Listening to your parents... I hope it isn’t only my children who have always been resistant to hearing sage advice from their mother. They were quite happy to accept the suggestions of other relatives and the parents of their friends, but when their own mother offered wise counsel, it was ignored and often treated with derision. After all, what would I know about study strate ...

I recently enjoyed a comedy sketch in which various phrases were translated into German and the resulting phrase was shared. My favourite was the attempt to translate “Sorry I’m late”. The German person was seemingly unable to translate this phrase, the implication presumably being that Germans are never late to anything, so there is no word in the language to describe this. P ...

As I sat behind a lorry at the traffic lights this morning, I chuckled at the large sign on the back, which read “CAUTION – does not play well with others”. Although I had no intention of interacting with the massive vehicle (my little car and I would definitely have come off worse) my teacher brain immediately turned to the fact that much of what we teach, reinforce and develo ...

Sitting playing Settlers of Catan with a group of Year 3 students after school on Tuesday, amidst a heap of others playing Balderdash, chess and pick-up-sticks in the library, it became clear that we are well and truly back into the swing of things at school. Clubs and activities at school provide further social opportunities for Carmel students to meet and play with childre ...

Dear Carmel Primary School families, JHUB will soon start work on their carpark (see image above) from Monday 19 February 2024 for a period of approximately 8 weeks. This will have a significant impact on our families during this time. To ensure the safety of your child/ren and to minimise the inconvenience, can we please ask for your help with the following: Kindergarten ...

It has been a lovely, positive start to the school year as both campuses have filled with the sounds of chatting and laughter (as well as the whir of the air conditioning as the summer heat continues!). Substantial capital works have been underway during the break, slowed slightly by shipping issues, transport issues and labour shortages, but we’re nearly there and the School ...

It has been a busy week at AVѧԺ and although the end of term is almost visible in the distance, there is still so much left to do. I reassure myself that it feels this way each year, yet we always achieve what we need to in time for the end of term. It’s too early to be looking forward to the break at this stage, but the prospect of some time to read and relax late in ...

I sat in on an interesting evening presentation to a group of women leaders at AISWA this week, entitled ‘The Art of Patience’. It served to reinforce one of my personal failings, but did provide some interesting thoughts around the importance of being patient. We heard about the need to not be reactive and clamour for instant results, rather to reflect, walk more slowly and no ...

Sometimes endings are necessary before new beginnings can unfold. We are very proud of the Carmel cohort of 2023 Year 12 students, whose last week of school was an ending characterised by dignity, courage and integrity. A fabulous beach breakfast, bowling expedition, lunch and valedictory rehearsal made for a fitting final day of school. Now that they have celebrated, enjoyed v ...

Good morning students, teachers, parents, friends, Carmel VIPs, guests and, of course, our Year 12 valedictorians. A valedictory is a farewell address. It denotes the end of something – in this case, the end of your time at AVѧԺ. But it also denotes a beginning - it’s an end and a beginning. It’s the beginning of the next episode of your lives – lives which I am confi ...