24 August 2018

This week


Literacy, Life-Long Learners and Book Week

by Mr Tony Kent

​We have all heard a lot in recent times about the changing Educational Landscape, 21st Century Learning experiences, the importance of Critical and Creative Thinking, collaboration and preparing our children for a rapidly changing world. I do believe it is critical that we embrace this paradigm shift in teaching and learning, but not at the expense of the core components of any educational experience, Foundational Literacy and Numeracy skills, which remain a priority here at CCAS. Strong literacy skills, particularly in the areas of Reading and Comprehension, underpin every area of learning both during the formal years of education and beyond school as a lifelong learner.

With this in mind, we are constantly looking to refine and strengthen our literacy programs. Over the first half of this year we have invested significantly in a new reading scheme (literally thousands of new graded readers for our primary students), with associated resources, to complement our reading and comprehension programs being delivered across the primary years. We have also undertaken a full review of our reading program to ensure we are providing the best learning experiences for students at all levels, for both advanced readers and those who may struggle with reading. The introduction of this new scheme has included a series of professional inservice opportunities for all primary staff – it is good to send teachers back to school too!

We will continue our work in our primary but are now moving our attention to our secondary students. The secondary syllabus is written on the assumption that all students enter high school with well-developed reading and comprehension skills, but this is not always the reality for all students. Schooling can be difficult for students who struggle in this area - even our strongest readers can refine and develop their skills in this key competency. The simple process of reading aloud to someone for 5 minutes a day has been shown to increase comprehension skills significantly for students at all levels – so every day our Year 7 students are being given this opportunity – not just in English classes, but across all subjects, as we share the responsibility of literacy. This is just one of a number of initiatives we are exploring to assist students across all year levels to be the best readers that they can be.

This is a timely update given that it has been Book Week here at CCAS. Look out for pictures of our primary students (and teachers) who dressed up today as their favourite book characters.

Enjoy reading the newsletter this week.


$11,000 Impacts in Northern Thailand

by Pr Leighton Heise

​On Monday, August 13, CCAS celebrated the anniversary of the $11,000 donation to ADRA’s Keep Girls Safe (KGS) program.

Program founders Sharon Green and Dominique Brown addressed students, shared the impact of the CCAS student fundraiser.

Formerly enslaved KGS girls have experienced these life changing benefits as a result of the CCAS supported shelter in Northern Thailand: improved living facilities, expanded gardening lands around the shelter, improved life-skills education, and some girls experiencing their first ever trip to an ocean foreshore in Phuket.

Pictured are Brown and Green along with the students from Years 9-12 who chose to pray in solidarity with KGS up front in chapel.

Buddies Create Fantastic Fabrics

by Mr Paul Glasbergen

Last week the year 10 Bible class and year 6 did some tie dying together down on the oval.

Thanks to Mrs Chelsea Ralph who organised this buddies event!

Drought Relief

by Mr Craig Davis

On Tuesday, we held our ‘Hay for Haystacks’ fundraiser.

Every purchase of a haystack (Nachos and salad) or a hot dog included $2 being donated to the ‘Buy a Bale’ drought relief initiative. We raised $810 for our farmers and would like to thank all the children and parents who supported the project.

We are also in the middle of a food drive. Students are bringing in non-perishable food items which will be sent out to farming communities to be distributed to those in need. Students have one week left to bring in items.

Parenting at the Speed of Light

with Kirra Pendergast

Are you being safe online? Do you know how to keep your children safe online? We are hosting a special parent presentation by Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social.

FREE Online Registration


The topics covered in the parent presentation include but are not limited to:

  • Using social media with awareness
  • Keeping personal information private
  • Online grooming
  • Posting photos and sexting
  • Safe social networking
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Privacy settings
  • What your posts say about you
  • Identity theft
  • Legal responsibility
  • Gaming dangers
  • Learning to read tween/teenager behavior online
  • Managing digital footprints
  • Strategies to build resistance and resilience

* Please note that this event is for parents (18+) - no children please *

Safe on Social Media

Wednesday, 26 September from 7:00-8:30pm

For over ten years Kirra has focused on social media security, privacy, investigation and education for numerous schools and businesses across Australia. She has presented to more than 300,000 students across Australia. Kirra's presentation will be filled with real-life examples, anecdotes and detailed recommendations and will provide you with information on how to minimise the risk by managing social media interactions without the hysteria used in most cyber safety presentations.



Cybersafety sessions are often structured around how you can help your child, and what a child should not be doing on social media.

This, however, is about you.

When you comment on a public post, you are often engaging with complete strangers. Depending on the discussion you are entering into, you may encounter people you wouldn’t invite into your home, or talk to at a party. You certainly wouldn’t tell these people when and where you went on holiday, how old your children are, their names, where they go to school, where you work, the area you live and what kind of stuff you own?

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Risks to your children...

Further to this, when you comment on your child’s school’s Facebook or Instagram page – you are publicly stating you have an association with the school. That means you could have a child there. Depending on the nature of the post you respond to you may confirm this fact. Should someone click on your name, what sort of profile will they find? Have you just revealed too much about your family?

