FROM THE PRINCIPAL
WOSE and Innovation
Some reflections on this week
WOSE (Week of Spiritual Emphasis) is always a special time at CCAS, and this week has been no exception. We have been blessed by the message that Pr Yoshi has shared, but we have been equally blessed by the leadership of our students, particularly our seniors, who have taken a lead role this week.
I got a further insight into our amazing school community this week during WOSE. Throughout the week we have had a number of our primary classes present items to the rest of the school. Not only have the students been awesome, right down to our Kindy kids, but the rest of our students have been such an appreciative and supportive audience. To see our primary kids bravely presenting to our high school kids, and to then be rewarded with enthusiastic and genuine applause and support, was just so cool. Not only were they shown appreciation for their performance, but they were also being shown support for their brave efforts. I love the fact that CCAS is one big family, and that our older students look out for and support our younger students. It's been great to have so many of our parents come along as well.
Last week I promised some further insights into future directions in education, and how that may impact on your child’s education here at CCAS, as a follow up from the conference I attended last week. Suffice to say it was a challenging and stimulating couple of days, which has confirmed in my mind the directions we are pursuing here at CCAS. We have much to be proud of with our existing program, but also a challenge to stay at the forefront of innovation in teaching and learning to ensure we are preparing our students for a world that is constantly changing. We have two fundamental but, at times, conflicting goals, to provide good educational outcomes that culminate for most students in a positive HSC result, but also preparing our students for life after the HSC, which is equally or perhaps more important. The first is a means to an end – and the second, skills for life. Our ongoing aim is to do both equally well.
Over the next few weeks I will share a little more of the specifics of what this looks like for your children’s education, and some of the innovations being planned to stay at the forefront of education.
Enjoy the newsletter.
- Tony Kent