FROM THE PRINCIPAL
It was great to see all of our enthusiastic students return from their holiday break this week and settle quickly into the routine of the new term. I trust everyone was able to enjoy some time as a family, free from the demands of the school routine. Staff returned the week prior to students for a series of professional development opportunities which left them enthused with a range of new teaching ideas and strategies which they were keen to implement with their classes. Expect to see some further developments and information about this in the near future. As always I will keep you informed of this ongoing journey in your child’s education.
If you have visited the campus you may have noticed some changes that took place over the break which is always exciting. There has been quite a lot of refurbishment work done around the school, with new carpet and painting done in a number of classrooms. Our Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care service has relocated and been integrated with our Pre Kindergarten precinct, providing opportunity for some value adds to this service (check out the new reduced fee structure now in place designed to make it more accessible to our school families). We have also installed some new fencing and synthetic grass in the Pre Kindergarten concrete play area which the kids absolutely love (in fact they love it so much it looks like we will need to install some more). This change allowed for the establishment of our new Year 3 classroom, which is now in operation on the ground floor of the primary building.
New fencing has been installed at the Karalta Lane entrance (gates soon to be installed), with some new signage to follow. We have also installed a new integrated emergency evacuation system with extended coverage across the school – keeping us all safe. This also facilitates our new school bell system and public address (PA) system. The list goes on, but suffice to say that the school was a hive of activity for the three weeks that students were away.
It was also great to welcome back both students and staff from the French and HSIE trips to Europe, safe and sound, and full of amazing stories from their experiences in foreign lands. A little closer to home we also had a group of 22 Year 10 and 11 students experience the joy of serving others on our annual StormCo trip to Brewarrina in western NSW, which was a life changing experience for those involved. To all the staff who facilitate these trips a very big thank you for giving of your time and energy to deliver these amazing opportunities for our students.
I am looking forward to the term ahead. We again have a number of new families joining us this term and we want you to feel very welcome here at CCAS.
Please enjoy this week’s newsletter.
- Tony Kent (Principal)