Term 3 | Week 9 | 18 September 2019
“Happy the peacemakers; they shall be called the sons and daughters of God".
From The Principal
The 2019 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 Years 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 national average. The entire Emmanuel Anglican College community can be extremely proud of this outstanding outcome. Parents will receive the individual student report in the next few days.
Within the detail, there are many wonderful individual and group achievements. The College was one of the schools who participated in NAPLAN Online this year and despite the additional challenges of the new format, our students performed incredibly well, a sign of their capacity to embrace new ways of learning and manage the demands of communicating electronically.
Across the four year groups, the students demonstrated strong growth in their skills in the two years since their last attempt at NAPLAN. The students in Year 9 will also be very pleased of their results, demonstrating significant growth across all five test domains.
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, REACH, and ICAS testing, 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 all our students for their ongoing commitment to their own learning, as well as the great efforts of our teaching staff.
As you may have seen in the media, the NSW Education Minister, the Honourable Sarah Mitchell has announced a review into the nature, purpose and design of NAPLAN testing. The review will explore the educational basis and value of the testing and reflect on the relevance of the program, its impact on student well-being and learning and the way it is delivered.
Congratulations to Year 12 Drama student Hallie Asby-Palmer, who has received a nomination for her individual performance for OnStage 2020. OnStage is the HSC Drama Showcase and a nomination indicates an outstanding performance piece. Only approximately 200 of the more than 6000 group and individual performance pieces are nominated for consideration for the Showcase. We now wait in anticipation to see if Hallie's piece is one of the 20 selected to appear in the Showcase, which takes place in February next year and runs for a week at the Seymour Theatre.
Special mention also to Year 1 student Monique Hooper, who was one of only 20 students from across NSW to be selected as a recipient of the NAIDOC Medal of Excellence for her artwork inspired by our NAIDOC Week celebrations.
A reminder to all families that our end of term Whole College Chapel Service will take place next week on Thursday 26 September, commencing at 9.00am. Please join us at St Mary's Anglican to celebrate the Graduation of the Class of 2019.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
The Primary has recently received the good news that it has achieved Sun Smart membership until 2022. This means that our commitment to implementation of best practice sun protection policy is evident which will help our children create good habits for life and reduce their risk of skin cancer. This is great to see!
1A made a wonderful presentation at Primary Assembly about how they used the Habits of Mind in their classroom learning via some video clips about Beebots, K-1 Athletics Carnival and they sang a delightful version of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight', complete with face masks. Thank you to Mrs Cahill and Mrs Buddee for that musical item.
This week sees our Year 12 students taking on the staff in Dodgeball at recess on Friday. If the students win, they can prove that they have mastered the staff in trivia and on the court and can claim bragging rights heading in to their last week of school. Next week they will have their retreat which will provide a wonderful opportunity for reflection but also a chance to look forward to life after school.
The Secondary Social will happen on Thursday night here in the Undercover Area. This is the last social of the year and I encourage our secondary students to come along and support the event. The theme is Black and White and we have booked a guest DJ. SRC students will be working on the canteen and assisting with the BBQ and generally servicing their fellow students. The chosen charity that we will be supporting for this social is the RSPCA - a very worthy organisation.
As we move towards the end of the term, it is important for our students to continue to work hard, engage positively with the curriculum and make the most of their opportunities. By having a strong finish to the term, our students will realise a positive feeling of satisfaction gained from genuine effort and hopefully, positive academic results or contributions to the College community.
Next week is all about Year 12 as they have their retreat, graduation rehearsal, picnic, graduation and final student lead assembly. All of these events are significant milestones or rites of passage in the lives of our Year 12 students and we hope that they make the most of the opportunities that will be offered to them and finish their formal schooling on a positive note. They are a delightful group of young people who have worked diligently, supported College values and contributed positively to the life and growth of the College. We wish them all the best for a safe, exciting and memorable valedictory experience and thank them for their individual and collective contribution to the College.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 3 Week 10
Monday 23 September
Year 12 Retreat-Evans Head
Tuesday 24 September
Year 8 Community Outreach-9.00-10.40-am Ballina Land Care
NSW CIS Secondary Athletics-Sydney
Primary Basketball Trials-7.15-8.30am
Year 12 Retreat-Evans Head
Wednesday 25 September
Circular Rhythm Presentation-Primary
Year 12 and Staff Breakfast-7.30am-Ezzy Centre
Year 12 Graduation Rehearsal-11.00am-St Mary’s Anglican Church
Thursday 26 September
Year 12 Graduation Service-9.00am-St Mary’s Anglican Church
Year 12 Farewell Assembly and Guard of Honour-2.00pm-Undercover Area
Friday 27 September
Term 3 concludes-3.00pm
Term 4 Week 1
Monday 14 October
Year 11 Retreat-Coffs Harbour
Year 6 Interrelate
Tuesday 15 October
Year 11 Retreat-Coffs Harbour
Whole College Assembly-9.00am-UCA
Year 6 Interrelate
Primary Basketball Trials-7.15am-8.30am
Wednesday 16 October
Year 11 Retreat-Coffs Harbour
Thursday 17 October
HSC Written Examinations-English Studies, English Standard, English Advanced, EALD, Japanese Beginners
Friday 18 October
HSC Written Examinations-English Standard, English Advanced, EALD, Music 1, Music 2
Year 6 Interrelate
Secondary Schools Surf Lifesaving League-Coolangatta
Living sustainably seems to be something of a clichéd Instagram hashtag...yet it is a concept as old as time - our forebears, and theirs did not need a hashtag, or a movement; it was quite simply a lived reality. We take care of our world, and in turn, it feeds us.
