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Help ‘My help comes from the Lord...’ Psalm 121:2 NKJ Did you hear about the guy who prayed, ‘Lord, so far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy or grumpy. But in a few minutes I’m gonna have to get out of bed, then I’m gonna need all the help I can get.’ We smile, but the truth is, we need God more than we let on. Sure, prayer comes in handy when we’ve got that exam coming up or that relationship to mend, but we can blank God out when it comes to irritable parts of our behaviour. Like when we lose our cool, or we come across that bit of juicy goss about that semi-friend that we’ve just got to post on Facebook? Well, we could always pray for more patience or that God will give us the strength to do what’s right. When things seem so rotten we think we may as well bring the whole world down with us, maybe we could look for ways to bring God’s goodness into the situation. God’s help doesn’t have to be reserved solely for all the crisis situations in your life. You can ask for help in your everyday stresses and strains, you can ask for help in gently refining your character, you can even ask for help on behalf of others.


- Bob & Debby Gass

In this issue... • Principal’s Update • Mother’s Day Stall • Spotlight • Express • Vacation Care





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Friendships and Cricket Bats


ast Thursday, 4G were blessed to have Mr Bennetts take worship for us. He shared two stories that were closely linked with each other. Mr Bennetts started by briefly sharing his primary and high school experiences in relation to the friendships he made.

He told us about two boys in the different backgrounds yet they were the son of a king and David, the son

Bible who came from very great friends. Jonathon, of a shepherd.

Friendship is a gift, just like the Bennetts’ grandfather gave him. cared for and oiled for three contact with a cricket ball. with Mr Bennetts taking

special cricket bat Mr This new bat was treasured, months before it came in Cricket seasons came and went extra special care of this gift.

One year, at the end of the need to oil the bat any the bat functioned as it again at the end of this

season, he decided he didn’t more. The following season had during previous one. Once season the bat wasn’t cared for.

Disaster struck the into contact with the different directions. Mr Bennetts’ was never the same Friendships a friendship will never be a gift, just like bat was.

year after when the ball came bat. It broke with pieces flying in grandfather repaired the bat but it again. require nurturing and care. Once is broken it can be repaired but it the same again. Friendship is Mr Bennetts’ cricket

It’s important friendships! A friend loves at all times. Proverbs - Mrs Sharon Gorry (Year 4 teacher)

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Principal’s Update Role Changes


urther to last weeks news, regarding the Secondary School Mathematics restructuring, I can now share that Mr Peter Wrankmore is returning to Head of Secondary role in order to assist the school as Mr Harris returns to Head of Department for Mathematics. We thank Mr Wrankmore for this transition and I know you join with me in welcoming him back as of Term 2. He will move offices and return to the space vacated by Mr Harris. Mrs Stratford will be taking on the Head of Primary role while Ms Bentley is on Long Service Leave and Mrs Hillsdon will continue in her role as Assistant Head of Primary/Director of Studies. The new Secondary School timetable is taking shape but no final result has yet been achieved. We will keep you informed via the newsletter during these closing weeks of term but will then change to the website once the holidays are upon us. Please refer to the website over the break to hear the latest. It is no easy task to build a timetable in such a short time but the team, and in particular Mr McLean, are working feverishly away at this important task.

Chicken Pox


e have had a confirmed case of the chicken pox in our Year 7 class. The student was sent home from school with a temperature last week, which means that he may have been present during the contagious stage of the virus. Please keep this in mind and if any of your children present with some symptoms, have them see your GP to rule out chicken pox before allowing them to come back to school. - Mr Dean Bennetts





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The Haven Playgroup is for all children aged 0-6 and their parents or carers. WHEN: Tuesdays from 9-11am. WHERE: Central Coast Adventist School, Penrose Cr Erina either in the Naomi Frew Memorial Hall or the primary school playground (during bad weather, meet us at the OOSH room opposite the primary admin building). As parking is limited at CCAS, please us the carpark at Buritz Gymnastics, which is just across from school. BRING: Please bring a piece of pre-cut fruit to share for morning tea, a sun hat, and a water bottle. WHAT: Children will have the opportunity to participate in free play, songs, stories, craft and games. Morning tea for children and parents COST: $2 per family

What is Little Explorers?

