Term 1 | Week 6 | 08 March 2017
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
From The Principal
This week we take time to celebrate the many and varied opportunities that we all share to learn, live and lead as part of the EAC community. In particular, we remember and acknowledge the bold and brave vision of the faith filled group of people from St Mary’s Anglican Church who saw a great opportunity for ministry to the young people and families of our region. The great College we have today is testament to their inspiration and hard work. These founders included the names Brockington, Purcival, Smith and Walker. Names you are all familiar with through our College House system.
The College was opened in 1998 at Gunundi – the name of the Anglican Church retreat venue on the East Ballina headland. On the first day there were 16 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Year 5 and Mrs Joan Pickup was their teacher. The demountable building which housed the school at Gunundi was moved to the current site in the year 2000 and became the staffroom and Year 12 common Room until it was replaced by the Emmanuel Building last year. On March 5, 2000 Bishop Phillip Huggins officially blessed and open the College at our current site at West Ballina. At that point there were just 3 buildings on the whole site. Today we have 600 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and a 40 place child care centre all supported by the expertise and efforts of approximately 70 staff. The physical resources continue to grow as do the opportunities for students to learn.
While much has changed since our small beginnings we still aspire to the vision of the College founders who wanted families to have access to a quality education for their children in a Christian environment which truly values each and every individual.
Central to this year’s celebrations is the Induction of the Student Representative Council. I congratulate the students who have been identified by their peers as having the skills and talents that mark them as a leader. I am sure they will make a wonderful contribution to EAC in the coming year. I also want to thank and congratulate all those students who were generous and courageous enough to nominate for election this year. A willingness to be involved, to lend a hand and to give of your time are all signs of a person with great character. If you did nominate and were unsuccessful, I say thank you and also encourage you to continue to look for ways to be involved and to support the College. Whether wearing a badge or not, everyone has the opportunity to be a role model for others and to give something back to the College and our community.
Congratulations to the following SRC members:
Charlotte Arthur Year 11
Emily Wiltshire Year 11
Mackenzie Woods Year 10
Ryan Webb Year 10
Himanya Sajnani Year 9
Patrick Thornton Year 9
Letia Paton Year 8
Zev Donovan Year 8
Georgie Watson Year 7
Oliver Payne Year 7
Annaliese Kelvin Year 6
Phoebe Hoolihan Year 6
Olivia Carter Year 5
Shay Keane Year 5
Lily Awad Year 4
Harry Falvey Year 4
Annie Peart Year 3
Rory Neaves Year 3
Willow Pace Year 2
Sam Carrigg Year 2
There are many opportunities for student leadership across the College and I would also like to recognise a number of students who will be taking on a leadership role as part of our Band and Music Tuition Program. To be a band leader a student must demonstrate a high level of proficiency as a musician, support the Band Coordinator in the preparations for rehearsals and performances as well as mentor and guide the younger members of the Band.
It gives me great pleasure to announce our Band Captains for 2016.
Leading the Primary Concert Band –Eliza Grosser and Landon Broadley
Leading the Secondary Concert Band – Niva Ewald and ErinAmy Smekel
This year we have also asked a number of students to take on the role of Section Leader to help coordinate each section and its players.
Our Section Leaders for the Primary Band are:
Section Leader (Woodwind) – Annaliesse Kelvin and Lily Boyd
Section Leader (Brass) – Lara Atkinson and Bailey Wilson
Section Leader (Percussion) – Jackson Bond and Nkosilathi Malaba
Section Leaders for the Secondary Band are:
Section Leader (Woodwind) – Kate Utting and Noah Grosser
Section Leader (Brass) – ErinAmy Smekel and Arran Hughes
Section Leader (Percussion) – Ella Peart
As we celebrate the foundation of the College I also wish to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and dedication of two of the EAC staff who were presented 2017 Staff Service Awards at our Whole College Assembly.
