FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Competition, Developments and Travel
by Mr Kent
We seem to have squeezed a lot into what has been a short week at CCAS as we rush towards the end of the term. On Tuesday and Wednesday we held our Primary and Secondary Athletics Carnivals at Mingara and I must confess I did enjoy the opportunity of getting out of my office and spend a good portion of the day enjoying the fun and competition with our students - despite the soggy weather. I was encouraged by the attendance at both events – thank you parents for your support to improve attendance, particularly for the Secondary Carnival despite the less than ideal weather. It was also great to see so many of our parents in attendance – it is a great example of our community in action. Our students gave of their best, there were some outstanding performances by some of our gifted athletes and some long standing records broken, and great leadership shown by our House Captains and Senior Students, all making for a great couple of days.
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet last night with a significant number of our Year 6 parents to share the exciting opportunities that await their children as they prepare for the next phase of their education here at CCAS. Much of the discussion focused on our current initiatives to ensure we are teaching students the 21st Century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, creativity and communication – to ensure we are preparing our students here at CCAS for a rapidly changing world and jobs that are yet to be created. It is shaping up to be a great group of students who will make up our Year 7 cohort for next year – we have significant demand from new students wishing to join the school but want to ensure we are catering to our existing families first.
Another development that we have committed to for Term 3 is the addition of a third Year 3 class for the rest of this year. Our Year 3 class has been full from the beginning of the year and, with a number of new families on the waiting list, we have decided to create a third class group, which will be taught by one of our existing teachers, Mrs Sue Knight, to both provide smaller class sizes and to enable us to include some who are currently on the waiting list.
By the time you read this we will have just one week to go for the term. Our HSIE Trip students and the second half of our France Trip students head off on their overseas adventure early next week, along with a number of our staff, and I want to wish them all the best as they embark on this highly anticipated learning experience. We will then finish off the term with Parent Teacher Interviews next Wednesday (Year 7-10) and Thursday (Kindy - Year 10).
Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and I hope you enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.