6 July 2018

This week


Production, Parent Interviews and StormCO

by Mr Tony Kent

​It is hard to believe we have reached the end of another term so quickly! We spent some time with staff this week in worship reflecting on some of the highlights of the past ten weeks. So much happens in a school environment like ours and although the energy levels are low, it has been a great term here at CCAS.

Speaking of positive reflections, our musical production, "Beyond the Woods" was a highlight of this week and also the term. For those who came along to the performances, I’m sure you would agree that it was an outstanding production, delivered with a level of professionalism beyond one’s normal expectation of high school productions. Again, I would like to acknowledge all the staff and students involved in the delivery of this event, particularly Mr Robartson and Mr Raethel who were the driving forces to make this original production a reality.

Last night was an opportunity for primary parents to meet with teachers to review their child’s journey in the first half of the year. We trust that these opportunities are beneficial in keeping you connected with your child’s progress here at CCAS.

I am writing the newsletter a little earlier this week as I am leaving this morning, bright and early, with almost 50 Year 10 and 11 students and a group of dedicated staff, lead ably by our chaplaincy team, on our annual StormCO service trips to western NSW – specifically Brewarrina and Walgett. We will spend a week working in these predominantly indigenous communities providing service through the running of Kid's Club activities and undertaking some community service projects. It should be a great week, and I love working in a school that enables students to experience the joy of serving others.

Finally, I want to wish all our school families a safe and enjoyable holiday break. We will look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, July 30 for the commencement of Term 3.


​Seasons For Growth 2018

Sadly, grief is something that most children will experience to some degree during their childhood. In school, we see children at various developmental stages experience it. Their reactions and questions can make parents feel puzzled, uncomfortable and unsure of how to help.

Grief is experienced when a loss occurs. This may be the death of a pet, the end of a parent’s marriage, a move of house, new school, change in health status (student or family member), the death of a relative close to the child’s heart or any significant change that has effected the wellbeing of your child.

Seasons for Growth is a 7-8 session program run in school hours to support children in working through their feelings. It is aimed at recognising emotions, highlighting that we all feel like this at some time and learning that like the seasons, feelings come and go. It is a peer support based program where students can provide each other with social and emotional support while sharing lived experiences. Seasons for Growth aims to create an environment where participants become aware of their own strengths and resources, and decide on their own solutions. The teacher becomes a companion in the process to model empathy, understanding and acceptance in the group in order to empower participants to be true partners in learning.

The primary and high school will be running the Season’s for Growth Program in term 3 this year and then again in 2019. Please note that spaces are very limited and your child may miss out this year in which case you may like to seek out of school therapy or place your child on the 2019 waiting list. If you would like any further information please go to:


If you would like to express your interest for your child to be included in this program please email

  • Primary School - Jane Hughes jhughes@ccas.nsw.edu.au
  • High School - Ang Hamilton ahamilton@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Holiday Hours for Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open for two days during the term break.

If you need to purchase uniform items the store will be open during the break at these times.

  • Thursday, 26 July from 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Friday, 27 July from 12:00-4:00pm



Winter Vacation Care

a message from Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Need holiday care during the winter break? Our OSHC team have a great holiday program lined up!

Download the Vacation Care program

With games, Zumba, slime, drawing, Lego, rockets and pyramids there's plenty of fun to be had!

Year 6 Lead Worship for Year 1

by Mrs Samantha Ibbott

​Today all the Year 1 classes were blessed to have the Year 6 classes take worship for them.

This involved singing, games, acting, Bible reading and praying. It was a fantastic time connecting with God while connecting with each other across the school.

Being Australian with Year 3

by Mrs Carola Parker

​Year 3 spent Wednesday in Sydney this week as part of their Geography Unit on Being Australian.

Students visited Australia Wildlife Zoo in Darling Harbour where they were able to get up close to a number of Australian native animals.

Following lunch at Darling Harbour, students walked up to Sydney Tower Eye (Centrepoint Tower) where they enjoyed a 4D film experience and then took the lift up the tower, where they completed a number of activities looking at different buildings and landmarks across the city, as well as connecting it to some history of the area, which will link into next term’s History unit.


​Elevate Education

by Mrs Hayley Ferris

Throughout the year we have been blessed to have Elevate Education present Parent Seminars, Year 11 and 12 Seminars and the final Year 12 Seminar last week called the 'Finishing Line'.

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 school prioritises organising and utilising these resources as a value add program for our seniors and their parents as a means of external support during the potentially stressful HSC.

With continued support and prayer for our senior students, the CCAS Staff wish them all a time of consolidation of ideas and concepts as well as a time to reenergise, rejuvenate and re-motivate over the up and coming 3 week break.

Year 7 Have a Blast on Mars

by Mrs Tracey Bennetts

Year 7 students presented the results of their projects to parents and friends on Monday.

What would it be like to live on Mars?

What would we need?

What wouldn't we need?

Students were given a list of projects that they could complete in groups or as individuals based on their choice of project. Projects were:

  • Living on Mars (construct a model or build it on Minecraft)
  • Spacecraft design (construct a model or build it on Minecraft)
  • Droids on Mars (Sphero coding)
  • Laws and Living together on Mars (create laws and display them)
  • Event Management (organise the presentation day)
  • Telling the Mars story (write a fiction or non-fiction book about Mars)
  • Creating a drama (write a play and perform it)

We would like to thank all parents who came to see what their children had 'created'. Your support was very much appreciated.

A BIG THANK YOU to every student who finished their projects and could display them and answer questions about what they had made or produced.

The creativity and excitement was palpable.

Year 8 Communion

by Mr Paul Glasbergen

​On Tuesday morning this week the year 8’s had an incursion where they experienced foot washing and communion.

This came from our study of the story of Moses and the deeper meaning of what Jesus did on his last night with his disciples. We were looking at the concept of humility and ways that we can honour each other.

The Year 8’s had a very cool “buzz” around the room as they experienced something that was very new for some and for others a deeper connection with something that they had already been exposed too.

A very big thank you to the Chaplaincy Team (Leighton, Hayley and James) for getting onboard with Mrs Hosken and Mr Glasbergen and making this happen.


Everest Extravaganza

a program from Gosford Adventist Church

Looking for boredom busters these July holidays?

Join us for 5 mornings of action-packed fun with music, craft, games & snacks for primary school kids. At the same time we will share Bible-Based strategies for dealing with the tough stuff today’s kids face.

Limited to first 100 applications. Get in quick, you don’t want to miss out!


16th -20th July, 2018 from 9:30 am to 12 noon

Gosford SDA Church - 71-73 Deane St, Narara

$5 per child

Online registration: rebrand.ly/everest

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