I wish the thank and congratulate Mrs Margaret Lewis for her contributions to College administration and student services. Margaret has a wonderful rapport with all of the staff and is much loved by all the students for her interest in them and the care she shows them, particular when they are injured or unwell. I also wish to thank and congratulate Mr Robert Williams for his significant contribution to the excellent presentation of the grounds and classrooms as a member of the College Maintenance team. Bob is a hardworking and dedicated member of the maintenance team who takes great pride in his work. Margaret and Bob are both wonderful people that have made generous and significant contributions. We pray that they may they be greatly blessed for all they have given our community throughout their time of service. Please congratulate them once again.
We also to time to celebrate the success of our Year 12 Graduating Class for 2016 as we formally acknowledge the 2016 College Dux. Following allocations of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks (ATAR), I am pleased to announce that the Dux was Kiran Rajaratnam. Kiran is currently studying at university in Sydney on a pathway to medicine.
During the assembly I was delighted to receive the NCIS Primary Swimming Champion shield as it was presented to the College by representative from our NCIS swimming squad. This is the first time in College history that we have won one of the big three carnivals –swimming, cross country or athletics. I wish to congratulate the squad for their commitment to training and their excellent efforts. I also thank Mr Graham Walker and his team of dedicated coaches.
For many of the students the highlight of the day was the mini carnival that took place after lunch today. Each Pastoral Care class in the Secondary school set up a stall and provided either a game, activity or food for the students in the Primary school. It was delightful to see the students from across the College interacting in such a positive and supportive way.
Happy Foundation Day to all!!
Mr Robert Tobias
Off The Deputy's Desk
Last week in the car my daughter was practising her 2 times tables. She got them all right. I congratulated her and suggested that she tell her teacher. That afternoon I asked her what the teacher had said about her success with the times tables. She went very quiet in the back seat and whispered “I cheated. I was reading the answers from a sheet. I just wanted to be amazing.” My heart broke for my little girl who struggles with maths and just wanted to feel good about learning. It was a perfect opportunity for us to have a discussion about having a growth mindset, about being resilient and resourceful learners who take risks and keep trying because we just haven’t got it…yet! Yet is a powerful word. At home we’re working hard on changing our language. Instead of saying “I can’t do this” we’re saying “I’m going to keep trying”.
The article below comes from http://yourbrainhealth.com.au/8-ways-to-encourage-a-growth-mindset-in-kids/ and was written by Sarah McKay.
8 Ways to encourage a growth mindset in kids
Fixed versus growth mindsets
Dr. Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, studies mindset in children, believes children are similar to adults in that they have one of two possible mindsets—a fixed mindset or a growth mindset .
Kids with a fixed mindset believe they’re ‘smart’ or ‘dumb’, talented at something: painting, music or football, or not. They may believe the world is made of some gifted people, whom the rest admire from the sidelines. Conversely, kids with a growth mindset appreciate anyone can build themselves into anything they want to be. They recognise that people aren’t ‘smart’ or ‘dumb’, that there are no talented geniuses; only hard-working people who have chosen to take their abilities to the next level.
Dweck’s research shows that students’ beliefs about intelligence play an important role in their school achievement, engagement, and happiness.
“We found that students’ mindsets—how they perceive their abilities—played a key role in their motivation and achievement, and we found that if we changed students’ mindsets, we could boost their achievement. Students who believed their intelligence could be developed (a growth mindset) outperformed those who believed their intelligence was fixed (a fixed mindset).”
Mindset and school performance
While most kids sail through adolescence, a significant proportion disengage from school and with that comes declines in academic results and self-esteem. When Dweck and her team explored the role of mindset belief in adolescents they found that even when students on both ends of the fixed- versus growth-mindset continuum showed equal intellectual ability, their beliefs predicted their school performance.
In one study, Dweck compared two groups of 12-13 year-olds entering high school who been assessed as having either fixed or growth mindsets. The growth-mindset group improved their maths scores over the course of the study, whereas the fixed-mindset group showed poor motivation and a decline in grades.