Little Explorers provides opportunities for discovery and adventure to children aged 2-5 years. Parents and children attend classes together. WHEN: Thursdays (next program runs on April 5) from 9-10am WHERE: Central Coast Adventist School, Penrose Crescent Erina. WHAT: Little Explorers will spend 30 minutes on their themed program for the day and will then have 30 minutes for morning tea (provided) and free play. Activities will include science and art (one activity per week). COST: $5 per week. Bookings now open online...

Bookings for Little Explorers can be made online via the school website - Places are limited so get in early!

Mother’s Day Stall Thursday, May 10

Campus News

Free Independent School Parent Funding Facts Forum - ‘Gonski and Beyond’ BOOK NOW!

The NSW Parents’ Council, in conjunction with Santa Sabina College, the Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW) and the Independent Education Union NSW/ACT (IEU), wish to invite you to our second Independent School Parent Funding Facts Forum to be held at Santa Sabina College, 90 the Boulevarde, Strathfield 2135, on Thursday 29 March 2012 starting at 7.00pm. The forum will conclude by 8.30pm. Parking for those attending the forum will be available onsite at the rear of the College which is accessed by the Jersey Road driveway. The night will consist of brief presentations from each of the panel members with a parent of the Santa Sabina Parents and Friends Association acting as MC for the evening and facilitating a question and answer session at the end of the presentations. Confirmed panel members include Mr Charles Casuscelli RFD, MP, State Member for Strathfield, Mr Tony Cook, Associate Secretary, Schools and Youth, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Mr Bill Daniels, Executive Director, Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), Dr Geoff Newcombe, Executive Director, AISNSW, Ms Kate Clancy, Principal, Santa Sabina College, Mr Dick Shearman, General Secretary, IEU NSW/ACT, Mr Stephen Grieve, President, NSW Parents’ Council and Professor Scott Prasser, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anne Crabb, Executive Officer at the NSW Parents’ Council, who will be co-ordinating the evening, on 02 9955 8276, 0438 558 276 or eo@

Come and Meet Pru

The Commonwealth Bank Erina Fair branch will be holding a School Banking account opening day on Friday, April 13 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The benefits of the account opening day is that your child will receive their account number, Deposit book/Wallet and a Platy money box on the day, so they will be ready to start School Banking in Term 2. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and your driver’s licence for identification purposes.

Students can also enter our colouring in competition, simply collect your entry form from the school office or from the Erina Fair Branch prior and bring it in on the day. Our School Banking Specialist, Jane Cassidy will be available to answer any questions you may have in regards to School Banking. If you have any enquiries regarding other banking our branch specialists will also be available to answer your questions.

Mother’s Day is Coming Up... The Mother’’s Day Stall will be set up on Thursday, May 10. Just $5 gift with lots of bonus prizes for mums.

Please enclose $5 with this order form. Envelopes must be returned to the class teacher by Thursday, May 10. Please complete 1 envelope per child.

Student: ______________________________ Class: ________________________________

This is a beautiful experience for your child to choose you a present with the help of other loving mums. A Mother holds her childs hand a while but their heart forever…

Fill out the order form and give it to your class teacher with your child’s name, class and money in an envelope . - Janelle Yusuf

The weather last weekend was nothing short of spectacular for the many Pathfinders, Unit Leaders and parent helpers who headed off for a weekend of fun and fellowship in the great outdoors. From all reports everyone had a wonderful time and returned home safely.

Items to Note

This week we would like to remind you of a few items that require your attention and would ask that you check the emails from your Unit Leaders for information regarding the following: 1.







CLUB NIGHT – Honour Night – 5 May

Club Honour Night

Please watch for an email from your Unit Leaders regarding our planned whole Club Honour night in May. There will be six Honours on offer and you will need to indicate in order of preference which one you would like to do to the Club Gmail address. Numbers will be limited for certain honours so please do not delay in replying.


Should you require further information please contact Leanne West, Club Secretary on 0411 061731 or via email on

Dates to Remember

5 May Community Service activity // Club Night – Honour Night Unit Camps

8-11 June

NNSW Conference Expedition – Mt Yengo


18-20 May

Primary News

World Maths Day

Last Friday, Drew Bender (5L) and his family attended a presentation at the Sydney Opera House for World Maths Day. The awards were presented by Her Excellency the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir. Drew was awarded a medal for attaining 6th position in Australia. Approximately 1.57 million students world-wide took part in the competition so Drew can be justly proud of his accomplishments.

Science Club

Now that World Maths Day is completed it’s time to start Science Club. Watch the newsletter early in Term 2 for dates and times. We are trying to find a venue that we can use each week. When the program is organised, a letter will be sent home with any items that will need to be brought from home.


