‘So always treat others as you would like them to treat you’ Matthew 7:12
From The Principal
Thank you to all those grandparents, parents, families and friends who joined us for our book parade and grandparents day gathering last week. It was a great celebration of learning, community and family and it was wonderful for the primary students to get involved in such an enjoyable event that encourages and promotes a love of literature and reading. Many thanks to the Primary staff for their efforts to celebrate the day and dressing as their favourite character from one of many wonderful stories gifted to the world by Mem Fox. Thank you also to the parents for helping the students bring their favourite book character to life. A huge thank you to Friends for coordinating the morning tea and ensuring the many visitors were well looked after.
The 2018 College Art Show also took place last week and provided an opportunity for all our students to show case their artistic talents across a range of mediums. With works created by students from Kindergarten to Year 12, the evening was a wonderful celebration of student talent and expression. I particularly wish to congratulate the Year 12 students who exhibited components of the HSC Major Work. All who attended commented on the variety and quality of works presented. Visitors to the Art Show were also treated to many delicious creations, courtesy of the Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students. Thank you once again to Friends for ensuring all were well refreshed during the evening. Congratulations to our very talented art teacher and chief curator Mitchell Raguse for his coordination of the event.
Congratulations also to all our HSC students that have participated in courses that have a Major Work or performance piece as a component of their HSC examination. This includes students undertaking Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Industrial Technology-Multimedia and Design and Technology. Each practical task is the culmination of many months of preparation and work. I am inspired and humbled by the talent and commitment of all those who have taken on such a challenge. Special mention to Mr Raguse, Ms Spring, Mr Brenton, Mrs McLintock and Mr Holmes who have guided and supported students through the development of their works and performances.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
It has been a very significant time in the College calendar over the past week. The Art Show displayed student work from Kindergarten through to Year 12 and demonstrated the depth and breadth of talent that our students possess. Thank you to Mr Raguse for his great work setting up and organizing the Art Show. It was a huge success. Thank you also to Mrs Melling and her Year 11 and 12 hospitality students for their excellent catering for the event.
Last Wednesday our chess players travelled to Lismore where the Primary team came away victorious. Many of our players were brilliant in their efforts and were excellent ambassadors for the College. Thank you to Mr Papworth and Mrs Finlay for looking after the chess players.
On Friday it was Grandparents’ Day and Book Character Parade. The College was abuzz with many visitors who were treated to some spectacular book character costumes by staff and students alike. The Grandparents then had the opportunity to visit classrooms, see the art work on display from the art show and have some morning tea.
Our volunteers from Friends of EAC were very busy last week looking after drinks at the Art Show and then helping organize the morning tea for Grandparents’ Day. It was wonderful to see the volunteer spirit alive and well in our community. Again I remind our secondary families to send in their donations of non-edibles so that we can pack them and send them to drought ravaged farmers. Your donation can make a difference to those struggling on the land and they would no doubt be appreciative of our support and to know that people on the coast are thinking of them in their time of need.
Last Saturday I read a wonderful article titled ‘How to Future Proof your kids in the Digital Age’. The first set of hints refers to children in the early years of Primary. The 6 tip shared by the writer were as follows:
- Traits not subjects - Make whatever learning that is done rigorous and stringent and focus hard on character qualities: optimism, resilience and adaptability.
- Let them play - Play means children working out answers for themselves, and learning to do so is the best way to prepare for the contingent world of tomorrow.
- Don’t hover - Stand on your temptation to solve your children’s problems for them.
- Risk it - They need to be good judges of risk, and if you protect them from everything, they have no barometer of risk-crucial for the future.
- Celebrate boredom - Children today are constantly stimulated, never bored. They need to engage in role play as it is crucial to problem solving. Children need to be left to their own devices, otherwise they will always be lonely when they are alone.
- Machines are not the enemy - Screens are the colleagues of the future. Active or passive use is the key.
Harry De Quetteville, 2018
Next week I’ll share hints for adolescents and teenagers.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 3 Week 8
Monday 10 September
Year 11 Assessment Week
Archbishop Geoff Smith visit
Whole College Assembly for Archbishop Smith visit-11.15 am-UCA
Tuesday 11 September
Year 11 Assessment Week
NCIS Basketball Trials-Primary
Wednesday 12 September
Year 11 Assessment Week
Basketball Trials-Under 15
Year 7 Immunisations-Library
Primary House Cup Challenge Talent Quest-3-6
Thursday 13 September
Year 11 Assessment Week concludes
Secondary Social-6.00-9.00 pm-Undercover Area
NSW CIS Primary Athletics
Term 3 Week 9
Monday 17 September
Year 11 Retreat-Coffs Harbour
Tuesday 18 September
Year 11 Retreat-Coffs Harbour
Primary Assembly-9.00 am-Discovery Centre
Wednesday 19 September
Year 11 Retreat-Coffs Harbour
Basketball Trials-Under 15-7.15-8.30
Stage 3 Gala Afternoon
Thursday 20 September
Secondary Schools Surf lifesaving League-Coolangatta
Year 6 Band Performance
Friday 21 September
Early Learning Centre News
As Early Childhood Teachers we often have parents ask us to 'teach' reading and writing along with 'preparing' their children for school. We acknowledge these requests come from a place of parental concern, however, so much more than this happens throughout each day at the Early Learning Centre; we practice effective speaking and listening skills, being kind and empathetic, how to use tools that require fine motor and gross motor skills, being responsible for our own things, protective behaviours and strategies to self-regulate and problem-solve.
It is our responsibility to support young children to be young children. Childhood is such a fleeting moment in time and we must value it for all the delights and challenges it brings.
The ongoing development of a range of dispositions for learning is required in order to create life-long learners.
