From the Principal

It has now been two weeks in which our students have been attending classes face to face and the school feels ‘back to normal’ in many ways. I ran a survey this week with teachers focussing on what they feel they had learnt about themselves and their teaching practice, during the weeks of remote learning. One of the questions was ‘What did you miss most during remote learning?’ From over 80 responses, more than 90% of the responses identified our students and working with them as the part of school they missed most.

I would add my vote to this list too, it has been a great pleasure to meet students at the front of school, welcoming them to a day of learning. Some of them have been so keen, they need reminders to say ‘Bye’ to Mum or Dad.

I hope you have been hearing similar messages from your children as they return. We recognise that for many the change back has also brought challenges. If this is the case, I would like to remind you of the welfare help resources that are available on the WCCS portal for student and parent access. If you feel further welfare assistance would be beneficial, please contact us to discuss ways in which we can support your children.

I would like to thank the parents and carers who have dropped off or picked up their children quickly and exercised a lot of patience and care. We have a higher than normal number of cars moving through the carpark at the start and end of the day. I would like to remind you of a few things to help reduce congestion:

* Arrive earlier during the morning to avoid the peak. Drop off in the morning starts at 8:00 am.
* Ensure you follow all directions provided by staff to keep traffic flowing and our community safe.
* Once you have dropped off or picked up, please leave to make space for another car. We still value you as members of our community, however, we are asking all parents and carers to not wait at school once they have collected their children.
* Primary car lines start at 2.45 pm so you can pick up and leave early if you have Primary only children.
* For High School student only families – pick up is at 3:20 pm.
* Mind the gap – please keep a distance of more than 1.5m between you and other adults at all times.

The COVID-19 has also led the school to modify the start of lesson dates for Terms 2 and 3.

Please note in your calendar, face to face lessons will commence two days earlier in Term 3 to account for the two extra days of staff development we had at the start of Term 2.

Term 3 lessons will commence on Thursday, 24th July, 2020. Further information regarding arrangements for the start to Term 3 was sent to families via email earlier this week and is available on the WCCS app.

Finally, I wish to let you know that while government requirements allow for schools to delay student reports until Term 3 and also finalise them without grades, our Semester 1 reports will be distributed to families this term.

At William Carey, we understand that school reports are one of the most significant avenues of written communication between teachers and parents. Educational research also shows that greatest growth in learning occurs when feedback is provided to students and parents close to the time that work is being completed. For this reason, our review of K-12 school reports and assessment has led to the introduction of progressive reports and changes to the semester-based reports.

Changes you will notice in this semester K-12 reports includes:

* Digital reports rather than hard-copy for Semester 1 reports
* A new look format that links Primary and High School reports
* A student profile that reflects K-12 learner and WCCS attributes
* Year 7-10 Grades that represent what students have demonstrated against standardised descriptors
* Graphic representations of student and cohort results
* Summative Primary Class Teacher and High School Pastoral Care Teacher (Semester 2) comments

I intend to provide further information to families outlining our new report formats in the coming weeks.

This week’s troubling news from around the world, continues to remind us of the great blessing we enjoy living in Australia. However, it is also a reminder to beware of taking such blessings for granted. As restrictions continue to ease, please continue to consider how we can care for one another as a community and continue to give thanks for the blessings we currently enjoy.

I hope you have a fun and refreshing long weekend.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1

Keith McMullen