FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.