31 August 2018

This week


Never boring...

by Mr Tony Kent

​When you are responsible for writing a weekly update from the Principal’s Desk, on life here at CCAS, it is easy to default to the special events, highlight experiences or report on educational issues or hot topics all of which are hopefully of interest to you as parents.

I had cause this week to reflect on a typical day in the life of students here at CCAS, both from a Primary and Secondary perspective. What I learnt is that there is no such thing as typical, and for this I need to give credit to our wonderful and innovative teachers. Sure, there is a timetable that provides a structure and sequence to the classes in a given day, but the diversity of learning experiences that students are experiencing within those classes are anything but routine.

The nature of education in the 21st Century here at CCAS means that our students rarely experience what I would describe as passive learning, that traditional classroom experience where the teacher stands at the front of the room and delivers content for the students to absorb, which possibly reflects our memory of school. Students today engage in a diverse range of experiences as they collaborate, critically analyse and then problem solve, design, communicate, research and present, applying knowledge and content to new and diverse situations and applications. These experiences are preparing them for the real world beyond school. I am grateful to oversee a team of staff who have embraced the challenges of delivering education that truly does prepare your children for a rapidly changing world, but grounded in values, morals and a Christian worldview.

Life is never boring here at CCAS!


​Seasons For Growth 2018

Sadly, grief is something that most children will experience to some degree during their childhood. In school, we see children at various developmental stages experience it. Their reactions and questions can make parents feel puzzled, uncomfortable and unsure of how to help.

Grief is experienced when a loss occurs. This may be the death of a pet, the end of a parent’s marriage, a move of house, new school, change in health status (student or family member), the death of a relative close to the child’s heart or any significant change that has effected the wellbeing of your child.

Seasons for Growth is a 7-8 session program run in school hours to support children in working through their feelings. It is aimed at recognising emotions, highlighting that we all feel like this at some time and learning that like the seasons, feelings come and go. It is a peer support based program where students can provide each other with social and emotional support while sharing lived experiences. Seasons for Growth aims to create an environment where participants become aware of their own strengths and resources, and decide on their own solutions. The teacher becomes a companion in the process to model empathy, understanding and acceptance in the group in order to empower participants to be true partners in learning.

The primary and high school will be running the Season’s for Growth Program in term 3 this year and then again in 2019. Please note that spaces are very limited and your child may miss out this year in which case you may like to seek out of school therapy or place your child on the 2019 waiting list. If you would like any further information please go to:


If you would like to express your interest for your child to be included in this program please email

  • Primary School - Jane Hughes jhughes@ccas.nsw.edu.au
  • High School - Ang Hamilton ahamilton@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Year 8 Teach Year 1

by Mrs Samantha Ibbott

​This week some Year 8 students - Bryce, Leah and Tasha - conducted a PE lesson for Year 1I as part of their Good Samaritan Bible Assignment.

The students completed individual challenges and participated in team games, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Well done to these fabulous Year 8 students who conducted this session so well!

Bridging the Gap with PBL

by Year 8 PBL students

​Year 8 PBL students bridge the gap with Primary School...

Year 8 and Kindy

Last week, the Year 8 Bridging the Gap Team organised a fun day for the Kindy students to experience the types of activities they can do rather than being on technology. The students each got different coloured arm bands and we had different stations for the students to rotate through. We ran an obstacle course, egg and spoon race, hair braiding, bracelet making, pet rock paintings and kite or paper plane making.

On behalf of our Year 8 PBL Team we would like to say thank you to the Kindy teachers for letting us run such fun activities for the Kindy kids :)

- Holly T 8W and Jessica D 8D

Year 8 and Year 2

We planned to teach the Year 2 students how to plant and make a beautiful garden. We wanted to make the lesson both entertaining, so that the students didn’t get bored, and educational, so that the students learnt something.

First, we communicated with the Year 2 teachers to check if we could teach their students a lesson about gardening. This actually worked in with a unit they did last term on gardening. The group that ran the day sourced all of the supplies for the lesson.

Today we got to actually deliver the lesson. We had separate stations - fill the cup with dirt, place the sunflower seeds in the cup and water it, decorate the cup, then go to the games station. We summed the day up with a little talk about looking after their plant and gave all the students a fruit kebab for a snack.

The Year 8's and Year 2's all seemed to have fun. The lesson was really successful.

- Cooper W, Will S, Leo R

Parenting at the Speed of Light

with Kirra Pendergast

Are you being safe online? Do you know how to keep your children safe online? We are hosting a special parent presentation by Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social.

