Thrive Newsletter Term 2 Week 2

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Student Wellbeing Team

In 2024, we have had the gift of forming a Student Wellbeing Team of three wonderful staff members. Cherie Rixon is our kind and compassionate Student Wellbeing Support Officer, and Darryl Spriggs is our wise and caring School Chaplain (and a Year 6 teacher). Josephine Lake our School Counsellor is warm, approachable and has a motherly care for the students.  Josephine Lake continues in her fifth year as the School Counsellor at CCS.

Students who need extra social and emotional support at school can be referred to the team internally by a staff member or externally via you as your child’s caregiver (please have a chat with your child’s classroom teacher). Our referral system will ensure that your child’s needs are met appropriately by the right team member. In cases where the child’s level of struggle is significant, they will be assigned to the support of Mrs Lake. Mrs Lake will contact you and send you a permission form with a complete description of what is and is not provided to your child through her role.

The Student Wellbeing Team is integral to supporting the whole child at CCS. However, you are welcome to contact the school to ask to ‘opt out’ if you do not want your child to be referred to the team at any point. Your child’s safety is our priority. Where a student is deemed to be at risk (e.g. experiencing suicidality) legal Duty of Care obligations supersede referral processes and the requirement to gain parental/caregiver permission. However, parents/caregivers will be notified as soon as possible.

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               Left to right: Josephine Lake, Darryl Spriggs and Cherie Rixon

Get to know Josephine

Hello! My name is Josephine, or Mrs Lake, as your kiddos call me.
I have been working as a school counsellor at CCS since early 2020, and I consider it my dream job. The children and young people I am privileged to work with are an incredible blessing, teaching me new and profound things daily. I believe in the power of genuinely caring relationships to bring about healing, growth and change in people – especially little and not-so-little people. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus made it clear that children are incredibly precious in His sight and always welcome in His presence. Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are an inheritance from the Lord. They are a reward from Him”. I aim to reflect this, the heart of Jesus, in the how and why of my
work with the magnificent children and young people at CCS.

My first love is Jesus; I exist to love Him and to reach out to those around me with His life-changing love. I am a wife to the fantastic Mr Lake, mum to four precious offspring and grandma to two sweet grand-loves. My cup is filled by spending quality time with my family, cooking for them, creating a beautiful home for them and going on adventures in nature. I have loved Jesus all my life, and I experienced some challenging teen years that gave me a powerful testimony of the loving pursuit of Father God. These life experiences enrich my counselling practice, bringing academic theory into reality.

Over many years, I have completed various levels of education relating to supporting people in a therapeutic and educative way, including a Bachelor of Social Science and a Diploma of Counselling. I have been working on a Master of Social Work since 2020, with the proposed finale being the end of 2024. The skills and knowledge cultivated through my study, life, and professional experience have enriched my work and enabled me to grow alongside the students in my care by the grace of God.

This year, I will be responsible for assessing and assigning referrals to our wonderful Student Wellbeing Team whilst completing my usual role of providing students with therapeutic support and education. Additionally, if you would like any resources to support your child’s wellbeing, you are welcome to email me so I can provide them.

With thanks,
Josephine Lake.


Get to know Cherie

Hi everyone, my name is Cherie aka Mrs Rixon. I began the role as the Student Wellbeing Support Officer in Term 4 last year and I have been thoroughly enjoying spending time with some of the precious children that attend CCS. My role involves connecting with children who need some extra support, encouraging them and building relationships with them.

I grew up in Brisbane but have always had connections with Kyogle, and as God would have it, I married a man from Kyogle! This area has been our home since we were married 20 years ago and we love living here. My husband and I now have a farm at Fairy Hill where we have wagyu cattle. We have four children (one daughter, three sons) and when I’m not working at CCS I spend my time “mumming”, managing the finances of our farm and serving in our church, Gateway Presbyterian Church Kyogle. When I get the time, I also enjoy baking, reading, chilling out with my
family and being creative.

For most of my adult life I have worked in the business field, so it has been great to try something new. I love kids and have always had a heart for people who are hurting, and I feel honoured to be able to work with the children here.

