24 February 2017

This week


Camps, New Chaplain and a Great Year Ahead

​As we approach the end of the fourth week of school it is pleasing to see everyone settling into the routine of school life, and embracing their learning opportunities. New students have assimilated well, and there is a sense of positivity and acceptance that continues to reflect the culture of CCAS. It all bodes well for a great year ahead.

It has been a pleasure to spend the majority of this week on camp with our Year 7 class. I value these opportunities to get to know our students and, with such a large group of new students joining us in Year 7, it has been an invaluable opportunity. It was a little sad to have to leave them last night to drive back to the Central Coast, and back to the reality of the office routine today. I have shared previously the value I see in our Camp and Outdoor Education program, and the transformation I observed this week in our Year 7 students as they faced new challenges, built friendship networks and a positive class culture has only confirmed that belief. I also want to acknowledge and affirm the role a number of our Year 11 students played as counsellors and mentors to our Year 7 students on this camp. This is a great growing experience for them and they were all amazing this week – a pleasure to work with and credit to the school and their respective families.

As I shared in an email to families earlier this week we are pleased to welcome Pr Leighton Heise to our Chaplaincy Team, taking over from the much-loved Mr Elia Crevar. Pr Heise has an extensive background in chaplaincy, ministry and teaching and will be a great addition to our team. I am sure he will be appreciated by our secondary students and his first introduction to the students will be at chapels on Monday.

We have quite a bit to share with you this week so I hope you enjoy the updates and news in this edition.


Star FM Broadcasting Live

Set your alarm early and head to school for a whole lot of fun!

Star FM will be broadcasting their brekky show, with Rabbit and Julie Goodwin, live from our campus next Tuesday morning, 28 February from 6:00-9:00am.

Next Tuesday, 28 February will be a fantastic, fun morning for our school as Star FM broadcast their breakfast show live from our campus. Rabbit and Julie Goodwin will here along with a display vehicle from Audi Alto, the team from Be D Vine homewares and the crew from The Roundabout Circus.

Year 12 students will be hosting a delicious pancake breakfast from 6:30am to raise money for their Make A Difference (MAD) Trip to Vanuatu in November. Bring along your gold coins to purchase some fluffy, warm pancakes for just $2 per serve.

​CCAS Equestrian Team 2017

To all our horse riders in our school, welcome back! If you are new to our school, we invite you to join our CCAS Equestrian Team.

I know many of you are busy competing in various disciplines and levels. Because of this it is great to share your interests and achievements. Please let me know about your horse and interests, this way we can ensure that up and coming events can be shared. My email is jdavey@ccas.nsw.edu.au

There is a school excursion proposed for Thursday, 27 April, 2017 (non riding event) to the 2017 Sydney CDI 3 Star Dressage competition. If you are interested please let me know.

Great riding!

Jenny Davey (Equestrian Team Coordinator)

CDI School Flyer 2017

URGENT - Host Homes Needed

​Host families are urgently needed to host exchange students. If you have been considering doing this but have been putting it off or had forgotten about it, now is the time!

Feel free to contact Mrs Grange, at school, or you may prefer to contact Students of the World directly. Either way, we’d love you to share in this experience which opens up a part the world to you from the comfort of your home!

Students of the World is a South Australian based organisation specialising in short-term cultural visits. We have been sending and receiving students from France and Italy on short-term visits to Australian schools for over 15 years.

We have another exciting year ahead of us at Students of the World for 2017!

We are bringing in more students than ever from France and Italy for short-term, family-hosted experiences and we would love you to be a part of this valuable and highly rewarding experience in 2017.

If you can host a student please contact Marilyn Grange to express your interest via email mgrange@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Hosting an Exchange Student

Have you ever thought about hosting an international student? Here are some great reasons for you to consider this wonderful experience:

  • Interact with people from a different culture
  • Share your culture with other people
  • Give someone the opportunity to experience life in an Aussie family
  • Make friendship that lasts for a lifetime
  • Experience an exchange before going on exchange program
  • Encourage your family members to develop generosity by sharing your homes and hearts with an exchange student
  • Have a great time getting to know someone new

Contact us for more information about how to become a host family. Our exchange students will be arriving soon and would love to have a great experience with you and your family!

Italian students

7 Weeks: Arriving 15th July / Departing 2nd September 2017
9 Weeks: Arriving 15th July / Departing 23rd September 2017

French students

4 Weeks: Arriving 22nd July / Departing 18th August 2017
5 Weeks: Arriving 22nd July / Departing 27th August 2017
7 Weeks: Arriving 8th July / Departing 27th August 2017
12 Weeks: Arriving 3rd June / Departing 27th August 2017



Kindy Students get Year 5 Buddies

​Buddies have started for our Year 5 students and Kindy kids.

