From the Deputy Head of Junior School

Dali International School visit
Last week we were fortunate to host some staff and children from the Dali International School in China. This coming together was a powerful and symbolic moment when children and staff from different cultures, with different languages, communicated and spent time developing a greater understanding of each other’s culture and way of life.

The guests spent time in the Year 6 classrooms where our children demonstrated their Chinese language skills to discuss life in Australia. These are important lessons to learn for the students, as we all know how close the global future may well be. Our thanks to the staff for hosting these wonderful guests in the school, and for offering such an interesting program.

Life Education Van visiting Carey
This week the children have been engaged with curriculum lessons in the Life Education van. These sessions cover relevant parts of the curriculum and are presented by an expert teacher who provides a unique learning experience for children, instilling in them the skills needed to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing, covering topics including: body knowledge, personal safety, nutrition, physical activity, relationships, medicines, cybersafety, decision making, tobacco and alcohol.

These curriculum sessions complement the classroom program, and are a valuable part of the ongoing education of our students. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to be in touch with Mrs Louise Sayar.

Whole School Choral Evening
On Tuesday night, the Junior School students performed as part of the Whole School Choral Evening in Ivanhoe, and what a celebration of singing joy this was. Music education experts suggest that the voice is the first instrument that we can gain mastery of, and this was the case with so many children across the entire school showcasing their singing talents.

This performance evening clearly displays the transition for the children from their early Bumble Bee and Piccolo Canto performances, through to the wonderful senior vocal groups that extend their singing passion. Our congratulations to the many children who sang with such clarity, tone and passion, and to the many who have been singing since their time in the Junior School.

Kansai Homestay families
We are looking forward to welcoming 12 young adult students from Kansai University (Osaka, Japan) in Week 6, Term 3. During their five-day stay in our community they will be based in classrooms observing how Carey teachers integrate thinking routines onto the curriculum. We are looking for families who are interested in offering a one-night Home Stay for our visiting Japanese University students on Sunday 27 August. The day begins with the pick-up of students from their Richmond Hill Hotel on Sunday morning.

In the past, families have offered a range of activities from family picnics, tours of the city or St Kilda, visits to Healesville Sanctuary and the Great Ocean Road, backyard BBQs and a game of cricket or football, or cycling along the Yarra River. The students are very excited to experience being with a Carey family and engaging with our culture.

If your family would like to host a student from Kansai University, or if you have any questions, please contact S’Carter, or see the Junior School Kew Staff.

Year 5 Market requests for UpCycling
A reminder that the children in Year 5 are currently collecting many recyclable items for their ‘upcycling’ in preparation for the Year 5 Market later this term. Donations would be gratefully received in the Year 5 area, or at Junior School Reception, including:

  • Jumpers
  • Jeans
  • Old clean socks
  • T-Shirts (plain)
  • Craft items
  • Wool
  • Zippers and beads
  • Buttons and sequins
  • Old toys
  • Lego
  • Dinosaurs
  • Playing cards
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Toy cars
  • Tennis balls

Car Parking
While we dislike having to be negative, we continue to be frustrated by a few select parents who are disrespectful of the behavioural expectations while driving motor vehicles in and around the school. Our requests and expectations are clear and simple; the safety of the children is our primary concern. When we are confronted with driving behaviour and attitudes that place the children at risk, you will be approached by staff and reminded of the behaviour you are modelling, and the choices you have. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to be in direct contact to discuss these.

Carey App
Remember to download the Carey App that offers a user-friendly approach to information at Carey. Once downloaded you can access information about Carey sports, contacts, timetables, absentee information, messages, useful links, and the Carey Calendar.

Ben Dooley
Deputy Head – Student Welfare