7 September 2023

An end-of-term update from the Principal

An end-of-term update from the Principal
An end-of-term update from the Principal
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Principal Jonathan Walter reflects on Term 3 and Carey success in sport, the performing arts and centenary events, and lets us know about some exciting things to look forward to in Term 4.
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Well, congratulations everyone on making it through to the end of another big term here at Carey, full of activities. APS sporting had some great achievements on the field. Some really enormous success for our netball team in particular, who are the state champions out of 2000 school groups coming together. Great success there, and our girls football team as well to make it through to the grand final in the state competition.

Some wonderful performances on the stage as well with A Monster's Call for our Senior School production. This last week, Aladdin Jr has been brilliant for our Donvale students, and also a chance for us to just celebrate the musical life of our school through the Centenary Concert at the Recital Centre, an extraordinary range of talents on display and so good to see our students connecting with each other and showing their talents in so many different ways across our school's program.

We're looking forward to a few more upcoming centenary events as well with the Sports Dinner on the 20th of October, and then the sculpture unveiling in November, really to close off what has been a wonderful year of celebrations for us right across our school.

We've also had a fabulous Artist in Residence program going with Kerrie Poliness working with our Year 9 students, a new creation is up on the wall in the Middle School which we'd encourage you to come in and have a look at at some point.

We've noticed this term a real uptick in the learning culture around our students the ways in which we've made really good use of the Jeffrey O Thomas Quad for study during private study periods. And similarly the library space has really been well utilised by students to really make the most of all of those learning opportunities.

You will have received the communication from me earlier in the week around our new timetable arrangements for the Middle and Senior School next year. We're really encouraged by all the research that's gone into this and looking forward to rolling out a program that gives a much better flow to the day for our students and greater ability to focus and make the most of access to teachers in our classrooms.

We want to wish our Year 12 all the very best in their final push now to examinations. We've seen them work exceptionally hard over the course of this year and really wish them all the best success as we go through. There's some great celebrations that come with the final days for them at the start of next term.

Have a wonderful break everyone. A richly deserved refresh and we look forward to seeing you all back in Term 4.


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