Forgive us, God of love,
when we are first to take and the last to give;
when we are first in the queue for the best things,
but the last to say thank you for all we have;
when we are the first to complain that things aren’t fair,
and the last to be grateful for all we have been given.
Forgive us and help us.
From The Principal
Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with our Year 12 Class of 2017 this week as they commence their HSC written examinations. The students have prepared well, with most attending HSC preparation study blocks offered at EAC during the term break and also spending significant amounts of their time over the last few weeks undertaking past papers and writing practice responses. While you can never be fully prepared, I am confident that the students are ready for the challenge and we hope that they can remain calm and focused in order to demonstrate their very best. Thank you to all of the teaching and support staff who have worked with the senior students this year. The examination will continue, in the Ezzy Centre, until November 7. Please continue to pray for the students throughout this time.
Our Chapel Service this week centred on Service and we were reminded of the Christian call to use the gifts and opportunities that we have been blessed with to support, encourage and give to those that are in need. We heard about the great work Anglicare and the many ways that organisation support people facing challenge and difficulty in their lives. As part of the service, we launched the EAC Anglicare Christmas appeal, which will involve both a hamper collection and an opportunity to make financial donations. There was also a presentation about the College mission immersion trip to Thailand and Cambodia next year. Participants in the trip will spend time working in a small mission school in a very poor community in Cambodia as well as a number of other mission opportunities. Inspired by the message of the Service I set a challenge to the students to make Term 4 a Term of Giving!
A huge thank you to the Senior Primary Band and all their families who performed at the Biala Special School fair on Saturday. The performance was highly entertaining and involved a really diverse repertoire. There was plenty of toe tapping and raucous applause, which affirmed the quality of the performance. The performance lasted almost an hour and the students managed the demands of such a long performance like true professionals. Thanks to Mr Adam Holmes, Mr Justin Cleverly and Mr Dean Doyle for their preparation of the students and attendance on the day to guide the students. Biala Special School provides a wonderful service to our community and I am delighted that EAC was able to support them in such a positive way.
I have been working with the architects to finalise the documentation regarding the construction of Stage 2 of the Primary Classroom Development Project, which will be known as the Innovation Centre. This building will adjoin the Discovery Centre and contain 6 classrooms, a large collaborative space, an art and design space as well covered outdoor learning spaces and 6 toilets. We are awaiting the outcome of our application for funding support from the Block Grant Authority. We hope to have confirmation of a grant by the end of the College year. The project will then go to tender and we hope building work will commence very early in 2018. The project will deliver innovative, flexible and engaging learning spaces to support the primary school, freeing up other classroom spaces that will be refurbished to meet the needs of the ever growing Secondary school.
Congratulations to Lachlan and Joshua Mumford who both won silver medals at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships in the 3000m Steeple Chase last week. Both boys are relatively new to the event which makes their achievements even more remarkable. Lachlan’s placing guarantees automatic selection to the NSW Athletics Squad that will compete at the Pacific School Games in November. We are still awaiting final team selections for Joshua’s age group. Congratulations to both boys on their outstanding performance.
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
Best wishes to our HSC students who have begun their final exams.
Year 11 Parent and Teacher Interviews and 2018 HSC Information Session
On Thursday afternoon we are holding our Year 11 Parent and Teacher Interviews. Student reports will be available for collection at 3.15 pm at the library. The interviews will be followed by an information session and the significant aspects of the HSC year. It is important that all parents and students attend this session.
With the weather warming up I’d like to remind you that hats must be worn at all times to and from the College, during outdoor lessons, and during breaks. It is also important that students are drinking enough water during the day. As well as drinking from our water bubblers it is a good idea to pack a drink in lunch boxes.
Parents of HSC students
There is a new Australian website called Reach Out (https://au.reachout.com/) that has been created to support general wellbeing. There are lots of resources and useful tips for parents of students who are sitting their HSC exams.
