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Week 1 – Term 3, 2013

Welcome to Term 3
Staff News
Beijiing International Student Summer Camp
Headmaster's Visit to China
Buildings & Grounds Update
Performing Arts Centre Project
Library Arrangements during Trial HSC Exams
Senior School Production
P&F Trivia Night – Saturday 20 July
Student Exchange News 

Welcome to Term 3

Welcome back to Term 3.  I hope you all enjoyed a restful holiday break and have come back refreshed and ready to start the new term.

We welcome a number of new students this term and hope they settle into their classes and school routines smoothly.   The new students are:

–          Year 4 –  Olivia Stewart, Grace McGimpsey
–          Year 6 – Patrick McGimpsey
–          Year 8 – Emily Torres-Machuca, Laura Champion
–          Year 10 – Yumin Zhang 

Please make an effort to welcome these new families to the Central Coast Grammar School community.

Staff News

We welcome back two staff from leave this term, Mrs. Natalie Spindler-Grebert to the Visual Arts Department and Mrs. Sam Marker who returns to a shared teaching role on a Year 1 class with Ms. Kanuric for 2 days a week.

We also welcome two new Prac teachers this term.  Mr. John Chambers will be working alongside Ms. Carolyn Whyte on a Year 6 class and next week Ms. Rikki Emmonds joins us to work alongside Mrs. Sonja Holden on a Year 4 class.  Both these Prac Teachers will be with us through to the 9th August and we hope they enjoy their time at CCGS.

Our Business Manager, Mr. Wal Hopkins is enjoying a month in Europe and is enjoying this special time away with his family.  Wal will return to the office on 23rd July.

My PA, Trish Burne is heading off on a well deserved holiday to Canada/Alaska on 23rd July and will be gone for 5 weeks.  During that time Mrs. Jo Hayward will relieve in her position. 

During the holidays Mr. Blake Berczelly from the PD/Health/PE Department sustained major injuries to his foot while surfing in Bali.  Blake is currently undergoing surgery and hopes to return to work as soon as possible once he is given clearance from his doctor.  Our thoughts go to Blake for a smooth recuperation.

Beijing International Student Summer Camp

Last Friday 20 students were accompanied by Ms. Ho and Mr. Bennett to visit China as part of the Beijing International Student Summer Camp.  The students return on Tuesday 23 July and the communication that we have had from them and their teachers to date is that they are having an excellent trip and finding Beijing awe inspiring.  I have mentioned on a number of occasions that it was the calibre of our students and staff who attended last year that drew us a most unusual second invitation to participate again in 2013.   Last weekend we were given a great honour when we were asked to nominate a student to give the welcome to all international students at the Opening Ceremony.  In consultation with Ms. Ho and Mr. Bennett I nominated Lizie Cross of Year 10.   This is a great honour for the school and from all accounts Lizie did an outstanding job.  A copy of her speech is shown below.

Hello, and welcome to the Beijing International Summer Camp for 2013. My name is Lizie Cross from Central Coast Grammar School in Australia, and it is my great honour and privilege to welcome you all here today. It is only possible for us all to be here today through the forsight and generosity of The Beijing Municipal Education Commision and the organisers, the Beijing International Education Exchange. Our school was lucky enough to take part in the camp last year, and I have heard wonderful tales from the students of their adventures here in Beijing, of the hospitality of the Chinese people and meeting new friends from all over the world. I'm looking forward to going on my own adventures in this beautiful city, learning more about its fascinating history and the stories behind its people, past and present. School students rarely get the chance to explore a city like this, let alone with students from so many nations from around the globe. I'm sure I speak for all students when I say I am incredibly grateful for being invited to such a significant event, and being able to experience Beijing's rich culture firsthand, sharing the experience with so many young people from throughout the world. I'm looking forward to meeting the people of Beijing and to experience some of the world's greatest cultural and historic treasures, including the extraordinary Great Wall and the Forbidden City. I'm also looking forward to the variety of diverse cultural activities planned, which hopefully with help improve my grasp of the Chinese language! I'd like to thank Tsing Hau University for hosting so many of us within its walls for today’s opening ceremony, and for Beijing’s generous hospitality. I'd also like to thank all the teachers – both within China and from the visiting nations – for generously agreeing to give up their time to bring us here and provide us with memories to last a life time. I hope you all have an amazing time in Beijing, and maybe make some new friends along the way. Thank you, enjoy your stay.

Headmaster’s Visit to China

I will be travelling to China this Wednesday for three meetings.  One in Beijing with the Deputy Director General of Education; one in Xian with the Director General and a meeting in Shanghai with the Shanghai International Education Association.  These will be one-on-one meetings with an interpreter and I am hoping that we are able to establish a good link to an appropriate school or education district in China.  I am also invited as a special guest to the closing ceremony of the Beijing Summer Camp where I will catch up with our students.

In my absence Ms. Denise McDonough will be acting Head until I return to the office on 29th July.

Buildings & Grounds Update

During the first week of the holidays, as you were aware, we had an enormous amount of rain which flooded the school grounds.  The grounds staff did a fantastic job in getting the place ship shape very quickly and have also been very busy in preparing areas in the PAC car park for planting of trees and shrubs.

Performing Arts Centre Project

The huge task over the holiday period has been in relation to the new Performing Arts Centre with very regular meetings held with builders, architects and project managers.  The target to move 8,000 cubic metres of soil and rock off site during the holiday period has not been achieved due to ten days lost to wet weather where trucks were not only unable to access our site but unable to access the dump sites.

