"I chose you and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last."
From The Principal
Welcome back for 2021!
It has been great welcoming our students back in recent days as we have commenced the 2021 College year. In particular, I wish to welcome all those students and their families who have joined the EAC community this year. 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.
At each Year commencement assembly, I encouraged the students to think about some goals to make 2021 a happy and rewarding year for all. I invited them to:
- Be the best learner they can be by developing good learning habits and enjoying the challenge.
- 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.
While the start of the school year is always filled with much excitement and frenetic activity, this was especially true for our 2021 Kindergarten class. On their first day there were lots of smiles, a few anxious looking faces and even a couple of tears (from the mums!) but the students looked great in their uniforms and were very proud of their new hats, shoes, lunchboxes and classrooms. Special thanks to Ms Baker and Mrs Smith for helping make the transition to Kindergarten as smooth as possible for all.
Year 5 and 7 Information Evenings
A reminder that on Wednesday 3 February we will hold Information Evenings for Year 5 and Year 7 to outline the educational program and provide an opportunity for parents to meet staff and ask questions about routines, programs and expectations.
Welcome to New Staff
We have a number of new staff who have joined the highly talented and motivated EAC staff. We welcome:
Sue Brendish - English and Visual Arts Teacher, Secondary
Heidi Craig - Sport and Coaching Assistant
Chris Lake - Leader of House (Walker), Maths, Science and PDHPE, Secondary
Jaymin Melling - TAS Teacher, Secondary (part time)
Melissa Parks - Year 2 Teacher, Primary (part time job share with Lucy Smith)
Nyrelle Paton - Japanese and HSIE Teacher, Secondary
Kelly Twyford - English, Secondary
Daniel Walsh - Year 6 Teacher, Primary
Catherine Rosenbaum - Learning Support Assistant, Secondary
Each of these people bring with them many gifts and talents and I am sure they will prove to be great assets to the College.
A reminder also that the College continues to maintain COVID-safe health and hygiene practices with students, staff, parents and visitors to the College.
- Any students and staff with cold and flu like symptoms or respiratory illness are to stay home and seek medical advice. They are not to return to school until symptoms are resolved.
- Regular hand washing will be encouraged throughout the school day. Hand sanitisers will be readily available and all toilets have soap dispensers.
- Additional cleaning of facilities and surfaces will continue.
- Restriction on parent movement on College grounds continues. Parents are to say good-bye to students at the gate and wait outside the College in the afternoon. Parents must continue to practice social distancing and once they have either dropped off or picked up their children, they are to leave the College grounds.
- Students are to bring water bottles to school as bubblers are refill stations only.
Amazing EAC Student Success
The College was very proud of several current and former students who were nominated and honoured in the Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards. Congratulations Lachie Mumford (Year 12 - 2020) who was awarded the Arts and Culture honour and Ryan Webb (Year 12 - 2019) who was named Ballina Youth of the Year for his outstanding community service.
Photos copyright 2021 Ballina Shire Council.
I am very much looking forward to meeting new families, catching up with current families and watching all our students grow and learn in 2021.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Well, they're off and racing! It certainly feels like we have got out of the gates really quickly in the past few days. The staggered start has allowed our Year 7 students to have the secondary campus almost entirely to themselves last Thursday and Friday. The Year 11 and Year 12 students joined us last Friday and were almost immediately in the swing of things. This week sees the rest of the students return.
After a long break, it is now important for our students to develop their academic stamina by getting into an effective study routine, planning their time effectively and taking a disciplined and proactive approach to their learning.
The new House based pastoral system in the Secondary School has commenced and whilst it may take a little getting used to, I am highly confident that our students will benefit from the opportunities of leadership, mentoring and socialisation that the new structure will provide.
Next week sees our College Swimming Carnivals taking place at Alstonville Pool and I hope that we have two great days of good natured, friendly competition between the 4 Houses as they battle it out for early year sporting bragging rights.
Just a reminder to parents to be extra vigilant with regards to driving safely and with great care around the College. Please be patient and adhere to all signage and this will assist us to maximise student safety - refer to the information brochure below.
After the difficulties of 2020 I sincerely wish that your children have a great and uninterrupted year of learning, living and leading here at EAC. Of course, the effectiveness of what we can achieve here at school can be enhanced if we are well supported at home with regards to homework, behavioural expectations, uniform and grooming and the spiritual component of our College. Now more than ever we need to be all on the same team as we strive to provide the best possible holistic education for the students of EAC.
