“The types of jobs that are at the least risk of being replaced by automation involve problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, communication, and creativity… Equally important, these skills form a strong foundation for independent thinking that will serve students well no matter what careers they pursue throughout their lives.”
~ Elizabeth Mann Levesque
New Junior School and Administration Building
The tender process has closed for stage one of the new Junior School and Administration building and the successful company has been informed. I am pleased to say that work will commence immediately with some of the trades already on site. This project will include 12 classrooms, studio rooms and break out spaces over two levels, with six classrooms on each level. We are aiming to have the project completed early in 2020. The building will allow for the current 3rd stream in Year 1 to flow through to Year 6 by 2024 when the Junior School will be at capacity.
Stage two of the project will include an upstairs overpass connecting the two buildings, reception, medical centre, meeting rooms and other administrative and staff areas.
The new Junior School building will temporarily host reception and administration staff whilst stage two is being completed.
Plans for stage one and stage two are on display in the reception foyer.
There will be some modifications to the staff and visitor carpark to allow for the building works, which will commence next week. I will ensure students are briefed if there are any changes to how they enter and exit the school grounds. Signage will be in place to inform the public of changes to the front visitor carpark. In the mean time I suggest that all visitors utilise the PAC carpark.
For safety, students and parents are reminded to use the pedestrian crossing and gates when entering and exiting the School grounds. The main gates are for vehicles access only.
Today we temporarily farewell Mrs Riviere-Pendle as Chaplain as she embarks on her maternity leave. She is truly one of a kind and has been a great support to me personally, but far more importantly she has been a great support to both the CGS and broader communities. Mrs Riviere-Pendle has always put the needs of others first, providing numerous opportunities for students to be involved in and lead community projects which last year raised over $20,000. The Social Justice Committee in both the Junior and Senior School have flourished under her leadership.
I would like to truly thank her for being such a wonderful leader and role model. I know you will join with me in wishing both her and her husband, Mathew, a safe and rewarding holiday break, as we pray for the safe arrival of their first child. We look forward to her return in 2020.
This change gives us the opportunity to welcome Mr Stuart McKenzie as acting Chaplain for the remainder of 2019. He will continue to support and build on the wonderful work that Mrs Riviere-Pendle has brought and I know the Casey Grammar community will continue to grow under his leadership and Chaplaincy.
Careers and Pathways
Mrs Blythman has provided a fantastic article below and in particular I note her invitation for 'expressions of interest' from parents/guardians' who would be interested in participating in 'A day in the life of' delivering a short presentation on their role and skills in their chosen field. I encourage all Senior School students and parents to take this opportunity to read this section of Discovery.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL