We’ve had a smooth start to the year and been happy to welcome a number of new students into our classes. Initial phone calls home have proved a delight, hearing about how impressed parents are with the Carmel welcome and the high-quality learning that started right from the beginning of the academic year. Although we know what a good job we do, it certainly is marvellous to he ...

Welcome back to 2023 and a brand-new school year. I hope you all had a fabulous break and enjoyed a restful time with family and friends in the sunshine. It was brilliant to be able to greet all the High School students at the gate on their first day this week – great to catch up with students from last year and to meet our newest recruits. We were very pleased to welcome many ...

I am so very proud of the Class of 2022 and I congratulate them for putting in the hard work necessary to produce these impressive results. Each student has shown such integrity and courage over recent years and for this they are to be commended.

The last full week of term is a good time to reflect on the school year. And what a year it has been! The learning curve has been steep in my first year as Principal at AVѧԺ, and I have been grateful to listen to and learn from a huge range of people with very diverse views. I am proud of the many opportunities that the School offers to our students and the dedicated s ...

Time seems to be racing past – can it really be that we’re nearing the end of Term 4 and I have (nearly) survived my first year as a principal?! Although the Primary School is still buzzing with the promise of the infamous and much-awaited concert which I am very much looking forward to, the last couple of weeks of term in the High School are feeling very strange, with Years 1 ...

Non-teaching friends often naively comment at this time of year that we teachers must be winding down and enjoying the end of year festivities. It would probably be rude to snort with derision at the misguided thought of a relaxing end to Term 4, as it is one of the busiest times for us, preparing for concerts and finalising assessments and writing reports and generally trying ...

The past week has been a busy and memorable one, I was proud to be an ambassador for AVѧԺ at many important community events. Sunday’s commemoration of Kristallnacht at the PHC was a moving service. Judith Lawrence from the Holocaust Institute delivered a beautifully crafted and moving speech that taught me much I had not known about events that happened on that barba ...

Although the weather hasn’t been particularly kind to us recently (I had thought that spring had sprung, but then needed to dig out my thermals again) there have been lots of positive happenings in and around AVѧԺ. The Arts came to the fore as we were wowed by VAPA night, in which we admired various artworks and our students made music, sang and showed films which the ...

I was so impressed by the respectful, dignified and fun way with which the Year 12 students finished their time at AVѧԺ last week. Breakfast on the beach, a game of laser tag and a stunning valedictory dinner with a Hollywood theme all provided a fitting end to what was, for many of our young women and men, fourteen years of education at Carmel. The valedictory assembl ...

This week is a special week for us, as we farewell the Year 12 students. Working with a small cohort is particularly special, as we can follow the path of every single student and enjoy their journey as individuals. It is also notable that most of our students have attended AVѧԺ from the very beginning of their education and have known nothing else. In my valedictory ...