Term 2 | Week 5 | 24 May 2017
“In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
From The Principal
Although we have not yet reached the mid point of the College year, preparations for 2018 are well underway with Term 2 traditionally being a very important time for enrolments, particularly for Kindergarten and Year 7 for the following year. As part of the transition process, the College has developed an Experience Day Program. Experience Days are designed to help make the transition from one setting to the next as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for students and families. They help ease the students into the new setting and give them time to prepare themselves for the move from either early learning to primary school or from primary to secondary school. Students have a chance to experience a day in the new setting, ask questions and make new friends, all of which will help reduce their anxiety and support them during these very significant times in their educational journey. We have been running these programs for the last six years and the feedback for students and families is always very positive.
The second Experience Day for Year 7, 2018 took place last Wednesday with more than 75 students being involved in a series of taster lessons as well as an orientation session. It was a very positive experience for all involved. Following on from a successful Kindergarten Open Afternoon on Tuesday this week, we will host the first of three Kindergarten 2018 Experience Days on Friday.
During the last month, I have had the delightful experience of interviewing all of the prospective enrolments for Kindergarten for 2018. Among the many reasons that families say they would like their children to attend EAC, there are two constant themes. The first is that the College has a great reputation as a very caring community of which the families are an integral part and where every child is known by name. The second is that the College is focused on providing quality teaching and learning opportunities for all the students in its care. It is a very humbling experience to hear such wonderful and supportive feedback and I certainly pass on my thanks to all the students, parents and staff who make EAC such a great place to learn and grow.
Congratulations to our very successful NCIS Cross Country Team on their efforts at last week’s carnival. We had a large number of placegetters and Age Champions. The College finished a close second in the Secondary division and were winners of the Secondary Percentage Shield based on the number of points earned compared to the size of the student body. A special thanks to Jenni Campbell and the Friends of EAC who ran the canteen for the day and to the large contingent of parents who turned out in support of the runners. Once again, I commend Mr Graham Walker and his super team of coaches for all of their efforts to train and prepare our team. Their efforts are clearly reflected in the achievement of the students, as an amazing 39 students are now eligible to attend the NSW CIS Cross Country Carnival in Sydney.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off The Deputy's Desk
TOUR OF SPAIN AND GERMANY 2018
We are very excited to announce that the College is organising a cultural tour of Spain and Germany in April 2018. The focus of the tour is on art and history as well as a general cultural experience. The tour is available to all students in Years 6-12. Students in Years 6-8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and parents are very welcome to accompany older students. Further details will be published in next week’s newsletter. In the meantime, if you would like any further information please contact Mr Greg McDonnell or Mrs Mellissa Evans.
As you would know, fidget spinners have become the latest craze amongst young people. Many of our students are bringing them to school and we are increasingly having to manage issues around their use – they are often distracting during class time, or have been misplaced.
We are asking parents to encourage children to leave their fidget spinners at home. It would be great to have your cooperation with this matter.
Use of College Planners
Just a reminder that the College Planners, used by students from Yr 3 to 12, should be signed by parents each week. The planner is a very useful tool for organisation and communication. Students should be writing their homework, assessment and events into their planners each week. For students in the senior years there is also a section of the planner dedicated to study timetables – when trying to balance the demands of multiple assessment tasks, and study, it is essential to have time set aside for completing these tasks. If students require assistance in using their planners, or creating a study timetable, they should talk to their PC teacher.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
Lismore Symphony Orchestra Concert Series
The Lismore Symphony Orchestra Concert Series is on in May. The orchestra will feature renowned guitarist Matthew Marshall and is conducted by the College’s own Sonya Lopes. The concerts will be at Southern Cross University on Saturday 27 May at 7.30pm and Sunday 28 May at 2.00pm.
The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra School Holiday Workshop
The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2017 - School Holiday Workshop is on again this year from 11 – 13 July. This is a valuable opportunity for our talented musicians to extend their musical ability and to perform as part of a larger ensemble. The workshop culminates in a public performance. For more information, please go the the Northern River’s Conservatorium Website.
Afternoon Session - Monday 22 May
The first of three Afternoon Sessions where students receiving individual or small group lessons are able to showcase the pieces they have been working on with their tutors.
Monday's performance included the drum, percussion and some of the piano and guitar students.
A massive well done to all who performed and to their tutors for preparing such a high standard of performance.
Mr Cleverley and Mr Holmes
NCIS Cross Country
EAC had a great day last Thursday at the NCIS Cross Country championships, gaining a top 3 place in all point score categories.
