Creating Tomorrows Leaders
The final year of Junior School has the overarching theme of Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders. All Year 6 students participate in a leadership program that focusses on helping the students learn more about themselves and the varied forms of leadership required at different times. It is designed to prepare and assist the students in their transition from Junior to Middle School. The year starts with a special two-day conference that includes students from both Junior School campuses, this is followed by two additional days throughout the year. Students complete three challenges: an intellectual, physical and finally a community challenge.
The intellectual challenge takes the form of a Passion Project, in which students are supported to lead their own learning through the exploration of a passion or strong interest. The physical challenge is conducted as part of our Outdoor Education program at our Toonallook campus on the Gippsland Lakes. Students learn about problem solving and persistence as a team, working together while also having an adventure. In the community challenge, our aim is to help students begin to understand the satisfaction that comes from serving others and being involved with the community. A minimum of one hour’s service per week is required for the duration of a term. The student regularly reports to their Head of House, who supports and encourages them with assistance from the Chaplain and the Classroom Teacher.
Leaders across the world are studied, as well as our own leaders and political system, culminating in a week long visit to Canberra.
The study of Indigenous perspectives throughout the Junior School, often ignites an interest in students that is encouraged in Year 6 with the opportunity to visit to Robinson River, a remote Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory. Carey has established a special relationship with the people of Robinson River and now runs an annual trip where a small number of Year 6 and Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the community. We are committed to the empowerment and development of Indigenous communities around Australia. By encouraging students to engage with Indigenous Australians at Robinson River, Carey seeks to play a part in achieving true reconciliation. The relationship continues with a return trip, usually at the end of Term 3, with a group of students and two staff members from the Robinson River School spending time at Carey.
In Years 3 to 6, home tasks are set to help students develop regular study habits and cater for the needs of all students.
For further information please see the page on Home Tasks.