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3 November 2017

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Transition, Culture and Trips

by Mr Tony Kent

​Today we have welcomed the Year 7 class of 2018 into the secondary school as part of our orientation program – we have an outstanding group of young men and women who are preparing to make this important transition in their schooling.

In addition to our own Year 6 students, who we know very well, it was lovely to welcome a significant number of new students from both local schools and further abroad, who will be joining us next year. Today’s program allowed us to share our unique culture with the new group of students joining our school, introduce the students to some key differences in high school and to give students an opportunity to meet many of their teachers.

It has been a particularly busy week for our Year 6 students, who returned yesterday from their annual Year 6 Canberra Trip. From all reports they had a great week together with their teachers and learnt much about our nation’s capital, history and politics.

For our Year 12’s there are just a few more days left of the HSC experience. On Sunday week they celebrate together at their Year 12 Formal and, following this, more than half the class will head off on our Year 12 service trip to Vanuatu – the amazing MAD trip – our schoolies alternative. It is one of my real pleasures to have the opportunity to accompany our Year 12’s on this trip, so I will share a little more of that experience in an upcoming newsletter.

For now I trust you are surviving the rush towards the year end and Christmas – it is hard to believe we only have less than 5 weeks left of school. Hang on for the ride!

CAMPUS

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Shadows and Sundials

by Mrs Carola Parker

This term Year 3 have been studying how the sun, earth and moon interact.

We have been learning that shadows are created when something blocks light from getting through. We also discovered that shadows from the sun can been used to tell the time.

Year 3 created their own mini sundials and marked off the shadow that fell on their plates each hour (as far as the clouds permitted).

​The EMPTY Christmas Tree

by Mrs Andrea Grant

This lonely, decorated tree in the library is WAITING for some gifts to be put under its branches...

These presents will be distributed to a local charity to ensure that as many children as possible can share in the blessings and gift receiving at Christmas time!

Please DO NOT wrap gifts as they will be wrapped later after being sorted. Please give new articles, and a variety of things for all different school aged children.

Thanks for your generosity CCAS family!

​Mighty Superhero Night at the Library

by Mrs Andrea Grant

What excitement, what action, what noise! The annual MS special event night for individual fundraisers began with the 15 participants decorating the library Christmas Tree.

The students were then divided into three teams and set about finding clues and working out puzzles to solve the mystery - the final clue required all of the students to work together.

After a supper of watermelon and blueberries, grain waves, rice crackers, mixed lollies and choc mint biscuits, the students were suitably fortified to play hide-and-seek in the dark and stuck-in-the mud tag with torches. Such a loud hallabaloo!

Then MS balloons were popped and students had to find the note inside that made them a winner. All hot and sweaty, they settled down with popcorn and a movie to await the arrival of their parents. Each student will be a great ambassador in encouraging their friends to join the fund-raising and fun next year!

The 20 individual fund-raisers raised over $4000 pushing CCAS to be the 5th highest school in Australia raising money for Multiple Sclerosis. In our eyes, they were indeed Mighty Superheros.

Zeeko

by Mrs Jillene Donnelly

​Last Monday our Infant Grades enjoyed a wonderful live performance by a group called Zeeko.

Students experienced lots of new sounds, heard a variety of instruments and joined in singing and playing.

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Renewable Energy Technology Conference

by Mr Zachary Rappell

​On Wednesday afternoon, Central Coast Adventist School was excited to host the first annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference for Year 10 students. Staff and parents were invited to attend, and students were encouraged by the great turn out!

At the conference, guests toured many impressive booths, manned by students who were heavily invested in the success of their project. I was pleased to see students plan and rehearse their presentations and effectively pitch their ideas about renewable energy to our guests. Students were competing for ‘Science Bucks’, a sought-after currency that would guarantee their project received the funding it needed.

The pedagogical basis of this Science assignment was project-based learning (PBL), a teaching strategy that CCAS has been exploring recently. PBL gives students the opportunity to solve real-world problems for authentic contexts. In this project, students investigated the real-world issue of climate change. It was pleasing to see students engage with the contemporary social issue, and develop their critical thinking skills through the solving of this problem. Then, the Renewal Energy Technology Conference provided students with the platform to share their ideas and working prototypes. The whole experience has been rewarding for staff and students, and I have been inspired by students’ engagement and enthusiasm.

COMMUNITY

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