Our builders, Stevens Construction and earthmovers Robsons have done a terrific job to date in trying to make up time with a convoy of 10 trucks and trailers operating every day.  Trucks will not access the site this week during 8.00am to 9.15am or from 2.30pm-3.30pm.  Please advise students to be very careful if they are in the vicinity of Arundel Road during normal school hours. 

All other aspects of the planning and detailed design for the Performing Arts Centre are going exceptionally well.  I am sure we will have a first-class facility and I am confident that the delivery date of June 2014 will be achieved.  I will continue to give you updates as the building progresses.

Win that Car!

Thanks so much to our Parent Reps who have been busy selling raffle tickets for this fabulous car.  Tickets were also on sale in Erina Fair during the school holidays and are selling fast.  All proceeds go to the PAC Appeal and with only 7 weeks to go until the draw at the Spring Fair, you’ll need to see your Parent Rep to get your tickets before they sell out. Tickets are also available for purchase from the main Administration office.

 At recommended retail price $22,490 drive away, this Mazda 3 Neo Hatch Automatic includes

·         Registration and on road costs
·         15 inch alloy wheels
·         Cruise control
·         Bluetooth®connectivity
·         Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
·         Six airbags
·         ABS
·         3 Year Mazda Factory Warranty

Library arrangements during Trial HSC Exams

Under normal circumstances Year 12 students who undertake their Trial Exams and main HSC examinations in the existing PAC.   Due to the potential noise and disruption from the construction site I have determined to relocate the examinations to the Library.  HSC exams are such an important part of a student’s schooling and I hope you will agree with me that we need to avoid any disruption to their exam period and ensure they have the absolute best conditions to perform to their potential.

We are therefore temporarily closing the Library while our Year 12 students sit their Trial HSC examinations this term.  The Library will be closed from Friday 26July through to Monday 12 August.   This means that the main body of the Library will be totally off limits to staff and students during these dates.

A temporary library will be set up in L9 and L10 next to the Canteen.   The Library staff are only able to take a small selection of the library collection with them and recommend all students borrow any resources they will need before the Library temporarily relocates, especially Non-Fiction books.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this period.  Special thanks to the library staff for being so accommodating.

I would ask all students and parents to be sensitive to the needs of our Year 12 students during this examination period and request they be reasonably quiet in the vicinity.  

Senior School Production

Hurry – tickets for the Senior School Production of ‘Great Expectations’ are selling fast. Cast and crew have had rehearsals in the holidays to ensure this final production in the old PAC is a send off to be remembered. With its theme of being true to yourself, this production is suitable for all ages, and with a 6pm show on Thursday 25th July, the younger members of our school will no doubt appreciate seeing their role models on stage. Don’t miss this remarkable show.

Click here for a copy of the order form for those families who have not yet ordered their ticket.

P&F Trivia Night – Saturday 20 July

Just a reminder that it is only 5 days to the P&F Trivia Night this Saturday night 20 July.  Quite a few tables have already been sold.   Thanks to those who have booked and organised their payment.   There are still a few more tables available – so please come along if you can.  Tables are $150 each for 10 people.

Theme for this year is "JAMES BOND 007" so go for a movie, Bond girls, Bond Villains, cars, whatever you can think of, as you table theme. 

Please email pandf@ccgs.nsw.edu.au to register your table providing contact details and table theme asap!

Student Exchange News

This week we welcome seven young men and women to the contingent of international Exchange students in Year 10. Joining Emma Vadot and Sammi Ciardi from Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania, USA is Anna Eringis. Anna will be hosted by Nathalia Scott, while Emma lives with Mollie Reed and Sammi with Kain Barnett.  All three girls have enjoyed a few weeks holidays with their host families are will be eager to settle into school life at CCGS. From Llandovery College in Wales we're delighted to welcome Max Williams, Rebecca James and Rhian Campbell, who will be living with their hosts Lachlan Wilkinson, Alexa Khoury and Caitilin Pettigrew. We also have three students from Kardinal Frings Gymnasium in Bonn, Germany – Vincent Heitzer, Donovan Tusk and Rebecca Sechser – hosted by Hunter Murray, Daniel Tuddenham and Lily McLachlan respectively.

This brings the number of exchange students visiting CCGS to nine; some are here for only six weeks while others will enjoy a three month exchange experience. Thank you to our host students and families for making them feel most welcome.   We look forward to getting to know them over the coming weeks.


Mrs Webb

Head of Junior School – Mrs Linda Webb

Welcome to T3
Grandparents Day
National Tree Day
K – 6 English Syllabus
T2 Accelerated Reader Results
House Points
JS Upcoming Events

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Head of Middle School – Mr Steven Bennett

Beijing International Student Summer Camp
Year 9 2014 Elective Choice Information Evening
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
Middle School Assembly
Academic Outcomes

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 Head of Senior College – Ms Denise McDonough

Thank you
Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
Senior College House Coordinator Awards
Catch up Photos
Dates to Remember
Year 12
Year 10

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SPORTS NEWS Back to top

ISA Netball
Sports Newsletters
Sports Fixtures

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STUDENT NEWS Back to top

Please click on the 'Read More' link for our student achievements this week.

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P&F News and Events
Parent Rep News and Events

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Canteen Roster
Lost Property

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Erina Heights NSW 2260

4367 6766

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