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16 March 2018

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

National Day of Action and Upcoming Open Day

by Mr Tony Kent

Today has been designated as National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. As a school community we have embraced this opportunity to highlight with our students the importance of taking a stand against bullying in all its forms. Bullying as such is not a new social issue – for as long as human beings have existed and interacted with each other the inappropriate targeting and ongoing harassment that arises from time to time is a sad reality. Today we are much more aware of bullying in all its forms, which positions us better as a society to respond.

Here at Central Coast Adventist College we do not promise a bully free environment – that would be an unrealistic expectation. What we do promise is a zero tolerance approach to bullying in all its forms, which is a commitment to both support the victims of bullying and engage with the perpetrators to bring about a change in their behaviour. This is done through both through disciplinary measures and ongoing support (as there is usually a reason why those individuals are displaying such behaviour). We commit to proactively upskilling all of our students and building their resilience to enable them to both deflect and minimise the impact of attempts to bully and intimidate.

We are fortunate as a school that, on the whole, bullying is not a major issue for our community compared to some other schools, but it still presents challenges from time to time. It is for this reason that I welcome the opportunity to highlight this National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence to our students here at CCAS, and raise awareness amongst our students about what bullying is, how to respond and how to safeguard ourselves against it. Thank you to all for your support today with these initiatives.

Just a reminder that in just under two weeks, on March 28, our school will host our annual Open Afternoon, from 3:30 -6:00pm. I hope you plan to take this opportunity to gain a further insight into our school and all we are able to provide for our students. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

CAMPUS

Junior Teaching Assistant Role

Central Coast Adventist School is looking for a Junior Teacher Assistant – PreKindy, on a part-time basis, with the potential for additional hours up to full-time through Before and After Care (OSHC) and Vacation Care.

Teaching Assistants work alongside classroom teachers as part of a co-operative team and support our team in a vibrant, dynamic and innovative educational program for the children in the School.

Reports to: Head of Primary School

Hours: Pre-Kindy hours Mon to Fri, 8:30am to 3:00pm (Term time only)

Commencing: Term 2, 2018

All employees of the School must be eligible to work with children in accordance with NSW Working with Children checks.

Selection Specifications

  • Sound oral and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with students, parents and teaching professionals
  • Sound interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to assist with the general health and well-being of students
  • A willingness to learn and support the educational program being delivered

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Senior First Aid certificate with child care component or a willingness to obtain one
  • Diploma or Certificate III in Children’s Services or the willingness to obtain

The role-holder must:

  • Comply with the School’s Code of Conduct and with the School’s policy and regulatory requirements
  • Respect and uphold the School’s values and ethos, while also respecting people of all backgrounds and faiths within the School community

To Apply

Written applications can be emailed to:

  • Karen Davis (Business Manager)
  • kadavis@ccas.nsw.edu.au
  • 02 4367 1818

Driven To Distraction: Helping families keep digital devices under control

This webinar will discuss how families can incorporate technology and devices into their homes in a way that allows for positive use and engagement, providing balance for the many other elements that we need to fit into our lives.

About

This webinar will discuss how families can incorporate technology and devices into their homes in a way that allows for positive use and engagement, providing balance for the many other elements that we need to fit into our lives.

When

Monday, 26 March 2018 - 7:30pm-8:30pm (AEDT)

Price

This webinar is usually $37 per person to attend, but is free of charge to families at our school as we have a Parenting Ideas membership. Use the code MYSCHOOLBONUS at the checkout.

Who is talking

This webinar will be hosted by Dr Jodi Richardson with guest presenter Martine Oglethorpe.

Register online

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Student Receives Young Writers' Highly Commended Award

by Mr Craig Davis (Head of Primary School)

Recently we shared that India Rataj (Year 6) had been shortlisted in the Redgum Young Writers Award. The competition had nearly 2,000 young authors enter it, aged between nine and thirteen.

The judges had a very difficult decision as the standard of writing was very high this year. They have decided to celebrate the depth of talent amongst the Short List, for the first time, the 2018 Redgum Book Club Young Writers’ Award has included a number of Encouragement Awards in addition to the two Highly Commended Awards.

We are very proud to announce that India Rataj is one of the authors who has been highly commended - well done India!

For more information on the awards www.youngwritersaward.com.au

Primary HRIS Swimming Carnival

by Mr Michael Kosmeier (Head of Sport - Primary)

On Thursday last week, 43 primary students competed at the annual HRIS Swimming Carnival in Maitland. It was a fantastic day with all students representing both themselves and our school proudly.


CCAS finished 8th overall on the day. There were some fantastic team and individual results with our 8yrs girl's team winning age champions and Zara Lisle winning the 8yrs individual age champion. We would also like to congratulate Matilda Abela, Zara Lisle and Jade Downs for making the HRIS Swimming Team to compete at the CIS Swimming Carnival on March 22.

Well done students!

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Year 7 PBL - Challenge #2 - Egg Drop

by Mrs Tracey Bennetts (Head of Science)

​Students have been working in PBL (Project Based Learning) through challenges that relate to the FORCES topic that we are beginning in Science.

This week students were given an hour to read through some guidelines, answer some questions and create a device using limited resources, that will protect an egg when it is dropped from 1 metre, 2 metres, 5 metres and 7 metres.

Points for creativity, problem-solving, group communication, following instructions and the result of the activity will all be totalled and go toward their 'final challenge' which goes over the next four weeks.

COMMUNITY

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