Term 2 | Week 8 | 19 June 2019
‘’Happy the peacemakers; they shall be called the sons and daughters of God’ Matthew 5:9
From The Principal
We had a wonderful Whole College Assembly this week as we celebrated some of the incredible achievements and talents of our students. We recognised exceptional achievement by a number of our sporting students which included acknowledging state champion success and NSW representation in the sports of hockey, soccer, cross country and swimming. In the next few weeks, 4 of our students will represent the College as they compete at the Australian titles in their chosen sport. We also recognised our debating teams who have participated in the HICES state wide debating championships. All four teams won multiple debates in the general rounds of the competition, with two teams going on to contest the finals. Our Stage 4 team have progressed through to the final 8 teams and will debate next week for a place in the semi-finals. We also enjoyed a wonderful performance by the Secondary College Band and presented awards to students who have successfully completed either the Bronze or Silver Award for the Duke of Edinburgh program. I continue to be amazed at the depth of talent in our student body, their commitment to the extra curricular program and the passion and pride they show in representing the College.
I invite all our friends and families to join us on the evening of Thursday 4 July for our Ensemble Showcase. The evening will include performances from a number of ensembles and the Secondary Band. The performance will take place in the Undercover Area commencing at 6.00pm. The Hospitality students will be providing lovelyhome made soup from 5.30pm and during the show. We will also hire some outdoor gas heaters to help fight of the evening chill. It will be a fantastic evening and an excellent way to celebrate the end of the term and semester. Please come along and support our performers on the night.
Thank you to all the families who have contacted the College and offered to host international students during the July and August study tour visits. We still have a couple of students we are looking to place. If you have a spare room and would be happy to host a students for week then please contact our International Student Coordinator, Mrs Karen Bergan via firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
I was privileged to see eminent educational researcher John Hattie speak in Ballina on Monday. Professor Hattie’s metanalyses of educational research makes him one of the doyens of education in the world. Hattie’s research comes up with 250 plus effect sizes that enhance learning. The purpose of the professional development was to allow us to reflect upon our current practices as a College, especially in light of the fact that we are about to develop our strategic plan. However, what was vitally important was the role that positive teacher student relationships played upon achievement. An effect size of 0.40 is seen as being worth a year’s growth and Hattie rates positive teacher student relationships as having an effect size of 0.48. This means that just by having a positive school environment we can raise achievement in our students. Through our pastoral care structures and our support of each individual student we can certainly maintain this useful effect size.
Linked to this is the use of educational data to analyse student academic achievement, student academic growth and trends. As we receive end of semester results we will no doubt be spending time reflecting upon the results of our students and looking at ways that we can help them to achieve their personal best in the future. I look forward to spending time going over secondary student results with a particular focus on student academic growth from last year to this year and then acknowledging and celebrating this growth with our students.
Next week we have our athletics carnivals happening and I encourage all of our students to be involved and displaying positive house spirit. I’m sure there will be much vociferous cheering and war cries happening next Thursday and Friday as our four houses battle for athletic supremacy.
Also next week our Year 11/12 Hospitality students will be hosting a hospitality restaurant for parents and staff guests. It should be a wonderful evening which gives these students the chance to put all their learnings together in a practical event that showcases their skills.
Good luck to our Middle debating team members as they travel to Armidale to debate against Macquarie Anglican Grammar School from Dubbo. A win in this debate will see this team progress to the pointy end of the statewide HICES Debating Competition and we wish them safe travels and every success. We also thank Ms McLintock who will be giving up her time to take the students to this competition.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 2 Week 9
Monday 24 June
Athletics Training-Sprints and Throws-7.15am
SCU Discovery Day-SCU Lismore Campus
Tuesday 25 June
Primary Chapel-Discovery Centre-9.00am
Cross Country/Athletics Training-3.10-4.10pm
Wednesday 26 June
Year 8 Retreat-St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lismore-9.00-3.00pm
Elevate Study Skills Workshop-Finishing Line-11.15am-12.15pm
Thursday 27 June
Primary Interhouse Athletics Carnival-Byron Bay-9.00-3.00pm-All students will be bused to the venue and back to the College.
Year 11 and 12 Hospitality Restaurant-6.00pm-Ezzy Centre
Friday 28 June
Secondary Interhouse Athletics Carnival-Byron Bay-9.00-3.00pm-All students will be bused to and from the College. Students are not permitted to drive themselves to the carnival.
