12 May 2017

This week


Budget, Funding and NAPLAN

​The news this week has been dominated by the Federal Budget, and Education Funding has again been in the spotlight. It has always been my practice as a school administrator to not engage in political debate within our school community so I will stay clear of the politics, though I clearly follow policy development with great interest, given the potential impact on our operations. This week’s budget announcement regarding Federal Government Funding for Public and Private schooling is significant, not only because it provides, if passed into legislation, a level of certainty about funding levels for schools over the next 10 years which we have not had previously, but it also reflects an intent by the current government to tidy up all the inconsistencies and special deals that have been done over the past several decades, to endeavour to provide a needs based funding model for all schools in Australia. If achieved, this would be a great step forward for our country.

It does frustrate me that the facts regarding Government Funding, particularly to the Private Sector, are often misrepresented by the media as they report on the various political lobby groups, with independent schools often being portrayed as the enemy. The reality is that Public and Private schools (which includes the Catholic sector) carry a shared responsibility in the education of Australia’s children and all have their place. Public schools are operated and largely funded by State Governments, with a smaller Commonwealth contribution, while private schools like ours are provided with the bulk of their funding from the Commonwealth government – so ignore any comparisons you may see between federal funding for Public and Private schools – it is just plain misleading. The highest need private schools – determined largely by the socio-economic status of their community - will only ever receive a maximum of 80% of the funding received by an equivalent public school, with this figure tapering off to 20% for the least needy schools. Our education system reflects a policy of choice – evidenced by your choice as parents to send your children to CCAS, with schools differentiated by philosophy, culture, educational practice and programs. By the way, we are glad you have chosen our school and hope that we are continuing to meet your expectations, while continuing to improve the quality of our program.

The budget announcements for school funding are a positive development for CCAS. Although they only represent a modest net increase in funding, we value the certainty that these announcements have the potential to bring, which assist in our forward planning to continue to provide a quality learning experience for your child, without the need for significant fee increases.

NAPLAN is now done and dusted for the year, and our students can again settle into the routine of learning after this minor disruption. I hope you enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.


A message from your teachers...

This week you sat your Naplan tests.

There is something very important for you to know.

These tests do no assess all of what makes each of you exceptional and unique.

The people who score these tests don't know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that some of you are kind to strangers and new students, that you can dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad or need assistance. They do not know that you participate in sports, help your Mum and Dad or look after your little brother, sisters or cousins. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful and that every day you do your best even in the face of adversity sometimes.

That is because these attributes cannot be tested.

The scores you get from the Naplan tests will tell you how you did in 2 areas of learning on 3 days of the year, but they will not tell you everything. They can't tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult. They can't tell you how you try to do your best. They can't tell you that you brighten up your teacher's day. They can't tell you how amazingly special you are.

So please know that what we appreciate is you doing your best in all things and remember there is no one way to 'test' all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!"

School Photographs

We have made some changes this year to how we do school photographs. Please take note of the changes to the schedule.

School photograph order forms have been sent home. You can collect extra copies from any of the admin offices if required.

If you wish to order online then you will not require an envelope. The Online School Code for online ordering is E4BB5QJV3

In total we will have 3 photography days across the campus. Please note the various dates as this differs a little to the past few years.

Friday, 16 June

  • Absentee Day for student individual portraits
  • 2nd opportunity for Pre Kindergarten
  • Sibling/family photos (from 8:15am)

Thursday, 3 August

  • Extracurricular & sport group photos (house captains, choirs, chess club, etc)
Photo Day Information and FAQ's Order school photographs online


Host families needed

There are 20 French exchange students still needing host families for this July and while our school is not expected to host them all, it would be great if we could help out.

If you have been hesitating, can I encourage you to ‘bite the bullet’! If you know of friends or neighbours who would be interested in hosting a student, we can also put them in touch with the exchange company (they don’t have to have children enrolled at our school).

Feel free to contact me if you have any queries: Marilyn Grange 0415 923 275 or mgrange@ccas.nsw.edu.au



HRIS Cross Country

Last Thursday, 50 of our primary students participated in the HRIS Cross Country held at Avondale College.

All of our students ran extremely well and were a great representation of our school. Special mention goes to Sienna McMullen (1st), Fletcher Sommerville (2nd) and Marshall Duddy (3rd) as well as our 9 yrs boys who won the team event.

Well done students!


Year 11 Chemistry Prac

Recently our Year 11 Chemistry students performed an experiment to calculate the molecular weight of butane. Butane is used as a fuel in cigarette lighters.

Students trapped the unburnt gas from a small butane lighter inside a measuring cylinder and then measured the change in mass of the lighter. When the mass of the gas was compared with the volume of trapped gas, it was 91.5% of the expected value. This is a very good result!

One of the most important skills in Science is using scientific theory to make a prediction, and then testing that prediction in an experiment.


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