Term 1 | Week 1 | 02 February 2017
“You are the light of the world, A city built on a hill top cannot be hidden. No-one lights a lamp to put it under a bowl. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to God."
From the Principal
Welcome back for 2017!
It has been great welcoming everyone back in recent days as we have commenced the 2017 College year. In particular I wish to welcome all those students and their families who have joined the EAC community this week. I look forward to getting to know you and I am sure that in a very short period of time you will all feel part of our wonderful community.
In particular we welcome our Kindergarten students. It was lovely to see all their excited and happy faces and to hear about their new lunch boxes, pencil cases, where their bags go and all the things they were going to learn about. We look forward to watching them learn and grow as they journey through Kindergarten and beyond.
At the Whole College Assembly on Tuesday, I encouraged the students to think about some goals to make 2017 a happy and rewarding year for all. I invited them to:
- get down to the business of learning immediately and to set high goals for learning
- consider how they would grow their friendship groups, build on the strong friendships they already have and how they might go out of their way to welcome the new students, staff and families who have joined our College community
- Think about ways they could get involved in the extra-curricular life of the College
This evening, Thursday 2 February we have our Parent Welcome and Information Evening commencing at 6.00pm in the Under Cover Area. There are a range of Parent Information Sessions, as well as an opportunity to meet with the staff in an informal setting. I hope you are able to join us and meet with the fantastic team of staff we have here at EAC.
In preparation for the Swimming Carnivals early next week, the students gathered in House groups on Tuesday to select events and prepare war cries and team chants. This year the senior House Captains have taken their house patriotism to a new level by introducing House Mascots –the Purcival Power Ranger, Brockington Bull, Smith Spartan Warrior and the Walker Wolf! They were greatly received by their House members and we look forward to seeing them next week beside the pool leading the House chants.
We have had a great response from Primary Parents offering to take on the role of class parent and I will publish their names in next week's newsletter. If you would like to assist, particularly if you are a secondary parent, please contact Mrs Kate Jenkins via the College Office. The key role of the Class Parent is to reach out to new families and help them make contact with others families in their children’s year group.
We look forward to many exciting adventures in the year ahead.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off The Deputy's Desk
Welcome back to the 2017 school year. I hope you all had the opportunity to recuperate after a busy year and spent some quality time with your families. Over the past few days I have chatted to many students about what they did with their time during the holidays – I’ve heard everything from Christmas in New York, to playing the Playstation and going to the beach.
Our Parent Pickup point in the afternoons is on the canteen side of the Ezzy Centre. Students will be directed to this space when the bell goes at 3pm. Kindergarten students will be walked to this point by a Kindergarten teacher. There will be a teacher on duty until 3.20pm, after which point the students still remaining will be taken to the front of the school to wait with the teacher on duty.
We have implemented some new procedures for students waiting for buses. Bus monitors and the teacher on duty will wear high visibility vests, to ensure they can be seen by students and parents. Primary students waiting for buses will sit in a line behind their bus monitor. When their bus arrives they will stand and walk to the bus.
An essential element of the College uniform is the College hat. We have recently introduced an optional sports cap to the uniform. This cap can only be worn by secondary students, and is only for use during physical activity, such as PDHPE lessons and during Friday afternoon sport. Primary students should not be wearing the cap. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.
The start of a new year can be a very exciting, but also daunting time. The article below provides some excellent advice and food for thought.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
Transitioning: Information sheet for parents and carers.
At this time of year, many children and young people are preparing to start school, tertiary education or work. Some children will be starting school for the very first time, others will be starting their first year of high school, while some young people will be starting university or TAFE or entering the work force.
Children and young people regularly contact Kids Helpline about concerns relating to these life transitions.
What is transitioning?
A transition marks moving from one part of life to another, for instance starting school, university or work, getting married, having children etc. For children and young people some key transitions are around school and work, as they mark milestones in young lives.
Starting at a new school, college or workplace is a normal part of life for young people. However, it can create mixed feelings of stress, anxiety, excitement and nervousness. These feelings can be due to the uncertainty associated with change as well as changes that are occurring within young people at this time in their lives.
