August 2019

CEA August 2019 Newsletter

Term 3 has arrived!!!

We trust you have leapt into an exciting Term with enthusiasm and vigor, just as we have. Welcome back to all the families enjoying their year with CEA. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to all the new families that are just starting their CEA journey. We feel privileged to partner with every parent, as they provide the very best education possible for their children. If you are new to homeschooling and need a few helpful hints, then this months article may be very helpful for you. Alternatively, if you are a veteran, like many CEA families, it is always refreshing to reflect on the many positives of what you are doing. Read the “10 Tips for new homeschoolers” article, later in the newsletter.

BREAKING NEWS ! We are proud to announe that CEA has now begun a partnership with The University of Wollongong’s, iAcclerate. Woohoo!

This partnership will allow us to continue our focus on not only providing families with educational material, but also ensuring that CEA students have the best possible pathways and opportunities into the next phase of their lives.

We are excited to be working on a variety of new learning opportunities for our students. The first is the NEW Life Skills Maths program for Grade 9 and 10 students. Read more about it later in the newsletter.

Again, we are thrilled to have a huge number of families send in photos and information about what they have been up to with the CEA program. We are thrilled to share some of those with you in the following pages.
Many of our oldest students have been enjoying the discoveries they have made during work experience. The optional week of work experience has allowed many students to discover what various careers are really like. More about their work experiences can be found in the Grade 9 and 10 section of the newsletter.

Just like any adventure we embark on, there are others ahead of us with valuable experiences. These people can be a wonderful and valuable source of knowledge. At the same time, things change, and one person’s experience is not always the same as another’s. Please remember, if you have any questions about the CEA program, we are always here to help. You can email or book a call at any time. This is the very best way to get accurate information, and allows us to ensure we can support you in every way.

Have a fantastic Term ahead, and enjoy the new activity sheet links!

Ellen Brown,
Director of Teaching.

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Homeschool News:

Past and present interesting topics to read

Yet another homeschooled chess champion. In the early 2000s, a diminutive, bespectacled young boy – who by age 9 was already battling seasoned competitors in top-level sections – had his name added to the roster of Fischer aspirants.

His name is Fabiano Caruana. Fabiano, now 25, who was, like many famous chess champions, homeschooled, has finally earned the right to challenge reigning chess champion Magnus Carlsen for the world championship crown. “Over the years, I have witnessed talented “juniors” in the chess world and studied their composure at the chess board. From the earliest times when I first saw Fabiano, I noticed something different about how the Miami-born, Brooklyn-bred boy of Italian ancestry approached the game. Attentive and engaged, Fabiano carried unmistakable energy, focus and determination.”

Home education has had a massive rise in popularity in Australia in recent years, with increases of 100% in six years in Victoria, 50% in two years in the ACT, 50% in eight years in South Australia, and 40% in four years in NSW. Around 20,000 children are registered for home education in Australia.

Home education has always been legal in Australia. But, as an educational approach, it is rarely discussed publicly, but this is changing dramatically. Here is a report from years gone by, that has some very interesting perspectives. 

Read more about homeschooling here:

You can read the original article about Fabiano Caruana here:

This Month’s Kid Friendly Recipe:

Fast tuna patties with sweet chilli mayo


250g packet jasmine microwave rice

400g can tuna in brine, drained, flaked

3 green onions, trimmed, finely sliced

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup whole-egg mayonnaise

1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce salad leaves, to serve


Step 1

Cook rice according to packet directions. Transfer to a bowl to cool slightly. Add tuna, onions and eggs. Mix to combine.

Step 2

Divide mixture into 8 portions. Using hands, roll mixture into balls and flatten slightly. Place breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Add patties and turn to coat. Heat half the oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Cook half the patties for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on paper towel. Repeat with remaining oil and patties.

Step 3

Combine mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl. Serve patties with mayonnaise mixture and salad leaves.

