Welcome back to all of our wonderful students.
I hope that our Prep to Year 11 students had a wonderful holiday, with lots of rest and family time after a very busy Term 3. For our Year 12 students, I hope you had the opportunity to revise and prepare for your final term of schooling.
The Term 3 break was a great opportunity for our ATAR students to consolidate on their learning by spending time on Campus during the holidays to attend “connect lectures” and participate in additional study options. Thank you to the staff that gave up their holiday time to assist the Year 12 students as well as mark exams and other assessments across all year levels.
At the end of last Term, we farewelled our Year 12 Casey Pathways students as well as Year 12 students choosing to take an unscored VCE pathway. These students will return on Tuesday for the Valedictory Assembly where we will formally farewell the Class of 2019. As with tradition, the whole school, including all staff, will form a guard of honour which will weave through the School, leading the Year 12s to the VCE Common Room for refreshments with their families and staff.
Over the holidays, I attended the biennial AHISA Conference for Heads of Independent Schools in Perth. The conference theme was ‘Forging the Future’ and throughout the four days, we discussed topics such as the future of education and exams, the economy, the ATAR, university, future employment and jobs that would become redundant, as well as jobs that will be created within the next 20 years. It’s an exciting time to be in education and even more so that we will contribute to and help shape the future of education.
There was also a lot happening on Campus throughout the holidays. Our Prep students have returned to a fantastic new play area which includes a bower and two playhouses. The newly planted vegetable gardens are growing well and our Casey Grammar chickens have taken up residency in the coup near the Science Centre. I’d like to thank the PFC, Kate Hancox and all the volunteers who have supported and worked hard to provide these fantastic initiatives for our students.
Parents and guardians dropping students off will have also noticed the progress of the new Junior School Building. Now that the structure of the building has been built, the next phase will be the electrical work and plastering of walls. A time-lapse video has been recording since the demolition and I look forward to being able to release this to our community once the build is complete.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL