Term 1 | Week 2 | 08 February 2017
From The Principal
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the Parent Information and Welcome Evening last Thursday. It was great to see the Ezzy Centre buzzing with great conversation after the information sessions. The evening certainly confirmed for me the great support that EAC enjoys from our families. The staff were also very appreciative of the number of parents who came to the information sessions and introduced themselves on the evening. If you do have any issues, questions or concerns throughout the year the first point of contact for primary students is the Class Teacher and for secondary students it is the Pastoral Care Teacher.
This week our first group of international visitors from China, have spent time at EAC learning English, visiting classrooms, sightseeing in the local area and making friends. The feedback from all of the visitors is that they have been made feel extremely welcome and loved experiencing the Australian way of life. I also want to thank the students who have acted as buddies for these students. Their enthusiasm for the task and genuine desire to make the students feel part of our community has been wonderful.
On Monday and Tuesday this week we held the College swimming carnivals at Ballina Pool. The students participated and competed with great enthusiasm. House spirit was so obvious on the day with students dressing up in House colours and cheering every race. Our House Mascots made their debut poolside and were greatly received. When the relays were run in the afternoon the whole secondary school sat on the edge of the pool and cheered for their House teams. Special thanks to Mr Gaham Walker for his organisation and the Primary and Secondary House Captains for their leadership on the day.
The start of the school year is always filled with much excitement and frenetic activity and this was certainly true for our 2017 Kindergarten class. I have spoken with a number of students and families from Kindy last week and they all appeared to be loving ‘big school’ and getting into the routine of learning. They looked great in their uniforms and were very proud of their new hats, shoes, lunchboxes and classrooms. Special thanks to Mrs Baker and Mrs Kent for helping make the transition to Kindergarten as smooth as possible for all.
If you have visited the College website since the commencement of the College year you would see that it has been renewed and is looking absolutely fantastic. It now contains a broader range of information, links to our newsletter and Facebook page and an easy to browse format. This is one of a series of technological updates and rollouts to improve communication and better service to students and their families. We have installed a new firewall system to further enhance security and safety for all users, we have also increased our internet bandwidth which will increase the speed of the internet and also cater for the ever growing student population. One of the biggest innovations is the roll out of our Parent Lounge and Student Café. These will provide both parents and students with access to a whole range of information specific to their needs. The Parent Lounge will allow families to view their children’s calendars, excursions and assessment dates as well as update personal information, view reports, collect notes, give permission to attend events and pay school fees online. Parents will receive a unique user code and password in their Fee Statement that will be posted out this week. Access to the Parent Lounge is via the new College website. I look forward to hearing your feedback about this new facility.
Finally, I warmly invite all our families to join us at St Mary’s Anglican Church next Tuesday as we celebrate the start of the College year and induct our Primary Captains and House Captains.
Off The Deputy's Desk
Whole College Chapel
Next Tuesday we will hold our first Whole College Chapel for the year. This service will also include the induction of our Primary Captains and House Captains. You are welcome to join us at St Mary’s at 9am.
Staying Cool in the Heat
We have already experienced high temperatures since our return to school, and the heatwave is predicted to continue. It is important that on these very hot days our students are well prepared with broad brimmed hats, sunscreen and lots of water. Hydration is the key to reducing the risk of heatstroke.
Packing school lunches is always a difficult task – maintaining a healthy lunchbox while ensuring you pack something your children will eat, is hard work. There are many good websites and articles that have good ideas and recipes (http://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/galleries/lunch-box-ideas). I try to pack one or two pieces of fruit, a dairy product (cheese or yoghurt), a home-made baked snack and a sandwich/wrap/salad. Sometimes kids get busy at school and ‘forget’ to eat – please chat to your kids about the importance of eating at school, and drinking water. Keeping our brains fed helps us to learn! We would also like to remind parents to be conscious of what is packed in student lunchboxes, and brought in to celebrate birthdays, particularly in the younger years as we do have some students with intolerances and allergies to particular foods, including nuts, eggs, seafood and gluten. If you are sending in food to share for a birthday please ensure you have a label on the container that lists the ingredients. If your child has an intolerance or allergy it is important that they learn not to share food with other children. Please let your child’s teacher know if there are any food allergies.
- Maddyson Lloyd 50 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke, 200 Medley, 100 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly
- Lachlan Walker 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 200 Medley, 100 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly
- Natalie Shaw 200 Medley, 50 Breaststroke
- Nick Mounic 50 Breaststroke
- Luke Mounic 50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly
- Zoe Campbell 50 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke, 50 Backstroke, 50 Butterfly
- Jackson Bond 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly
- Charlotte Shepherd 50 Butterfly
This year in the primary school we have a range of lunch time clubs that students can attend. Options include Chess, Lego, Dance, Board Games and Computers.
Year 3-6 can go each day to a club, students in Kindergarten can go twice a week to a club and students in Year 1 and 2 have three choices per week.
Participating in a club is a great way to develop team building skills and follow passions that the students may have, but it can also be a nice place to have some timeout from the playground.
A huge thank you to the teachers who have offered to organise these clubs each term.
Paul Christensen and Merilyn Mule
Canteen operates 4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with special lunches on Tuesdays.
Canteen is now open on Tuesdays for general sales (eg. ice blocks, chips etc) however general lunch orders and bakery items are NOT available.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi Dates: February 21, March 7 & 21
Noodle Box dates: February 14 & 28, March 14 & 28
Subway Date: April 4
Noodle Box – Tuesday 14 February
Noodle Box will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 14 February. If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form then attach your order to a paper bag with your payment enclosed. This should then be put in the canteen basket on Monday morning, 13 November.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
PRIMARY LUNCH ORDERS
Please place the money in a paper bag of sufficient size to fit all of the lunch items. If you are ordering a drink with your child’s lunch please provide two (2) bags. Please remind your child to place their lunch/recess bag in the class tub NOT directly to the canteen.
PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE / TAPE BAGS CLOSED, FOLDED IN 4 APPEARS TO WORK WELL
BAG 1: Name, Class, Teacher, Lunch Order (John Smith, 5A, Mr Falvey, 1 Junior Pie)
BAG 2: Name, Class, Drink/Cold Order (John Smith, 5A, Mr Falvey, 1 Orange Juice)
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child’s lunch order.
0414 811 668