Principal 17/11: Joyful Celebrations and New Beginnings

At this stage of the year, there’s a buzz around the school. There are lots of conversations and excitement  around what is happening, what needs to be achieved in the coming three weeks, as well as preparations in the works for the start of 2024. Reports are being written, new timetables for 2024 are being prepared, new students are doing their orientations and taster days, and the countdown has begun for some of our major community events of the year. 


This has been a most encouraging fortnight at William Carey, as our students, staff and family have participated in community events focussing on both celebrating students’ progress this year and supporting students and their families in preparing for new starts in 2024.

Our Year 12 graduates celebrated the completion of their HSC exams at their Formal last week. It was a beautiful evening held at Panorama House in Bulli. Many wonderful photos were captured with stunning ocean views. The Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Open Night took place on Monday evening. We had many visitors enjoying the vibrant displays of artwork created by our High School students. There were heart-warming dance and music performances on the lawn and lively drama performances in the studio. There was a wonderful atmosphere as everyone  soaked up the great depth of talent our school enjoys, while also enjoying a famous CPC BBQ. This was a joyous event and I would like to acknowledge the huge effort and success of our CAPA staff in providing the opportunity for our students to showcase their creative talent and gain experience in performance.


This has also been a week in which our students have benefited from being part of a Prep-Year 12 school. Our Prep students, and those commencing at William Carey in Kindergarten, have been visiting their classrooms for next year, meeting their new teachers and learning all about ‘big school’.


Building positive relationships as well as individual student development were key themes of yesterday’s Year 7 Taster Day and Information Evening. Students entering Year 7 next year, spent the day getting to know each other further and experienced a taste of High School life, moving between a variety of different classes. Parents joined us for an information session and a BBQ dinner. This was a lovely opportunity to spend time with families in a relaxed setting and speak about some of the many changes students experience as they move from Year 6 to Year 7.


During the information session, I highlighted that great schools are in the business of transforming lives. At William Carey, we believe that lives are transformed through the hearing and responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the delivery of an excellent Christian education. We strive to nurture a school culture that enables students to grow, be challenged and feel supported in their academic development through a nurturing partnership between home and school. In such a culture, we can expect the young people who graduate from our school will not only leave with results to be proud of, but more importantly, they will be young men and women who have grown to be, and will continue to be, a blessing to their friends, their families and their communities.


On Friday 24th November, the Carey Parents and Community will be hosting a great night of carols music, food trucks, face painting plus a special Christmas puppet show from the amazing Quiz Worx team. Last year we had a massive turnout and we’ve had a great response from our school community so far for this year’s event. If you haven’t registered for your free tickets yet, it’s not too late. Registering tickets for your family and friends will greatly help us in our planning. You and your family are more than welcome to join us to celebrate the end of year, our great school community and remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who came as saviour for humanity.


Book your tickets here:


Keith McMullen



Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

2 Corinthians 5:17