“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

So, it begins again. A new school year means lots of people doing lots of work to make the start of the year as smooth as possible:

Parents buying shiny new shoes, sourcing pristine books and folders and finding out that a growth spurt over the holidays means that last year’s uniforms no longer fit.

Students learning to wear a tie and shoes again, preparing to wake up earlier and rushing to find the missing bus pass/homework/pencil case, cleaning last year’s mess out of your school bag and wondering who will be your teacher(s).

Local  tradespeople  building, painting, laying carpet and improving facilities.

Teachers programming, preparing resources, studying, checking new curricula and planning teaching and learning strategies. Planning, planning, planning!

Administrative staff preparing documents, answering phone calls, meeting parents, making class lists, finalising new enrolments.

Grounds staff mowing, cleaning, moving furniture, delivering resources and the hundreds of large and small tasks that make the school ready.

And the result is:

Our students will return to a school that:

  • has been physically reinvigorated
  • is once again ready to offer the kind of education that has seen SCAS achieve results that make it a great school – academically, culturally and in sport
  • has made plans to even further enhance our reputation as a school that offers a “World of Opportunities” to our students.

“Choir students from St Columba Anglican School in Port Macquarie will embark on the trip of a lifetime in November 2018, when they head to New York to perform at world renowned Carnegie Hall. They will perform on Sunday, November 11, 2018 which in the United States is Veteran’s Day, or Remembrance Day in Australia, under the baton of composer and conductor Paul Mealor. The students will join with other choirs from around the world to form the Distinguished Concert Singers International (DCINY), known as a choir of distinction, and school choir conductor Marie van Gend said it will be a life changing experience for the students.” – Laura Telford, Port Macquarie News

  • does not accept “good enough” because our students and their families deserve better than that.

As the campus comes alive with students and staff, returning and new, we take this opportunity to thank:

  • the families who have placed their trust in us to once again offer a great education to their children

  • the SCAS graduates who have shown in their varied successes that a SCAS education really does “work”



  • all the people who have done what needs to be done so that the school is ready to “do it all again” – but even better.

And this is why we do it:

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.