Term 4 - 24 October 2017

From the Head of Junior School


Welcome Back
After three weeks where our routines switched into holiday mode, we return refreshed and looking forward to all the rewarding experiences that Term 4 has to offer. In doing so, we welcome back Bruce Oakley and Christine Brooks, who thoroughly enjoyed their Long Service Leave, and we also wish Jeanette Jennings all the best as she embarks on a similar term of Long Service Leave.

‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales’
When Albert Einstein was asked what we could do to make our children smarter, he answered, ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.’

Over the holidays, I am sure that our children gravitated to their electronic devices and, as adults, it is very tempting to let them fill their time looking at a screen. However, having just finished our My Son Pinocchio Jr musical, those words of Albert Einstein resonated once again. This advice appeared in the April edition of Child magazine in an article entitled ‘Why Reading to Kids is A Big Deal’.

Research and statistics
Increasingly, the research backs Einstein up. The more we read to our children, the greater their vocabulary. The greater their vocabulary, the better they do at school. The better they do at school, the more successful they will be in life. As parents, isn’t this …

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Chaplain’s Corner


During the recent holidays, I travelled to Sri Lanka with my family. We were met at the airport by our driving travel guide, who then led us all around this most beautiful and fascinating country. We had to put ourselves very much in his hands. We had no idea where to go, which direction to take, or which activity was the best course of action to pursue. We had to trust him to know what was best for us – and he did a fabulous job!

Sometimes we might feel like God is our driving travel guide, and we might not like the direction He is taking us. We take unexpected turns, climb mountains we are not prepared for, and come across road blocks that take us by surprise. We find it hard to understand …

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Seeking host families in 2019 for our Chinese visiting teacher

Next year, Carey Donvale will be hosting a visiting Chinese teacher from Beijing University. We are thrilled to have another volunteer teacher at Carey Donvale next year, as their input significantly enriches our Chinese program as they work alongside …

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Years 3 to 6 House Athletics Trials


Years 3 to 6 students will be participating in the House Athletics Trials at Carey Bulleen on Friday 20 October.

All students will need to wear their Carey sports uniform and House t-shirt to school (including hats). Students will be encouraged to try out in as many events as they are able. All students will be involved in track and field activities from 11.00am – 1.00pm.

This is a trials session, and parents are not required to attend as House staff will be busy giving everyone an opportunity to trial for various events internally. All students will be leaving Donvale at 10.40am to travel to Bulleen. Years 5 and 6 will depart Bulleen at …

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Carey Donvale Calendar

Prep (2018) Ready Set Go Evening

Thursday 19 October
Donvale School Hall

House Athletics Trials (Year 3-6 students)

Friday 20 October
11.00am - 1.00pm
Carey Sports Complex, Bulleen

Year 5M Camp

Tuesday 24 October to Friday 27 October

New Parent (2018) Information Evening (3YO and 4YO students)

Tuesday 24 October
Donvale School Hall

Carey Master Calendar

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Did you know?


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Term 4 Canteen Menu

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Important Contacts

Absence Line

Call 9842 2176

Administration Inquiries


After Care Co-ordinator

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ICT Service Desk

Call 9816 1249

Donvale Canteen

Sharon Alley
Donvale Canteen Manager
Alliance Catering
9842 2166

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