Term 4 | Week 1 | 11 October 2017
‘For those who have been given much, much will be expected: and for who have been entrusted with much, even more will be expected of them’
From The Principal
Welcome back to all our staff and students for Term 4. I hope all those that had holidays enjoyed their break and the beautiful north coast weather!
During the break, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan to connect with our sister schools, Meitoku Gijuku and Tachibana Elementary School, and meet with the Principal of Kasukabe Kyoei Junior and Senior High to discuss forming a sister school relationship between our two schools. Students from Kasukabe have visited EAC for the last three years and this time last year, EAC student meet up with students from Kasukabe in Tokyo. The trip to EAC grows in popularity each year and many of the students and their Australian homestay families have kept in touch. The Principal of Kasukabe, Mr Uno said that the bond growing between the schools continues to strengthen and so he has recommended to his school board that they invite EAC to form a sister school relationship.
Mrs Bergan and I also visited Tachibana Elementary School in Shizuoka, which is near Mt Fuji. Tachibana is a primary school who has a vision for education very similar to EAC. They have a very significant music program which involves all students undertaking tuition to learn an instrument which feeds into their band program. They also have a choir program and a focus on technology in their curriculum. All students from Year 1 to Year 6 learn English and the school is also a similar size with approximately 350. Students and teachers from Tachibana have visited EAC each year since 2014 and in 2016, EAC students spent a day in the school as part of their international study tour. We also spent time at Meitoku Gijuku in Kochi on the southern island of Shikoku. It is a secondary boarding school of 1200 students. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a range of after school clubs that practice a number of traditional Japanese arts including Sumo (wrestling), Shodo (calligraphy), Kendo(the way of the sword), Taiko (drumming) and Ikebana (flower arranging). Remarkably though, the school is most famous for its success in producing Stars for the national baseball league. Mrs Bergan and I interviewed three students who would like to undertake Year 10 at EAC in 2018 to improve their English language skills and learn more about Australian life and culture.
In visiting each school we were also making plans for the next EAC educational and cultural study tour of Japan which will take place in the Term Three break in 2018.
Term 4 is always a very busy term with a number of significant events and celebrations. I encourage all families to view the calendar at the end of the newsletter and to note the dates of those significant events so that you can place them in your diary to assist with planning during this busy time of year.
I invite all our families to join the College at St Mary’s Anglican Church next Tuesday, October 17 to celebrate the commencement of the term.
On Thursday 19 October, Year 11 Reports will be distributed. Parent and Teacher Interviews will take place for Year 11 and the College will hold the HSC Assessment Information Evening in the Ezzy Centre. This is a very significant evening for Year 11 as they commence their HSC studies.
I ask all our families to keep Year 12 in their thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as they commence their HSC examinations on Monday 16 October. We pray that they can remain calm and focused and that all their study will ensure that they have prepared well and will be able to demonstrate their best. The examinations will continue until early November.
Have a wonderful term!
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
I hope you all had a lovely break with your families and have started the last term of 2017 refreshed and ready for the hectic nature of Term 4.
Parent Pick Up
A reminder that due to the HSC exams, Parent Pick Up has relocated to the grassy area outside the primary school demountable.
I invite you to pray for our Year 12’s as they move into the final phase of their secondary schooling. On Monday 16 October the HSC written exams will begin. Please be aware that exams will be taking place in the Ezzy Centre – we will need to be as quiet as possible around this area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and their families at this time.
Year 11 reports and Parent Teacher interviews
Year 11 reports will be available for parents to collect from 3.15pm on Thursday 19 October in the library, just prior to the Parent Teacher interviews. Appointments need to be booked on the Parent Lounge before 9am on the 17 October. Appointment confirmation and review can be accessed on the Parent Lounge from 3pm on the 17 October. The interviews will be followed by the HSC information session. We encourage all students and their parents to attend this session.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
NCSS Challenge - During August, students from the Stage 3 Mathematics Enrichment classes participated in the Newbies and Beginners streams of the NCSS Challenge, a programming competition for school students run by Grok Learning in association with the University of Sydney. Four of these students were awarded Perfection certificates for successfully coding solutions to all problems in their streams. Of the remaining students, 6 received High Distinction certificates, 2 received Distinction certificates and 2 received Credit certificates. Certificates will be awarded later in the year.
