Primary 1/7/22: Rest and Retirement

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our bodies must rest physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Our God knows this. “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads. I will give you rest. Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. The work that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is not heavy.” Matthew 11:28-31

In the craziness of our work, we often find it challenging to stop and rest, and I have found that I require reminding from others. As we began, day one of the year, before we knew it we were busy. This continued until the end of the Easter break. Therefore, when school started again, I felt I had no opportunity to reset. By doing so, I was not caring for myself. It has taken some time for me to approach holiday times differently. I now realise that it is vital to stop, sit back and breathe and allow my body to refresh. 

At this time of every term, your children are tired! As teachers, we can see, hear, and feel their exhaustion. One nice thing to remember is that rest is often about doing something outside of your daily routine. So, this is one area that is already covered by simply being on holidays. It is vital to balance your time doing the fun activities during the holidays and doing absolutely nothing. My sister and her family have ‘PJ Days’, and it has been something that I have longed to do. So, this is my goal for the holidays. What will be yours?

Have a relaxing break, and I look forward to seeing you next term!

Kind regards,

Mrs Coote

Deputy Principal Primary

Mrs Bootsma is Retiring

Dear Parents and Carers,

After prayerful thought and consideration, I wish to inform you that I will be resigning from William Carey Christian School and retiring from teaching at the end of this term. It is with a very, very sad and heavy heart that I must say goodbye to KB. I’m so sorry that I need to do this now. It certainly was not my intention to retire mid-year, but I find myself in personal circumstances that leave me no choice.

During the past several years, I have developed many cherished connections with the staff, parents and students at William Carey and I will dearly miss everyone.

It has been an absolute pleasure and delight to have had the opportunity to teach and work with your child. I cannot thank you enough for the joy that your child has given me. I have always loved working with Kindergarten students and seeing their progress over the year.

Thank you very much for your support over the last 6 months and, for some families, over many years, ensuring the connection and unity between school and home was always strong. I have cherished the connections made with both the students and parents. Please accept my gratitude to you as parents for helping to make my time at William Carey so rewarding.

Please be thoroughly assured that your child will be well looked after for the rest of this year. I have left programs ready to facilitate a smooth transition for both your child and the incoming teacher. Lyndal Mitchell will continue to oversee the proclamation of the gospel and the delivery of an excellent Christian education for your child.

I will be visiting KB via MS Teams at the end of this week to tell the children and to say my goodbyes.

I have been truly blessed by working here, and I will always look back on my years at William Carey with fondness and gratitude. Thank you very much and may God bless you.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Joyce Bootsma