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31 March 2017

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Open Day, Holidays and ANZAC Day

Let me start this week’s newsletter with an expression of thanks to so many of you who braved the elements last night to join us for our Open Day. I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to visit both your own child’s classrooms as well as other parts of our school. I know a lot of our primary families took the opportunity to visit our secondary classrooms and gain some insights into what lies ahead. We're so glad that you did – that is what the night is all about. It was also great to have so many first time visitors to our school – many of them encouraged by the personal recommendation of one of you. Despite the wet weather it worked out to be a good night for all.

We now only have one week left before the Easter term break. Let me just confirm that school will recommence for CCAS on Monday, April 24. Some schools have decided to make this a student free day for staff Professional Development. Given that we group our PD days together into a full week in the middle of the year (which provides a 3 week break for students) we felt it was important to run school on that day, even though Tuesday is a public holiday for ANZAC Day. We will run our school ANZAC Ceremony on Monday, April 24, day as part of our regular chapel program, and then our student leaders will represent our school at the Terrigal Dawn Service on Tuesday.

CAMPUS

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Year 1 Go Back in Time

​Last Monday Year 1 went to Rouse Hill and stepped​​ back in time to see what school was like in 1898!

Students sat up straight (with one even using a back straightener), they marched in order, they sang about Queen Victoria, they wrote on slates, they danced around a maypole, they sewed and they played with marbles and hobby horses, they even dressed up and changed their names!

Luckily all our students avoided the cane!

Bees Create Buzz in Year 3

​Year 3 were delighted by a visit from Pastor and Mrs Pasco this week, who came and talked to them about bee keeping.

The students learnt lots of fascinating information, got to see exactly how beekeepers collect honey, watched some bees, and got to taste fresh honey straight off the honeycomb.

Grand Designs from Year 4

In Year 4 this week our maths project was a Grand Design to explore "Area".

Using their skills in Area, students designed a floor plan for a house and measured the area of each room. It was their own Grand Design!

Infant Cross Country

On Wednesday our Pre Kindergarten through to Year 2 students had their Cross Country Carnival on campus.

Students from Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 all had the opportunity to have a go and participate in this event. The students ran a course around the oval and the Sport Centre building finishing in the centre of the oval.

Parents, friends and grandparents came along to cheer on and support the students. Our Year 6 student leaders were also on hand to encourage and assist the younger students as they ran the course with the rest of the Year 6 students cheering from the sidelines.

All students are congratulated for their participation and willingness to have a go.

Drumming Incursion

by Ashley H

On Thursday, 16 March, we had a drumming incursion.

The couple hosting the drumming made it fun and interactive and taught us something new. They taught us the style of drumming which was Taiko. They were great and if you would like to learn they have drumming lessons at the Rhythm Hut in Gosford so you have the opportunity to learn just like we did.

Rose Recommends

Do you enjoy a good book? One of our very own Year 6 students has reviewed her first book for Book Face at Erina Fair.

Rose is in Year 6 and has just completed a review of "A Night Divided" by Jennifer A. Nielsen for Book Face at Erina Fair.

Well done Rose - we look forward to reading many more reviews in the future!

Read the review

Lunch Time in the Library

Lunch times in the library have been very busy this term with many activities.

There are students building towers, playing dominoes, drawing pictures and reading to others. We have enjoyed seeing a lot of the older students helping out the little ones by reading to them or teaching them how to play games.

​Pre Kindergarten

Pre Kindy visit the library every week and enjoy learning new things.

Students enjoy sitting quietly and looking at picture books that are almost as big as them. They love to sit and look at the pictures and use their imagination to help them create a fun adventure.

​Library Detectives

Students in Year 1 have had fun exploring the library looking for the secret to the library codes.

They have explored the codes to see who can detect a pattern. Students are looking forward to solving many more library mysteries in Term 2.

Parables with Pastor Brock

This week ​Pastor Brock made a visit to Mrs Hughes' Year 5/6 extension class to share about parables.

Pastor Brock shared his knowledge about what a parable is and the purpose of parables. Students will be having a go at writing there own parables over the next couple of weeks.

Vacation Care

Winter Break 2017

​The Vacation Care program is available for the upcoming term break. Details on the activities, costs and booking details can be found with the program details.​

Download Vacation Care Program

SECONDARY SCHOOL

​Milana Long Selected for World Championship

Congratulations to Year 11 student Milana Long who has recently been selected to represent Australia at the World Waterski Championships held in Seattle, USA.

Milana is a nine-time national waterski champion and also the back-to-back girls’ speed and marathon national champion for 2016/17.

We would like to wish Milana and her parents, Patrick and Olivia, the best of luck as they travel overseas to try and achieve Milana’s ultimate goal for 2017 - to be crowned Junior Girls World Waterski Champion.

Good luck!

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