Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you have all had a wonderfully refreshing break and are looking forward to an exciting term ahead.
We were delighted to have been able to welcome back onto campus so many Old Carey Grammarians who joined us for Anzac Day services on Wednesday. It was wonderful for our guests to hear from Carey ICT staff member Dira Lok (pictured) about his service to the Australian armed forces, and I am grateful to Mr Graham ‘Smokey’ Dawson for reading the Roll of Honour. It was an important occasion for our Middle and Senior School students to be able to pause and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of those who have served in defence of our nation, and those who continue to serve today.
Celebrating our community: Carey Medal nominations closing soon
I’d like to encourage you to nominate a member of our community for the 2021 Carey Medal. As community service is such an important part of life at Carey, we all know someone who has gone above and beyond to make a positive difference to the world.
The Carey Medal provides an opportunity for us to celebrate these members of our community and inspire our students by showing them examples of people like them who can give back to their local, national and global communities in a really practical way. Celebrating community service is an important aspect of developing wise, motivated and independent students.
The nominations close on 30 April, at the end of next week. Anyone from the Carey community is eligible. Have a look at the Carey Medal page on the website for more information and a simple form to fill out to submit your nominations.
Shape the Future
Thank you once again for the feedback you provided us through the online questionnaires over three weeks last term. The process is a positive one which intentionally affirms the values of the School and identifies our strengths so that we are in a position to build on them in the future. All of your insights and perspectives informed a rich discussion with the staff on our professional learning day to kick off this term.
As the emerging themes from the feedback become clearer, I am keen to explore them in greater depth through a series of focus groups to capture the insights from those of you who would prefer to have a conversation rather than engage in the online setting. There are six opportunities for you to be involved, please register your interest.
Strengths-based mental fitness
We have established an opportunity for you to hear from Maria Ruberto, the founder and director of Salutegenics Psychology. This organisation is a strengths-based practice that moves people in personal and professional coaching toward mental fitness and life health.
Maria will provide us with some support in relation to how to cope and the best ways to help our children deal with critical incidents. We have had Maria with us on the staff day at the start of this term and I can highly recommend her as a dynamic and engaging presenter. I am sure you will benefit enormously from coming along and listening to her session. Please register your attendance.