FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Traffic and Parking
It pains me to have to again have to dedicate some space in my weekly update to the issue of traffic management, Kiss and Drop and parking here at CCAS. However, given the ongoing challenges it sadly needs more airtime. If there is one issue that causes the most angst for parents and staff alike it is this issue. Although there will always be challenges given our busy street access and the availability of parking onsite, it can be minimised by everyone working together as a community and adhering to some simple guidelines.
My first request is this – please do not come early and start queuing in Kiss and Drop. Nobody should be arriving at Kiss and Drop before 2:45pm – all you will have to do is wait. The flow on from this is that it pushes the traffic out onto Penrose Crescent, which is creating tension with the local authorities and Erina Fair. It has been suggested that we close the front gate until students are released from school, which I am reluctant to do, but we do need a change in practice in this area or we will need to take more drastic measures. The smooth flow of traffic is the key to minimising delays, and keeping everyone safe. As previously stated, please stay in your vehicle, move down as far as possible before dropping off or picking up students, do not jump the queue or double park and, most important, be patient!
We are very fortunate to have complimentary access to the Buritz car park for both staff, students and parents. Please note that this is a privilege extended to us by Erina Fair Management, not a right. The designated area available to CCAS is the area behind Buritz (between the Buritz building and Central Coast Highway) not in front adjacent to Penrose Crescent where many are currently parking. Please comply with this when utilising this car park. You may have noticed that a new tenant is moving into this precinct which will mean there is greater demand on parking so it is imperative that we do the right thing.
I do want to publically acknowledge the willingness of Lend Lease, the owners of Erina Fair, for their ongoing willingness to provide us with access to this car park. In return, they have asked us to remind our school community that the shopping centre car park is not to be used as a school car park and I would ask that you respect this request. For parents wishing to have a low stress experience when picking up or dropping off students I would suggest that the designated parking area, across the road on the Buritz site, is by far the best option.
We will be increasing our supervision and vigilance in the areas of parking and traffic flow to ensure compliance so please do not be offended by our efforts to have everyone adhering to these guidelines.
On a more positive note it was nice to see so many students and parents enjoying the opportunity to engage with the live broadcast by Star FM on Tuesday morning here at school. It was lots of fun, a great advertisement for our school and also a nice fundraiser for our Year 12 Service trip at the end of the year.
Our Year 11 students have enjoyed part one of their camp at Glenworth Valley over the past couple of days, and I was able to spend yesterday afternoon and evening with them as they participated in a range of team building and leadership activities. This is a new approach to the leadership program for our Year 11 students that gives all students the opportunity to benefit and I was impressed with the way I saw our students stepping up to this new responsibility. We will share a full report on this next week.