28 July 2017

This week


Parking, Musical and Learning

by Mr T Kent

I want to start by expressing thanks to you, our school families, for your support and cooperation as we have adjusted to the changes in parking and traffic flow necessitated by the closure of access to parent parking in the old Buritz precinct. The changes we have made to staff parking means that there is available parking on site in the top and bottom carparks, and many are taking advantage of this which has eased some of the pressure on the Kiss and Drop area. I just want to again reinforce our request to not queue in Kiss and Drop in the afternoons prior to 2:40pm. We have been closing off this area to reinforce this as early queuing just creates congestion off site.

As many of our primary parents will be aware, this term we have our Year 3-6 musical production, Th Peace Child, which will be performed over a number of performances from August 21-23. It has been great watching our students practicing for this major production and I am sure it will be a great event. I just wanted to flag this so you can keep it on your radar – an event not to be missed.

As we approach the end of the second week of term we have settled into the routine of classwork and learning. It is great to see the high levels of engagement and enthusiasm evident as I have visited around the classrooms this week – something we continue to strive for as a school and encourage and support our teachers to make a priority.

Thanks as always for your ongoing support as parents.


George the Wombat

We had a celebrity on campus this week!

George the Wombat from the Australian Reptile Park visited students on Monday with Ranger Mick for chapel. George is something of a celebrity around the world after a video of him went viral with over 40 million views. He has just turned one year old and students were thrilled at the opportunity to meet him! The visit was organised by Eloise, a senior student, who is raising awareness of the need that the Australian Reptile Park has for "pouches" to help raise and care for marsupials that have been orphaned. If you can help knit or sew pouches please contact the school and let us know if you can help!

Animal Pouches

by Mrs C Ralph

​We are seeking to make animal pouches for orphan animals at the Australian Reptile Park and need your help.

We can make the pouches out of Polarfleece fabric or old blankets that have not already been used with animals. If you have some of these at home or can spare a few dollars to purchase some for the students to use we would be most grateful, as will the baby animals.

Donations can be left at the admin office for collection by Mrs Ralph.

Canteen Menu

Please note the updated Canteen Menu for Term 3.

Canteen Menu



What Matters

by Mrs J Hughes

Exciting news for one of our extension writing class students in the 'What Matters' competition.

Jenna Smith in 6G has had her entry shortlisted, there were 3,813 entries from all over NSW and the ACT this year. Jenna's unique and humorous piece obviously tickled the judges and you can read it below.

Congratulations to Jenna to make it to the next stage of the competition!

Aussie Slang Matters

G’day, I dunno about you, but I reckon we should bring back Aussie slang. Aussie slang can be spoken by anyone, no matter their origins, even my Italian neighbours who immigrated to Australia 50 years ago use Aussie slang. It unites everyone with one unique identity, Australian true blue.

Everyone has a mate, needs to go to the dunny and loves snags on the barbie. The land down under celebrates Chrissy in the summer and Santa wears boardies while surfing always remembering to slip, slop, slap. Sometimes there is a bloke that might get a bit agro after leaving a chokkers macca’s on a stink’n-hot day but he’ll be right.

I reckon there is nothing better than spending the arvo at the beach in the middle of woop-woop, in ya cozzies, with no worries except for when playing cricket and one of your mates yells howzat, betcha that might cause a barney amongst the ankle-biters.

Although, Aussie slang can seem rather confusing to those not born in Australia, it is a lot of fun and there is a history of friendship. Some Aussie slang is made up of American and British slang but most is exclusive to Australia. Even our national animals, “cockie” cockatoo, “roos” kangaroo and “blowies” blowflies are included in Aussie slang.

Steve Irwin made Aussie slang known through his celebrity status using words like crickey. He was funny, entertaining and supportive of animal rights, that loved using slang words. Paul Hogan used a lot of slang in the movie Crocodile Dundee, such as crocs, g’day cobber and daks which made this particular movie iconic to Australia. Both celebrities divided community opinion on the Australian image.

Unfortunately many of these words and phrases are not used. Many American words are used more often due to the large coverage of American television, “diapers” nappies, “pacifiers” dummies and “flip-flops” thongs. Australian slang has been replaced by young Australians because of these American styled television shows.

How wonderful it would be to use the words that our grandparents created. Our Diggers (soldiers) were well known for their funny language and comradeship.

Aussie slang should not replace proper english skills but it does have a place in bonding our community and Australians being a carefree nation that gives it a go with their mates. In my opinion it does matter and I would like to see future generations using Aussie slang, as it is a part of Australia and who we are.

Hoo roo!


X Factor Alumni Visit

This week secondary students were lucky to have a visit from musical duo Jess & Matt plus past CCAS student Lindsey Jackson.

Jess & Matt are a duo consisting of Jess Dunbar and her fiancé Matt Price.

In 2015, Jess & Matt auditioned for season seven of The X Factor Australia singing "Georgia" by Vance Joy. They made it through right to the grand final finishing as runners-up under the mentoring of Guy Sebastian. Immediately after The X Factor 2015, Jess & Matt signed with Sony Music Australia and released their would-have-been winners single "Nothing Matters" which debuted in the Australian Top 10. They have also released two albums, which have been in the top 10 charts with their debut self titled album earning them an ARIA No. 1 and a Gold Record.

In January 2017, Jess & Matt released "Sydney to Me" to coincide with their Australia Day concert performance at Sydney Opera House after being appointed the Ambassadors of Sydney Tourism worldwide by Destination NSW.

Jess & Matt were able to share with and inspire students by showing them some different sides of the songwriting and music industry that many don't realise exist.

Lindsey Jackson graduated from CCAS in 2004 and studied Music as an elective for his HSC. He went on to study audio engineering at SAE College in Sydney. Following a number of roles within the IT industry Lindsey decided to combine his passion for music with his IT skills.

Lindsey is one of Australia's top music producers and songwriters and has a wealth of experience recording and co-writing across multiple genres. Lindsey is currently working as a freelance producer. He is signed with Native Tongue Publishing and has written songs for both local and international artists including Tori Kelly, Jessica Mauboy, Bertie Blackman, Caitlyn Shadbolt and The McClymonts. He has also been involved in the production of music for television ads including Jetstar and Tourism NSW.


Earn & Learn

​Woolworths Earn & Learn is back and it is now easier than ever to earn valuable resources for our Primary school. Last year we were able to get Science resources to boost the new Science curriculum implemented in our school: resources like magnifying glasses, life cycle kits and large books.

It's simple to participate and it’s started!! Until Tuesday, 19 September, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet. There will be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards).

Don’t forget to ask grandparents and aunts and uncles to collect for you!! Once completed, simply put your name on the chart then place the Sticker Sheet in the Collection Box at school. Please be sure to fill every chart with stickers as we don’t get points for unfinished charts.

Happy shopping!

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