FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Teachers' Day and Musical Talent
by Mr Tony Kent
Today is World Teachers' Day. Like so many other designated days, this provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge and express our appreciation to a particular group of people in our society for what they do. It also gives me a natural opportunity to affirm our teachers here at Central Coast Adventist School.
Having spent my whole adult life (more years than I am prepared to acknowledge) working in education, I have seen many changes in what happens in schools and the expectations that society places on our teachers. It is a much tougher job now than what it was when I graduated from university and took up my first teaching appointment. I say this not as a classroom teacher, but as an administrator tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the day to day routines and expectations of teachers. I see it all - compliance, ever-changing syllabus requirements and the challenge of 21st Century expectations, a crowded curriculum, student wellbeing and mental health issues, cyber safety - the list goes on.
Here at CCAS we are blessed to have an amazing group of teachers who, although they are not immune to the challenges that all teachers face, embrace their roles with care and compassion, seeking the best outcomes and learning opportunities for your children. In addition to our teachers, we have an equally amazing group of support staff, who share the same passion for your children and provide vital support to what happens each day in this school. None of us are perfect, but we really do care and want the best for every child here at CCAS. So, today, on World Teachers Day, I want salute our teachers and support staff for who they are and what they do each day. If you feel the same way, why not take the time to express your gratitude to your child’s teacher or someone else on staff – it will make their day!
I can’t finish today without mentioning of our Music Showcase Evening that was held here at school last night. I was so proud of our students and the talent they displayed as they entertained us. It was fantastic to see our K-12 Music program on show and it really was an incredible night. Thank you to everyone who attended – the hall was full and I know the vibe that this created only added to the success of the night – well done to all! Thank you to our Music teachers for their work, not only in making this night a success, but investing in each student to develop their talents in this important area.