FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Community, Support and Uniform
by Mr Tony Kent
One of the things that I love about CCAS is our community - the longer I am part of this school the more I appreciate it. A community cares for each other, accepts new members and helps them to feel at home, and supports each other when the need arises – all things we do well as a community at CCAS. We are also part of a bigger community in this great country of ours and, as I am sure you are all aware, our rural communities are doing it tough at the moment, with Australia experiencing one of the most widespread droughts in our history. Living here on the Central Coast it’s easy to be somewhat removed from this reality. Sure, our gardens and lawns may be looking a bit dry, but beyond this most of us are unaffected. So, when it was shared through the media this week that 100% of Australia is now drought declared – it was a bit of a wakeup call for us all.
As a school community we want to do our bit to help this worthy cause, not just to raise some money to help alleviate some of the genuine suffering and hardship in our rural communities, but to highlight to our own students the needs of others and the joy and opportunity of service. Next week we will be providing a range of opportunities for students and families to contribute to this cause across both primary and secondary. This has been shared to students this week, but watch out for further details from both Primary and Secondary on these opportunities. Thank you in anticipation for your support.
We have settled very quickly into the routine of the term which is great to see. As I have mentioned, we have had a significant number of new families join our school and we hope you are feeling both welcome and supported here at CCAS.
I want to touch briefly this week on another aspect of our community, our school uniform, which provides us with our visual identity. I am grateful to the vast majority of our students who wear our uniform with pride and present themselves in a neat and tidy way - both here at school and outside of school in the broader community. I see our students all the time outside of the school environment, and it is amazing how many comments, almost all positive, that I get from the broader community about our students, who are identified by our uniform. With the colder weather I have noticed a small minority of students wearing non uniform jackets and jumpers to and from school which is not a great look – please ensure your children do wear the appropriate uniform items at all times. There are also a small handful of boys who are pushing the boundaries with hair styles. Please ensure hairstyles are kept above the collar and neat and tidy (no man buns or ponytails).
Finally, I wanted to let you know that we will not have a newsletter next week, as some key staff will be away for the week, but you will be kept informed about key information through class newsletters and the like.