FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Enrolment Growth, Planning for 2019 and Term End
by Mr Tony Kent
A significant amount of time in my role is spent conducting interviews with new families looking to enrol their children here at CCAS. In some schools this job is passed on to someone else to do, but for me it is an important part of my role as Principal, to introduce families to our school, to have the opportunity to get to know them and answer their questions. It is the beginning of each family’s journey as part of our school community and I value the opportunity to get to know each family.
Of late, with the significant increase in demand for placements in our school, I have been doing this a lot. I still love doing it, but it is keeping me extra busy. One of the consequences of this for our community is that classes are filling up, much faster than we had expected– even with the extra classes we have created. Our current structure of 3 classes of each year level in Primary moving into 4 classes in Secondary is our ultimate capacity as a school and sadly means it will become increasingly difficult for new students to join the school – which brings me no joy. At the same time we will not compromise our culture by overfilling classes, or allowing the school to just keep growing, as I am convinced this will make it increasingly difficult to continue to provide the nurture and care that CCAS is known for.
Given this current reality, I do need to remind parents who may be considering moving away from CCAS of our need for as much notice as possible, so that we can accommodate others looking to enroll. Our policy of requiring a minimum of a terms notice to avoid a potential fee penalty (equivalent to one term) is in place for this reason. As we prepare for next year, we would ask that any families looking at a potential change of schools advise us by Monday, October 15 in line with this policy.
Next week is a busy one – particularly in the high school, with our Year 11 Camp and Year 12 Graduation and associated activities. Then, for our Year 12’s it is the end of classes and ‘heads down’ to prepare for their final HSC exams.
I hope you enjoy this second last newsletter for the term.