Term 1 | Week 8 | 22 March 2017
“Happy are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God."
From The Principal
Congratulations to the three committed and highly skilled soccer teams that ventured west to Armidale to compete in the NCIS Soccer championships last week. All our sides were very competitive, each winning games on the day. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to Mr Graham Walker, Mr Mason Brenton and Mrs Mel McClelland for attending the trip and managing the teams. Due to the closure of some of the grounds in Armidale as a result of the poor weather, the Primary Girls competition was postponed, however, I am delighted to announce that the competition has been rescheduled for 28 April. The girls will now get to defend their champions title which they won last year.
Last Thursday, 70 Year 6 students from EAC and beyond participated in the Year 7 2018 Experience Day. This was the first of four days that form a key component of the College transition program which is designed to support students with the journey from Primary to Secondary school. As part of the day, students were involved in a range of 'taster lessons' and had the opportunity to do some art, textiles, computing and coding. Students also had an opportunity to work with a ‘mini’ timetable and do a number of other activities to help the students get to know each other a little better. All of the feedback about the day has been extremely positive and I thank the large number of teaching and office staff involved in the day for their preparation and efforts in making the day a success for all involved.
Once again, I encourage all parents to log into the Parent Lounge, via the College website, to view a whole range of information about your child and their learning. I wish to highlight a couple of features about the system. Firstly, parents can log in and view tours and excursions relating to your child. Through this menu, you can access information about an excursion and also give permission for your child to attend by ticking the relevant box. We are also going to use the Parent Lounge for booking of Parent and Teacher Interviews which take place on April 6. More information about the process will be provided shortly. Usernames and Passwords were provided with the fee statements issued earlier in the term. If you have misplaced this notice or need assistance in logging on, then please contact the office as they are very happy to help.
Work will begin in the next few days on the construction of two multi-purpose hardcourts adjacent to the Ezzy Centre. The courts will include posts and line marking to allow for tennis, netball and basketball. The builders have pegged out the boundary of the project, with fencing coming shortly and then the work will begin. The project also includes the construction of a sport shed just off the oval to allow for storage of, and easy access to, sporting equipment. Weather permitting the courts will be open for the start of Term 2.
The College is going to offer a Beginners Japanese Language Course for parents and friends of the College community on Wednesday evenings throughout Term 2. The Course will take place in the Ezzy Centre from 6.30pm - 8.00pm and is FREE. The College has received a grant to provide a program for parents as another dimension to our very successful language program. The program will run for 9 weeks. A registration form will be distributed shortly to all families.
Please keep Year 12 in your prayers this week as they complete their Mid Course Examinations. This 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
Off The Deputy's Desk
YR 1 - 11 Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews bookings are now open in the Parent Lounge. The process is very straight forward. You should have received a letter that provides very clear instructions, however, if you are having problems please give us a call. Over the weekend quite a few parents have been on and made their bookings.
Yr 12 Parent Teacher Interviews and Information Evening
On Tuesday 2 May we will be holding Yr 12 Parent Teacher Interviews. Having completed their mid course exams, and received their reports, this is an ideal time for parents and students to meet with teachers for formal feedback and a discussion about progress and strategies moving into the Trial examinations. The interviews will run from 3.30 - 7pm and will be followed by an information session about university applications, early entry schemes and post school options.
Yr 12 Mid Course Exams
This week we keep the Yr 12’s in our thoughts and prayers as they sit their HSC mid course exams. These exams are their first since beginning their Yr 12 studies. We’re sure their hard work and commitment will be rewarded.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Next Saturday 25 March the EAC team will participate in the Ballina Relay for Life. Get online to join the team, or sponsor us. We would really appreciate your support.
Annie Milne Represents EAC at the NSW CIS Tennis Championships
Congratulations to Annie Milne who represented NCIS and EAC at the NSW CIS Tennis Championships. Annie travelled to Sydney to compete. Here is what Annie had to say about her experience.
"While the rest of year 9 were on camp at Mt Tamborine a couple of weeks ago, I flew down to Sydney to compete in the CIS Secondary Girls Open Championships. 8 am at the Cintra Park Tennis Centre in Concord, 4 pools of 6 girls, round robin and no carnival atmosphere, with cross pool matches to sort out the placing.
After a short warm up it was down to business at 8.30. lt was best of 9 games, tie break at 4-4. As this was the girls open there was only one other 13 year old, the others all being older.
I had a couple of close matches and 3 not so close matches. I was finished by midday and my return flight wasn't till early evening so we took the train to Circular Quay and spent some quality time around the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Harbour Bridge and the Rocks.
Overall it was a great experience and I would love to represent the NCIS again next year."
