10 August 2018

This week


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.


Parenting at the Speed of Light

with Kirra Pendergast

Are you being safe online? Do you know how to keep your children safe online? We are hosting a special parent presentation by Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social.

FREE Online Registration


The topics covered in the parent presentation include but are not limited to:

  • Using social media with awareness
  • Keeping personal information private
  • Online grooming
  • Posting photos and sexting
  • Safe social networking
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Privacy settings
  • What your posts say about you
  • Identity theft
  • Legal responsibility
  • Gaming dangers
  • Learning to read tween/teenager behavior online
  • Managing digital footprints
  • Strategies to build resistance and resilience

* Please note that this event is for parents (18+) - no children please *

Safe on Social Media

Wednesday, 26 September from 7:00-8:30pm

For over ten years Kirra has focused on social media security, privacy, investigation and education for numerous schools and businesses across Australia. She has presented to more than 300,000 students across Australia. Kirra's presentation will be filled with real-life examples, anecdotes and detailed recommendations and will provide you with information on how to minimise the risk by managing social media interactions without the hysteria used in most cyber safety presentations.



Cybersafety sessions are often structured around how you can help your child, and what a child should not be doing on social media.

This, however, is about you.

When you comment on a public post, you are often engaging with complete strangers. Depending on the discussion you are entering into, you may encounter people you wouldn’t invite into your home, or talk to at a party. You certainly wouldn’t tell these people when and where you went on holiday, how old your children are, their names, where they go to school, where you work, the area you live and what kind of stuff you own?

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Risks to your children...

Further to this, when you comment on your child’s school’s Facebook or Instagram page – you are publicly stating you have an association with the school. That means you could have a child there. Depending on the nature of the post you respond to you may confirm this fact. Should someone click on your name, what sort of profile will they find? Have you just revealed too much about your family?

Parents, most of the security on your accounts is not as strong as it should be.

Think about what can happen when you geotag a photo of your child into their school and then have a public Instagram or Facebook account. We see this a lot during school awards ceremonies, first day of school and at other special events.

Think about this scenario...

Someone who doesn’t have a child’s best interests at heart happens to be driving past the school, they pull over and use Instagram to search the name of the school and see photos of your child that you have geotagged to the school. They click on your name and go straight to your account because your Instagram is not set to private or your Facebook isn’t as private as it could be. Then, that stranger could quickly learn a lot about your life and therefore be very convincing to your child if they see them walk out of the school and say to them “Mum told me to pick you up” think about it if your child says how do you know my Mum? They could answer with a whole lot of information about your life based on what you are posting. Right down to where you last went on holidays and the name of the dog.

Please be aware when you are taking photos at your child’s school and posting them there may be kids on no publish lists because of protective custody or escaping domestic violence, etc in the background of the image, and you could unwillingly put them at risk.

Also, if you take photos of your child with their friends always make sure you have permission from the parents of the other children before you post pictures of their kids online.

We all ask our kids to keep their accounts set to private... It's time to lead by example.

Kirra Pendergast



Oztag Gala

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

​On Thursday our Year 5&6 Oztag teams competed in the Central Coast Oztag Gala at Adcock Park.

Both teams cruised through the pool stages undefeated. The quarterfinals were a much closer game with the boys winning by 1 try and the girls progressing on the first try rule.

Unfortunately, both teams fell short in the semi finals but fought extremely hard. Congratulations students on your efforts. You represented both yourselves and our school exceptionally well!


Static Electricity

by Mr Burns McLean

Year 9 Science is currently investigating the forces that underpin chemical reactions. Opposite electrical charges attract each other, and similar electric charges repel.

Several students experienced first-hand the effect of static electric charges and the forces they produce. The Van de Graaff generator produces voltages of up to 100,000 Volts (but with very low currents, so it is quite safe to use).

We tested several other objects during our lesson, in order to observe the forces produced by the Van de Graaff generator - one of them was Mr Harris' beard.

Inter School Equestrian Day

by Mrs Jenny Davey

​Two of our CCAS Equestrian Team High school students, Niamh and Genevieve represented our school at the Lakes Grammar Inter-school Equestrian Day, on Monday, 6 August.

A fun day was had by all, with both girls attaining ribbons in most events. Niamh received Reserve Champion for Rider 15 years. Great riding and sportsmanship!

Catherine Hill Bay Field Trip

by Mrs Tracey Bennetts

Year 11 Biology students are out on a field trip to Catherine Hill Bay to record what biotic and abiotic factors are found in three different zones on the platform.

Look out for links to their presentations in a couple of weeks to see what they discovered and how different species relate to each other.


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