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1 September 2017

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hope

by Mr T Kent

​It has been a special week here at CCAS – as our WOSE weeks tend to be. I am a bit late in writing our newsletter this week – due to a very busy day that has included the last of our WOSE programs for the week which are just finishing now.

Our theme has been Hope, which as Christians we ultimately find in Jesus, but in the messed up world we live in it can be a confusing concept. Our speakers, Josh Goss (Years 5-12) and Pastor Leighton (Kindy - Year 4), have done an amazing job bringing clarity to this space, as well as refocusing the attention of students from themselves to providing hope to others. There has been an opportunity to do this through the fundraising efforts to support the ‘Keep Girls Safe Project' in Northern Thailand, which is run by ADRA Australia.

Our Hope Festival yesterday raised in excess of $5600 due to the efforts and contributions of our students which is amazing! As a school, we announced today our willingness to match the fundraising done by our students, dollar for dollar, in recognition of the commitment our students have placed on helping others less fortunate than themselves. This means that in excess of $11,000 will be donated to this worthy cause – which will provide safe housing and education for 56 students (the equivalant of two classes here at CCAS) for a year. The way our students, particularly in high school have embraced this cause has been quite moving. Thank you to everyone for your support.

A side benefit I experienced yesterday, which I have to share with you, was the demonstration of our unique community when our primary students came up to the high school to join in the festivities of our Hope Festival fundraiser. Not only was it neat to see the excitement on the faces of the primary students as they stepped into the high school precinct, but their energy and joy was infectious and impacted on our high schoolers, who embraced the interaction and fun with the younger students. Many high school students, led by our senior students, stepped up to lead out and we teachers watched in awe as they interacted in such an inclusive way. A very exciting and positive experience.

There is an open invitation to all families to visit our Haven Campus Church here in the Naomi Frew Hall tomorrow, commencing with the cafe being open from 9:00am and the program starting at 10:00am, for the culmination of our WOSE week and a Father's Day morning tea. Our Infant Choir Club will also be performing so it should be a great morning. Tonight there is a program, "Big Worship", being hosted by the Haven Campus Church Youth and student leaders specifically for Years 9-12 starting at 6:00pm. All are invited.

CAMPUS

Winning Battle

by Mrs A Grant

​Our school was the host for this year’s ‘Battle of the Books – Tri-School’ competition. The top two teams from both Avondale and Macquarie College visited to compete for the trophy in the Junior and Senior categories.

Congratulations to all of the participants who competed in the preliminary competition as well as our two successful teams competing in the Tri-School competition.

Once again there was lots of fun and lots of sugar consumed. We also enjoyed an amazing lunch provided by the canteen – thank you ladies.

And the winners are…

  • Junior: Central Coast Adventist School (Megan Haigh, Emily Barnes, Callan
  • Moreland & Ruby Pilon)
  • Senior: Macquarie College

Our name will now be engraved on the perpetual trophy which will ben displayed in the library.

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Author Visits

by Mrs A Grant

​The students were privileged to have 3 Australian authors visit them this week for Book Week. From all accounts, the students thoroughly enjoyed the presentations.

Kindy, Years 1 and 2 had Rebecca Johnson, also an award- winning science teacher, tell them a variety of stories from her series of books and encouraged them in their creative writing.

Years 3 and 4 were entertained by author/illustrator Frane Lessac. She was a dynamic presenter and shared with the students the process of writing and illustrating picture books.

Years 5 and 6 were captivated by Susanne Gervay and her humorous storytelling balancing social justice, resilience and courage while inviting critical thinking and discovery.

These author visit incursions each year add to the literature education and literacy information and exposure integral to the student’s creative learning.

MS Read-a-thon

by Mrs A Grant

​August is the month for reading! We have celebrated Book Week and the fact that Reading is a way to escape to everywhere and explore different worlds. August is also the month to raise awareness and money for the MS Readathon Challenge with funds raised being used for research and to help the people and families living with this disease.

We challenged students at the beginning of this month to register and raise any amount as it all helps. Our challenge was for 100 students to register and raise just $5.

