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February 21, 2024

Former Calderwood student Georgia selected for an international culinary scholarship!

Ex-Calderwood student Georgia Manganas (Year 10, 2021) recently celebrated an incredible achievement, receiving a highly sought-after international culinary scholarship after she was named the winner of Fonterra's 2024 "Proud to be a Chef" award!

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December 4, 2023

Calderwood announced as a winner of the ANU Stem Box Program!

For the second year running, Calderwood has been named one of seven winners in the Australian National University's STEM Box Program!

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December 1, 2023

Year 6 celebrates completing Junior School at their Graduation Assembly

The Calderwood Year 6 Class of 2023 has officially graduated! 

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November 24, 2023

Splendid speeches on show at the inaugural Junior School Public Speaking Finals

On Friday, November 24, Junior School students, teachers and parent guests gathered to listen to the exemplary finalists of the inaugural Calderwood Junior School Public Speaking competition.

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November 23, 2023

Outstanding results for Calderwood at the Zone Touch Football Gala Day!

During Week 7, Calderwood was strongly represented at the CSSA Zone Touch Football Gala Day.

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November 17, 2023

Year 9 soaks in the sights and sounds of the nation's capital

Students in Year 9 recently travelled to our national capital, Canberra, on an education tour.

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November 10, 2023

Junior School gets a taste of world music with Musica Viva

Our Junior School Students in Years K-4 recently had the opportunity to experience a live performance by the renowned Mara band from Musica Viva. 

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November 9, 2023

Junior School Choir performs at the opening of Piper House at St Luke's Retirement Village

During Week 5, Years 3-6 students from the Junior School Choir performed at the offical opening of Piper House at the Anglicare St Luke’s Retirement Village in Dapto. 

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November 3, 2023

Year 7 fosters kindness and community at picturesque school camp

Earlier this term, Year 7 students embarked on an unforgettable two-day school camp at the picturesque Mount Keira Scout Camp.

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October 27, 2023

Junior School celebrates Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' and Significant Older Friends' Day in our Junior School is an important and much-anticipated event in our school calendar. On Friday, October 27, we were blessed to be able to have so many visitors on site for our 2023 edition of the event.

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October 27, 2023

Year 9 PDHPE puts a spotlight on mental fitness

Throughout Term 3, Year 9 PDHPE studied mental health, learning about a variety of mental health conditions, and ways to support their own and others' mental health. During Week 3 of Term 4, students planned and implemented ways to help their Secondary School peers improve their…

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October 25, 2023

Calderwood students explore a world of Work Experience opportunities

Throughout the course of 2023, students in Years 9-12 have participated in a number of different work experience opportunities within varying industries. Secondary School Careers Advisor Mrs Dianne Gillett provides an update on the extensive range of available opportunities our…

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October 25, 2023

Students make a splash in the K-2 Swimming Program!

Did you know swimming and water safety are a requirement of the NSW PDHPE curriculum? They are also vital life skills, so Calderwood is proud to once again partner with McKeon's Swim School to facilitate the K-2 Swimming Scheme this term.

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October 20, 2023

From beach fun to bus breakdowns, Year 10 & 11's Study Camp was a practical example of building resilience!

In Week 2 of Term 3, Years 10 and 11 travelled to the beautiful South Coast for a study camp. Some of the goals for the camp included developing relationships between senior students, building resilience and focus, overcoming challenges and time management.

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October 18, 2023

Year 9 students take to the trails on their Duke of Edinburgh practise hike

In week 2, a group of Year 9 students embarked on a 2-day practise hike for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students covered 20km along the loop track from Waterfall to Heathcote, stopping at various lookouts and water holes along the way.

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October 18, 2023

Stage 5 students reflect on their Scripture service experience

Several Year 9 and 10 students from our school have faithfully served at Tullimbar Public School helping with SRE (school Scripture) classes every Wednesday since Term 1.

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September 21, 2023

Year 12 battle their teachers in one final quest for sport domination!

Calderwood Christian School witnessed a series of exhilarating sporting clashes between our staff and students this term, showcasing remarkable athletic talent and teamwork in the annual Staff vs Student Year 12 lunchtime events.

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September 21, 2023

CCS supports the Ride for Em

Calderwood Christian School is a proud sponsor of the 'Ride for Em', coming up from 15-20 October. Over this six-day period, a team of 12 riders will cycle almost 500km, travelling all the way from Mt Kosciuszko to Wollongong, as they raise money towards the cure for DIPG, a dea…

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September 1, 2023

Celebrating our dads on Father's Day

Our precious Calderwood fathers and other significant men enjoyed a special day at our annual Father's Day Event on Friday 1st September.  

