The final week of school...

‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’ – Benjamin Franklin

As the year draws to an end, our focus has been on providing engaging and deep learning activities that are designed to broaden the scope of understanding and test some of the classroom learning skills we have developed throughout the year. A key part of this has been our extended Year 9 three-week program which provides students with a great opportunity to focus on a cross-section of things that help them develop into fantastic Senior School students. Students have developed resilience, compassion, depth of knowledge, humility, a strong work ethic, collaboration and understanding our place the world. We also have hosted a terrific Year 8 leadership seminar which allowed students the opportunity to listen to the inspiring David Buttifant, who focussed on leadership and resilience.

On the final Monday of term, the Year 7s will extend their teamwork skills along with their design, mathematics and creative abilities in the wonderful Maths Games activity. Meanwhile, the Year 8s will spend the day participating in activities as part of the Survivor Challenge to build their collaboration and co-operation. While these days are taking place, the Year 9s will celebrate and reflect on their time in Middle School in a House picnic day, along with their final assembly in Middle School.

Tuesday 10 December is our final day – it is the final opportunity for House groups to get together to thank the Year 9s and clear out their lockers. The students will be dismissed at 10.30am.

This term we have enjoyed symbolically wrapping up the year with Middle School celebrations. We have celebrated student achievement through our annual Heads Awards assemblies, and the various Christmas Services have been a wonderful celebration of the important Christmas story. Our Chaplain, Revd Scott Bramley, always presents a very moving service and our musicians and actors perform beautifully.

Thank you so much for your commitment to the social capital of the Middle School. We hope you have loved being a part of your children’s learning journey. We trust that 2019 has been successful and that learning goals and achievements have been attained over the year. As the Christmas season and the New Year draw closer, I wish our Carey Middle School families all the best for a blessed festive season and much joy as you spend time together over the break. Return refreshed after a relaxing vacation ready to enjoy another fantastic year in Middle School, or for our Year 9s, in Senior School.

Michael Nelson
Head of Middle School