The Year 5's were very excited to sit with their buddy for lunch today! It's also a great opportunity for Kindergarten students get to know some of the older students in the school.

Learning with Lollipops

Lovely luscious lollipops - learning about describing words!

​Our luscious, long-lasting, lickable lollipops were delicious!

What a day! Lollipop fun in Year 1.

Adjectives have never been so tasty! Adjectives (and lollipops) make writing so much fun!

Schoolyard Safari

​Worms... glorious worms!

Year 1 are learning about worms as part of their 'Schoolyard Safari' Science Unit.

Discovering Liquids

Year 5 students this week were having fun in Science learning about the viscosity of liquids; thick or thin.

iPad Nouns

Year 1 are having fun on their iPads while working on their nouns!

HRIS Primary Swimming Carnival

Yesterday, 36 of our primary students competed at the HRIS Swimming Championships in Maitland.

All the students swam with great enthusiasm and represented both themselves and our school proudly. It was great to hear them encouraging each other from the stands and pool deck.

Congratulations to all our students on their efforts to help our team finish 7th overall. We had some fantastic relay and individual results with special mention going to Sienna McMullen who won the 12yr Girls age champion!

The HRIS team to compete at the CIS Carnival at Homebush on Thursday, 23 March will be announced early next week.

Well done team!


Fun and Adventure at Year 7 Camp

​Year 7 just experienced the most amazing week on their camp at Yarrahapinni.

Students were able to experience a range of activities - mountain biking, low ropes, flying fox, horizontal bungee, beach fun, hunter games (which was the worlds biggest scavenger hunt ever!), water slide, tubing and awesome waterfront activities. At night Year 10 and 11 lead us in worship, and then Pr Brock talked about facing our fears.

Year 9 Head to the Hunter

Geography Excursion

​On Thursday the Year 9 cohort went to the Hunter Valley to see first hand how biomes can be utilised to produce food.

The day began with a tour of the Adina olive grove and mill. Owner and President of the Olive Growers Association, Peter, gifted each student with a special edition "CCAS olive oil".

Our next stop was the Hunter Valley Cheese company where students were shown how cheese is made and got to try an array 5 different cheeses. Students exhibited a number of interesting expressions as they tasted blue vein cheese, many for the first time.

Our final stop was the Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory where we were greeted upon arrival with some taster chocolates and could watch chocolate being made.

All in all it was a very tasty day!

Wet Textiles Project

The Year 10 Textiles class has been doing some Wet Textiles.

Our Year 10 Textiles class has been doing some Wet Textiles including dyeing with some wonderful results.

Well done!

Year 8 Sewing Club

​Sewing Club for Year 8 students is now running.

Sewing Club for Year 8 students is now running at 1pm during lunchtime on Thursdays in D4.

Please come along and check out what we are doing. Our first project is a flying squirrel softie.

Molecular Model Building

Recently our Year 11 Chemistry class built some molecular models.

The substances, and students, are (from left to right): Silicon Dioxide (Ben), Sodium Chloride (Georgia), Graphite (Josh), Water Ice (Tommy) and Diamond (Ted).

Students have been learning about the different properties of different types of solids, and how an understanding of the chemical bonding inside these materials allows us to understand and predict the properties of new materials.

Homework Help

Homework Help is a free program that is offered at CCAS on two afternoons each week to provide students with homework assistance.

Homework Help is not a one on one tutorial session, but rather and opportunity for students to seek assistance from their teachers in smaller groups.

Tuesday: Mathematics - Rooms 1-5


Science - Labs 1-3

Thursday: English - Rooms 56, 57, 8 & D3


HSIE - Rooms 50-54

The Homework Help program will be commencing on Tuesday, 21 February.


Vegetarian Cooking Classes

- Trying to eat healthy but don’t know how? - Are searching for greater variety to spice up your menu and trim your waist line? - Struggling to find healthy recipes for the whole family that look good and taste great?

You will be able to make and taste several savoury/dessert recipes each evening as well as listen to an insightful and practical health presentation by a qualified dietitian

Then why don’t you join us at our fun and friendly vegetarian cooking class held each month right here in the local community.

Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Central Coast Adventist School - Food Technology Classroom

Cost: $15/night (for ingredients)

Registration: 0403 848 242

Future dates: Mondays — 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 30 October and 27 November

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