“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest”
From The Principal
Each year the College is supported by many parents, grandparents and friends who volunteer their time to help with various activities across the College. This includes our Friends committee, reading mentors, canteen helpers and carnival BBQ helpers and this list is certainly not exhaustive. To say thank you to all our volunteers, College Council would like to put on a thank you luncheon in the Ezzy Centre on Tuesday 20 November between 12.15 and 1.30. Finger food, sandwiches, tea, coffee and some tasty cakes will be available as a small offer of thanks for all those who have given some of their time to the service of our community. If you have helped in anyway this year, please make a note of this date and pop in. It will be a great chance to catch up with other people from our community. If you are planning to come if you could just email Patsy on firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
I also wish to thank and acknowledge the very generous donation that the Friends Committee have made to the Multi Purpose Centre building project. At their most recent meeting, a motion was passed to donate $40 000 to the project! These funds have been raised throughout the year from a myriad of activities including the recent Car Raffle. The commitment and generosity of the team of people associated with Friends is such an incredible blessing to our community. To acknowledge all of the prenominal efforts that are made by Friends to raise funds and build community, we will name the gathering area and entrance to the Multi Purpose Centre, the Friends Forecourt and Foyer.
The wonderfully hardworking Friends of EAC have a couple of events on over the next two weeks, which I encourage all our families to actively support.
On Friday 9 November, Friends are hosting the Primary Bush Dance and Family BBQ. Friends will be selling sausage sandwiches, snacks and drinks. There will also be a jumping castle. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket, a hamper and relax with friends, while the students enjoy the activities. The event will be held on the front oval, utilising the hard courts for the disco. Please come along and support this wonderful event.
On Saturday 17 November, EAC is hosting the Northern NSW Division of the Lego Robotic League and Friends will be running the BBQ between 10.00am and 2.00pm. You can support the BBQ as a customer or as a helper (or both!). If you can spare a couple of hours to help with the BBQ, please contact the office and have your name placed on the roster.
Please continue to keep our Year 12s in your prayers this week as they move into the final stages of their HSC examinations. The final examination will take place on 7 November. The Year 12 Formal will take place on 15 November. HSC results and ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) are released in mid-December.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
On Monday night I had the privilege of attending the Primary Concert Band Performance Evening. The standard of music was exceptional and this reflects on the great work of our Music staff. Thank you to all the parents who have supported the College’s cultural programs this year and well done to all the staff and students on their efforts. It was fantastic to see such a high standard cultural evening being presented by our Primary students.
Last Thursday night we held our HSC assessment Information Evening for Year 11 students and parents. The evening was well attended and there were some excellent presentations from Mrs Boyd and Mr Kelly. Our Year 11 students have now officially started Year 12 and their first week of the HSC. We wish them every success on what will be a marathon journey.
Our Year 4 and Year 6 students are off on their annual camps this week and next week. I am positive that the students of Year 4 will love their Tallebudgera experience and that they will have an awesome time involved in initiative and team building activities. Thank you to Mrs Smith, Mrs Wallace and Mr Christensen for taking the Year 4 students to camp. Our Year 6 students will be heading to Fraser Island and Brisbane for their camp and they will have the opportunity to experience the magic of Fraser along with visiting attractions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Thanks to Mr Christensen, Mrs Cahill, Mr McCotter and Mrs Anderson for giving their time so generously to support the Year 6 students on camp.
Last week our Secondary SRC members voted to donate $ 1500 to the drought relief charity ‘Buy a bale’. Well done to the SRC for its determined approach to fund raising for the drought and we know that our farmers will appreciate the efforts of those of us not in drought to support them in their time of need.
Shortly we will be asking each of our families across the College to give generously to the Anglicare Christmas Hamper appeal that we run here at the College. Each class will be asked to donate items to create hampers for those who are less fortunate than us. These hampers will be presented to an Anglicare representative at our Christmas Concert in early December. Please be generous as we move towards the festive season.
The next time I write we will be nearing the half way point of the term and that means that assessment and reporting will be foremost in the minds of staff and students. Planning for next year is well underway already with regards to calendar, staff and student timetables, class formation and strategic planning initiatives. I am sure that the rest of the term will fly by in a whirl given how much there is happening in the College over the coming weeks.
Mr Darren Parks
Secondary students from Year 9 upwards in 2019 have the opportunity to become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Duke of Ed) during 2019.
