8 September 2017

This week


Captain Disposition

by Mr T Kent

​If you are a parent of a primary student I wonder if you have heard of a mystical person by the name of Captain Disposition? Sound familiar? For those who may be unfamiliar, he is the subject of a song being used in many of our classrooms to make students familiar with the Seven Dispositions of Learning, which are underpinning our newly introduced program to actively teach our students the necessary skills to be Critical and Creative Thinkers. This addition to our program has been introduced from Kindergarten and currently extends through to Year 7. It builds 21st Century skills that complement Project Based Learning (PBL) which is being used to reset how our students approach their learning in both the Primary and Secondary years.

In case you are interested, the Seven Dispositions of Learning are:

  • Being Open Minded
  • Flexible
  • A Risk Taker
  • Resourceful
  • Patient and Persistent
  • A Ubiquitous Learner (anytime, anywhere)
  • Reflective

There is nothing new about these concepts and they will all make sense and be familiar to you as parents. The problem often lies in our assumption that children will naturally display these characteristics or dispositions, rather than intentionally teaching and developing them as part of our children’s education. So that is what we are doing right throughout the primary school and into Year 7 – and it is exciting to see how this simple step of intentionality is impacting on our students and their learning. What else is new? Ask the primary age kids about the crazy hats being used in the classroom – they have a purpose.

Hope you enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.


Earn and Learn

Hey kids, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and everyone who has an interest in our school - happy shopping!

​Woolworths Earn & Learn is almost over. Don’t forget it is easy to earn valuable resources for our school.

Last year we were able to get Science resources to boost the new Science curriculum implemented in our school: resources like magnifying glasses, life cycle kits and large books.

Tuesday, 19 September is the final day you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet.

What is a "Good Samaritan?

by Mr P Glasbergen and Mr N Cashin

​Year 8 students had to research what it meant to be a “Good Samaritan” and then come up with a project to be a good “Neighbour” to someone.

Year 8 students then held a display day where all the Year 3 students, armed with an iPad and a Google Form investigated the story of the Good Samaritan by interviewing the Year 3 groups and seeing how well they integrated the understanding of being a Good Samaritan in their local community.

Hope Exhibition

by Pr L Heise

​It was great to see our students given the opportunity to choose which direction to focus their interest.

Students have just been focussing on giving hope during WOSE and our Hope Exhibition during chapel on Monday was an intentional follow up to give them a further outlet as givers of hope in a hope-hungry world.

Summer Uniform

Due to the warmer days, students are able to wear either winter or summer uniform (but NOT a combination of the two) between now and the end of the term.

Special Group Photographs

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If you wish to order special group images including sport house captains, choir, various clubs and many more you can do so online.

To browse the images available to order you can visit http://www.advancedlife.com.au.

You will need to have our 9 digit code E4BB5QJV3 and make a selection from the list images available. Add the images you want to order to the shopping cart and complete the transaction.

The images will be sent to the school and you will be contacted once they are available to collect.

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Spring Vacation Care

by Mrs A Dalton

Spring holidays are just around the corner!

Download Spring Vacation Care flyer

We've got some great activities lined up for our Spring Vacation Care program!

Spring Vacation Care 2017

Choir Club

by Mrs A Heise

​Our Infant Choir Club has been very busy over the past two weeks bringing joy and sunshine to many people through their cheerful singing.

Their first performance was in Erina Fair as part of the 30th birthday celebrations. With 75 children packed onto their stage, the Choir Club made quite an impact!

This past Saturday morning Choir Club sang for the final WOSE program held in the Naomi Frew Hall. With a room full of 300+ family and friends, it wasn't a small crowd to perform for! The children sang bravely and beautifully and brought smiles to all who heard them.

​HRIS Soccer and Netball

by Mr M Kosmeier

On Tuesday, 22 August we sent three soccer and three netball teams to Newcastle for the HRIS Soccer and Netball Gala day.

