As an infrequent Melbourne CBD visitor, I was surprised at the number of homeless people seeking refuge from the wet weather in the Flinders Street Station on Friday night. One can only wonder at what has placed young people is such a predicament. As I walked to and from the Arts Centre for our Principal’s farewell, I was reminded again of the need for us to do more to help the vulnerable.
On Monday we convened the last meeting of the 2019 Middle School Student Representative Council (SRC) and welcomed members of the 2020 cohort. Each year I am impressed with the efforts of some students selected by their Houses to set aside time to help others.
Each term Middle School SRC reps have raised awareness of and gained insights into complex issues, and engaged in efforts to work towards just solutions. Members have supported Houses in their efforts to raise funds for groups committed to reducing plastics in our oceans and waterways, heard about relief work in places like South Sudan and Somali, supported groups in places like Swaziland and Zimbabwe and individuals both within and beyond the Carey community have generously collected items and funds to give to others. In all things the SRC tries to work with and support the Middle School executive team, Heads of House and House mentors and other Carey staff to improve experiences for people both within and beyond the Carey community.
So to end my newsletter articles for 2019, firstly a reminder that members of the Carey community are welcome to attend the IWA on Monday 9 December at 9.30am to join Year 9 students for their Christmas service and their Head Awards assembly. Secondly, a note of thanks to all who served in the 2019 Middle School SRC, especially Chairs – Darcy Kelly-Stout and Lauren Hart – and Term 4 Acting Chairs – Siena Shepard and Emma O’Neill – together with 2019 Middle School Captains – Ava Papavasiliou and Jamie Holmes. A note of thanks to Raj Fordyce, Harry Downing and non-SRC member Kai Rogerson for their efforts in running the Tuesday SRC Movie Club (which will recommence in Term 1 2020); Lauren Jensz and Grace Beaumont for co-chairing the Environment sub-committee; Dheer Joshi and George Dimitropoulos for co-chairing the Social Justice sub-committee; and finally to Harry Dendle, John Kosch and Ben Harrison for facilitating the running of the annual Carey Gift, won this year by Ned Benson (Hickman) in 60 seconds and Kareema Wakim (Moore) in 64 seconds.
As some of us look forward to a break from normal routines, may the following prayer attributed to John Wesley shape our decision making in this the season of Advent.
Let us pray.
God of all people and places. As we look towards Christmas and the season of good will to all help us to do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, to all the people we can, as long as ever we can. Amen.
Middle School Chaplain