July 30, 2017
What are the dates of CMS Summer School? How do I apply?


What are the dates of CMS Summer School 2020?
CMS Summer School 2020 runs from 4-10 January, 2020. The opening session begins at 7pm on Saturday 4 January 2020.

Where is Summer School held?
CMS Summer School is held at Katoomba Christian Convention, 119 Cliff Drive, Katoomba. Please consider your transport options as there is limited parking on site.

When can I apply?
Applications will open here shortly and close 3 December. Families must apply online for Youth and Children’s programs.

Is there an info pack?
Detailed information about CMS Summer School 2020, including Youth and Children’s programs, will be available here soon.

How much does CMS Summer School cost?

Pricing Sat-Fri Daily
By 3 December 2019
Adults 180 45
Concession 125 25
Children (first 3 only) 75 15
Max per family 585 135
on site registration
Adults 225 50
Concession 150 30
Children No on site registration for children

How do I apply as an adult?
How do I apply as a family?
Families with children must apply online by 3 December. There will be no registration of children for the Youth & Children’s program on site. View available places.

Adults can apply online until 3 December, via the CMS Summer School brochure, or on site (full rate applies for adults registering on site).

Can I register on site?
Only adults can register on site. On site registration will be charged at the full rate. Children must apply online.

Can my child pick their program or year group?
No. Children must be placed in the correct program, and cannot choose to attend a different program.

What are my options if my children don’t get a place?
If your children miss out on a place you may still:

  • Register your family for what is available and:
    • Team up with other parents from your church to share supervision, or
    • Upon arrival to CMS Summer School take your children to an overflow tent where you can listen to the talks while supervising your children. An indoor fenced play area is available for very small children in this tent. Parents will need to bring toys and/or activities for their children.
  • Modify or cancel your booking.

For cancellations and refunds please email nswsummerschool@cms.org.au

Does my registration include accommodation and meals?
No, you must organise your own accommodation and meals. CMS provides tea and coffee after each morning session. There is limited accommodation available on site. Read more.

Why are spaces limited in Youth and Children’s programs?
In God’s kindness, the Youth and Children’s programs associated with Summer School have grown at a remarkable rate. Our goal is to provide a place for every applicant to the program but even with these extra places, some may miss out. To ensure that we continue to provide a safe and child-friendly event we have worked towards the following:

  • Ensuring we have a good ratio of children to leaders. This means that all children are well supervised and have a safe space to learn and meet other children.
  • Caring for our leaders throughout the week so that they don’t burn-out.
  • Meeting in well equipped, clean and safe spaces.

How do I volunteer at CMS Summer School?
If you can help, even if it is just for a few days, please let us know. As part of the Summer School application process there is an check box option to be contacted with more information regarding volunteering. Simply select the areas that you would be interested in helping and CMS will contact you. All helpers will be subject to selection criteria and must complete a declaration including signing and agreeing to comply with the CMS Code of Conduct.

Can we invite people up to Summer School for the day?
Yes – you can invite adults up to CMS Summer School for the day. Many churches ask members to come up for a day of Summer School and share lunch at a park or member’s holiday house.

On site day registrations are available for adults. However there is NO on site registration for the Youth and Children’s program. Parents must register their children online by December 3 if they want their children to be part of the children’s program that day, but note that places are limited. Families with unregistered young children can watch the morning sessions in the Café tent where there is a safe play area.

What are my options for transport to CMS Summer School?
The free daily bus service will take you directly to the KCC site. There are a number of services running each morning:

Katoomba High School:

  • Street parking is available at Katoomba High School on Martin Street and Raymond St, with limited off-street parking at Raymond St.
  • Take the bus straight to Summer School.
  • Buses leave at frequent intervals between 8.15am and 9.00am.
  • After the morning sessions, buses depart from Violet Street between 12.35pm and 12.50pm and return to the school.

Katoomba Street:

  • Catch the bus at a convenient location along Katoomba Street in the mornings.
  • Katoomba Youth Hostel (YHA) – 8.10am, 8.15am
  • Three Sisters Hotel – 8.15am
  • Top of Katoomba Street (the Savoy Hotel) – 8.15am
  • Buses return to Katoomba Street following the morning sessions each day, departing from Violet Street at 12.35pm sharp.

Disabled and limited mobility parking
The best place for disabled and limited mobility parking will be announced here shortly. Please display your Australian Disability Parking Permit. From there a regular shuttle service will transport you directly to the Auditorium.

What can I do in free time?
There is free time every afternoon for you to do whatever you want. Here are a few ideas:

  • Bushwalking
  • Cafés and shopping in Katoomba and surrounding suburbs such as Leura and Blackheath
  • Visit a lookout or take the Scenic Railway down the Blue Mountains
  • See a movie at ‘The Edge’ cinema
  • If the weather is fine, go for a swim at Blackheath pool

Can I apply for a single day?
Yes, daily rates are listed in the table above.

I haven’t booked and I’m here now. Can you fit my kids in?
No. Families with young children who are not in the program can watch the morning sessions in the Café tent where there is a safe play area.