Choir practice has been underway now for three weeks. Thank you to all those students who have been hard at work learning new songs. There will be a performance of the choir next Monday during K-4 chapel time. Parents are welcome to attend. Chapel commences at 10:35am. Choir members please note: there will be a rehearsal for this

Maths Olympiad

Maths Olympiad is on again for 2012! Classes for the competition will begin in Term 2 Week 2. The first competition date is late May.

Disabled Car Spaces

Just a reminder that the disabled car places in the top car park are for disabled use only. We have several families whose children require wheelchairs and they are having problems finding parking at the moment. Please be considerate.


Unit Camps

There are several students who have decided that they no longer wish to take part in the choir this year. If this is one of your children, please send a note, to have their names removed from the roll, to Mrs Donnelly.

Primary Sport

Infant Cross Country

Well done to all our infants and Pre- Kindy runners who ran in last weeks Infant Cross Country last Wednesday morning. We had plenty of enthusiasm on the morning with some fantastic runs. Congratulations to all our children for a wonderful morning.

CIS Swimming

Congratulations and thank you to all the school swimmers from last weeks CIS Swimming Championships. We had 15 students travel to Homebush, representing HRIS and the school. The students did a great job from all reports and we had some excellent individual results. Well done to the following students who will be competing at the NSW PSSA Swimming – Samara Woolley (3rd Breaststroke), Ben Yates (2nd Backstroke) and Cooper Woolley (2nd Butterfly). Thank you to all the parents who travelled down and supported the students.


We are coming up to the school soccer and netball team selections. If you would be interested in coaching some of our teams, please see Mr Kosmeier or Mr Davis or email or cdavis@

State Little Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to the following four students who represented the Central Coast at the State Little Athletics Carnival last weekend. •

Bess Chippendale

Oliver Chippendale

Sybella McKay

Callum Sutton

All performed well against tough competition, with Sybella McKay gaining a silver medal in the race walk.




performance on Thursday (lunchtime) in the hall. Originally the practice was set for Friday but there has been a clash with an excursion.

Secondary News

Year 9 Family Fun Night

8 weeks into the new school year and Term 1 is almost over – camp has been run and we survived with one broken foot, a few bumps and grazes! So it’s time to have a Fun Night with heaps of games and prizes… a party of sorts… before a three-week holiday! You and your family are invited to a games night at the CCAS Sports Stadium. It’s a FAMILY night – so ALL of the family are welcome to

Where: CCAS Sports Stadium (Entry via Karalta Lane ONLY) Parents, park your car under the sports stadium. When: Saturday night, March 31 from 7–9pm What to wear: Please wear non-marking sports shoes (no heels) and appropriate clothes to get involved in games. What to bring: If you are coming along, would you mind bringing a slice, cake, packet of biscuits, plate of fruit to share – hot and cold drinks will be provided! Hope you can join in for some fun and games… - Mrs Bennetts (Year 9 Coordinator)

Host a French Student (long or short term)

Offer a place in your family for an exchange student and give them the opportunity to experience the Australian way of life, attend high school with your children, learn a new culture first hand and make lifelong friendships. Nacel’s international Student Exchange Organisation was established 55 years ago in France and has been in operation in Australia for over 20 years and offers language-based, full immersion programs all over the world. Enrich your family life and enquire today about hosting a student from another country” We are urgently looking for a special family to host a French student arriving for a term on 14/4/12 – 7/7/12 – payment is $300 per month. Or a family willing to host a student from 7/7/12 – 11/8/12. For further information or inquiries, please email au or phone 0414 414 359. Exchange student profiles are available from Mrs Grange. For more information, please contact her via email

Uniform Policy - School Shoes

It is clear that quite a number of students have been under the impression that the regulations for school shoes have changed during the last year or so, and that soft, flimsy slip-on shoes or skate shoes are now acceptable. Please note that this is not the case. The uniform policy (available for download by parents from the school website) clearly states that the shoes are to be black leather polished lace-up dress school shoes. These are the type of school shoes made by Clarke, and other manufacturers, which provide much better foot support and protection than other shoes. Those students who need orthotics can use them with the appropriately sized school shoe. We have requested that students replace all non-uniform shoes at the earliest possible time, and that parents write to us to advise when they can obtain those shoes for their students. Currently we have about a dozen parents who have written, and we thank them for their cooperation. Other students appear not to have taken that message home, so we need to formally advise that term one is the transition period back to the correct shoes, and as from the beginning of term 2 the wearing of non-uniform shoes can no longer be accepted. Could we respectfully request that you ensure that your student is in the correct shoes at the earliest possible time? If there are issues of hardship or special circumstances which will make this difficult, please contact Mr Robinson by mail or email -

