Term 2 | Week 10 | 3 July 2019
‘Be compassionate, do not judge and you will not be judged. Give and there will gifts for you for the amount your measure out is the amount you will be given back.’ Luke 6:37-38
From The Principal
I have had the great pleasure over the last two weeks to read the report of every student from Kindergarten to Year 11 and I am absolutely proud, humbled and delighted with the level of commitment of the students to their learning, their extra curricular involvement and their desire to embrace the values of our community. There are just so many great news stories in the reports of excellent effort, high achievement, overcoming challenges, participating in College life and demonstrating College values. The students should be very proud of their efforts and learning gains. The Mid Year Report provides families with an excellent opportunity to reflect on the students' learning journey for the first half of the academic year, to celebrate the efforts and outcomes of the semester and to set goals for the semester that lies ahead. I commend the reports to you and am sure that they will be a source of much discussion over the kitchen table during the term break. Parent and Teacher Meetings will take place in Week Two of next term and booking will be open on TASS on Monday 15 July.
A special vote of thanks for the teaching staff who have so generously and skillfully given of their time and talents over the semester to provide the incredible plethora of fun and engaging learning opportunities for our students. Each student report contains a list of extra curricular involvement and as I read through the list of sporting, curricular, academic, service and leadership opportunities I was reminded of the vast number of our classroom initiatives that our staff create and support for the benefit of the students. The staff at EAC are wonderful and we are so blessed to have such a passionate and generous team of teachers.
As Semester Two commences, our planning for 2020 will be well underway and I wanted to flag with Year 10 students and Parents our Year 11 2020 (HSC 2021) Subject Selection Information Evening on Tuesday 30 July commencing at 7.00pm in the Ezzy Centre. The information session will provide a detailed overview of the structure and format of the HSC program and give detail about subject offerings and pattern of study requirements. The date coincides with the first of the two Parent Teacher Meeting evenings. We have a very small number of spaces available for Year 11 2020 so if you do have family or friends who are interested in finding out more about EAC and our HSC program please let them know of the date and ask them to contact the College office for more details.
Once again, I invite all our families to join us for the Secondary Ensemble Performance Evening at the College on Thursday evening. Freshly made hot soup will be available from 5.30pm, with performances commencing at 6.00pm. It will be a lovely way for the students to celebrate the end of an excellent semester. Please come along and enjoy the show. I promise you it will be very entertaining!
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the deputy's desk
As the end of term draws closer I’d like to ask all of the students performing in the Secondary Showcase this Thursday night to ‘Break a Leg’, which is performing arts speak for good luck. It promises to be a great night of entertainment and the students will be very much to the fore. Thank you to all the music staff and the student helpers for what should be a great night of entertainment.
Our Primary Athletics Carnival has been rescheduled to Tuesday 23 July (first day of Term 3). A decision on the viability of the Secondary Carnival has still not been made at the time of writing this article. Term 3 commences on Tuesday 23 July with Monday 22 July being a staff professional learning day. Secondary students will have normal classes and we will start the term with a Secondary Assembly. The start of term is very busy with Parent Teacher Interviews occurring in Week 2 along with the Year 11 Subject Selection Evening. This night should be attended by all Year 10 students and their parents as it is an important step in their transition to a Stage 6 student and to the final years of their schooling.
A reminder that as the new jacket has now arrived at The School Locker that students will no longer have the grace period that we have allowed to wear the sports jacket with formal uniform. The sports jacket is only to be worn with sports uniform. The new jacket is an alternative to the jumper, which some students find irritating to their skin. Also, students are to ensure that they are to wear a hat each time that they are out in the sun. We need your parental support to ensure that we maintain our uniform standards and promote a Sun Smart attitude in our students.
As reports begin to be uploaded to Parent Lounge it is an opportune time to discuss how we as parents should talk to our children about their report cards. Education Forum, 2010 lists some hints for parents when discussing their child’s report:
The most basic advice for parents is to ask open-ended questions instead of yes-or-no ones. Think of the report card as a conversation-starter. A way for your child to talk about how she’s doing in each area, what is easy or hard for her, and how you can help her to do better.
Here are more tips for talking about report cards with your child:
- Ask your child how he/she thinks she did. This opens up the dialogue for any problems she’s having in the class or reasons for a less than stellar performance. And it sets the tone for parents to listen.
