Term 1 | Week 6 | 06 March 2019
“But the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves” Luke 22: 26
From The Principal
Happy Foundation Day!
This week we celebrate and give thanks for 21 years of learning, living and leading at Emmanuel Anglican College. Last year, you will remember, as we celebrated 20 years since our foundation we took the time to look back and acknowledge the founders and pioneer families of the College who had both the vision and the courage to step out into the unknown to bring Emmanuel Anglican College to life.
In 2019, we are going to be looking forward, not just to this year or even the next three but the longer term and asking the question “What do we want EAC to be in 2030?”. The Towards 2030 Strategic Planning Process will be an opportunity for all our community; students, staff, parents, friends, parish and diocese to have a say in shaping the future of our wonderful school. We will commence this process later this term with a community survey which will be followed up with focus group discussion and the development of a very detailed data report for Executive and College Council to consider.
The process will help us affirm the values that underpin our community, clearly articulate our mission as a co-educational school founded in the Anglican Tradition and set future direction in terms of the structure, policies, facilities and programs that support the student, staff and families of the College. It will be a very significant process in the life of our community and have a fundamental impact on the development of the College over the next decade. So I invite you all to start thinking about what you might like our College to be in 2030 and make sure you take the opportunity to be part of the process when we roll out the survey in the next few weeks.
One of the many great programs we currently have at EAC relates to providing opportunities for student leadership and at our Foundation Day Service we took time to induct the 2019 Student Representative Council. I reminded all our students that whether wearing a badge or not, we all have a role to play in leading each other. We are all asked to model excellence in our behaviour, commitment to our learning, and compassion towards others. There are many ways to lead and many forms of leadership and we also recognised a number of students who will be taking on a leadership role as part of our Band and Music Tuition Program. To be a Band Leader a student must demonstrate a high level of proficiency as a musician, support the Band Coordinator in the preparations for rehearsals and performances as well as mentor and guide the younger members of the Band.
It gives me great pleasure to announce our Band Captains for 2019 :
Leading the Primary Concert Band –Ellen Miller and Kade Paish. Ellen is also the Lead Saxophone and Kade Lead Percussionist.
Leading the Secondary Concert Band Ella Kratzer and Noah Grosser. Ella is also Lead flute and Noah Lead Saxophone
This year we have also asked a number of students to take on the role of Section Leader to help coordinate each section and also congratulate our Section Leaders
Primary Section Leader (Flute) – Finn Allen
Primary Section Leader (Clarinet) – Charles Cross
Primary Section Leader (Trumpet) – Leo Smith
Primary Section Leader (Lower Brass) – Liam Boyce
Secondary Band are:
Secondary Section Leader (Clarinet) Abigail Hanna
Secondary Section Leader (Trumpet) –Kirsten Smith
Secondary Section Leader (Lower Brass) Francois Van Kempen
Secondary Section Leader (Percussion) – Ella Peart
As we celebrate the foundation of the College, we also acknowledged the hard work, commitment and dedication of a number of the EAC staff and volunteers when presenting our 2019 Service Awards.
Congratulations to Mr Mitch Raguse who was recognised for his service to Secondary students through his classroom teaching in the area of Visual Art. Mr Raguse provides student with the opportunity, support and guidance to explore their artist expression in fun and exciting ways. He has also provided great pastoral leadership and support to many students through his role as a Stage Coordinator.
We also took the time to thank and acknowledge two very special people who have given an enormous amount of their time to the College over many years. Mrs Janet Hale and Mrs Sue Sey have volunteered on a weekly basis to support the College in different ways as well as been regulars as College events.
Janet has been a member of the Friends of EAC for 17 years, has been a regularly supporter of Friends initiatives such as the Harvest Fair, Freaky Friday and carnival BBQ’s but her most lasting contribution is without doubt through the establishment and running of the College Second Hand Uniform Pool. Every Tuesday afternoon for almost 10 years, Janet has operated the uniform pool on behalf of Friends providing a wonderful service to families and raising many thousands of dollars to support the College.
All of our Primary students know Sue Sey very well. Sue volunteers her time each week often coming in for 2 or 3 mornings to support students in Kindergarten and Year 1. Sue generously gives of her time to support some of our youngest students so they get a good start to their learning journey. She is incredibly patient and supportive with the students. The kids love her help as she has such a warm and bubbly personality and always has a smile on her face which makes the students feel at home.
Mitch Raguse, Sue Sey and Janet Hale have all made a generous and significant contribution the development of the College. We pray that they may they be greatly blessed for all they have given our community throughout their time of service.
We also celebrated the success of our Year 12 Graduating Class for 2018 as we formally acknowledge the 2018 College Dux. In her HSC , the recipient of this award achieved 3 Band 6 results, was ranked 5th across the state in Biology and 10th in Drama and earned a nomination for the HSC Drama Showcase, Onstage. With an ATAR of 98.5, the Dux of the class of 2018 was Niva Ewald.