When young people move from primary school to high school or high school to university or TAFE, they experience substantial changes regarding expectations placed on them as well as changes to the structure of their environment.
For example, it can be a challenge for children starting high school to understand that they are required to change rooms for each class and that each class is taught by a different teacher. They may also grieve over the loss of their primary school friends or worry about things like being bullied, being around so many older kids, or finding their way around a bigger school.
For young people starting university, it can be challenging to adapt to an irregular daily routine as well as a change in attitudes by staff members regarding class attendance and expected behaviours.
Some research has suggested that transitioning to high school in particular can be challenging to young people compared with other experiences. Young people may be both excited about the benefits that these change may bring (i.e. new experiences, more freedom), as well as anxious (i.e. leaving old peer groups behind, higher expectations of achievement).
Problems associated with transitioning
Transitioning is an ongoing process that can continue long after entering a new environment. Young people may encounter difficulties at a number of stages of the transition process, with the earliest problems occurring prior to starting at a new school, college or workplace.
While issues associated with transitioning vary, research has identified several difficulties that are typically encountered during these periods, including:
- lower self-esteem
- fears about new social situations involving older students
- difficulty managing their time
- problems coping with increased academic stress
- disruption of previous peer relationships
- disruption of familiar routines and procedures
These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can be problematic, and can make the transitioning process even more difficult for the young person.
Transitioning and academic achievement
Many of the problems listed above have been linked to lower levels of academic achievement in school students. Furthermore, in cases where transitioning to a new school environment has been difficult, and particularly where levels of academic achievement are low, many young people display higher rates of truancy and school drop out at the end of their compulsory schooling period.
What influences the success of transitioning?
- Academic preparation- higher levels of school readiness means that they will find the new work easier
- Emotional stability- happier young people are more likely to adjust to being in a new school or entering work
- Family situation- a supportive family environment assists young people in preparing for and adjusting to a new situation
- Ability to make friends- students that are able to make friends easily find school more enjoyable
- Sense of belonging- young people who feel like they ‘fit in’ tend to adjust more easily
- Family-school cooperation- a good working relationship between families and their school can help provide support for young people starting school. Family involvement in the school community has also been linked to improvements in student-teacher relationships as well as a young person's attitude towards school
- Resilience- young people who can handle change undergo less stressful transitioning experiences
What can parents/carers do to help?
Young people need different types of emotional and practical support when transitioning, depending on their age and developmental stage. For example, a child going into grade one will require a lot more practical help compared with a child starting their first year of high school. Below are some general tips that may be useful to help your child through a transition.
Keep talking and develop a supportive family environment
Research shows that young people who have positive relationships with their parents/carers are more likely to have positive relationships with their teachers as well.
- Discuss the changes your child can expect to face when making a transition. You may be able to share experiences when you were growing up
- Normalise feelings of anxiety and uncertainty for your child. Ask them what they think the challenges will be for them and discuss potential ways to handle these challenges
- For young children, it may be useful to read stories together about starting school
- If your child is anxious about whether or not they will be able to make friends, discuss possible ways that they can initiate conversation with new people and work towards forming new social groups
Prepare for the new routine and environment
- For younger children particularly, it may be helpful to arrange for them to meet their new teacher. For older kids, it may also be helpful to familiarise them with the layout of their new school and how to get around it
- Practice the upcoming morning and bedtime routine a few days beforehand, so young people get into a regular pattern of sleeping and waking and won't be too sleepy at the start of their first day!