I became a Christian 20 years ago and my prayer is that with His help, I would extend the compassion and love to others that Jesus Christ has shown to me. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

With kindness,



Get to know Darryl

Hi, my name is Darryl (Mr Spriggs) and I’m the newest member of the CCS Student Wellbeing Team, having started here at CCS this year as the Primary Chaplain. Prior to this role I was in church pastoral ministry for nearly 20 years and was a teacher before that. I have a real love of country towns, families, and the schools that serve them. There’s something special about Australian country towns and the people who live and thrive there. My wife and I began our family (4 children) in a small country town and, as they say, you can take the man out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the man.
My greatest passion however is helping people know God better…. hence my time in pastoral ministry. During my time as a Pastor I also had the privilege of playing a role in the growth and development of a Christian school very similar to CCS. I believe that Christian schooling is an incredible blessing not only for children but their families and communities as well.
Besides my initial teaching degree I have also completed two masters degrees in the theological and pastoral ministry fields, including training in hospital chaplaincy. This training and experience has given me a range of skills which I’m thoroughly enjoying putting into practice here at CCS.
Besides visiting each Primary class every week where I teach about God and his incredible love for us in Jesus, I also spend time with students individually to encourage and support them through life’s challenges.  Every one of our students here at CCS is made in God’s image and are therefore worthy of our utmost love and care. We consider it an incredible privilege to partner with you towards the growth and development of your amazing and special child(ren).

 School Updates 

Did you know??

We have set up a dedicated email address where you can send your compliments or concerns. If you want to express your appreciation or acknowledge the outstanding performance of one of our staff members, feel free to send us an email. You can also provide us with feedback about what you like about our school and what we are doing well. In case you have any suggestions for improvement, please let us know, so we can take the necessary steps to enhance our school.  Email:

School Safety

We have implemented some measures in our school for the safety of students, parents and visitors. These are specifically for anyone entering the school grounds either as a visitor or if a student is being picked up.

As per our policy, all parents and visitors who come to the school for any reason are required to report to the office and sign the Visitor register. The only exemption to this is school assemblies which we do not require sign in.

If you need to collect your child early, please report to the office directly. One of our office staff members will either call your child to the office if it is appropriate, or they will go and collect your child from their classroom.  Parents are NOT permitted to go to the class to collect students, staff MUST do this.  This is specifically for child protective reasons.

If you know in advance that you will need to collect your child early on a particular day, please inform our office staff in the morning. This will help us make arrangements with your child’s teacher to have your child ready at the desired time for you to collect from the office.

If you require any further information on this please don’t hesitate to contact the school.  We thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our children and school community safe.

Meeting Teachers and Support Staff

At CCS, we place great importance on maintaining open communication with our students and their families. We encourage regular contact throughout the academic year, in various ways, and want to be available to meet with you as necessary. 

However, please note, that we generally require all visitors to schedule an appointment ahead of time to meet with any of our school staff members unless it is an emergency, as they are usually very busy during the day caring for our wonderful and important students.

Usually, Teachers, Executive Team Members or Support Staff are not available during school hours to chat, so making an appointment in advance means we can more fully understand, or attend to any concerns or queries. Please contact the office via email or phone 6662 5599 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

CCS Bus Travel

As mentioned in previous newsletters our CCS buses are very full and are only for those students who are enrolled on those buses.  If your child needs to catch one of our buses this needs to be pre-organised a day in advance by contacting the school to apply for a one-off pass.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer one-off travel arrangements for our Lismore Bus as it is at maximum capacity. 

We thank you for your understanding.

If your child catches one of our CCS buses and has not yet handed in one of our agreement forms, please complete and hand into the office as soon as possible. 

Camp Payments

STAGE 2 (YEAR 3 & 4) CAMP OUT! – CYC @ Casino Christian School  6th to 7th June 2024 |

(Thurs-Friday Week 6, Term 2)

The total cost of the camp per student will be $170, made in two instalments:

  • $100 deposit – due by Friday 3rd May (Wk 1, Term 2) with a completed note (non-refundable)
  • $70 second payment – due by Friday 17th May (Wk 3, Term 2)
    Please contact the school office if you need to discuss a modified payment plan.

