“You are the light of the world, A city built on a hill top cannot be hidden. No-one lights a lamp to put it under a bowl. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to God."
From The Principal
This week is an incredibly busy and exciting one for the College. There are a number of significant academic, cultural and sporting events on this week which reminds me, once again, of the amazing breadth of opportunities that are available to our students.
Congratulations to the large contingent of students, staff and parents who travelled to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday to compete in the NCIS Athletics Championship. It was a fantastic day of competition with many students achieving personal best performances. A number of students were victorious in individual events and over 50 students have earned their place on the NCIS team that will compete in the CIS Championships later in the term. Well done to all involved.
Our Primary Concert Band also ventured north to compete in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod for the first time. The competition is held in very high regard and involved approximately 30 schools. The Band performed incredibly and was awarded Very Highly Commended with Honours which means that they finished just outside the top three placings. This is a remarkable achievement. The students and staff involved should be so proud of this wonderful result.
This week almost 40 students will be involved in the Write a Book in a Day competition. Designed to promote and engage students in the process of story telling and writing, students work in groups to plan, write, illustrate and publish a book in a day. The books are submitted for judging and a series of books will be selected to be professionally developed and gifted to the children wards in hospitals. A big thank you to Mrs Jenny Holmes and Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones for the enthusiasm and oversight of this initiative.
Good luck to our three Tournament of the Minds teams and their coaches as they venture to Kingscliff to compete on Sunday. The teams have been working as a group for many hours outside of class time over the last 6 weeks to develop a concept and performance piece that responds to a dilemma or challenge. We certainly wish all our teams the very best and look forward to hearing about their performance.
The College was well represented by a number of students at the Ballina RSL commemorations of Victory in the Pacific Day ‘VP Day’ on Sunday. Congratulations to Francois van Kempen, Alex Chapman, Ethan Jorgensen and Duncan Gregory who are all members of local Cadet units and were part of the service. It is great to have young people actively involved in important civil events such as this.
A reminder that the College Art Show will take place on the evening of Thursday 30 August commencing at 6.00pm. It is always a wonderful showcase of the artistic talent of our students and I encourage you to join us and celebrate their talents. Thanks to the Friends of EAC and our Hospitality students who will provide refreshments and nibbles for all our guests.
Grandparents Day and the Book Parade will take place on Friday 31 August commencing at 9.15am with the parade. Following the parade, there will be opportunity to visit classrooms and enjoy a morning tea coordinated by the wonderful ‘Friends of EAC’. I hope you can join us for the celebration.
Finally, thank you to all the families who have supported the raffle with the amazing first prize of a car. If you have not bought a ticket as yet or would like a book of 10 tickets to sell, please contact the office. The proceeds of the raffle will go towards the building fund to support construction of a Multi Purpose Centre on the College site.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
It is always wonderful to hear positive stories about our students contributing to the local community. Last Saturday there was a Victory in the Pacific Service held at the Ballina cenotaph. Our College was well represented by several of our students who were involved in the guard of honour. Well done to Francois Van Kempen, Alex Chapman, Duncan Gregory and Ethan Jorgensen for their commitment to duty, patience and level of respect that they demonstrated on a solemn occasion.
This Sunday sees 3 Primary and 2 Secondary teams representing the College at Tournament of Minds Regional Finals at Kingscliff. Tournament of Minds is a multi-disciplinary competition that develops a variety of academic and social skills in students. The students have to work together in teams of no more than 7 to solve a spontaneous and a prepared challenge. There are no right or wrong answers but judges score students on creativity, their presentation, use of props and materials and most importantly teamwork and how well their solution solves the problem. Thanks to Mrs Payne, Mrs Kelvin, Mrs McClelland and Ms Johnstone for their work in preparing the students for TOM.
Another event this week is Write a Book in a Day. This is occurring in the library on Wednesday and Mrs Holmes and her team of over 40 students will be attempting to write a book in a day. All the proceeds of this exciting activity will be donated to children’s cancer research. I am looking forward to dropping in and seeing how the project comes together throughout the day.
On Tuesday morning I was privileged to be able to attend Primary Assembly to present Silver awards and it was most gratifying to see so many students working very well in class and doing the right thing around the College. Well done to all the Silver Award recipients from the Primary. Keep up the great work!
