28 April 2017

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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.




Holiday Fun!

What a fun holiday we had at Vacation Care!

From designing their own crazy shake, creating a fire out of sticks, going to the movies, experiencing a Science show, making Easter crafts and going on an our very own Easter egg hunt plus much much more.

This term at OSHC there are a lot of fun activities planned. Week 2 children will be able to make their own grass cup head. Week 3 we will be getting into the kitchen and cooking up a storm!

Stay tuned for further events throughout the term.

Bookaneers Book Fair

Where books are the treasure!

​Bookaneer Book Fair 2017 has begun...

Primary students 'arrgh' ready to enjoy the event and 'arrgh' ready to read lots too! Each primary class came through the library for the Look 'n' See day. Lots of excitement was in the air!

Please join us for Family Fun Day on Tuesday, 2 May. Have lunch with your child and dress-up as well. Our high school and primary school leaders will be joining in with the festivities and games. Buy and donate a book for your child's classroom - check out the teacher wish lists. We are also opened late on Wednesday, 3 May until 7:00pm. Book Fair runs until Thursday, 4 May to 4:00pm.

Please join us where Books are the Treasure!


Horses and Dressage in Horsley Park

​We had a great time at the CDI 3 Star Dressage tour at Horsley Park yesterday.

The students met some of the riders and horses who represented Australia at the Rio Olympics, both able and disabled.

Learning Adventure at Luna Park

​As part of their Forces Unit in Science, Year 7 visited Luna Park on Friday, 7 April - the last day of Term 1, 2017.

Students 'experienced' and 'explored' some of the physics behind the rides - the forces that act on the rides as they move. It was an interactive learning day - which is a great way to learn and have fantastic fun at the same time.

Save the date

​Year 7 PBL classes will be working on a project this term called MIssion 2 Mars.

On Wednesday, 21 June from 11:30am-12:50pm, Year 7 Students will be presenting their chosen PBL projects to any parents, grandparents who would like to come along to see them. It will be an event organised ENTIRELY by the year 7 students - so come along and support them.

More information will follow - we just wanted you to know so that you can save this date in your diary if you you are able to attend.


Jessica dances to Canberra

​Over the past weekend Jessica Kamphuis of 6G competed with her team 'Greenpoint' at the 2017 DrillDance Nationals Championships held in Sydney.

Jessica's team received a 2nd placing for their Exhibition Drill routine, and a 3rd placing for their Thematic Dance routine. Quite an achievement considering their team competed in the U17 division. Jessica was also selected to compete in the NSW State Drill Team in the U12's division along with other members from Sydney and Canberra, and this team was also successful placing 2nd against the other states.

Congratulations Jessica!

Lifeline Recognises Staff Member

Donna Robertson, librarian of CCAS, has been nominated for this years Steel Magnolia Award.

Lifeline's Steel Magnolia program acknowledges people in the community who have organised events and raised much needed funds for local crisis support and services. Their special ceremony today acknowledges people in our community.

Donna has been the chairperson for the Gosford Relay for Life events over the past few years and has also run fundraiser days at CCAS for the same cause.

Well done and best wishes Donna!

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