For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

1 John 3:16
Among other things, the Easter season is synonymous with the start of the Rugby League season. 

Though I have never played anything more than the odd game of touch, I again find myself admiring the athleticism, teamwork and self-discipline of the players, and being enthralled by the drama and tension of the first few rounds.
For others though, watching any kind of football is as exciting as watching paint dry and a mere distraction from the realities of life. In the same way, many consider the biblical accounts of Easter to be ho-hum and quite irrelevant.  But if you take the time over the Easter break to read some of the final chapters of each of the Gospels, you will find accounts that are dripping with drama, tension and victory.
 
I invite you to put yourself in the story as one of the players.  Allow yourself to feel the fear in the voices of the disciples, the political pressure on Pilate, or the agony of Christ.  How could it be that Jesus could begin the week by being resoundingly welcomed into Jerusalem and yet find himself on the cross at the end of the week?  As you experience the events of Easter for yourself, they will lead you to two declarations that have great relevance for us.
 
Firstly, that we mean so much to God, he was willing to give his son’s life for us upon the cross. He willingly did that to cover the cost of our rebellion against him.  His love for us therefore is awesome and extensive. Secondly, he declares that through Christ, the ultimate frontier of death has been beaten and destroyed.
 
I don’t know of a better come-from-behind win than that.
 
At Charlton we long for all families who are a part of this community to know the life-changing nature of God’s love. If you would like to explore faith in anyway, you are warmly welcomed to come and have a chat with any staff member who you know and trust or the College Chaplain, Matt Stackhouse – he’ll make you a great coffee! Just give the school a call and make an appointment.
Thanks for Working Bee - Thank you!
What a great roll up we had a Working Bee. 
The weather was fine and warm and so was the team work and fellowship.  You’ll notice walls and boards painted, line markings refreshed, seating oiled and garden beds and grassed areas weeded.  If you notice long grasses trimmed, it could have been me … love the instant gratification the whipper snipper delivers!  Thanks too to our Johns (Jon Charlton and John Kroon) for organising, feeding and watering us!
NAPLAN Preparation at Charlton
In preparation for the upcoming NAPLAN tests in May, students are being given preparation during lessons in Years 3,5,7 and 9. Teachers in both English and Mathematics provide examples of similarly styled questions during class, with several classes running practice sessions where students complete whole sections of past papers. In Senior School, students are given a practice exam session in the hall a week prior to the exam, completing partial sections of both English and Mathematics papers. This allows the students to become more accustomed to the discipline of completing longer examinations in a larger venue.

Open Day Success!
We had 36 new families tour our College on Tuesday 28 March at our first Open Day of the Year.  We were extremely proud of our Student Leaders who toured these families around our campus and spoke positively about being educated here at Charlton.  Congratulations!

A BIG thank you to all those parents and grandparents who came to the school to visit and spend time with your children.  They love seeing you at the College!   If you know of a family who missed out on Open Day, let them know we are happy to show them around any time.  We thank you for being great ambassadors of our College. 

Winter Uniform is coming!
It's time to get the Winter Uniform out and check that it fits. The College will move to Winter uniform next term.  In Weeks 1 and 2, students may wear either full summer OR full winter uniform.  From Week 3, full winter uniform is expected.  Winter Uniform check lists were sent home via email this week.  For more information refer to your Parent Handbook or visit the Alinta Website
Cross Country Snapshot!
Last week on Wednesday 29 March our Cross Country was held back on the College Campus.  There was a huge buzz in the air! We are proud of all of our students for being involved and having a go. Congratulations to Court on their win.  We hope you enjoy the collection of pics below!
Early entry in Charles Sturt University
CSU is offering Year 12 students the opportunity to be assessed for an early offer to study with us in 2018 at the upcoming MyDay events for Communication and Creative Industries related courses.

MyDay Event dates are;
7 April - Wagga Wagga Campus
10 April - Bathurst Campus
4 July - Port Macquarie Campus

Applications will be available and accepted at the MyDay events for Communication and Creative Industries related courses.  Students will be assessed during their involvement in the MyDay event and academic staff will make their recommendation for admission based on set criteria.  More information at Charles Sturt University, phone 02 6338 6010 or  infoevents@csu.edu.au
Equip has started!
What am incredible term it has been as we have seen the commencement of the much-anticipated Equip program. A program that builds on the incredible work of the Invictus well-being program in Year 9. At the start of the term, students were placed into 3 groups with each group beginning one of the 3 streams of the Equip course. The streams look at different aspects of equipping our students for the future. In one stream students are encouraged to continue their learning on well-being and the impact our thoughts have on our emotional and relational life. Examining the work of Dr Caroline Leaf, students explore meta-cognition and the influence negative thinking can have, as well as how to change our thinking in different areas to be positive and based on truth. Another of the streams, which focuses on robotics, has been particularly exciting and challenging as students learn to develop their computer literacy and solve real world issues faced with developing a human base on Mars. The final stream has focussed on developing some financial literacy skills in the areas of income, loan, budgets and basic investing. Students are really enjoying exploring the different areas and learning practical skills that will assist them in the future. Run in conjunction with and interspersed throughout the course is our career preparation plans. It is here that students undertake career mapping, strengths assessments and have small group discussions around future jobs, skill sets and subjects with the goal of developing a pathway which will guide them from Year 10 into the post-school stepping stones necessary to arrive at their preferred career destination.
Junior School Parent Pick Up!
We remind all parents who pick up Junior School students that you need to escort your children to the car to ensure that they arrive safely. Students will be supervised until you arrive in the fenced Parent Pick Up area (for pick up in the old car park), or with the Bus Line students (for pick up in the new carpark).

