“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel which means 'God with us'."
From The Principal
Thank you to all the parents, grand-parents, family and friends who joined us at St Mary's Church to recognise student excellence, effort and achievement at our annual Presentation Day gathering. There was standing room only at both the Primary and Secondary events and it is wonderful that so many of our community could come together to acknowledge the students and their learning. It was a fantastic way to draw 2019 to a close. Congratulations to all award recipients who have demonstrated excellence in participation, effort and achievement throughout the year. A complete list of all award recipients accompanies this newsletter.
Once again, I wish to thank the incredible staff of Emmanuel Anglican College for all their hard work, enthusiasm, inspiration and dedication throughout 2019. They are a remarkable group of people and as a community we are enormously blessed by all that they do to support students to maximise their learning opportunities and grow in all facets of their being.
Sadly a number of staff are either retiring or moving on this year and I wish to thank and acknowledge the following teachers for all they have done as members of the EAC teaching team:
Ms Maureen Selby
Mr Chris McCotter
Mrs Karen Bergan
Mr Daniel Kelly
Mrs Lisa Weingarth
Mr Julian Hunt
Mrs Kim Forsterling
Mr Michael Campbell
Mrs Andrea Cheers
I am sure you join with me in wishing these great people all the best as they move into a new phase in their career and lives.
I wish all our community a very happy and holy Christmas, a relaxing break and wish you all the very best for 2020. I pray that the joy, peace and hope of this Christmas season be with you and your family.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Wishing all of our students and families a very holy Christmas in this time of peace on Earth and goodwill to all. Please make the most of your family time together and travel safely if you are going away. I hope to see all of our students back ready to make every post a winner in 2020. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents for their support and investment in their child's/children's education and for buying into what we are trying to achieve here at EAC.
I thank all of our staff for their enormous efforts, commitment and contribution to the learning of each child this year. Teaching is a very demanding profession, not physically demanding but mentally and emotionally demanding and I know that our staff have given their all and are looking forward to a well deserved break.
Our Presentation Day was a great success with large numbers of excited parents and grandparents in attendance. We were able to honour the achievements of a significant number of our students at both the ceremonies. I congratulate each of our award winners on their achievements this year and challenge those students who did not win an award to strive to raise their performance next year.
I will write to families regarding start up processes and programs in the week before school returns in January. This letter will contain details of what is happening in the first week of the school year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mr Darren Parks
Early Learning Centre News
...A pattern of shapes that fit perfectly together!
A Tessellation (or Tiling) is when we cover a surface with a pattern of flat shapes so that there are no overlaps or gaps. The children at the Early Learning Centre have begun exploring this concept using pattern blocks. As children create each new design, photographs are taken in order to print out as future inspiration for peers. Interestingly, some children have begun to explore 3D tessellations. Embedding terminology and language throughout the creative process empowers children to think in a mathematical way...
Primary Talent Show
At Primary Assembly this week the top three winners from each Stage delighted us with their winning performances. Thank you to the SRC for organising the talent show as well as everyone who participated, and congratulations to all the top 3 winners.
Stage 1 - Kindergarten, Years 1 & 2
Georgie Dwyer - Singing
Hugo Atkinson - Piano
Oliver Lozano and Indi Saenger - Singing
Stage 2 - Years 3 & 4
Stella Payne - Singing
Philo Rylands - Trombone
Noah Morris - Beatboxing
Stage 3 - Years 5 & 6
Flynn Creighton, Leo Smith, Kade Paish - Rock Band
Annie Peart - Singing and Playing Ukulele
Lucas Blake, Jack Lawson and Finn Robinson - Bike Riding
NSW Regional Chess Competition
At Primary Assembly this morning, several of our Year 6 students received an award for their participation and success at the NSW Regional Chess Competition (Primary Division) earlier this year. The students placed first and second in the Northern Rivers Zone and were awarded North Coast Champions. Congratulations on your fantastic achievement.
