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9 February 2018

This week

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Learning & Communication

Settling in | Dynamic learning | Communication

​As a teacher it probably comes as no surprise that I do appreciate and enjoy a level of routine, which is somewhat synonymous with schools. As we approach the end of our second week of the school year, it is nice to see everyone, students, staff and parents settling into a routine or rhythm for the year. Students are settling into classes and social networks, new students are feeling more comfortable and familiar, staff are getting to know their new class groups, and hopefully you as parents are finding a comfortable routine supporting your children and their education. In saying that, we don’t want students to get too set in their ways.

Dynamic Learning

Education today is a dynamic process, which is evident not just in the range of learning experiences we provide here at CCAS both in and out of the classroom, but in how we deliver even the more traditional learning experiences – less emphasis on the imparting of knowledge and more emphasis on the teaching of skills necessary to prepare them for life. We do want our student in 2018 to be active and engaged learners, and our teachers to continue to provide dynamic learning experiences. So let’s not get to comfortable in our routines!!

Communication

You will have received some correspondence and opportunity for feedback from Brenton Luchow, our Community Relations officers in regard to communication mechanisms here at CCAS. Communication is our lifeblood as a school, an essential part of our partnership with you as parents. It would be naive of us to think we cannot continue to improve in this area, and we are committed to doing that. We are in the process of relaunching an upgraded CCAS school app to parents, which I would encourage you to download and utilise as another important avenue for keeping you informed on what is happening at your school. We also remain committed to developing the suite of information available to you on the SEQTA Parent Portal, with a specific focus on each individual students learning program and welfare. What we do know is that effective communication requires a range of integrated tools to keep you as busy parents connected within our community, and we will continue to strive to do that to the best of our ability.

Enjoy the rest of this week's newsletter.

CAMPUS

School App

We are pleased to announce that we are releasing a new app for school communication

Quick links, News, Events and Notices will be available via the School Star app.

Download the app on Android Download the app on iTunes

Only parents and CCAS community members can access content in this secure app for iPhone and Android.

The app uses information (mobile number and email address) in our school database to verify that users are authorised to access our school information. Please ensure that we have your current, correct details to ensure that you don't miss any communication from school.

If you have any problems accessing the app please let us know.

I need help with the app!

2018 School Calendar

Families can access key school dates online via the school website.

2018 CCAS Calendar Term Dates 2018

Dates and details regarding things such as school camps, incursions, representative sporting events, etc will be communicated directly to the families involved.

​Parking Restrictions Outside Schools

KIDS LOOK TO US TO KEEP THEM SAFE - PARK LEGALLY IN SCHOOL ZONES

Central Coast Council would like to remind parents of parking restrictions outside the school.

Please pay close attention to the signs outside the school and watch your speed when travelling through all school zones.

Download Parking Information Flyer

Active Kids Rebate

From the Office of Adam Crouch

​As you may be aware, the NSW Government’s new $100 Active Kids Rebate is now available. This rebate provides parents with a $100 voucher per school-aged child per year towards sporting and fitness costs.

Apply online for the Active Kids Rebate

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to call 4365 1906.

Learn a Musical Instrument in 2018

CCAS has a number of professional music tutors that teach on campus during the week.

BASS GUITAR ***NEW***

  • Jackson Burke
  • Ph: 0451126116
  • Email:jacksonburke1994@gmail.com
  • Please Note: We are starting a new tutor for 2018. Jackson is an accomplished bass player who teaches in a wide range of styles and explores musical interests based on individual students. Bass guitar is a great instrument to learn and in terms of areas like chapel bands the school is often looking for new bass players to play in various ensembles.

