“God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. 13 Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you."
Colossians 3: 12-13
From The Principal
Last Thursday and Friday we held the College Swimming Carnivals at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre and I am delighted to say that the level of participation was fantastic and that the students competed with great enthusiasm. House spirit was very obvious on the day with many students dressing up in House colours and applauding their peer’s efforts. Many students swam in multiple races and I was delighted to see multiply heats in each age group, many with competitors filling all eight lanes! Special thanks to Mr Andrew Davy, Leader of Sport and Coaching, along with the band of supportive teachers and support staff for their organisation of the event. Special thanks to the Primary and Secondary House Captains for their leadership on the day. Thank you also to all of the parents who joined us at the pool for the Carnivals. Your support and encouragement of the students was greatly appreciated. Age Champions and the winning House will be crowned at an assembly early next week. We look forward with great anticipation to our performance at the NCIS Swimming Carnival on 28 February.
The College will bless and open The Lindsay Walker Centre as part of our Foundation Day celebrations on 31 March 2022. I hope that as many parents as possible can join us for a whole College celebration which will take place at 11.00am in the Centre. Please add this special date to your calendar.
It has been a very positive, successful and happy start to the new College year. Just a reminder that if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, the first point of contact for Primary students is the Class Teacher and for Secondary students it is the Pastoral Care Teacher. Please also familiarise yourself with the Parent Lounge, download the SchoolStream App and follow the College Facebook page in order to stay up to date with what is happening at the College. If you have any questions about how to access any of these channels of communication, please do not hesitate to contact the College office for advice.
I also ask all families to be very child safety aware when driving in and around the College, particularly during morning drop off and the afternoon pick up. Please be mindful of your speed, ensure you park safely and please remain patient. No amount of inconvenience is worse that the anguish caused by a child being hit by a car. Caution, patience and common sense are essential at all times to ensure everyone gets home safely. Thank you for your support with this matter.
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
‘Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing’ Hunter S. Thompson; perfectly describes the last week we just had at Emmanuel Anglican College.
Monday began with the Primary School Chapel in The Lindsay Walker Centre to badge the new Primary Student Leaders. One of the great things about EAC is the opportunity for students to attain and develop in leadership positions at an early age. This is so important if the best qualities of service leadership are to be nurtured in our students to enable them to make a positive contribution to the world which they will inherit. Tuesday and Wednesday saw a series of Leadership Workshops held at Southern Cross University and at EAC for Secondary students in the areas of Peer Support and College Leadership. Those who attended came away with new skills, new perspectives and new ideas for making a positive contribution as leaders.
While there were only two days left in the week there was still time to jump on the buses and head off to the Alstonville Pool for the Secondary and Primary Swimming Carnivals. Thursday saw the Leaders of House in their Wiggles costumes, along with the Director of Secondary School Mrs Middleton as the purple Wiggle enjoying a wonderful day with their students.
Primary Swimming on Friday was the perfect way to end the week with mass participation and a day full of competition and laughter. Even our newest students were lining up to be part of the action. Congratulations must go to our new Leader of Sport and Coaching, Andrew Davy and his sports team for two great days of competition and fun in the sun. No day is Groundhog Day at EAC and if every week is like the last, the year is sure to fly by.
Student health is of paramount concern in all we do at EAC. In line with NSW Health guidelines all secondary students are required to wear masks in all indoor settings and on buses. Can I ask that you ensure that your son/daughter has an adequate supply of masks when they leave for school each morning.
Mr Francis McGuigan
TERM 1 WEEK 5
Wednesday 23 February
- Year 12 University show case
Thursday 24 February
- NCIS Primary Swimming Alstonville
TERM 1 WEEK 6
Tuesday 1 March
- Shrove Tuesday
- Year 9 Camp
- NCIS Primary Soccer
- Whole School College Assembly
Wednesday 2 March
- Ash Wednesday Services
- Year 9 Camp
Thursday 3 March
- Year 9 Camp
Friday 4 March
- Year 1 Picnic
- Year 9 Camp
- Year 12 Music Task 1
Wellbeing at EAC
The Secondary College has a structured wellbeing program which includes weekly Wellbeing lessons, House based activities and Wellbeing workshops. Over the past week, students in Yr 7, 11 and 12 participated in a range of activities listed below. Year 9 will be attending camp later this term and will be challenged to develop friendships and be resilient.
