Term 3 | Week 6 | 28 August 2019
‘For God everything is possible’ Matthew 19:26
From The Principal
A huge thank you to Steve Carrigg and the Friends committee for organising the Friends Trivia Night which took place on the weekend. It was a wonderful evening of fun, friend-raising and fundraising. Approximately 100 people attended, with most joining in the ‘80s’ theme for the evening. Congratulations to all involved in what was a wonderful community event. Thank you also to all our sponsors, who provided prizes for our raffles and competitions.
Last week our Secondary Concert Band competed at the Lismore Eisteddfod taking out their section with two outstanding performances. The Band was award a score of 94, which was the highest score awarded throughout the entire Eisteddfod. Congratulations to all our Secondary Concert Band players and once again to Mr Adam Holmes for his remarkable efforts with the band program.
Our Primary and Secondary Tournament of Minds teams did themselves and the College very proud over the weekend when they participated in the region competition which took place at Lindisfarne. Our students competed in both the Science and Technology Challenge and the Literacy Challenge. I must applaud the students for their innovative and creative response to the challenge. A huge thank you to Mr Darren Parks, Mrs Mel McClelland, Mrs Meagan Kelvin, Ms Meegan Johnstone and Mrs Daniela Payne for supporting the students over the last six weeks as they prepared for the event.
At our Whole College Assembly this week, we recognised and celebrated numerous academic, cultural and sporting achievements by students across the College. I am absolutely delighted to say that our performance at NCIS Athletics last week was nothing short of amazing with EAC winning three of the four trophies on offer and finishing a narrow second in the other. We had a number of Age Champions and we have a very large contingent representing NCIS at the CIS Carnivals later this Term. We also awarded the Age Champions and Runners Up.
At the assembly, we also acknowledged six students who in recent weeks have competed at a State or National level. Congratulations to Stella Atkinson (Year 11), Lachlan Walker (Year 10), Haley Oakes (Year 10), Kalani Franklin (Year 6), Finn Robertson (Year 6) and Katie Smith (Year 5) who have all represented the College with enormous pride and skill in their chosen field of sporting endeavour. Special mention and congratulations to Haley Oakes (Mountain Biking), Kalani Franklin (Hockey) and Finn Robinson (Hockey) who were National Champions. Well done to these wonderfully talented students.
The College Art Show takes place this Thursday evening and our annual Book Parade and Grandparents Day celebration will be held on Friday. I invite all our families to join with us for these wonderful community events.
Have a wonderful week.
Mr Rob Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
It is a very strong period of cultural involvement at present in the College. This Thursday night sees our College Art Showcase taking place and I am really looking forward to the opportunity of being able to view student work in the visual arts field of endeavour. Hopefully each of us who attends will respond with wonderment and awe and use our senses to gather information. Even by viewing visual artworks we develop our habits of mind.
Congratulations to the assorted Concert Bands and Choirs that competed in the recent Lismore and Gold Coast Eisteddfods. By all accounts you have done a great job representing the College in a very public context. The Secondary Concert Band travelled to the Gold Coast and whilst did not figure in the placings will be better for the experience and hopefully committed to further growth and development in the future. The Primary Concert band and Choirs are competing in the Lismore Eisteddfod this week and I am sure that they will acquit themselves well.
Last Sunday we were well represented at the North Coast Regional Tournament of Minds Challenge. The Secondary team competed in the STEM discipline and the Primary teams competed in The Arts discipline. Unfortunately none of our teams won their divisions but all represented the College well and gained personally from their TOM experience. A huge thank you to Mrs McClelland, Mrs Kelvin, Mrs Payne and Ms Johnstone for the work that they put into preparing the teams.
Our Year 11 students are edging closer to their examination block which commences at the end of week 7 and I wish them every success in their preparations. The best preparations that students can make are to make the following simple behaviours part of their regular study regime rather than have a short term late night and last minute cram session where the information is often inevitably not retained.
- Pick a place and time. Everyone has their own idea about the best place and time to study. ...
- Study every day. ...
- Plan your time. ...
- Discover your learning ...
- Review and revise. ...
- Take breaks. ...
- Ask for help. ...
- Stay motivated.
Recently I wrote in my newsletter article regarding Secondary students not engaging in sun smart behaviors. I spoke with the Secondary students on assembly last week and now as the next step in our strategy I am again asking for parents to ensure that their secondary child has the College hat or cap at school each day. Starting next Monday all students from years 7-011 will need to present to the Undercover Area at the commencement of each break for a hat check. Once students have met this very basic uniform requirement they will be permitted to leave and will not be allowed to remove their hat for the rest of the break. This will take some time to train the students that we are serious about their sun safety and that they will be expected to comply with the College rules regarding this important aspect of their overall wellbeing.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 3 Week 7
Monday 2 September
Tuesday 3 September
AFL 9’s Training-Primary-7.15-8.30am
Year 7 Experience Day
Year 7 Geography Excursion
Wednesday 4 September
NCIS AFL 9’s Carnival-Cavanbah Complex, Byron Bay
Year 10 Minimum Standards Testing
Thursday 5 September
ICAS Science Competition
Primary Concert Band Performance-1.20-3.00pm-UCA
Friday 6 September
Year 11 Examination Block
HSC Drama Practical Examination
Term 3 Week 8
Monday 9 September
Year 11 Examination Block concludes Thursday 12 September
Primary Swimming Block-K1, 5, 6-Concudes Friday 13 September
Tuesday 10 September
Primary Basketball Trials-7.15-8.30am
Primary Chapel-9.00am-Discovery Centre
Bell Shakespeare Company Visit to EAC
Thursday 12 September
CIS Primary Athletics
Friday 13 September
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventure until Saturday 14 September
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Adventure until Sunday 15 September
School Sport Australia Hockey Champions: Kalani Franklin and Finnigan Robinson
Last week Kalani Franklin and Finn Robinson from year 6 represented NSW at the Sporting Schools Australia Hockey Championships. The Championships were held in Bendigo, Victoria. To reach this level the boys had to progress from the local North Coast Level, to NSW Combined Independent Schools, to the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association and then to the National Championships.
