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10 February 2017

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Blessed and Thankful

​Sometimes we are prone to take things for granted – it is human nature. With the extreme heat we have been experiencing of recent times, I was given a little reality check by a prospective new student who I was interviewing yesterday who was moving across from one of the local state schools. They were looking forward to coming to a school with air conditioned classrooms, and related places, given that in their current school not only are the classrooms not air conditioned, but many of the fans don’t work either. We are very blessed to have these infinitely more comfortable learning environments for our students – particularly at this time of year – let’s count our many blessings.

Our Year 8 students have been on camp this week, and it was a privilege and pleasure to spend Wednesday with them on camp. They certainly have a great time on these camps, watching these young teenagers engaging in new and challenging experiences, many for the very first time, reinforced my view on the value of these broader educational experiences. Year 5 head off for their camp next week, followed by year 7 and then year 9 later this term.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to the vast majority of our community for your support in ensuring your children are wearing our school uniform well and with pride. It has taken a little longer than expected to ensure all students are wearing the school monogrammed socks, both with the formal and sports uniform, but we seem to be almost there which is greatly appreciated. Although this standardisation may seem a small thing, it is amazing how much of a difference this has made to the overall appearance and consistency of the uniform.

Almost all students have returned with neat and tidy haircuts in line with school expectations, which is also appreciated. I do have a strong belief in the value of a consistent school uniform that is worn appropriately and with pride, and the connection this has with overall school pride and our CCAS identity. I appreciate that uniform can be a contentious issue in some contexts, particularly as young people seek to express their individualism (though often it is just following the fashion trends) and a point of tension for both parents as well as the school, particularly with teenagers. I wanted to confirm my commitment to this area of our school, and share my appreciation for your support.

I have had a few questions this week, particularly from new parents about the role and purpose of the Haven Campus Church that operates here on campus each Saturday commencing at 10am. Haven Campus Church exists to serve this school community, and as such is open to all school families to attend. It includes a Kids Church program called JAM (Jesus and Me), which is specifically designed for Primary age children. If you are looking for a welcoming and comfortable church community where lots of our school families attend, feel free to come and check it out – you will be made to feel very welcome I am sure.

I hope you enjoy the rest of our newsletter this week.

Tony Kent

CAMPUS

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Year 3 Group Challenge

Students were given a challenge to make a boat that was strong enough to carry 10 ten cent coins using only 10 straws and a piece of plastic.

Students were given a challenge to make a boat that was strong enough to carry 10 ten cent coins using only 10 straws and a piece of plastic. They worked in small groups to trial their ideas, and then modified their constructions until they were successful.

Year 5-8 (Middle School) Choir Auditions

This is a vocal group for students in years 5-8, held at 2:15 to 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoons.

WHERE WILL YOU PERFORM?

This choir will perform at events such as church visits, chapels, Open Day, Music and Arts nights and other exciting opportunities to come.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

Add your name to the audition sign up sheet in the Music Dept. foyer or with Year 5 & 6 teachers. Sign up closes on February 15.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AUDITION?

Prepare a chorus of your favourite song to show us how well you can sing.

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Great Start to Project Based Learning (PBL) in Year 7

​This year at Central Coast Adventist School, we have initiated a new program into our timetable. Students will have five lessons per fortnight cycle, where our aim is to have students work collaboratively - promoting student engagement and emphasising skills in communication, problem-solving and group work.

Put simply: It’s learning by doing. Students will be working in small and large groups to best discover the answers to many problems both simple and complex. Students will be inventing planes, egg savers, and bridges in Term 1 which is a flow on from their Science topic about Forces. Our focus in Term 1, will also be on developing their technology skills on their personal BYODs by using the Google Drive platform and introducing them to SEQTA which is a communication platform between teachers, parents and students.

Students will also have the opportunity to work with new robotic technologies such as Sphero Balls (that use coding), designing spaceships that could take them to Mars and investigate what would be needed to grow food and live on Mars.

In third term, we will look at Sustainability (coincides with their English novel "Trash", their Geography topic and their Science unit) focusing on issues associated with inequity.

We are excited about this new initiative and look forward to learning in a fun environment.

Mrs Bennetts, Mr Dennis, Mrs Ferris, Mrs Allum, Mrs Robertson & Mrs Grant

​Year 7 Google Classroom

Making a start...

This week, year 7 students have continued their first unit called "Investigating Science", where we learn skills on how to be good, safe scientists.

We are working towards a Lab Licence in week 6 - where students will demonstrate their knowledge of equipment and its uses, safety and drawing equipment.

We have also begun using their BYOD's to join a Google Classroom and are starting to develop their use of technology in Science. Some students are absolutely flying in this space, while others are struggling with the use of their device. Please encourage your child to practice opening their device and learning how to navigate around the Google drive. If you don't know how to do it (trust me, I have children who can do things on the computer that I can't), ask them to show you. That way it is good practice for them and you are learning from them.

It is really important that students bring their devices charged and ready to go each day - leaving them on charge at home or in the car - won't help them - so, if parents could check, where possible, that their BYOD's are with them that would be a great support to us as teacher.

We look forward to learning together this year.

Mrs Bennetts & Mrs McMullen

Homework Help

Homework Help is a free program that is offered at CCAS on two afternoons each week to provide students with homework assistance.

Homework Help is not a one on one tutorial session, but rather and opportunity for students to seek assistance from their teachers in smaller groups.

Tuesday: Mathematics - Rooms 1-5

OR

Science - Labs 1-3

Thursday: English - Rooms 56, 57, 8 & D3

OR

HSIE - Rooms 50-54

The Homework Help program will be commencing on Tuesday, 21 February.

​Year 12 Natural Selection Group Experiment

Central Coast Adventist School are pleased to reveal the new learning space in the High School Science Department.

Lab 4 has been refurbished to provide a multifunction, adaptable learning environment where students can move around whilst working on group tasks as well as have traditional classes.

This week Year 12 Biology students worked on a Natural Selection activity looking at a hypothetical population of three varieties of lizards who breed one offspring at a time and are predated upon by birds.

Mrs Bennetts

Year 5-8 (Middle School) Choir Auditions

This is a vocal group for students in years 5-8, held at 2:15 to 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoons.

WHERE WILL YOU PERFORM?

This choir will perform at events such as church visits, chapels, Open Day, Music and Arts nights and other exciting opportunities to come.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

Add your name to the audition sign up sheet in the Music Dept. foyer or with Year 5 & 6 teachers. Sign up closes on February 15.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AUDITION?

Prepare a chorus of your favourite song to show us how well you can sing.

Senior Vocal Ensemble (Year 9-12)

This is a vocal group for students in years 9-12, held during Wednesday lunch times.

WHERE WILL YOU PERFORM?

This group will perform at events such as church visits, chapels, Open Day, Music and Arts nights and other exciting opportunities to come.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

Audition sign up sheets are available in the Music Dept. Sign up closes on February 15.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AUDITION?

Prepare 1 minute of a song that shows your vocal capability.

COMMUNITY

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