August Newsletter:

August Newsletter:

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Welcome to all the CEA families, and a special welcome to the many new families who have started with us this Term.

With the start of Term 3 things have been buzzing in the CEA office. August is full of fun as you will see with a focus on our Book Week event. Check out the Book Week section to find out more.

The big News of the Month is the opportunity for CEA students 14 years and over to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards in 2019. More information is provided below.

Book Week:

Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and homeschoolers celebrate Australian children’s literature and you will often see children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.
Generally, the CBCA Book of the Year winner’s announcement is the third Friday in August, and CBCA Book Week commences the following day.

2018 CBCA Book Week Theme and Dates
Theme: Find Your Treasure
Dates: 18th – 24th August 2018

CEA Book Parade:

Anytime this month, send a photo of your child dressed as a book character, and we will add it to our Book Parade montage to be released at Midday on 27th August!

The photos will be combined to form a fantastic presentation that will celebrate Book Week, homeschool style. Just because we are not at school does not mean we should miss out on the fun!
Visit your local library to find out what Book Week events may be going on there.

MS Read-a-thon – All Month
The MS Read-a-thon raises funds for a worthy cause—the MS Family Camp Program. Kids love to help other kids, and by taking part in this year’s MS Read-a-thon, their fundraising will help children who have a parent living with multiple sclerosis to attend a special family camp! Go to the website and register as a Parent.

For the official reading log page, as well as some official bookmarks, to print and enjoy – Click Here


Item 1: Please ensure that you respond to your email regarding the online subscription reminder. The Administration process is now up to 3 days for reinstatement (as per providers instructions) for cancelled accounts, so it’s a much more streamlined process to keep the account rolling on into the next Term if you’ll be repurchasing. There is also a timeframe on accounts being able to be reinstated at all, depending on the amount of time lapsed since they were cancelled previously.

Item 2: If purchasing through bank transfer or other, please email through a description (name/grade) of what your purchase is for.

Item 3: Check your Scope and Sequence to ensure you have time to order or source the Novel for the following Term. This will allow you time to prepare and start when you are ready. Novels can often be found at your local library, if not you can search online for them under a “shopping Google search”. If buying from overseas it can take a few weeks to arrive so it’s best to plan ahead. Alternatively, your local bookshop can order Novels in when needed.

Item 4: Please note we have new bank details.
National Australia Bank
Name: Complete Education Australia
BSB: 082451
Acct: 921739360
They can also be found on the website.

August Kid Friendly Recipe:
BBQ hoisin and honey chicken

Here’s an easy Asian-style chicken dish that’s kid-friendly and easy to prepare. Even better, you can cook it on the barbecue for that delicious char-grilled flavour, and any leftovers will make great lunch the next day.

  • 3 chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey


1. Slice chicken breasts lengthwise into long strips.

2. Combine hoisin and honey.

3. Coat chicken in marinade and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes.

4. Heat a barbecue or grill pan. Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes each side until just cooked through.

  • Serve with steamed jasmine rice and Asian greens on the side.
  • You could also serve at room temperature in a herb-filled noodle salad.
  • Add some minced garlic and/or ginger to the marinade to bump up the flavour if your little eaters are more adventurous.

Dates this month:

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

5th August
Jeans for Genes Day

Organisation: Children’s Medical Research Institute
Jeans for Genes Day is the major fundraising event for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, who is on a mission to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.

Phone: 1800 677 260

11 – 19 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


25th August
Daffodil Day

Organisation: Cancer Council Australia
Daffodil Day is one of the Cancer Council’s most loved fundraising events and this year, every daffodil and every donation grows hope – hope for more survivors, hope for better treatments and hope for greater support. As the largest merchandise based event in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s a day to support all Australians affected by cancer.
National/State: National

Phone: 1300 65 65 85

Gallery of Creative CEA students
It is always great to hear from the CEA students. Here are three students that have been very busy in Term 2. Dan, Laura and Lucas will all receive a gift voucher for sharing their fantastic efforts last Term.
Feel free to send in some photos or helpful hints to inspire other families.