In an outstanding result the NSW Team were crowned joint Champions with Western Australia. Kalani who plays in attack, scored three goals during the tournament while Finnigan who is a defender was a key player stopping many opposition attacks.
After going down in their first game the NSW boys came back strongly, not losing again in the tournament.
South Australia 4 – 3 Loss
Queensland 2 -1 win
ACT 7 – 0 win
Tasmania 2 – 1 win
Victoria 2 – 1 win
Western Australia 1 – 1 draw
Congratulations to Finnigan and Kalani, Australian Champions. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of you representing EAC and NSW so well.
EAC Students Outstanding at the NCIS Athletics Championships
On Tuesday last week a large team of students and staff travelled 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 won the percentage point score and placed second overall. These are outstanding results for our school.
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.
Congratulations to the following Age Champion place winners:
Sarah Vanem 2nd Junior Girls, Wilson Carroll Burgess 2nd Junior Boys, Henry Drew 3rd Junior Boys, Katie Smith 1st 11 years Girls, Ava Delaney 3rd 12 years Primary Girls, Kelly Campbell 2nd 12 years Primary Boys, Cooper Lamb 1st 12 years Secondary Boys, Jack Whitaker 1st 13 years Boys, Mikala Campbell 1st 14 years Girls, Abigail Hanna 2nd 17 years Girls, Brianna Nay 2nd 18 years Girls, Joshua Mumford 2nd 18 years Boys.
One major reason for our team’s 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: Mrs Kelvin, Mr Kelly, Mr Malaba & Mr McCotter, Mrs Smith and Mr Evans. Your work assisting our students is greatly appreciated.
NSW CIS Netball Championships: Congratulations Stella Atkinson
Well done to Stella Atkinson from Year 11 who travelled to Sydney last week for the NSW CIS Netball Championships. Stella was representing North Coast Independent Schools at the Championships. This was also a selection trial for the NSW CIS representative team for NSW All Schools. Stella played strongly for the team and was commended by the selectors for her efforts on the day however; she was not selected this year. Congratulations Stella on representing your school and NCIS at these championships.
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Early Learning Centre News
Wildlife Rangers – wildlife encounters
We invited Dionne from Wildlife Rangers to visit us again. We enjoyed meeting Dionne and her native Australian animals in 2018. Prior to this visit we reviewed photographs and information recorded in our Floorbook and we remembered…
Harry – There was ‘Pineapple’ and ‘Bubblegum’, recalling lizard names.
Emmett – ‘I was too afraid to touch the crocodile. This time I am going to touch everything!’ (And he did!)
Hannah – ‘It only had 1 eye’, remembering an injured Tawny Frogmouth Owl.
We shared our collective knowledge and stories as well as listening to new knowledge about a range of Indigenous animals. Dionne supported us to understand that her animals are friendly and used to human contact because she has cared for them since they were young. However, if we were to see any of these animals in the wild, in our gardens or homes we are NEVER to touch them. We stay still and we wait for the animal to go away – then we tell someone.
With wide eyes, listening ears and a sense of awe and wonder we were able to stroke and hold the following animals –
- Bubblegum the blue-tongue lizard (Gubugan Ngaram - Bundjalung name)
- Spike the bearded dragon (Margil)
- Giant Burrowing Cockroach
- Long neck turtle (Binging)
- Carpet Python (Kabul/Gabul)
- Homer the Woma Python
- Twinkle the Squirrel Glider
- Tawny Frogmouth, and
- Snappy the Salt Water Crocodile (how many people can say they have touched a croc?)
Australia has the highest rate of extinction and critically endangered animals in the world. This makes us sad. If we can support young children to care for all animals, they may just have a chance of survival…
Ms Natasha Livock
Director Early Learning Centre
Stages 2 and 3 enjoyed a performance by Meerkat Productions - 'Room On Our Rock'.
This is a story of two seals who need to decide whether to share their shelter or keep it as their own. It is a heartwarming story about sharing and compassion, that recognises there are two sides to every story.
William from Year 5 was invited to take on the role of Boris the seal and he was amazing in his performance.
So Long, Farewell, Sayonara, Goodbye !
Please read the farewell speech given by Clover International School students before they departed last Friday.
2019 Australian History Competition
Students in Year 8 and Year 10 recently took part in the Australian History Competition. The Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and is run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom. We had a number of student historians at our school who performed to a very high level in the Competition this year. Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding achievement.
The results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of the History K-10 Syllabus. A detailed analysis of the results will allow the History Team to identify areas of strength and weakness in our students and inform teaching and learning strategies.
Mr Daniel Kelly
Curriculum Leader (HSIE, PDHPE, LOTE)
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:
Sushi: September 10
Noodle Box : September 3 & 17
Subway: September 24
Noodle Box – Tuesday 3 September
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 3 September. If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form (found here)
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 26th August and finishing on Friday 13th 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.
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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