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August 25, 2023

Book Week 2023: Read, Grow, Inspire

Read-Grow-Inspire was this year's Book Week theme. It was a wonderful time to reflect on God’s Word in Psalm 1 which says that when we meditate on God's word, we are like a tree that is planted by streams of water whose leaves do not wither. We celebrated the blessing of …

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August 24, 2023

Spotlight on our Creative Arts Showcase

The 2023 SS Creative Arts Showcase was a resounding success for the second consecutive year, providing a platform for our talented Year 7-12 students to shine across various creative disciplines. 

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August 11, 2023

Stage 3 has a blast at camp!

During Week 3, Stage 3 students and teachers were blessed with amazing weather and wonderful fellowship opportunities during their school camp at Wedderburn Christian Campsite.

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August 8, 2023

Prep's annual visit from the Rural Fire Service

On Tuesday 8 August, Prep welcomed our annual visit from the Rural Fire Service.

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August 3, 2023

Calderwood hosts the Enterprise in the Community Business Workshop

During Week 2 of Term 3, Calderwood Christian School hosted the Enterprise in the Community Workshop in the Senior Learning Hub. 12 Calderwood students and 12 students from Illawarra Christian School participated in the workshop, which was hosted by SevenMile and sponsored by th…

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August 3, 2023

Kindergarten celebrates 100 days of school

On Thursday, August 3, Kindergarten celebrated becoming 100 days brighter. Every day, since starting Kindergarten, students have counted their days of school; a task that develops their number sense in a meaningful way.

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July 26, 2023

Year 11 Music's fantastic film scores

Year 11 Music students have been working hard on sharpening their creative skills through the process of film scoring. Students were tasked with writing a piece of film music that appropriately reflects the mood or matches the onscreen action of a chosen scene. This is an oppor…

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June 16, 2023

Mrs Christine Bartley Reflects On The MANSW Autumn Leadership Program

Earlier this year, Secondary School Mathematics Coordinator Mrs Christine Bartley attended the 2023 Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW) Autumn Leadership Program in Canberra.  Mrs Bartley was also selected to write an article for the MANSW Term 2 Newsletter, reflecting…

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June 14, 2023

Year 12 Bio's Infectiously Informative Trip To The Museum Of Human Disease

On Wednesday, June 14, HSC Biology students attended the Museum of Human Disease at the University of NSW in Kensington.

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June 14, 2023

Enriching Students' Learning With 'Passion Hour'

At Calderwood Christian School, we recognise that all students have gifts and individual learning needs. Our school's Enrichment Program is designed to cater to students with advanced academic learning needs. In doing so, we can equip students to develop their giftings further …

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June 9, 2023

Year 12's Final English Excursion To The Crucible Symposium

On Friday, 9 June, Year 12 English attended a fun and interactive symposium that gave them a deeper understanding of their HSC text, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible.

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June 9, 2023

A Wrap-Up On Wrap-Up Winter!

On Thursday, June 9, Calderwood Christian School held the 'Wrap-Up Winter Appeal', an initiative of the Junior School SRC. Students and staff were encouraged to wear a beanie, scarf and gloves to school, and bring a can of soup – rather than a gold coin donation – t…

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June 9, 2023

Junior School Outdoor Education Spotlight: First Aid

During Outdoor Education sessions in Term 2, Junior School students have been learning about first aid with Mr Hutton and Mr Walker.

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June 8, 2023

An Agri-Cultural Experience For Stage 6 Students!

Senior Agriculture students attended a hands-on farm visit organised by the Australian Agricultural Center in Crookwell on Thursday, June 8th.  

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June 6, 2023

Secondary Artists Bring Some Beauty To Our Bins!

If you have been on-site at our school recently, you might have noticed that some of our bins have received an eye-catching new paint job!

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June 5, 2023

Calderwood Chess Crew Creating Cracking Competition

The Calderwood Senior School Chess Team has competed in the NSW Junior Chess League this semester, building momentum from a rocky start.

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June 1, 2023

Virtual Visits Culminate In A Live Lunch!

Across this term, Year 9 students have participated in the Take Love 'Virtual Visit' program, in conjunction with residents at the Anglicare St Luke's Retirement Village in Dapto. 

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June 1, 2023

Shining A Light On Energy Poverty With The SolarBuddy Program

Did you know that 789 million people are plunged into darkness every single night, with no access to energy or lighting? This term in STEM, Stage 3 students have been learning about renewable energy and energy poverty.

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May 26, 2023

Padlocks, Pictionary And Surfing: Year 8's Camp Adventures

Over two days, year 8 ventured on a camp which saw them cross rivers, learn to surf, traverse beaches and solve problems and puzzles along the way.   

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May 19, 2023

Year 10's Great Experience At Work Experience

During Week 4 of this term, Year 10 completed five days of Work Experience. Students proudly represented our school in various fields, including Teaching, Physiotherapy, and Digital Media, and had the opportunity to work in some fascinating places, such as Kiama Library, St Mic…

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May 18, 2023

Stage 5 & 6 Music Go To The Orchestra!

