Final days for some of the Year 12 Casey Grammar students
This week marks the final formal day of schooling for our Year 12 students involved in Casey Pathways or taking an unscored VCE pathway. I would like to thank our students for their approach to their studies and I know that they are ready to continue further study or enter directly into their chosen field of work. Some of our students will begin careers during Term 4 in aged care, carpentry, plumbing, sports-related programs, drama and film along with many other fields.
The rest of the cohort will be studying hard over the holiday break as Casey Grammar hosts revision style lectures and prepares students for their end of year examinations.
Year 12 students are reminded that they are expected to attend the final Year 12 celebrations including the final Valedictory Assembly and Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.
I was reminded earlier in the week when we hosted the Class of 2009 and the Class of 2014 Reunions just how important your schooling is. I know that many students are really excited about what the future holds, and cannot wait for their next chapter to begin. My experience also tells me that you will look back at your time at Casey Grammar with many fond memories and lifelong friends. As you have heard me say before, you never actually leave Casey Grammar, you just stop attending every day.
Reid Chapel Service
Reflecting on the Reid Chapel service this week I thought I would share the message with the community heading into the holiday break.
‘Welcome to the Reid House Chapel. Today we will be looking at the theme of Community Care. We only need to remember back to last week, where we were united in adversity during the whole school evacuation. It is moments when we are asked to work together that we really understand the importance of community care. It is in this strength of the united community that we can all thrive. This is the true outworking of what a community is and is a reflection of the way the early church was encouraged to live.
The theme of community care came about as Reid House were initially going to deliver their Chapel service on the anniversary of 9/11. This was the time that the World Trade Towers in New York were attacked and collapsed taking the lives of almost 3000 business people. The motivation of the first responders was to ensure the safety of those who were trapped and endangered causing many to give their own lives to save the lives of others. However, Community Care is not about putting our life on the line or in danger for others. Community Care is when we go beyond the idea of inclusion and we seek to care for those around us, those who are in need, and those who may be struggling.
Last week was RUOK day, a day designed to help us to reach out and ensure that we are checking in on others in the community. When a community cares for each member within that community, then all people have the opportunity to thrive.
That community is our community. That is the Casey Grammar community'.
The Berthe Mouchette Competition, run through the Alliance Française de Melbourne, has come to a close. This year, 116 schools across the state participated in the competition. There were a total of nearly two thousand participants at the Year 10 level, and Al-Karrar Al-Khalidi (10B) was awarded second place for his recitation of the poem ‘Il offrait du coeur’ by Maurice Carême. We look forward to congratulating Karrar, as well as all finalists in an assembly early in Term 4. I would like to thank Madam Christensen and Madam Morgan for their work with the French students over many years.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brings 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and go hands-on with amazing technology. They are looking for young people who are creative and passionate using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as these are the ones who will take our society into the future.
Congratulations to our Head of Science, Mr Isgro and Year 10 students Elorenzo San Pedro, Tanysha Hogan and Georgia Schelfhout who have been selected to attend the Big Ideas forum in Sydney. This opportunity is fully funded by ANSTTO including flights, travel, accommodation and meals. Unfortunately Elorenzo can't attend the forum but has made a significant contribution to the Casey Grammar entry.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL