What are the dates of CMS Summer School? How do I apply?
Parking update for Friday 11 January
The Oval will have limited parking on Friday 11 January, and will be closed from 8:15am.
PLEASE NOTE: Parking at Katoomba Golf Course is no longer available.
Please plan to use one of the following alternate transport options:
Free daily bus service
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: Park near Katoomba High School on Martin Street and take the bus straight to Summer School. Buses depart at frequent intervals between 8:15am and 9am. After the morning sessions, buses depart from Violet Street between 12:35pm and 12:50pm, and return to the school.
The Gully (Gates Avenue, Katoomba): Park and catch the bus at 8am, 8:15am, 8:30am and 8:45am. Buses depart every 15 minutes from 12:45pm from the oval until 2:15pm.
Katoomba Street: Catch one of the buses running along Katoomba Street in the mornings. Buses depart from opposite the Youth Hostel (YHA) at 8:10am and at the top of Katoomba Street (outside the Mount Ridges Café) at 8:15am. Buses return from Violet Street at 12:35pm.
There are a few changes to the bus timetable on the Friday (11 January). Buses depart every 15 minutes from 12:45pm from the oval until 2:15pm.
Disabled and limited mobility parking
The best place for disabled and limited mobility parking is at the Gully (Gates Avenue, Katoomba). Please display your Australian Disability Parking Permit. From there a regular shuttle service will transport you directly to the Auditorium.
What are the dates of CMS Summer School 2019?
CMS Summer School 2019 runs from 5-11 January, 2019. The opening session begins at 7pm on Saturday 5 January 2019.
When can I apply?
Applications are now open and close 3 December. Families must apply online for Youth and Children’s programs. Read more…
Is there an info pack?
Detailed information about CMS Summer School 2019, including Youth and Children’s programs, will be available here soon.
How much does CMS Summer School cost?
|By December 3 2018
|Children (first 3 only)
|Max per family
|on site registration
||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 by 11 September 2018 to be a part of the automatic allocation. After the automatic allocation on 12 Sept, if there are spaces available, applications will still be accepted online until 3 December. There will be no registration of children for the Youth & Children’s program on site. Read more…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 contact Tony Hinchon. As part of the 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.
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 prior to 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 can I do in free time?
There is free time every afternoon for you to do whatever you want. Here are a few ideas:
- 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.