‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it: but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it’ Matthew 16:24-15
From The Principal
Thank you to all the parents, students and teachers who were involved in the parent and teacher meeting, held over 3 evenings last week. A large number of parents took advantage of the opportunity to meet and discuss the learning and development of their children with class and specialist teachers. It was a great exercise in collaborations and partnership, centred on promoting the learning opportunities of the students. Thank you to the staff for being so generous with their time, many staying back past the scheduled finish times to see additional parents or have extended conversation about student progress. It is a fresh semester and I encourage all families to speak with their children about their learning to help them establish some learning goals for the second half of the year.
Planning is well underway for the 2018 College year and this week there were many new faces visiting the College as part of the Kindergarten Experience Day. Experience days are a very important part of the Transition Program which is designed to support both students and families as they work through the process of establishing themselves positively in a new learning environment. Students get to know the teaching staff, familiarise themselves with new routines and most importantly, make new friends. A huge thank you to our Kindy teaching team Mrs Roxanne Kent and Mrs Jody Baker for all their preparation and organisation of the day.
Ms Victoria Maddock, the Library Resource Centre Manager, has resigned her position with a view to completing her studies full time in the second semester. Victoria has been employed as the Library Resource Centre Manager for almost 3 years and we are grateful for the efforts she has made supporting teachers and student across the College. We certainly wish her well in the next part of her career journey.
Once again, thank you to all our families that have hosted our visitors from Kasukabe High School, Japan and Wiselane, China. The feedback via the visiting students has been nothing but gracious and positive and they feel very welcome in the College and the homes of the families who are hosting them. The visitors have been undertaking English lessons, attending mainstream classes and exploring the local region. Our students are also enjoying the opportunity to make new friends.
Mr Rob Tobias
off the deputy's desk
Parent and Teacher Interviews
Thank you to all of the parents who attended our interviews last week. Many of our teachers were booked out, which is fantastic. Maintaining supportive communication between families and the school is very important to us. I spoke to many parents as they were waiting for their interviews and it was great to her much positive feedback about how they felt their children were growing and learning at EAC.
Next week our Eisteddfod season begins in Lismore. We wish our Concert Bands and the Choirs all the best for their performances. They are certainly well prepared and rehearsed.
Yr 12 Trial Examinations
Our Yr 12’s have started the Trial Examination Block, having already completed 2 English papers. We continue to keep them in our prayers as they study and sit exams. Many of them are also battling off some of the illnesses that have been going around.
It is pleasing to see so many of our students taking on the challenge of participating in the Lighthouse Program. Our service and leadership program, for students from Yr 5 to 12, encourages generosity of spirit and time. Activities that students are logging time for include: volunteering in local community groups such as Riding for the Disabled, Surf Life Saving and Op Shops; spending time in the College Library assisting with shelving and other jobs; knitting blanket squares for hospitals; making meals and baked goods for the elderly; visiting aged care facilities; and coaching sporting teams.
The College Planner is a very useful tool for students, staff and parents. Students from Yr 3 to Yr 12 have a College Planner. Students should be using their planners to write in their homework, note assessment due dates, keep track of events and plan their time. As a parent, every Sunday evening I work with my kids to plan their week – we write in their instrumental music lesson times, note which day they have sport and PE, identify chapel/assembly and talk about the week ahead. It’s a great way to teach kids organisational skills. Teachers and parents can use the planner as a means of communicating with each other. The planner should be signed each week by both classroom/PC teacher and parents. Please ensure you are checking your child/ren’s planner each week.
Mrs Melissa Evans
Pre Kindy and Kindergarten
Our Pre Kindy students enjoyed working with Kindergarten today in Mrs Kent's classroom to cooperatively create abstract artworks. They used permanent markers and oil pastels to depict bold colours that were inspired by the book 'Elmer the Elephant'.
Primary Sport Gymnastics Program Term 3
Year 7 Landcare Excursion
On Tuesday 25th July, Year 7 students participated in a community service event at Flat Rock in Ballina. The students spent an hour learning about the various weeds that cause damage to the coastal dune system and how to remove them safely without spreading seeds that might sprout new weeds.
All involved had a fantastic few hours outside and were a credit to the College in terms of their behaviour and effort in removing weeds. Thank you to all of the students and staff that attended and to Pam, Roy and Neil (Landcare volunteers) for giving up their time to teach us about coastal regeneration.
Benefits of physical activity
The positive association between physical activity and the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual components of health are well researched. Regular participation in physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health.
A growing body of evidence shows physical activity improves academic achievement, as it enhances concentration and memory. It also provides students with opportunities to develop important social competencies such as problem solving, team-work and communication skills.
The Australian physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for children and young people recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.
The mandatory Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to lead healthy active lives. It aims to develop student’s capacity to enjoy an active lifestyle and participation in lifelong physical activity.
In PDHPE K–6, students explore:
- ways to balance lifestyle components for optimal health
- the benefits of lifestyle balance
- the use of leisure time in enhancing physical activity
- the regular participation in daily activity
In PDHPE 7–10, students explore:
- components of a balanced lifestyle
- personal benefits of participation in physical activity
- physical activity levels
- the contribution of regular physical activity to health
- health-related and skill-related components of fitness
- lifelong physical activities
- competitive and non-competitive physical activities
- individual and team physical activities
- physical activities that are traditionally associated with specific groups
For further information on the recommended levels of activity for children and young people, please visit The Department of Health’s website.
This article has been adapted from the NESA website.
Mr Daniel Kelly
Curriculum Leader (HSIE, PDHPE, LOTE K-12)
College Primary Boys Tennis Championships
Last Thursday we held our first College Tennis Championships on our new sports courts. It was a busy day of Tennis with the Boys playing a Round Robbin, semi finals and finals. Well done to the boys who competed you all played well and were good sports.
Champion: Kale Stotter
Runner Up: Jake Nay
Third: Finn Campbell
Fourth: Callum Sawras
Trophies will be presented at a Whole College Assembly.
These boys will also be our representatives at NICS Tennis which is on September 6 in Grafton.
The Primary Girls and Secondary Boys and Girls Championships will be held over the next few weeks.
icas science competition
Thank you to all the students who took part in the ICAS Science Competition earlier this year. We had 164 students participate from years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Of those 164 students, 4 received a certificate of distinction, 27 received a certificate of credit and 17 received a certificate of merit.
- Alvin Charles
- Ethan Jorgensen
- Francois van Kempen
- Luke Flavel
- Michael Hawkins
- Sophie Jones
- Ella Kratzer
- Lachlan Miller
- Jacob Simpson
- Alex Chapman
- Duncan Gregory
- Sofie Kreutzfeld-Jensen
- Noah Okonkwo
- Ella Peart
- Eliza Grosser
- Nkosilathi Malaba
- Stuart Blair-Hickman
- Luke Bond
- Bella Boyd
- Jack Carrigg
- Ava Delaney
- Zali Falconer
- Kalani Franklin
- Valentina Mule
Friends of Emmanuel
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 we are unable to reheat food from home or provide hot water to students.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi Dates: 8 & 22 August & 5 September
Noodle Box Dates: 1, 15 & 29 August &12 September
Subway Date: 19 September
Sushi – Tuesday 8 August
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 8 August. 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, 7 August.
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