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3 February 2017

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome back!

​Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017. After lying somewhat dormant for the past 6 weeks as schools tend to do, our school campus is alive and buzzing with activity again as we have welcomed our wonderful students back to the new school year. It just reinforces for me that it is people that make this school the wonderful place that it is – students, staff and parents – so a very big welcome back to 2017 to all our school community. For the many new students and families that have joined our school this year, whether in Pre-Kindy, Kindy, Year 7 or other year levels, we hope that your first week here at CCAS has been a good one.

Overall enrolments this year are up substantially on the last few years, which is a combination of less students relocating from CCAS over year end and an increase in demand for new students to join our school. Unfortunately this has led to some waiting lists in some grades which is not something I enjoy. I do love the way our existing students welcome new students to our school and help them to settle in. I did the rounds of our Primary classes earlier in the week and it was lovely to see how settled and connected the new students were already.

We are looking forward to the year ahead. We have introduced a range of new initiatives over the past 12 months which I have shared with you previously – it is important now that we consolidate these new initiatives and fine tune them for the benefit of students and their learning and development, which will be one of our focus points for 2017. Staff are excited about the journey we are on as a school, and I am grateful for their passionate commitment to providing the best educational experiences possible for each child in our caring and nurturing environment. We will keep you posted on some of these new initiatives as we settle into routine for the year ahead.

For our new families you will receive a newsletter via email at the end of each week on Friday, which will normally include an update from myself, as well as news from various areas within the school. It is designed to give you a regular insight into your children’s schooling experience. I hope you enjoy these updates –and again welcome to the new year.

CAMPUS

A half metre haircut

Maia Grange will be cutting over 1/2 a metre of her hair to be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to illness or a medical condition.

Wigs can cost families up to $6,000, lasting 1-2 years, meaning families can spend tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase of wigs throughout a child’s youth. By making a donation to Variety - the Children's Charity, you can help provide a wig or other vital equipment to a child in need. Thank you for helping kids to simply enjoy being a kid.

Click here to donate

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

SECONDARY SCHOOL

​Year 9 Science

Ecosystems

One of our Year 9 Science classes recently took a field trip to the bush area at the bottom of our campus.

Students were on the lookout for examples of symbiotic relationships, and were specifically looking to take photos of commensalism, parasitism and mutualism.

COMMUNITY

Central Coast Adventurer Club

The Adventurer Club exists to give children an opportunity to belong to an organised peer group.

To join, children are invited to participate in various activities which will improve their social skills. From the time children start school until they reach their teens, their need to be with and be accepted by their peer group is increasingly strong.

The Adventurer Club involves children in grades 1-4 and their parents. The programming and planning for Adventurers is simple and short, but creative. Parental involvement provides opportunities for parents to participate in the learning experience.

Pathfinder Club 2017

​Welcome back to a new year Pathfinders!

Our first event is Club night on February 4 from 6-9pm in the Naomi Frew Hall at CCAS.

If you wish to join Pathfinders in 2017 please register online before the night. All the details are online and an email has been sent to existing members. If you are new and would like to join, or for any queries, email Sonia at centralcoastpathfinders@gmail.com

If, for some reason you cannot register online, you can do it on the night.

Register online

If you would like to be a parent helper please ensure you have a WWC number (see Kids Guardian NSW website) and apply with our online form.

Online Form Kids Guardian NSW website

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