In a second study, Dweck’s team reversed the decline in maths scores by staging a simple intervention—students were coached on growth versus fixed mindsets. They were told that every time they learn something new their brain forms new connections, and that over time their intellectual abilities can be developed. A control group was taught study skills. After the training, the control group continued to show declining grades, but remarkably, the growth-mindset group showed a significant upsurge in their motivation to learn and their grades.
How to praise the right way
One key to coaching mindset beliefs in children lies in how parents and teachers praise and motivate children .
“Many of the things we do to motivate our kids are sapping their desire to learn,” says Dweck.
It was once thought telling children how smart they are would give them confidence in their abilities, the desire to learn, and the hardiness to withstand difficulty.
“The self-esteem movement got it wrong. Praising children’s intelligence may boost their confidence for a brief moment, but by fostering the fixed view of intelligence, it makes them afraid of challenges, it makes them lose confidence when tasks become hard, and it leads to plummeting performance in the face of difficulty”
Research shows that praising the process—children’s effort or strategies—creates eagerness for challenges, persistence in the face of difficulty, and enhanced performance.
“What we’ve found in study after study is that ability-praise backfires. Emphasising effort gives a child a variable that they can control. They come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasising natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure.”
8 tips for promoting a growth mindset in kids:
- Help children understand that the brain works like a muscle, that can only grow through hard work, determination, and lots and lots of practice.
- Don’t tell students they are smart, gifted, or talented, since this implies that they were born with the knowledge, and does not encourage effort and growth.
- Let children know when they demonstrate a growth mindset.
- Praise the process. It’s effort, hard work, and practice that allow children to achieve their true potential.
- Don’t praise the results. Test scores and rigid ways of measuring learning and knowledge limit the growth that would otherwise be tapped.
- Embrace failures and missteps. Children sometimes learn the most when they fail. Let them know that mistakes are a big part of the learning process. There is nothing like the feeling of struggling through a very difficult problem, only to finally break through and solve it! The harder the problem, the more satisfying it is to find the solution.
- Encourage participation and collaborative group learning. Children learn best when they are immersed in a topic and allowed to discuss and advance with their peers.
- Encourage competency-based learning. Get kids excited about subject matter by explaining why it is important and how it will help them in the future. The goal should never be to get the ‘correct’ answer, but to understand the topic at a fundamental, deep level, and want to learn more.
As a parent or teacher what triggers YOUR fixed mindset?
Dweck also offers the following advice for educators and parents when considering our OWN fixed mindset triggers.
- Watch for a fixed-mindset reaction when you face challenges. Do you feel overly anxious, or does a voice in your head warn you away?
- Watch for it when you face a setback in your teaching or parenting, or when children aren’t listening or learning. Do you feel incompetent or defeated? Do you look for an excuse?
- Watch to see whether criticism or complaints brings out your fixed mindset. Do you become defensive, angry, or crushed instead of interested in learning from the feedback?
- Watch what happens when you see another parent or teacher who’s better than you at something you value. Do you feel envious and threatened, or do you feel eager to learn?
- Accept those thoughts and feelings and work with and through them. And keep working with and through them.
- Remember, you’re on a growth-mindset journey, too.
International Women’s Day
Be bold for change is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. Coinciding with Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day is a global celebration observed on 8 March every year. It is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as highlight those areas where action is still needed to bring about equality.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
SCU Lectures at EAC
The College recently explored how to develop a closer relationship with Southern Cross University (SCU) and build on the many connections we have for the benefit of students. I am pleased to announce this year the HSIE department will be working closely with the School of Business and Tourism through the SCU Ignite Academic Guest Lecturing Program. Senior students studying Business Studies and Economics at the College will undertake lectures from specialist SCU lecturers on the following topics:
- Designing leadership
- Accounting is the language of business
- Steps for a successful business start-up
- Economics of religion
Students will benefit from tertiary level teaching. The knowledge and understanding gained can be applied to their current learning and assessment tasks. I am excited for the wonderful opportunity this presents to students and forging closer relationships with SCU this year and beyond.