Parents, most of the security on your accounts is not as strong as it should be.

Think about what can happen when you geotag a photo of your child into their school and then have a public Instagram or Facebook account. We see this a lot during school awards ceremonies, first day of school and at other special events.

Think about this scenario...

Someone who doesn’t have a child’s best interests at heart happens to be driving past the school, they pull over and use Instagram to search the name of the school and see photos of your child that you have geotagged to the school. They click on your name and go straight to your account because your Instagram is not set to private or your Facebook isn’t as private as it could be. Then, that stranger could quickly learn a lot about your life and therefore be very convincing to your child if they see them walk out of the school and say to them “Mum told me to pick you up” think about it if your child says how do you know my Mum? They could answer with a whole lot of information about your life based on what you are posting. Right down to where you last went on holidays and the name of the dog.

Please be aware when you are taking photos at your child’s school and posting them there may be kids on no publish lists because of protective custody or escaping domestic violence, etc in the background of the image, and you could unwillingly put them at risk.

Also, if you take photos of your child with their friends always make sure you have permission from the parents of the other children before you post pictures of their kids online.

We all ask our kids to keep their accounts set to private... It's time to lead by example.

Kirra Pendergast



​Paul Kelly Cup

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

Last Monday our Year 5/6 AFL boys travelled to the SCG to play in the Paul Kelly Cup State Final.

The competition was difficult and our boys played extremely well.

Even though the results didn't go our way on the day it was a great experience and they are all looking forward to next year.

Well done boys!

CIS Girls Cricket

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

Congratulations to Emily Humphreys who has just been selected in the CIS Girls Cricket Team for 2018!

Author Visits

by Mrs Andrea Grant

​This week the students in the primary school were visited by three Australian authors and illustrators.

Kindergarten - Year 2 enjoyed the dynamic and charismatic Aboriginal author Monty Boori Pryor. They danced and chanted, heard the digeridoo and some cool stories.

Years 3 & 4 were given an art lesson in illustrating books by Gabriel Evans. He spoke about the books he has written and illustrated and inspired some to consider this occupation.

Years 5 & 6 had the charismatic historian Mark Greenwood draw them into the mystery of Lasseter’s Gold, as well as entertained and informed about the life of an author and how a book is researched.

Senior students enjoy the library space too. It seems to relax them and the space frees them up to be kids again!

​National Book Week 2018 - Finding your Treasure

by Mrs Andrea Grant

What a rush of activity and fun this week has been celebrating books and reading!

Every lunch time there were things to do, make and play.

Lots of lovely treasure boxes were constructed and each day a treasure was added. The students played a Kahoots game of finding treasure, drew items they would take in a suitcase on a journey to look for treasure, then wrote down people, things and thoughts that were treasures and added them to the box.

Friday was a blast with the Book Week parade! So many fantastic characters and what great books there are to read! The teachers looked fantastic and congratulations to 1D for picking the marked gold coin to win a pack of books.

Thank you to all the parents, carers and friends who came out to enjoy the show. Please enjoy the photos and share yours with us!

The winners of the competitions, that ran in Book Week, are as follows:


  • Chloe Petley


  • Leah Montgomery and Acacia Kirby
  • Summer Derrick and Ben McRae


  • Coby Grant-Morrison
  • Amelia and Maya George
  • Piper Collins

All students received canteen vouchers and 1st prize winners received books.

The treasure hunt saw about 65 students racing around the school trying to find letter clues to work out that one of the greatest treasures books and reading give is IMAGINATION.

Let’s do this all again in 2020 - keep the love of books alive until then!

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

The Reading Challenge finishes on Friday, 31 August. Please make sure that all of your books have been logged onto the PRC website by Friday to receive your certificate this year.


Aquarium Excursion

by Mr Daniel Sheedy

​Students in Marine Studies recently travelled down to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium to observe and appreciate diverse marine wildlife.

We had a great time listening to talks about the world's only captive male dugong who eats 100 kg of cos lettuce every day. A recent upgrade to the aquarium sees an interactive penguin expedition that involves a raft ride through the penguin enclosure.

Overall, students had a great day interacting and learning about Australia's beautiful marine life.

Dodgeball Comp

by Oliver R and Rebecca C and the Promotion Team

The PDHPE class ran a dodgeball competition, ​over 2 weeks, for year 10 students. Each student in the class had a role on the committee. Both days were successful and well run.

After completing the first rounds we had the yellow team at the top of the leaderboard, team red in second, followed by green in third, with blue in last place.

During the second week we had the finals. All the teams played really well and were determined to win the grand final. In fourth place we had the green team, in third we had yellow. In the grand final, we had red and blue fighting for the victory. It was a close game but miraculously blue came through with the win.

They finished the first competition day in last but worked their way up to first!

NSW All Schools Girls Hockey

Ella C competed last week in Queensland at the Australian All Schools Under 16 Tournament.

At aged 13 Ella has been very fortunate to compete at this level and was lucky enough to play an integral part in winning the Gold Medal.

Well done!


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