CMS Summer School – Info pack. All the details you need for a safe and happy time in 2018!
CMS Summer School Info pack
Transport at CMS Summer School
Limited oval parking
Due to recent changes out of our control, we will only be able to use two thirds of the oval at Summer School for parking. Please consider making alternate arrangements for transport to and from the CMS Summer School site.
Free bus services
To avoid congestion, delays and missing out on a parking spot, we recommend using our free bus services.
There are two bus services running each morning:
Katoomba High School:
- Park at Katoomba High School, Martin Street and 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.
- Catch the bus at a convenient location along Katoomba Street in the mornings.
- Katoomba Youth Hostel (YHA) – 8.15am
- Three Sisters Hotel – 8.15am
- Top of Katoomba Street (the Savoy Hotel) – 8.30am
- Buses return to Katoomba Street following the morning sessions each day, departing from Violet Street at 12.35pm sharp.
Limited mobility parking
The Gully (23 Gates Ave, Katoomba NSW 2780) is the new site for limited mobility parking. A shuttle bus will operate to and from the Gully before and after the morning and evening session. Please note, the shuttle will not operate after the supper session each evening.
CMS Summer School Shopping
Coffee and other hot beverages will be available to buy before the sessions.
Ground Coffee & Coffee Beans
Village Coffee supports local PNG coffee growers and their communities. Each bag of coffee sold helps raise money for theological education in Papua New Guinea.
Conference Bookstalls is a travelling bookshop. Based in Katoomba they provide a hand-picked range of books for a variety of Christian conferences.
The bookshop is located on the Plaza near the Auditorium.
Saturday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Sunday – Thursday: 8.00am – 9.30am, 10.45am – 1.00pm, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Friday: 8.00am – 9.30am, 10.30am – 12.00pm
No nuts allowed at CMS Summer School. Please do not bring any nuts, or products containing nuts, to CMS Summer School.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life threatening allergic reaction. We want to do our best to keep those at risk as safe as possible.
Although we have a nut-free policy, we are unable to guarantee there will be no nuts onsite.
Ambulance, Fire, or Police: 000
Blue Mountains Hospital, Great Western Highway, Katoomba: 4784 6500
There are volunteer medicos at Summer School, but they are only on hand to provide initial assessments in the event of a medical emergency during the main sessions.
If you need first aid please seek assistance from the St John’s Ambulance officers stationed outside the Auditorium. If you have medical needs outside of the session times, please go directly to a local medical centre or the Blue Mountains Hospital.
St John’s Ambulance
We’re delighted that St John’s Ambulance officers will be attending Summer School again this year. St John’s Ambulance volunteers provide first aid and emergency assistance. They will be stationed on the plaza.
EMERGENCY: In the unlikely event of a critical incident occurring during a session, with little or no warning, you will be moved to the Auditorium until danger passes. Children and Youth will be cared for at their program venues. You will be advised of this by the chairman of your program.
EVACUATION: If a site evacuation is necessary we will have several hours notice. The Emergency Services will arrange movement to a suitable evacuation location. It is essential to pay careful attention to the information given by the chairman of your program.
Do not use your mobile phone during an evacuation.
Please note: the organisers of CMS Summer School will act early in the case of a bushfire. We will begin evacuation if the ‘Watch and Act’ category is announced for the area by the Rural Fire Service.
Postponement or cancellation
If there is a threat to the site or road closures immediately prior to or during CMS Summer School, the conference will be postponed or cancelled. You will be advised by SMS to your registered mobile phone, via Facebook or twitter and on this website. In the case of postponement, information will be available before 8.00am each day.
See staff at the information desk in the Auditorium if you require access to:
- An audio loop
- Lost property
Staff will be accessible fifteen minutes prior to and during each session.
CMS Summer School is a public event. As such, photographs or electronic images of participants may be captured. CMS reserves the right to use these photographs and electronic images for promotional and/or other lawful purposes without further consent.
CMS owns the copyright on the audio and video recordings of all CMS Summer School Sessions. No personal video or audio recording is permitted.
Youth and Children
Family Bible Study
The CMS Summer School Family Devotion is back for 2018! Inside your Summer School bag you will find a copy of the studies for your family. Both the kids and the adults will be studying the same book of the Bible. Please use the questions, which sync with the day’s passages, to talk over at lunch or dinner each day. Open the Bible, talk and pray together. Maybe this could be the start of something new for you and your family.
What if I haven’t pre-registered my children?
If you have not pre-registered your children for the Youth & Children’s program you can watch the morning sessions in the Café Tent where there is a safe play area. Children aged eight and over can watch the sessions in the Auditorium with their parents.
Important info for Youth and Children
- Please drop off and pick up your children promptly at the times specified.
- If your child is unwell, please do not send them to the Youth & Children’s program.
- Please do not bring children under the age of eight into the Auditorium during the morning sessions. If you need to have your child with you in the morning, you can watch the session on video link from the Café Tent.
- As long as children are accompanied by an adult, children of any age are welcome to attend the evening sessions throughout the week.
Notice for Preschool and Crèche parents
You may be required to attend to your child during the Bible study sessions. If your child needs you, your family number will be displayed on the screens in the Auditorium – so please familiarise yourself with the number printed on your name tag. The letter preceding your family number will indicate which program you need to go to: C for Crèche and P for Preschool.