Term 1 | Week 7 | 15 March 2017
“Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown to them."
From The Principal
On Tuesday evening the Annual General Meeting for the Friends of EAC took place. As Principal I have the opportunity to present a report as a formal record of the year in review and I would like to share it with the community as it recognises and affirms the fantastic work and opportunities created by the Friends of EAC.
2016 was a wonderful year for Emmanuel Anglican College and there is no doubt that much of this can be attributed to the wonderful support that the College continues to enjoy from the parent group and their highly engaged and supportive representative body, the Friends of EAC.
Some highlights of the 2016 College year included excellent enrolment growth, with the College surpassing the enrolment milestone of 550 students from Kindergarten to Year 12; The Opening and Blessing of the Emmanuel Building and the Discovery Centre; our musician and bands taking a clean sweep at the Lismore Eisteddfod and the many sporting successes stories including having 6 State Champions in our ranks.
I mention these particular achievements as all, is some way, were supported by the work of Friends. The great work of Friends to build community among our families and to support and welcome new families has help spread the great name of the College and this has directly impacted on our enrolments. The Discovery Centre has an absolutely incredible art learning space and some wonderful flexible furniture, both of which were funded by friends. In recent years, friends have donated well over $10 000 for musical equipment to support our band and tuition programs and in 2015 a recommendation of the Friend forum on Sport was to appoint a sport and coaching manager with has resulted in the appointment of Graham Walker and the growth of our sport and coaching program.
Friends have also made many wonderful contributions to celebrations and events at the College. Whether it be organising the event, baking cakes, making tea, setting up, cleaning up, greeting people, coordinating stalls or even just attending events, the generosity and support of Friends has a significant impact on our College and is greatly appreciated.
There were so many wonderful contributions to the College via Friends in 2016 including Freaky Friday, the Trivia Night, Soccer Movie night, The Ballina Table Cookbook and the Disco. Each in its own way add another dimension to the rich life of the College and enhances the experience for students, parents and staff.
There were many highly active and generous contributors to Friends in 2016 and it is not possible to name them all but I must thank the Executive. I wish to congratulate and thank our great president Jane Bond for her tireless efforts coordinating Friends and promoting the College through the many initiatives of Friends. I also thank the very hardworking executive of Kirsten Jackson (treasurer), Fiona Wilson Jones(Secretary), Janelle Wilson (Vice President) for their wonderful leadership throughout 2016. The enthusiasm, commitment and high level of organisational and inter personal skill shown by the many active members and supporters of Friends is a great blessing to our community and I know that EAC will continue to grow and prosper because of the support of the Friends of EAC.
Thank you Friends of EAC.
I also wish to thank all the parents who attended the meeting and volunteered as committee members. Congratulations also to our newly appointed executive which includes:
President - Melissa Collins
Vice President - Jodie Hayter
Treasurer - Greta Kratzer
Secretary - Carla Bahadur
To assist Year 6 students with the very significant process of transition from Primary to Secondary School the College has organised a Year 7 2018 Secondary School Experience Day on Thursday 16 March. The aim of the day is to give students a taste of some of the specialty subject areas and experiences that are unique to Secondary School. They also have the opportunity to experience the different structure of daily life in the Secondary School. This is the first of four days that take place throughout the year as part of our Transition Program. Enrolment demand is incredibly high places for Year 7, 2018 are very limited. If you do know of any families with students in Year 6 at other schools who may be considering joining EAC please encourage them to make contact with Mrs Kate Jenkins, in the College office.
Please keep Year 12 in your prayers over the next two weeks as they prepare for, and then complete, their Mid Course Examinations. These is a very significant assessment period in their HSC preparations and so we ask for God to be with them and that they will be able to remain focused and keep their stress levels at a manageable level.
Mr Robert Tobias
A sample of the great contributions to the College via Friends
Off The Deputy's Desk
International Women’s Day Lunch
Last week I attended the Ballina Chamber International Women’s Day lunch with Ms Spring, Mrs Maddock and the female Yr 12 leaders. Our students were wonderful ambassadors for the College and enjoyed a lovely lunch while listening to the guest speakers. Councillor Sharon Parry spoke with grace and dignity about her mother and the trauma she experienced at the hands of her husband. Her message was loud and clear, and reflected the 2017 theme of International Women’s Day – be BOLD. She encouraged girls and women to believe in themselves and to carve out lives that were full of meaning and purpose. The Keynote speaker was Anne Summers (author, politician, feminist). Anne was delightful, and shared her manifesto for obtaining parity of the genders.
