FROM THE PRINCIPAL
ANZAC Day and Scholarships
Let me start this week’s newsletter by welcoming all our students and families back to another term here at CCAS. I trust that you all experienced an enjoyable and relaxing break over the Easter holidays. We have some new families who have joined the CCAS community this term and we want to extend a special welcome to you. It is also great to have our students back refreshed, revitalised and ready for another term. Staff are equally revitalised – myself included – after a busy Term 1, and looking forward to what lies ahead.
I do want to make mention of the ANZAC Day ceremonies that where held this week, firstly on Monday here at school, and then at the public gatherings held on Tuesday. We conducted school ANZAC Day ceremonies for both Primary and Secondary as part of our Chapel program on Monday, and I was again impressed and grateful for the way all our students participated in these ceremonies in a respectful and appropriate manner. A special thank you to Mrs Merrilee Sleigh for her organisation of this powerful ceremonies. On Tuesday I had the privilege of marching with our student leaders at the Terrigal Dawn Service and again I was proud of the part that they played in this public ceremony, which included the laying of a wreath as part of this memorial service. Three of our students, Zane Allum, Ben Shepherd and Tristan Morris-Bowyer were in one of the surf boats that came ashore as part of the service to replicate the ANZAC landing and lay a wreath.
An important element of our school program is providing our students with the opportunity to excel academically – which is based on a strong commitment to provide each student with the opportunity and support necessary to fulfil their potential. We are constantly looking for improvements to strengthen this aspect of our program. Next year we will be introducing for the first time Academic Scholarships, initially targeting students entering Year 7. They will be made available to both new and existing students, and are designed to broaden the access of higher achieving students to an education here at CCAS. Details will be provided on our school website and communicated directly to current Year 6. We trust that this new initiative will benefit both our school and the successful candidates in building the academic culture of our school.
Enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.