FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.
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