Around the College
Last week as I was making my rounds of the school, I was very impressed by the work of our Art students. From Yr 7 through to Yr 12 there are some fantastic pieces on display.
If you have lost your login details for the Parent Lounge please contact the office and they can provide you with the details.
Parent Teacher Interviews
On Thursday 6 April we are hosting the Term 1 Yr 1 – 11 Parent Teacher Interviews. For the first time, appointments will be made using the Parent Lounge. Over the next few days you will receive a letter explaining the process for booking appointments. Please mark on your calendar that interviews will take place from 3.30 – 8pm on that date.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
Foundation Day Celebrations
Students, staff and families came together on Wednesday 8th to celebrate the life of Emmanuel Anglican College. One of the major goals of Foundation Day was to develop positive relationships between EAC students of all year groups. The whole College community came together at the ‘mini fair’ to enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and build collegiality between students of the primary and secondary schools.
Secondary students came together to participate in the EAC Trivia competition. Students competed in their house groups to determine the house who had the best knowledge of EAC history and general knowledge. A big congratulations to Brockington house who won the Trivia competition! Thank you to stage coordinators Ms Miller and Ms Campbell who ran the trivia event for the secondary students.
The Foundation day inflatable obstacle course was a very fun activity that students across the College enjoyed. Mr Papworth has created a video that you can see on the College's YouTube channel and through the following link. It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces and the enjoyment that came from students challenging their peers in head to head races through the course.
Several secondary students entered the EAC photography competition and we are pleased to announce that Thomas Lane and Samuel Cant have been awarded prizes for their outstanding entries. Their images are shown below. Great work boys!
Student feedback from the day has been incredibly positive and staff were amazed by the caring nature of our secondary students, who supported our primary students in all activities. One of the most important aspects of developing a positive culture is student connectedness to the College. Foundation day was a day to celebrate the life of the college and build connectedness between students and this place of education.
Mr Joel Jukes
Welfare Leader Secondary
Last week, Year 3B presented an assembly item on commitment. This is another one of the core values at EAC and students showed their understanding of commitment in a variety of ways.
Firstly, they gave a definition of commitment.
Commitment means doing what needs to be done regardless of your talents or your mood. Even if you are sad, mad, tired or something better comes along you still need to stick with it. All activities- academic and social – should be followed through with a positive attitude and determination. Learning the importance of commitment builds academic confidence and strong self-esteem.
Next, the students made a list of different commitment attitudes they could try:
- I will try my hardest.
- I will keep working until I reach my goal!
- If at first you don’t succeed, try again.
- Quitters never win.
- Winners never quit.
- Finish what you started.
- Have an “I-can-do-it” attitude.
The students then talked about goals that they would like to achieve during this term – some of the goals were goals they could strive for at school and some were goals the students could work on at home. They also wrote down some things they thought might impede their ability to accomplish their goals. Students discussed the importance of commitment, dedication and perseverance when tackling personal goals. They then wrote their goal down and chose a goal buddy – someone who could provide encouragement and remind them to stick to their goals.
The students from 3B then performed an amusing skit about what you could say to yourself to help stay more committed to your goal:
I’m not good at this. - What am I missing?
I give up! - I’ll use some of the strategies we’ve learned.
This is too hard! - This may take some time and effort but I’ll do this
I made a mistake. - Mistakes help me learn.
I can’t make this any better. - I can always improve so I’ll keep trying.
I just can’t do MATHS! - I’m going to train my brain in Maths.
Plan A didn’t work! - Good thing the alphabet has 25 more letters
After listening to a song called “Don’t Give Up” by Bruno Mars the students read a prayer they had written on commitment.
Students at the College will be showing their understanding of commitment by discussing and formulating some simple goals they would like to achieve this term, along with some specific actions they can take to succeed in achieving their goal.
Mrs Debbie Wilson
Friends of Emmanuel
** RESCHEDULED ** PRIMARY DISCO
Thursday March 30
5 – 7:30 pm
Beach Theme Dress up
$10 per family – payable on entry
Pizza / Drinks / Chips available to purchase
Pizza $2 per slice
$10 whole pizza
Our Ballina Table Cookbook
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.
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 21
Noodle Box dates: March 28
Subway Date: April 4
Sushi – Tuesday 21 March
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 21 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, 20 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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