SNOW CAMP – STAGE 4 (YEAR 9 & 10) 18th to 22nd August

Instalment plan payments due:

  • 12th April  $400
  • 31st May  $400
  • 5th July  $500

Pirate Day

It’s official! Casino Christian School is supporting Pirate Day 2024.  On Friday 17th May Dress Like a Pirate and help us raise money for child brain cancer.  Bring a gold coin donation!

We have set an ambitious goal of $750.00, so now the fundraising begins! 

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How School Funding Works

The AIS has made it easier for parents to understand how our school funding is allocated. Take a look at the video link and brochure below.  

School funding


Parent Talk

Term 2 ‘Parent Talk’ is now open for registrations. This talk will be held on Tuesday 28th May from 7.30 – 8.30pm.
Elizabeth Singhi (Speech Pathologist) will present on:
“Executive Functioning: How you can support your child/teen to get it together!”
Please see the attached flyer or our website ( for further information and to register. 
LDC Term 2 Parent Talk Flyer


The Raising Healthy Minds app is a FREE, personalised pocket resource to help you raise confident, resilient children. Co-designed with parents and experts and funded by the Australian Government, the app offers a mix of quick-read articles, videos and animations designed to support your child’s social and emotional wellbeing from birth to age 12. 


Download from Google Play or the App Store or go to to learn more and raise a healthy mind 🧠




Primary News


Mothers Day Celebrations     

Thank you to all our wonderful CCS Mums, Grandmothers and Carers who attended our Mother’s Day morning tea and assembly!  Morning tea was made by our High School Hospitality Students who made a delicious arrangement of cakes, slices and tarts.  We thank Mrs Bryant and our Hospitality Students for all their hard work putting it all together.

Our Mother’s Day Stall was a huge success thanks to the P&F Committee! Mum’s we hope you like your gifts!

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Secondary News

Year 9 & 10 Child Studies

During child studies last term,  students explored parenthood and all the factors that must be considered when preparing to become a parent.

Through the unit, students looked at the financial cost surrounding the preparation for a new baby and decided creating hampers for some new mums in our local community would be a great way to show our care and support. It has been a real joy to be able to bless these mums and bubs.

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NSW School Vaccination Program 

Tuesday 4th June – Year 7 Vaccinations

 In 2024 the following vaccines will be offered:

 If your child is in Year 7 or Year 10 this year, you can now provide online consent for their routine school vaccinations.

In Year 7, students are offered free vaccines for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) and human papillomavirus (HPV). In Year 10, students are offered the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Vaccination will only be provided at school if consent has been received.

  1. To complete online consent for your child’s school vaccinations, visit: https://engage.heal engage
  1. Follow the steps to log in to your existing Service NSW account. This is the same account you may already use to renew your driver’s If you don’t have a ServiceNSW account, refer to ServiceNSW to create one.
  2. Update or confirm your personal details in ServiceNSW
  3. Complete the School Vaccination Consent Form for your child/ren. You will need to:
    1. Enter your child’s personal details
    2. Provide the Medicare card details for you and your child
    3. Read the linked Parent Information Sheet and privacy statement. Translations available in 27 languages
    4. Provide consent

If you or your child do not have a Medicare card, consent can still be provided by requesting a paper­ based consent form directly from your child’s school.

The benefits of providing consent online:

  • easily update your child’s details
  • receive SMS and/or email notifications when vaccinations are given
  • faster upload of vaccination records to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).


For more information on routine school vaccinations, please visit

If you require information in your language, please visit vaccination language.aspx

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Sports News


Cross Country Carnival –  Friday 10 th May

On Friday 10 th May, our school will have its cross-country event for those turning 8 and upwards in 2024. Please ensure that students wear their sports uniform to school. Students may bring appropriate sun safe and modest clothes to change into for the actual run
(including separate old shoes in a plastic bag as some parts of the course are muddy). When they finish their race, they are expected to change back into their sports uniform including regular school shoes.

Family members are invited to come and watch on the day. Students should bring some money to spend at the canteen during the carnival. However, it is advised that students bring their own healthy food just in case the canteen doesn’t provide the healthy food they need to get them through the day.

