"I chose you and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last."
From The Principal
Welcome back for 2020!
It has been great welcoming our students back in recent days as we have commenced the 2020 College year. In particular, I wish to welcome all those students and their families who have joined the EAC community this year. I look forward to getting to know you and I am sure that in a very short period of time you will all feel part of our wonderful community.
At the Whole College Assembly last Thursday, I encouraged the students to think about some goals to make 2020 a happy and rewarding year for all. I invited them to:
- Get down to the business of learning immediately and to set high goals for learning.
- Consider how they would grow their friendship groups, build on the strong friendships they already have and how they might go out of their way to welcome the new students, staff and families who have joined our College community.
- Think about ways they could get involved in the extra-curricular life of the College.
Thank you to all those parents and friends that were able to join together with the staff and students at our Whole College Chapel Service yesterday, as we prayed for God's blessing on the year ahead. We also inducted the 2020 Primary Student Captains and Primary House Captains into office as part of the Service. The student leaders were called upon to support the College community as we strive to become an Anglican educational community inspiring learning, living and leading. In response, the student leaders made the following pledge:
As the elected leaders of the student body we acknowledge and accept the privilege and responsibility that comes with the office we undertake. We pledge to undertake this office with generosity, commitment and integrity; to use our God given gifts to serve the staff, students and friends of the Emmanuel Anglican College Community and to call on the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit to ensure that all we do is done in God's name.
We look forward with much anticipation to working with these fine young men and women for the good of the College Community in the coming year.
The Primary Student Leadership Team 2020
Primary Captain - Eva Rylands
Primary Captain - George Lee
Captain - Katie Smith
Captain - Lennox Broadley
Captain - Maddie Nay
Captain - Jack Coggan
Captain - Maggie Herbert
Captain - Alex Grant
Captain - Emma Norton
Captain - Hayden Kelvin
The start of the school year is always filled with much excitement and frenetic activity and this was certainly true for our 2020 Kindergarten class. I have spoken with a number of students and families from Kindy and they all appeared to be loving 'big school' and getting into the routine of learning. They looked great in their uniforms and were very proud of the new hats, shoes, lunchboxes and classrooms. Special thanks to Ms Baker and Mrs Smith for helping make the transition to Kindergarten as smooth as possible for all.
A reminder that this evening we will hold the Parent Welcome and Information Evening commencing at 6.00pm. There will be an information session for each year group and an opportunity for parents to meet staff and ask questions about routines, programs and expectations. Following the information session, there is a wonderful opportunity for parents and staff to connect in a less formal setting over nibbles and refreshments in the Ezzy Centre. The evening concludes around 8.00pm. If you are a new parent to the College please ensure that you come along, as it will be a great opportunity for you to connect with parents within and beyond your children's year group(s).
We have a number of new staff who have joined the highly talented and motivated EAC staff. We welcome:
Claudia Beattie - Primary Teacher, Year 2
Julie Beavis - Secondary Teacher, Technology & Maths
Eva Brown - Secondary Teacher, Drama & English
Louise Charter - Learning Support Assistant
Sarah Coghill - Sport Coach and Duke of Edinburgh Assistant
Wayne Cross - Director of the Primary School; Primary Teacher, Release
Shandell Crozier - Primary Teacher, Music; Secondary Teacher, Food
Jarryd Hawkes - Secondary Teacher, Maths, Physics & Technology
Luanne McIllhatton - Leader of Curriculum (HSIE/PDHPE); Secondary Teacher, Commerce, Business & Economics
Amanda Middleton - Director of the Secondary School; Secondary Teacher, RAP, HSIE & Geography
Naomi Sherlock - Leader of Curriculum (Stage 3); Primary Teacher, Year 5
Malia Storey - Primary Teacher, Year 5
Stevie Turpeinen - Secondary Teacher, Maths & STEM
Tylah Virtue - Secondary Teacher, English & Visual Arts
Tim Vincent - Classroom Technology Assistant
Each of these people bring with them many gifts and talents and I am sure they will prove to be great assets to the College.
I am very much looking forward to meeting new families, catching up with current families and watching all our students grow and learn in 2020.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Welcome back to all of our families for what promises to be an exciting year in 2020. A particular welcome to all of our new families as you join the EAC community. The students have made a really great start considering the extreme heat and humidity. A settled, calm start with a focus upon developing workable and realistic goals and study routines can set a student up for a great year ahead. Most importantly, a positive mindset focused upon individual growth rather than comparing oneself to others can also manifest itself in improved results, motivated participation, increased academic effort and a more satisfying and enjoyable educational experience for the individual concerned. I want to reinforce that we all have great hopes for each of our students whether they be starting their Kindergarten journey or wrestling with the intricacies of the Year 12 assessment regime.
This week our Primary Leaders for 2020 will be inducted and I wish each of them every success as they attempt to be first among equals whilst developing their leadership skills. I know that Mr Cross is particularly looking forward to working with this group of leaders as they grow and mature. Similarly our Year 12 leaders have made a positive start to the year by being involved in assisting the Year 7 students on their first day last week. Again we have high hopes that Secondary Leaders will embrace their opportunities to serve the EAC community in 2020.
Swimming Carnivals provide our students with the opportunity to become actively involved in the life of the College early in the year. Last Friday we could hear many passionate war cries ringing out around the College as the 4 houses conducted war cry practice. We hope that both carnivals will be days of spirited and good natured, healthy competition. We look forward to 2 great days of racing and cheering.
Just a reminder to parents to be extra vigilant with regards to driving safely and with great care around the College. Please be patient and adhere to all signage and this will assist us to maximise student safety. Likewise, could I please ask parents to remind students of the expectations for safe and responsible behaviour when travelling on public transport.
