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8 June 2018

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Pyjamas, Edutech and Birthdays

by Mr Tony Kent

​What is it about wearing pyjama’s to school that creates such excitement? And that is just for the teachers! Our Give Me 5 for Kid’s Fundraiser today has been lots of fun and is a great opportunity for us as a school community to support our broader community through this fundraiser for the local hospital children’s ward. Thanks to all our primary students and teachers for their enthusiastic support.

We have had a number of staff attending Edutech over the past few days at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. Edutech is the largest education conference in the southern hemisphere. It has provided another excellent opportunity to keep abreast of both national and international trends in education, and our alignment with these trends here at CCAS. I have personally attended a number of these conferences, which by its name would suggest that it is all about the use of technology in education. It is interesting to note that increasingly this is not the main focus. Technology in all its forms is merely a tool that can enhance both teaching and learning, while the main theme of this and other such conferences continues to be how we educate students, and provide them with the necessary skills to adapt to an ever changing world, and jobs that currently don’t exist. This also continues to be our focus here at CCAS.

It is timely of the Queen to have a birthday right in the middle of the term (even if it isn’t her actual birthday) to give us all a long weekend. I don’t hear anyone complaining about the day off on Monday. I am sure everyone will return next week refreshed for the final 4 weeks of the term.

CAMPUS

Virtual Reality Anti Bullying

by Mrs Joanne Andrews

As a school we are committed to being proactive in preventing bullying in our school.

One of our ongoing, proactive strategies is to bring in outside resources who use a variety of stimulus and activities to present anti-bullying messages.

During Week 6 of this term, Years 2 - 6 had the opportunity of participating in a Anti-Bullying Virtual Reality workshop which encouraged students and teachers to witness, dissect and negotiate a typical scenario of bullying behaviour. The workshop included encouragement of our Anti-Bullying campaigns, school rules and wellbeing programs. It put some of these programs into practice through interactive simulations using exclusive Virtual Reality software.

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

​Changes to OSHC

Maternity Leave - Angela Dalton

It’s with great anticipation and excitement that our OSHC Co-ordinator Angela Dalton leaves us today. Angela is expecting her first child and we wish her and her husband our best wishes as she leaves us to new beginnings as a parent.

Angela has been caring for our OSHC service since it’s inception. She is planning returning to OSHC at the commencement of the school year in 2019.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Petheram to join our OSHC team to cover Angela’s role during her maternity leave. Lisa has experience in schools and is completing her Teacher Aide qualifications this year. Please join with us as welcome Lisa to CCAS.

ADRA Acknowledgement

We have received an acknowledgement from ADRA for our fundraising of $520 from last term's mufti day.

The money has gone towards the Syrian Refugee Crisis Response.


​Book Fair Wrap-up

by Mrs Andrea Grant

Everyone had a great time at Book Fair this year. Here's a run down of the fun...

Family Day was PAWSOME! The classes and teachers strutted their stuff on the catwalk and grooved and moved so well. Good job everyone! Thank you to all the parents and carers who took the time and effort to participate and support this event. If anyone has an outstanding photo from the Family Event please share it with us and send to agrant@ccas.nsw.edu.au

The high school student leaders gave of their time and effort to support the program and connect with the younger students. Thanks to our high school captains and prefects - Ted, Eloise, Caitlin, Georgia, Maddi, Clay and Milana.

Thanks also to our library leaders for stepping up and helping these high school leaders with games.

Guessing Competition

Congratulations to Conner Kosmeier for winning the guessing competition. He scored himself a great water bottle full of jelly beans and Gummi bears and Mrs De Martin and 5D have a basket full of goodies to share all year!

Winners on Family Day

Congratulations to everyone for being pawsome!

Best Class Participation:

  • Winners - Mrs Dunstan and KD
  • Merit - Mrs Dyson and 6D

Most Creative Class Participation

  • Winners - Mrs Hawkes and 4H
  • Merit - Mr Dunstan and 5N

Reading Slogan and pawed animal

  • 1st - 1I (Ibbott)
  • 2nd - 3C (Cashin)
  • 3rd - 4K (Knight)

Best Teacher

  • 1st - Mr Crabtree
  • 2nd - Mrs Ibbott
  • 3rd - Mr De Martin

Special Items on Family Day

We were favoured with some purr-fectly executed items. Some girls from 6D did readings from ‘Fox in Sox’ from Dr Seuss; Year 1G delighted us with a mini drama/play from a book and were such cool cats; and Year 1I serenaded us with a song about black cats, as black cats!