What to wear:

  • Students are to wear sports uniform to school, and bring spare clothes
    and spare shoes to run in. The course tends to become very muddy, so
    appropriate old clothes are recommended.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and any medication they may require
    (e.g. Asthma puffer)

If you have any questions please contact the school or send an email to David McPherson (Sports Coordinator) at


Bill Turner Results

Congratulations to our U15 Boys Bill Turner Soccer Team who were victorious over Kyogle High last Friday and will now play on in a home game against Lismore High on 11.00am on Thursday 16 th May !
We also congratulate our Girls U15 Team who played against Summerland Christian College last Wednesday.  The girls played extremely well but were unfortunately defeated, knocking them out of this year’s competition.
Well done Mr Mac and the teams!

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Zone Soccer

Zone Soccer at Kingscliffe has been postponed due to weather conditions until Tuesday 21st May. 

PASS / SLR Elective Excursion

On Wednesday 22nd May, 2024 the PASS elective group will be staying at school from 3.30pm to 8.30pm to play wide games across the school, night games and to eat loaded hotdogs for dinner. The aim of this activity is for students to participate in a number of high energy games that cannot normally be experienced in regular school hours. Mr McPherson, Mrs Bryant and Mr Boland will be supervising the students for this after school activity.

To participate in this excursion you must complete the permission note and return it TO THE OFFICE with your money ($10) by Friday 17th May, 2024

Meal & Night Games Note


CIS Swimming Sydney

Congratulations to Taylor Hancock who competed at the CIS in Sydney on Tuesday!

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Gymnastics Team

Congratulations to our School Gymnastics Team who have been selected to attend the Secondary State Gymnastics Carnival (WAG) on Tuesday the 11th June at the Sydney Gymnastics Centre!  

We wish Makayla Kemsley and Elly Huntley all the best! 

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CSSA Hockey

Congratulations to Issac Coulter who has been selected by the CSSA to try out for the CIS U15 Boys Hockey Team on Tuesday the 14th May!  We wish Issac all the best! 

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Uniform Shop


Uniform shop hours are:

Mondays 8-11

Wednesdays 1-4

Uniform orders can be made at any time via the School Stream app or by filling out the uniform order form and returning it to school.

Uniform Order Form – February 2024

Library News

Book Club 

Issue 3 was sent home last week.  Orders due online or to the office by Wednesday 15th May.

PLEASE NOTE: Incorrect date on brochures. May NOT April 

National Simultaneous Storytime – 22nd May

‘Bowerbird Blues’ by Aura Parker is this year’s chosen book.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family day cares, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 24th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

By facilitating NSS the aim is to: 

  • promote the value of reading and literacy, 
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher, 
  • celebrate and promote storytime activities in public libraries, school libraries, classrooms and communities around the country.

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Upcoming School Events

Term 2

Week 3 (A) 13th to 17th May

  • Thursday 16th – Bill Turner Cup 11 am @ Casino Christian School
  • Friday 17th – Dress Like a Pirate Day
  • Friday 17th – Senior School Ethics Olympiad

Week 4 (B) 20th to 24th May

  • Monday 20th – High School Assembly 12 pm
  • Tuesday 14th – Zone Soccer Kingscliffe
  • Wednesday 22nd – National Simultaneous Story Time 12 pm
  • Friday 24th – Primary Assembly 9 am
  • Friday 24th – Beef Week Dress Up & Whip Cracking Competition 10 am

Week 5 (A) 27th to 31st May

  • Wednesday  29th  – P&F Meeting 6 pm
  • Thursday 30th – Open Afternoon 3.30 – 6 pm
  • Friday 31st – State Cross Country Sydney

Week 6 (B) 3rd to 7th June

  • Tuesday 4th – Year 7 Vaccinations
  • Thursday 6th – Stage 2 (3&4) Camp Out



    Week 7 (A) 10th to 14th June

    • Monday 10th – Public Holiday – No School
    • Tuesday 11th – CSSA Secondary State Gymnastics Sydney
    • Thursday 13th – High School Assembly 11 am

    Week 8 (B) 17th to 21st June

    • Tuesday 18th – CCS Secondary Athletics Carnival
    • Wednesday 19th – CCS Primary Athletics Carnival

    Week 9 (A) 24th – 28th June

    • Wednesday 26th – P&F Meeting 6 pm

    Week 10 (B) 1st – 5th July

    • Tuesday 2nd – School Photo Day
    • Friday 5th  – NAIDOC Assembly


    School Holidays 8th to 19th July


    Community Events


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