"Ask and it will be given, search and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you."
From The Principal
Good luck to our Year 12 students who have entered the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. The Quest has been running since 1964 and in 2021 is a truly national competition designed to celebrate the talents, efforts and hopes of young people. It is open to students who are 16 years and older. The Quest to identify the Lions Youth of the Year involves three parts. Firstly, participants in the Quest are required to prepare a portfolio outlining their hopes and goals, their personal achievements and their community involvement. Secondly, they must meet with an interview panel of three to answer questions about what they have presented in their portfolio. Finally, they must attend a speech evening and present a prepared five minute speech on a topic about which they are passionate and they must also speak for two minutes about two impromptu topics. We certainly wish them well and look forward to hearing about their achievements in the Quest.
Ballina Shire Council has notified the College, and residents of West Ballina, about the commencement of work to expand River Street into a dual lane road in both directions. The duplication project will take place in four stages, with Stage One, which involves the section from Burns Point Ferry Road to Barlows Road, commencing in the coming days. The work is expected to have an impact on traffic flow and some travel times, particularly during peak times. Please be mindful that school drop off and pickup times may be impacted by the work and that you may need to plan for additional travel time during the construction period.
I also remind all families of the need to show a very high level of caution and care when dropping off and picking up students at the College. Please follow all of the signage and line marking, both on the road and when on College grounds. I particularly remind parents of the need to park both safely and legally. I appreciate that space is a premium and sometimes parents need to park a little distance from the College when collecting or dropping off students, however, I stress the need to always be safe and to follow the signage and line marking. I am sure that we would all rather be slightly inconvenienced by a longer walk than have to deal with the terrible situation of a child being struck by a car. It is a busy and dynamic time and children are not always attentive or even sensible, so please compensate for this by exercising the utmost caution, common sense and care.
Thank you for those parents who have offered to take on the role as a class parent in 2021. We still have a few vacancies and are happy for two parents to ‘team up’ and offer to work together across a year group. If interested please email Mrs Kate Jenkins, College Registrar on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in nominating for such a role please complete the below and email Mrs Kate Jenkins, College Registrar on email@example.com.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
It has been a big week for our Year 12 Leaders. Last Tuesday they stepped up and did an excellent job cooking pancakes for the rest of the students for Shrove Tuesday. The funds raised will be donated to a charity of the Year 12 Leaders' choice. It was fantastic to be able to chat to the Year 12's whilst they cooked, served, COVID marshalled, sanitised and wrapped plastic cutlery.
This week sees many of the Leaders involved in Lions Youth of the Year. Lions Youth of the Year is a competition which involves a written application, interview, prepared speech and impromptu speech. It will take our Leaders out of their collective comfort zones but will be great for their CVs and give them valuable life skills, along with the opportunity to progress further in the competition.
Down in the Primary, I was delighted to be able to deputise for Mr Tobias last Friday and present Age Champion, Runner-up Age Champion and the House Shield from the Primary Swimming Carnival. Congratulations to all those students who swam so well but also to those who took part. Smith House was once again victorious in swimming and claimed a dominant victory.
Cyberbullying is a topic that is always in the news and on Monday our Year 7-10 students viewed Brainstorm Productions' presentation of 'Cyberia'. Structured like theatre in the round, Brainstorm Productions provides students with an alternative take on a topic that is always in the news for the wrong reasons. I hope that our students enjoyed the presentation and took some learning away from it.
Next Monday 1 March is Year 7 immunisations. The permission forms were distributed to Year 7 classes during wellbeing lesson on Monday 15 February, so if you haven't received yours it might be time to journey to the centre of your child's school bag to retrieve the envelope. Immunisations will occur from 9.30am on the day.