CCAS team currently has 20 students registered and of those 20 students 18 have raised over $50 making them eligible to join us for our ‘Night in the Library’ celebration (held later in the year).

The total raised to date (and keeps growing) is $3772.00 which places our school in 6th place as the highest fundraising schools within Australia. WELL DONE!

Book Week Parade

by Mrs A Grant

A lot of fun was had by everyone parading their costumes and a great deal of excitement when people knew who they were dressed up as.

Our Final celebration for Book Week was held on Friday with all of Kindy – Year 2 dressing up as their favourite book characters. Assembly was an amazing sea of colour and creativity with costumes ranging from Grug, Fern & Wilbur, Where’s Wally, Queen of Hearts, Madeline, Willy Wonka, Captain Underpants, Ariel…and many, many, more! Well done parents and carers!

The teachers were also amazing - we had Anne of Green Gables, Miss Frizzle (The Magic School bus), Where’s Wally, A bad case of stripes, Bumble bee, Pippi Longstocking, the Pea (from Princess and the Pea), Horton (who hears a Hoo!), Susan Pevensie (Lion, Witch and Wardrobe) and Fly Guy!

The library monitors were a great help with herding and guiding the younger students, most dressed in a book character too. Thanks guys!

Escape to Everywhere

by Mrs A Grant

​Last week was a busy one in the Primary School with a host of activities taking place to celebrate Book Week 2017. Book Week is an annual event held throughout Australia during August to celebrate books, authors, illustrators and all things to do with reading.

Every lunch time in the library there was an activity to celebrate book week so we all had a chance at being creative by trying to solve codes, think about what we would pack in our suitcase to travel to our choice of destination, made hot air balloon pictures to sail away to imaginary land and finishing with a collaborative art work using decorated foot prints to illustrate our journey. All of these artworks can be seen on display in the library for the next few weeks.

Spring Vacation Care

by Mrs A Dalton

Spring holidays are just around the corner!

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We've got some great activities lined up for our Spring Vacation Care program!

Spring Vacation Care 2017

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Snow Trip

by Mrs Julie-Ann Allum

​Two Sundays ago, after a flurry of final preparations, Year 10 headed south to Jindabyne for the annual Year 10 Ski-trip. They were based at the Adventist Alpine Village every night and each day they headed up to the mountain for 4 days of skiing. Our launching pad was Smiggins, but, if you had the skills, the whole Perisher Resort was yours to explore.

After the all-important snowboarding or skiing lessons students set off in groups with their teachers for a day of skiing or snowboarding. Blue skies, soft snow, laughter, hot chocolates, and snow ball fights abounded.

Of course there was also the odd face plant into the snow or spectacular crash. Each night they’d head back to the AAV, which we were told is the place to be, for a 3-course dinner and Pr Leight’s Night Show: Mountains and Valleys.

Night skiing on Tuesday night was a highlight, with fireworks going off as many of the Year 10’s were on the chairlift – quite magnificent.

All in all, an amazing time was had by everyone on the trip with the added bonus of no broken bones. We are very proud of the determined and enthusiastic approach the students had towards a new and challenging sport in a very different environment.

COMMUNITY

Playgroup Science Day

You're invited to join us on campus for a morning of science fun on Tuesday, 5 September from 9:00-11:00am in the primary playground at CCAS.

The cost for the morning is $2 and we ask that you bring along some fruit for morning tea. This event is open to children from 0-4 years.Bring your child along to this event and enjoy a variety of activities together. There will be practical demonstrations and intriguing hands-on explorations.See you there for some science fun!

Stall Holders Wanted!

Road to Bethlehem 2017

Calling all local artists, retailers and small business owners...

Road to Bethlehem is fast approaching for 2017. The event will run across 3 evenings from 10-12 December.

If you would like to be part of an amazing twilight market, please email Kirby Sirilo via email kirbysirilo@gmail.com to find out how to apply.

Applications will be closing Monday, 30 October 2017. Stallholders will be selected and notified by Friday, 10 November 2017.

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