GRIP Leadership Conference
On Tuesday 7 February the Senior Leadership Team attended the GRIP Leadership Conference at Southern Cross University in Lismore. The day allowed the team to meet with other school's leadership teams and learn about the important qualities to be a successful school leaders. Students were able to attend workshops to develop their skills in fundraising, public speaking, working together to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.
The day ended with a Q & A session where students were able to ask the presenters about their leadership experience. The day was beneficial to all students in attendance who found the time with the College leadership team and the opportunity to meet other school leaders beneficial. The Leaders will now continue to meet regularly to determine the leadership strategies for 2022.
Burn Bright Workshops to support student Wellbeing
On Wednesday 8 February, the Yr 11 and 7 students attended workshops run by Burn Bright.
The Year 7 workshop ‘Recipe for Success’ worked with students on developing friendships and connections. The program spoke about the transition to high school and how it can be challenging and unsettling for young people. The program provided opportunities for the students to build a sense of connection with their peers and a toolkit to help students build important skills that will assist them at school. The final activity in the workshop began as a whole year challenge but they were able to be successful when they worked together.
The Year 11 workshop provided support for the Year 11 students as they begin to prepare for the Peer Support program this year. Our Peer Support Program provides Year 11 students with the opportunity to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of students younger than them, whilst actively serving the school community. Last Wednesday our senior students spent time with facilitators ‘Burn Bright’ focusing on servant leadership, how to facilitate effectively, work in a team and care for new students. This experience highlighted their ability to actively participate in creating and promoting a positive school environment. Their role as Peer Support Leaders will be instrumental in helping our new Year 7 students transition into the rigours of high school.
Mrs Amanda Middleton
Director of Seconday
The spirit and resilience that the Primary students showed at Friday’s Swimming Carnival was exceptional. Many races had every lane full with kids eager to give it their best shot. There was strong House Spirit on display throughout the day from the highly energetic flash mob dance off to start the Carnival, to the excited cheers as the relay teams hit the wall. Walker took out the House Dance Off on the day and the overall winning House, Age Champions and individuals’ ribbons will be announced at a special Sports Awards Assembly next week.
As a staff we are brainstorming ways to ensure the parent pickup time is as smooth as possible for both the children and yourself. We are seating the children in highly visible areas where they are able to spot you and vice versa. We have a microphone to ensure the kids are called to leave when we spot their parents. We do ask that you let the staff member on the gate know your family name when you arrive so they can call upon the children. For their safety, when younger children are collected before their siblings it is best that they remain with you rather than run around this busy area. We also ask that dogs are not present at this time. Some students are afraid of dogs and this adds further stress at an already heightened time.
To provide further leadership opportunities for our students, Lunchtime clubs this year will be organised and lead by the students. In recently re-reading Steve Biddulph’s 10 Things Girls Need Most, one of his top 10 is to find their spark. This is vital for all students to discover a passion, a hobby, an interest, a spark. Having student lead activities not only allows opportunities for students to lead in their area of interest, it also provides inspiration for other students to learn about new hobbies, skills and passions. From Drama Club, to Cricket, please speak to your child about joining in a lunchtime club.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
Friends are organising a "colour run" this year as part of the Foundation Day celebrations on 31 March.
This is a Sponsorship based fundraiser and we are hoping to raise $30,000 which will go towards the newly built Lindsay Walker Centre. You will need to set up a Student Profile Page at School Fun Run. Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward, and the more money you raise the better the reward, and the more you help the school!
We are looking for all students to participate.
If you have any questions about the colour run please contact the School Fun-Run Office on 1800 FUN RUN.
Canteen Menu 2022
Online Canteen Ordering
We are excited to be able to offer online Canteen ordering via the 'School Stream' app. Please refer to the recent letter to all families with instructions on how to download the app to your phone, tablet or computer.
Once the app is installed you will be able to view and select from the canteen menu by clicking on Canteen. This will bring up the canteen order form where you will be able to enter the child's details and select desired items from the dropdown lists under the relevant headings and pay. You will be prompted to tick which break you require your selection for.
All online orders must be completed and submitted prior to 8.45am on the day they are required, to enable Canteen staff enough time to prepare and distribute orders.
Manual Canteen Ordering
If you are unable to use the 'School Stream' App please place the money in a paper bag of sufficient size to fit all of the items. If you are ordering a drink with your child’s 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.
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child’s order.
All orders must be received at the canteen before 9.15am.
Christine Hall - Canteen Supervisor