16 February 2018

This week


Swimming and Camping

by Mr Tony Kent (Principal)

​This week I had the pleasure of dressing down a little and attending both our Primary and Secondary Swimming Carnivals. From my perspective the experience was thoroughly enjoyable. The enthusiastic spirit shown by the students, the high levels of participation, the friendly rivalry and house spirit, all contributed to two very successful days of fun and competition. Thank you to the many parents who came along to support and assist – particularly for our Primary Carnival, and for the efforts of our staff to run two very successful days.

For our Year 5 students it was an extra busy week, with their camp running for the first three days of the week at Vision Valley down at Galston. From all reports they had an amazing week – I would normally plan to get down there for a day with them, but couldn’t manage it this year due to some other commitments – so I missed out on some of the fun. What I love about this camp – and from what I have been told this year was no exception – is the experiences challenge students to face their fears and push themselves outside their comfort zones. There were lots of stories coming back from students who had done just that. The Year 5 Camp is the first such experience for our students here at CCAS, and the subsequent Outdoor Education experiences that follow build on this initial experience.

I will be away from school next week with our Year 7 students on their camp, so will look forward to sharing with you in next week’s letter the highlights of this experience. Until then, enjoy the news from CCAS.


​Education Perfect and Science

by Mrs Tracey Bennetts (Head of Science)

Year 6-11 students have been given access to an online learning platform called Education Perfect.

Education Perfect is a fun, and responsive way of learning and students receive instant feedback and information about their progress. Teachers are able to view 'live' what students are doing and can help their students in areas that they specifically need help in.

CCAS students have answered over 25,000 Science questions so far this year!

Well done students.

Thank you Mrs McMullen! This helped me learn more about Science in a enjoyable way!
I like that you can learn in your own space and you can complete it by a due date rather than the next day. Some people have afternoon activities and this just makes it a lot easier.
I just love it, better than watching TV or Netflix or being on your phone and social media all the time! A big thumbs up from me.
This 'Education Perfect' system is really fun, easy to learn and understand, and is really handy for classes. I like it.
I like it - it was helpful. I learnt a lot more then I knew before. Thanks for putting your time into this I hope I learn more when the year progresses.

School App

We are pleased to announce that we are releasing a new app for school communication

Quick links, News, Events and Notices will be available via the School Star app.

Download the app on Android Download the app on iTunes

Only parents and CCAS community members can access content in this secure app for iPhone and Android.

The app uses information (mobile number and email address) in our school database to verify that users are authorised to access our school information. Please ensure that we have your current, correct details to ensure that you don't miss any communication from school.

If you have any problems accessing the app please let us know.

I need help with the app!

Learn a Musical Instrument in 2018

CCAS has a number of professional music tutors that teach on campus during the week.


  • Jackson Burke
  • Ph: 0451126116
  • Email:jacksonburke1994@gmail.com
  • Please Note: We are starting a new tutor for 2018. Jackson is an accomplished bass player who teaches in a wide range of styles and explores musical interests based on individual students. Bass guitar is a great instrument to learn and in terms of areas like chapel bands the school is often looking for new bass players to play in various ensembles.


  • Chris West
  • Ph: 0412285350
  • Email: chriswest@bigpond.com


  • Leah Brett
  • Email:info@coastacademyofmusic.com


  • Chris McCaig
  • Ph: 0410512868
  • Email: chris@beatindustry.com


  • Bob Allan
  • Ph: 0407496230
  • Email: boballan23@hotmail.com


  • Isa Zilic
  • Ph: 0419650765
  • Email: isa.zilic@bigpond.com

*Includes brass and ukelele


  • Ash Bennetts
  • Ph: 0422017802
  • Email: ashbenn98@gmail.com


  • braethel@ccas.nsw.edu.au (Bart Raethel Yr 9-12 Music, Coordinator)
  • mrobinson@ccas.nsw.edu (Mark Robinson Yr 7-8 Music, Chapel bands)
  • aheise@ccas.nsw.edu.au (Ali Heise Yr 5-6 Music, Choirs)
  • jdonnelly@ccass.nsw.edu.au (Jillene Donnelly, PK-4 Music)

For more details please feel free to contact the tutors directly with questions on pricing, lesson structure and availability. For general information please contact Bart Raethel in the music department - braethel@ccas.nsw.edu.au

School Canteen Assistant/s required

Seeking applicants to work in our school canteen.