It should be a no brainer, but it would appear that in many cases, it's not and it takes significant wake up calls for us to be moved to any change. Now is that time.
Caring for our world, regardless of our view of the science of climate change is essential, but more than this it is part of God's plan for us. We have a responsibility to tend to creation, and to teach that to our children. In small ways and the big stuff.
The Climate Change Council offer these 5 things that you can do, that make a difference:
- Walk, cycle, car pool or use public transport when you can.
- Eat less red meat: many of us love a good steak, but our love of meat can be pretty rough on the planet. 70% of global agricultural emissions come directly from livestock farming, whilst they also account for a staggering 37% of total worldwide methane emissions. Red meat in particular produces the highest amount of greenhouse gas emissions of any meat type, almost five times higher than chicken. That doesn't mean you have to go cold turkey (or cold steak?!) but reducing your red meat intake can have a dramatic impact on the planet.
- Move your moolah: despite the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global temperature rise to no more than 2°C, Australia's big four banks are still investing heavily in the fossil fuel sector. Last year they invested a mammoth $7 billion into fossil fuels, more than three times that of renewables!
Moving your funds into an alternative bank can help encourage the big players to put their money where their mouths are, and invest more in Australia's growing renewables sector.
- Love your leftovers: throwing away those sad looking carrots may have a bigger impact on the planet than what you think. Australians waste a staggering amount of food, throwing out 1 in every 5 bags of groceries - the equivalent of wasting $1,036 per year.
When food rots in landfill, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In fact, if global food waste were a country, it would be the third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter. Yikes! Creating shopping lists, making meals out of leftovers and composting your scraps are all simple ways to reduce your food waste.
- Energy use and efficiency: the average Australian home is responsible for a massive 7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
There are a bunch of cool energy efficient options to tackle this: insulating your roof, walls and floors, sealing up any draughts and shading your windows will all help lower your impact on the planet (and your wallet too!). Using energy efficient appliances and lighting in your home will also help. And drying your clothes on a clothes line rather than using a dryer reduces your carbon footprint at home.
Installing solar panels is a great way to reduce your household emissions and save money on electricity bills.
Making thoughtful choices and simple changes can make an enormous difference...one stone doesn't build a wall - but many together can!
Got more questions? Why not head to St Mary's on Saturday morning for some great information.
NSW CIS Primary Athletics Championships
Congratulations to the following students who represented Emmanuel Anglican College at the NSW CIS Primary Athletics Championships:
Jesse Barnden, Luke Bond, Kelly Campbell, Zoe Campbell, Lewis Carroll-Burgess, Wilson Carroll-Burgess, Harry Cass, Harriet Clark, Ava Delaney, Bella Delaney, Eva Donovan, Henry Drew, Stella Du Plessis, Hayden Kelvin, Valentina Mulé, Pedro Murray, Coco Paola, Layla Patrick, Katie Smith, Sarah Vanem and William Cass.
The Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. All our students performed very well in this high standard competition.
Katie Smith from Year 5 was a standout, winning the Long Jump with a personal best of 4.46 m. Katie has been selected in the NSW CIS Team to compete at the NSW PSSA Athletics Championships which will be held in Sydney in November.
Other top ten performances were from:
Sarah Vanem - 9th in Long Jump
Ava Delaney - 6th in Discus
Wilson Carroll Burgess - 9th in Long Jump
Harry Cass - 9th in Discus
Henry Drew - 10th in 200m
Our Junior Girls Relay team of Zoe Campbell, Sarah Vanem, Harriet Clark and Bella Delaney also performed very well, finishing 12th overall and just missing the final.
Thank you to our Athletics Coach Mr Greg Potts, our teaching staff Mrs Smith, Mrs Kelvin, Mr Malaba, Mr McCotter, Mr Evans and parent helper Mrs Delaney who all helped with Athletics Coaching this year.
