Term 3 | Week 5 | 16 August 2017
“Happy the merciful, they shall have mercy shown to them”
From The Principal
The 2017 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results have been released to schools and I am delighted to write that EAC’s results are nothing short of excellent. As part of the NAPLAN program, students in Year 3,5,7 and 9 undertake tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Numeracy. In all five domains across each of the four year groups, our students were above state average. The entire Emmanuel Anglican College community can be extremely proud of this outstanding outcome.
Within the detail, there are many wonderful individual and group achievements. Among the highlights were the significant learning gains that students in each year group achieved in terms of their writing. As part of the Embedding Excellence School Improvement Program, the College had identified a desire to improve the writing of all students and developed a series of strategies to target the development of writing. These results are clear confirmation of the impact of those strategies on student learning. Across the four year groups, the students also demonstrated significant growth in their numeracy skills in the two years since their last attempt at NAPLAN. The students in Year 9 will also be very pleased of their results, as a majority of student have pre-qualified for the minimum literacy and numeracy standard in readiness to undertake the HSC.
The College will now set about reviewing the performance of all students and identifying ways to respond to the key messages contained within its detail for teaching and learning. While the data is significant, detailed and allows comparison to state and national trends, it is worth remembering that this is one of many assessment tasks that students will undertake this year and that it is providing a snapshot of student learning at a specific point in time. Recently, we have received results from NAPLAN, the Australian Mathematics Competition, ICAS English and Mathematics as well as the numerous internal assessment tasks that students undertake. In isolation each of these results tell a small part of the story of each student. Their greatest worth, however, is found in gathering all this information together to help create a profile of each learner that can shape what teachers do in providing meaningful experiences for students in their class. Given the high quality of all our results in external testing, I wish to congratulate to all our students for their ongoing commitment to their own learning as well as the great efforts of our teaching staff.
At our Whole College Assembly this week, we were celebrating achievement and recognised numerous individual and group achievements including our Gold Award recipients, ICAS Science and Mathematics Challenge high achievers. Our athletics Age Champions, Lighthouse Service and Leadership Award Recipients and our Choir and Primary Band Eisteddfod winners. EAC’s performance at the Lismore Eisteddfod was outstanding. The College won five separate divisions and were named Champion School. Congratulations to all the teachers and students that were involved in all of these events and for all their accomplishments.
Congratulations to our NCIS Athletics squad who travelled to Coffs Harbour to compete and represent the College. Many personal bests were achieved on the day and we are awaiting final results but anticipate another pleasing outcome for the College. Thanks also to the very large contingent of parents who travelled down to support our team. I am sure that extra support was greatly appreciated by the students and staff. Special thanks to all the staff who have been involved in the training sessions and got up extremely early to make the day possible for the students.
Once again, I invite all our parents and grandparents to join us for two very significant event next week. Firstly, on Thursday evening 24 August we will hold the annual College Art Showcase, commencing at 6.00pm in the Joan Pickup Library. There will be artwork on display from students in Kindergarten right through to our HSC students. The senior Hospitality students will provide some scrumptious offerings along with the Friends of EAC who will ensure that you do not hunger or thirst! It will be a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to see and enjoy the artist talent of our students.
On Friday 25 August we will celebrate Book Week with our annual Book Parade and Grandparents Day. A parade of all primary school students will take place at 9.30am in the undercover area and is followed by classroom visits and then a lovely morning tea in the Ezzy Centre.
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
At this morning’s assembly it was brilliant to recognise the achievements of so many students across the College, from academic achievement in Science and Mathematics, to sporting excellence, Eisteddfod success, and service in the Lighthouse Program. It is inspiring to see our young people striving to do their best and to reach their potential. Congratulations to everyone who was recognised this morning.
Over recent weeks we have had several donations of books to the library. I would like to thank those families who continue to support the library and the healthy reading habits of our kids.
Yr 9 2018 Subject Selection Information Evening
Next Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Ezzy Centre we are holding our Subject Selection Evening for the current Yr 8 cohort. It is important that students and parents attend this session so students can make an informed decision about their subjects in Stage 5. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Applications for Extended Leave
If your child/ren are going to be absent from school for a period of time, and you know in advance, you must apply for Extended Leave. The application form is available at the office (for parents or students to collect) and also on our website. Once parents have completed the details on the form, students must have their teacher, Stage Coordinator and the Deputy Principal sign the form. It is then returned to the office for Mr Tobias. This process can take a few days so it’s important that you think about it ahead of time. We ask for your assistance in this area.
Mrs Melissa Evans
At the Whole College Assembly this week we presented our Age Champions and Runners Up with their trophies and medallions. Congratulations to the following students. We also awarded the Athletics Shield to the Champion House, congratulations to Walker.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Eac Tennis Championships
EAC Tennis Championships continued last week with the Primary Girls and Under 15 Boys competitions being held. Both events were conducted with good sportsmanship. Congratulations to the following students who have also been selected to represent EAC at the NCIS Tennis Championships in Grafton.
SPORTING SCHOOLS K TO 6 BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Aurecon Bridge Building Competition
Their bridges were judged on four award categories; All Rounder, Efficiency, Strength and Innovation. Bella and Brianna took out the Innovation category which awarded $500 to the school and $50 to each team member. Their bridge was creative and the judges were impressed with their design folio. Their bridge reached a weight of 41kg before breaking, which is also very impressive, given their bridge weighed 190grams.
Lismore Eisteddfod Success for Primary Concert Bands/Ensembles
- Woodwind Ensemble - 1st place
- Junior Primary Concert Band - 1st place
- Senior Primary Concert Band - 1st place
Congratulations to all of the following Bronze Award Winners.
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.
Coconut Scroll - $3.50
Apple Scroll - $3.50
Cinnamon Scroll - $3.50
Chicken & Veg stir fry - $5.50
Amaze Balls -$1.50
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi Dates: 22 August & 5 September
Noodle Box Dates: 29 August & 12 September
Subway Date: 19 September
SushiSushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 2 May. 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, 21 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.
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