Lighthouse Community Service
Community service is an important part of the College's pastoral care structure and it is always wonderful to see our students getting involved in the life of the College and in the local community. I would like to congratulate Luke Flavel from Year 12 who has received a Silver Award for 75 hours of community service. Luke has given unselfishly of himself by creating videos and IT presentations for presentation ceremonies, Year 12 Graduation, Year 12 Formal and Year 12 Final Assembly. Thank you, Luke for your willingness to serve the College Community.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 1 Week 3
Monday 8 February
Primary Beginning of Year Chapel - 9.08am - PUCA - All K-6 students to attend
Secondary Beginning of Year Chapel - 9.58am - UCA - All 7-12 students to attend
Tuesday 9 February
Primary Football Trials - 7.30am - Oval - WAG, EVR, CRH, Wendy Britton
Secondary Concert Band Rehearsal - 8.00am - Discovery Centre
Induction of Primary Leaders - 9.30am-10.15am - Year 6 students, Year 12 Leaders - St Mary’s Anglican Church
Wednesday 10 February
Primary Concert Band Rehearsal - 8.00am - Discovery Centre
Year 11 Information Evening - 6.30pm - Ezzy Centre
Thursday 11 February
Primary Interhouse Swimming Carnival - Alstonville Pool - All day
Secondary Concert Band Rehearsal - 8.00am - Discovery Centre
Friday 12 February
Secondary Interhouse Swimming Carnival - Alstonville Pool - All day
Term 1 Week 4
Tuesday 16 February
Primary Football Training - 7.30am - Oval - WAG, EVR, CRH, Wendy Britton
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Fundraiser - Primary at recess and Secondary at lunchtime
NCIS Hockey Trials at Murwillumbah - All Day - GUK and CRH
Wednesday 17 February
Ash Wednesday Services - K-2 - Period 1; 3-6 - Period 2; Secondary - Periods 3 and 4
Primary Swimming NCIS Team Training - 12.30pm-2.50pm - WAG, CRH, SCK - Alstonville Pool
Thursday 18 February
Primary Interschool Football vs Holy Family - 11.50am-3.00pm - CRH, EVR, STM, KEM - Lennox Head Football Club
Friday 19 February
Secondary Sport - 1.28-3.00pm
My First Day...
It doesn't seem to matter what grade you are in...or even how long you have been in the workplace, that first day back after our longer summer break with all its newness is still a little daunting.
I've been College Chaplain here since 2013...and I still sat at my desk on the 19th January wondering what the heck it was I did here...fortunately a past Sally left a 'To Do' list for future Sally!
I spoke with one of our Year One classes today and asked them what they had been feeling about coming back to school. I'm delighted to say we had lots of excited answers, a number of nervous and excited, and one very honest 'scared'.
I wonder what the parent responses would be...really, honestly be. Relieved...a bit sad, dreading the roll on of the routine... In reality as parents, we tend to feel exactly as our children do with a bundle of hopes, dreams, and anxieties!
The challenge for us is to be aware that they are our feelings and to let the kids have their own experiences!
At our recent staff well being day, I came to realise that I had been telling myself 'oh well, that's the fun times over for the year'. How sad is that! The routine of work (school or otherwise) surely should not mean the end of relaxation and fun! So my aim for the year is not to let myself fall into the trap of 'FOMO' - Fear of Missing Out. I don't have to do everything and be involved in everything, in fact I will probably be a better, kinder human if I don't!
When my kids were younger, we had a rule of only 2 extra-curricular activities at a time. It wasn't always easy and I often had to be the meanest parent in the world and say no, make a choice. Why? Because no one benefits from an exhausted, over stimulated child (let alone four of them!). It is very telling that over time the lads began to refer to some days as free days, these were the days they had nothing but their homework to do.
So my small challenge for me this year is to take notice of those 'free' moments and to resist the temptation to fill them with busy work.
The bonus of walking away from my fear of missing out...or not being seen to be doing enough...I am a whole lot more grateful for what I have, and for those around me.
My prayer for all of us as we head full tilt into 2021 is that we might savour the moments, be grateful for the gaps and practice speaking peace into each other's lives.
Last year was another rewarding year for the Concert Band Program. Although we faced challenges around COVID-19, the highlight was the level of enthusiasm and commitment displayed by the musicians across all bands. Their attendance at rehearsals online and in person, and the application displayed towards their group lessons and individual practice is to be commended.
Participation in the Concert Band Program has continued to grow. There are 40 enthusiastic Concert Band Students commencing in Year 3, bringing the overall participation in the program to more than 170 students. Year 3 Concert Band Students will receive their instrument during their instrument lesson in Week 2.
Year 3 Development Concert Band - Thursday Period 4
Year 4 Junior Primary Concert Band - Thursday Period 3
Year 5 Concert Band Students - Wednesday Period 4
Year 6 Concert Band Students - Wednesday Period 3
Senior Primary Concert Band - Wednesday morning at 8.00am
Secondary Concert Band - Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.00am
Our Year 7 and 11 students participated in their first Peer Support sessions last week.
