23 February 2018

This week


Year 7 Camp, Year 11's Mentor and Paul Dillon

by Mr Tony Kent

​I have had the pleasure this week of spending time with our Year 7 class on their camp. I really value this opportunity to get to know this particular group as they are settling into their first year in high school. The camp environment gives us all the opportunity to really get to know the students outside the confines of the classroom, as well as supporting them as they bond as a group, gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a student of CCAS, and experience a range of new and challenging opportunities that are both lots of fun but also important learning experiences.

It has been an awesome week, and I know the students are returning both excited and exhausted all at the same time. It really has set them up well for their high school journey. I do also want to acknowledge the important contribution of a group of our Year 11 students who attended as counsellors/mentors to our Year 7 students. Their leadership and maturity was outstanding.

Today we have Paul Dillon, a recognised expert in the area of drug and alcohol education for adolescents, here to speak with our senior students (Year 10-12) about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, particularly for teenagers when they are at their most vulnerable. Paul is a very sought after speaker and expert in this area – you will often hear him quoted in the media on this important area - and we are lucky as a school to have Paul visit each year and speak to our students. I know the students will benefit from these presentations, which is part of our broader commitment to equip and safeguard our students to make good lifestyle choices – such an important area in this day and age.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter.


Band Program to Launch

Year 5-12 Band in 2018

This year we are excited to start a school band initiative. This will take place as a trial in Term 1 and Term 2 and is to cater for anyone from Years 5-12 who plays a musical instrument.


Band rehearsal will take place on Thursday mornings from 8.00–8:50am during the school term. During this time students will be able to develop their musicianship and ensemble skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Due to the nature of this band, students should know at least the basics of their chosen instrument and be able to play some basic songs and read some simple musical notation.


If you require an instrument we do have a number of instruments available for hire. Students who hire a CCAS instrument will be required to pay a $150 (fully refundable) deposit to secure a school instrument and take it home.


We encourage students to pursue private music tuition or follow an instruction series online to help develop their skills on their chosen instrument.


The band will be playing concert band style music including arrangements from movie themes and popular songs. As such, the instruments that could be in the band may include (but not limited to): trumpet, clarinet, flute, trombone, saxophone, percussion/drums (limited positions), bass (limited positions), strings and others (please ask).


If you are interested in this initiative then please come to the Secondary Music Studio in Week 5 of this term – Thursday morning (1 March 2018) at 8.00am and bring along your instrument


If you have any further questions about this program, please contact Mr Bart Raethel - braethel@ccas.nsw.edu.au

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Equestrian Team 2018

Would you like to join the CCAS Equestrian Team this year?

If you are a rider and would like to join the CCAS Equestrian Team this year, please advise Mrs Jenny Davey (Equestrian Team Coordinator) - jdavey@ccas.nsw.edu.au

A school tour group to the Sydney CDI 3-Star Dressage at Horsley Park will be taking place on the May 3, 2018. If you are interested in joining this tour, please advise Mrs Davey.

Kiss & Drop, Traffic and Parking

Some reminders to all parents regarding Kiss and Drop, Parking and traffic around school...

Traffic on Penrose Crescent

Please STOP at the school crossing flags - don't queue across the crossing.

Parents are reminded that the crossing zone is not a drop off point. Please drive into the Kiss & Drop Zone to let students out.

Kiss & Drop

The school operates two Kiss & Drop Zones:

  • Outside the Administration Office - students are supervised until 3:30pm.
  • Karalta Lane - students are supervised until 3:10pm.

Please don't queue in Kiss & Drop any earlier than 2:40pm.

If you use the Kiss & Drop Zone please note that you are not permitted to park in this area or get out of your vehicle. This is to maintain traffic flow and avoid traffic banking up on Penrose Crescent.


We have allocated a significant number of parking spaces on campus for guest and parent parking. These spaces are available to parents before, during and after school as needed.

  • If you are arriving early to pick up your children please use the provided parking spaces instead of taking up space in the Kiss & Drop Zone.
  • If you pull into the Kiss & Drop Zone and your children aren't there please continue out of the Kiss & Drop Zone and do another lap or find a parking space and walk up to collect your child/ren.

Other Reminders

Please follow any directions given by staff and/or duty teachers to help facilitate the flow of traffic and maintain a safe environment for our kids.

We ask that you do not park and call your children over to the vehicle in front of moving traffic.

Parents of infant students may need to park and walk up and collect their children from the Kiss & Drop Zone.

Absentee Photographs - Monday, 26 February

Absentee Photographs will be held in the Naomi Frew Hall (upstairs in Chaplaincy Lounge) from 8:30-10:00am.

Absentee Photographs will be held in the Naomi Frew Hall (upstairs in Chaplaincy Lounge) from 8:30-10:00am.

  • Students who haven't yet been photographed will receive a reminder tomorrow (Friday, 23 February).
  • If you have ordered sibling photographs but your children haven't yet been photographed they can get this done on Monday too. Those with online orders, or who handed in envelopes last Friday (16 February), will be reminded.

Please ensure that any students being photographed on Absentee Day are in full summer uniform (not sport uniform).

School App

We are pleased to announce that we are releasing a new app for school communication

Quick links, News, Events and Notices will be available via the School Star app.

Download the app on Android Download the app on iTunes

Only parents and CCAS community members can access content in this secure app for iPhone and Android.

The app uses information (mobile number and email address) in our school database to verify that users are authorised to access our school information. Please ensure that we have your current, correct details to ensure that you don't miss any communication from school.

If you have any problems accessing the app please let us know.

I need help with the app!

School Canteen Assistant/s required

Seeking applicants to work in our school canteen.