Thank you to all students who participated and congratulations to the following certificate recipients.
Hannah Hobson, Luka Wagner, Alexander Keir, Matthew Smith
Ethan Jenkins, Jackson Bond, Luca Bancks, Matthew Blackman, Jack Whitaker, Lola Wagner
Nikosilathi Malaba, Sofia Rezai-Smyth
Jake Nay, Priya Singh-Pangly
Mrs Maureen Selby
Students competed in the following events.
Primary Lunchtime Clubs in Term 4.
NSW CIS Secondary Athletics
The NSW Secondary Athletics Championships were held during the last week of Term 3. The championships were held in Sydney at Olympic Park. EAC was represented by: Joshua Mumford, Lahclan Mumford, Ryan Kernaghan, Emily Wiltshire, Brianna Nay, and Lily Wallace.
Thank you to the parents of the competing students for taking your children to the competition.
Kindergarten to Year 6 Sporting Schools Program Term 4
Rugby Union Game On
This term we will be hosting Rugby Union Game On for our Sporting Schools Program. Sporting Schools is a Federal Government initiative to encourage sports participation in schools. The Rugby Union Game on Program is a non contact skills based introduction to Rugby Union and is similar in nature to toe Olympic Sport of Rugby 7's. The Australian women's rugby 7's team were the Olympic Gold Medalists in Rio and this has seen a boost in popularity of Rugby 7's. Coaches from NSW Rugby Union will run the program for us. Permission will be vial the parent portal from next Monday 16 October.
Permission: via the parent portal from Monday 16 October.
Spaces are limited to please book early to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday Afternoon Fitness & Running Training Year 2 to 12
Training sessions will focus on core strength exercises, endurance and flexibility. All students from Year 2 to Year 12 are welcome to attend these training session.
Ages: Year 2 to Year 12
Permission: via the parent portal from Monday 16 October.
ODD SOCKS DAY - Friday 13 October
The Student Representative Council are raising awareness for people dealing with mental health in their daily lives. Primary and secondary students are asked to wear odd socks to school (along with their school uniform) on Friday 13th October.
Primary SRC members have been researching what mental health is and have come up with the following points:
Key Dates for Term 4
Friday 13 October Odd Socks Day
Monday 16 October HSC Exams commence
Monday 16 October Year 7 Immunisation
Tuesday 17 October Whole College Chapel St Mary's Church
Wednesday October 25 Year 4 Camp
Thursday 2 November Whole College Assembly
Thursday 2 November Kindergarten Information Evening
Friday 10 November Friends Christmas Disco and Picnic Day
Tuesday 14 November Volunteers Thank You Evening
Thursday 16 November Year 7 Experience Day
Thursday 16 November Year 6 Step Up Day
Thursday 16 November Year 12 Formal
Monday 20 November Year 6 Camp
Tuesday 28 November Christmas Concert
Thursday 30 November Year 6 Gathering
Monday 4 December College Picnic Day
Tuesday 5 December Whole College Chapel St Mary's Church
Wednesday 6 December Presentation Day – End of Term
You can also check the EAC website http://www.eac.nsw.edu.au/about-us/events-calendar for all college events.
From The Office
Secondhand Uniform Shop
The secondhand uniform shop will be closed during the HSC exams and will reopen on Tuesday 14th November. The uniform shop is open on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30 pm-3.30 pm except during the HSC exams.
We currently have a good selection of senior blazers, so if you have a child who is going into Year 11 or 12 in 2018 the uniform shop may be a good option.
We have a large number of VALUABLE items in the front office that have been handed in. These items include glasses, watches, phones, jewellery, school hats and jumpers.
Can you please ensure that any belongings bought to school including items of clothing, electronic device or musical intrument should be labelled with the student's name.
Please note - any unclaimed items will be donated to Anglicare at the end of term.
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 fod from home or provide hot water to students.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi Dates: October 17, 31 & November 14
Noodle Box dates: October 24 & November 7, 21
Subway: November 28
Sushi – Tuesday 17 October
Sushi from IGA, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 17 October. 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, 16 October. Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
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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