Term 1 | Week 4 | 22 February 2017
“Ask and it will be given, search and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you."
From The Principal
Congratulations to all our Swimming Age Champions and Runners Up who were recognised at our Whole College Assembly this week. There were a number of outstanding individual performances and it was great to acknowledge those swimmers who have worked so hard in the pool to improve and achieve their best. We also formally announced that the 2017 Swimming champion house was Smith House who narrowly defeated Walker when the results of both the Primary and Secondary Carnivals were combined. Congratulations to all involved with Smith House! Our College Swimming Team has been training regularly since the commencement of the College year and we wish them well as they compete next week at the NCIS Carnival in Lismore.
It was also announced at the assembly that EAC will be participating in the NSW Independent Coeducational Schools Debating Competition. The College will select teams in each of Stages 3 through to 6. Initially students will debate against the four other Anglican Schools in our diocese to decide the Northern NSW regional champions. Those winners will then progress to compete against the winners from the Hunter region for the opportunity to go to Sydney to compete in the State Finals. Students who are interested in participating in the competition should speak with Mrs Sue McLintock or Mr Chris McCotter.
Good luck to Year 12 students Casey Fenwick, ErinAmy Smekel, Ella Webb and Kyle Underwood who have all entered the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. The quest has been running since 1964 and in 2017 is a truly national competition designed to celebrate the talents, efforts and hopes of young people. It is open to students who are 16 years and older. The Quest to identify the Lions Youth of the Year involves three parts. Firstly, Participants in the Quest are required to prepare a portfolio outlining their hopes and goals, their personal achievements and their community involvement. Secondly, they must meet with an interview panel of 3 to answer questions about what they have presented in their portfolio. Final they must attend a speech evening and present a prepared 5 minute speech on a topic about which they are passionate and they must also speak for two minutes about 2 impromptu topics. We certainly wish them well and look forward to hearing about their achievements in the quest.
On Wednesday, March 8, we celebrate the College Foundation Day. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 will commence the day at St Mary’s Anglican Church Ballina for a Whole College Assembly. During the assembly we will induct the 2017 Student Representative Council. Once again, I invite all our parents to join us for this very significant celebration.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off The Deputy's Desk
Late arrival and early departure
If your child arrives late to school in the morning they need to go straight to the office for a late slip. If possible they should have a note signed by a parent, with a reason for their lateness. When leaving school early, your child should have a note from you to show their class teacher (K – Yr 2) or a note in their College Planner (Yr 3 – 12). This note should be shown to their classroom teacher and then to the office staff when they sign out. If you have not provided a note then you will need to sign your child out in the office. Thank you for your assistance in helping us to maintain our records, and look out for the wellbeing of all students.
Senior Study Lockdown
After the success of our first ‘study lockdown’ last year, we are holding another session this Thursday in the lead up to the Yr 12 Mid Course Exams. Students in Yr 11 and 12 have been invited to join us in the Library from 3.30 – 8.30pm. During this time we will run optional short workshops on study skills, and students will have the opportunity to study and seek assistance from staff. It is wonderful that our teachers can support students in their academic pursuits.
Anxiety-Lowering Strategies for Children
As busy parents, many of us are struggling to manage children who have varying degrees of nerves and anxiety. The mornings in my house can go smoothly, or I can have a child sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor crying because their socks feel funny on their feet. The article below, by Jeffrey Bernstein, provides some simple strategies to use at home. You can also find information on the following websites:
Five Anxiety-Lowering Strategies for Children
Tools to help kids worry less can be a big relief for parents.
The worst part of anxiety is having anxiety about the anxiety, itself. The metaphor of a snowball being rolled down a hill of is one I use to illustrate how unchecked anxiety rapidly grows. Children can learn to cope with anxiety by learning two crucial skills: Calming Down and Solving Problems. Escalating anxiety in children can be expressed as defiant behavior. Knowing how to help your child manage his or her anxiety can go a long way in helping them behave better. Below are five techniques that I use in my practice with children and their parents to help children manage anxiety:
- Breathing with them.One way to help your child control anxiety is to encourage slow, deep breathing. You can help your child practice this by getting her to imagine the air going in through her nose, down the windpipe, and into the belly. There are wonderful apps and You Tube videos that you can search for that show how to do this diaphramatic breathing (I present it as "belly breathing" for kids). I also show kids a picture of a saber tooth tiger and explain how our fight or flight mechanism in current day works the same as if we were seeing a saber tooth a long time ago. Another way to relax is to alternately tense and relax muscles.
- Helping children get rid of ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts). I have children draw ants (the insect version) to make this exercise fun. Then I help them talk about, write, or draw ants with negative thoughts next to them. Typical ANTS may be: “Nothing ever goes my way,” “I’m a loser because everyone else thinks I am,” or “I’m a failure.” By changing the unhelpful thoughts to more helpful and positive thoughts, for example, saying or thinking, “If I keep practicing, I’ll get better,” or “Even if I make a mistake, I can learn and do better the next time,” the child’s anxiety levels will be reduced.