As I have said many times, we are greatly blessed to live and learn in such a beautiful part of the world in such a fantastic school that offers so much to each and every one of us. On such a special occasion I ask every student to think about how they might get the most out of the wonderful opportunities that EAC has to offer. I encourage each of them to take advantage of the great gift that God has given them and to make the most of this gift. I remind all our students of the need to use your learning time wisely, get involved in as many parts of College life as possible, build as many strong friendships as you can and always be thankful for the many gifts you receive.
I wish everyone a very happy Foundation Day for 2019.
Mr Robert Tobias
Blessing and Opening
Good afternoon Mr Tobias, Mr Parks, Mr Franklin, Mr Bryen, Bishop Murray, Reverend Sally, Mrs Malaba, Council Members, Parents and Special Guests,
As you all know today is Foundation Day and the College is going to be turning 21. But today is also the day we celebrate the official opening of the Innovation Centre. The Innovation Centre lives up to its name. It’s an exciting place for us to learn, innovate, collaborate and create in. It has a green screen mixed with an art space, colourful pictures on the roof that bring the outdoors inside and remind us how lucky we truly are to live near the beach and go to a school like EAC.
The Innovation Centre has 6 spacious classrooms with each one equipped with a electronic whiteboard, which doubles as a super sized computer. Plus it has many outside work spaces if the kids need a more quiet learning space or just prefer to learn in the fresh air. Another bonus is that it has bubblers so we don’t have to walk all the way to the other side of the school and back because of course we wouldn’t want to miss any valuable learning time.
The location of the building is great for Primary, everybody is closer together so it isn’t confusing when trying to find other classes, groups of students in different grades can easily work together, like each Friday when Year 6 use this space to work with their Kindy buddies.
The Secondary students are on the other side of the school, which is also great for us! The Innovation Centre provides more room for activities which also means that we no longer get stuck in our classrooms on raining days. If you look around, you will see that the classrooms have glass windows so that students can display their artworks or use them to write on. Students love the little spaces where we sit, with waves in between them to open up our imagination and lights hanging from the ceiling, which bring the ocean to life.
The best part about the new Innovation Centre is that whilst the adults designed, built and paid for it, the students feel like we own it. It allows us to express our creativity, learn in flexible spaces that suit our individual style and collaborate with our friends. So on behalf of the current and future students of EAC, we want to say thank you for creating this space for us to learn, live and lead in.
Emmie - Blue Jack - Red
Off the Deputy's Desk
This week sees us reach the halfway mark of the term and it is also significant because it is Foundation Day and Ash Wednesday all in the one week. Foundation Day is a very important day in the College calendar because we acknowledge the work of those who came before us and honour the past, we celebrate the present and look forward to the future. Our service at St Mary’s saw our new SRC Representatives inducted and we had Bishop Murray Harvey as our special guest. We also opened the Innovation Centre and in the afternoon it was all the fun of the fair as our traditional Mini Fair took place. It was a great afternoon with lots of exciting activities and tasty food available for the students. We have hopefully raised a good donation for a chosen charity. The decision as to whom we donate to will be made by the SRC members at a meeting in the near future. Finally, I would like to thank all of the Secondary Pastoral Care teachers for their work in planning the mini fair with their students.
In the coming weeks Primary and Secondary students will be involved in a number of activities designed to educate them about the negative effects of bullying. We are striving to emphasise kindness and treating each other with respect and courtesy amongst our Secondary students as once we get this happening we can move towards eradicating the problem of bullying. The SRC will also be involved in leading some activities with regards to anti bullying. In the Primary there have also been a number of educational pastoral care activities planned to raise student awareness of the harmful nature of bullying. I will share further information in the coming weeks as The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence takes place on Friday 15 March.
A reminder to Year 7 parents that immunisation forms and a covering letter were sent home last week. Forms can be returned to the office so that we can collate them ready for the day. Please check with your child if you haven’t received the form.
Road safety around the College continues to be a concern at times and I remind families to be extra vigilant around drop off and pick up times as young students in particular can be unpredictable. Please drive slowly and carefully at all times.
Later this month our Year 10 students will be involved in an introductory session to Natural Ability Testing. Mrs Evans, our College Counsellor will introduce this process to the students. Following the introduction the students will complete an online test designed to assist them to better understand themselves(strengths/weaknesses/learning styles/personality traits). This information will then be workshopped as a follow up activity. I look forward to hearing more from Mrs Evans about the natural Ability Testing process in the near future.