I then left Primary Assembly and went to Secondary Chapel where Rev Sal had the students engaged in some reflective and thoughtful activities that were really interesting and engaging. I would like to commend the secondary students on their manners and engagement in this chapel service. The key take away for our students was to be generous in giving. This ties in beautifully with what we are endeavoring to do with our collection of toiletries/cleaning products/little luxuries for our drought stricken framers. I would encourage all of our secondary students and families to give generously in this collection. Students can bring their donations to their PC rooms. Let’s lend a hand to those doing it tough!
Recently we have also had many of our bands and ensembles performing at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and I know that Mr Holmes and Mr Cleverley are expecting the students to acquit themselves very well in what will be a top level standard of competition. We look forward to hearing the results in the near future.
As you can see there are many wonderful and engaging activities that our students can be involved in here at EAC. We aim to provide opportunities for all facets of schooling-academic, cultural, service and sporting. A balanced, holistic education gives each student a chance to find their niche and contribute meaningfully to College life.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 3 Week 6
Monday 27 August
Athletics Training-Sprints and Throws-7.30-8.30 am
Rikkyo Primary Visit
Tuesday 28 August
Whole College Chapel-Undercover Area-9.00 am
Chess Tournament at Lismore
Athletics Training-Cross Country/Middle Distane-3.30-4.30pm
Wednesday 29 August
Secondary Girls Netball Training-7.15-8.30am
Secondary Boys AFL Training-7.15-8.30am
Thursday 30 August
Primary Boys AFL Training-7.15-8.30 am
Girls Netball Training-7.15-8.30am
Friday 31 August
Athletics Training-Sprints and Jumps-7.30-8.30am
Book Week Parade/Grandparents Day
Primary Chapel with St Margaret’s School
Term 3 Week 7
Monday 3 September
Tuesday 4 September
Wednesday 5 September
NCIS Netball, AFL 9’s and Tennis-Grafton
Thursday 6 September
Primary Mufti Day-Come dressed as a Farmer. Drought fund raiser.
NAPLAN Online Year 10 Testing
Friday 7 September
Year 11 Assessment Week commences
Saturday 8 September
Big Blue Fete-St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina-9.00 am
EAC Students Outstanding at The NCIS Athletics Championships
On Tuesday this week a large team of students and staff traveled to Coffs Harbour to compete in the NCIS Athletics Championships. It was a perfect day for the competition with sunny skies and light winds.
Our students performed very well delivering our best overall results at these championships. Our Primary Team won the Championships overall and also won the Percentage Point score (total points divided by student numbers). Our Secondary Team placed third overall (just behind second) and were second in the Percentage Point score.
One of many highlights of the day were our Relay teams who were fantastic, with no team finishing outside the top 3 in their events. Our Senior Primary Boys team and our Junior Primary Girls team both won and broke the Championship Record.
We had several Age Champions and Runners up and multiple students selected for the representative team to compete at the NSW CIS Championships. A full report on these students will appear in the next newsletter.
One major reason for our teams success is our training program that we have provided to help our students prepare. Thank you to Athletics Coach Mr Greg Potts and our team of teachers who have run these sessions: Miss Guest, Mrs Sculley, Mrs Kelvin, Mr Kelly, Mr Malaba & Mr McCotter. Your work assisting our students is greatly appreciated.
Sports and Coaching Coordinator
Congratulations to Kalani Franklin (Year 5) School Sport Australia National Primary Hockey Championships.
Well done to Kalani Franklin who last week represented NSW at the National Primary School Hockey Championships in Newcastle. Kalani attended training camp in Maitland for 11 hours over the first two days Thursday and Friday.
Competition then commenced in Newcastle at the international hockey centre on Monday and he competed over 4 days against QLD, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. In the middle of competition they had a rest day and this was “excursion day” and involved the players from all the states visiting “Fighterworld” in Williamstown, and to the Newcastle museum.
Overall NSW placed in 5th position – but it was a very close competition with all games being determined by one goal difference. The competition was fantastic and filled with such high level talent. The NSW girls team placed in 1st place overall.
Day 1: Opening ceremony. NSW lost to QLD 3-1 and Kalani scored first goal for NSW.