A great Australian named Ian Kiernan had an idea back in 1989 called Clean Up Australia Day. This year Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 7 March. Students can freely volunteer to be involved in a clean-up in their local community on the day. They can also have the time credited to their Lighthouse Service Program Award. We are involving ourselves in Clean Up Australia Schools Day on Friday 5 March. Students can volunteer to stay back and clean up the EAC grounds from 3.30pm - 5.00pm on this day. Again, they can claim credit for their involvement as Lighthouse Service hours. Most importantly, we will finish the cleanup with a COVID safe sausage sizzle in the UCA.
Finally, as we reach the halfway point of the term, I hope that our students are well and truly settled into their academic routines and grasping the opportunities available to them here at EAC.
Mr Darren Parks
Year 7 Immunisations
These happen at 9.30am on Monday 1 March in the Ezzy Centre.
Year 9 Camp
Please get your payment and permission for Year 9 camp in. It promises to be a great experience for our students and I thank all the staff who are attending.
Term 1, Week 6
Monday 1 March
Cross Country Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Oval
Year 9 Camp - Camp Bornhoffen - Numinbah Valley - Until Friday 5 March
Year 7 Immunisations - 9.30am - Ezzy Centre
Year 12 Geography Incursion
Tuesday 2 March
Primary Football Training - 7.30am-8.30am
10.2 PASS Excursion - 1.30pm-3.00pm - Strike Martial Arts
Thursday 4 March
Year 12 Geography Fieldwork - 9.00am-3.00pm - Byron Bay/Cumbalum
Primary Interschool Football vs Holy Family - 11.50am-3.00pm - Lennox Head
Friday 5 March
Cross Country Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Oval
Primary Assembly - 6C hosting - Discovery Centre
Year 9 Camp returns
Clean Up Australia For Schools - 3.30pm-5.00pm - UCA
Term 1, Week 7
Monday 8 March
Cross Country Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Oval
Tuesday 9 March
NCIS Primary Football Coffs Harbour
10.2 PASS Excursion - 1.30pm-3,00pm - Strike Martial Arts
Friends AGM and Meeting - 6.30pm - Ezzy Centre
Wednesday 10 March
Foundation Day Assembly - TBC
Foundation Day Mini Fair - 1.48pm-3.00pm
Thursday 11 March
NCIS Secondary Swimming - All day - Alstonville Pool
Year 12 Economics Incursion - All day
Friday 12 March
Cross Country Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Oval
10.1 PASS Excursion - 9.20am-10.40am - Strike Martial Arts
Swimming Carnival Champions
Swimming Carnival age champions awards and the overall House points shield were awarded at assemblies this past week. Congratulations to these students on your fantastic swimming results. The overall winning House was Smith, congratulations to the Smith team on winning two years in a row.
1530 Smith - First Place
1429 Walker - Second Place
1194 Purcival - Third Place
858 Brockington - Fourth Place
|8 Years||Primary Boys||Henry Roberts||Kobe Miller|
|9 Years||Primary Boys||Hugo Atkinson||Matthew Rullin|
|10 Years||Primary Boys||Zachary Kikiras||Thomas Hunt|
|11 Years||Primary Boys||Anthony Kikiras||Henry Drew|
|12 Years||Primary Boys||Sam Carrigg||Luca Folscher|
|12 & 13 Years||Secondary Boys||Elliot Smyth||Hayden Kelvin|
|14 Years||Secondary Boys||Finnigan Robinson||Luke Bond|
|15 Years||Secondary Boys||Elvis Shakespeare||Jacob Bazar|
|16 Years||Secondary Boys||Jackson Bond||Miloš Safranek|
|17 Years||Secondary Boys||Alastair Miller||Ryan Kernaghan|
|18 Years||Secondary Boys||Lachlan Walker||Hamish Walker|
|Open 100m||Secondary Boys||Lachlan Walker|
|8 Years||Primary Girls||Eve Drew||Cleo Beesley|
|9 Years||Primary Girls||Zia Folscher||Charlotte Ashdown|
|10 Years||Primary Girls||Stella Du Plessis||Sylvie Thomson|
|11 Years||Primary Girls||Sarah Vanem||Summer Smith|
|12 Years||Primary Girls||Coco Robinson||Amelia Atkinson|
|12 & 13 Years||Secondary Girls||Olivia De Marco||Coco Paola|
|14 Years||Secondary Girls||Ellen Miller||Summer Thompson|
|15 Years||Secondary Girls||Skye Maclean||Ruby Jones|
|16 Years||Secondary Girls||Poppy Robinson||Mikala Campbell|
|17 Years||Secondary Girls||Jade Harris||Ella Peart|
|18 Years||Secondary Girls||Kirsten Smith||Letia Paton|
|Open 100m||Secondary Girls||Poppy Robinson|
Primary Age Champions
Secondary Age Champions
Secondary Age Champions 100m, House Champions - Smith
Congratulations to Eliza Grosser (Year 10), Poppy Robinson (Year 10), Finnigan Robinson (Year 8) and Kalani Franklin (Year 8) who have been selected in the North Coast Independent Schools Hockey Teams. The students attended the trials last week in Murwillumbah along with our other hockey players. The selected students will play in the NSW Combined Independent schools championships in Sydney. Thank you to Miss Guest for taking the students to the trials and helping run the day.