Welcome back to Primary at EAC for 2021. The teachers were excited to welcome the students back on Monday, with our Kindergartens taking that first big step into school on Tuesday. We also welcomed many new students across the school, but mostly into Year 5. We also welcome two new staff members into the Primary, Mr Dan Walsh (6B) and Mrs Melissa Parks (2B with Mrs Smith).
In 2021, the Primary School will operate with different bell times to the Secondary School. This allows for greater opportunity for the students across the campus to access both learning and playground spaces.
The Primary school day starts at 8.48am, with a longer morning session than in previous years, now finishing at 11.08am for First Break. First Break is the longer of the two breaks being 40 minutes in length. Many students may prefer to eat their main snack during First Break, and initially the canteen will serve hot food at both breaks. Parents must indicate on lunch orders if the order is for First or Second Break. First Break finishes at 11.48am with Second Break starting at 1.28pm.
At both breaks students will eat for the first ten minutes before starting their play time. Second break ends at 1.58pm with a, now shorter, afternoon session to complete the school day. This change will also see the students access the playgrounds for longer periods in the cooler mornings, rather than in the heat of the day.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
|8.48am||Fruit Break / Morning Fitness|
|9.08am||Period 1 and Period 2|
|11.48am||Period 3 and Period 4|
|1.58pm||Period 5 and Period 6|
Each lunchtime, the Primary staff provide clubs for the students to attend. If a student is looking for options or is having a day where they find the playground a challenge, there will always be a place to go.
Please speak to your child about the clubs that are on offer.
Mr Paul Christiansen & Mrs Merilyn Mulé
Leaders of Welfare - Primary
Early Learning Centre News
The Early Learning Centre values relationships and understands that relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging shapes who children are and who they can become (The Early Years Learning Framework, p.7). Therefore, developing nurturing, respectful and positive relationships with children and their families is where we begin our programming and planning. We welcome children to the ELC and we support each child's emotional literacy and intelligence by talking about all of the feelings related to starting, or returning to preschool, such as feeling worried, excited, nervous, anxious, brave and happy. We acknowledge, at times we can feel many feelings all at once, however, as children begin to build secure attachments with one or more familiar educators and with peers, they can begin to feel safe and supported.
Mrs Natasha Livock
Early Learning Centre Coordinator
Friends of EAC
Next Tuesday evening 9th February, the first meeting for the Friends of EAC will take place at 7.00pm in the Ezzy Centre.
The Friends of EAC is such an awesome organsiation and provides wonderful opportunities for all our community, through both friend raising and fund raising. Please consider giving some time to supporting the work of Friends in 2021. You can support Friends in many way such as:
- Joining the committee
- Volunteering as a class parent
- Offering to help at one (or more!) of the functions or events in the year
- Attending Friends organised events
2020 was a difficult year for friend raising and fund raising due to COVID, but we hope that restrictions will further ease during the year and Friends organised events will be back on the calendar very soon!
Welcome to 2021!
EAC Canteen is open every day of the week.You should by now be aware of the new break times:First Break - Secondary 10.48-11.18am; Primary - 11.08-11.48amSecond Break - Secondary 12.58-1.28pm; Primary - 1.28-1.58pmPlease take into account these times when placing orders for your child.
Canteen Menu 2021
The new menu is available on the College website. The menu complies with the NSW Healthy School canteen strategy. Further items will be added as the year progresses and an expanded Winter Menu will be available in terms two and three.
Please note that items change in price from time to time. If correct money has not been provided, the item will be substituted for an item of the monetary value provided.
At times, for various reasons, students may require an emergency meal (basic sandwich), this will be provided with a canteen note sent home requesting payment, please send in the money to the Canteen ASAP.
Secondary Student Orders
All orders MUST be placed at the canteen by 9.15am each morning, bags can be provided if required.
Primary Student Order
All orders must be placed in the classroom tub at the start of the day so they can be received at the Canteen before 9.15am. Late orders will only receive an emergency lunch.
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 lunch please provide two (2) bags. Please write the information on the LOWER half of the bag. If money is short we will substitute items to the value received.
REMEMBER, if ordering at both breaks, you must have a separate bag for each break.
FIRST BREAK BAG 1: Name, Teacher, PC Class, First Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
FIRST BREAK BAG 2: Name, Teacher, PC Class, First Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
1 Orange Juice
1 Juice Tube
SECOND BREAK: Name, Teacher, PC Class, Second Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
1 Mini Fingerbun
1 Snap Stix
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child's order for Second Break.