Stuart Blair Hickman
Mr Tom Papworth
Learning Support Teacher, Secondary Teacher - STEM
Year 6 Celebration
Our Year 6 students and parents enjoyed a wonderful celebration of their Primary Years last Thursday evening. Thank you to those parents who assisted with the organisation of the evening - it was a great success.
Mrs Sculley delivered a moving poem to wish students all the best for the next chapter of their learning journey.
Emmanuel Anglican College you do attend,
Where everybody here has become your friend.
Many experiences you have had here,
And happy memories are very clear.
It is 7 years since you first walked through the gate,
What a difference to this school you would all make.
Mrs Pickup and Weingarth taught you to read,
They nurtured you and attended your every need.
Then onto Stage One you picked up the pace,
It was Mrs Wilson and Johnstone you had to face.
Mrs Cahill and Buddee lifted the bar,
By the end of Year 2 you had come far.
Then onward and upward you went to Stage Two,
It was tragic the work we made you do!
Mrs Mac and I taught you in Year Three,
I bet you thought it was the last you'd see of me!
Assignments, speeches, presentations and more,
Mrs Buddee and Mr Christensen worked you hard in Year Four.
Upstairs to Year 5 you all then went,
To Mrs Weingarth and Johnstone you were sent.
In Year 6 Mr McCotter and I made up the team,
Of science and HSIE your learning was keen.
Government, Migration, Colonisation and more,
Reading and writing when you walked in the door.
You also had Music, Japanese and RAVE,
In all of these lessons you were meant to behave.
Your memories are so much more than what happened in class.
Sports carnivals you had every year,
Where you could wear your coloured gear.
Swimming, Cross Country and Athletic races,
You tried your hardest for ribboned places.
Teams of rugby, tennis, soccer and, the best, netball,
They were always fun days for you all.
Each year on ANZAC you marched with pride,
For the memory of soldiers who fought on our side.
Eisteddfods in Lismore where you all sung,
In singing and poetry you usually won.
The discos you attended throughout the years,
With music and lights you danced with your peers.
In year 4, a camp at the Gold Coast,
High ropes and canoeing you enjoyed the most.
You came to your final year of Primary School,
Finally the playground you could rule.
Responsibilities we gave you with trust,
Peer support, morning fitness and buddies a must.
Bus monitors and robotics you also did,
A lot of responsibility for a 12 year old kid!
And now Primary School is at an end,
With some of you saying goodbye to a friend.
To all of Year 6 - your futures look bright -
Thank you for this year, and have a good night!
Mrs Kate Sculley
Primary Teacher - Year 6
Year 7 Experience Day
Last Thursday our Year 6 students participated an experience day with some of their Year 7 teachers for 2020. Thank you to Miss Kellie Guest for coordinating the day and to the teachers who led groups of students:
Mrs Felicity Regan - Geography
Mr Gavin Hartel - Biology
Mr Julian Hunt - Digitech
Mrs Daniela Payne - Coding
Mrs Rebecca Campbell - English
Year 10 Transition Week
Wow! What a fabulous collection of compassionate, caring and strong young adults this group of Year 10s are.
The group spent the last week learning invaluable skills for both post school and the HSC year and they took advantage of every opportunity they had this week.
- They worked together to discuss the nuances of communication styles and everyday leadership.
- They embraced and embodied the message of their power to have an impact in someone's life.
- They took notes about effective study techniques.
- They learnt about smart money management.
- At retreat days they worked as a team (mostly to gang up on Mr Brenton) and they shared the love around with each other.
Thank you for a great week.
Mrs Brigette Campbell
Stage 5 Coordinator, Language Teacher - Japanese
Year 11 Ancient History
Last Thursday our Year 11 Ancient History Class had a ‘Celebration of Pompeii’. Each student had a character (Harry Hall was Mt Vesuvius!) that they had to adopt. Students had to bring appropriate food for the feast and speak about their role in a round circle discussion.
As you can see, they all went to a lot of trouble and an enjoyable learning experience resulted.
Mrs Jennifer Holmes
Secondary Teacher - HSIE