Health Survey

Avondale College and Adventist Health have asked the school to be involved in a health survey on the 4th April. This survey involves students completing an anonymous survey that takes between 20 – 40 minutes. Approximately 300 of our students across Years 7 – 12 will be taking part and a letter giving details and asking for permission for them to take part will be coming home in the next week. It would be appreciated if this could be filled out and returned to the teacher of the class in which they will be completing the survey. We really appreciate your help with this program.


join in; brothers and sisters, mums and dads, even grandparents … (not pets). You don’t have to play if you don’t want too – you can enjoy watching the kids run about and meet some of the Year 9 families!

Secondary Sport

Futsal Competition

On Tuesday, March 13, three teams represented CCAS at the Regional Futsal competition. 16A boys team: Thomas Lyons, Billy Auton, Jai McNamara, Lachlan Pryse-Jones and Connor Noble. 16B boys team: Jarred Brown, Sachin Thapa, Liam Townsend, Hayden Ellis, Alexander Rynne and Rafael Lagos. 16 girls team: Hannah Danckert, Lauren Tindale, Kirstie Hutton, Darcy Griffin and Suzie Ridley. All teams played with amazing skill and sportsmanship. Our 16A’s played incredibly well throughout the day to be undefeated and regional champions. The boy’s played six games without subs to make it into the final. The final game was locked up at 3-3 at full time and went into extra time with a penalty shoot out. Connor did an outstanding job to save two penalty goals and score one, his own penalty, to win the game. The others all played well with Lachlan scoring a record 16 goals, closely followed by the captain, Jai, who along with amazing defense scored 15 goals, Billy’s defense was outstanding and created problems for any opposition’s go forward. Tom covered approximately 30-40 kilometres of court space throughout the day, or close to that amount, creating opportunities for goals and winning possession. Connor’s catlike reflexes kept the team in the competition making countless saves that eventually resulted in us winning the Regionals. We’re looking forward to the boys competing at the state level later this year.








Auditions See Mr. Raethel

CCAS OSHC’s Easter Vacation Care 2012 T u e s d a y 1 0 th A p r i l - F r i d a y 2 7 th A p r i l WEEK ONE Tue 10th April: Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny has come, so watch for little surprises he left behind! Easter crafts as well. Wed 11th April: Dr Seuss Day Explore Dr Seuss Books and even see The Lorax played out on the big screen at Hoyts. Extra Cost: $10 Thurs 12th April: Barn Dance Dress up in country clothes and learn some old fashioned barn dances. Fri 13th April: I Can’t Believe You Wore That! Have you ever gotten dressed in the dark? Today you are allowed to come dressed in the most ridiculous misfit items you own!

WEEK THREE Mon 23rd April: My Kitchen Rules Cook a storm in our K-zone Kitchen! See who’s kitchen rules. Tues 24th April: Castle Day Dress up as your favourite castle character from a princess to the court jester. Crafts and activities come straight from the castle. Wed 25th April: CLOSED Thurs 26th April: Clay Creations Create your own creation out of clay. You can even paint them when they are dry. Fri 27th April: Carnival Capers Whooppee - It's Carnival Time. Join us for loads of drama fun and laughter as we enjoy the rides, the sideshow alley games and the chance to juggle like a clown! Create magical crafts and meet all the great people who love the carnival as much as you do! Extra Cost : $15

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WEEK TWO Mon 16 April: Candle-making Create your own candles that can be th

used as gifts or as a decoration. Tues 17th April: Chinese Day Learn about the culture of China through crafts and cooking. Wed 18th April: Chemical Reactions Get involved with our science experiments to create an exciting chemical reaction. Thurs 19th April: Go Karts Go-Karts are coming to school. Zoom around on your own go-kart. Extra Cost: $10 Fri 20th April: Music Man Have a musical day with games and crafts. Create your own band.  

Cost: Short Day (9am-3pm): $35 (Booked by 5th April) $40 (Casual) Long Day (7am-6pm): $46 (Booked by 5th April) $50 (Casual) Bookings: Call Angela on 43671826/ 0414831191 Or

29 March 2012  

Central Coast Adventist School newsletter