25 November 2016

This week


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.


Choir News

​The CCAS Primary School Choir along with a variety of high school students have been very busy with helping to run church programs.

On Saturday, 29 October, around half of the Primary School Choir performed three songs beautifully at Gosford Adventist Church, alongside Year 12 students who went on the Make A Difference service trip to Vanuatu, and who also played music for the song service. Our Secondary School Captains for 2016, Isabella Jackson and Callan Bolst, preached a wonderful message of hope, as we do not know the ending of our own stories.

Then on Saturday, 5 November, 36 Primary School Choir members, alongside 10 Secondary School singing enthusiasts, attended a gathering of around 200 students in the biannual Combined School Choirs Church Service. This event saw students from different Seventh-day Adventist schools in North New South Wales and Sydney, come together to praise and worship our almighty God at Avondale College Church in Cooranbong.

The students sang seven inspirational songs in four part harmonies that almost raised the roof of the church with their enthusiasm and beautiful blending of youthful voices. The message of Nehemiah and how “Christ is Enough” was powerfully presented by Mr Dean Bennetts.

A big thank you goes to Mr Benton Craig from Avondale School, who has lead this program for the seventh time. The choir was accompanied by an orchestra that contained a mixture of students and teachers. It was a wonderful day where schools could come together in harmony, and be united in worshipping our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.



Sailing Championships

​Myah and Miles Greenwood have done well in their sailing at the Sabot State Championships. Miles came first on scratch and second on handicap.

Miles has been competing in the Sabot States. The first round was a few weeks ago in Vaucluse and the final round was at Gosford. All up there were four days of sailing spread over two weekends.

Miles and his crew Hayden won the 2ups so they are the State Champions. They now have the National competition in Hobart at Christmas.

Vacation Care 2016/2017

Our Vacation Care programs will be running in over the Christmas and January holidays. For details and further information please download the respective programs below.

Download Christmas Vacation Care Program Download January 2017 Vacation Care Program


Year 8 Science

​Year 8 had their Science Engineering Incursion on Tuesday which required students to work in teams and attempt a variety of challenges.

The day consisted of building catapults, bridges to withstand carts of various weights, and programming robots to complete simple and complex challenges. The enthusiasm, participation and final products were outstanding and Year 8 should be congratulated on their efforts.

The overall winners on the day, with most points across all three sessions, were Joshua Burwood, Mackenzie Weber, Leylah Harvey, and Cody Ayre.

Year 9 Cooking Trends

​The Year 9 Food Technology class have been exploring food trends.

Students recently completed their Food Trends projects with everything being made from scratch in a double class - pretty awesome work! The savoury dish is a "fusion" Buddha bowl and the second one is a salted caramel, layered, naked, OTT cake - quite a title! Michaela Mayes made the cake and Shona Bolst the Buddha bowl. Well done Yer 9 Food Technology!


End of Year Adventurers Fun

The Central Coast Adventurers enjoyed at Fun Day at Ocean Beach on November 13 as their year is coming to an end.

There were plenty of silly games and splashing around in the warm water. To finish off 2016, the Adventurers will have their Investiture Program at Gosford Adventist Church on 3 December with Adventurers to be there at 11am for an 11:15am start.

Everyone is invited to see the children in their Adventurer uniforms be awarded for their achievements of the year. They will combine with Gosford Adventist Church for a picnic lunch after.

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