When students leave our College we would like them to be well rounded people who reflect the College values; Christ Likeness, Excellence, Commitment, Integrity and Compassion. The Duke of Ed Award is one amazing opportunity for students at EAC to progress along this path. When completing the Duke of Ed students need to complete activities in 4 areas; physical activity, personal skills, community service and an adventurous journey.
The Duke of Ed program is an internationally recognized qualification, highly regarded by employers and universities. There are three levels of the Duke of Ed: Bronze, Silver and Gold. In 2019 we will be offering the Bronze award to students in Year 9 and Silver award to Year 10 and the Gold Award to students in Year 11 and 12.
We have had great success with our Duke of Ed Program since we started it in 2017 with 50 students currently completing their awards. I thought it would be helpful to share what our wonderful students have been doing this year to give back through their community service. The list includes: Coast care, sports coaching, animal shelter, primary school reading program, maths coaching, aged care, church volunteer, library assistant, riding for the disabled, surf lifesaving and the Anglicare op shop. I am very proud of our students giving back to the community in this amazing range of activities.
If you would like your child to be involved in the Duke of Ed Program for 2019 please log onto the Parent Lounge and accept. Registration is open until November 16.
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Swimming Carnival Training Programs 2019
We will be offering swimming training programs to help our students prepare for their school swimming carnival and also for our representative team to prepare for the NCIS and CIS Championships.
College Swimming Carnivals for 2019 will be held at Ballina Pool on Thursday 7 February for Primary and Friday 8 February for Secondary. NCIS Swimming Championhips are being held at Alstonville Pool on Thursday 28 February.
EAC School Swimming Carnival Clinics
These clinics is an opportunity for our students to improve their swimming skills, starts, finishes and build their confidence for their upcoming school carnival.
Open to EAC students from year 3 and up who can competently swim 50 m of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and 25 m of butterfly. Please note this is not a learn to swim or stroke correction program.
Clinic 1: Monday 22 January, Wednesday 23 January, Friday 25 January 9.00am to 11.00am
Clinic 2: Tuesday 29 January & Wednesday 30 January, 9.00 am to 11.00 am, Friday 1 February 6.45am to 8.15am
Venue: Alstonville Swimming Pool
Cost: Pool Entry
Bookings: Bookings are via the parent Portal. Numbers in this program are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Coach: Mr Graham Walker, National Level Swimming Coach, ASCTA Silver Licence
EAC Representative Swimming Team Training
Following the College Swimming Carnivals our representative team will have the opportunity to train for the NCIS and CIS Championships.
Venue: Alstonville Swimming Pool
Dates and Times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 6.45 am to 8.15 am commencing Wednesday 13 February to Monday 18 March.
Cost: Pool entry
Transport: Parents will transport children to the pool. Students can catch a bus to school after training.
Coach: Mr Graham Walker, National Level Swimming Coach, ASCTA Silver Licence
Year 6 students have been busy this semester writing stories using Figurative Language to add depth to their descriptions. When writers use Figurative Language, they engage their reader more with their use of greater imagery.
I have had the pleasure of reading all of their stories and have been impressed with the quality of writing that has been produced as students have experimented with using Figurative Language.
They have added deeper imagery to their creative writing with the use of similes, metaphors, personification, allusions, alliteration, onomatopoeia, oxymorons, hyperboles and idioms.
Here are a few excerpts from their writing:
“Boom!” bullets hit the other side of the wall and I ran at the speed of light, continuing my impossible mission. I pulled the decaying, dusty, dirty map from my trench coat pocket, holding it as though it were a butterfly, so fragile and dainty.
“Screech!” The old rustic station wagon skidded into the depths of the partly abandoned cul de sacs. It was like one of those formula one racing cars sliding across the edge of the torn, torched tracks.
I ran for what felt like centuries. Curiosity flowed through my veins, inching me ever so slowly towards the gate. Suddenly the world opened up and swallowed me whole.
The birds’ songs were like angels singing on the wind. The smooth, massive trees were giants, towering out of my view and dropping little droplets of freezing water.
The sunlight flickered through the tops of the redwood trees making shadows dance on the ground. Birds chirped happily while a waterfall roared somewhere in the distance.
The safe, soft sand had never felt so good. Looking up, I saw my saviour, the lighthouse. I was safe.
This is so magical! The white rabbit brings a mountain of food, a mile high. I am cool, calm and collected.
