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3 March 2017

This week

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.

CAMPUS

Star FM Live Broadcast

Tuesday morning was certainly a lot of fun as we had Star FM broadcasting their breakfast show live from our campus. It was also a wonderful opportunity for our Year 12 Making a Difference (MAD) Trip team to do some fundraising for their project in Vanuatu later in the year.

It was an early start to the school day on Tuesday with Rabbit & Julie Goodwin broadcasting the Star FM breakfast show from 6:00am in the Naomi Frew Hall. From about 6:30am the Year 12 MAD Trip students were furiously making pancakes for sale to fundraise for their service trip to Vanuatu in November.

The team from Star FM had plenty of great activities and giveaways on offer throughout the morning. The Roundabout Circus crew had students riding unicycles, twirling with hula hoops, juggling and having a whole lot of fun. Outside the hall, Audi Alto had a new Audi Q2 on display that had special chalkboard paint panels where students could write their names. Local homewares store B De Vine had display where students and families could have their photo taken with Rabbit & Julie.

At the end of the morning Rabbit & Julie presented Year 12 students, Jade and Vincent, with a cheque from Audi for $500 to go towards their fundraising efforts.

Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who made the morning so fun and helped to raise funds for the MAD Trip project. A huge thank you also to Star FM for the opportunity and to Audi for their generous contribution.

URGENT - Host Homes Needed

​Host families are urgently needed to host exchange students. If you have been considering doing this but have been putting it off or had forgotten about it, now is the time!

Feel free to contact Mrs Grange, at school, or you may prefer to contact Students of the World directly. Either way, we’d love you to share in this experience which opens up a part the world to you from the comfort of your home!

Students of the World is a South Australian based organisation specialising in short-term cultural visits. We have been sending and receiving students from France and Italy on short-term visits to Australian schools for over 15 years.

We have another exciting year ahead of us at Students of the World for 2017!

We are bringing in more students than ever from France and Italy for short-term, family-hosted experiences and we would love you to be a part of this valuable and highly rewarding experience in 2017.

If you can host a student please contact Marilyn Grange to express your interest via email mgrange@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Hosting an Exchange Student

Have you ever thought about hosting an international student? Here are some great reasons for you to consider this wonderful experience:

  • Interact with people from a different culture
  • Share your culture with other people
  • Give someone the opportunity to experience life in an Aussie family
  • Make friendship that lasts for a lifetime
  • Experience an exchange before going on exchange program
  • Encourage your family members to develop generosity by sharing your homes and hearts with an exchange student
  • Have a great time getting to know someone new

Contact us for more information about how to become a host family. Our exchange students will be arriving soon and would love to have a great experience with you and your family!

Italian students

7 Weeks: Arriving 15th July / Departing 2nd September 2017
9 Weeks: Arriving 15th July / Departing 23rd September 2017

French students

4 Weeks: Arriving 22nd July / Departing 18th August 2017
5 Weeks: Arriving 22nd July / Departing 27th August 2017
7 Weeks: Arriving 8th July / Departing 27th August 2017
12 Weeks: Arriving 3rd June / Departing 27th August 2017

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

This week at Haven Campus Church

​This Saturday Pastor Brock kicks off a new series.

Join us as we journey through the New Testament book of Acts. We will explore what it means to be "Immersed in the Spirit of God".

Pastor Brock's sermon this week is titled "Sequel, Evidence & Splashing in Water".

Seed Cafe is open from 9:00am.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Homework Help

Homework Help is a free program that is offered at CCAS on two afternoons each week to provide students with homework assistance.

Homework Help is not a one on one tutorial session, but rather and opportunity for students to seek assistance from their teachers in smaller groups.

Tuesday: Mathematics - Rooms 1-5

OR

Science - Labs 1-3

Thursday: English - Rooms 56, 57, 8 & D3

OR

HSIE - Rooms 50-54

The Homework Help program will be commencing on Tuesday, 21 February.

COMMUNITY

Vegetarian Cooking Classes

- Trying to eat healthy but don’t know how? - Are searching for greater variety to spice up your menu and trim your waist line? - Struggling to find healthy recipes for the whole family that look good and taste great?

You will be able to make and taste several savoury/dessert recipes each evening as well as listen to an insightful and practical health presentation by a qualified dietitian

Then why don’t you join us at our fun and friendly vegetarian cooking class held each month right here in the local community.

Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Central Coast Adventist School - Food Technology Classroom

Cost: $15/night (for ingredients)

Registration: 0403 848 242

Future dates: Mondays — 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 30 October and 27 November

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