From the Head of Junior School

An important part of our mission at Carey is nurturing students who are activists motivated to make a difference in their world. At the last whole-school Assembly, Year 3 students challenged us with a very well put together video on our waste and recycling at school. The strong message was we are not good at placing our rubbish in the right bin and we are also not doing well in minimising our waste. Our Year 3 students are our environmental warriors and it was really pleasing to see them being proactive in waking us up to what we are doing and what we need to change. Forming habits takes time and requires discipline and motivation. We are at the beginning of a mission in Junior School to heighten awareness of waste and ensure we are doing what we can to support the ‘Wipe Out Waste’ campaign. Various initiatives are occurring across the Junior School, for example students will analyse the amount of rubbish they bring to school each day and what type of rubbish they bring. As a result, we hope the students will come home requesting less wrapping. We would appreciate your support in reducing waste by working towards providing your child with a ‘nude food’ lunch. There are many ideas worth exploring as a family: Link to nude food resources for families

Last week our two choirs Vivace and Bel Canto participated in the Victorian Schools Music Festival (VSMF). They received a Gold and Silver level performance standard for their performances on the day in the Upper Primary section. Congratulations to our students who represented the School with pride and aptitude, to choir directors Frederica Cunningham and Lesley Collins, and to accompanist Christine Luo. This result is testament to the dedication and talent of our music students and staff in the Junior School.

Our Artist in residence Margaret Christianson has been working with the Year 6 students designing a relief metal sculpture that will be housed on the Metcalfe Hall exterior wall. The students have each made a leaf that will be incorporated into four trees. We plan to install the sculpture next term as a reminder of the 2018 Year 6 group.

It was great to see so many parents take up the opportunity with their children to attend the ‘Living and Growing’ family programs last week. The programs offer three different developmental sessions about growing and changing bodies, keeping safe and being confident. It’s important young people get accurate, age-appropriate information to help them feel confident about how their bodies will change. The feedback from parents has been very positive and the relaxed forum provided a great start to continue conversations at home. If you missed out this year, we offer the program every two years, so keep an eye out for it in the future.

Libby Russell
Head of Junior School Kew