‘Set your hearts on the kingdom first, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’ Matthew 6:33-34
From The Principal
Thank you to all those parents that attended the Secondary Athletics Carnival last Friday to cheer on the students, help with running events and served in the canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated. It was a beautiful day and the students’ behaviour, cooperation and level of participation was excellent. Thank you to Mr Graham Walker and all of the staff and parents involved in the running of the day.
This week we welcomed our visitors from Kasukabe Kyoei Junior and Senior High, Japan who are visiting the EAC community as part of a study tour. The 16 Students and 2 teachers are in Australia as part of their educational and cultural program. During this time they will attend English lesson each day, integrate into various classes, participate in EAC events and explore the local region. It is a great opportunity for our students to make new friends, practice their Japanese and learn about Japanese culture and a wonderful opportunity for our Japanese visitors to experience life in regional Australia, practice their English and also makes some new friendships. The students are staying with home stay families while they are here and I am very appreciative of the generosity of those families to take these visitors into their homes and allow them to experience Australian family life. If you do see one of our visitors please make them feel welcome and say hello.
On Monday afternoon, I accompanied senior student leaders Ella Webb, Flynn Clarke and Aidan Rajaratnam to an afternoon tea with the Premier of NSW, the Honorable Mrs Gladys Berejiklian, who was visiting the region and keen to meet members of the local community. In addressing the gathering, Premier Berejiklian, spoke about her desire to support our region, and her particular interest in the parts of our community that were still recovering from the devastating flood event earlier in the year. She also spoke about the importance of supporting young people in the community and looking for ways to ensure that they have access to quality education and genuine employment opportunities. After a short speech, she then set about meeting with the people gather and hearing about their stories and hopes for the community. Our students were lucky enough to meet with her and speak about their experience of the preparing for the HSC.
I am delighted to announce that we have made 48 first round offers for Kindergarten 2018 and so planning is well underway in preparation for another full cohort. We have also received a record number of applications for Year 7 and will have a full cohort of 72 students in 2018. The feedback about the College, from parents seeking enrolment continues to re-affirm the wonderful name of our College in the community.
I would also ask you to keep in your thoughts and prayers our Year 12 Students who are preparing for their Trial HSC Examinations which commence on 31 July. This can be a particularly challenging time for them and we ask God to be with them and support them during this significant point in their educational journey.
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
Yr 12 Trial Exams
This week we keep in our thoughts and prayers the Yr 12’s who are preparing for the Trial HSC exams. May the following reading from James 1:2-6 give them comfort at this time.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Behaviour on school buses and at the interchange
Recently we have had some concerns raised about behaviour on the buses and at the interchange. We would appreciate your assistance if your children travels on a bus – could you please reinforce the messages we’re giving our students: that they need to be seated quietly while travelling; if they see unsafe behaviour they should report it to the bus driver; at the interchange they should wait quietly and carefully – they should not be crossing the road to the shops.
We are in the midst of flu season and have seen an increase in absences of students suffering from headaches, fevers, coughing, sneezing and lethargy. We are doing our best to remind students about hygience practices to minimise the risk of infecting others. If your child is sick, please do your best to keep them home while they are unwell. To advise if your child will not be attending school please email email@example.com
Mrs Melissa Evans
Secondary Concert Band Performs at the Ballina Day VIEW Club
Late last term, the Ballina Day VIEW Club celebrated their 35th Birthday. The Club members were entertained by the College’s Secondary Concert Band who performed a variety of songs, including a special rendition of Happy Birthday.
The VIEW Club sponsors Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.
Mr Adam Holmes
Student representative council Update
Soccer House Cup Challenge
Our Student Representative Council have organised a Soccer House Cup Challenge, where students in each stage will play in their house soccer team versing another house team in their stage. This is to encourage students to earn points for their house in a fun, social soccer game with their friends.
The SRC have planned the game timetable and designed posters to encourage student participation and communicate when each game will be played.
Our Soccer House Cup Challenge will begin with Stage 3 students in week 5, followed by Stage 2 in week 6, Stage 1 in week 7 and Kindergarten in week 8.
Students are not to bring their soccer equipment with them on the day. They are encouraged to participate in the uniform that their class is wearing on the day.
House points will be awarded for each game played: 20 points for first place and 10 points for second place.
Point totals will be announced to students at our week 9 Primary Assembly.
Just Kick It!
Merilyn Mule’ and Paul Christensen
Welfare Leader K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6
Pastoral care progam
"Buddies" Kindergarten and Year 6
As part of our College pastoral care program, Kindergarten students are assigned a Year 6 friend or 'Buddy' at the beginning of the school year. The Buddies meet together on a weekly basis for a variety of activities, that are designed by the class teachers to not only build a rapport between the students but to also develop appropriate knowledge and skills. This week the Year 6 Buddies were set a challenge to design and make a costume for their Kindergarten student using only butcher's paper and sticky tape. As the photos show, the students were highly creative and thoroughly enjoyed completing this challenge.
Mrs Roxanne Kent
NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships
Secondary Athletics Carnival
Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC - Bronze Medallion - Course Introduction Evening
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 6.30pm at the Ballina Surf Club – Members Training Facilities.
Ballina L&L SLSC are proposing an interest night regarding the next Bronze Medallion Course
Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion is the core award for active lifesavers in our club. The course normally runs over a 6 – 8 week period two nights a week with the practical and theoretical sections of the award being designed to test a person's competency in surf awareness, emergency care, patrol and rescue procedures, as well as basic anatomy and physiology.
The Bronze Medallion, along with practical experience on patrol, covers the units of competency required for Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). All of this skill and knowledge combine to train candidates to be effective members of a patrol team tasked with providing a safe beach and aquatic environment. Attaining your Bronze Medallion is a great accomplishment in itself and the leadership, commitment and community service of a volunteer lifesaver are held in high esteem.
- Minimum of 15 years of age on the date of assessment
- Swim 400m in flat water in 9 minutes or less
Please take the time to review the attached information and feel free to contact myself if you require any further information - ideally we would like expressions of interest to attend the introduction evening by the 18th August, 2017 by return email to Stephen Perris Director of Education firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please note that I am unable to reheat food from home or provide hot water to students.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi: 8 & 22 August & 5 September
Noodle Box: 1, 15 & 29 August & 12 September
Subway: 19 September
Noodle Box – Tuesday 1 August
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 1 August. If you would like to order Noodle Box 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, 31 July. . Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
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.
0414 811 668