FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.