FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Audit, WOSE and Term End
by Mr Tony Kent
Yesterday was a busy day here at CCAS – at least for a small group of us at an administrative level. Hopefully it went largely unnoticed by students, and we endeavoured to minimise the impact on our teaching staff, so they could focus on what they do best, teaching our students. But what transpired was both significant and important – an Education Compliance Audit by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) the authority that oversees education across all sectors here in NSW. This event happens every 5 years, conducted by a team of Educators on behalf of NESA, and is an important quality assurance process that schools must navigate.
The good news is that we passed – and received the tick of quality assurance. I share this with you as I am sure it is nice to know your school is providing a quality educational experience that meets all the expectations of government authorities – always a good thing. These audits tend to focus more on compliance, policies and paperwork, but it was also affirming to hear from the visiting team their endorsement of the quality of the learning experiences being delivered by teachers, the innovation embedded in the classrooms, the culture evident within the school of nurture and care and the positive environment evident as they visited in classrooms, observed teachers in action and interviewed staff. They didn’t need to share this, but made a specific point of asking that this be passed on to our staff, which I did. I also thought you would like to hear this feedback. It is nice to have this behind us, and to be able to focus again on the daily routine of school.
It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of the term – with only one week left. Next week promises to be special here at CCAS with our WOSE (Week of Spiritual Emphasis) activities planned – a great way to finish the term. For our new families WOSE involves programs for each age group in the school each day for the week along the same lines as our regular chapel program. You can look forward to a full report on this next week, and know that parents are always welcome to attend.