- Using exposure strategies.In my practice I use a strategy called Introceptive Exposure. For example, for a child who reports shortness of breath due to anxiety, I may have a child sit with his parent and hold his breath. The goal is for the child to learn that the physical symptoms can be experienced without the anxiety and panic. Following the spirit of exposure being far better for helping anxiety than avoidance, it is imperative that parents stay loving and firm in encouraging their children to confront and work through their fears.
- Guiding the child with calming visualizations.Help your child to imagine a relaxing place and to notice the calm feelings in his body. Or, have him imagine a container (such as a big box or a safe) to put his worries in so they are not running wild in his mind and bothering him when he needs or wants to be doing other things.
- Encouraging the child to make a "things that went right today"list at the end of the school day. This helps children prone to anxiety to develop an optimistic cognitive This can be made into a Success Journal.
For more involved, persistent anxiety related concerns, please consult a qualified mental health professional.
Foundation Day Countdown
Foundation Day is a much anticipated event on the College calendar. This year we have some exciting additions planned for the day. We will begin with chapel, to reflect on where we have come from, and the values that the school is founded on. In the afternoon we will run our traditional Mini Fair, but will also have some fun with an inflatable obstacle course and a special Staff vs Students event. Any money raised from the afternoon activities will go towards our World Vision sponsor child.
EAC 2017 Swimming Carnival Results
Overall House points
Primary Swimming Carnival Age Champions and Runners Up 2017
|Runner Up||8||Girls||Sarah Vanem|
|Champion||9||Girls||Olivia De Marco|
|Runner Up||9||Girls||Eva Rylands|
|Runner Up||10||Girls||Charli Rogers|
|Runner Up||11||Girls||Sylvie Peart|
|Runner Up||12-13||Girls||Poppy Robinson|
|Runner Up||8||Boys||Joshua Muzzolini|
|Runner Up||9||Boys||Jayden Matthews|
|Runner Up||10||Boys||Kelly Campbell|
|Runner Up||11||Boys||Jack Whitaker|
|Runner Up||12||Boys||Bailey Wilson|
Secondary Swimming Carnival Age Champions and Runners Up 2017
|Champion||12-13||Girls||Anneke Du Plessis|
|Runner Up||13||Girls||Farah Rezai-Smyth|
|Runner Up||14||Girls||Dora Milne|
|Runner Up||15||Girls||Stella Atkinson|
|Runner Up||16||Girls||Ella Du Plessis|
|Runner Up||17||Girls||Elisabeth Milne|
|Runner Up||18+||Girls||Ella Webb|
|Runner Up||12-13||Boys||William Lane|
|Runner Up||14||Boys||Hamish Walker|
|Runner Up||15||Boys||Nick Mounic|
|Runner Up||16||Boys||Ryan Webb|
|Runner Up||17||Boys||Aidan Rajaratnam|
|Champion||18+||Boys||Guy Falconer & Mitchell Wright (tied)|
Primary Sport Touch Football Program
This week primary students started their Team Sport Program for school sport. They will be completing 4 weeks of touch football, followed by 4 weeks of cricket. Development officers from NSW Touch and Cricket are facilitating these programs.
Changing Roles at EAC - Primary Leadership Team
This year the Primary Leadership Team structure has changed and there are now two leaders of Primary Welfare: Infants (K-2) Merilyn Mule’, and Upper Primary (3-6) Paul Christensen. Along with this there is the Primary Curriculum Leader, Lisa Weingarth.
The role of the Welfare Leaders is to promote and facilitate an environment that affirms our students, gives them guidance and direction, builds a sense of belonging and identity across the group and supports individual student’s needs. We support teachers in developing positive plans and strategies to support students with welfare or behavioural challenges.
Some initiatives that we are working towards include implementing a fitness program across the primary school, behavioural incentive schemes where class and stage groups work together to achieve a common goal for the term, and behaviour charts in each classroom that help students to be responsible for their own actions. We will also be implementing a pastoral care program focussing on the core values of EAC. We look forward to working with the students and their families this year.
Your first point of call, with any concerns, either academic or wellbeing, are your children’s classroom teachers. If a situation becomes more significant the teacher may refer you to the relevant Welfare Leader, or Leader of Curriculum. Our role is to support students to make good decisions. Our goal is to work with students to teach them about boundaries and responsibility. An important part of this process is that teachers and parents need to work together - we all have a common goal...the wellbeing and success of the child.
We look forward to working with your children this year and sharing many postive experiences together.
Merilyn Mule’ Paul Christensen
Welfare Leader K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6
Student Representative Council
In Week 2, some students from Year 2 to 6 presented a speech based on why they would make a good School Representative Council member. They were asked to model their speech on a variety of aspects that made them a worthy nominee for SRC. Each class in Year 2 to 6 will have one representative.