The following skills are desirable:

  • Ability to work quickly, demonstrate initiative
  • Adaptable, willing to be flexible and work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Previous experience preferred, but not essential
  • Basic Food handling skills preferable

* A current WWCC is required


  • Shifts available Mon to Fri (minimum 2 days/week)
  • Availability from 7am to 1:30pm


  • Send your details to kadavis@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Band Program to Launch

Year 5-12 Band in 2018

This year we are excited to start a school band initiative. This will take place as a trial in Term 1 and Term 2 and is to cater for anyone from Years 5-12 who plays a musical instrument.


Band rehearsal will take place on Thursday mornings from 8.00–8:50am during the school term. During this time students will be able to develop their musicianship and ensemble skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Due to the nature of this band, students should know at least the basics of their chosen instrument and be able to play some basic songs and read some simple musical notation.


If you require an instrument we do have a number of instruments available for hire. Students who hire a CCAS instrument will be required to pay a $150 (fully refundable) deposit to secure a school instrument and take it home.


We encourage students to pursue private music tuition or follow an instruction series online to help develop their skills on their chosen instrument.


The band will be playing concert band style music including arrangements from movie themes and popular songs. As such, the instruments that could be in the band may include (but not limited to): trumpet, clarinet, flute, trombone, saxophone, percussion/drums (limited positions), bass (limited positions), strings and others (please ask).


If you are interested in this initiative then please come to the Secondary Music Studio in Week 5 of this term – Thursday morning (1 March 2018) at 8.00am and bring along your instrument


If you have any further questions about this program, please contact Mr Bart Raethel - braethel@ccas.nsw.edu.au

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Paul Dillon Student Presentations

Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia (DARTA)

Each year we have Paul Dillon visit the campus to speak with Year 10, 11 & 12 students about alcohol and other drugs. Paul is incredibly knowledgeable in this area and is regularly interviewed by TV and print media. Below is additional information about Paul's visit that you may find useful, particularly if you have children in Year 10-12.


Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.

In recent years, he has worked extensively with a range of sporting organisations including the Australian Cricketers Association, the Rugby Union Players Association and the Football Federation of Australia to provide training workshops to elite athletes on a range of alcohol and other drug issues. In 2009 his best-selling book for parents was released titled ‘Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs‘. With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul regularly provides media comment and is regarded as a key social commentator in Australia, appearing on a wide range of television programs including Sunrise, TODAY and The Project discussing topical issues. Paul also had a regular spot on a national radio program on Triple J for seven years where he dealt with current youth drug issues. Paul also has a blog where he discusses topical issues of the day, as well as addressing some of the questions and queries he is regularly asked by those attending his presentations.

Year 10

Young people, alcohol and risk taking: Looking after your mates

Focussing primarily on alcohol, this introductory session attempts to debunk some of the myths in this area, particularly around how to look after friends. To help ensure young people make healthier choices, accurate, up-to-date and credible information is provided, including the latest prevalence rates of alcohol and other drug use by secondary school students, with a focus on ‘positive norms’, i.e., how many young people choose not to drink alcohol or use other drugs. Basic life skills will also be discussed around alcohol-related emergencies, including knowing when to call an ambulance.

Year 11

Alcohol and cannabis: What if something goes wrong?

This presentation reviews and builds upon the practical strategies around ‘looking after your friends’ that were introduced in the Year 10 session. Information on cannabis will be provided, highlighting ‘positive norms’ once again, i.e., the majority of young people do not use the drug and use has declined over the years. Potential cannabis-related harms will be discussed, with an emphasis on the drug’s impact on mental health. Students will be provided with some warning signs that could indicate a person may be experiencing problems with their cannabis use. The impact of alcohol on the adolescent brain will also be discussed, highlighting the potential risks of drinking during the teen years.

Year 12

Last year at school: What do I need to know about alcohol and other drugs?