Finally, as we near the halfway point of the term please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s PC teacher in the Secondary or Class Teacher in the Primary if you have any concerns regarding academic progress, social development or welfare issues.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 1 Week 7
Monday 11 March
Maths Challenge commences
Cross Country Training-7.30-8.30am
Tuesday 12 March
NCIS Primary Football at Coffs Harbour
Primary Assembly-9.00am-Discovery Centre-6B presenting
Cross Country Training-3.10-4.10pm
Thursday 14 March
Northern Rivers Chess Tournament at Woodlawn College
Friday 15 March
Cross Country Training-7.30-8.30am
National Day of Action against Bullying
Term 1 Week 8
Monday 18 March
Tuesday 19 March
Secondary Assembly-9.00 am-UCA
NCIS Secondary Basketball at Coffs Harbour
Wednesday 20 March
NSW CIS Primary swimming-Sydney
Bill Turner Soccer Cup Training(Boys)
Thursday 21 March
Bill Turner Soccer Cup Training(Girls)
Friends’ Primary Disco-5.00pm-7.00pm-UCA-Easter Theme
Friday 22 March
HICES Debating at Clarence Valley Anglican School. Leaving at 11.00 am
Mini Cross Country-Period 2-Primary Oval
This week we move into Lent.
As I mentioned last week, first we pass through the door way that is Ash Wednesday into a time that is quiet, thoughtful, mindful and intentional in its nature.
Lent may actually have come into its own this year – with so much focus on a minimalist life style, clearing the clutter and leaving room for joy (Yes, another Marie Kondo reference). That is in essence the heart of the Lenten journey. To sort through, think through and ponder our relationship with God, with each other, and within ourselves.
Lent is a time for looking back, in order that we might move forward. This is reflected in the readings that will be shared in many Anglican churches this coming Sunday; as Moses looks back on the lives that people of God have lived and points to the lives that they will lead, Paul in his letter to the Romans does much the same, reminding those who would listen that salvation, or the story of freedom in God, has happened…and will happen. It is an ongoing story. A story that started with creations first breath, and continues today.
Seriously, this is breathtaking news, and it seeks to underline that bigness (yes that is most definitely a word) of God, and God’s love. These are words to encourage us to take seriously the inclusiveness of God’s story of freedom – for all, not just some.
As we move into Lent, this poem of Edwina Gateley sums up my prayers, my hopes for all of us.
Let Your God Love You
Before your God.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Let your God—
If you are looking for a way to make Lent meaningful in your home, here’s a few links to some simple ideas:
Perhaps you’d like a personal, portable way to focus during Lent – have a look at this Lent app from Anglican Board of Mission!
ABM invites you to journey into the Australian desert during Lent 2016 with 40 days of bible readings, reflections, sayings and prayer suggestions.
These Lent resources have a particular focus on Australian landscape, history and writing, Aboriginal reconciliation and the long Christian tradition of desert-shaped theology.
NCIS Swimming Championships
We had five records broken on the day Lachlan Walker (Year 10) broke the 200m Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke records. Also our 15 & 16 years boys relay team of Alastair Miller, Sam Hanna, Hamish Walker and Lachlan Walker also broke the record which had stood since 2005 and the Boys 13 & 14 years Freestyle relay: Jackson Bond, Reid Thompson, Elvis Shakespeare and Bailey Wilson. Congratulations to these students on a your achievements.
|Junior Girls||Coco Robinson|
|14 Girls||Poppy Robinson|
|15 Boys||Alastair Miller|
|16 Boys||Lachlan Walker|
|17 Girls||Abigail Hanna|
|Junior Girls||Zoe Campbell|
|12 Boys||Cooper Lamb|
|13 Girls||Charlotte Shepherd|
|14 Girls||Mikala Campbell|
|14 Boys||Jackson Bond|
|16 Boys||Hamish Walker|
|18 Boys||Lachlan Miller|
|12 Girls||Summer Thompson|
|15 Boys||Samuel Hanna|
|18 Girls||Brianna Nay|
Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 will be going home with all Primary students this week and is jam-packed with 454 items.
Some highlights from this issue include:
$2 - Gold Coin Books
Bad Guys Episode 1 by Arron Blabey
Fair Dinkum Aussie Easter by Collin Buchanan & John McIntosh
Very Cranky Bear (Young Reader) by Nick Bland
The Seriously Extraordinary Diary of a Pig by Emer Stamp
48 Hours The Vanishing ($2.50) by Gabrielle Lord
Take a look at these New Release titles including:
Ninja Kid 3 by Ahn Do
Boss Girl by Hilary Rogers
Cowboy & Birdbrain by Adam Wallace & James Hart
Ella: The Super Secret Club! by Meredith Costain
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.
Scholastic Book Club Orders must be completed online or given to me by FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2019.
Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones
Library Resource Centre Manager
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 DATES: MARCH 19, APRIL 2
NOODLE BOX DATES: MARCH 12 & 26
SUBWAY DATES: APRIL 9
Noodle Box – Tuesday 12 March
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 12 March. If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
DATES WHERE HELP IS REQUIRED
March: 11, 14AM, 18, 25, 27
April: 1, 4, 8
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