Principal 1/9/23: From Classroom to Chocolate Factory to Community Events

It has long been acknowledged that not only do schools thrive, but students progress in their learning more effectively when schools see themselves and act as a community. Our Term 3 calendar is full of opportunities for our community members to meet and build positive relationships. I encourage all our parents and carers to join in with our school calendar events to help build connection and trust as we work together in the education and growth of our students, your children.

The last week has been a whirlwind of activity for the school with our musical production ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ opening on Friday evening. It was so exciting for so many people to have the curtain finally go up after months of planning and rehearsals. I have received many encouraging comments from school community members and visitors regarding the high quality of the production and the performances from the students.

I would like to acknowledge the commitment of our students to attending rehearsals throughout the year to bring their singing and dancing to such a high level. The production team of staff from across the school have given so much of their time and maintained high standards in this production. The school was also blessed by many staff and parent volunteers helping ensure the performances run smoothly and contributing to the welcoming atmosphere. Without our volunteers, it would just not be possible. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the support of ‘Carey Parents and Community’ (CPC) who provided food and snacks for audience members. The ‘Wonka Bars’ have been a great hit and each performance will provide one lucky Wonka Bar owner with a ‘golden ticket’ and a prize to match!

We have 3 more shows before the curtain drops for a final time on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there is still time, but I warn you, seating is limited for some of the shows.

This week Year 10 students and their families have met one-on-one with members of High School Senior Executive to discuss subject choices for their senior years. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to sit with families and discuss our students’ passions and interests and to also take a moment to consider what families value in the school and to discuss what steps can be taken at home and at school to benefit individuals and the whole student body.

This is also a time of change for our Student Leadership Council. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding job this year’s council has done in leading and serving our students. This year we had an immense level of interest from students with the highest level of nominees ever seen.  This is such an encouraging sign for the character of our students as they consider how they can serve and lead for the benefit of others. We are also inducting our second group of ‘Year Leaders’ (years 7-10, 2024) We pray for these incoming student leaders, that they will seek to serve to their full capability.

The Primary and High School are each hosting a Father’s Day event. Today it was the turn of Primary families to celebrate fathers and their importance within the family. Attendance was great and a BBQ breakfast is the perfect way to start the day, with dads, granddads and even some great granddads coming together and enjoying time with their children. We look forward celebrating with High School fathers next Friday.

Along with these events we have two after school Primary parent teacher meeting sessions (P-2 and 3-6). This is an ideal opportunity to hear how your child is progressing in their learning and to share information in person with their teacher to assist in the learning for the remainder of the year.

As you can see, there’s lots happening at school, not just for our students but our parents as well. I look forward to seeing you at one of these community events in the coming days. 


God Bless, 

Mr Keith McMullen