“God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. 13 Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you."
Colossians 3: 12-13
From The Principal
Congratulations to our 2021 Primary Student Leadership Team who were inducted into office at a special Year 6 Service held at St Mary’s Church. The student leaders were called upon to support the College community as we strive to become an Anglican educational community inspiring learning, living and leading. In response, the student leaders made the following pledge:
As the elected leaders of the student body we acknowledge and accept the privilege and responsibility that comes with the office we undertake. We pledge to undertake this office with generosity, commitment and integrity; to use our God given gifts to serve the staff, students and friends of the Emmanuel Anglican College Community and to call on the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit to ensure that all that we do is done in God’s name.
We look forward with much anticipation to working with these fine young men and women for the good of the College Community in the coming year.
The Primary Student Leadership Team 2021
Primary Captain – Sophie Blake
Primary Captain – Finley Thomson
Captain – Amelia Atkinson
Captain – Henry Fleeting
Captain – Zoe Campbell
Captain – Sam Carrigg
Captain – Martha Atkinson
Captain – Freya Raguse
Captain – Sarah Vanem
Captain – Thomas Bazar
Thank you to the parents of Year 5 and Year 7 who were able to attend the Parent Information Evening last Wednesday afternoon. It was also a great opportunity for our new families to connect and engage with our community for the first time.
These occasions are important as research tells us that when parents and teachers build strong relationships and work collaboratively, numerous positive outcomes for students are likely to emerge. Our teachers actively encourage open and regular communication and are strong believers that the sooner a concern or question is raised, the sooner it can be worked through and resolved. If you have any issues, questions or concerns throughout the year, the first point of contact for primary students is the Class Teacher and for secondary students it is the Pastoral Care Teacher or the Subject Teacher. Our policy is that we will return contact within 24 hours of your email or call.
Please understand that during the College day, teachers are in the classroom teaching and may not receive your correspondence or have a chance to respond immediately. I am sure you appreciate that they have lives and families too, and therefore may not have the opportunity to respond to an email sent late at night requesting a response prior to school the next day. For more urgent matters, particularly change of pick up routine and the like, please contact the College office prior to 2.30pm and we will ensure the message is passed on to the students and staff as required.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
School's back and students are now hopefully well settled into class and are making or renewing friendships and building academic routines. The importance of building connections both with peers and teachers is vital if we are to thrive as a College community both now and in the future.
Our Leaders of House and Pastoral Care Teachers (Secondary) and Pastoral Leaders and Classroom Teachers (Primary) are committed to assisting students in building these connections. One of the new programs that we have introduced in 2021 is Peer Support into the Secondary. Year 11 students were trained as Peer Support Leaders last year and ran their first activities this morning. These were successful and I saw a number of great examples of positive, cross age interaction occurring as I circled the groups. Most importantly, there were some smiles as well. For our Year 11 students, Peer Support provides an opportunity for leadership skill development and provides the College with greater depth of leadership aspirants for badged positions in 2022. I thank Miss Guest for the great work that she is doing to develop this program.
It is swimming carnival time and each of the Houses will be vying for early bragging rights as the swimming championships go up for grabs this Thursday and Friday. May the best house win and all competition be fierce but good natured.
Shrove Tuesday - 16 February
Next week we also get the opportunity to further build connections across the school when the Year 12 leaders cook pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. The leaders will be cooking at First Break and pancakes with syrup will be available for a gold coin donation. All proceeds of the fundraiser will be donated to a charity of the leaders' choice. There will be a COVID safe plan in place for this event.
Finally, it is assessment booklet hand out time for Years 9, 10 and 11 this week. Mrs Boyd will be speaking with each of these age groups regarding assessment processes and NESA requirements as well as presenting to Year 11 parents on Wednesday evening.
By the next time I write, the term will indeed be beginning to gather momentum as we move towards the season of Lent where each of us has the opportunity to tread our own path of reflection.