- If the teacher is commenting on your child’s chattiness or inability to listen, don’t set yourself up for an argument. Instead of asking why he’s/she’s chatty or why she can’t sit still, ask, “Why do you think the teacher feels you have trouble listening?” Getting your child to explain from the teacher’s point of view enables him to think about how his actions are being interpreted.
- Offer specific praise and encouragement instead of broad statements. Try: “You worked very hard to bring up your math grade this period,” instead of “Great job in math.”
- Separate your child from his/her grades. No parent wants his/her child to feel his/her self-worth is derived from what teachers say about him. Consider statements like, “I love you, but I don’t like this report card” as a way to distinguish between the two.
- Focus on a way to do better. Instead of telling your child to pull up her history grade, talk together to find a way he/she can improve her scores in that class. Come up with a plan. Write it down. Finally, communicate it to the teacher, so that you’re all on the same page.
- Handle praise with care. If your child consistently brings home amazing report cards, it may be difficult to know what to say. “Good job” loses its meaning and has almost no affect. Consider reminding your child how he/she got those grades, and prompting him/her to find some self-satisfaction. “I am not surprised you have all these great grades on your report card. I saw you working very hard this term and it looks like it’s paid off. I bet you feel very proud!”
Finally, I wish all of our students a safe, relaxing and happy midyear break. It is important that they find some down time and hopefully some time to live a balanced life with sleep, good food, and exercise and not too much screen time or structured time so that they have the chance to recharge their batteries for what will be a busy second semester.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 3 Week 1
Monday 22 July
Staff Professional Development Day
Tuesday 23 July
Term 3 commences
Secondary Assembly-9.00am-Undercover Area
Primary AFL Training-7.15am
Primary Athletics Carnival-All Day-Cavanbah Sports Complex, Byron Bay. All students will be bused to and from the venue.
Wednesday 24 July
Secondary Girls AFL Training-7.15am
Thursday 25 July
Secondary Boys AFL Training-7.15am
Friday 26 July
Term 3 Week 2
Monday 29 July
Kasukabe and Tachibana Schools visiting from Japan
Kindergarten 100 Days of School Celebration
Tuesday 30 July
Primary AFL Training-7.15am
Whole College Chapel-St Mary’s Anglican Church-9.00am
Australian National Chemistry Quiz
7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews-3.30-6.30pm-Library
Year 11 Subject Selection Evening-7.00pm-Ezzy Centre
Wednesday 31 July
Secondary Girls AFL Training-7.15am
K-12 Parent Teacher Interviews-3.30-8.30pm-Primary interviews in the Ezzy Centre/Secondary interviews in the Library
Thursday 1 August
Secondary Boys AFL Training-7.15am
Australian Mathematics Competition
NCIS Secondary Netball-Tweed Heads
Friday 2 August
We are fortunate to be surrounded by some incredible supportive Parish family.
Most of you would be aware of our long-term connection with Ballina and Lennox Head Anglicans. Not only do we worship there twice a term, but each week members of the Parish family pray for us, we send them prayer points to go in their newsletter so they know what we have on, what we are concerned about and what we are praying for too. More than this, every one of our Year 12 students have a special prayer partner from within the parish who have been praying specifically for that one student as they have moved through their HSC year.
Our relationship with the Lismore Anglicans is growing too; last year all of our Year 12 students received a holding cross-made for them by a parishioner in that church – so much love and prayer went into them.
For the past two years, we have held our Year 8 retreat there and have been warmly welcomed by Rev Christian Ford. Students are always fascinated by the history of the building, but the favourite always seems to be the tour of the Bell Tower and the behind the scenes view of the Pipe organ. My favourite part is…the coffee that Rev Christian appears with at the times when it is most needed!
Then there are our friends at Alstonville Anglican Church. We seem to have a marvellously musical connection with them, as our bands have played at their annual fete many times now. It seems that musical theme is to continue!
Alstonville Anglicans are offering a music scholarship:
YOUTH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP:
Alstonville Anglican church is offering a new opportunity for a musical scholarship through a competitive application and live audition process. These Music Scholarships recognise potential and provide the opportunity to develop each student’s musical gifts; a life changing opportunity that will excite and engage youth and adults in the joy of making music. Students will have a mentor with outstanding qualifications (in both performance and teaching), as well as up to $4oo /term towards individual tuition. We invite enthusiastic young musicians to apply - helping set them on a pathway to music success.