By their final year of school, many students will either be driving or about to get their licence. To ensure these young drivers are as prepared as possible, information about drink driving and the process of random breath testing (RBT), as well as roadside (RDT) or mobile drug testing (MDT) will be provided. Some basic facts about ecstasy/MDMA will also be discussed, including the impact that being caught with an illicit substance can have on a young person’s life, as well as the importance of seeking help as quickly as possible should something go wrong.



Ice Cream Maths

by Mrs Samantha Ibbott and Year 1 Teachers

Year 1 have been learning about number lines and how numbers grow.

Last Friday they created ice-cream numbers and then had a delicious ice-cream treat! Students love ice-cream maths!


​CCAS Drama Students visit OnStage

by Mr Andrew Robartson (Drama Teacher)

Last week our Year 10-12 Drama students were fortunate enough to get tickets to see the show at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.

Highlights from the live show included a swashbuckling Spaniard in a tiny rowboat, clowns in boxes, and a stylised journey through life to the relentless beat of a metronome. With such a diverse range of skills and ideas on display, it was hard not to be inspired.

​What distinguishes one cell from another?

by Mrs Tracey Bennetts (Head of Science)

Over the past week year 11 Biology students have been learning about what distinguishes one cell from another.

We have used the microscopes and a new digital camera that links to the data projector to enlarge cells and see their internal structures more clearly.

Year 9 Science with Cabbage Juice

by Mr Burns McLean (Science Teacher)

On the morning of Tuesday, 13 February, some of our Year 9 students were involved in using the juice of red cabbage as an acid-base indicator.

The red cabbage juice changed colour dramatically when a few drops of acid or base were added. It turned crimson in acid and green in base.

Students had fun as well as learning about some important types of chemicals.

Year 8 Camp

by Mrs Maree Clarke (Year 8 Coordinator)

What a week Year 8 had last week!

On Tuesday, they set off with bags, tents, bedding rolls, eskys and enough food packed to survive 4 days by the river at Barrington Tops.

Students had a chance to develop their outdoor skills and enjoy their mountain bike riding, kayaking, lilo-ing and bush survival skills against a backdrop of natural beauty and stunning weather.

At night they enjoyed worship with great music and thought provoking messages… ”Dark cannot drive out dark, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”

Does Your Child Sing?

Year 7-12 Choir Auditions

Students wishing to join the High School Choir for 2018 are asked to put their name on the sign-up sheet in the Secondary Music Office this week.

View the flyer


Please note auditions will take place in an informal and safe environment and will be with Ashlee Bennetts and Ali Heise.

  • THIS WEEK: Thursday, February 22 at lunchtime
  • NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, February 28 at lunchtime (this will cater for those away on Year 7 Camp)

Please come prepared for a quick, friendly chat and to sing the chorus of any song (alternatively we will have some options of some simple, well-known songs to sing).

If students have any questions, please ask them speak with any of the Secondary Music Teachers or Ash Bennetts (who is here on Wednesdays).


Community Groups

Hosted by Forresters Beach Adventist Church

This semester (Feb 25–July 7) Forresters Beach Adventist Church have some great community groups on offer — Adult art classes, tennis and walking groups, cooking classes, kids in community, bible studies and many more! They are a great place to meet and make new friends!

If you’re new to Community Groups, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.


To put it simply, they are small groups of people who gather around a common interest or activity.


They exist for many reasons, such as meeting new friends, learning new skills, or making a difference to the community.


Anyone can join a group. You don’t have to have any affiliation with a church or know others in a particular group. If it interests you, it’s for you!


There are two group semesters per year. Our website lists all the groups running in semester 1 of 2018 (Feb 25–July 7). Most groups run weekly and will be meeting every week during these dates (with a 2 week break over the school holidays). Other groups run fortnightly or monthly.


You can visit our website www.forrestersbeachadventist.church for a list of our current groups and their descriptions.


The groups meet in a variety of locations throughout the Central Coast. Some meet in outdoor areas, some in rented halls, and others in the homes of those who lead them.


Signing up is simple. Just visit our website www.forrestersbeachadventist.church or send us an email to groups@forrestersbeachadventist.church with the following information:




Groups that interest you:


Shortly after you’ve registered, the group leader will contact you and give you any additional details required.

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