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2 February 2018

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome!

by Mr Tony Kent

​Week 1 of a new school year here at Central Coast Adventist School is at an end – a week of excitement, nervousness, adjustment, reconnection and new connections for the vast majority of students. Students are settling back into the familiar and comfortable routine of another year of schooling. Let me start by welcoming everyone to our 2018 school year. For our returning families I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break with family, and thank you for entrusting your children to our care again in 2018. To our many new families, a very special welcome to CCAS, and I truly hope your children’s experience here at school in their first week has been a positive one.

I have enjoyed the opportunity, over the past couple of days, to visit the classrooms and observe first-hand how students are settling into their new classes and, in many cases, new classrooms. There is such a positive buzz in the school that I can’t help but feel we are in for a good year ahead.

2017 HSC Results

It would be remiss of me if I did not take a moment to congratulate our Year 12 class of 2017 for their excellent achievements in the HSC. As we do not receive the results until after school has finished we do not get the opportunity to highlight their achievements to our school community, but please know we are very proud of both our students and their teachers in what they have achieved. Overall our school ranked 4th on the Central Coast amongst the 25 schools in our area which, as a non-selective school, was an excellent result. The class achieved 24 Band 6 and 69 Band 5 results across all subjects which is an excellent result. On an individual level we want to congratulate Jordan Kiss who received the top ATAR for the class (96) and was listed in the HSC Merit List for Top All Rounders. Congratulations also to Jade Saunders who also made the HSC Merit list for Top achievers by achieving 5th in the state in Food Technology. 14 students also made the Distinguished Achievers List.

Term 1 Activities

Term 1 always starts with a bang, with our Outdoor Education Camp Program kicking off next week for Year 8, followed by Year 5 Camp in the following week and then Year 7 in Week 4, Year 11 in week 5 and Year 9 in Week 6. Add to that our Primary and Secondary Swimming Carnivals on the 14th (Secondary) and 15th (Primary) of February, Cross Country Carnivals later in the term and the flurry of excursions that have already kicked in with Year 7 and 8 English this week. It is fair to say that we are back into the routine of school life!

For our new parents we send out this weekly newsletter electronically each Friday to keep you abreast of some of the highlights of the week here at CCAS.

I hope you enjoy.

CAMPUS

Active Kids Rebate

From the Office of Adam Crouch

​As you may be aware, the NSW Government’s new $100 Active Kids Rebate is now available. This rebate provides parents with a $100 voucher per school-aged child per year towards sporting and fitness costs.

Apply online for the Active Kids Rebate

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to call 4365 1906.

​Parking Restrictions Outside Schools

KIDS LOOK TO US TO KEEP THEM SAFE - PARK LEGALLY IN SCHOOL ZONES

Central Coast Council would like to remind parents of parking restrictions outside the school.

Please pay close attention to the signs outside the school and watch your speed when travelling through all school zones.

Download Parking Information Flyer

Learn a Musical Instrument in 2018

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

BASS GUITAR ***NEW***

  • 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.

PIANO

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

VOICE

  • Leah Brett
  • Email:info@coastacademyofmusic.com

DRUMS

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

GUITAR

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

PIANO / GUITAR & OTHER

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

*Includes brass and ukelele

VOCALS / SONGWRITING

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

CCAS MUSIC DEPTARTMENT CONTACTS

  • 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

Opal Cards for Students

A message from Transport for NSW

​This is a reminder regarding the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) and students progressing from year 2 to 3 and year 6 to 7.

We have made some improvements to our system which now means that students who are progressing to year 3 and year 7 do not need to reapply if they meet the following three conditions:

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

The system has automatically validated a student’s ongoing eligibility if they’re at the same school and progressing to year 3 and year 7. Where a student met the new eligibility the system has updated their entitlement and card. If they didn’t meet the new eligibility, they would have been sent an expiry notification.

If students need to update any information or reapply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails.

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2017 to ensure students’ entitlements are updated and their current card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2017, the system will automatically cancel their card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for an 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 the 3rd week of January 2018.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their new travel pass at the commencement of the new school year in 2018. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.

Concessions - 131 500

2018 School Calendar

Families can access key school dates online via the school website.

2018 CCAS Calendar Term Dates 2018

Dates and details regarding things such as school camps, incursions, representative sporting events, etc will be communicated directly to the families involved.

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Gifts for Year 2

by Mrs Michelle Kent

This week Year 2 each received their very own Bible.

The Bibles were presented to the students by the Year 2 teachers and Mr Kent.

Students will use the Bible throughout the rest of primary school and it is theirs to keep.

Primary School Photographs

Friday, 16 February

School photographs for both Primary and Secondary will take place on Friday, 16 February. PLEASE NOTE: Individual photographs for Pre Kindergarten children will take place on a different day (TBC) but they are able to have photographs with older siblings on photography day.

  • School photographs can be paid for by placing the correct cash amount in the order envelope that was sent home.
  • If paying by credit card online, you will need to write the receipt number on the order envelope.
  • Order forms must be returned to the PRIMARY ADMIN OFFICE by photo day.
  • Family photographs will be taken during the day on Friday, 16 February (not in the morning as in previous years). Siblings who have submitted their order forms will be called to the hall during the the day for their photograph to be taken. Family photo order forms can be collected from the main Admin Office.
  • If you wish to get school photographs you must place an order.
  • Absentee photography day will be Monday, 26 February.


Earlier Opening Time for Out of School Hours Care

Now open from 6:30am!

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) at CCAS is now open from 6:30am (previously open from 7:00am).

We know that 30 minutes can make a BIG difference for families who are doing the early morning commute or are engaged in shift work.

For further information about our OSHC program please get in touch with us.

Find out more about OSHC

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Year 7 Pastoral Care

by Mrs Angela Hamilton

​Year 7 had their first pastoral care lesson on Wednesday.

Students enjoyed different activities, got to know each other better, shared fun and personal experiences and worked as a team to solve problems. They had lots of fun!

Cyberbullying

Staying safe on social media

Some tips and reminders for staying safe on social media.

eSafety Commissioner

Secondary School Photographs

Friday, 16 February

School photographs for both Primary and Secondary will take place on Friday, 16 February.

  • School photographs can be paid for by placing the correct cash amount in the order envelope that was sent home.
  • If paying by credit card online, you will need to write the receipt number on the order envelope.
  • Order forms must be returned to the MAIN ADMIN OFFICE by photo day.
  • Family photographs will be taken during the day on Friday, 16 February (not in the morning as in previous years). Siblings who have submitted their order forms will be called to the hall during the the day for their photograph to be taken. Family photo order forms can be collected from the main Admin Office.
  • Secondary students ordering packages will receive their individual portraits plus a composite page of their year level (see below for details).
  • If you wish to get school photographs you must place an order.
  • Absentee photography day will be Monday, 26 February.

COMMUNITY

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