24 November 2017

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MAD Trip, Staff and Awards

by Mr Tony Kent

​As I shared with you two weeks ago, I spent last week with our Year 12 students on the somewhat remote island of Aore in Vanuatu for our Year 12 MAD Trip. The whole experience for our students was amazing and life changing - it was a privilege to be part of this experience of service and cultural exchange. Our students did us proud – they worked hard to improve aspects of the school we visited, they gave of themselves to the people they met, and had lots of fun in the process. Parents, I would thoroughly recommend this experience for your children as a much more positive way to celebrate the end of Year 12 - I encourage you to encourage them to consider this experience when they reach Year 12. We are going to share some of the highlights of the trip on Monday in our combined chapel.

With only two weeks of school left for the year, there is a flurry of final assessments, marking, and report writing happening around the school in preparation for our Awards Night programs which are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and evening, December 6. This is the night that we celebrate the achievements of all students at the conclusion of another year at CCAS, and I would encourage all students and parents to attend.

The Primary program commences at 4:30pm while the Secondary program kicks off at 7:00pm. I have shared with you previously my disappointment at the number of students who have chosen not to attend this important program, particularly from the secondary years. Attendance levels have improved, for which we are encouraged, but I would love to see our whole school community in attendance. It is not about coming just to receive an award – some students will and others won’t and it would devalue the experience to give out awards to everyone, but we can all share in the collective acknowledgement of what every student has achieved. I hope to see you there. Our school magazine, student portfolios and other acknowledgements of achievement will be distributed to parents at the conclusion of the evening. This year student reports will be released online via SEQTA for your convenience.

It is also appropriate at this time of year to share an update on staffing for 2018. We are blessed to have a very stable staff and next year is no exception, with only a couple of changes. But with ongoing growth we will also be welcoming some additional teaching staff to CCAS. From a Secondary perspective we are farewelling Mr Brian Robinson, our Assistant Head of Secondary, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career as an educator. Mr Adam Kranz, our current Head of Department for Bible has been appointed to this role. We also welcome Mrs Kylie Smith and Miss Aleesha Whatson to the Bible and English Departments.

In Primary we are farewelling Miss Madeleine Smith, our long serving Kindergarten teacher, who is relocating from the Central Coast. We will also be saying goodbye to our current Head of Primary, Mrs Stratford who, after 13 years involvement here at CCAS, is also relocating with her family to the Hunter Valley. Both Maddie and Bec will be greatly missed. Mr Craig Davis will be taking over the role of Head of Primary. Other Primary teaching staff who have been appointed include Mrs Miranda Dunstan, who will joining our Kindergarten team, Mr Nic Dunstan (married to Mrs Dunstan), who will be teaching the additional Year 5 class, Miss Nadia Peterson who will be teaching Year 2 and Mr James Crabtree who will be teaching the extra Year 6 class. All are experienced teachers who I am sure will make a great contribution to our school next year.

Enjoy the rest of the news in this weeks newsletter.




Spelling Bee Bravery

by Mrs Carola Parker

​Eighteen brave students from Years 3 to 6 participated in our Spelling Bee this week.

Preliminary rounds were held a week ago, and these eighteen students were our finalists. A great deal of work went into learning many challenging words, which probably a lot of adults would have problems spelling. Congratulations to all our finalists, and especially to our year group winners.

  • Year 3 - Mitchell Townsend
  • Year 4 - Alessandra Pinasco
  • Year 5 - Gene Park
  • Year 6 - Miyuru Amarasekera

And we would like to challenge as many students as possible to participate in next year’s Spelling Bee.

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)

​Students from our school have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate was paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.


A Day at the Museum

by Mrs Daniella Walton

Year 7 recently visited the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University.

It was fantastic observing Nicholson museum with its interactive displays where students could handle and analyse artefacts. Ancient Egyptians mummies and gods were also on view as well as Etruscan and Roman works. The Pompeii lego was also a big hit with the students.

Students in Court

by Mrs Hayley Ferris

The HSC Legal Studies students got to experience sitting in on live court cases in the Downing Centre last week.

It was a great experience where the students got to see the theory of the classroom put into reality.


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