Day 2: NSW defeated SA 4-0, NSW v ACT – Draw 0-0
Day 3: Rest day & Excursions – fighter world at Williamstown and Newcastle museum
Day 4: NSW defeated Tasmania 1-0, NSW 1-0 loss to top team Victoria
Day 5: NSW lost to WA 2-1 Closing ceremony
Well done Kalani, we are very proud of you representing NSW and EAC at this competition.
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
NCIS Basketball Trials and Training
The College will soon be commencing our NCIS Basketball Program. Please find an outline of the program below. Students need to attend trials to be considered for selection.
We are fortunate this year to have Mr Nash Campbell coming on board to coach our teams. Mr Campbell has a fantastic background in Basketball he;
- played junior representative basketball on the NSW north coast, and in the USA. Won high school state championship and named player of the year in his division ans received a NCAA basketball
- received a scholarship playing Div 2 college basketball in the US
- current head coach of North Coast Academy of Sport basketball program, after previous head coach and assistant roles with NCAS
- current Byron Beez U18 men’s coach
- runs Aussie Hoops and Sporting Schools basketball programs through the region
- works as an exercise physiologist and sports scientist
- is happy to be working with Emmanuel Anglican College and the great group of students and teaching staff he has been involved with thus far
Mr Campbell will be working with our team of teaching staff to deliver the Basketball program this year.
NCIS Secondary Basketball Tuesday 30 October in Coffs Harbour
NCIS Primary Basketball Thursday 8 November in Byron Bay
Basketball Trials Dates
Basketball Trials Dates
Tuesday 11 & 18 September: Primary Boys and Girls 7.15 am to 8.30 am
Wednesday 12 & 16 September: 15 & Under and Open Girls: 7.15 am to 8.30 am
Thursday 13 & 20 September: 15 & Under and Open Boys 7.15 am to 8.30 am
For selected students training will continue at the above times until their competition.
Training is compulsory for all team members. Please consider carefully before committing to the program as students who do not attend training may be withdrawn from the team (except in the event of illness).
In the event of wet weather trials will be postponed. However, training will always be held regardless of the weather with activities in the undercover area and video work in the class room.
Please give permission to attend trials and training on the Parent Lounge.
The school theme for National Science Week in 2018 is Game Changers and Change Makers. This could refer to individuals, teams, technologies or ideas – what does it suggest to you?
One of the Science activities conducted at the College during Science week involved a nationwide crowdsourced data analysis initiative called Virtual Reef Diver.
An enormous amount of effort is invested in monitoring the Great Barrier Reef, with dozens of publicly and privately funded monitoring programs in place, run by research institutions, government agencies, reef-based industries, citizen-science groups, and traditional owners. However, no single organisation can monitor the entire Great Barrier Reef on its own.
The motivation for the Virtual Reef Diver project was to find a way to make use of all the existing monitoring data collected by these organisations, and also to look for other innovative ways to obtain new data in a cost-effective manner. Our high school students have participated in the crowdsourced classification of data provided by professional marine biologists and presented through the Virtual Reef Diver project.
The Great Barrier Reef was designated a World Heritage Area in 1981 and is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth, with over 2,900 coral reefs spread over approximately 348,000 km2. This biologically diverse underwater environment supports over 1,500 fish and 600 coral species, alongside thousands of molluscs, marine mammals, sea turtles and birds. Our students have done their bit this week to help conserve this globally important natural asset. You can join in, too! Create a login at www.virtualreef.org.au and for every 5 classifications completed receive an entry to win a GoPro Hero 6 action camera.
Mr Gavin Hartel
Early Learning Centre News
Schemas are described as patterns of repeated behaviour which allow children to explore and express developing ideas and thoughts through their play and exploration. The repetitive actions of schematic play allow children to construct meaning through what they are doing.
Well... it’s really a fancy word for the urges that children have to do things like climb, throw things and hide in small places.
They appear through play; perhaps it is the way they choose to do things, or what they desperately need to do out of the blue!
Here are some of these natural play-urges mapped out in a list, they can come one at a time, in bunches, some are super strong and last for ages... each child is different.
They are the building blocks for the brain, repeated behaviour that in turn forge connections in the brain, patterns of unfolding, learning and growth.