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys
Last weekend saw our Duke of Ed students undertake their Qualifying Adventurous Journey. We had two separate groups operating, the Bronze group of Year 9 students and the Silver group of Year 10 students.
The Bronze group of 30 students completed a two day hike along the coast from Minnie Waters to Red Rock, with an overnight stay at Wooli. This walk was the second half of the Yuraygir Coastal Walk. The group departed from College early on Friday morning for the journey to Minnie Waters. From Minnie they hiked along beaches, headlands and forests to reach their first night camp site at Wooli.
The second day started with one of three river crossings for the day at the Wooli River. Once all safely across the river, the group met the most difficult and isolated section of the walk, with a morning of rock platforms and steep rocky headlands to cross. The students did a great job in their teams getting through safely.
The next challenge was a wade through the Pebbly Beach creek carrying their packs overhead, then a beautiful walk along the beach all the way to Red Rock. One last river crossing by boat and they were at the final destination, Red Rock. The students who completed the walk should be very proud of themselves, all up hiking close to 80km over 4 days. Thank you to Mr Jukes, Mr Pryor and Mrs Baker for taking the students on the trip.
The Silver Group of 24 students completed a three day canoe paddle in the Clarence River. Students took all their camping gear, food etc with them in their canoes and camped out along the river overnight. The trip started at The Gorge and ended at Copmanhurst. The weather conditions were good for paddling and camping. The water levels were quite low due to the lack of rain, meaning conditions were challenging at times.
The students' canoeing skills had improved significantly from their first trip in May, which was fantastic to see. The students worked very well as a team to help each other through any tough patches. They saw plenty of wild life on the trip including turtles, wallabies and numerous species of birds.
Thank you to Mrs Payne and Mr Evans who took the students on the trip. Thank you also to Mr Ian Hale and his team from Scouts NSW who facilitated the trip for us, they were fantastic to work with, bringing their years of experience and expertise to our trip.
As part of the Duke of Ed program the students have also been completing weekly Community Service, Physical Activity and Skills Development. The Duke of Ed Program will continue in 2020. The current Bronze group will move on to the Silver Award. Silver students will move to Gold and a new group will commence their Bronze Award. New participants who are in Year 9 and above will also be invited into the Program for 2020.
Early Learning Centre News
In order to cater to the many learning styles and needs of children, it is important for Educators to offer a range of resources that enable curiosity and exploration. We have an abundance of flowers in our preschool garden; inspiring creativity...
1A Presentation at Primary Assembly
Mrs Cahill asked us "What are Habits of Mind?". This is what we thought:
They are the thoughts you put in your mind to let you know you can do it.
They are good habits to let you learn and they are the things that make a good mind.
They are teaching you new skills to use and they are positive actions to make so you can be the best person you can be.
We used many habits of mind when we worked with Bee Bots. We needed to follow paths and create a path for others to follow. We worked in teams, strived for accuracy, kept on working hard to reach our goal and our classmates encouraged us to keep on going and we had fun along the way.
Another Habit of Mind that we have learnt about is Creating, Imagining and Innovating. Mrs Cahill read the Aboriginal Dreamtime story about How the Birds Got Their Colours to us and we wrote our own Dreamtime story about How the Fish Got Their Colours. We worked in teams of two. First we made our own Fish character using modelling clay. We brainstormed an idea for the problem to our story then innovated on the Bird story with our new ideas.
We have used many Habits of Mind in our music class as well. We performed "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" at the Primary Assembly.
Mrs Tina Cahill
Primary Teacher - Year 1
Friends of Emmanuel
Freaky Friday Colour Run
The winner of the $50 gift card for the first student to reach $500 in donations will be announced shortly. Please be sure to follow the EAC Facebook page to find out who the lucky winner is!
It's not too late to register for the Colour Run - simply jump online at schoolfundraising.com.au and create a student profile page. Once you do this and raise at lease $1 online, you will be entered into the $20,000 Ultimate Family Experience!
If you have any questions about the colour run please contact the School Fun-Run Office on 1800 FUN RUN.
For further updates on Freaky Friday and how to book tickets please follow the EAC Facebook page here.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday 24th September 2019.
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:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pizza currently NOT AVAILABLE
WINTER MENU EXTRAS – TERM 2 & 3
Hot Chicken & Gravy Roll - $3.50
Wedges & Sweet Chilli Sauce - $3.00
Pumpkin Soup* & Roll** - $3.50
Milo - $1.00
* Gluten Free
** Students would need to come to the canteen to collect their soup
Subway – Tuesday 24 September
Subway from Subway Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 24 September. If you would like to order Subway for your child's lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form, attach your order to a paper bag with your payment enclosed. This should then be put in the canteen basket on Monday Morning 23 September. Order forms are available at the canteen, or here:
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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