Term 1 | Week 5 | 01 March 2017
“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you."
From The Principal
Last week, Year 9 ventured to Thunderbird Park, in the surrounds of beautiful Mt Tamborine, for their annual adventure camp. The students were involved in a range of wonderful activities including the high ropes challenge and a commando style obstacle course. The physical challenges are designed to build teamwork, develop confidence, grow resilience and improve strength and endurance. The three day experience also helps strengthen friendship and build comradery amongst the group. All of the feedback from students and staff has been very positive. The only complaint on Friday afternoon was that they were exhausted after a jam packed three days and slightly less sleep than usual! Thank you to Mrs Brigette Campbell, Mr Tom Papworth, Mrs Daniela Payne and Mr Paul Pryor who took time away from their friends and families to ensure Year 9 could have this wonderful opportunity. There are numerous photos to view on Facebook and some great video footage shot both from the ground and in the air via a drone by Mr Papworth.
Many parents have taken the opportunity to log into the newly launched Parent Lounge via the College website to:
- Accept and pay for College excursions
- View the College Calendar and daily notices
- Access academic reports
- Pay school fees
- Contact class teachers
- View student timetables and e-dairies
A user code and password were distributed with the Fee Statements a couple of weeks ago. If you have missed placed your user code or password, or you would like some help in navigating through the Parent Lounge simply call or pop into the office.
Congratulations to Kyle Underwood, Ella Webb, ErinAmy Smekel and Casey Fenwick for their participation in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest this year. They all represented the College with great pride and presented themselves with great grace and distinction. Special mention to Ella Webb who was named Lions Youth of the Year for the Alstonville Lions Association. Ella will now go on to zone final this Saturday.
Congratulations also to our NCIS Swimming Squad for all their efforts in the pool and their good behaviour and cooperation throughout the day. There were a number of outstanding individual performances on the day as well as a great sense of team pride. Well done to all involved.
On Wednesday, March 8, we celebrate the College Foundation Day. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 will travel to St Mary’s Anglican Church Ballina for a Whole College Assembly at 11.30am. During the assembly we will induct the 2017 Student Representative Council, present some staff service awards and recognise the College Band leaders. Once again, I invite all our parents to join us for this very significant celebration.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off The Deputy's Desk
East Ballina Aboriginal Place
On the weekend I walked along the Coastal Recreational Path (CRP) to check out the newly launched East Ballina Aboriginal Place. It is a reasonably short section of the CRP that signposts significant dreaming stories and stories of country and place. I found it fascinating.
Interpretive material has been placed along the East Ballina Aboriginal Place section of the Coastal Recreational Path which traverses 6kms of the Ballina Shire's coastline. The path contains signage recognising the Aboriginal cultural values of this iconic coastline. The trail head begins at Angels Beach, East Ballina and stretches North to Sharpes Beach. This location takes in part of the recently declared East Ballina Aboriginal Place, under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. An unformalised path continues to Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head.
Enquiries regarding Aboriginal sites and places in the Ballina Shire can also be directed to JALI Local Aboriginal Land Council on telephone 02 6686 7055.
Learning about our local history is a wonderful opportunity for our families.
At EAC we value the role of homework in both the primary and secondary school. In the primary school homework is about consolidating concepts and skills learnt in class, particularly reading and numeracy such as times tables. In the secondary school homework is also about consolidation, but also includes completing work, writing notes/summaries, and working on assessment tasks.
The Kids Health website provides 10 tips for helping students with homework:
Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.
Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!
Here are some tips to guide the way:
- Know the teachers— and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
- Set up a homework-friendly area.Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
- Schedule a regular study time.Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
- Help them make a plan.On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
- Keep distractions to a minimum.This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
- Make sure kids do their own work.They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
- Be a motivator and monitor.Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example.Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
- Praise their work and efforts.Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
- If there are continuing problems with homework, get help.Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.
Helping your teen with homework
During the middle and high-school years, homework gets more intense and grades start to matter more. At the same time, teens face a lot of other big changes. They're adjusting to the physical and emotional effects of puberty, while busy social lives and sports commitments gain importance, and many also take part-time jobs.
Parents can play a crucial role in helping teens handle these challenges and succeed in school by lending a little help, support, and guidance, and by knowing what problems demand their involvement and which ones require them to hang back.
Setting Up Shop
Make sure your teen has a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place to study. The space should be stocked with paper, pencils, a calculator, dictionary, thesaurus, and any other necessary supplies. It should be away from distractions like TVs, ringing phones, and video games.