Curriculum Leader (HSIE, PDHPE, LOTE K-12)
|Year 5 & 6 Boys||Mr Falvey||Wednesday 22 March at Lunchtime|
|Year 5 & 6 Girls||Mr Falvey||Wednesday 22 March at Lunchtime|
|Under 15 Boys||Mr Jukes||Tuesday 21 March at Lunchtime|
|Under 15 Girls||Mrs Kelvin||Monday 20 March Lunchtime|
|Open Boys||Mr Jukes||Tuesday 21 March at Lunchtime|
|Open Girls||Mrs McClelland||Monday 20 March Lunchtime|
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Coping with Assessment
As many students from Years 7-10 enter a time in the term where assessment pressure seems at its highest, it is important we look after ourselves.
Stress and anxiety affect most of us at some time of our lives. Occasionally, we become so concerned with a particular result or task that that stress boils over into other areas of our lives; areas where it is most unwelcomed.
As students and parents, try the following tips and tricks to stay on top of stress.
- Seek help. Let your class teacher or Stage Coordinator and parents know you need some extra pointers.
- Spend time talking to people you know care about you.
- Have a study space that works for you. Clean and quiet.
- Write down you biggest worry/self-doubt. Think to yourself: Is it really 100% accurate? What things matter to me more than this does?
- Categorise the worry: In terms of your whole life is it a big worry, medium worry, or large worry?
- Go for a walk together. Get some sunshine.
- Make a list of things you really enjoy doing and do one each day for a week.
- Have a bath or a shower.
- Sleep well and eat well.
- Listen to your favourite song.
- Spend 5 minutes at dinner taking turns to recognise something great about your day.
- Play sport.
- Read a book in the shade.
- Study in groups.
- Be still for five full minutes and just breathe. Think nothing.
- Allow yourself and children to make mistakes. Forgive results or outcomes that you feel weren’t the best and think about the next challenge straight away.
- Remember good planning and organisation beforehand can help minimise last minute stress.
Mrs Brigette Campbell
Stage 5 Coordinator
Positive Behaviour Strategies K-2
As promised, following are some more of the positive behaviour strategies teachers have implemented in their classrooms to encourage students to follow the College Values.
1A focus on and reward positive behaviour. Each morning students choose a number between 1 and 10 to be the 'number of the day'. When students display positive behaviour throughout the day, they are rewarded with a chance to win a prize from the prize box. Students record their initials on the corresponding number of squares of the hundreds chart. When the chart is full, the magic number is drawn at random and the winning student chooses a prize from the prize box. Sometimes it takes days to fill all squares, and other days all squares can be filled multiple times.
In 2A, Mrs Kelvin’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 raffle ticket for making good choices in the classroom and the winning ticket is drawn each Friday to choose a prize from the prize box.
In 2B, students earn house points for keeping their desks clean, asking and answering great questions, helping someone, being on task and displaying kindness. They also celebrate different students each week, where that students is the line leader, return the class roll, lunch tubs and run messages. 2B also have a box of goodies, which recognises students completing quality work and recognise and help someone in need.
Sandpit Toys in Action
Thankfully the rain cleared and the sun dried the sand enough for students to enjoy using our new sandpit toys. There were chocolate cakes been made and new roads being bulldozed. Students have all enjoyed their recess and lunch times playing and creating together.
Behaviour Systems – Year 3-6
As part of our goal to implement positive reward systems and class/stage incentives, each classroom in Year 3-6 will have a positive reward system that will allow students to work towards achieving individual goals of bronze, silver and gold awards and a class/stage based incentive to be achieved by the end of each term. This term students will be trying to achieve a ‘popcorn party’. Students will earn individual rewards that will contribute towards getting scoops of popcorn which will be popped at the end of term. Students in Stage 2 and 3 will then celebrate by eating the popcorn and watching a movie, if they have earnt enough popcorn of course.