I peep through the keyhole but it was as black as the night sky with no moon. My legs were jelly as I stood back from the keyhole. My mind was telling me to go home but my body was telling me to go in.
The hare walked me down the muddy path, the trees danced in the howling wind. All the animals were staring. The path was longer than the Great Wall of China.
A shrill cry echoed in the mist and I had run faster that I had ever run before, faster than Usain Bolt. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I was a cheetah, running from my predators.
The door caught my eye, it had an unusual glow seeping through the keyhole. It was brighter than the sun.
The sky took on a greyish hue which looked like an artist’s painting, with clouds dabbed on it and stars that glittered like jewels.
The animals could walk and talk, the trees were blue with orange leaves and there were flying elephants! As soon as I entered this strange world, I felt a rush of excitement, it smelt like warm caramel.
The tarnished keyhole was staring at me menacingly. I couldn’t take its interrogating stare.
The door swung open revealing a tall man staring down at me. He was a skyscraper. His voice was thunder.
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: Felicity, Harper and Jorja.
Merilyn Mule' Paul Christensen
K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6 Welfare Leader
We would like to again thank Year 5 students Teal, Felicity, Ellen, Emmie and Maya for putting their idea of a Talent Quest forward to the Student Representative Council and further congratulate these girls on their organisation for the event.
Last term students in years K-2 participated in their Talent Quest, showcasing various talents such as; musical instruments, dancing, singing, horse riding and jokes. The level of talent demonstrated made it very difficult for our three judges!
We would like to congratulate all students who participated and further congratulate our three finalists being; 1st place Kaydee on the piano, 2nd place Edith and Amelie who performed a dance and 3rd place Louis and Curtis for their soccer skills display.
Each student earned house points for their House. Kaydee earned 100 points for Smith, Edith earned 50 points for Purcival, Amelie earned 50 points for Walker, Louis earned 30 points for Walker and Curtis earned 30 points for Walker.
It is wonderful to see the varied talents that K-6 students shared with everyone.
Merilyn Mule' Paul Christensen
K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6 Welfare Leader
During the school holidays the EAC High School tour was made to feel very welcome at Tachibana Elementary School. The students ate lunch together and played with the Year 5 students who visited EAC earlier this year. It was lovely to reunite with them and to experience school life in Japan.
Mrs Jennifer Buddee
WORD OF THE WEEK
Primary Concert Band's Performance Evening
On Monday the College hosted a Primary Concert Band's Performance Evening
Concert Band Leader
ICAS Mathematics Competition
Thank you to all the students who took part in the ICAS Mathematics Competition earlier this year. We had 202 students participate from years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Of those 202 students, 9 received a certificate of distinction, 25 received a certificate of credit and 20 received a certificate of merit.
Olivia De Marco
ICAS English Competition
Thank you to all the students who took part in the ICAS English Competition earlier this year. We had 204 students participate from years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Of those 204 students, 1 received a certificate of high distinction, 8 received a certificate of distinction, 30 received a certificate of credit and 24 received a certificate of merit.
Ella Du Plessis
Last Book Club for the Year!
Scholastic Book Club catalogues have been sent home with all Early Learning Centre and Primary Students today. 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 01 NOVEMBER 2018.
Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones
Library Resource Centre Manager
Love Food Hate Waste - Festive Cooking Workshop
The College is hosting a Festive Cooking Workshop on the evening of Monday 19th November, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, and would like to invite parents and friends to attend. The workshop is part of the Love Food Hate Waste’s Food Smart Program. It is a government funded program that focuses on reducing household food waste. Imagine $3,800 being thrown it in the bin. That’s how much food the average NSW household wastes each year. By making a few simple changes at home, we can reduce food waste, eat well and save money.
Attendees will see a cooking demonstration by a guest chef, sample delicious foods, learn the six simple steps to reduce food waste in the home and receive a free recipe book and Food Smart kit with handy tools.
See advert below on how to register. Numbers are limited so be sure to get in quick.
Mrs Kristy Annetts
Food Technology Teacher
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.
Winter Menu no Longer Available
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Special Lunch Dates - Term 4
SUSHI: 6 & 20 November &
NOODLE BOX DATES: 13 & 27 November
SUBWAY DATE: 4 December
Sushi – Tuesday 6 November
Sushi from IGA, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 6 November . 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, 5 November, . 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.
0414 811 668