“Happy the merciful, they shall have mercy shown to them” Matthew 5:7
From The Principal
Tickets have gone on sale in the last few days for the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner, which is to take place on Saturday 30 June, 2018 at the Ballina RSL. It will be a wonderful night of celebration, friendship and fun as we look back over the first 20 years of the EAC story. The evening will also be used as a fundraising initiative to kick off a development fund to support the construction of a multi purpose centre. I am very grateful for the generous support of a number of local businesses with strong connections to the College that have sponsored the event and donated items for raffles and the silent auction. We will feature these businesses in the coming weeks through the newsletter, on the website and via social media. Please get involved and support this special event in the life of our community.
Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) this week. All students in the relevant year groups across Australia will undertake tests in five areas which include Writing, Reading, Spelling, Language Conventions and Numeracy. This year, EAC is one of a number of schools across Australia that have been selected to undertake the testing online. Due to the online delivery, the tests will take place over the next 7 days.
The NAPLAN tests provide an enormous amount of data on each individual as well as their cohort. The data collected from the tests is also used to develop understandings about students learning from a regional, state and national point of view. While certainly an extremely important and valuable assessment tool, NAPLAN is but one of many assessment tools that teachers and schools use to gather feedback about student learning and development. Assessment takes on many forms and is designed to enable teachers to develop a profile of each student as a learner which is includes insights into their learning styles, preferences, strengths and areas for development. The greatest understanding of a student is achieved when teachers have access to a broad range of data which is used to form a profile of the student.
I am very pleased to advise that construction of the new classroom building to accompany the Discovery Centre has commenced. The project will quickly build momentum over the next week. There will be some changes to the student play area and also the overflow carpark area. I will keep you updated of any changes to routine as the building work progresses. Construction will take approximately 32 weeks.
Congratulations to our 4 debating teams who travelled to Lindisfarne on Friday afternoon to undertake round three of the HICES debating competition. All students that have been involved in the competition have presented themselves with distinction and I congratulate them on their efforts to present their case, speak in front of an audience and work as a team. Three of the four teams were victorious and our Stage 3 and Stage 4 teams remain undefeated in the competition with two rounds to complete. Thank you to Ms Sue McLintock, Mrs Felicity Regan and Mr Chris McCotter for their involvement in this initiative and the support, encouragement and guidance they have provided the students.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Last Thursday night was the secondary school social. The Student Representative Council members are to be commended for their efforts in planning the social. The 80’s theme proved to be a hit with a combination of preppies, mullets, aviator sunglasses, big hair, double denim, leather jackets and other assorted crimes against fashion. MJ, Tom Cruise, Dr Emmet Brown, Olivia Newton John, Pretty in Pink and Madonna look-alikes invaded the Undercover Area in droves. The DJ’s choice of 80’s classics was impeccable and there were prizes given for Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Female, Best Dancer and Best Dressed Group. The most important part was that the students had the opportunity to have fun and we raised some extra funds to donate to our Relay for Life campaign. There will be another secondary social during third term and I encourage our secondary students to attend.
SRC’s next activity was an anti-bullying poster competition which was held during Tuesday’s Pastoral Care lesson. With bullying ever present in the news we decided to be proactive and engaging with the students by having them design posters with anti-bullying messages and information on them. Thanks to the SRC members work in promoting this activity. The SRC members have been quite busy lately and I hope to get them involved in more projects and activities where they serve the community, build community in our College and take action to help others in the process.
Last Wednesday our Year 7, 8 and 9 students attended an information session with a member of the NSW police service. The presentation focused upon cyber safety, cyber bullying, digital reputation and staying safe online. The Year 10-12 students will attend a presentation next week about the same topics. I am confident that these sessions will prove beneficial in assisting our students to behave in an ethical and appropriate manner when online.
Another topic that receives a large amount of media coverage around this time of year is that of NAPLAN. Our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be commencing NAPLAN this week. As we are using the online platform to access the test, we have a longer window of time to complete the testing. We need your support to ensure that your children are at school on time each day, that their devices are charged each night and that they approach NAPLAN with a positive frame of mind. An information letter was sent home recently with all the details regarding NAPLAN contained in it. Thanks to Mrs Boyd for the significant amount of work that has gone into the planning process for NAPLAN. I wish all of our students all the best for NAPLAN and encourage them to take a balanced approach to the testing regime.
This week’s Habits of Mind is responding with wonderment and awe. This habit means finding the world awesome, mysterious. Being intrigued with phenomena and beauty. Have fun figuring it out!
Some children and adults avoid problems and are turned off learning. They make such comments as "I was never good at these brain teasers," "Go ask your father; he's the brain in this family," "It's boring," "When am I ever going to use this stuff," "Who cares," "Lighten up, teacher; thinking is hard work," or "I don't do thinking!" Many people never enrolled in another math class or other "hard" academic subject after they weren't required to in high school or college. Many people perceive thinking as hard work, and they recoil from situations that demand too much of it.