Students gave some fantastic speeches and it was great to see so many students nominate for SRC this year. It was also a fantastic way for others to learn about them and give them more confidence speaking in front of an audience.
An outline of what attributes an SRC member should have is outlined below.
As a member of the S.R.C a student is required to:
- Be respectful
- Try their hardest all the time
- Attend weekly SRC meetings
- Write newsletter items
- Look after others.
- Initiate and plan opportunities and activities for students
S.R.C students are responsible for:
- Helping people
- Showing new people around the College
- Taking care of College property
- Organising and running student based initiatives and opportunities
- Making sure everyone is included in College activities
- Sharing equipment
- Sharing S.R.C information with the rest of their class
- Sharing S.R.C information at assemblies
- Sharing S.R.C information with other teachers and staff members
- Keeping the S.R.C folder up to date
Representatives will participate in weekly meetings to come up with a variety of fundraising opportunities and fun days for students to participate in that raise awareness of important issues.
Mr Robert Tobias will let the students know who will be an SRC representative for 2017 in the next few days.
Exciting New Learning Programs for Students at EAC
This year we are implementing two spelling programs, Spelling Mastery and Spell It. The goal is to teach our students to become life long spellers. The lessons will use a combined approach of phonemic, morphemic and whole word strategies.
Students will be taught to understand the relationship between sounds, word parts and spelling patters. Our older students will focus on rules, conventions, structure and logic of the English language. The lessons are taught in small steps, giving students sufficient time to practice, so that they comprehend how spelling works and can become proficient writers.
Leader of Curriculum Primary
Kakadu to uluru
The College is exploring the possibility of organising a cultural and educational tour travelling from Kakadu to Uluru in the September-October holidays. The trip is open to secondary students and will be managed by Across Australia Travel, supported by a 24 hours guide and overseen by Mrs Felicity Regan (Secondary Teacher).
An Expression of Interest note is available from Mrs Regan or the Office. There is no obligation or expectation connected to expressing an interest. If more than 20 people express an interest we will arrange for a representative from Across Australia Travel to come to the College and run an information session about the trip. The expected cost is approximately $3500.
On this excursion, students will have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of Australia’s diverse natural environment and our place within it. As part of this, students will spend time with the Aboriginal people of the Wanmarra Community and over two days, will help in the construction of a sustainable agriculture and bush tucker project. They will also learn the stories and cultural practices of the land. This activity will count towards student participation in the Lighthouse Program.
Friends of Emmanuel
On Tuesday 14 March 2017 Friends will be holding their Annual General Meeting. We invite all parents and carers to attend this important meeting to vote in a new committee for 2017. This annual meeting is a great opportunity to also learn a little more about Friends of EAC and meet some new people. It is important to mention here that parents and carers will not be made to feel pressured to take on an official role. However, we do require a minimum number to ensure a quorum at our AGM in order for decisions to be made, so please try to come along if you can - and see what Friends is all about!
Nominations for Office Bearers 2017
Below is the Nomination Form for the Election of Office Bearers, 2017. If you would like to put your name down for one of the 14 committee positions, please fill it out and drop it into the office.
- bring the College Community together through fun social events
- connect more closely with the College Executive, facilitating feedback and ideas from parents to College and College to parents
- raise some funds for College buildings and equipment (and have a say where this money is spent)
- Build valuable relationships with a broad range of parents throughout K- 12
Committee Members : Lee Adendorff, Marion Tait, Robyn Fell, Steve Carrigg, Mark Awad, Alisha Green, Meagan Laverty, Janet Hale, Jenny Campbell, Libby Vasquez
Dear EAC families
Thank you to all of you who donated their un-used stationary items to those in need last year.
We are sure that many of you are concerned about the expense, waste and environmental impact created by the leftover, unused or partially used books at the end of each school year. Just a reminder that the lovely folks at The School Locker came on board with us and undertook a collection station. Deb at the store provided a collection basket, making it very easy to drop off. We have received a great supply of donations, but would love some more!
We are currently in discussion with Reverend Sal - BCA (Bush Church Aid) and our our mission partners in the Solomon Islands are wonderful causes to support in this practical way. So please, if you have spare books lying around, please drop them in. The recipients won’t mind a bit if they are covered / named – just having books to use in the classroom will be fantastic.
Thanks EAC parents, the books leftover from last year are unlikely to be used next year so let’s reduce that waste and give, give, give!
Celeste Hartmann on behalf of FRIENDS of EAC
Drinks and nibbles provided. The outside grassy area is also available if anyone wants to bring a picnic and make an evening of it!
All welcome. Entry is Free. Come and support our local artists!
Our cookbook will also be on display and for sale in the Gallery Shop for the duration of the exhibition, which runs from 1-26 March 2017.
President - Friends of EAC
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: March 7 & 21
Noodle Box dates: February 28, March 14 & 28
Subway Date: April 4
Noodle Box – Tuesday 28 February
Noodle Box will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 28 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, 27 February.
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.
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