19 October 2018

This week


Enhancements, HSC and Storms

by Mr Tony Kent

​Welcome back to our final term of the year. It was great to have all the students arrive back refreshed and ready to go. We also have a significant number of new students who have joined our school for the first time - welcome to CCAS.

As always, there is plenty happening around the school. Primary students are enjoying the enhancements to the playground precinct that were completed earlier this week (new synthetic turf replacing bare earth around our playground spaces) - what a difference it makes! Our Year 12’s are now immersed in the reality of the HSC, with the English exams now complete. We wish students well over the next three weeks as they complete these important exams. Year 10’s have been doing their work experience program this week in a variety of workplaces. It will be good to hear of their experiences when they return to regular classes next week.

There is something about the timing of the weather and it’s alignment with school pick up. Yesterday’s storm did make for a rather interesting dynamic for students and staff and parents as we worked to get everyone safely into cars and buses for their trip home. Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding as we managed this the best we could, even though we appreciate that there were some rather wet students (and teachers) heading home after school.

I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter.


Music Showcase Evening

Thursday, 25 October

​Our annual Music Showcase Evening will feature both Primary and Secondary students. There will be performances from our choirs, bands and ensembles, plus a range of instrumental and vocal soloists.

Doors open at 6:15pm and the evening will commence at 6:30pm.

Coffee and cake will be available for purchase on the night.

Register online

School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) 2019

from Transport for NSW

​School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 do not need to re-apply if they:

  • are continuing at the same school
  • are residing at the same address
  • have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during December 2018 and January 2019.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.

Please see the attached information regarding printed school travel brochures.

If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at https://appln.transport.nsw.gov.au/portal/requests/account/school

For further information visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts




Shine and Strength

by Mrs Angela Hamilton and Pr Leighton Heise

​Year 7 boys and girls of CCAS celebrated the conclusion of their STRENGTH & SHINE programs on Wednesday. The STRENGTH & SHINE programs in Year 7 are a journey to resilience and courage which empowers young people, equipping them with skills for life and relationships.

The Year 7 Shine girls celebrated the end of their program with a ten pin bowling excursion. They had lots of fun cheering each other on and bonding with their small groups. We celebrated each other and our leaders and the growth journeys that we have shared this year. We created trusted bonds that will carry on through school.

The boys challenged themselves at Clip 'n' Climb Gosford.

A huge thank you to our staff and community volunteers for making STRENGTH & SHINE a possibility in 2018.

Year 12 Drama, a Farce!

by Mr Andrew Robartson

​This week our NEW Year 12 Drama students had the opportunity to experience absurdist farce at its best thanks to the Sydney Theatre Company and six very talented Australian actresses.

‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ was originally written by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo as a critique of corruption and police brutality during the social upheaval in Italy in the 60s-70s. It was an excellent production and another great opportunity for our students to witness different theatrical styles as they grow in their experience as artists.

Visual Art Display

by Mrs Jenny Davey

The Secondary School Visual Art Rooms will be open for display between 5.00-6.15pm next Thursday, 25 October before the Music Showcase Evening. Parents and guests will have the opportunity to browse and view a range of student projects and artworks.


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