Book Fair Sales

The sale total this year at Book Fair was just shy of $9000! A massive shout out to the CCAS school community for your participation and support. This equates to almost $2000 in resources for CCAS.

The students and school benefit from this memory-making event in many ways. We appreciate your efforts - YOU made it paws-sible!

Book Fair Volunteers

by Mrs Andrea Grant

Book Fair runs so well because of the volunteers that put time, energy and effort into it.

There were parents who helped to setup and pack down, supervise students and manage crowds, worked the money boxes and counted it, and ran with the craziness - we cannot thank you enough! We give a lion’s roar of thanks to Debbie L, Linnea O, Del M, Kelly A, Trudi S, Michelle H, Elena W, Nikky R and Krystal M - please volunteer again next year! We also appreciate Mr Hankinson for helping us setup things up high in the library; Mr Lwin for being Mr Music and setting up all the gear; and Mr Luchow for taking photos.

Thank you to the families who generously loaned us soft toys for decorations and Debbie Lewis for making the dog house and sourcing other essentials.

This year, BookFace loaned the library a set of handmade dogs to use as decorations. We are so appreciative of this kindness and community support.

​Simultaneous Storytime

by Mrs Andrea Grant

On Wednesday 23rd May, CCAS primary school celebrated with over 1,000,000 participants in the National Simultaneous Storytime, now celebrating it's 18th year.

The story for National Simultaneous Storytime, Hickory Dickory Dash, was read at precisely 11:00am in classrooms and communities all around Australia.

Library Activities

by Mrs Andrea Grant

Students had fun in the library this week!

Make-it Monday

On Monday, students were given specific articles and a certain number of decoratives and told to make something. Some of the things were very creative and innovative. Lots of thinking and fun went into the activity, as the photos clearly show. The students were very proud of their creations!

Thankful Thursday

This week students made Thank you cards for the cleaners and maintenance guys. We are so fortunate to have our classrooms and grounds kept so neat, clean and tidy, as well as beautiful - as one student wrote.. “the school is more fun when it is clean.”

Free Friday

Friday was a cold wet day, so many students crowded into the library at lunch time to watch and listen to StoryBox Library - an online source where authors, illustrators and Australian personalities read stories aloud. Lots of group colouring was enjoyed and games were played. What a fun, warm, safe and happy place in the library...

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!

SECONDARY SCHOOL

AICES Cross Country

by Mr Jordan Dennis

​Tuesday morning saw a number of CCAS students head to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre for AICES Cross Country.

A difficult course with many hills awaited our students with bad weather also contributing to an even harder race. All students raced extremely well, toughing it out in very hard conditions. We had some amazing results with Summer McShane-Cale, Rory Parsons, Vincent Williams and Sienna McMullen all qualifying to run at the next level, CIS, at Eastern Creek on June 14.

​Year 8 PBL Dance Class

Safa Shah & Leah Haigh (Year 8 Students)

PBL (Project Based Learning) is a subject that is offered for the Year 7 and 8 students at Central Coast Adventist School. It allows students the ability to learn life skills through participating in either big or small projects that we semi self-teach, design, create or work out ourselves.

On Thursday, 31st May our Year 8 PBL Team from the ‘Bridging the Gap’ group, organised for some very talented people to come in and share with our class. Ethan Casey, one of our Year 8 students organised for his Nan (Margaret), her friend (Linny) and his dad (Brad) to come to the school and teach our group in Year 8 how to dance old style. We did various 60s dance moves such as the twist, the cha cha and more from the olden days. We had so much fun.

We would like to thank Linny for sharing her dancing skills with us, Margaret for discussing some fashion trends with us and the way fashions go through cycles and Brad being our music DJ. Thank you for taking your time to come and share with us. We really appreciated it.


COMMUNITY

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