Term 2 Week 10
Monday 1 July
Athletics Training Sprints and Throws-7.15am
Tuesday 2 July
Primary AFL Come and Try Morning- 7.15am
Whole College Chapel-9.00am-St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina
Wednesday 3 July
K-1 Athletics Carnival-1.20-3.00pm
Thursday 4 July
Primary AFL come and Try Morning-7.15am
Secondary Concert Band Showcase Evening-6.00pm-Ezzy Centre
Friday 5 July
Athletics Training Sprints and Jumps-7.15am
Term 2 concludes
Congratulations to the following students who attended the NSW CIS Cross Country Championships in Sydney last week. Marlon Andrews (Year 3), Kelly Campbell (Year 6), Zoe Campbell (Year 4), Sophie Cottrill (Year 12), Henry Drew (Year 3), Christopher Flavel (Year 7), Abigail Mathews (Year 4), Joshua Mumford (Year 12), Lachlan Mumford (Year 11), Oliver Payne (Year 9), Stella Payne (Year 4 ), Jesse Thompson (Year 7), Felicity Walker (Year 6).
The Championships were held at the Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney's west. It was an overcast day with perfect conditions for running, the course is tough with plenty of hills to test the strength and endurance of the runners. All of our students performed very well against tough competition.
Our stand out performance was from Joshua Mumford who finished 3rd overall and has been selected to compete at the NSW All Schools Cross Country. Narrowly missing selection for the next level were Abigail Matthews (7th), Marlon Andrews (9th) and Henry Drew (11th).
Well done to all competitors. Thank you to the parents who supported their children taking them to the event. Thank you also to our team of coaches who trained the students in the lead up: Mr Kelly, Mrs Sculley, Mrs Buddee and Mr Potts.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Early Learning Centre News
At the Early Learning Centre we are trying to reduce the amount of paper we use. We wondered, 'what else can we paint on?' Using water colours, we paint on our slabs of sandstone pavers, on our compost tumbler and on our pathways. Our clay explorations affords clay covered hands and we can make hand prints and finger paintings too. We paint rocks, we paint bark and we paint leaves.
We are also trying to reuse and recycle. We wash the many plastic containers that enter the Early Learning Centre in children's' lunchboxes, using these in craft and building projects as well as in water play. We continue to make bunting from the many yogurt satchels we save from land fill each week and we wonder, 'will the rubbish ever stop?'
Kindergarten were lucky enough to have a visit from Michelle Lowrey from Sunshine Sugar. Michelle talked to the students about how sugar is grown and harvested as part of our inquiry unit, Paddock to Plate.
Last week, 4B reflected on the Habits of Mind they had used while away at camp. In their assembly presentation, they shared photos, performed skits and set up a mock newsroom which displayed interview footage recorded at camp. Students used many of the Habits of Mind when working cooperatively with their peers, tackling challenging activities and adjusting to life away from home.
Mrs Ellie Darnell
Year 4 Teacher
Did you know that children often don’t go to bed until 11pm in Japan?
Did you know that Japanese kids typically go to club activities or have extra lessons after school every day of the week and they even go to school on Saturdays?
The Year 4 students learnt this interesting information from Teppei’s self introduction presentation that he bravely shared with us last week. The students had many questions for Teppei, then they enjoyed making origami together.
Teppei Yajima arrived in Australia last week on his 11th birthday. He will be at EAC for the next 3 months. Mrs Darnell and the students of 4B have welcomed Teppei into their classroom and he is quickly settling into school life at EAC. You will most likely see him playing soccer at recess and lunch with his new friends.
Mrs Jennifer Buddee
Japanese Teacher Primary
Photography and Digital Media
The Year 9 Photography and Digital Media class embarked on the challenging task of creating a room-sized camera obscura. This process involves blocking all light sources in a classroom with thick black plastic, allowing no light leakages. A small 10c coin sized ‘lens’ is cut through the plastic and ideally, this will project an up-side-down image of the outside world on the wall of the classroom. We were lucky to have a sunny day when we attempted the feat, and were awe struck when the camera obscura was successful! Can you see the back of the TC building, the tree, the clouds or the white ute?
Mrs Jessica Raguse
Photography and Digital Media Teacher
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Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Special Lunch order - Term 2 Dates
Noodle Box: 25 June
Subway: 2 July
Noodle Box from Noodle Box Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 25 june . If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form, attach your order to a paper bag with your payment enclosed. This should then be put in the canteen basket on Monday morning, 24 June
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PRIMARY LUNCH ORDERS
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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)
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