Year 9-12 Music students were recently treated to an evening of trailblazing film music live in concert at Wollongong Town Hall. Performing works from Doctor Who, Interstellar, Blade Runner and Tron, the Australian Chamber Orchestra were accompanied by an ensemble of Moog Synth…

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May 12, 2023

Calderwood Mother's Day Picnic And Crafternoon

Our precious Calderwood mothers and other significant women enjoyed a special day at our annual Mother's Day Event on Friday, May 12.

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May 11, 2023

An Incredible Jump Rope For Heart Fundraising Effort!

Jump Rope for Heart, organized by the Heart Foundation, is a skipping challenge designed to encourage kids to stay active, have fun, and raise funds for vital research and programs.  Through their incredible skipping skills and fundraising initiatives, our students at Cald…

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May 11, 2023

Year 9 Visits The Retirement Home – Virtually!

This term, Year 9 students have been participating in the Take Love 'Virtual Visit' program, connecting with residents of a local retirement home during Thursday lunchtimes. 

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May 10, 2023

Calderwood Students Head To The Illawarra Careers Expo

On Wednesday, May 10, Year 10 and Year 12 students from Calderwood Christian School travelled to the Illawarra Sports Stadium to spend 1 hour engaging with 180 exhibitors at the Illawarra Careers Expo. 

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May 6, 2023

Calderwood P&F Outdoor Movie Night

The Parents & Friends recently held our first CCS Outdoor Movie Night event open to the Calderwood Community. We were thrilled to see so many families come out and enjoy a beautiful night under the stars.

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May 3, 2023

Year 4 Band Hosts an Open Rehearsal

Parents and Carers joined students and tutors on Wednesday, 3 May, for our annual Year 4 Band Open Rehearsal in the School Hall. 

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April 27, 2023

Illawarra Christian Education Board Meeting Summary – April 2023

Illawarra Christian Education Board Chair Andrew Spence provides an update on the Board's most recent meeting.

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April 26, 2023

K-12 ANZAC Day Service

At 2pm Wednesday 26th April, Calderwood Christian School held our K-12 ANZAC Day Service.

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April 25, 2023

Celebrating ANZAC Day at Calderwood

ANZAC Day has a different meaning for each of us. For those families in our community who had family members involved in this conflict, it can be a challenging day. Calderwood students are all invited to represent their family or the school by attending one to the many public AN…

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March 30, 2023

The Big Vegie Crunch

On Thursday 30th March, we joined in 'The Big Vegie Crunch'! The Big Vegie Crunch was an attempt by NSW primary school students to break the record for the highest number of children eating vegetables simultaneously – and to get kids excited about vegetables!

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March 29, 2023

Term 1 Secondary Sport Update

There have been lots of great achievements in Sport in Term 1. 

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March 29, 2023

Student Leadership

It has been a busy term for our student leadership team as they settle into their new roles.

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March 29, 2023

Sport & Rec in Secondary

What a joy it is to have all students in Years 7 to 12 participating in Sport and Recreation (S&R) at the same time each week! With our Year 11 and 12 students interspersed amongst younger students, there have been terrific opportunities for students to work together and sup…

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March 29, 2023

Careers Spot

This term, Year 12 visited the University of Wollongong Discovery Day. This day is designed for students to try university for the day. Students were engaged and enjoyed most of their lectures and lunchtime entertainment - especially the dancing!  

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March 29, 2023

A new approach to Biblical Studies in our Secondary School

We have had a wonderful start to the year exploring God’s Word with students in Years 7-12. This year, this has taken two different forms.  

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March 29, 2023

The Primary Numeracy Project

To further enhance the skills of our Junior School teachers and to ensure we are well informed about best teaching practices, the Junior School throughout 2023 will be a part of the Association of Independent Schools' Primary Numeracy Project.

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March 29, 2023

Outdoor education in the Upper Junior School

Upper Junior School students have revelled in the opportunity to join Mr Hutton and Mr Walker in two sequential Outdoor Education sessions. This term we are focusing our attention on fire-lighting skills. 

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March 24, 2023

Stage 4 Geography visit Minnamurra rainforest

On Friday, 24 March 2023, Years 7 and 8 went on a Geography excursion to Minnamurra Rainforest. This excursion was connected to their study of Landscapes and Landforms. We were blessed with a beautiful day after a rather ominous weather forecast.  

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March 21, 2023

Calderwood hosts CRU-Fit

Calderwood was excited to be able to offer this unique leadership training opportunity to members of our Junior School Leadership Team. CRU® FIT (Followers in Training) is an event teaching Christian leadership skills to Stage 3 students from schools around NSW and ACT. Th…

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March 14, 2023

Celebrating Pi Day!