Thank you for your assistance in providing a safe place for your children.
Shakespeare Excursion - in the wet!
 
Year 12 Advanced English will be studying Shakespeare's King Richard III next term for their HSC and we had a wonderful opportunity to see it performed live by the Bell Shakespeare Company at The Sydney Opera House. The production was a creative and contemporary representation of the play. It was engaging and educational. After the play, in a Q & A session with the actors, students had an opportunity to ask questions about the play and how it was staged. We had a wonderful day, despite the wet and windy weather in Sydney.
Anzac Day March - 25 April
We would love to have a very good number of students represent our College at the Anzac Day service on Tuesday 25 April. Meet at 10.30am outside the Newcastle Permanent on the Boulevard, Toronto.  The program concludes around 12.00pm. Full school Winter Uniform is to be worn.  All students are welcome. Student leaders are particularly encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity for children to be actively involved in citizenship and to learn about important aspects of our history and nationhood.  We hope you can make it!

FREE Circus Day for Pre-Schoolers!

Circus Day is a FREE fun morning out for you and your pre-schooler. There will be face painting,a jumping castle, morning tea and lots of fun activities for your child.

Mark this date on your calendars now!
Friday 19 May from 10am - 11.30am
Everyone is welcome to attend. Share this information or invite a friend to join you for a morning of fun!

HSC Visual Arts Works in First Class
First Class 2016 is the ongoing program celebrating the high calibre of work produced from our HSC Visual Arts students. Students are chosen from Hunter and Central Coast regions to be exhibited at the Lake Macquarie City Art Galley.
 

In 2016 the gallery received 150 nominations and chose 35 students for submission. Our Charlton students have been offered 3 of those places, which went to Angelique Herfel (Kodachrome), Sophie Shafeeva (Tale of Two Cities) and Anna Hayes (Equipoise).

This exhibition is a collection of works that explore complex environmental concerns, cultural and scientific issues facing global population.  We are extremely proud of our students achievements. Sophie who graduated in 2016, is now in Sydney at AIME; while Angelique and Anna continue with their HSC studies for 2017. You can see their works on display at Lake Mac Art Gallery until 30 April.

Kindy in 2018 - Parent Information Evening Session - Tuesday 2 May at 6.30pm
We believe in equipping children for life from the first day they start school! We also know choosing a school for your child can be hard but we're here to help. If your child is starting Kindergarten in 2018 then this information is for you.  Our Kindergarten Teachers are offering a FREE Parent Information Session about the importance of starting BIG school. Everyone is welcome to come and hear what they have to say.  Feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

Hunter Valley Bus timetable changes
We have been advised by Hunter Valley Buses that there will be a change to the Bus Service timetable.

The change will is effective from 27 March.  To view the new timetable click here or contact Hunter Valley Buses via their website  www.cdcbus.com.au/hunter-valley-buses-contact
Kindy had a special visitor last week!
Last Tuesday, Kindy had a very special visitor in the afternoon. Nikki from the Responsible Pet Ownership Association brought her dog, Thunder for us to meet and get to know. Nikki and Thunder taught us about how to approach dogs that we might meet outside, how to recognise a dangerous dog and what to do if we were close to one. We had fun singing songs and watching little videos of different types of dogs. Some lucky students even got to pat Thunder. Thunder was very well-behaved and we really enjoyed having her in our classroom.
 
  • I can tell a dog is dangerous if it is wearing a red and yellow collar - Eva
  • Dogs are scared when they are shaking and licking their lips - Nick
  • When dogs stick their tongue out and wag their tail that means they're happy to see me - Elliotte
  • When you see a dangerous dog, you stay as quiet as a mouse, look at the ground, put your hands by your side and walk backwards slowly - Ryla
OOSH is coming to Charlton next term!
Charlie’s OOSH is coming to Charlton next term.  Charlie's OSSH will provide the following services;

- Before and After School Care
- Healthy breakfast and afternoon tea served
- Homework station
- Outdoor Activities
- Fun and Safe Environment

The service is starting on Monday 8 May from 6-8am and 3-6pm every school day.  For more information please email.  We can't wait to start!
Entertainment Book for $65
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Year 7 in 2018 - Parent Information Session
You're invited to a Parent Information Session for students commencing Year 7 in 2018.
Tuesday 2 May at 7.00pm. More details next term.  
All welcome to attend this information session.   Q&A time with professional educators. Feel free to share this information with family or friends who might be looking for a great school for their teenager!

JUNIOR SCHOOL (K-4)
2 May - Kindy 2018 Parent Info Night
19 May - Pre-School Circus Day


MIDDLE SCHOOL (5-8)
2 May – Year 7 2018 Parent Info Night
5 May - Years 5-8 FUEL

SENIOR SCHOOL (9-12)
7 Apr - Year 11 & 12 Reports Due Home
27-28 Apr -Year 12 Retreat

WHOLE SCHOOL

25 Apr - Anzac March - Toronto
26 Apr - Play School Commences at 9am
5 May - Mufti Day for Mothers' Day

8 May OOSH begins
9-11 May - NAPLAN (Yrs 3/5/7/9)
12 May - PA Mothers' Day Stall



 
SPORT
28 Apr -
Yrs 3-6 Macquarie Cup Commences
1 May -Yrs 3-6 Athletics Carnival
4 May -Yrs 5-6 Girls Football Gala Day

8 May -Yrs 7-12 Athletics Carnival
10 May -K-2 Athletics Carnival


LAST DAY OF TERM ONE - FRI 7 APRIL
FIRST DAY OF TERM TWO- WED 26 APRIL


Refer to Parent Calendar for more upcoming dates & events.  Changes will be sent via text, email or on our Facebook page.
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