We want students to be curious, to commune with the world around them, to reflect on the changing formations of a cloud, to feel charmed by the opening of a bud, to sense the logical simplicity of mathematical order. Intelligent people find beauty in a sunset, intrigue in the geometric shapes of a spider web, and exhilaration in the iridescence of a hummingbird's wings. They marvel at the congruity and intricacies in the derivation of a mathematical formula, recognise the orderliness and adroitness of a chemical change, and commune with the serenity of a distant constellation. We want students to feel compelled, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning, inquiring, and mastering (Costa, 2007).
Finally, Happy Mothers’ Day from last Sunday to all of our Mums out there. I hope that you enjoyed the day, were spoilt by your children and had some time to take a well-deserved break from the non stop rigours of parenthood. I hope that you all had a great day.
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 and 9 Numeracy
Year 10-12 cyber safety talk
Australian Geography Competition
Thursday 24 May
Year 7 2019 Experience Day
Primary Concert Band Performance
Friday 25 May
Duke of Edinburgh Practice Journey- Bronze
Saturday 26 May
Duke of Edinburgh Practice Journey-Silver
NSW CIS Primary Touch Football
NSW CIS Secondary Football
Tuesday 29 May
ICAS Science Testing
NSW CIS Secondary Soccer
Wednesday 30 May
Year 6 Field Trip
Thursday 31 May
NSW State Netball Cup-Secondary
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea-Ezzy Centre
Year 7 2019 Information Evening-6.00 pm-Ezzy Centre
Friday 1 June
HICES Debating at Clarence Valley Anglican School
20th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Rugby Union Selection Success
Congratulations to Luke Mounic (Year 12) and Patrick Thornton (Year 10) who have been selected in the Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES) Rugby Union Team. Patrick and Luke travelled to Sydney last week to attend trials. Based on their performance at the trials Patrick has been selected in the Under 16 team and Luke has been selected in the Open team. AICES is a very competitive sports association with over 26000 students. Luke and Patrick will travel to Sydney again in the coming weeks for a training camp and NSW Rugby Union Championships/Selection Trials. Well done boys we are very proud of your achievements.
NSW Football (Soccer) Representative Trip to Japan
Congratulations to Alex Fleeting (Year 8) who recently represented Northern NSW Football on a tour of Japan. This was the first time Alex has been selected to play for in a NSW representative team. The team played against teams from across Japan and were away for 8 days.
The competition was very tough for the boys from NSW who had not had a chance to play together as a team before the trip. While they did not win a game at the tournament the experience of travelling internationally, training, playing and representing your state will help set the boys up for a bright future in the sport.
NSW CIS Hockey
Well done to Kalani Franklin (Year 5) and Olivaa Van Zwieten (Year 5) who travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW CIS Hockey Trials this week. The trials were held at Pennant Hills Park with players coming from across NSW to trial.
Year 11 and 12 Hospitality had a dumpling demonstration by Fei, a local Chinese Dumpling Restaurant owner. Fei has been making dumplings for over 20 years. The students made their own dumpling pastry and traditional pork filling. Thank you to Fei for all of your knowledge and demonstrating your fantasic skills to our students.
Mrs Jaymin Melling
Year 7 Food Technology completed their Hamburger assessment task with flying colours. All students created their own original recipe, some even making their own sauces from scratch (tomato relish and satay). All of the students presented beautiful hamburgers with attention to detail. Well done!
Last Week, the Senior Primary Concert Band attended a workshop and rehearsal day. The theme for the day was "How do I practice?" and focussed on the Habits of Mind: Persistence and Striving for Accuracy.
The Senior Primary Concert Band performed at the Alstonville Anglican Parish's Mothers' Day Fete on Saturday. Despite the windy conditions, the students performed professionally and with confidence. This was the fourth year in succession that we have supported this outstanding community event.
Stage 2 Choir
Stage 2 choir performed magnificently during last week's Whole College Chapel at St Mary's. The songs, 'Tarnikini' and 'Everyone Belongs,' promoted inclusivity and celebrated diversity. This complimented the chapel theme of "Always Better Together". Thank you to the efforts of all students and staff involved in the performance.
Mrs Jennifer Buddee
Friends of Emmanuel
EAC Canteen operates 4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, with special lunches on Tuesdays, canteen is open on Tuesdays , only at lunch time for general sales. Canteen opens at 8.30am.
CANTEEN MENU available from the EAC website, Go to Publications, then Forms & Documents, then scroll down to Canteen.
Butter Chicken & Quiche NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Banana Milk - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
SPECIAL LUNCH ORDER DATES FOR TERM 2
SUSHI DATES: 22 May, 5 & 19 June
NOODLE BOX DATES: 29 May, 12 & 26 June
SUBWAY DATE: 3 July
Sushi – Tuesday 22 May
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 22 May. If you would like to order Sushi 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, 21 May.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
If you have not heard from the canteen coordinator within 24 hours please contact her via text or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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