4 May 2018

This week


Renovations, Improvements, Learning and Surveys

by Mr Tony Kent

It was lovely to welcome our students back this week, along with a number of new students joining our school, and see everyone getting back into the swing of life here at CCAS. There is always a positive buzz around the school in the first week of the term, as students return and settle into the routine after a break for holidays.

Although devoid of students and most staff, CCAS was a hive of activity over the two week break, with refurbishments of classrooms, painting and carpeting, car park development, IT upgrades and general maintenance work meaning there is a new sparkle and some increased functionality around different areas of the campus. Our Year 6 Outdoor Learning Precinct is now complete, new shade sails have been installed in the primary school and our school Admin Office has had a makeover. We do apologise if families had some difficulties contacting the school by phone during the break, as we did have some outages due to the renovations which was less than ideal.

Next week will be hosting a Professional Development Conference for more than 100 teaching staff from Adventist and Independent Schools across NSW, and some from Interstate, focused on Project Based Learning and associated 21st Century Learning Techniques. A significant number of our own staff will be involved in this program from Monday through Wednesday, which is being delivered by the Buck Institute for Education, a US based global leader in Project Based Learning. This is an exciting opportunity and we are pleased to be hosting this cutting edge Professional Development here at CCAS. The impact on our school program will be minimal, but a number of classes will have alternative teachers allocated to them during these three days of training, as well as some reallocation of classrooms for secondary as it will be hosted in the Sports Centre classrooms.

The following week CCAS will host Professor Nick Salmon, from the faculty of Learning Environments for Tomorrow at Harvard University, who will be working with our staff and administration team looking at future directions for our school and facilities to more effectively deliver 21st Century Experiences for our students. This includes an evening with parents on Thursday, May 17 (see previous invitation) which I would encourage you to attend, to gain a greater understanding of the directions in education globally and how CCAS might meet this challenge.

Finally, you should have now received an invitation to participate in our Biannual School Improvement Survey, being conducted by Insight SRC in consultation with Adventist Schools Australia. I would absolutely love it if every family took the time to participate in this survey – your feedback as parents is critical in informing our Improvement journey, and the more families that participate, the better informed we are as to what you value and what areas can be improved here at CCAS. All staff have now participated and all student from Years 3-12, so the perspective of parents completes the picture for us. Thanks in anticipation and enjoy this week’s newsletter.




On Deck with Year 6

by Mr Craig Davis

Over the holidays our Year 6 area saw the completion of the outdoor decking across the three classrooms.

With only some minor decorating and landscaping to be completed, the students and teachers could not wait to test the new space.

Our students are loving the space which has already been used for class time, group work, relaxing in the beanbags and the mats at lunchtime and combined Year 6 get-togethers.


PBL Out and About

by Madison Ayre and Emma Crossley-Sheehan (Year 8 PBL students)

Thursday was a fantastic day for the Year 8 PBL groups. Some groups went off to laser tag, the beach or to various other locations for this day.

The Year 8’s have been planning for this day since last term. They have worked really hard on this project trying to get this day to go ahead. They had to use the following criteria:

  • visit a historical site
  • a site that involves water
  • a tourist attraction
  • a National Park

The group arrived at school by 8:20 am to hop on the mini bus, to head to Laser Tag Central Coast. After we played many games we headed off to Putty Beach to have morning tea. Then we did an hour beach, rock and board walk to the viewing area and back. After we came back we had some lunch and played games for 30 minutes. Then we hopped on the bus and headed back to school.

A special thanks to:

  • Mr Allum for driving the mini bus
  • Laser Tag Central Coast for providing us with the extra games and at a great price
  • Mrs Ferris for being an amazing group leader

Elevate to Educate

​Year 12 students have just started their final term of new content, which can be both exciting and scary for everyone involved.

To support you as Year 11 and 12 parents, we have organised a guest speaker from Elevate Education to provide you with some ideas on how to best support your child during the study process. The session will be run in the Naomi Frew School Hall on Thursday 10th May at 7pm for approximately an hour. Elevate Education helps students develop proven and effective study habits. It was founded in 2001 and has become an award-winning, global provider of study skills programs.

The evening is specifically aimed at Year 11 and 12 parents. You are welcome to bring your son and daughter if you wish, however, they will have their own presentations during school the following week on Thursday the 17th May.

We believe this evening will give you useful techniques and invaluable advice to help alleviate some stresses that your children may currently be facing.

Budding Baristas

by Mrs Daniella Walton

During the term break we hosted a Food Handling, Hospitality and Barista Training Course. 33 of our students are now qualified Baristas Level 1 & 2 in Coffee Art and have Safe Food Handling and Waiting skills. Take a look at the pics to see how well they did.


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