Your teen may prefer to retreat to a private space to work rather than study surrounded by parents and siblings. Grant that independence, but check in from time to time to make sure that your teen hasn't gotten distracted.
If your teen needs a computer for assignments, try to set it up in a common space, not in a bedroom, to discourage playing video games, chatting with or emailing friends, or surfing the Internet for fun during study time. Also consider parental controls, available through your Internet service provider (ISP), and software that blocks and filters any inappropriate material.
Find out which sites teachers are recommending and bookmark them for easy access. Teach your teen how to look for reliable sources of information and double-check any that look questionable.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
Friends of Emmanuel
Thursday 2 March
''Our Ballina Table'' Exhibition Launch from 5.30pm-7.30pm
at the Ballina Regional Art Gallery .
Two of the photographers who donated their time to the book - Gavin Hughes and Wanda Chin - are showcasing some of their photos both from the book and related work as part of this exhibition about Ballina Food, People and Places.
Drinks and nibbles provided. The outside grassy area is also available if anyone wants to bring a picnic.
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.
Tuesday 14 March
Friends Annual General Meeting
in the Library. We 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!
Thursday 16 March
Primary School Beach Disco, from 5:30 PM
in the Undercover Area. A Flyer will be sent home soon!
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.
Last week, Year 4 presented an assembly item on compassion. This is one of the core values here at EAC and students showed their understanding of compassion in a variety of ways.
Firstly they gave some definitions of compassion. Compassion is:
- understanding another person's problem and wanting to help
- if you see that someone needs help or is hurt, and you want to help them, you are showing: Compassion
- seeing someone as they are and loving them anyway
- a feeling of sympathy towards someone and wanting to help in some way.
- a skill of the heart, that lets the heart glow. Keeping it open, through torment and woe.
Then they talked about being a bucket filler. "Bucket fillers" are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others.... People who "dip" into our bucket often rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. Year 4 performed a skit about how students could be a bucket filler and thinking about others before themselves.
Students then showed an ‘I Will’ chart that they made in class to show how they could make other students’ days better. They connected each card together and joined themselves to each other to show their connection and their responsibility to be compassionate towards others.
Finally they read the College Bible reading for compassion and prayed to the students about being compassionate and Mrs Buddee then led a Stage 2 Choir piece on compassion called, ‘May the circle be unbroken’.
Students at the College will be showing their knowledge of compassion with a variety of tasks that they have been given to do. There will be some displays around the College showing how students can be compassionate to others and how to be ‘bucket fillers’.
Mr Paul Christensen
Positive Behaviour Strategies K-2
Throughout K-2 classrooms, teachers have implemented various positive behaviour strategies to encourage students to follow the College Values in their classrooms. Each class teacher has adopted their own unique way of recognising and rewarding students’ behaviours positively. Classroom strategies vary within K-2 classrooms to allow teachers to create a positive environment that works for the individual students in their classrooms. Following are a few to share with you.
In KB, students are able to earn raffle tickets to put in the raffle box. Each Friday, Mrs Kent draws three names from the box for those students to choose a prize.
In KA, Mrs Baker encourages her students to “Give Me Five’. This encourages her students to use the five L’s of learning – legs are crossed, hands in laps, ears are listening, eyes are looking and lips are quiet. Students are given a raffle ticket for displaying positive behaviours and the raffle is drawn every Friday.
In 1B, Mrs McClelland’s class follow the Traffic Light system, where students are encouraged to remain on the green light. The amber and red lights indicate to students that they need to make more appropriate choices. Students are given a ticket to put in the Ticket box and this is drawn each Friday where students choose a prize.
In next week’s Newsletter, 1A, 2A and 2B will share their strategies with you.
Students in K-2 have been enjoying our new sandpit during recess and lunch playtimes. This week they are very excited to have some new toys to play in the sandpit such as, trucks, cooking utensils, buckets and spades.
Welfare Leader K-2
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.
REMINDER: The final date for the Expression of Interest slips for the Kakadu to Uluru Excursion is this Friday!
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.
1000 Words Arts & Literacy Program
From the 1 - 26 March the Northern Rivers Community Gallery will host an exhibition ‘Our Ballina Table’. Students in Year 8 have used the photos as a provocation for discussion and creative writing in class, and they have written some very inspired pieces. The work of Hamish Walker and Sofie Kreutzfeldt-Jensen will be displayed at the Gallery as part of the exhibition for the month of March.
Leader of Curriculum Primary
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: March 14 & 28
Subway Date: April 4
Sushi – Tuesday 7 March
Sushi will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 7 March. If you would like to order Sushi 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, 6 March.
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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