PIANO

  • Chris West
  • Ph: 0412285350
  • Email: chriswest@bigpond.com

VOICE

  • Leah Brett
  • Email:info@coastacademyofmusic.com

DRUMS

  • Chris McCaig
  • Ph: 0410512868
  • Email: chris@beatindustry.com

GUITAR

  • Bob Allan
  • Ph: 0407496230
  • Email: boballan23@hotmail.com

PIANO / GUITAR & OTHER

  • Isa Zilic
  • Ph: 0419650765
  • Email: isa.zilic@bigpond.com

*Includes brass and ukelele

VOCALS / SONGWRITING

  • Ash Bennetts
  • Ph: 0422017802
  • Email: ashbenn98@gmail.com

CCAS MUSIC DEPTARTMENT CONTACTS

  • braethel@ccas.nsw.edu.au (Bart Raethel Yr 9-12 Music, Coordinator)
  • mrobinson@ccas.nsw.edu (Mark Robinson Yr 7-8 Music, Chapel bands)
  • aheise@ccas.nsw.edu.au (Ali Heise Yr 5-6 Music, Choirs)
  • jdonnelly@ccass.nsw.edu.au (Jillene Donnelly, PK-4 Music)

For more details please feel free to contact the tutors directly with questions on pricing, lesson structure and availability. For general information please contact Bart Raethel in the music department - braethel@ccas.nsw.edu.au

HAVEN CAMPUS CHURCH

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Primary School Photographs

Friday, 16 February

School photographs for both Primary and Secondary will take place on Friday, 16 February. PLEASE NOTE: Individual photographs for Pre Kindergarten children will take place on a different day (TBC) but they are able to have photographs with older siblings on photography day.

  • School photographs can be paid for by placing the correct cash amount in the order envelope that was sent home.
  • If paying by credit card online, you will need to write the receipt number on the order envelope.
  • Order forms must be returned to the PRIMARY ADMIN OFFICE by photo day.
  • Family photographs will be taken during the day on Friday, 16 February (not in the morning as in previous years). Siblings who have submitted their order forms will be called to the hall during the the day for their photograph to be taken. Family photo order forms can be collected from the main Admin Office.
  • If you wish to get school photographs you must place an order.
  • Absentee photography day will be Monday, 26 February.


Earlier Opening Time for Out of School Hours Care

Now open from 6:30am!

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) at CCAS is now open from 6:30am (previously open from 7:00am).

We know that 30 minutes can make a BIG difference for families who are doing the early morning commute or are engaged in shift work.

For further information about our OSHC program please get in touch with us.

Find out more about OSHC

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Secondary School Photographs

Friday, 16 February

School photographs for both Primary and Secondary will take place on Friday, 16 February.

  • School photographs can be paid for by placing the correct cash amount in the order envelope that was sent home.
  • If paying by credit card online, you will need to write the receipt number on the order envelope.
  • Order forms must be returned to the MAIN ADMIN OFFICE by photo day.
  • Family photographs will be taken during the day on Friday, 16 February (not in the morning as in previous years). Siblings who have submitted their order forms will be called to the hall during the the day for their photograph to be taken. Family photo order forms can be collected from the main Admin Office.
  • Secondary students ordering packages will receive their individual portraits plus a composite page of their year level (see below for details).
  • If you wish to get school photographs you must place an order.
  • Absentee photography day will be Monday, 26 February.

Does Your Child Sing?

Year 7-12 Choir Auditions

Students wishing to join the High School Choir for 2018 are asked to put their name on the sign-up sheet in the Secondary Music Office this week.

View the flyer

AUDITION SCHEDULE

Please note auditions will take place in an informal and safe environment and will be with Ashlee Bennetts and Ali Heise.

  • THIS WEEK: Thursday, February 22 at lunchtime
  • NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, February 28 at lunchtime (this will cater for those away on Year 7 Camp)

Please come prepared for a quick, friendly chat and to sing the chorus of any song (alternatively we will have some options of some simple, well-known songs to sing).

If students have any questions, please ask them speak with any of the Secondary Music Teachers or Ash Bennetts (who is here on Wednesdays).

Flipping Success in French

​Year 9 French got off to a great start this year with a class on making (and eating) crepes!

Using a recipe in French, students were able to use the language and experience some culture all in one.

Each student tried their hand at flipping the crepe with 100% success rate! It was extra special this year as the class landed on the same day as the Chandeleure, which is the day French people traditionally make crepes.

COMMUNITY

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