We celebrated Pi Day on Tuesday 14 March, with many classes across the Junior and Secondary School enjoying Pi Day activities, including reciting pi! It was great to see so many students enthusiastically learning and challenging themselves to memorise the digits of pi and compet…

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March 8, 2023

A great day at Try Year 7 Day

On our recent Try Year 7 Day, 42 Year 6 students visited our Secondary School to experience something of what Year 7 might look like for them at Calderwood next year. Throughout the day, they had opportunities to experience class time in Design & Technology (making candle ho…

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February 23, 2023

Year 7 students reflect on their Activity Day

We asked some of our Year 7 students to reflect on what they most enjoyed about their Activity Day earlier this term. Here's what they had to say.

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February 23, 2023

Charleigh goes to uni!

In January this year, one of our Year 11 students, Charleigh Kirton, went to university for three weeks. Why would she give up three weeks of her Christmas holidays to do such a thing? We asked her for more information.

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November 4, 2022

Landcare Grant Update - Macquarie Rivulet Project

The Junior School successfully applied for and received a Landcare grant to conduct some stream watch research around their local area. As part of their Term 3 Science unit, Year 6 students engaged in an ecological investigation of this local stream which forms part of the Macq…

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September 16, 2022

Creative Works Showcase

Last month CCS hosted its inaugural Creative Arts Showcase. The school hall was transformed into a performance and gallery space showcasing works from the Middle and Senior School. An audience of around 150 families and friends came out to enjoy musical items, prints, …

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September 16, 2022

Stage 3 Camp - Wedderburn Christian Campsite

Stage 3 students and teachers were blessed with amazing weather and wonderful fellowship opportunities during their recent camp at Wedderburn Christian Campsite. Students spent time enjoying God's creation and the many activities that Wedderburn had to offer. Within an…

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September 16, 2022

Reflections on a successful Calderwood Fair

The sun has set on the 2022 Calderwood Fair and I think we can all agree that after such a long break from P&F events, it was a roaring success. When we started planning the Fair, our main aim was to focus on community building and bringing us all together to enjoy a day of …

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August 18, 2022

Community Helpers

During Term 2, Prep educators sent out a request for family members to visit Prep to talk to the children about their jobs and how they help people. We were overwhelmed with the offers from many of our families and began planning our first Community Helper Week in Prep for the e…

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August 18, 2022

Rural Fire Brigade Fundraising

On Friday, 24 June, CCS students participated in a fundraiser for the Lismore Rural Fire Brigade. The recent floods had inundated the Lismore Fire Brigade's station, and much of their valuable equipment was destroyed.

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August 18, 2022

Scripture at Tullimbar

Halfway through the last term, several Year 9 and 10 students volunteered to assist Scripture teachers in Kindergarten to Year 2 classes at Tullimbar Public School every Wednesday. Mr. Stephen Cathcart organised this opportunity. Some of our students were ex-students of Tullimba…

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June 21, 2022

A great time away at Stage 6 Study Camp

At the end of May our Year 11 and 12 students, along with staff, had the opportunity to go away together on a Study and Community Building Camp. The aim of the camp was to equip students with skills that will assist them in their final years of school, as well as to continue bui…

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March 18, 2022

Try Year 7 Day

We were really excited to have 61 students and 40 parents join us on Wednesday 16 March for Try Year 7 Day. Our Stage Coordinators, Mr Graham and Miss Roberts, took the opportunity to help our Year 9 and 10 students use their leadership skills to serve. Our College6 students als…

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January 24, 2022

Introducing our new Head of Middle & Senior School

We are pleased to introduce our new Head of Middle & Senior School to our Calderwood community. Mrs Evelyn Meek will join us in Term 1 to take on this role, and brings with her a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. We interviewed her to give her a chance to introduce herse…

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January 20, 2022

5 tips for starting high school

Things are about to get really exciting now that you have graduated from Junior School and are starting your High School adventure! There will be new teachers, students, subjects, and opportunities. We know these changes will take a little getting used to, so we have put togethe…

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December 10, 2021

Farewell to departing staff

As the end of the school year arrives, with it comes our sad duty of farewelling much-loved staff members as they go on to new roles and new stages of life.

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November 11, 2021

Departing reflections

It has been such a joy to work with the wonderful community of Calderwood Christian School.

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October 11, 2021

How to have a smooth transition back to school

Every child and family’s experience of learning from home will be different. For many families, having one or more children learning from home presented difficulties with regards to physical space, access to technology, and supervising learning while one or both parents we…

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July 19, 2021

Tips to support you in learning from home

With the school holidays drawing to a close and the start of a new term just around the corner, we would typically see our students and families returning refreshed and excited to start the second half of the school year. These school holidays however have been difficult for mos…

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