Reconnecting the Carey community

With the continued easing of restrictions, this term we have been able to enjoy the many wonderful community events that are a highlight of our annual calendar and give us the strong sense of community that makes us ‘Carey’.

Anzac Day Assembly
On Wednesday 27 April, we held our first whole Junior School assembly for the year which was dedicated to commemorating Anzac Day. Our Year 3 students presented a wreath which has become an important part of the Anzac service. All Prep to Year 6 students filed past the wreath at the end of the service as they made their way back to their classrooms. We also welcomed Mr Peter Mitchell back to Junior School to participate in the service and read the Carey alumni honour roll.

Year 6 Leadership Conference
The Year 6 Kew and Donvale students enjoyed participating in their first leadership day for the year which was held at Kew Sports. This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to forge new connections with their peers across the Kew and Donvale campus and to develop their understanding of leadership and followship through participating in team building and reflection activities.

House Cross Country
House Cross Country has been a highlight of our calendar year thus far. This was a significant event as we were able to welcome parents onsite to celebrate in this occasion with their children. The morning commenced with the Year 3 to 6 event at Bulleen followed by the Prep to Year 2 on Cluny Green. Throughout the day, students were supported by their fellow Housemates and the day concluded with the announcements that Burnet had once again taken home the cup!

Prep and Year 5 Welcome Evening
Last Thursday we were finally able to host the Prep and Year 5 Welcome evening. This was a wonderful opportunity for parents to connect with other parents from their child’s year level and in particular for new parents to Carey.

Mothers Day Breakfast
This morning we held our inaugural Mothers Day breakfast in the Jeffrey O Thomas Quadrangle. This event was held to celebrate and honour all our Carey mums and was another occasion where we could build social connectivity amongst our parent community. The children enjoyed the delicious breakfast on offer and participating in the Kahootz quiz. We are so fortunate to have a committed and active group of JSPA members and class reps which make events like this possible.

Junior School Staffing Update
It is with mixed emotions that we announce Lee Taylor’s resignation after 31 years of outstanding service at Carey. Lee will finish in her role as Deputy Head of Junior School Kew – Student Learning at the end of Term 2. Lee’s contribution to Carey across her roles as Classroom Teacher, Librarian, PE Teacher, Learning Development Teacher, Numeracy Co-ordinator, and her current position as Deputy Head of Junior School Kew – Student Learning, has been invaluable and we wish her all the very best for her next adventure. This marks an exciting time for Lee and her husband Neil, as they take up an opportunity to relocate to Malaysia.

We are well underway in the recruitment process for a new Deputy Head of Junior School Kew – Student Learning and will advise the community of the outcome in due course.

I would also like to take this opportunity to inform our community that Stella Axup our receptionist has been seconded to the Outdoor Education department to support their program for the remainder of this year. We wish Stella every success in her new role. We are very fortunate to have secured Hayley Parke and Debbie Williams to replace Stella during this time.

Kylie Baxter
Head of Junior School Kew