FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Scholarships and Academic Excellence
by Mr T Kent
This week saw the commencement of our Year 12 HSC Trial Exams. These exams mark the beginning of the final phase of schooling for our Year 12 students, which culminates in the final HSC Exams at the beginning of Term 4. Our students are well prepared and we know they will perform at their best despite the obvious nerves and stress that an exam environment can naturally create. I want to publicly add my best wishes and support to all our Year 12’s as they negotiate this important phase of their schooling.
Earlier this year we introduced, for the first time at CCAS, an Academic Scholarship Program available to both new and existing students entering Year 7. The scholarships recognise the value that we place on academic excellence here at CCAS. We have had a great response to this opportunity with some outstanding candidates applying and sitting the Scholarship Exam. As a result we are pleased to acknowledge the following successful candidates, representing a mix of students currently enrolled at CCAS and new students seeking to join us for the first time. Congratulations to Tiara Abel, Blake Downs, Josh George, Benjamin Pascoe and Eva Spinks, the inaugural recipients of these Academic Scholarships for 2018.
If you are regular readers of my newsletter updates you will know that over the past couple of years we have had a very intentional focus here at CCAS on innovation in teaching and learning not just to enhance our student’s academic outcomes, but to ensure they are receiving an education that prepares them for life beyond school – developing the 21st Century skills to be critical thinkers in addition to skills such as creativity, collaboration and communication, just to name a few.
We are in the process of developing an intentional program throughout our primary and junior secondary years to teach critical and creative thinking skills to enhance our existing program, which teachers are currently trialling with some amazing results. This doesn’t replace the foundations of Literacy and Numeracy skills which we continue to have a strong focus on in the lower and middle primary years, but enhances them, enabling them to apply their learning to new situations to solve real world problems. We have introduced Project Based Learning (PBL) into Year 7 this year, and are currently working to expand this style of learning – across both the primary and secondary years of learning, within existing subjects and as an inter-disciplinary approach to learning (which actually better reflects the real world). As well as being convinced of the benefits these new programs provide for our students, the added bonus is the level of engagement we are seeing from students across all levels – exciting times!
This focus, coupled with our ongoing commitment to providing an environment that delivers high levels of nurture and care in a Christian environment, best articulates the unique culture that is CCAS – your school.
Enjoy this week’s newsletter.