What are the dates of CMS Summer School? How do I apply?
Is CMS Summer School on in 2021?
We are proceeding with plans for an on-site Summer School conference in Katoomba in January. Watch this video for an update from John Lovell, the Executive Director of CMS NSW & ACT, on our plans to proceed with the conference in a safe and scalable way. View COVID-19 updates at nswsummerschool.org.au/update.
What are the dates of CMS Summer School 2021?
CMS Summer School 2021 will run from 2–8 January, 2021. The opening session begins at 7pm on Saturday 2 January 2021.
Where is Summer School held?
CMS Summer School is held at Katoomba Christian Convention, 119 Cliff Drive, Katoomba. Please be aware of the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the Summer School program and location. Stay informed at nswsummerschool.org.au/update.
When can I apply?
Applications will open on 17 August 2020 and close 30 November 2020.
Can I register when I get to Summer School?
Due to space constraints in light of COVID-19, there will be no on-site registration in 2021. Attendees must register for Summer School by 30 November to take part.
I’m 75+ years of age, immunocompromised, or in another high-risk category. Can I come to Summer School?
Currently, there is no restriction on who is able to attend CMS Summer School. However, it is important that you consult a medical practitioner when deciding whether or not to attend a large religious conference.
Am I safe from COVID-19 at Summer School?
The Summer School team is carefully planning the conference in light of possible COVID-19 restrictions in January. This includes following all government advice and public health orders, as well as social distancing guidelines. You will need to consider your personal situation when deciding to attend Summer School.
What happens if I get sick before CMS Summer School?
Registered attendees who show COVID-19 symptoms in the two weeks leading up to the conference, who have recently been to a COVID-19 hotspot, or who are a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not be able to enter the CMS Summer School site.
What happens if I can’t attend in person?
There will be a livestream available for those who have registered but have found they are no longer able to attend in person. Regardless of the format of the conference, Katoomba will remain the central hub and broadcasting location of Summer School. We are committed to maintaining a familiar setting for Summer School, even if attendees are spread across the Blue Mountains region and must watch the conference from their accommodation.
What happens if a physical Summer School conference is not possible?
Our contingency plan is to move Summer School to a livestream-only conference if restrictions do not permit us to meet in person. However, we do not want to make this decision until it is necessary, and we are praying and hoping to be able to gather physically, enabling our missionaries to engage with supporters face-to-face. If an online-only conference is necessary, we will get in touch with the primary contact on your application form.
How much does CMS Summer School cost?
|Children (first 3 only)
|Max per family
|There is no on-site registration in 2021
Can I apply for a single day?
Yes, daily rates are listed in the table above.
Are refunds available if I am no longer able to attend Summer School?
We understand that there is a level of uncertainty around CMS Summer School 2021 and thus as a sign of good will, we will be providing full refunds for those who wish to withdraw their application at any time before 9 January 2021. Partial refunds will also be available if you choose to watch the conference online, or if government restrictions require Summer School to move to an online-only conference.
You can request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose not to accept a refund, your money will be allocated to the cost of running Summer School, however you can choose to have your registration fee allocated to a missionary you support instead. Simply email us advising us of a missionary you would like to support in this way.
Is there an info pack?
Detailed information about CMS Summer School 2021, including up-to-date information about COVID-19, will be available in mid-December. Stay up to date at nswsummerschool.org.au/update.
Does my registration include accommodation and meals?
No, you must organise your own accommodation and meals. Due to COVID-19, please prepare to bring all your own snacks and drinks to Summer School, as morning tea will not be provided.
How do I apply as an adult? How do I apply as a family?
Adult applications are available until 30 November online or through the CMS Summer School brochure.
Families with children must apply by 15 September to be part of automatic allocation in the Youth and Children’s programs. Some programs may continue to be open for registration until applications close on 30 November, subject to availability.
Can my child choose 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?
Due to COVID-19, we are not yet able to guarantee a safe location for parents with children who don’t receive a place in the program to watch CMS Summer School on site. An update regarding families at Summer School will be sent out in December.
How do I volunteer at CMS Summer School?
If you are able serve at Summer School for a few days or the whole week, please let us know. As part of the Summer School application process there is a check box option to be contacted with more information about volunteering. Select the areas that you would be interested in serving and CMS will contact you.
All volunteers will be subject to selection criteria and must complete a declaration including signing and agreeing to comply with the CMS Code of Conduct.
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.
- 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.