FROM THE PRINCIPAL
MAD Trip, Staffing and Year End
It has been a couple of weeks since our last general newsletter, due largely to both myself and Brenton Luchow, who is responsible for the production of the newsletter, being away with the our Year 12 students on the MAD Trip to Vanuatu. With the year coming to a rapid close we wanted to get a newsletter out to you, even if it is a couple of days late.
I came back from our trip to Vanuatu very proud of the calibre of students that we have here at CCAS. What an amazing group of students (almost half of the Year 12 class went this year). Watching them serve and contribute in a third world country, making a difference in the lives of students and staff who are far less privileged then themselves, again convinced me of the value of this trip. It is not overstating things to say this is a life changing experience for those who attended, and I would encourage all younger students to keep this opportunity on their radar as an option when they complete their schooling.
With only a week left of formal classes, we then move into our final week of activity days and our Awards Night program, and the year is almost done. Following Awards Night next week, our school will again be transformed for Road to Bethlehem, our annual gift to the Central Coast community. Tickets are available online for this event, and I would encourage any school families who have not been to come along and experience this unique event. If all the online tickets have been booked you can always pick tickets up at the event.
Each year we inevitably have some changes to staff, though they are fairly minimal for 2017. Following are the changes to full time staff at this stage.
- Mr Chris Riley has accepted a new role at our sister school at Wahroonga.
- Mr Chris Grice, an experienced primary teacher who is currently teaching at Wahroonga, but who lives here on the Central Coast, will be replacing Mr Riley (a nice swap as it has worked out!).
- Mrs Kaylee Raethel will be going on maternity leave at the end of this year.
- Mrs Kelly De Martin, an experienced Year 5 teacher, who also happens to be married to Mr De Martin, will be replacing Mrs Raethel.
- Mr Andrew Bateman, who has been filling in this year on a contract teaching science in our high school, will be replaced next year by Mr Daniel Sheedy, who has a teaching speciality in physics, and general science, as well as maths.
It is always sad to farewell staff and we want to wish them well for the future. However I know you will join me in welcoming those joining our staff in 2017. There will be some small adjustments to class teachers in the primary school next year, which Mrs Stratford will share with primary parents next week.
We will share our final newsletter for the year at the end of this week, where I would like to share with you some of the new initiatives we have planned for 2017, and I will look forward to seeing you at our Primary and Secondary Awards Night programs on December 7.
I hope you enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.