- Ensure they eat breakfast each day so that they have the energy to focus on their studies
- Help them prepare for their new environment by providing the equipment they will need. This may include pens, pencils, notebooks, USB sticks or any other items they may require. Schools may have hire schemes for text books and other school requirements if you have financial constraints
- If your child is catching public transport to school or walking/cycling, help them get familiar with how they will get to and from school. This may involve a practice run or showing them which bus/train to catch and where to get off
- Ensure they have the correct uniform (if required) and that they are able to dress themselves correctly according to the requirements of the school
- Attend an open day or orientation program together. Lots of schools hold these to familiarise students with the school and how it operates. They are also useful as they give young people an opportunity to find out the kinds of programs the school runs that may be of interest to them
Be available when things get tough
If your child experiences problems when transitioning, they may start on the first day of school or they may take some time to develop. Young people may enjoy their new environment at first but become troubled by difficulties later on. You can help address these problems if they arise by:
- Being available -provide them with opportunities to discuss problems with you and help them to think of potential ways to overcome these challenges. Be alert for signs of difficulty in the young person as they may not always tell you about them
- Attending parent-teacher interviews - this will give you another perspective on how the young person in your care is going at school. This is particularly useful to help determine whether they are keeping pace with the increased levels of academic achievement expected of them
Support them in the ongoing transition process
- Encourage them to do homework and revise their in-class material so that they don't fall behind in their academic progress. Be available in case they have any questions
- Provide opportunities to develop their social networks by encouraging them to invite other students over outside of school hours
For young people with special needs
If your child has a disability or special needs, make use of any relevant programs, staff and facilities that the school provides.
- Prior to the start of the school year, take your child to meet the school's Disabilities Officer (if there is one), or alternatively, the guidance counsellor/student support service, so that any necessary adjustments to their schooling can be identified and planned for
- Provide the school with any relevant information regarding your child's disability so that the school can monitor their transitioning experience and deliver necessary interventions if difficulties arise
For parents/carers of tertiary students
- Support your child's decision regarding the particular field of study they wish to engage in
- Discuss possible assignment/study habits that they may find useful
- Encourage them to attend open days and orientation programs where possible
- Encourage them to seek out student support services if academic or personal difficulties arise
For parents/carers of young people entering the workforce
- Discuss your experience in the workforce and the types of expectations that employers may have of their employees
- Encourage your child to be suitably dressed for work, punctual and to develop a positive attitude to their work
- Assist them in finding relevant support services if they are encountering difficulties at work
- Encourage them to make use of vocational education and training (VET) programs. These programs can ease the transition from school to work by providing skills that will make them more attractive to employers.
For the full article including references, please visit https://www.parentline.com.au/parenting-information/tip-sheets/transitioning.php
Swimming Carnival Program
College Representative Football (Soccer) Teams
This year the College will be participating in the following Football (Soccer) competitions:
NCIS Primary Girls Year 5 & 6, coach Mrs Roxanne Kent
- Thursday 9 February 3.15pm to 4.30pm NCIS Team Boys Year 9 to 12 & Bill Turner Cup Year 7 to 9
- Monday 13 February 3.15pm to 4.30pm NCIS Team Girls Year 9 to 12 & Bill Turner Trophy Year 7 to 9
- Tuesday 14 February 3.15pm to 4.30pm NCIS Primary Boys Year 5 & 6
- Monday 20 February 3.15pm to 4.30pm NCIS Primary Girls Year 5 & 6
Cross Country Training
The College Cross Country is on Friday 31 March this Term.
To help the students prepare we will be running Cross Country Training as follows:
Friends of Emmanuel
Our first Friends Meeting for 2017 will be held next Tuesday 7 February from 7pm in the Library.
All parents and carers are welcome to come along and meet the team!
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP
The Second Hand Uniform Shop is in urgent need of donations. If you have any uniforms that your child/ren has outgrown, please consider donating them to the College. All donations can be left at the front office.
Blazers are in stock at the moment, so please visit Janet on Tuesday afternoons 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
WELCOME to 2017!
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: February 21, March 7 & 21
Noodle Box dates: February 14 & 28, March 14 & 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.
Come along as we mark the beginning of the new school year, and all the adventures it holds. Whether you're starting Kindergarten, a new school, university or TAFE, or even simply heading into a new year - bring your bag (even the old grubby ones) and celebrate with us at St Barts.
For further information please contact the Anglican Parish of Alstonville : 6628 0231 or Rev Sal on 0400 320 682.