We have also implemented a YOYOB (You Own Your Own Behaviour) Chart in each Stage 2 and 3 classroom. We would like to see students maintaining a high standard in the following areas: behaviour, uniform, technology use and homework. It is expected that students will role model correct behaviour for the rest of the students in the primary school. If there are issues as to why your child is not in the correct uniform or has not completed homework please write it in their planner so that your child will not receive a warning.
We are sure that we will have everyone working on the behaviour incentive goal instead as our College values are a major focus for the Primary School this year.
Morning Fitness Program
We trialled morning fitness in Stage 3 last year three times a week. We found that it was good for the students to get active in the morning and they were more focused before class started. This worked well and the students enjoyed the competition between house groups to earn points for a free time incentive at the end of the term. This Year, Stage 2 are also doing the EAC Morning Fitness Program and are also competing against each other in their house groups. The incentive is free time at the end of the term and there will be an overall winning house for Stage 2 and 3 who will receive the House Trophy for Term 1. We look forward to some great competition this term and students working on earning many house points for their house whilst keeping fit.
Stage 1 will be beginning their EAC Morning Fitness Program in Term 2.
Mr Paul Christensen
At last weeks’ Chapel 4A bravely supported Rev Sal in presenting the Lent service and encouraging others to “Turn to God with hearts of love” during this time.
This theme linked naturally with our focus on ‘Compassion’ as one of the College’s core values. 4A is dedicated to being a class of bucket fillers, not bucket dippers!
By Turning to God with hearts of love and being bucket fillers we feel quite ‘transformed’ just like our ninja stars!
Mrs Jen Buddee
Friends of Emmanuel
Don't forget these important Dates!
Next Tuesday 14 March
Friends Annual General Meeting at 6:30PM in the Library, followed by our March meeting at 7:00PM.
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. We understand many parents are very busy, so there will be no obligation to take on a formal 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!
Thursday 16 March
Primary School Beach Disco, 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the Undercover Area.
For catering purposes, please also drop your Pizza Form into the office ASAP.
Your chance to Feel More Connected with your College…………
Friends - Nominations for Office Bearers 2017
Attached 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.
Being part of the Friends committee has allowed us to:
- 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
It really has been a enjoyable and rewarding experience. If you are interested in taking on a role, please don't hesitate to speak with any of the current Friends of EAC Committee (below).
Executive Committee: Jane Bond (President), Janelle Wilson (Vice President), Kirsten Jackson (Treasurer), Fiona Wilson-Jones (Secretary)
Committee Members: Lee Adendorff, Marion Tait, Robyn Fell, Steve Carrigg, Mark Awad, Alisha Green, Meagan Laverty, Janet Hale, Jenny Campbell, Libby Vasquez
…….to those who attended the Exhibition Launch of our wonderful cookbook ''Our Ballina Table'' on Thursday evening at the Ballina Regional Gallery. It was a wonderful gathering and we felt very proud to have our EAC in the spotlight, so aptly representing the local region.
Two of the photographers who donated their time to the book - Gavin Hughes and Wanda Chin - were showcasing photos both from the cookbook and other related work, as part of an exhibition about Ballina Food, People and Places.
The exhibition will be running from 1-26 March 2017, so pop in and have a look.
On behalf of Friends of Emmanuel I would also like to say a huge thank you to the talented Lee Adendorff, one of our own parents, who put this entire cookbook together. Lee sourced all of the family recipes, photography and sponsors - then designed, wrote, edited, printed and coordinated the project - and stayed within our modest budget! Lee's passion for food, the college community and our local region is contagious - and the result is a wonderful keepsake for your family. Thank you Lee (and your small team of helpers), for all your time and hard work.
If you haven't yet purchased your copy, they are available at the Front Office (cash only). It is the perfect gift for Mothers Day!
Cost is only $35 per book, or $30 each if you purchase two or more. Please support Friends and buy your copy before they sell out.
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.
Butter Chicken NOT AVAILABLE at present.
**NO SPECIAL LUNCHES THIS TUESDAY 14 MARCH**
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi Dates: March 21
Noodle Box dates: March 28
Subway Date: April 4
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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