FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Finishing, Fees and MAD Trip
by Mr Tony Kent
Welcome to our weekly newsletter. I was reminded this week that we are now more than half way through the term which, to be honest, was hard to believe. At the end of this week we only have four more weeks of classes. As well as working towards a really positive finish to the year, we are also busy preparing for 2018 here at CCAS. Part of this process is to set budgets for 2018 which includes setting our Fee Schedule.
I am pleased to be able to share with you that Tuition Fees for next year will only rise in line with current CPI increases, with an average increase of 1.9%. We have undertaken a review of individual class charges and there are some minor adjustments to reflect changes in costs for specific activities and provisions, with small increases in some classes being offset by reductions in other areas, but it is largely cost neutral.
An important part of our program, particularly in the secondary years, is our Outdoor Education and Camp Program from Years 7-11. We have made some adjustments in this area which we want to share as they relate to fees. In previous years all camp charges have been included in Class Charges with the exception of the Year 10 Snow Trip, which has been charged separately. From next year this will be included in class charges for Year 10 - this reflects our commitment to all students participating in these important educational experiences. The camp component of Class Charges has had a level of averaging applied out across the years to negate fluctuations from year to year, although there is still a slightly higher loading for the Year 10 camp.
The full Fee Schedule for 2018 will be posted on the school website in the near future for your information.
Next year will also see the final stage of the rollout of our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology program for Years 7-12, with our current year 8 and 9 students joining this program. From 2018 all secondary students will be able to utilise their own laptop computer as part of their learning program. We are also moving rapidly towards the majority of textbooks being accessed online for students which minimises the need to carry these around. As I shared with our Year 8 parents and students this week at their Information Evening, this change to student owned and managed laptops at school has gone remarkably smoothly over the last couple of years, with a minimum of teething problems, and students have been, on the whole, very responsible in the use of this powerful tool to assist in their learning. 2018 will also see an increase in provision of school owned computers and iPads for our primary students to enhance their learning experiences, which I am sure will be appreciated by teachers and students alike.
As I have shared previously, I will be away next week with our Year 12 students on their post-HSC MAD Trip – spending our time on the remote island of Aore in Vanuatu involved in a service project at our sister school – Aore Adventist Academy. Given the lack of technology on the island, you may not hear from me next week, but I will look forward to sharing with you the experience on my return. I hope you enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.