Students and non-students of the local area are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be required to attend mentoring sessions each term and participate in the musical life of Alstonville Anglicans. Scholarships are subject to an application process and shortlisted candidates are invited to audition with the Rector and other panel members, and this will be followed by an interview.
To apply for a Alstonville Anglican Music Scholarship, complete and return the Music Scholarship Application Form, by Friday 28 July 2019.
Posted applications are mailed to:
PO Box 451
Alstonville NSW 2477
If this sounds like you – then head to the web address, fill in your details and give it a whirl! Sounds like an excellent idea for budding musicians looking for a place to hone their skills.
These church communities offer such an enormous range of times and ways of worship – if you’re curious, got questions and are looking for a place to grow in faith with your family, take the time to check them out!
They’re all on Facebook, have websites…and most importantly – real people ready and willing to give love and support!
Speaking of Facebook – check out this new page - Faith Home https://www.facebook.com/pg/faithhomeforfamilies/about/
It’s your one stop shop for all things faith and family, full of ideas, resources and support, and a great place for asking questions too.
Have a great holiday, and I look forward to seeing rested and refreshed faces ready to launch in to Semester Two.
NSW PSSA Hockey Championships
Congratulations Olivia Van Zwieten (Year 6) who represented NSW CIS at the NSW PSSA State Hockey Championships in Newcastle last week The tournament featured 14 teams from around NSW with 182 girls participating over three days. Olivia was representing NSW CIS for the second year in row. Olivia played very well throughout the tournament scoring 4 goals and setting up a 5th. In a very tough competition this year the CIS team finished solid 9th overall. Well done Olivia representing your school at this high level competition, we are very proud of your achievements.
NSW CIS Touch Football
Earlier this Term six students from EAC travelled to Sydney to represent NCIS at the NSW CIS Touch Football Championships. Well done Aidan Rogers (Year 9), Nkosilathi Malaba (Year 8), Lily Smith (Year 8), Miloš Safranek (Year 8), Indiya Ledingham (Year 9) and Mikala Campbell (Year 8). The NCIS teams only had one training session together on the day before the competition and considering that, they played very well on the day. All sports at NSW CIS level are very tough and students are to be congratulated on being competitive in every game they played.
NSW Netball Cup Secondary
In Week 8 of this term EAC was represented by four secondary teams at the NSW Netball Cup in Lismore. Our Year 7 & 8 Girls and Year 9 & 10 Girls teams played well all day and won two games each against strong competition. Congratulations to our Year 9 & 10 boys teams and Year 7 & 8 teams who finished first and second respectively. Both these boys teams have been selected to compete in the regional finals to be held in Lismore early in Term 3. Thank you to Mrs Miller, Mrs Campbell and Mrs Shaw for their work coaching the teams in the lead up and on the day of the tournament.
Early Learning Centre News
What’s Special About Ballina?
This is our Year One topic for History and we have been learning about lots of places in Ballina that are special because of their historical significance to our local area. We can learn a lot about our history by interviewing someone who has great knowledge to share. Year One invited Reverend Greg Ezzy to our classroom so that we could ask him lots of questions about our chapel St Mary’s Anglican Church in Norton Street. He showed us pictures and talked to us about why this church is so special. The St Mary’s Anglican Church has had a long presence in Norton Street. In 1877 the first weatherboard church was built. In 1904 it was replaced with another one because the first one was deemed too small and then in 1997 yet another one was built and this is the one that stands today. The stain glass windows and the organ are features of this church and they were fascinating to learn about.
We really appreciated the time Reverend Greg Ezzy gave to us so that we could learn more about the history of the church that is special to our school.
Mrs Tina Cahill
Year One Teacher
1. Kazoku no uta / The Family Song is on the EAC youtube channel:
Primary Japanese Teacher
On Saturday 29 June, Ethan Jorgensen and Kirsten Smith participated in the Ballina Pipe Band Tattoo which was held at the Ballina RSL Club. Kirsten played first trumpet as part of the Ballina Shire Concert Band and Ethan marched as part of the TS Lismore Naval Cadets.
EAC Canteen opens at 8.30am and 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:
Special Order Dates
Sushi: July 30, August 13 & 27, September 10
Noodle Box : August 6 & 20 September 3 & 17
Subway: September 24
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.