FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.