Schemas are an important part in every child's development that they are covered in training for anyone in the business of care and education of young children - yet not too many parents seem to know about these natural,uncontrollable
Knowing about these play-urges can help us to understand why our children are so determined to do certain things that we might not understand. If we have no idea about the way in which a child exhibits signs of brain development, then we might actually think that the child is being 'difficult' or even try to stop the developmental urges themselves.
The urge to hang upside down, get the view from under the table or on top of the dresser and other actions that are part of the Orientation schema.
Do you find yourself Positioning things neatly into alignment on your desk, ordering the books on the self? Perhaps you see your child lining up their cars, making sure the whale is next to the cow, or turning all the cups upside down?
Joining train tracks, clicking together pieces of lego, running a string from one thing to another... the urge of Connection.
This can mean connecting and disconnecting too, building followed by destruction.
The urge to fill up cups with water, climb into cardboard boxes or kitchen draws, build fences for the animals or to put all the animals inside the circular train track, it is the Enclosure/Container
Transporting can be the urge to carry many things on your hands at one time, in jars, in buckets and baskets, or even better containers with wheels.
To have a sheet over your head, wrapping things in fabrics or with tape and paper - all actions seen in the Enveloping schema. An extension of this is peek-a-boo, now you see it now you don't, a concept that just keeps on amusing.
Anything that goes around anything that is circular - wheels, turning lids, watching the washing machine on spin cycle, drawing circles, spinning around on the spot, being swung around. These are all experiences of the Rotation schema.
The urge to Transform can come in many forms; holding all your food in your mouth for a long time to see what it turns into, mixing your juice with your fish pie, water with dirt, or helping Granny with mixing the bread dough.
Its only natural that once you have explored and learnt about a raw material you should want to do further testing... there is a scientist and a chef in everyone.
How Can Knowing About These Urges Help Us?
As a parent, one of the best things about having an understanding of these urges is that we are able to recognise and support them in our children as soon as we see them.
Sometimes they will come through as what we might once have seen as 'inappropriate behaviour' such as throwing objects in enclosed spaces or climbing on the table.
When we observe the behaviour and recognise the urge we are able to redirect it, your child will be happy to throw something outside where it is okay, or climb a tree instead! Its not about the action, its about the urge...
Early Learing Centre Coordinator
Students in 6A use the 16 Habits of Mind inside and outside of the classroom. The Habits of Mind are exciting, enriching and empowering tools that we can apply in our lives to help us achieve our goals. We created an imovie to represent how we have used the Habits of Mind. You can click on the following link to view this on Emmanuel’s You Tube site
Mrs Tina Cahill and 6A
CHAPEL - 4A
Christ-Likeness, Integrity, Compassion, Commitment and Excellence
Students receive tokens for demonstrating our College values on the playground and in the classroom. Tokens are placed in our Values Barrel and three names are drawn out, acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviour.
This fortnights three deserving winners are: Jensen, Harrison and Bodhi.
Merilyn Mule' Paul Christensen
K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6 Welfare Leader
Stage 2 have been creating artwork inspired by Hokusai’s ‘great wave’ woodblock print.
Jouzu ni dekkimashita (They completed it with good skill).
Mrs Jennifer Buddee
WORD OF THE WEEK
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.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
SUSHI: 28 August, 11 September
NOODLE BOX DATES: 4 & 18 September
SUBWAY DATE: 25 September
Sushi – Tuesday 28 August
Sushi from IGA, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 28 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, 27 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
Yes it’s that time of the year again when the primary students are rewarded for making good food choices. The campaign will run for three (3) weeks commencing on Monday 3rd September and finishing on Friday 21st September.
Students are required to make a good choice of fresh fruit or vegetables for fruit time/recess or lunch (MAX one a day). It MUST be fresh not fruit sticks, dried fruit etc.
Each student is rewarded for making a fresh fruit or vegetable choice. Students will receive a token card to fill and will receive stickers and a token for each fresh fruit or vegetable choice they make (1 per day max). This year students will receive a bonus sticker for every piece of fruit (.70c) that they purchase from the canteen.
Students will then bring their completed token card (3 tokens) to the canteen to receive a minor prize. Taken cards will then be forwarded to Sydney Markets to participate in the major draw.