9 September 2016

This week


Obstacles and Technology

​As I sit down to write this week’s newsletter we have just completed the inaugural ‘Spartan Challenge’ for our Primary students here at CCAS – what a great event.

Spartan Junior Challenge

For those who didn’t get to see the Spartan Challenge in action it is essentially an adventure challenge course which was set up on our oval. In this case, the course was designed specifically for primary age students (though they run adult versions of the same event around the country).

It was awesome to see the enthusiastic participation of all age groups working their way around the course, over obstacles, under cargo nets, through water hazards, etc. The really neat thing is that it was all about challenging yourself, but also helping each other to negotiate some of the more difficult parts of the course. Everyone did the course at least once – which was just over a kilometre in length, but some did it multiple times – I think 8 might have been the record. I want to especially acknowledge Max DeLacy (Spartan Australia CEO), one of our new parents who runs these events around Australia, for his generosity in running this event for our CCAS students – giving of both his time and use of the amazing array of equipment. What an awesome contribution to our community. It was great to also see so many parents in attendance this morning, both as helpers and enthusiastic spectators to support our kids. Maybe we can extend it to high school next year?

Technology @ CCAS

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing some of the details of our planning for future directions as it relates to our Teaching and Learning Program. Technology, as a tool for learning, will play an increasingly important part in our program here at CCAS – as it is now such an integral part of our society. The ongoing rollout of our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program means that students will have increased access to technology. A fundamental responsibility for us as educators, in partnership with you as parents, is to give our children the skills necessary to be responsible users of technology – often referred to as "cybersafety" skills or "internet citizenship" skills. Although we already provide advice and guidance to our students within our current program, it is our intention and commitment to significantly increase our educational initiatives to students in this space over the next 12 months.

I read somewhere recently, "We don’t give our kids the keys to the car before teaching them how to drive – the same should apply to technology". Sadly, too many children are given access to technology without a full awareness of the dangers, pitfalls and issues and often suffer the consequences. Often as parents we feel we lack the skills ourselves to manage our children’s use of technology or ensure we can protect our children from the dangers. In recognition of this, we are planning over the next term to share with parents a series of helpful tips and advice to assist you at home in supporting your children to be wise users of technology. This information will complement the enhanced program we will be rolling out to students. I trust that you will find this support helpful.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter.

- Mr Tony Kent


Popstars: The 90's Musical

It's boy band vs girl band

The secondary school musical production, "Popstars", is in the final stages of rehearsal, costuming, choreography and preparation ahead of opening night this Sunday, 18 September.

Book tickets online

Have you got your tickets yet for our secondary campus production?

It's boyband vs girlband in this hilarious brand new musical from the team that brought you Back to the 80's. The production is packed with pop smash hits from hyper-coloured 1990's artists.

Set in a school in the 1990's where Mark is head over heels in love with his girlfriend, Queen Bee, Shannon Van de Witt.

When Shannon learns that pop-band impresario Simon Austin is the surprise judge at the State Talent Show she dumps him for her chance at showbiz stardom.

Mark rapidly goes from High School hero to High School zero. His garage band buddies rally around him and soon a plan for revenge is hatched to change their grunge band to a boy-band and snatch the Talent Show title from Shannon’s Candy Girls.

There’s just one small problem... the boys can’t dance. Mark enlists the help of the ultra talented, new girl, Ella to help with their boy band make over and sparks soon fly.

https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=224869&embed=224869Can Mark get the girl, get the Grand Prize and get even with the scheming Shannon closing in? It’s anyone’s guess as the countdown to the Grand Finale begins. It’s sure to be one to remember.

This student production is combined effort of the Drama, Music, Industrial Technology, Art and Textiles departments here at CCAS. Students and staff have been working on this since late 2015 and are excited to be able to share it with our school community.

The musical will run September 18-20 and tickets are available online.

Summer Uniform

It's that time of year when the weather starts to warm up a bit.

From Monday, 12 September summer uniform can be worn.

It's that time of year when the weather starts to warm up a bit. From Monday, 12 September summer uniform can be worn. Please note students must wear either summer or winter - not a combination of both. Summer uniform will be compulsory from Term 4.

If you require any new uniform items for Term 4, please visit the Uniform Shop during their regular opening hours.

Regular Shop Hours (School Days)

  • Monday: 8.00am – 10.00am
  • Tuesday: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday: 8.00am – 10.00am
  • Thursday: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

For new families or last minute purchases, the Uniform Shop will be open in the school holidays on Thursday, 6 October between 12.00pm and 4.00pm.



Premier's Reading Challenge

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature.

This year 237 students completed the challenge with eight of these students were from Years 7 & 8. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9.

Year 5 & 6 Oztag

​On Wednesday our Year 5 & 6 Oztag teams competed in the Central Coast gala day at Doyalson.

It was a fantastic day with all students representing our school with great pride and enthusiasm. The boys finished 3rd in the pool with some narrow defeats. The girls finished runners-up for the day narrowly losing the final 5-4 in a drop off.

A huge thank you to Brian and Jennifer Hamilton for looking after the girls for the day.


The MS-Readathon Classroom Challenge raised just shy over $1100!

Well done to all teachers and students. The winners were Mrs Kent's Year 2 class who raised $228.45 and they will be celebrating with a Pizza Party next week.

So far 10 students at CCAS have fund-raised over $1460 and counting. These students will be attending a special event planned for individual fundraisers in Term 4.


Battle of the Books

Last week eight students travelled to Wallsend and battled it out against Macquarie College and Avondale High School for the Tri-School Cup in Battle of the Books.

Students travelled in the CCAS school bus, driven by Mr Myers, and were given revision questions on the way by librarians Mrs Grant and Mrs Robertson. The competitors from Avondale School were picked up on the way. Our students represented themselves well in the competition, in fact, they were the life of the party! In the end, Macquarie College were the champions!

All the competitors got to relax after the event and had lunch together provided by the host school. Some new friendships were formed and it was good to see the students mixing with their peers from the other schools.

There’s always next year and a home ground advantage as the challenge will be held here at CCAS.

Poetic Justice

Poetry and social justice collide

On Thursday evening a group of CCAS students attended Poetic Justice, sponsored by Asian Aid, at Avondale College.

Poetic Justice provided an opportunity for some of our students to present their pieces on social justice. It was a very interesting evening with the pieces read or recited being challenging, engaging and highly intelligent.

It was clear that the students think very seriously about these issues and their content was deep, sophisticated and reflected a mature engagement with the world.

Students who presented were:

  • Tanya Allen – Short Film
  • Jared Walton – Spoken Word Poetry
  • Jordan Polson - Spoken Word Poetry
  • Caitlyn Hayes - Spoken Word Poetry
  • Isobel Golding - Spoken Word Poetry
  • Niamh Jones - Spoken Word Poetry

We congratulate these students on an amazing effort, it can be quite confronting to share your voice in front of a large crowd and these students exceeded all expectations and delivered some fantastic pieces of poetry that were artful and insightful. The audience were impressed, with all presentations being met with rapturous applause, cheers and appreciation.

A special thanks to Asian Aid for sponsoring the event, English teachers for letting their students work on poetry for the last week and professional poet and musician Joel McKerrow who delivered a workshop on performance poetry to the students two weeks ago.


Teddy Bears' Picnic

Tuesday, 20 September from 9-11am

​Bring your favourite teddy bear for songs, stories, craft and a special picnic morning tea.

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