. I would like to give thanks to past teacher Mrs Jill Myer, who gave a talk on the joys and challenges of motherhood along with the Primary and Canteen staff and Year 11 hospitality students who all ran the catering so smoothly. Year 4 also had a great time camping overnight on school grounds this week, thank you to all staff and parents who helped to make this a fun time together. All this and it’s only Week 1!
I am also very excited to announce that the school is launching its new website. The redesigned website has an upgraded look with a focus on presenting the school to new families, with a more contemporary and streamlined layout. It still has links to the student and carer portals where key information and downloadable forms can be found. I would like to invite you to explore this new website and encourage your friends and families to visit also, to see what being part of the William Carey community has to offer.
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
In His service,