14 September 2018

This week


Spring, Milestones and Graduation

by Mr Tony Kent

Do you get the sense that spring is in the air!? Here at school the blossoms are coming out, the grass is starting to grow again and, most importantly, there is a spring in the step (excuse the pun) of students and staff alike.

Whenever I manage to escape the confines of my office and get out and about around the school – it feels good. There is something about this time of year that makes us all feel a little more positive about life, particularly after the months of winter chills. Students have the option from Monday to transition back to Summer Uniform, which I am sure many will embrace, assuming this warmer weather is here to stay.

With just two weeks of the term left, there are a few significant milestones coming up, particularly for our senior students.

  • Year 11 are currently sitting their final exams, before commencing the important HSC year that commences from Term 4. In the last week of this term they also have their Year 11 Camp – which is designed to provide them with a significant rite of passage into their final year of schooling.
  • Our Year 12’s are in the final phase of revision in class, before their HSC exams, which also commence at the start of next term. Their graduation service will take place on Thursday, September 27 at 1:00pm in the Sport Centre.

Hoping that all is well for you, our school community, and that you enjoy this newsletter.


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

Summer Uniform OPTIONAL

Due to the warmer days, students are able to wear either Winter or Summer Uniform (but NOT a combination of the two) between now and the end of the term.

Summer Uniform will be compulsory for all students from the commencement of Term 4.



Great results from Year 5&6 at HRIS Debating

by Mr Tim Cooper

Congratulations to the three HRIS Debating teams on such an excellent effort on Wednesday, 12 September!

13 students from Years 5 and 6 presented well-prepared speeches and performed very well against opposing teams from across the Hunter Region. All students have spent the past 4 weeks preparing and researching their points. Previous experience and rebuttal techniques served our winning team well.

All three debates were closely contested. Our Year 6 team consisting of Sienna Graziani, India Rataj, Keira Johnson and Logan Mercieca won their round, and India received the award for best debater - an excellent effort. Our other two teams consisted both Year 5 and 6 students and ran so close. Rose Noble, Matilda Lisle, Belle Lambeth and Emily Humphreys made up one team, while Xanthe Wilson, Charlotte McSwan, Hollie Miller and Olive Dahl were on the other.

All gave their personal best efforts. Great work students!

Spring Vacation Care Program

from OSHC

Our OSHC team have some fantastic activities lined up for Vacation Care!

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Year 5 Step Back in Time

by Mrs Kelly De Martin

​Cries of ‘Eureka!’ could be heard on Tuesday as the Year 5 students celebrated the closing of their History unit of study with a Colonial Day.

Students poured into school dressed in their best 1800’s costumes, some even carrying billy can’s, spades and swags. After being allocated their team, they set off to undertake a variety of tasks and activities.

Damper was baked over a hot fire, kites were flown and the Darkinjung people shared their wisdom of the land, all with great enthusiasm. Students participated in games such as pick-up-sticks, knuckles and marbles. Some even got muddy in our gold mining creek, the lucky ones striking their fortune.

Students paraded in front of the judges to show off their creative costumes, sharing a short history of their chosen characters. Dancing and the Gold Rush Olympic Games then followed after a relaxing lunch.

A big thank you to all the parents who made the day possible! Fun was had by one and all!

CIS Athletics

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

​Yesterday 7 of our Primary students travelled to Homebush to compete in the CIS Athletics Carnival.

It was a fantastic day with all of our students representing HRIS with great enthusiasm. We had some outstanding results with Jesse Reid finishing 2nd in the 100m sprint and Caleb Dunstan finishing 1st in long jump, 2nd in high jump, 2nd in shot put and 3rd in discus.

Congratulations to all the students. I will publish the final results of all our students next week after they have been finalised and uploaded onto the CIS website.

Experiencing Local History

by Year 3 Teachers

​Year 3 were learning about local history this week through a visit to Henry Kendall Cottage in West Gosford.

We saw the cottage where he lived for several years, saw a sunny, outdoor kitchen, outdoor washing room as well as seeing many ”antique” objects - telephones, record players, typewriters, irons, etc.

Students also learnt how to do washing the old-fashioned way on a washboard (the students are all proficient at hanging washing on the line now, parents!), using slates and chalk to write and draw at school, and learnt about some of the basic agricultural tools used in the past.

We also learnt that Gosford used to be a major orange growing region.

Many thanks to our parent helpers for helping to make this excursion possible.

An Exploration of Toys

by Mrs Samantha Ibbott

​On Monday, all of Year 1 enjoyed a Toy incursion in the gymnasium.

It was a fantastic hands-on experience that enabled the students to examine toys from decades ago, look at the materials used to make toys and how toys were used in the past as well as the present. The students were able to play with a mix of past and present toys that gave them new experiences and increased their understanding of the value of creative and constructive play.



by Mrs Chelsea Ralph

Year 7 Textiles have been making softies. Check out these dinosaurs, rabbits, whales bears and a few flying squirrels.

​Year 8 PBL - Bridging the Gap

by Emma Crossley-Sheehan​

Yesterday Mrs Ferris’ Year 8 PBL group had a wonderful time learning how to cook from Jessica Carroll’s grandmother, Karen.

We made some delicious traditional chocolate brownies and had a lovely time doing so. We thanked Karen with a box of chocolates for sharing her time and expertise with us. It was a lovely day.


A message regarding Road to Bethlehem

from the Road to Bethlehem (Central Coast) Committee

The following statement has come through from the Road to Bethlehem Committee...

Read the Press Release...

A message from the Road to Bethlehem (Central Coast) Committee

Road to Bethlehem (Central Coast) will not run in 2018 and there are currently no plans to continue the event in future years. This has been the most difficult decision we’ve had to make, and we understand it will take time for the Road to Bethlehem (Central Coast) community to process this news.

We desperately wanted to find a way forward to continue the event after the break we had in 2017. In the last few months we’ve looked at all the options, we’ve considered all the factors, and come to the conclusion that the current model for the event isn’t sustainable.

Road to Bethlehem has been a milestone event in the calendar, for us and many others, as it has signalled the commencement of the Christmas season. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have given so much over the past 16 years.

Road to Bethlehem has been an iconic event on the Central Coast, and has been recognised as a unique opportunity for the community to be immersed in and experience the events of the first Christmas.

We want to express our thanks and gratitude to Central Coast Adventist School and our community for supporting us as we have hosted such a significant event in the centre of Erina.

Road to Bethlehem has been a celebration at Christmas, about the first Christmas, and we give glory to God for what has been experienced at this event over the years. It has been a privilege to gather with thousands of people to celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus Christ through this event.

- Road to Bethlehem (Central Coast) Committee

Road to Bethlehem Facebook Page

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