The following skills are desirable:

  • Ability to work quickly, demonstrate initiative
  • Adaptable, willing to be flexible and work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Previous experience preferred, but not essential
  • Basic Food handling skills preferable

* A current WWCC is required


  • Shifts available Mon to Fri (minimum 2 days/week)
  • Availability from 7am to 1:30pm


  • Send your details to kadavis@ccas.nsw.edu.au

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


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

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.



String Players Needed for Primary String Ensemble

​We are looking for primary school violin, viola, cello and acoustic guitar players who have been learning for at least one year to come a join a group of other enthusiastic players.

Rehearsals are on Friday mornings from 8.10-8.40am in the Primary Music Room.

Performances throughout year will be in retirement homes, at Bread 'n' Jam each term, Road to Bethlehem, etc.

For more information, contact Mrs Jillene Donnelly in the Primary Music Department - jdonnelly@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Year 1 Explore Change

by Year 1 teachers

​This week some of our Year 6 students worked with our Year 1 students to help them research past and present artefacts that families use.

It was a great way for the older students to hone their reading and communication skills, while the younger students were supported in finding relevant information.

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


Does Your Child Sing?

Year 7-12 Choir Auditions

Students wishing to join the High School Choir for 2018 are asked to put their name on the sign-up sheet in the Secondary Music Office this week.

View the flyer


Please note auditions will take place in an informal and safe environment and will be with Ashlee Bennetts and Ali Heise.

  • THIS WEEK: Thursday, February 22 at lunchtime
  • NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, February 28 at lunchtime (this will cater for those away on Year 7 Camp)

Please come prepared for a quick, friendly chat and to sing the chorus of any song (alternatively we will have some options of some simple, well-known songs to sing).

If students have any questions, please ask them speak with any of the Secondary Music Teachers or Ash Bennetts (who is here on Wednesdays).

Year 9 Explore Biomes in the Hunter Valley

by Mrs Daniella Walton and Year 9 students

​The Year 9 Biomes Excursion to the Hunter Valley was a success.

The Year 9's enjoyed the Hunter Valley Region this week as we are studying food producing biomes in Australia.

The excursion looked at how land has been altered to produce both olives and grapes at Adina Vineyards. They explored irrigation techniques and walked through both the grove and the vines. The students also sampled the olives, cheeses and chocolates made by the local manufacturers.

The various producers provided first hand information on the technology used for olive oil production and challenges to producing this type of food in the Hunter Valley Region. They also received their very own bottle of locally produced olive oil - it was an awesome experience.

Here's what some students had to say:

"The cheese was so yummy and I liked the smell of the olive mill. The olive oil we received was so amazing. I didn't really like the chocolate though - it was very sweet!" - Summer

"I loved experiencing how olive oil was made and produced it was very interesting. Going to the cheese factory was fun. The scenery at the Hunter Valley was beautiful and the chocolate delicious." - Evon

"I loved the experience at the Olive Grove, tasting cheese was also good but I really loved the chocolate." - Abby

"I love chocolate and the cheese." - Ciara

"I liked the cheese factory." - Sam

"I loved picking the grapes and being able to pick the olives from the tree and taste how bitter they really are." - Jess

"I loved the Hunter Valley Gardens for lunch." - Zach

"Yummy food and the scenery was good!" - Lachlan

A "biome" is a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in. They can be found over a range of continents. Biomes are distinct biological communities that have formed in response to a shared physical climate.

High School Pancake Breakfast

by Mr Adam Kranz

​This week, as part of the SDL program (Spiritual Development and Leadership), a group of Year 12 students hosted a pancake breakfast for the Year 9 students.

As part of their SDL program Year 12 are organising and implementing pancake breakfasts for different year levels. The students organise the whole thing themselves with only limited input from staff.

Encore for Year 10-12 Music Students

by Mr Bart Raethel

​Year 10-12 music students visited the Opera House yesterday for the HSC "Encore" performances. The students had a great day and appreciated the performances to inspire them for what lies ahead.

"Encore" is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by students from the HSC Music examinations. It is held annually at the Sydney Opera House.

Year 12 Invest in Cultural Change

by Mr Paul Glasbergen

​As part of their Spiritual Development and Leadership program, Year 12 students have been well wishing all secondary students a “Happy Sabbath” (or good weekend) on a Friday afternoon. A small treat has accompanied this to start the weekend off positively.

This is an initiative that was started by a few of our Year Coordinators. The senior students saw that it had potential for adding value to the culture of the school and are now attempting to bring that same positive experience to students in the school each week.


Community Groups

Hosted by Forresters Beach Adventist Church

This semester (Feb 25–July 7) Forresters Beach Adventist Church have some great community groups on offer — Adult art classes, tennis and walking groups, cooking classes, kids in community, bible studies and many more! They are a great place to meet and make new friends!

If you’re new to Community Groups, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.


To put it simply, they are small groups of people who gather around a common interest or activity.


They exist for many reasons, such as meeting new friends, learning new skills, or making a difference to the community.


Anyone can join a group. You don’t have to have any affiliation with a church or know others in a particular group. If it interests you, it’s for you!


There are two group semesters per year. Our website lists all the groups running in semester 1 of 2018 (Feb 25–July 7). Most groups run weekly and will be meeting every week during these dates (with a 2 week break over the school holidays). Other groups run fortnightly or monthly.


You can visit our website www.forrestersbeachadventist.church for a list of our current groups and their descriptions.


The groups meet in a variety of locations throughout the Central Coast. Some meet in outdoor areas, some in rented halls, and others in the homes of those who lead them.


Signing up is simple. Just visit our website www.forrestersbeachadventist.church or send us an email to groups@forrestersbeachadventist.church with the following information:




Groups that interest you:


Shortly after you’ve registered, the group leader will contact you and give you any additional details required.

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