NCIS Football (Soccer)
EAC was strongly represented at the NCIS Football Championships last week. The Championships were held at The Armidale School (TAS) with our teams staying the night before at New England Girls School (NEGS). All students were good representatives of the college both on and off the field with great teamwork and sportsmanship. Our teams all performed above expectations with the following overall results. Each of our teams only lost one game in the competition.
Primary Boys Third overall, coach Mr Walker
Secondary Girls Second overalll, coach Mrs McClelland
Secondary Boys Third overall, coach Mr Brenton
Several Students were selected in the NCIS representative teams to compete at the NSW Combined Interdependent School Football championships. Congratulations to the following students: Brooke Marshall, Asha Green, Joshua Mumford, Lachlan Mumford, Jevan Mills, Jackson Bond, Sebastian Awad and Blake Rippon. Mr Brenton will be attending the NSW CIS Championships as a Coach / Manager for the NCIS Team.
I would like to thank the staff members who represented the college on the trip, Mr Brenton and Mrs McClelland. Thank you for giving your time, energy, expertise and enthusiasm to the students.
Unfortunately, the NCIS Primary Girls competition was postponed due to the wet weather. The girls will play their competition early in Term 1. Thank you to Mrs Kent who will continue to train the girls in the lead up to their competition.
Prime News Story about the competition is here:
NCIS Hockey Team Selections
Following the NCIS Hockey Trials and training day we have the following students selected to attend the NSW CIS Hockey Trials in Sydney in May: Poppy Robinson, Josie Falconer, Jasmine Hassey, Maryssa Rueben, Kalani Franklin and Finnigan Robinson. Miss Guest will be accompanying the students as a Coach / Manager.
Congratulations to these students on your selection and best of luck at the trials.
College Cross Country Championships
The College Cross School Cross Country Championships will be held on Friday 31 March at Pop Dennison Park. Students will run a course around Shaws Bay.
Students will compete over the following distances:
2km: 8, 9, 10 years boys and girls
3km: 11, 12, 13 boys and girls years
4km: 14, 15 years boys plus girls 16, 17, and 18 years girls
6km: 16, 17, 18 years boys
Students will come to school as normal and will be bused to and from the venue. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy the day watching their children compete.
NCIS Team Cross Country Selection
Based on the results of the Cross Country the top 5 finishers in each age group will be selected in the College team to compete at the NCIS Cross Country Championships on Thursday 18 May. The NCIS Championships will be held on the same course as the school championships in Ballina. All selected students will be expected to represent the college at these championships.
Ballina Cross Country Running Club
The new season of the Ballina Cross Country Running Club commences this Sunday 26 March 9.00am at Shelly Beach, be there at 8.30am to register. The club is a great family based club where runners of all ability and ages try to improve their own performances each week with a handicap run. There are events for all abilities 1 km, 3 km and 6 km. The club is a must for all keen cross country runners and new participants are always welcome.
Cross Country Training Change of Time
From Week 10 this term Cross Country Training will be moving to Tuesday (4 April) afternoon 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday morning will continue as normal 7.30am to 8.30am.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Integrity - By Jack Whitaker and Anya Grant
In class 5B we have been learning about integrity and in this week's assembly we got to teach the rest of the school. We presented a skit and made posters to show what integrity looks like. This term we have all chosen an integrity goal and we have encouraged other students to do the same thing. It has been fun learning about integrity.
Friends of EAC
Thank you for your Support!
Thank you to all of those parents who joined us last Tuesday at our Annual General Meeting. (President Report below)
I would also like to say a huge thank you to those who supported me during the past few years as your President of EAC. Our team has consisted of an enormous group of willing volunteers, as well as our enthusiastic Friends Committee. Taking on the Presidency two years ago was a slightly daunting task. But the support from the team has been more than I could have asked for.
So thank you to the Executive Committee Janelle Wilson (Vice President), Fiona Wilson-Jones (Secretary) and Kirsten Jackson (Treasurer). Together I feel we have been a formidable working team. And to our Committee Members- Lee Adendorff, Marion Tait, Robyn Fell, Steve Carrigg, Mark Awad, Alisha Green, Meagan Laverty, Janet Hale, Jenny Campbell and Libby Vasquez for their commitment, enthusiasm and ongoing friendships. It has been a rewarding journey and a lot of fun!
We welcome the incoming Friends of EAC Committee (below) and wish them all the very best. Please support them in all they do for your beautiful College.
New Friends of EAC Committee
President - Melissa Collins
Vice President - Jodie Hayter
Treasurer - Greta Kratzer
Secretary - Carla Bahadur
- Jenni Campbell
- Alisha Green
- Robyn Fell
- Janelle Wilson
- Belinda Burgess
- Janet Hale
- Gretchen Mercer
- Milinda Rodziewiiz
- Vanessa Miller
Outgoing President of Friends
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:
Noodle Box dates: March 28
Subway Date: April 4
Noodle Box – Tuesday 28 March
Noodle Box will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 28 March. 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 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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