Cross Country Training
With the College Cross Country at the start of Term 2, we will be giving our students the opportunity to train in the lead up to the event.
Training sessions will be held as follows: Monday and Friday mornings commencing Monday 1 March and Friday 5 March, 7.30am to 8.30am.
Coaching: Ouur experienced Athletics Coach Mr Greg Potts will lead the Monday and Friday Morning Sessions. Mr Potts will be assisted by College staff. Training sessions will be varied and focus on technique, building endurance, speed and core strength.
Permission to attend will be via the parent portal.
Training sessions will continue into the representative Cross Country Season.
These are the key competition dates:
College Cross Country: Friday 23 April
NCIS Cross Country: Tuesday 4 May
NSW CIS Cross Country: Thursday 10 June
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
EAC Leaders participate in Lions Youth of the Year
Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education. The competition provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments, are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service Club organisation.
Lions Youth of the Year is an excellent means of assisting Australia's youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia's high standard of living.
During the last few weeks, ten of the Year 12 students have entered this competition. First they completed a written application which asked questions about their school and community leadership, sporting and academic achievement and aspirations for the future.
On the weekend, they were interviewed and judged using a criteria which makes up 70 of the available 100 points for the club winner. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the students will present a 5 minute speech on a topic of their choice and answer some impromptu questions. Winners of each club will then participate in a regional final and could eventually compete at a national level.
Congratulations to all students who are participating and especially to those where this competition is out of their comfort zone.
Mrs Amanda Middleton
Director of Secondary
There are many transition points in young people's lives. These include starting school, moving from primary to high school, changes in friendship groups or family circumstances and moving between distance learning and in-school learning. Such processes can involve uncertainty and instability, and they can also be powerful opportunities for learning and growth.
Our Year 11 Peer Support Leaders are using their skills to help guide students through this transition time by reconnecting with their peers and developing understanding and skills in responding positively to change.
Research has identified key skills and protective factors that are particularly valuable in times of transition to help lessen the potential negative impact of such experiences. These include positive relationships, self awareness, effective social and self-management skills and the ability to practise helpful coping skills.
You can support this learning at home by helping your child to describe their experiences and the feelings that they have during transitions. They can cope with change by knowing their strengths and how to use them through strategies such as talking with others, thinking positively and persevering.
Miss Kellie Guest
Leader of House - Brockington
On Monday, Year 7-10 students had the opportunity to participate with Brainstorm Productions on online safety and mental health awareness. The live theatre show, based on real life experiences for students, encouraged positive relationships and raised important questions about online behaviour. It provided students with a practical tool to help them stay safe, connected and resilient in the face of challenges.
Students really enjoyed this experience as it was a good reminder that once anything is posted online, we no longer have control over that picture or that content, so it is important to be mindful of this before posting anything. It also showed the importance of seeking support and talking to people around you when times get tough and where to find this support.