Dan presents “My Side of the Mountain”: Grade 6 Term 2

Laura Grade 5 Term 2 Week 6

Lucas Grade 7 Term 2

Homeschool Ideas

Extracurricular involvement for homeschoolers can be as varied as children are different. Families can sometimes find they are limited to whether there is a homeschooling group in their area. This does not have to be the case. There are many opportunities available, if you think outside the box. Activities help students develop their talents and find community. Here are some ideas:

Community Organisations
Look beyond activities that are for adults or seniors. Many communities have organisations where like-minded people of all ages come together to develop their interests and learn new skills. Some examples include chess clubs, community theatre, bird watching, folk dancing, and sky watching/astronomy clubs. These organisations may be a wonderful way to get to know adults who are positive role models.

It is hard to come up with a better activity for children, than volunteering. Volunteering helps students grow a greater sense of compassion and self esteem. Volunteering can help students develop life skills and explore potential career interests. There are many ways to volunteer and plenty of websites that you can visit. Meals on wheels is a wonderful way for children to feel like they are making a difference in the community. If your child is musical and has some musical friends, why not put on a small performance at a nursing home!

Small Business
Part of our High School programs involve starting a small business. But your child does not have to wait for that. Popular options include pet sitting, babysitting, lawn mowing, jewelry making, tutoring or music lessons, website design, dog walking, cooking and operating a stall. Running a business helps children learn responsibility, basic bookkeeping, marketing, and social skills.

St Johns Ambulance Youth Programs:
Junior (8 – 11 years) and Cadet (11 – 17 years) volunteers are part of a National Youth Organisation. Our young volunteers learn first aid, communication, teamwork and leadership skills. Once they have completed training, they may attend certain first aid duties under the supervision of an adult volunteer.
There are various excursions and camps for Juniors and Cadets on an interstate and international level. It’s a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, learn new things, participate in competitions and most importantly, have fun!
Many of our young volunteers have found St John youth programs to be a valuable stepping stone for careers in NSW Ambulance, nursing or medicine.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

CEA have become award Leaders, allowing all students 14 yrs and to be eligible to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2019.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised non competitive program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

The choice to do The Duke of Ed is entirely voluntary and every Award is different. Each Participant chooses what activities they want to take part in for each Section. It is a very personal program that offers young people a structure to fulfil their passions and ambitions in a way that suits them. Apart from the requirements for each Section, and the safety training requirements for the Adventurous Journey Section, the activities a Participant chooses to undertake is entirely up to them. They have the freedom to progress through The Duke of Ed according to their personal needs and abilities.

CEA will become the Award Leader who is the contact person and mentor for Award Participants. An Award Coordinator is an Award Leader who is the main contact for the Award Unit and is responsible for running The Duke of Ed in that organisation. Parents will take the role of Assistant Leaders. The Award is usually completed over a 12 month period, with the Bronze award requiring at least 6 months.
More information will be provided in next months newsletter.

A Bit of Fun

Puzzle Drawing:
This month’s fun ideas start with a do-it yourself puzzle. Print the puzzle pattern and glue it onto some cardboard. On the opposite side, draw a picture, or glue on a colouring in page you have done. When complete, cut out the puzzle on the back. Then it’s time to put it back together.

Puzzle – Click Here

Crazy Coloured Coasters:

You will need:
White glazed tiles, sharpies, rubbing alcohol, fixative spray, felt, craft glue

Purchase six white, glazed ceramic tiles

Colour the first tile with Sharpie makers. Use colour combinations that will blend well. Experiment with different ways of colouring. There’s no right or wrong way!

Drop small pools of alcohol onto the tile. The colours should start to bloom and mix together. Add more alcohol and the colours will begin to blur. A light mist from the spray bottle will create a speckled crackle effect. Use a cotton swab or paintbrush dipped in alcohol to create additional effects. Let the colours dry for 30 minutes.

When the alcohol is dry, add more marker ink to the design. Then add more alcohol to blend. If you want to start over, just spray the tile with alcohol and wipe the colour off with a paper towel.

When you’re happy with your design, seal the colours with spray fixative. Hold the tile at least 30cm away from your body and spray the fixative lightly over your design. If you spray too closely or too much, the ink will reactivate and blur. Allow the fixative to dry for about 30 minutes, then apply another coat. When completely dry, seal and protect your coaster with a coat of varnish.

To finish, cut a piece of felt the same size as the tile and glue it to the bottom to prevent your coaster from scratching surfaces.

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

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

CEA Team


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