Term 4 | Week 2 | 23 October 2019
“You are the light of the world, A city built on a hill top cannot be hidden. No-one lights a lamp to put it under a bowl. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to God."
From The Principal
The Towards 2030 strategic planning process continues to move forward with the Executive meeting last week with Dr Phil Cummins from Circle Education to develop planning briefs for the strategic intent statements that have been developed to shape the College over the next decade. Prior to the end of the year I hope to release a draft plan to the community with a view to it formally being launched on Foundation Day 2020.
Friend’s Freaky Friday on Friday 1 November is rapidly approaching and I hope as many families as possible are planning to join in the festivities and support the great work of Friends. The afternoon commences at 3pm. The afternoon is designed to be a fun family afternoon with activities and rides, disco for Primary students and food. A highlight of the afternoon will be the EAC Colour Run. Students have been invited to raise funds by seeking sponsors and joining in the community colour run as part of the afternoon. Further details about how to register and the afternoon activities is available in this newsletter and on the College website. Please note this fun afternoon is for all students and families and there will be rides and activities for secondary students as well.
I am in China this week visiting schools, meeting the parents of current enrolments and interviewing students who would like to attend EAC in 2020. One of the highlights will be the opportunity to visit our sister school, Longyou Kema International High School, located in Longyou. It is a school of more than 3000 students located in a city of 4 million people about 600km southwest of Shanghai. Over the last 5 years they have sent groups of students to us each year for a study tour experience and we currently have a student in Year 11 who attended Longyou Kema until he joined us in Year 10. I will also visit Hangzhou and Guangzhou prior to flying home on Saturday.
Year 11 Reports are available to families via the Parent Portal and on Thursday evening 24 October, Parent and Teacher Interviews will take place for Year 11 and the College will hold the HSC Assessment Information Evening in the Ezzy Centre commencing at 6.30pm. 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 as they continue with their HSC exams through to 8 November. 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.
Mr Rob Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
It is an exciting time for the Year 11 students as they commence their HSC studies and undertake the leadership selection process. There are many viewpoints and perspectives on what constitutes a good student leader but I believe the most important attributes that a good student leader should possess are as follows:
- To demonstrate the ability to put yourself second
- To have the willingness to be a positive role model of behaviour and uniform to other students all the time
- To be authentic and real and not put on a persona for the role
- To look at finding ways to serve the community in your role
- To have humility and accept that you will make mistakes in your role
- To learn constantly and revaluate your successes and failures as a leader
- To keep a balance between leadership responsibilities and personal academic goals and leisure interests
I thank each of our Year 11 students who have applied for positions of leadership. Whilst I understand that there will be some disappointment for those who are unsuccessful there is also a learning experience and valuable life lesson that we don’t always get what we want or achieve success the first time. Mr Tobias will be able to announce the College Leadership Team in the near future and I’m positive that these students will do the College proud and live up to the faith that the students and staff have put in them. The new leaders will be inducted at the next Whole College Chapel at St Mary’s on Tuesday 5 November, commencing at 9.00am.
As we move into the latter part of the academic year it is a great time for students to ensure that they commit to making a strong academic finish to the year and make the most of their opportunities to demonstrate their learning. It will soon be reporting season and there will a lot of assessment of and for learning occurring over the coming weeks.
Freaky Friday is now not far away and I urge all members of the College community to get behind this event wholeheartedly. The Friends of EAC have been putting in an enormous amount of work in planning the event and it promises to be a fun filled night of entertainment. I look forward to seeing you there.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 4 Week 3
Monday 28 October
Longyou Kema visit
HSC Witten Examinations-Biology
Tuesday 29 October
Primary Basketball Training-7.15-8.30am
Primary Life Education
HSC Written Examinations-Business Studies, Drama
Wednesday 30 October
Primary Life Education
Primary House Cup Basketball
HSC Written Examinations-IPT
Thursday 31 October
Primary House Cup Basketball
HSC Written Examinations-Ancient History, Industrial Technology.
Friday 1 November
Freaky Friday-Friends of EAC event on the oval and courts-3.00pm-7.00pm
HSC Written Examinations-English Extension 1
Saturday 2 November
EAC is hosting First Lego League-8.00-5.00pm
Term 4 Week 4
Monday 4 November
Primary Life Education
HSC Written Examinations-Maths Extension 1, Geography
Tuesday 5 November
Primary Life Education
Whole College Chapel-9.00am-St Mary’s Anglican Church-Induction of Year 12 Leaders 2020
9.1 St Andrews Visit-Community Outreach
HSC Written Examinations-legal Studies, Hospitality
Wednesday 6 November
Primary Life Education
HSC Written Examinations-Economics
Thursday 7 November
NCIS Primary Basketball-Bishop Druitt College Coffs Harbour
HSC Written Examinations-Chemistry
Friday 8 November
HSC Written Examinations-Visual Art
2019 Schools Surf-lifesaving League
Last Friday 11 of our students headed up to Coolangatta Beach to compete in the 2019 Schools Surf-lifesaving League.
The weather was perfect, although the surf a little small for our surf-savvy North Coast participants!
It is also worth noting that out of 12 schools in the competition, EAC came 7th overall and we only had 11 students participating, compared to some QLD schools with over 50!
Also, our Year 6 students were actually competing up against Year 7 and our Year 8 students were competing against Year 9. The competition was tough so we did extremely well!
The main purpose of this event is to not only provide an opportunity for schools to compete against each other in surf-lifesaving (rather than within their normal clubs) - but it also provides students who aren't currently in nippers to attend and have a go. I am pleased to say that we had two ‘non-nipper’ students attend their very first carnival and one of them had so much fun, she came home and signed up for a nippers season. Good on you Lily - that's what the event was all about!