Mr Chris Lake
Leader of House - Walker
Secondary Teacher - PDHPE, Junior Science & Maths
From Little Things, Big Things Grow
As part of their Integrated Studies, students in Year 6 have been learning about sustainability practices in the classroom and the home environment.
They have been looking at sustainability at a classroom level and have started to implement some simple garden beds, a small worm farm (for breaking down food scraps and using worm juice for our plants) and using our produce by giving some to the canteen for their needs and selling the produce to our staff to replenish the garden beds. There have also been conversations around solar watering systems to keep our garden beds thriving, particularly on weekends and in the holidays when students and staff are absent. If any parent has any expertise in this area, please let us know.
It is a goal for our Year 6 students to take this classroom project to a school level project and to get sustainability thriving in the Primary School, teaching students valuable life lessons along the way so that we have global citizens that can affect change in their own lives to better the world.
Bunnings in Ballina have kindly donated the large barrel planters and the worm farm (complete with 1000 worms) to kick start our project and we are very grateful for their support of the project.
Please note that Kindergarten students are only allowed to purchase from the canteen via the bag system. This rule also applies to Kindergarten students who have older siblings in the school. Students in Years 1-6 may attend the canteen during break times. By now, most families are remembering to indicate First or Second Break on their orders, with the majority of the student population eating their main meal at First Break.
Last week's Primary Assembly featured Year 5C who told the story of colonisation through a play they wrote, directed, provided virtual backdrops for and starred in! The play was a hit, especially with our Kindergarten students who are already looking forward to 'next week's show'. Well done 5C.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
Friends of EAC
Friends of EAC Annual General Meeting
Calling for nominations
Friends provides an integral role in supporting the endeavours of the College.
Meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month within the school term. The meetings are held in the Ezzy Centre at 7.00pm with everyone in the school community welcome. It's a great way to learn about school events, general information, school activities, fundraising opportunities and to make new friends.
We aim to foster a cooperative, supportive and connected community by creating events where parents and families of our school can come together to have fun fundraising and friendraising.
All Friends Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant at our AGM on Tuesday 9 March 2021.
Nominations are sought for the following positions:
- Vice President
- Committee Member (10 required)
For further information please see the attached nomination form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Jodie Manning-Hayter
President, Friends of EAC
EAC Canteen is open every day of the week.You should by now be aware of the new break times:First Break - Secondary 10.48-11.18am; Primary - 11.08-11.48amSecond Break - Secondary 12.58-1.28pm; Primary - 1.28-1.58pmPlease take into account when placing orders for your child.
Canteen Menu 2021
The new menu is available on the College website. The menu complies with the NSW Healthy School canteen strategy. Further items will be added as the year progresses and an expanded Winter Menu will be available in terms two and three.
Please note that items change in price from time to time. If correct money has not been provided, the item will be substituted for an item of the monetary value provided.
Secondary Student Orders
All orders MUST be placed at the canteen by 9.15am each morning, bags can be provided if required.
Primary Student Orders
All orders must be placed in the classroom tub at the start of the day so they can be received at the Canteen before 9.15am. Late orders will only receive an emergency lunch.
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 lunch please provide two (2) bags. Please write the information on the LOWER half of the bag. If money is short we will substitute items to the value received.
REMEMBER, if ordering at both breaks, you must have a separate bag for each break.
FIRST BREAK BAG 1: Name, Teacher, PC Class, First Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
FIRST BREAK BAG 2: Name, Teacher, PC Class, First Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
1 Orange Juice
1 Juice Tube
SECOND BREAK: Name, Teacher, PC Class, Second Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
1 Mini Fingerbun
1 Snap Stix
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child's order for Second Break.
Live Life Well @ School
Keeping hydrated is important, especially in warm weather. Follow this helpful guide to ensure your child is getting enough fluid each day.
Be sure to pack a bottle of water in the backpack each day to help your children stay hydrated.