Mr Darren Parks
NSW School Vaccination Program
Each year, NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.
In 2021 the following vaccines will be offered:
|7||Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine||2 doses at least 6 months apart|
|7||Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine||Single dose|
|10||Meningococcal ACWY vaccine||Single dose|
Parent Information Kits that include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement will be sent home to parents/guardians. To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:
- Read all the information provided.
- Complete the consent form, including signing their name next to the vaccine/s they would like their child to receive.
- Return the completed consent form to their child's school.
- Ensure their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.
Please note, that to improve vaccination completion, students will be opportunistically offered any missed doses during Year 7 and catch up into Year 8 (for HPV and dTpa vaccination) and during Year 10 and catch up into Year 11 (for Meningococcal ACWY vaccination) or consent signed in 2020.
Parents/guardians who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so by writing to the school Principal or phoning the school. The Procedure for Withdrawal of Consent is available on the NSW Health website.
A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at each clinic either as a physical card or a text message sent to the mobile number recorded on the consent form. Details about vaccinations given at school will also be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to support complete vaccination histories.
Term 1 Week 4
Tuesday 16 February
Primary Football Trials - 7.30am - Oval - WAG, EVR, CRH, Wendy Britton.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Fundraiser - Primary at First Break and Secondary at Second Break.
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 - 1.28pm-3.00pm
Term 1 Week 5
Monday 22 February
Secondary Assembly - 11.18am
Brainstorm Productions Anti Bullying Presentations - Years 7-10 - 12.00pm-2.00pm
Primary Swimming Team Training - 12.30-2.50pm - Alstonville Pool
Tuesday 23 February
Years 9 and 10 Geography Excursion
Ballina Lions Youth of The Year - 6.30pm - Ballina RSL
Wednesday 24 February
NCIS Primary Swimming - All Day - Alstonville Pool
Northern Rivers University Showcase - Year 12 only
Friday 26 February
Tobias Marquardt Cup Interschool Football vs Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School - 9.30am-2.10pm - Cavanbah Complex
Reminder - Swimming Carnivals this week!
Primary Swimming Carnival (Years 2-6) - Thursday 11 February
Secondary Swimming Carnival - Friday 12 February
Venue - Alstonville Pool
Students will travel to and from the pool by bus.
What to bring
- Students are to bring their own food, plenty of water and sunscreen. Canteen facilities will be available.
- Appropriate swimwear must be worn; girls are not to wear two piece swimmers.
- Students are encouraged to wear House coloured clothing and accessories to and from school, to add further colour and excitement to our Swimming Carnivals.
Who can attend
Unfortunately, due to COVID19 venue restrictions, parents and spectators are not permitted to attend the carnivals.
Please refer to the recent letter sent to families.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Surf Life Saving Secondary Sport Program
It was Week 1 of surf life saving and students were given a tour of the facilities including the rescue equipment and gym. Students were then taught about the different types of waves and how to identify a rip. We then put our knowledge into action with a walk up to the headland to point out the best and most dangerous places to swim.
House Structure brings a sense of connectiveness
Most of us have memories of our days at school; some good and some not so good. The chances are the good memories arise when we felt cared for and valued by our peers and the adults who helped us learn.
These positive relationships are an important part of 'school connectedness' - the degree to which students perceive the people, places and activities they experience in a meaningful and important manner.
Student connectiveness is important as it:
- Influences school attendance which is key to improved education and health outcomes.
- Reduces risk taking behaviour and antisocial behaviour.
- Supports students manage emotional problems.
The House structure implemented within the Secondary College this year supports students connecting. Connection occurs every day in their Vertical Pastoral Care group and during House based Wellbeing lessons and activities. The Leaders of House are actively working with and all students have now had the opportunity to participate in their Vertical Pastoral Care groups, House based Wellbeing groups and their Leader of House. The House based structure provides opportunities for long term relationships between students, parents and the House staff.