Mrs Mellissa Evans
Lachlan and Joshua Mumford star at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships
UQ (University of Queensland) Secondary Schools Surf League
Mikala Campbell and Jackson Bond represented EAC in the Coolangatta leg of the Surf League last Friday and competed strongly against a mostly year 7 contingent in the under 13's division.
They managed a few top 10 finishes in swim, board and iron person events with efforts borrowed strongly from their experience in local nippers competition where Mikala represents Ballina Surf Life Saving Club and Jackson races for Lennox Head.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
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.
Duke of Edinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh's International Award 2018
We have a very successful first year operating the Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Duke of Ed) with 27 students completing their Bronze Award. We are pleased to be offering the Award at Emmanuel Anglican College again during 2018. The Duke of Ed is open to students aged 14 years and over. In 2018 the program will be open to students from Years 9 upwards.
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is a non-competitive self-development program which encourages young people to set and achieve goals while developing practical skills, behaviors and attitudes of communication, organisation, decision making, teamwork, confidence and commitment.
The Duke of Ed program is an internationally recognised qualification, highly regarded by employers and universities. There are three levels of the Duke of Ed: Bronze, Silver and Gold. We will be offering the Bronze and Silver level in 2018 with the Gold to be added in 2019.
Students will receive information about the program at College. Initial registrations for the program are via the parent lounge.
I look forward to your child taking advantage of this opportunity to join the Duke of Ed Program for 2018. If you have any questions about the Duke of Ed program please feel free to contact Mr Graham Walker firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
live life well @ school
The College is participating in the Live Life Well at School program and as part of this program we are sharing important information with families via the school newsletter to complement and support what the we are doing with the children at school.
Throughout the term we will include information in the newsletter about different healthy nutrition and physical activity messages.
Mr Paul Pryor
Inadequate sleep may be linked to a sluggish metabolism!
Mounting evidence points to poor sleep resulting in a sluggish metabolism, and poor sleep is a risk factor for becoming overweight!
The recommendations for sleep are:
Preschool (3 – 5 years) 11- 13 hours/ night
School (5 – 12 years) 9 – 11 hours/a night
Teens (12 – 18 years) 8.5 – 9.5 hours/ night Some hints for a healthy sleep:
- Consistency: going to bed and rising at a regular time (be firm)
- having a 30 – 60 minute quiet time before bed; this might include a bath or shower, pyjamas, a drink, cleaning teeth, a toilet visit, a bedtime story, a goodnight kiss and then lights out as parents leave the bedroom.
- No screens (TV, IPADS, phones or game consoles) in the bedroom
Senior Primary Concert Band Performance
The 1000 Words - Arts and Literacy program is an exciting new schools program being offered by Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG). The program aims to implement creative ways for students to harness art's potential and improve literacy outcomes through artistic discussions, creative writing and vocabulary enrichment.
Our Year 6 students visited the gallery last Friday, participated in a writing workshop, viewed artworks on show for the October exhibition and listened to an artist talk by Angela Parr. Meeting Angela Parr was a privilege for the students as many of her artworks were the stimulus for their writing pieces.
Dyeing at School
Basketball House cup Challenge
Our Student Representative Council have organised a Basketball House Cup Challenge, where students in each stage will play in their house basketball team versing another house team in their stage. This is to encourage students to earn points for their house in a fun, social basketball game with their friends.
The SRC have planned the game timetable and designed posters to encourage student participation and communicate when each game will be played.
Our Basketball House Cup Challenge will begin with Stage 3 students in week 2, followed by Stage 2 in week 4, Stage 1 and Kindergarten students will be later in the term.
Students are not to bring their basketball equipment with them on the day. They are encouraged to participate in the uniform that their class is wearing on the day.
House points will be awarded for each game played: 50 points for first place and 25 points for second place.
Point totals will be announced to students at our Primary Assembly at the end of the term.
