At this week’s Junior School Assembly, Year 3T students presented a fantastic performance about Christmas and ways in which we can help each other.
Their performance reminded me that Christmas is a time for giving. Yes, at Christmas time we give our family and friends presents, but we should also remember that volunteering our time, offering our help and checking in on one another can be just as important and meaningful as giving each other presents.
As with previous years, our Junior School students have volunteered their time to give to those less fortunate. In each of their Houses they’ve spent time learning about the Christmas Spirit and the importance of giving. They’ve donated gifts, volunteered their time and helped each other put together hampers to donate to local charities.
All of these activities remind me of growing up and as young students, the ways in which we learnt about Christmas and the spirit of giving. These teachings allowed me to create my own sense of what Christmas means to me. Throughout the year, I enjoy spending time giving to our students and community, and at Christmas time, the importance of giving time to my family is highlighted. I take time to call my parents and visit family and most importantly, give my time to being a good husband and father.
Our Casey Grammar families work hard throughout the year making sacrifices in order to give your children a quality education. I trust that the upcoming Christmas break will be as equally as important to you as it is to me in giving back to your families and enjoying quality time spent together.
I’m pleased to announce that we’ve completed the Senior School recruitment for 2020 and I’m confident in the knowledge and experience that will form our senior school staffing in 2020.
Dr Jacinta Moreau holds a Bachelor of Science Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PHD Chemistry) from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Jacinta has received numerous prizes throughout her career as well as a Canadian patent, two USA patents and has published many articles. Jacinta has lectured at University, taught in Korea and is currently teaching VCE Science at Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha, although she lives locally. Jacinta enjoys singing in ensembles and choirs, table tennis and playing the piano.
Julian Sadleir has taught VCE physics since 2006 and has held a number of leadership roles including Head of Science, Leader of eLearning and is currently the Leading Teacher of Data and Assessment at Bentleigh Secondary College. Julian has been a VCAA VCE Physics exam assessor and has taught general Science and Maths Methods in both Year 11 and 12. Julian completed a Bachelor of Science (major in Optoelectronics) and a Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne and is a Google Certified Educator. He is an innovative educator and values co-curricular having run a coding club, media club and science club. He has coached hockey and basketball and is a keen cyclist himself.
Keir Selfridge is an innovative educator with over 20 years of teaching and leadership roles. Keir holds a Bachelor of Education in Maths and Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership from the University of Melbourne. Keir has worked and held leadership positions in London and Victoria and currently teaches VCE Chemistry, VCE Biology and Mathematics at Kilbreda College in Mentone where he has been for the past 10 years. Keir is a proud father of two and is currently working with Hawthorn VFLW team in on-bench communications.
Special Guest Assembly
On Tuesday 19 November we were honoured to have 2019 Melbourne Cup winning jockey and Cranbourne local, Craig Williams speak at a special assembly for students in Years 3 to 9. Craig’s speech was inspirational in the way he encouraged our students to strive for their dreams and make the most of opportunities presented to them. Craig highlighted the importance of education and how his own education had contributed to his success. He also offered students some important advice on the use of social media and to always be mindful of the things we post and how it can affect those around us.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL