“So it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Romans 12:5
From The Principal
On Tuesday of this week, we gathered at St Mary’s to celebrate the commencement of the second term and to pray for God’s blessing on our community. The theme of the services focused on celebrating our diversity and giftedness. Rev Sally reminded us all that we each have many gifts and that bringing them together as a community allows for great things to happen in God’s name.
There has been a slight delay with the commencement of the construction of the new building as we finalise the development application with Ballina Council. There are a couple of details regarding levels in the car park area and the management of water and drainage. We anticipate this we be resolved in the next few days and work will commence immediately following receipt of the necessary approval. The building is still on track to be completed prior to the end of this year.
A reminder once again that enrolment processes have begun for both Kindergarten and Year 7, 2019. In the coming weeks we will have a number of events to inform parents and support students in the transition either from early learning to Kindergarten or Primary School to Secondary School. Some of the key dates include:
May 24 – Year 7 2019 Experience Day
May 31 - Year 7 2019 Information Evening 6.00pm -8.00pm
June 5 – Kindergarten Open Afternoon 4.00m-5.00pm
June 8 – Kindergarten 2019 Experience Day
Notification about these events will be sent to all relevant students and families. If you would like any further information about the transition program or have an inquiry relating to enrolments, please contact Mrs Kate Jenkins via the College Office.
I will be absent from the College from May 16 through to May 25 as I will travel to China and Japan to visit our sister schools, interview international students for enrolment and also visit new schools. I will visit Longyou Kema Senior High in China and then Kasukabe Senior High and Tachibana Elementary School in Japan. All three schools send study tour groups to EAC each year and will do so again in 2018. I have been invited to visit St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Tokyo as they would like to send a study tour later this year. Interestingly, they have a 500 seat chapel on site and its name happens to be St Mary’s.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
This week our Year 10 students have been involved in the analysis and discussion of their results from natural Ability Testing. The quote below from the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle is pertinent for our students as they engage in this process of developing self-awareness.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle
Self-Awareness and a clear understanding of Strengths & Weaknesses is an important part of the high school experience. Major future decisions are made as early as ear 10 as students choose the critical subjects for Years 11 and 12 which can have a significant bearing on their choices for university courses or other post school decisions. This sets in motion a series of decisions which can have lifetime impacts both good and bad. Knowledge of Self Awareness, Strengths & Weaknesses, Values, Interests, Abilities and Personality are all part of the career guidance pathway which really begins to take root in the final years of high school. (Great for starting university students as well)(Natural Ability Testing Webpage, 2018)
Thanks to Mrs Evans for her work in overseeing the testing program and the parent information evening that has occurred this week. I hope that our Year 10 students have appreciated the insights that this kind of testing assists them to develop. It should help them make targeted decisions regarding Year 11 subject selection and pathways beyond school. This testing program adds to the opportunities that our students have in planning for their futures.
The Habit of Mind for this week is creating, imagining and innovating.
All human beings have the capacity to generate novel, clever, or ingenious products, solutions, and techniques—if that capacity is developed (Sternberg, 2006). Creative human beings try to conceive solutions to problems differently, examining alternative possibilities from many angles. They tend to project themselves into different roles using analogies, starting with a vision and working backward, and imagining they are the object being considered. Creative people take risks and frequently push the boundaries of their perceived limits (Perkins, 1991). They are intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated, working on the task because of the aesthetic challenge rather than the material rewards.
Creative people are open to criticism. They hold up their products for others to judge, and they seek feedback in an ever-increasing effort to refine their technique. They are uneasy with the status quo. They constantly strive for greater fluency, elaboration, novelty, parsimony, simplicity, craftsmanship, perfection, beauty, harmony, and balance.
Students, however, often are heard saying "I can't draw," "I was never very good at art," "I can't sing a note," or "I'm not creative." Some people believe creative humans are just born that way and that genes and chromosomes are the determinants of creativity.
This habit is particularly important for modern students in the era of the knowledge economy and our governments focus upon STEM and innovation.
Last Saturday night some intrepid staff and students participated in Relay For Life at the Alstonville Showgrounds. I congratulate all those students and staff on their efforts in walking to raise money for the Cancer Council. Relay For Life is a wonderful community event and the generosity of spirit demonstrated by all those involved was most gratifying to see. At present we have raised over $1300 and with Thursday night’s Secondary Social profits being added we should make our initial fundraising target of $2000.
After Chapel this week students from 9.1 and Mrs Campbell, the Stage 5 Coordinator, visited St Andrew’s nursing home in Ballina as part of our community outreach program. Thank you to Mrs Campbell for organising this visit and to the students for their willingness to participate and serve others. The willingness to serve others and volunteer is a wonderful opportunity to develop the ability to put yourself second. It takes courage and commitment in this age of entitlement to put yourself second so well done to these students.
It is only week 2 of the term and the next few weeks promise to be very busy with NAPLAN almost upon us. Best of luck to our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 as they undertake this testing using the online platform.
Term 2 Week 3
Monday 14 May
CIS Primary Girls Hockey
Tuesday 15 May
SRC Anti Bullying Poster Competition
NAPLAN –Years 3, 5, 7 –Writing Test; Year 3-Reading Test
Wednesday 16 May
NAPLAN-Year 9-Writing Test, Year 5 Reading Test
Thursday 17 May
NAPLAN-Years 7and 9- Reading test, Year 3- Language Conventions
Shakespeare Carnival - 6.00 pm-Ezzy Centre
Friday 18 May
NCIS Cross Country-Pop Denison Park, East Ballina.
Term 2 Week 4
Monday 21 May
NAPLAN-Years 5, 7, 9-Language Conventions
Tuesday 22 May
NAPLAN-Years 3 and 5-Numeracy
Wednesday 23 May
NAPLAN-Years 7, 9-Numeracy
Thursday 24 May
Year 7 2019 Experience Day
Primary Concert Band Concert - 6.00 pm-Discovery Centre
Friday 25 May
Duke of Edinburgh Award-Bronze Practice Journey
Saturday 26 May
Duke of Edinburgh Award-Silver Practice Journey
EAC 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Duke of Edinburgh Award Community Service Update
This year we have a close to 60 students from the College participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. As part of their Award program students are completing community service. The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time and to understand the benefits of this service to their community. The students need to undertake their activities in their own time for a three month period for the Bronze Award and a Six month period for those undertaking the Silver Award.
We have a wide range of community service activities being undertaken, including: surf life saving, soccer coaching, church assistant, animal shelter care, netball coaching, aged care assistant, EAC Primary School reading tutor program, House With No Steps volunteer, Ferros Care volunteer, Land Care/Coast Care, Woodwork room assistant, Library assistant, Op Shop assistant.
I am very proud of these students who are volunteering their time to help others within our local community.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
We are pleased to be able to offer our students specialist athletics training programs. These training programs are designed to assist our students prepare for their College Athletics Carnivals and the College representative team prepare for the NCIS and NSW CIS Athletics Championships.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Our athletics coaching program will be headed up by experienced coach Greg Potts. Mr Potts will run programs on sprints and field events. College staff member Mr Daniel Kelley, an experienced athlete will conduct: Middle Distance and Cross Country training. Mr Kelley and Mr Potts will be assisted by other school staff.
Some details about our Head Coach, Mr Greg Potts:
- To teach children the skills required for their events, so they can show gradual improvement and enjoy athletics as a sport.
- To ensure children have fun when competing in athletic sand through structured training sessions, become fitter and healthier athletes.
- Children’s main goals will be focused on PBs (personal bests) not placing in an event.
- Athletics Australia Level 2 Club Coach
- Ballina Little Athletics for 10 years, and prior to that coached at Lismore Little Athletics for 3 years. Coaching children from 8 to 17 years of age.
- Coach of numerous NSW Champions and 20 NSW Medallists in the following events: 100m, 200m, 60m hurdles, 200m hurdles, 800m, 1500m walk, long jump and triple jump.
- Greg has a strong background as an athlete and rugby player at a State and National level.
Session (1) Monday 7.30 am to 8.30 am Sprints and Throws
Session (2) Tuesday 3.10 pm to 4.10 pm Cross Country/Middle Distance
Session (3) Friday 7.30 am to 8.30 am Sprints and Jumps
Phase 1: Pre College Carnival Training Commencing Monday 21 May
- Open to: All Year 3 to 12 students
- Aim: To assist students with their preparation for the College Athletics Carnival.
- Dates: Monday 21 May to Tuesday 26 June
Phase 2: College Representative Team Training
- Open to: Students selected in the College Representative Team
- Aim: To assist students with their preparation for the NCIS and NSW CIS Athletics Carnivals.
- Dates: Monday 25 June to Friday 21 September.
Permission: Parent permission is required Via the Parent Portal before attending sessions.
From The Office
Annual General Meeting
The Secondhand Uniform Shop
While the NAPLAN testing is the uniform shop will be closed on Tues 15 & 22 May.
There are number of glasses that have been handed in to the EAC Front Office as lost property. If your child is missing a pair of prescription glasses please come and see if they have been handed in.
Mrs Margaret Lewis Mrs Patsy Downes
Administration Officer - Student Administration Officer - Parents and Community
Friends of Emmanuel
During School holidays EAC Grounds Staff planted some trees that were donated by Friends.
Trees were purchased through Ballina Tree Farm with funds donated by Friends.
HELP NEEDED for Friday, 18th May at NCIS Cross Country, Pop Denison Park, Ballina.
Friends will again this year, provide a 'pop up' canteen to feed the hungry athletes, teachers and parents! Over the past few years this has been a great success. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the setting up of the bbq from 8am onwards and during the day to cook or serve - even 1 hour would be terrific. Please contact Jenni Campbell 0416 094 797 for further details.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated - Go EAC!
EAC Canteen operates 4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, with special lunches on Tuesdays, canteen is open on Tuesdays for general sales at LUNCH only.
Butter Chicken and Quiche - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
SUSHI DATES: 22 May, 5 & 19 June
NOODLE BOX DATES: 15 & 29 May, 12 & 26 June
SUBWAY DATE: 3 July
Noodle box from “Noodle Box at Ballina Fair” will be available from the canteen this Tuesday, 15 May. If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch this Tuesday please complete the order form below, this should then be put in the canteen basket by 9am on MONDAY morning 14 May. Extra order forms are also available online, from the office or the canteen.
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.
0414 811 668