FREE Online Registration


The topics covered in the parent presentation include but are not limited to:

  • Using social media with awareness
  • Keeping personal information private
  • Online grooming
  • Posting photos and sexting
  • Safe social networking
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Privacy settings
  • What your posts say about you
  • Identity theft
  • Legal responsibility
  • Gaming dangers
  • Learning to read tween/teenager behavior online
  • Managing digital footprints
  • Strategies to build resistance and resilience

* Please note that this event is for parents (18+) - no children please *

Safe on Social Media

Wednesday, 26 September from 7:00-8:30pm

For over ten years Kirra has focused on social media security, privacy, investigation and education for numerous schools and businesses across Australia. She has presented to more than 300,000 students across Australia. Kirra's presentation will be filled with real-life examples, anecdotes and detailed recommendations and will provide you with information on how to minimise the risk by managing social media interactions without the hysteria used in most cyber safety presentations.



Cybersafety sessions are often structured around how you can help your child, and what a child should not be doing on social media.

This, however, is about you.

When you comment on a public post, you are often engaging with complete strangers. Depending on the discussion you are entering into, you may encounter people you wouldn’t invite into your home, or talk to at a party. You certainly wouldn’t tell these people when and where you went on holiday, how old your children are, their names, where they go to school, where you work, the area you live and what kind of stuff you own?

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Risks to your children...

Further to this, when you comment on your child’s school’s Facebook or Instagram page – you are publicly stating you have an association with the school. That means you could have a child there. Depending on the nature of the post you respond to you may confirm this fact. Should someone click on your name, what sort of profile will they find? Have you just revealed too much about your family?

Parents, most of the security on your accounts is not as strong as it should be.

Think about what can happen when you geotag a photo of your child into their school and then have a public Instagram or Facebook account. We see this a lot during school awards ceremonies, first day of school and at other special events.

Think about this scenario...

Someone who doesn’t have a child’s best interests at heart happens to be driving past the school, they pull over and use Instagram to search the name of the school and see photos of your child that you have geotagged to the school. They click on your name and go straight to your account because your Instagram is not set to private or your Facebook isn’t as private as it could be. Then, that stranger could quickly learn a lot about your life and therefore be very convincing to your child if they see them walk out of the school and say to them “Mum told me to pick you up” think about it if your child says how do you know my Mum? They could answer with a whole lot of information about your life based on what you are posting. Right down to where you last went on holidays and the name of the dog.

Please be aware when you are taking photos at your child’s school and posting them there may be kids on no publish lists because of protective custody or escaping domestic violence, etc in the background of the image, and you could unwillingly put them at risk.

Also, if you take photos of your child with their friends always make sure you have permission from the parents of the other children before you post pictures of their kids online.

We all ask our kids to keep their accounts set to private... It's time to lead by example.

Kirra Pendergast



​Library Lunchtime Activities and Fun

by Mrs Andrea Grant

Students have been busy in the library this week with a range of different library activities.

The week there has been:

  • Make-It Monday fish weaving
  • Team Tuesday creative constructions with paper chains
  • Wacky Wednesday water-colour painting
  • Thankful Thursday to affirm our chaplains with notes of love and a yummy muffin to bless them with their planning for WOSE next week
  • Free Friday to make something for Father’s Day this Sunday!

HRIS Netball

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

On Tuesday, 21 August, our CCAS Netball teams competed in the HRIS Netball competition.

All 3 teams played extremely well on the day with our 3/4 age division finishing 11th, 5/6 B team finishing 9th and the 5/6 A team finishing 10th.

A big thanks to Mrs Hughes, Ms Locker and Nicole Marjoribanks for their training and coaching expertise.

Well done girls!

HRIS Soccer

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

On Tuesday, 21 August, our CCAS soccer teams competed in the HRIS Soccer competition.

Both teams played extremely well on the day with our 3/4 age division finishing as champions and our 5/6 boys finishing 4th.

A big thanks to Josh Rose for the many cold morning hours spent coaching the boys.

Well done boys!

HRIS Athletics

by Mr Michael Kosmeier

On Friday, 17 August, 72 students from CCAS travelled to Glendale to compete in the HRIS Athletics competition.

It was a great day with our students representing both our school and themselves extremely well. CCAS finished 6th on the day, with Caleb D winning the 10 yrs age champion.

We also had 7 students selected to the HRIS team to compete at the CIS Championships on Thursday, 13 September.

Well done students!

​NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

by Mrs Andrea Grant

We made it! Today is the last day to record the books you have been reading.

Congratulations to all of the students who have been excited about completing this challenge.

All students who have completed the challenge will receive a Certificate from the Premier of NSW at the end of the year.

We have just over 130 students who have completed the challenge this year - well done!


Battle of the Books

by Mrs Andrea Grant

The annual book trivia competition saw 36 students from Years 7-11 start to try and win a spot to play in the Tri-School competition next week.

The undisputed winners were Junior champions from last year: Callan M, Ruby P, Emilie B and Megan H. Congratulations and well done!

There was only one senior team who have pulled out of the final competition with school work and exams looming.

So, we have the very close runners-up team going to the finals: Mohammad K, Monty C, Nicholas W and Ben L. They came a close second, missing out by only one point in the school competition. We believe in you guys!

Best wishes to the two teams as they travel to Avondale School on Monday to do our school proud in the Tri-School Battle of the Books competition against Avondale School and Macquarie College.


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