To help establish an understanding of the background of each House and meet the House Leaders below is a brief history of each name and an introductory paragraph from each Leader of House.
Mrs Amanda Middleton
Director of the Secondary School
Howard Brockington was a founding member of the Steering Committee to establish the College and a Foundation Member on the Board of Directors. Mr Brockington was heavily involved in the establishment of the College and the drafting of the College Constitution.
Leader of Brockington House
I commenced working at Emmanuel Anglican College in 2017 and have taught from Kindergarten to Year 12, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Year 7 English. Prior to this I was travelling the world and studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/Secondary Education.
In 2012 I spent time volunteering at the School of St Jude in Tanzania, Africa. This experience was a catalyst for my passion in education and wellbeing and in the truest sense highlighted that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".
In 2019 I was appointed the position of Stage 4 Coordinator and relished the opportunity to support and guide students in both academic and personal/social domains. Working with young people brings me great joy. As the Leader of Brockington House, I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in the process of forging tomorrow's leaders, instilling the characteristics necessary for our students to become thinking, proactive young citizens able to meet and overcome future challenges.
Keith Purcival was a founding member of the Steering Committee to establish the College and a Foundation Member on the Board of Directors. Mr Purcival worked tirelessly in planning the establishment of the College and drafting the College Constitution.
Leader of Purcival House
I have been at Emmanuel since 2010. Before starting at Emmanuel, I worked in various schools in the region in between stints living in Japan. I have taught Japanese at Emmanuel to kids of all ages; from Kindergarten to Year 12, but most recently, I teach Japanese in the Secondary School.
I am passionate about building a sense of belonging in students by establishing a place where they feel connected to their community and are able to thrive. Learning about students’ interests and skills, working with them to flourish, training them to work together in successful teams on or off the sporting field, are some of the best parts of being a teacher.
For the last five years, I have been the Stage 5 coordinator and I love the unique combination of youthful energy, fire, passion and unapologetic challenge that is associated with the Middle School years.
Archbishop Geoffrey Smith is the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia. He was Rector of St Mary’s Ballina and created a Steering Committee to discuss the possibility of establishing an Anglican School in Ballina.
Leader of Smith House
One of my very first teaching experiences was working at Emmanuel on an Internship with Mr Bardsley while completing my Education Degree in 2008. In 2009 I was a Casual Teacher and in 2010 I was lucky enough to land a permanent role as a Visual Arts Teacher. Over the next five years I worked closely with Mr Hartel to develop my knowledge and skills in pastoral care and leadership. In 2015 I became the Stage Four Coordinator and later that same year I took on the Stage Five Coordinator role as well. Since 2016 I have been the Stage Six Coordinator.
Student wellbeing is amongst the most complex, difficult yet rewarding aspects of Education. It involves great care, attention, and a lot patience, balanced with some high expectations and setting clear boundaries.
I’m most satisfied in my role when I see our students grow into wonderful young adults, full of enthusiasm about the possibilities of their life after School. I often see past students in the community who want to tell me all about a new job, a university course they were accepted into or an apprenticeship they have just completed.
As the Leader of Smith House, I very much intend to continue to help develop the wholeness of our students, their sense of self, their sense of purpose and the belief that they can contribute back to our world.
Lindsay Walker was a member of the St Mary’s Anglican Church in Ballina and served on the Steering Committee and as a Foundational Member of College Council. Mr Walker is still a member of the College Council to this day.
Leader of Walker House
I have been teaching for 14 years and held leadership positions in both Secondary and Primary Schools. I worked in Brisbane for ten years at one of the large GPS Schools as a teacher and in the boarding house. For seven of those ten years I worked as a House Dean looking after the pastoral needs of students in his house. Most recently, I worked in a Primary School at Skennars Head as Leader of Sport and Year 6 teacher. I have a passion for building relationships and supporting students through their adolescent journey and am very excited to be at EAC and to be a part of the new Pastoral Care system.
