We were blessed by beautiful weather for this year’s Southwest Brickfest. Quite a contrast from last year’s deluge and wild winds. The kinder weather conditions allowed families and friends to relax outside while enjoying the sunshine, music, bouncy castle and sausage sizzle. Inside, was a hum of activity with the exhibits from the Rainbow Bricks group plus the speed build competitions, which were a big favourite yet again.
One of the stand out displays for me was the ‘milking shed’ challenge built on lego robotics. The challenge being to manoeuvre the milking shed with a robot to release the milk but nothing else. This display complemented our own coding club display of robotics. These two exhibits demonstrate the growing interest for coding and STEM.
I would like to thank the parents and staff who helped on the day, looking after the many parts to produce a very enjoyable Carey community day. A total of $6,200 was raised on the day and will go towards the purchase of a school bus.
Our last focus groups will run on Tuesday 13th of June at 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Interested parents and carers are still welcome to join these groups, to supplement current numbers. I would ask you to seriously consider attending as this is an excellent opportunity to share your experiences and perspectives. It is also a great chance to contribute thoughts on what it would mean for our school to deliver an excellent Christian education. We do appreciate the time given by those who have already been able to attend the previous focus groups and acknowledge this time invested in improving our school.
Last week the tickets for our upcoming school musical Mary Poppins went on sale. The ticketing process moved to an online platform, which has proved to be a huge success so far. On the first day of sales, over 25% of all tickets for the six performances were sold. As per previous years, the finale ticket sales were strongest and over 40% of the seats have already been snapped up. Our cast, crew and production team are working hard and the sneak peaks I have had indicate that this production will be most entertaining. So, to borrow Mary’s phrase, ‘Spit-spot!’ and book your tickets before they sell out.
I am also happy to inform the school community of the successful completion of the periodic inspection of William Carey by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), previously known as the Board of Studies. Since the establishment of NESA, the inspection process has changed to a more streamlined process with specific areas of the school being examined closely.
The inspectors identified key areas being reviewed in all schools including attendance, ensuring a safe and secure learning environment, a sample of the delivery of curriculum in each of primary and high school and our teacher professional accreditation process. We were required to present our policies and procedure documentation and then demonstrate their consistent application through samples of student work and administrative records. While the inspection took in only narrow areas of our school, their investigations probed deeply into our practices.
The result of the inspection was that our school has been given a further five years of registration. This is a wonderful result, for which we are most thankful. The inspectors commented on the thorough nature of our documentation and evidence. Not only did we meet the requirements for the inspection but the inspectors commented on the breadth of evidence that collectively demonstrated a high level of quality teaching and student learning.
It is always positive to gain this feedback from an external inspection but we know that we cannot a rest on our laurels and so as a school we continue to strive to continue developing and refining the education of the whole student as they grow at William Carey.
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 (HCSB)