FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Growth, Opportunities, Enrolment and the Future
from Mr Tony Kent
One of the important non-negotiables for me as an educational leader is to engender a culture of continuous improvement here at CCAS. We have a wonderful school. There are so many aspects of our school that I value and am grateful for – our teachers, our location and facilities, our students, supportive parents, our Christian heritage and philosophical foundations – all the elements that collectively contribute to who we are as a community. But, we are not perfect. There are always opportunities to improve, and we live in a society with rapidly changing expectations and needs as it relates to Primary and Secondary Education. This requires us to continually change and adjust to ensure that we are providing relevant and effective educational experiences for our students.
That is the context in which we run this school, and the framework for our commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of your child’s education. As I have shared over the past few months, our staff have been involved in a number of significant Professional Development opportunities –which continue to inform adjustments and fine tuning to the way we engage in the classroom. I share this as a reassurance to you, our parents, who have entrusted your children to our care. It is not just business as usual – but an ongoing commitment to excellence in education and preparation for your child’s future.
We also continue growing numerically – which is both a blessing and a challenge. We maintain our commitment to being a nurturing and caring school – which means we will never be a big school – the two are linked. But, demand continues to increase. We are planning for four classes of Year 7 next year (which is our capacity for our high school structure), and we are already oversubscribed. Our Kindergarten class is filling up rapidly, and other classes throughout the school are steadily filling with waiting lists forming in some grades despite the expansion to 3 classes in Years 4-6 at the commencement of this year. Our 3 stream structure for primary is also our capacity in that area.
All this is happening largely as a result of word of mouth recommendations from you, our supportive families. As we juggle waiting lists, please know that our first commitment remains to our existing families. So, if you have younger siblings not yet enrolled, please ensure that we have enrolment forms submitted, particularly for Pre Kindy, Kindy and Year 7, as this will become increasingly essential. We have almost finished interviews for new Year 7 students for next year and will be asking our Year 6 parents to confirm their intentions on behalf of their students to continue into high school in the next couple of weeks, to enable us to finalise our enrolments for next year’s class.
We are officially half way through the term – time flies along. I hope you enjoy the updates in this week’s newsletter.
*** Re-enrolment is not required for exisiting Pre Kindy (2018) students continuing to Kindy (2019) or for Year 6 (2018) students continuing to Year 7 (2019). ***