28 September 2018

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Graduation, Fun Day and Cybersafety

by Mr Tony Kent

Welcome to our last newsletter for the term. The last week of Term 3 is always busy and this year has been no different. I sense that staff and students alike will welcome the break, and I hope everyone is able to enjoy some time with family.

It is officially the last day of 13 years of schooling for our Year 12 students. Yesterday, we celebrated their achievements through our Graduation Service, which was a lovely event witnessed by staff, family and fellow students from Years 6–12. This morning was the traditional Fun Day for Year 12, which centred around a colour run and water obstacle course on the oval – which was actually lots of fun and well executed by our senior students. There was lots of positive engagement by high school students – well done to our Year 12’s. I must confess I will breathe a sigh of relief when this day is done, but we remain convinced of the value of facilitating this onsite for our students, rather than leaving them to their own devices. I do want to take this opportunity to wish our Year 12 students all the best as they now prepare for the HSC exams which start in just a few weeks’ time.

Our Year 11 students were involved in their final camp experience this week, which involved a series of physical, personal and group challenges – plus quite a bit of fun. The whole experience was designed and delivered as a Rite of Passage - to grow students, both as individuals and as a group, as they transition into their final year of schooling. I appreciated the opportunity to spend some time with this class and share some wisdom as they enjoyed a little time out from the challenges of the previous two days with a cruise on Sydney Harbour together on Tuesday evening. This cohort are yet another wonderful group of young men and women who will do us proud as the next senior class here at CCAS.

Finally, it was great to join with so many parents on Wednesday evening here at the school to listen to the presentation from Kirra Pendergast (Safe on Social Media), sharing her wisdom and experience on how we can support our children and protect them from some of the real dangers and challenges that modern technology and the online world presents to both children and adults alike. To be honest, I left the evening wishing that I had been better equipped as a parent with some of these insights, when my own children were in primary school. For those who were unable to attend, we have uploaded a range of resources for parents, that Kirra provided, on the SEQTA Engage parent portal https://centralcoast.cp.adventist.edu.au - they're worth checking out. Just login and go to the “Documents” section where you will find everything grouped under “Safe on Social Resources”. The primary student presentations yesterday where well received and a worthwhile addition to what we provide for students as part of their education here at CCAS, and as a follow up to what was presented to secondary students earlier in the year.

I hope you enjoy this final newsletter for the term.


Change to Busways Schedule

a message from Busways

​Route 67 - AM SERVICE Central Coast Adventist School, Erina High School, Gosford High School, Gosford Public School, Woodport Public School, St Edward's College & St Joseph's Catholic College.

Commencing Monday 15th October, the current Route Service 67 will depart at 7:35am (5 minutes EARLIER than current).

There will be no change to the current streets travelled.

For further information please refer to your Schools Timetable at www.busways.com.au or contact Busways Customer Service on 9497 1870.

Change to Red Bus Schedule

a message from Red Bus

​Red Bus would like to advise in conjunction with a New Train Timetable commencing 30 September 2018, Red Bus have also changed some Route Times and School Bus Times also commencing Sunday 30th September 2018.

Parents and Students are encouraged to check https://redbus.com.au/school-services/school-bus-timetables for any changes to school buses.

Cybersafety Resources

​Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and wet to attend our parent presentation on Wednesday evening with Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social.


You can access the resources that Kirra referenced by logging into SEQTA Engage. Once logged in navigate to the "Documents" area and look for "Safe on Social Resources". Please make contact with us if you need assistance with this.


If you have additional questions for Kirra, you can contact her on the details below.

Kirra contact details


We'd like to let you know of an opportunity that we have coming up early next year with Paul Dillon. We are fortunate to be one of only two schools that Paul visits on the Central Coast. You won't want to miss out on this event to be held here on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

Alcohol & Drugs: How do we keep our kids safe? with Paul Dillon

Dealing with the topic of drugs and alcohol can be both challenging and daunting. This information evening with Paul Dillon will provide an opportunity to explore and discuss the latest research into drug and alcohol use.

All parents are encouraged to attend this evening which will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about alcohol and drugs. Regardless of the age of your children, you will benefit from this presentation.

Paul Dillon is a dynamic and engaging presenter who has been visiting CCAS since 2011, providing quality information and best practice drug education. Paul is an industry leader and has been working in the area of drug and alcohol education for more than 25 years and is a regular guest on Sunrise, the TODAY show and The Project. His company, Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia (DARTA), has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community.

Register for this event

Music Showcase Evening

Thursday, 25 October

​Our annual Music Showcase Evening will feature both Primary and Secondary students. There will be performances from our choirs, bands and ensembles, plus a range of instrumental and vocal soloists.

Doors open at 6:15pm and the evening will commence at 6:30pm.

Coffee and cake will be available for purchase on the night.

Register online



Spring Vacation Care Program

from OSHC

Our OSHC team have some fantastic activities lined up for Vacation Care!

Download the flyer

Art with Andy

by Mr Craig Davis

​We have been fortunate in the last few weeks to have local artist Andy Collis in some of our art classes.

Students have had opportunity to learn techniques in portraits, sketching and creating murals (and some classes having a Beatles sing-a-long!).

The students have loved their time with with Andy and have produced some amazing work.


Cheese Frunch

by Mrs Marilyn Grange

​This week, all current French students were invited to our Cheese Frunch (French lunch) where they had the opportunity to try out up to 25 different cheeses.

Some were very surprised to discover that not all mould is bad for you and some were even more surprised to discover that it actually tastes ok in cheese!

All in all, it’s a fun time with lots of comments about which cheese is the best or the most disgusting! I think the winner this year was the smoked cheddar.


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