From the Deputy Head of Junior School

GrandFriends Day 2017
I recently spent some time with my twin sons who were interviewing my dad Jim, as a part of their school project work on ‘families and migration’. Together, we discovered that the Dooley name in Australia can be traced back to Ireland in 1768. However, what was so wonderful to watch was just how much of a beautiful bond that my children have with their grandparents. So the interview was a unique and marvelous time for us all.

Biennially, the Junior School hosts ‘GrandFriends Day’ where we ask the children to invite their grandparents or special friends to spend some time at Carey, and this event will occur again in 2017. This is an opportunity to lock the date into your 2017 diary, as we are well aware that some grandfriends walk, drive, tram, bus, train, sail, and fly from interstate to make this day a truly special one for the children and themselves! More details will follow next year but, for now, we are pleased to announce that next year’s GrandFriends Day will be held on Wednesday 15 March from 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Canberra Camp
The Year 6 students have been in Canberra this week undertaking an exciting educational tour of our nation’s capital. The students have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government contributes funding to each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. The rebate is paid directly to the School upon completion of the excursion.

By all accounts, it sounds like there have been many adventures indeed as the children have visited Old and New Parliament Houses, the residence of the Governor General, the National Portrait Gallery, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Deep Space Centre at Tidbinbilla, the National Gallery, the High Court and have even had time for a little bit of rock climbing at an indoor climbing centre.

A camp such as this one serves as an effective learning opportunity for the children as it reinforces many aspects of the classroom History curriculum. The students also learn about themselves and what it is like to be away from home. Many of our students have not been away interstate from their families. Our thanks to the staff for spending time away from their own families for the week. We thank the children for representing the School and themselves with such distinction.

And so it begins! Year 5–6 development
Opposite the Reception area of the Junior School you may have noticed the detailed redevelopment plans for the upper level of the Hickman building. Looking through the Administration office windows we have been able to witness the deconstruction of the rooms, and eagerly await the construction of these new, discreet learning spaces.

Stay tuned, we will publish some photos as we journey across the term towards these new spaces, ready for 2017.

Some dates for your diary:

House Athletics
Friday 4 November
9.00am – 3.00pm
Carey Sports Complex (Bulleen)

JSPA AGM
Tuesday 8 November
From 7.00pm
United Nations Room (Centre for Learning and Innovation)
The JSPA is always looking for parents to become involved in the community life of the Junior School. 

Ben Dooley
Deputy Head – Student Welfare
ben.dooley@carey.com.au