We also won the Secondary Percentage Shield, which is our teams performance relative to the size of each school.
An amazing 39 students are now eligible to attend the NSW CIS Cross Country in Sydney.
EAC was the host of this event so I would like to a huge thank you to our team of staff Mr Kelly, Mrs Buddee, Mrs Miller, Mrs Raguse, Mrs Sculley, Mrs Campbell, Mr Jukes and Miss Guest for their work on the day. Thank you to many of those same teachers who trained the team in the lead up to the event. The student’s results are a reflection of your efforts. Thank you also to our College Maintenance team who worked hard all day to help the event run smoothly. Finally thank you to the Friends of EAC who ran a fantastic BBQ and kiosk on the day. This was appreciated by all the visiting schools.
Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 3.
Students selected in the NCIS Team to compete at the NSW CIS Championships are:
Atkinson, Stella 15 Girls
Barnden, Summer 10 Girls
Benfield, Bridie 8/9 Girls
Campbell, Zoe 8/9 Girls
Campbell, Mikala 12 Girls Primary
Campbell, Kelly 10 Boys
Cheers, James 18 Boys
Du Plessis, Ella 16 Girls
Fleeting, Henry 8/9 Boys
Fleeting, Alexander 13 Boys
Franklin, Kalani 10 Boys
Green, Asha 17 Girls
Green, Jordan 13 Boys
Ito, Jack 17 Boys
Mahon, Samantha 16 Girls
Maund, Chelsea 11 Girls
McGowan, Phoebe 13 Girls
Milne, Annie 14 Girls
Milne,Elisabeth 17 Girls
Mumford,Toby 13 Boys
Mumford, Lachlan 15 Boys
Mumford, Joshua 16 Boys
Muzzolini, Luca 11 Boys
Osborne, Courtney 18 Girls
Payne, Oliver 12 Boys Secondary
Peart, Ella 13 Girls
Rezai-Smyth, Farah 12 Girls Secondary
Robinson, Finnigan 10 Boys
Smith, Katie 8/9 Girls
Smith, Mahli 11 Boys
Tait, Jessica 18 Girls
Thompson, Summer 10 Girls
Thornton, Patrick 15 Boys
Truman, Lara 15 Girls
Walker, Lachlan 14 Boys
Walker, Hamish 14 Boys
Wallace, Zali 8/9 Girls
Webb, Ella 18 Girls
Wilson, Brighton 8/9 Boys
Athletics Training Has Started, Come Along, Get Fit and Have Fun
An enthusiastic group of students came to our first Athletics training session for the season on Monday morning. The program is open to Year 3 to year 12 students to help prepare for the College Athletics Championships later this term, then the Representative team to prepare for NCIS and CIS Athletics. Training sessions are on Monday and Friday 7.30am to 8.30am for Sprints and Field Events. Tuesday 3.15pm to 4.15pm for Middle Distance, Distance and Cross Country.
This week’s EAC value is Excellence. Year 6 have worked hard throughout Semester One and shown excellence in many areas. From the sporting field to Science projects, Mathematics tasks, Writing, Peer Support, Buddies and in their own relationships with each other.
Year 6 have been working hard on a unit of English which has seen them create descriptive phrases, paragraphs, poetry and prose. They have used the power of the senses, imagery and emotion to create individual responses to visual stimulus and to reflect HSIE topic which has centred around convicts, The First Fleet and life in early Colonial times.
Here are just a few of our creative writing pieces.
Friends of Emmanuel
A very special thank you to all the volunteers to who helped at the NCIS Cross Country canteen last Thursday. It is very heart warming to see that we have a wonderful parent base that can assist for these events and give up their time. It was a terrific facility for all the athletes, teachers and parents and warmly welcomed by everyone, especially those that had travelled long distances. Additionally, I would like to thank those parents who kindly and very efficiently whipped up some beautiful creations of baked goods to donate – it was very short notice but somehow these parents delivered – thank you!
A special mention to Vanessa Miller for donating the very popular finger buns, Sommerfeld Eggs (Links Ave, East Ballina) for donating the eggs and the Little Hopper, Byron Bay for the awesome coffee!
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.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
**New to the Canteen**
Honey Soy Chicken with Veggies and Rice $5.50
Butter Chicken and Rice $5.50
Amaze Balls $1.50 (nut free)
Sushi Dates: 30 May, 13 June
Noodle Box Dates: 6 & 20 June
Subway Date: 27 June
Sushi – Tuesday 30 May
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 30 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, 29 May.
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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