The House system provides a range of opportunities for common, positive experiences, including celebrating with events like school camps, excursions, sports days and initiatives linked to the values of the House. The House structure provides the opportunity to build cohesion in relationships between students and provides opportunities for positive role models and leadership opportunities within the College.
I am excited to see the House Spirit develop in the Secondary school as the year continues.
This week in Peer Support, our Year 11 Leaders provided guidance on how we can make friends in a new setting and the different expectations and responsibilities that come with being a high school student.
Miss Kellie Guest
Leader of House - Brockington
Support from Amber
Amber has been hard at work with our Year 11 PDHPE students.
Children are like kites
Last week we welcomed our 2021 Kindy cohort to EAC. The majority of these bright eyed kids will complete thirteen years of formal schooling and become the graduate class of 2033! (You may recall watching the television show Beyond 2000 in the 1980’s and thinking that was a lifetime away!) As the Director of the Primary School, it always gives me such joy to be there for that very first day and this year my youngest daughter was also in the sea of little bodies with large bags attached to the back. I came across a poem last week that was poignant to reflect on this milestone, that I thought you may also appreciate.
Children Are Like Kites
You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground.
You run with them until you're both breathless.
They hit the rooftop.
You patch and comfort, adjust and teach them.
Finally they are airborne...
They need more string and you keep letting it out.
But with each twist of the ball of twine,
there is a sadness that goes with joy.
The kite becomes more distant,
and you know it won't be long
before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you two together
and will soar as it is meant to soar, free and alone.
Only then do you know that you did your job.
Author: Erma Bombeck
I certainly hope that as we hold the kite string throughout the school day that our EAC class of 2033 fly high.
It has been a busy time at Parent Pickup as we all adjust to the routines of drop off and collection. In the interest of safety for our entire community, we insist that parents park their cars and walk their children to the gate. Similarly in the afternoon, parents are to attend the Parent Pickup gate and let the teacher on duty know who their child is before the teacher releases the student. It takes a little longer, but it ensures the safety of all students and we ask for your support throughout this process.
Please also note that supervision is not provided on site until 8.15am and we ask all families to arrive after this time.
This year we are allowing students in Years 2-6 to wear House colored clothing and accessories to and from school for the Primary Athletics Carnival. This is not a free dress day, but a way to enhance the house spirit on the day.
By now you should have access to your child’s Seesaw account. Did you know you still have access to journals from previous years that you can download and keep on file? No longer do you need to keep tubs of old exercise books and artworks that fill your shed every year! Simply login to your family Seesaw account, navigate to the Account Settings tab and find the option under Journal Archives to Download Journal Archives.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of the Primary School
Kindy's first week
The Kindergarten students have had a very busy first week of school. They have taken everything in their stride and have made their teachers extremely proud.
Well done Kindy! We are looking forward to a fun year with you.
Mrs Smith and Ms Baker
Early Learning Centre News
Children learn through play. Play is children's work. Play enables friendships to develop and supports a variety of learning dispositions. Play affords Educators the time to make meaningful observations, noticing children's interests, strengths and needs. Play is fun, and we value all that play brings to our learning environments.
Mrs Natasha Livock
Early Learning Centre Coordinator
Library News - Book Club
Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 has been sent home with all Primary students this week and it is full of great books for all readers.
Orders can be placed directly online, with payments made by Visa or Mastercard. Paying online also unlocks great benefits and special offers throughout the year.
You may also pay by cash or with cheque payable to Scholastic Australia.
Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones
Library Resource Centre Manager
Scholastic Book Club Orders must be completed online
or given to me by FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2021.
Live Life Well @ School
Check back here each week for some handy lunchbox tips, information on healthy eating, ways to get active as a family and more, as part of the Live Life Well @ School program - a collaborative initiative between NSW Ministry of Health and the school sectors in NSW.
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 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 Orders
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.