Surf-lifesaving and nippers isn’t just about competing. The purpose is to foster a fit and healthy lifestyle, learn important surf safety life-skills, improve swimming ability and make some great friendships along the way. The ultimate outcome is for our children to eventually become entwined in the Surf-lifesaving community for life by achieving their Bronze Medallion and help to man our beaches as voluntary life-savers.
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Residential Project
As part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award some of our students have been completing their Residential Projects. This involves them undertaking a project with a purpose away from home and without their usual companions. Two of our students Josephine Carey and Thomas Lane completed their residential project at NSW Sport and Recreation camps as assistant leaders. Josephine went to Broken Bay and Thomas went to Jindabyne. Both students enjoyed their experience as you can see from the reports below.
Report from Josephine Carey
For my Gold Residential project, I went to the Broken Bay Sport and Rec Centre to complete the required time ‘out of my comfort zone’. Broken Bay is an hour north of Sydney and can only be accessed by boat. I made some very close new friends and the camp had a lasting impact on me. As an assistant camp leader (we were called Dukies), I helped out with the group activities such as fitting the kids with harnesses in the rock climbing, abseiling, and ropes course activities, I also helped out with the beach games and with the making of damper when we went bushwalking. This camp experience taught me that some kids are very picky eaters and also very stubborn when they don’t want to do something involving heights… I feel that this camp has helped me understand how hard teachers have it and how much I don’t want to be a Primary School Teacher. Some people can handle the constant ‘she stole my best-friend’ and the ‘excuse meee… he took my stick’ and I really stand-up and applaud those people. Overall, I really enjoyed my time and I would 100% recommend completing the Duke of Ed to Gold level just to have the opportunity I did and get the same great experience out of it.
Report from Thomas Lane
For my Duke of Ed Gold Award Residential Project, I went to Jindabyne Sport and Rec Centre, which is located just outside of Jindabyne. While I was there, I was on site for 5 days and 4 nights. When I was there, I was helping the camp instructors’ manager and look after the campers. This meant that I was getting up early each day and making sure that they were ready for what they were going to be doing that day. On the first day I was there I met all of the instructors and the other people that were doing their Duke of Ed Gold Award Residential Project. Throughout the 5 days that I was there, I had to assist in leading the groups at their spring holiday camp. There was a wide variety of children to accommodate the camp with a range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, as well as children in and out of home care. While also having to maintain a balance between safety, engagement, and communication including adhering to child protection laws, OHS standards for outdoor education activities, while ensuring everyone on camp has the best possible time throughout the week. At the beginning of the residential project I didn’t know anyone there but by the end of it, it was sad to say goodbye to an awesome bunch of kids and three other Duke of Edinburgh participants. My residential experience has been the most worthwhile and meaningful experience of my Duke of Edinburgh journey thus far.
Early Learning Centre News
Over the October holiday period, Vacation Care was up and running, bringing a whole lot of fun activities and games to the children. These holidays included DIY crafts, cooking and science experiences, excursions to Bunnings Warehouse, water play and even a visit from the Wildlife Rangers and Mr Brad at Fitness Kidz!
Sophie Raguse from Year 4 loved the visit from the Wildlife Rangers. Sophie said, “I’ve seen turtles, possums, birds, snakes and lizards. I learnt that the Tawny FrogMouth is not an owl, in fact it is not even related to an owl!”.
Aston Papasidero from KA had a blast at our water play. Aston said, “the water play was my favourite, it was awesome! I loved when I took a big run up and went ‘swoosh’ down the slipping slide!”.
Thanks to all the kids for an amazing, fun filled time over the two weeks. We will see you again next holidays!
Adam Potts and Simmion Kelly
Vacation Care Educators
Friends of Emmanuel
LESS THAN 2 WEEKS UNTIL FREAKY FRIDAY!!!
Book your tickets now and SAVE.
BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE…AND ALSO GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN!!
Book your Freaky Friday tickets online and go in the draw to win a $100 voucher for dinners from Dinner is Served.
WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE DAY?
Many of you are asking exactly what activities will be happening at Freaky Friday, so we’ve put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions with everything you need to know about Freaky Friday and the Colour Run. You can email email@example.com if you have any further queries.
Not only can you support the school and students with sponsorship through the Colour Run, if you are a business owner, sign up as an event sponsor and give your business great exposure to a loyal market.
Call for volunteers! If you would like to volunteer to help on the day, we would love to hear from you. See the attached roster for where help is needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to volunteer to help.
Have you registered for the Colour Run yet? Don’t miss out on the chance to win some great prizes. Sign up for a student profile page at www.schoolfundraising.com.au and be sure to share your profile with everyone you know.
We’ve set our money due back date as Friday 1 November, so if you’re not fundraising online, please make sure you bring any cash sponsorship on the day and hand it in at the Friends Tent. You will have until Friday 8th November to go online and order your child’s prize, to ensure delivery by the last day of term.
If your child does not wish to fundraise but has purchased a ticket to Freaky Friday, they can still participate in the colour run. Just let the organisers at the ticket booth know when you collect your Freaky Friday tickets on the day.
THANK YOU TO OUR FREAKY FRIDAY SPONSORS
Vanessa & Kai Hansen
Georgie & Gus Clark
Ballina Health Centre
Parker & Kissane Solicitors
Ballina Jockey Club
Dinner is Served
Gourmet 2 U
North Coast Garden Services
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: 5 & 19 November,
Noodle Box: 29 October, 12 & 26 November
Subway: 3 December
Noodle Box – Tuesday 29 October
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 29 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, 28 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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