Merilyn Mule’ and Paul Christensen
Welfare Leader K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6
Australian National Chemistry Quiz
Thank you to all the students who took part in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz in term 3. We had many students participate from years 7 to 12. Congratulations to Hamish Walker who received a High Distinction, his result is in the top 7% of Australia. Oliver Payne, Sofie Krutesfeldt and Alvin Charles all received Distinctions and Erin-Amy Smekel, Noah Okonkwo, and Bailey Jarrett received Credits. All students who took on the challenge of this competition should be proud of their efforts and achievements. You can only grow and learning if you challenge yourself!
Friday last week, Year 8 students attended a STEM Investigation with catapults for half of the day. We started the day with theory of forces, and forces that might affect a catapult. We followed that up with construction of a catapult, in pairs. Of course, the students like a competition, so they were challenged to aim their projectiles into three different target points, modifying their catapults to cater for the changes in the distances required. At the end of the session, the students were surveyed and 100% of the students said they enjoyed the STEM activity.
Big thank you to Luke Flavel for putting together the following video about the day. You can view it at at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-kWPX5Q3gY
or scan the QR Code:
This is what they had to say in answer to the question What did you like most about the activity?
“Constructing and researching”;
”Measuring the distance the ball went”;
“Building the catapult”;
“The firing of the catapults”;
“I liked getting to experiment with the different variables in a more relaxed environment”;
“Testing the catapults”;
“Working with someone I don't normally work with but who I worked well with and like and the construction process”;
“Working in a competitive environment with my friends. It is fun to have an overall achievement that i can visually see”;
“This was a really great and productive workshop. I definitely recommend doing it again. Maybe refine the competition system a bit, but apart from that it was fantastic!”
“I think activities like these are really good because they are visual and I can see and touch the improvements and what I have spent a long time on, rather than numbers on a page”;
“Building the catapult, and working in a group.”
Mrs Jo Spring
Leader of Curriculum (TAS), VET, DE, TAFE and Careers
United Nations Youth Voice Competition
Three Year 9 students: Isabella McMahon, Caitlyn Seamer, and Dianni Shannon, competed in the United Nations Youth Voice Competition at Trinity Catholic College on Sunday.
UN Youth Voice asks contestants to present their innovative solutions to some of the world’s most prominent and pressing issues. The competition encourages initiative and sustainability, rewarding substance in speeches as well as speaking manner and structure.
Students are invited to select the issue about which they are most passionate from four provided topics. The aim is to suggest tangible and achievable solutions to the complications surrounding their given topic. This is presented through a prepared speech, with a judges’ “Question Time” component.
For 'first timers' the students handled themselves admirably are and to be congratulated on their participation.
Students from Years 4, 6, 8 and 10 achieved pleasing results when they participated in ICAS English this year. Students will or have received Certificates of Participation and those whose achievements were outstanding were rewarded with Certificates of Merit, Credit and Distinction.
Every year thousands of schools participate in ICAS in over 20 countries. Developed for students in primary and secondary school years, ICAS assesses the higher order thinking and problem-solving skills needed for success in English and a range of other subjects.
ICAS evaluates students’ skills and knowledge in core learning areas and provides insight into students’ understanding.
The students named below attained a Distinction which is the top 10% of the candidates or a Credit which is the top 20% of candidates.
Thank you to all the students who took part in the ICAS Mathematics Competition earlier this year. We had 162 students participate from years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Of those 162 students, 7 received a certificate of distinction, 34 received a certificate of credit and 21 received a certificate of merit.
Francis Van Kempen
Mrs Lee Boyd
Leader of Curriculum Maths and Science
ODD SOCK DAY
Last Friday students were encouraged to wear odd socks to school in recognition of mental health. It was lovely to see so many students wearing odd and crazy socks on their hands and feet.
Mental health is about wellness not illness.
Merilyn Mule' Paul Christensen Joel Jukes
K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6 Welfare Leader Secondary Welfare Leader
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 food from home or provide hot water to students.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Sushi Dates: October 31 & November 14
Noodle Box Dates: October 24 & November 7,, 21
Subway Date: November 28
Noodle Box – Tuesday 24 October
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 24 October. If you would like to order Noodle Box 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, 23 October . 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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