All our teams competed extremely well and we came away with some great results. Our 3/4 soccer team finished 2nd, 5/6 A team 3rd and the 5/6 B team 11th. Our 3/4 netball team finished 13th, 5/6 B team 10th and 5/6 A team 12th. A huge thank you to Josh Rose, Jordan Kiss, Taylah Kiss and Mash for their expert training and coaching.

Well done students!

Family Cubby Night

by Mrs D Robertson

​Grab your blankets/sheets and pillows and join in the CCAS Library for a Family night of reading fun!

Bring the Family, wear your PJ’s or Onesie, get a free bookmark to celebrate the end of winter!

There will be games, shared story time, hot chocolate, biscuits & a chance to make the best reading cubby ever with your family.

Wednesday, 13 September from 6.15pm – 7.30pm (doors will be locked at 6.30pm)

Lucky Door Prize to be won. Please RSVP by 12/9/17 as spaces are limited: drobertson@ccas.nsw.edu.au

Skipping Rope Project

by Mrs D Robertson

The latest lunch time library activity has commenced!! We are making skipping ropes out of recycled plastic bags as a project to give to children overseas.

The first day met with much excitement for those who came along as well as lots of cutting, tying and measuring. The Library Monitors & Staff have decided it would be a good idea to give back to the community by making things that will be useful to others.

The Year 12 MAD Trip is heading to Vanuatu so we will be trying to get a few made before they leave.



by Mr B Raethel

Enjoy singing? Come join an ensemble!

Concert Band

by Mr B Raethel

Calling all people who play brass, woodwind, string, percussion and drums!

Gran's Fudge

by Mrs M Bazley

​Year 12 travelled to Caringbah to visit Gran's Fudge factory to see the manufacturing process.

We had a tour through the factory and saw the whole process from raw ingredients to packaging. The fudge is hand made, gluten free and delicious.

Students learned plenty to help them with their HSC exam (and got huge goodie bags at the end!).

We want to say a big thank you to Sue Saunders for giving our class this unique opportunity and insight into the workings of a small business in the food industry.

It was a very valuable learning experience for all who attended.

History Excursion

by Mrs V Henley

​Our Year 10 students visited the Sydney Jewish Museum on Tuesday to complement their History studies about the Holocaust.

During the three-hour visit students had the opportunity to explore the museum and its artefacts with a guide providing deeper insights, to listen to a seminar contextualising the Holocaust and listening to a survivor of the Holocaust. Listening to an actual survivor share their personal stories was particularly poignant. Yvonne, one of the survivors of Auschwitz, vividly recounted her experiences as a 15 year old separated from her parents on arrival and never seeing them again. She spoke about the emotional scars she still bears but was very emphatic that "to move forward you cannot hate, hate is very destructive." She also stated to our students that "if you see something happening that is wrong, don't be a bystander but stand up for what is right".

Our students were very touched by the experience and shared their thoughts:

"Yvonne’s story was eye opening and made me look at life with a different perspective, making me appreciate everything l have been blessed with." - Courtney Jacobs

"Very powerful!" - Jordan Polson

"I really appreciated hearing from Yvonne, a Holocaust survivor - she added a dimension to my understanding of the Holocaust." - Angus Wells

"The excursion was very confronting and real but it made me grateful that I live in such a safe country. The speaker was great and I am stoked I got to speak to an actual survivor." - Jordan Butler

"It was a pretty deep experience as we saw artefacts from the Holocaust rather than just seeing photos and stories in a textbook. Instead of reading about it we were told first hand." - Bailey Landman


Stall Holders Wanted!

Road to Bethlehem 2017

Calling all local artists, retailers and small business owners...

Road to Bethlehem is fast approaching for 2017. The event will run across 3 evenings from 10-12 December.

If you would like to be part of an amazing twilight market, please email Kirby Sirilo via email kirbysirilo@gmail.com to find out how to apply.

Applications will be closing Monday, 30 October 2017. Stallholders will be selected and notified by Friday, 10 November 2017.

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