Primary 4/8/23: A new term and new program

Welcome back to Term 3! I hope your break with your families was well spent. Throughout the Bible, we’re encouraged to bring our emotions—whether happiness, sorrow, or joy—to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). When we do this, we allow His peace and guidance to come into our lives.

As we enter the latter half of the year, Primary School will be participating in a program called “Second Step.” Since 1979, the Committee for Children aims to educate students worldwide on building their social and emotional skills by encouraging them to develop positive behaviour while interacting with those around them. Their goal is for students to thrive in school and in life.

We will learn more about the “Second Step” program throughout this term, with students being introducing to the themes and skills during term 3 and 4. The program will officially commence in 2024.

We will keep parents/carers, and the wider school community updated through these fortnightly newsletters, by showcasing videos, posters, and songs from “Second Step.” We are looking forward to the growth in all the students as they embrace how their emotions and feelings impact themselves and those around them.

God Bless, 
Mrs Gillian Coote
Primary Deputy Principal

Amazing Me - Child and Parent Puberty talk

Discover the wonders of growing up together at our ‘Bodies, Babies, and Puberty’ event by Amazing Me at William Carey Christian School. Join us on August 14th, from 6:30pm to 7:45pm in the School Library. Designed for Year 4 to 6 students and their parents/carers, this engaging evening program provides a comfortable platform to explore important life changes.

Parents who have attended in the past have said “the evening created a safe space to learn about and discuss puberty together” and it “helped us to have more confidence when talking to our children about puberty.”

Expression of Interest - Parenting Program

We are seeking expressions of interest from Kindergarten and Year 1 parents and carers to participate in the Confident Carers – Cooperative Kids program, developed by psychologists at the University of Wollongong and run by our psychology team here at William Carey.

The Confident Carers-Cooperative Kids program aims to help parents and carers who find they are struggling with problem behaviours. The program assumes that such behaviours are shown by most, if not all, children from time to time. This is due in part to the fact that children often express how they feel through their behaviour.

This program helps parents to get back in touch with what is most important to them in their relationship with their child, to tune into their child’s individual temperament and needs, and to fine-tune their own responses to their child’s behaviour. This helps parents to feel more confident, encourages more positive behaviours in their children, creates more enjoyable and cooperative parent-child relationships, and helps parents to manage difficult moments in parenting.

The program acknowledges the many years of parenting experience that parents bring with them to the program, and this experience is built on during the program.

To indicate your interest, please complete the google form by clicking the “I’m Interested” button.

Presenters: Erin Criminale, Jodie Schroder and Matthew Belling-Talbot

Starts: Week 1, Wednesday 11th October and then every Wednesday for 8 weeks (inclusive)

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Venue: Student Library, William Carey Christian School, Bumbera St Prestons NSW 2170 Please contact the psychology team at the school at if you have any questions about the program.

All program materials will be provided.

Please note there is no childcare available for these workshops.

Walk for Water Success

Thank you to everyone who participated in the incredible Year 3 to 6 Walk for Water fundraiser! Each of the students steps have made a splash of difference, raising funds for 3 wells and changing the future for students at 3 schools in Zambia through Tearfund! Amazing work everyone!