From the Head of Junior School

Welcome back to the final term of the year. I feel for parents and the children with the timing of the commencement of daylight saving in the first week following the holidays and hope you have been able to manage the extra-early mornings! It has been a real pleasure catching up with all the students’ news and a joy to see their enthusiasm on returning to school.

Year 4 Centre
Over the holidays, work has continued on the construction of the Year 4 Centre. We do not have a definitive date for the completion of the project as yet, though it is looking imminent. I will inform parents as soon as possible. Work will commence on the renovation of Upper Primary as soon as the Year 4 classes and 5P are relocated.

Staffing News
The Carey community has mourned the loss of two staff members over the holidays, Nathan Jones, from Donvale and Teresa Neate from our Early Learning Centre. Both have passed away too soon and will be greatly missed. I attended Teresa’s memorial service last week, which was a very fitting celebration of her life. Robyn Croucher, our Oak Room teacher, spoke beautifully about her contribution to the Early Learning Centre and in particular her warmth, sense of humour and love of the School. Our thoughts and prayers are with both Nathan’s and Teresa’s family at this sad time. A chapel service for Teresa will be held in the William Carey Chapel at 4.00pm on Monday 10 October, and a service for Nathan will be held in the William Carey Chapel at 4.00pm on Thursday 13 October. All are welcome to attend.

I would also like to inform parents that David Tait, currently teaching 6T, has accepted a position at Shore Boys School in Sydney, commencing next year. While we are sorry to see David leave Carey, we are pleased for him and his family that he is returning to his ‘home’ and that he has secured a position at a most prominent independent school in Sydney.

I would also like to inform parents that Rebecca Boon will be Acting Head of Penman House in Mark English’s absence.

Year 6 2017 Leaders
In the coming weeks, we commence the process for the selection of 2017 Year 6 leaders. An email will be sent home to current Year 5 parents outlining the process.

Year 6 Orientation Program
This week our Year 6 students have continued their orientation program for the move to Middle School next year. 6T had a visit yesterday, and 6D and 6DF will visit tomorrow. We aim to support a smooth transition for our students through the orientation program that allows our students to ask questions, meet key staff and become more familiar with some of the changes they will experience next year. Most importantly, we aim to build a positive sense of anticipation for the move.

I would like to sincerely thank Louise Sayar who has done an excellent job as Acting Head in my absence, along with Colleen Jarrett Burke as Acting Deputy Head – Student Learning, and Amy Lovell as Acting Lower Primary Co-ordinator. It is wonderful that we can draw on our talented staff to take on these important leadership roles.

Libby Russell
Head of Junior School Kew