Grade 9 and 10 update

Many CEA students chose to do some work experience this Term. Thank you to the students who sent through a report on their work adventures. Following are a snippet of two of the reports from some of these busy students. Remember if your student spent time working in a new environment, let us know so we can share that with others.

Layla in Grade 10 has spent a week in her local veterinarian office.
“I have always wanted to be a vet but have only been able to go there when my cat was sick. This week I spent the whole week there. It was a great. I loved spending time with the animals. I didn’t enjoy some parts of the work, but mainly because they were jobs I had never had to do before. I think that this week has been good because it has helped me to get a good idea of what begin a vet is really like. I have been asked to do some part time work there, and I am looking forward to all the new things I am doing. Being a vet is still my goal.”

Cain in Grade 9 worked with his father doing plumbing. “Work experience week was great because I spent the week working with dad. He is a plumber and I have not worked with him before. It was way harder than I thought it would be. Plumbing is not what I plan to do in the future. I was able to also see other trades and what they did. I am wanting to be a builder because the work is a bit different.”

Life skills Maths (grade 9 and 10)

We have now released a new Grade 9 and 10 Life skills program! This program is used instead of the Grade 9 and 10 Maths lessons. In this program, students are provided with opportunities to apply mathematical operations to practical situations and develop problem-solving in real-life situations. They develop their practical skills in measurement, calculating with money, statistics and using plans and maps. If you have a student in Grade 9 or 10 that would benefit from this program, email us, and let us know. We will send it through to you, free of charge. It is always vital to us that every student has a program that is a great fit, just for them. This is another step in fulfilling that goal. Each child is on their own right learning journey, and our individualised programs are vital to supporting that.

Dates to highlight this month

Each Month we include various activities that are happening, nationally. We do this to allow you to choose if any of the events are things you may want to participate in as a family. There are so many fun activities coming up. Some need preparation, others you can just join in. Look ahead and see if any events are right for your family.

1 – 31 August MS Readathon – One month challenge

Organisation: Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA)

The MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA). It encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy whilst at the same time raising their community awareness and empowering them to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

National/State: National
Phone: 1300 677 323

5 – 11 August Dental Health Week

Organisation: Australian Dental Association inc

Held on the first week of August, Dental Health Week raises awareness of how to best look after your own and your children’s teeth.


10 – 18 August National Science Week

Organisation: Department of Education

National Science Week celebrates the contributions Australian Scientists have made to the world. There are hundreds of activities, events and debates across the country during the week.

National/State: National

17 -23 August Book Week

Organisation: Children’s Book Council Of Australia

Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

National/State: National

28 August National Meals on Wheels Day

Organisation: Australian Meals on Wheels Association

National Meals on Wheels Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 78,700 volunteers that contribute to their community, and is celebrated on the last Wednesday in August each year.
National/State: National


Meals on wheels is a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get involved in the community. With their parents, many homeschoolers enjoy delivering food to people who often cannot get out, and really value the contact

Gallery of Creative CEA Students

This month we have a fantastic array of amazing pieces of work, done by students from Foundation to Grade 10. It is always great to see what other students are doing, and to realise you are part of an awesome learning community.

Miss Azzopardi in Grade 7 has created this fantastic moon phase display. She even baked them herself! Fantastic – Yummy Yummy!

Jacob and Brodie in Grade 8 have created some stunning animal drawings. Great work boys!

Montana in Grade 5 has put so much effort and talent into her visual arts. Here are two of her major works from last Term. Amazing pictures Montana.

Daniel in Grade 9 has been busy representing the various layers of the earth on a chocolate cake. Learning has never tasted so good! Top job Daniel. You wont forget those earth layers any time soon.

To all our CEA families, we trust that this will be a fantastic month for you all and we look forward to sharing some fascinating learning.

Don’t forget to send in photos and videos of your learning adventures so we can share them with other CEA families.

Have a Fantastic Month – from the CEA Team!


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