Term 1 | Week 9 | 29 March 2017
“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me; for whenever you did this for the least of mine, you did it for me."
From The Principal
Last Friday, I traveled to Grafton with our Year 6 through to Year 12 debating teams for the inaugural HICES (Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools) Northern Division Debating Competition. It was a wonderful afternoon with all schools involved undertaking two competition rounds. All the students involved were incredibly enthusiastic and despite this being the first formal debating experience most of the students had ever been involved in, the standard was very high. I had the privilege of viewing two debates and it was wonderful to see students speaking so confidently and arguing so articulately about the designated topic. All the EAC teams did themselves very proud, with one of our Year 6 teams winning both their debates and all other teams winning at least one debate. Congratulations to all the students and to Mr McCotter, Mrs Raguse and Mrs Bergan who traveled with the teams to Grafton and also to Mrs McLintock and Mrs Cahill for their work coaching teams in preparation for the event. The next round of the competition will take place at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School on 5 May.
On Saturday, EAC was extremely well represented at the Cancer Council Relay for Life by our staff and student team which totalled more than 30 people. The team camped overnight and enjoyed the comradery and fun of working together for a wonderful cause. Thank you to Mr Jukes and his super team of teachers who participated in the event and congratulations to all involved for their wonderful support of this really important cause and significant community event.
Next Thursday, 6 April, we will host Parent and Teacher meetings for Year 1 through to Year 11. This is an opportunity for families to touch base with class and subject teachers about how the year has begun for each student. I particularly encourage families who are new to the College to take advantage of this opportunity. Bookings can be made online via the Parent Lounge. If you are unsure of how to access the Parent Lounge do not hesitate to contact the office. Year 12 will receive their Mid Course Reports and formal feedback at this critical point in their final year of study on the same day. Parent teacher interviews for Year 12 will be early in Term 2.
Off The Deputy's Desk
Term 2 Dates
Term 2 resumes for all students on Wednesday 26 April.
Parent Teacher Interviews
It’s great to see so many parents have embraced the online booking system for Parent Teacher Interviews. Can I just remind parents of primary students, you should only be making one appointment with the classroom teacher, and a second appointment if your child has a different teacher for Maths. If you have made additional appointments can you please delete them so that other parents are able to make bookings. If the teacher feels they need more time to discuss your child’s progress they will make a follow up appointment with you.
Yr 12 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 2 May from 3.30 – 8pm. You will be notified when this event will be open for bookings.
Relay for Life
On Saturday evening I joined our Relay for Life team as they walked for hope, courage, and a cure. Many of our lives are touched by cancer and I was moved by the ‘Hope Ceremony’ – there were prayers, the lighting of candles, a remembrance presentation and a silent walk around a dark track lit by hope bags.
Thank you to all of the students, parents and staff who were involved in our team, or who supported with donations.
ANZAC Day March
Each year the College participates in the local ANZAC Day ceremonies and marches. We march at both Alstonville and Ballina. More details will be coming out shortly regarding times and meeting points, but please mark this on your calendars as we would like to see as many students participating as possible.
When you open the calendar in the Parent Lounge it defaults to all entries. You can filter what you see by selecting the ‘filter’ button at the top left of the page. You can select to filter by event type and/or year level.
Harmony Day - 21 March 2017
Harmony Day shares the message that 'Everyone Belongs'. It is about community participation, inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Harmony Day was recognised in many different ways across the primary school. At our Primary Assembly, Stage 2 choir, led by Mrs Buddee sang a beautiful song called ‘We are Home’.
Stage 2 have also been working collaboratively on an art piece where each student designed a single tile which was then placed together ‘as one’ with all students’ tiles – ‘We are Many, We are One’.
In 2B, students discussed the meaning of Harmony Day. They recognised the diverse cultural backgrounds of students in their class and completed some activities recognising the similarities and differences between them all. They also enjoyed listening to a Harmony Day song titled ‘Orange Ribbon Song.’
KB used a Y chart to discuss what Harmony Day ‘looks like’, ‘sounds like’ and ‘feels like’ to them.
2A discussed what makes them special and wrote these on their hand cut outs and also recognised that we are all individuals but come together as one.
Our diversity makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.
Merilyn Mule’ Paul Christensen
Welfare Leader K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6
Friends of Emmanuel
New Team - New Friends
Thank you to the previous Executive Committee Jane, Janelle, Fiona and Kirsten and of course to their supporting committee members and helpers, for all your hard work and dedication to the school. The new team of myself as President, Jodie Hayter (Vice President), Greta Kratzer (Treasurer) and Carla Bahadur (Secretary) have a lot to live up to! We can only hope that we can carry on your great work and bring to EAC some fresh ideas for fundraising and an even tighter sense of community!
In next week’s newsletter, I will discuss more about the aspirations that our team are committed to achieving, and how we would like to use our time in building a further close knit community. We want to make sure all parents are welcomed, valued and make new friends in a comfortable and fun environment.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Next Tuesday is your last chance to visit the Second Hand Uniform Shop until school returns in Term 2. We currently have in stock primary and secondary jumpers and quite a few blazers.
Get in quick before the cold weather sets in!
The shop is open Tuesday 2:30pm - 3:30pm in the Ezzy Centre.
Second Hand Uniform Shop Coordinator
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 at LUNCH only (eg. ice blocks, chips etc) however lunch orders and bakery items are NOT available.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
**BUTTER CHICKEN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE**
Subway – Tuesday 4 April
Subway will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 4 April. If you would like to order Subway 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, 3 April.
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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