Early Learning Centre Coordinator
Book Parade and Grandparents Day
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who attended our Book Parade and Grandparents Day last Friday. It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the parade and students’ classrooms. Students looked delightful in their costumes and teachers were very enthusiastic in portraying their Mem Fox characters.
Mem Fox quote:
“When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.”
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: Gracie, Jazmin and Layla
Merilyn Mule' Paul Christensen
K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6 Welfare Leader
International Study Tours
On Saturday 26 August Emmanuel Anglican College farewelled its final group of visiting International Students for this term. We have welcomed five different tour groups since the beginning of term with visiting students aged between 11 and 17.
Our International Study tour program allows our visitors to combine educational learning with visits to places of interest in our area. They have the opportunity to enhance their English language skills and participate in EAC classroom activities. By integrating into the College community, students have the opportunity to develop lasting international friendships. To view our students and visitors enjoying their time together please click on the EAC Ballina’s YouTube channel links below or visit our Facebook page:
A further highlight for our visiting students is the opportunity to stay with carefully selected host families. These families are from both our College and the wider community. A homestay situation is beneficial to these students as it allows them to experience the unique Australian lifestyle. Students are excited about learning Australian English and culture, and the warm welcome provided by our host families certainly improves their chances for a successful visit and cultural acceptance while far from home. Many of these students stay in touch with their host families long after they have finished their visit. We’ve even had host families visit students they have hosted in their home country. The benefits of hosting continue long after the student has left.
One of the many benefits of hosting an international student is learning about another culture as you get to share your own. Students will share their traditions, meals, and beliefs with you, as you share our culture with them. Whether you share culture through food, or discussing cultural differences during the weekends, you’ll learn something new every day.
Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting the experiences of some of our host families. This week Fiona and Francis Gregory have shared their time with their visiting students
If you would like any information on hosting in the future then we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this amazing opportunity with you.
International Program Coordinator
This week we had some Japanese students from St Margaret’s in Tokyo visit our school. My family hosted two of the Year 6 girls. Their names are Sayu and Mayuko and they are both very polite and friendly girls. They live in Tokyo which has some 37 million people so I guess that coming to our small farm must seem like a huge space.
They certainly like to play outside on our trampoline, laugh at our chickens and play with our maremma protection dogs. We have taken them out for a Thai restaurant and a tavern meal. They also participated in the school Book Parade!
We can certainly say that this was a memorable week and we were very thrilled to have them stay.
Frances Gregory 4A
From The Office
School Sibling and Extra Curricular Photos
The school sibling photos are available for collection at the front office. You are also able to order sports and extra curricular photos.
Year 11 Exams
During the exam period the pick up area will be moved to the Primary oval. Please also be aware that the PA will not be used to call students to the office. If you need to collect your child during school hours please write a note in their diary for the teacher and ensure that the child knows what time they need to be in the office.
The Uniform Shop will not be open on Tuesday 11 and 25 September
Margaret Lewis and Patsy Downes
Scholastic Book Club catalogues were sent home with all Early Learning Centre and Primary Students last week. The catalogue contains a great selection of new and noteworthy fiction, classics, award winning titles, favourites, reference books and more.
You can purchase books at discount prices starting from as little as $1.00. Orders can be placed directly online with payments made by Visa or Mastercard. Paying online also unlocks great benefits and special offers throughout the year.
You may also pay by cash or with cheques payable to Scholastic Australia.
ALL ORDERS TO BE COMPLETED ON-LINE OR HAND DELIVERED TO THE LIBRARY BY THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2018.
Get Reading with the Australian Reading Hour
The Australian Reading Hour is on Thursday 20 September 2018 and Australians across the country are encouraged to pick up a book and read for one hour. Read on your own or with children.
The Reading Hour is intended to encourage young, lapsed and committed readers alike to escape, relax, learn and experience the wonderful world of books.
There are so many benefits to reading including helping children form their identity and setting them up for success in the future. In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68%, even more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea!
What will you read?
Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones
Library Resource Centre Manager
Students, parents and staff training for the Kokoda trek in the next holidays. They will be joining fellow Diocesan schools to walk in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers of the 1942 Kokoda Campaign.
Mrs Kate Sculley
Interschool Chess Tournament (Term 3)
Last week, a group of 50 primary and secondary EAC students travelled to Trinity Catholic College, Lismore to complete the in the Far-North Coast Interschool Chess Tournament for Term 3, 2018.
The College Chess Clubs are growing in popularity and this tournament welcomed many first-time EAC competitors who have been regularly attending our recess/lunchtime chess sessions.
All of the participating students represented the College with a great level of sportsmanship and we were able to achieve excellent results. Many of our students received merit awards for their final scores and two of our primary teams managed to place in the top three of the primary division.
Congratulations to the following students:
- 1st Place Primary Team: Lukyn Patrick, Matthew Smith, Kaiden Smith and Charles Cross
- 3rd Place Primary Team: Braith Cahill, Anthony Coutinho, Bella Boyd and Joshua Weingarth
I’d also like to acknowledge the gameplay of Charles Cross (Year 5) who scored a perfect seven out of seven games making him the overall Primary Division Champion of the day.
Interschool Chess Tournaments are held once a term at varying locations. Students interested in participating are encouraged to become involved in the College Chess Club which meets at recess and lunch throughout the week in the Library.
Mr Tom Papworth
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:
Special Lunch Dates - Term 3
SUSHI: 11 September
NOODLE BOX DATES: 4 & 18 September
SUBWAY DATE: 25 September
Sushi – Tuesday 11 September
Sushi from IGA, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 11 September. 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, 10 September . 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
IT’S ON AGAIN
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.