Finally, I hope to catch up with many of you at Wednesday night's Parent Welcome Evening where parents will be able to gain insight about their child's year level, meet staff and spend some social time once the formalities have concluded. I hope to see you there on the night.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 1 Week 2
Tuesday 4 February
Kindergarten Parents’ Morning Tea - 9.00am-Ezzy Centre
Whole College Chapel-9.00am - St Mary’s Anglican Church-Induction of Primary Captains and House Captains
Primary Football Trials - 7.15-8.30am-Oval
Wednesday 5 February
Elevate Study Skills Workshops - Years 10 and 12
Parent Welcome Evening - 6.00pm-Undercover Area
Thursday 6 February
Elevate Study Skills Workshops - Years 7-9, 11
Primary Interhouse Swimming Carnival - rescheduled to Tuesday 18 February at Alstonville Pool
Elevate Study Skills Parent Night - 6.00pm-Ezzy Centre
Friday 7 February
Secondary Interhouse Swimming Carnival - Ballina Pool-9.00am
Term 1 Week 3
Monday 10 February
Executive Strategic Planning Workshop
Tuesday 11 February
Primary Football Trials - 7.15-8.30am-Oval
Primary Assembly - 6A-9.00am-Discovery Centre
Wednesday 12 February
Swimming Squad Training - 6.45-8.15am-Alstonville Pool
Secondary Chapel - 8.50am-Year 7-Ezzy Centre
Thursday 13 February
Secondary Chapel - 8.50am-Year 8-Ezzy Centre
POSTPONED - Primary Swimming Carnival
Due to the weather, tomorrow's Primary Swimming Carnival will be postponed.
The new date is Tuesday 18 February and it will now be held at the Alstonville Pool.
2020 Australia Day Awards
Congratulations to Hayley Oakes who was awarded Sportsperson of the Year at the 2020 Ballina Shire Awards on Australia Day!
Hayley is an outstanding young woman who is a multiple Australian Mountain Bike Champion. She competes across Australia and is a stand out rider in Olympic events. Hayley has been riding mountain bikes since 2015, and racing since 2016 and she has achieved outstanding results in this short time. Hayley is the current Under 17 Australian Champion across three disciplines: XCC (cross country criterium), XCO (cross country Olympic), and XCM (cross country marathon). One of Hayley’s goals is to inspire people of all ages to get out and ride their bikes.
EAC is very proud of her achievements!
Image courtesy Ballina Shire Council (Tony Partridge)
Dirtmasters Skills Session
Last Sunday the monthly Dirtmasters Skills Session was run by Level 1 MTBA coach Doug Milne.
The 6-11 category had 8 participants including EAC student Kobe Miller.
The 11-19 age group had 7 participants including 5 highly skilled EAC students - Jack Lawson, Lucas Blake, Jack Carrigg and Shay and Tye Keane.
A very high level of skill and control was demonstrated by all participants and they will surely demonstrate these on the next NRDW Youth Crew ride in February. They all had a great time and showed excellent progress over the 1 hour session.
National Champion and EAC student Hayley Oakes was present for both sessions and assisted Doug with the delivery and demonstration of skills.
Early Learning Centre News
Role play, also known as imaginative play or pretend play, is not only fun, it supports children to solve problems, coordinate, cooperate and think flexibly. Pretend play is important for early childhood development. Children not only learn about themselves and their world, role play provides a safe way for children to express new ideas and feelings. Pretend play offers children opportunities to work out confusing, scary, or new life issues. Through role play children learn important complex social and higher order thinking skills. Pretend play is much more than simple play activities; it requires advanced thinking strategies, communication, and social skills. Through pretend play, children learn to do things like negotiate, consider others' perspectives, transfer knowledge from one situation to another, delay gratification, balance their own ideas with others, develop a plan and act on it, explore symbolism, express and listen to thoughts and ideas, assign tasks and roles, and synthesise different information and ideas.
At the Early Learning Centre we value play, evident by the extended periods of time children have to play and the planning of resources and how we set up the learning environments. At times, the adult role is to model, guide and support pretend play in order to scaffold the learning with young children.
Mrs Natasha Livock
Director, Early Learning Centre
Lola prepares cupcakes for a birthday party
Harrison embodies 'Dragon' - a friendly one!
Jackson role plays being the butcher's shop owner - selling steaks and sausages
Welcome to 2020!
EAC Canteen menu and forms can be accessed via the EAC website: Publications/Forms and Documents/then scroll down to Canteen Forms. This holds all the important information about the Canteen including Menu, Winter Menu, Sushi, Noodle Box and Subway order forms.
EAC Canteen opens at 8.30am and operates 4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, with special lunches on Tuesdays.
NEW Canteen Menu 2020 is available here:
2020 begins with a brand new menu. The menu complies with the NSW Healthy School canteen strategy. Please make time to look at the new menu as some items have been removed and some have been replaced with healthier options. Please note the change of prices in many items, if correct money has not been provided the item will be substituted for an item of the monetary value provided. Old stock will be run down and replaced with the newer options as required.
EMERGENCY LUNCH: at times, for various reasons, students may require an emergency lunch or recess. This will be provided with a canteen note sent home requesting payment, please send in the money on the next canteen day.
Sushi Dates: 4 & 18 February, 3 & 17 March
Noodle Box Dates: 11 & 25 February, 10 & 24 March
Subway Date: 7 April
Noodle Box – Tuesday 11 February
Noodle Box will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 11 February. If you would like to order Noodle Box 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, 10 February.
Order forms are available at the canteen or online.
The EAC Canteen runs with 1 paid member and a team of volunteers. For this to continue, we need the support of parents, grandparents etc to help out. Rosters for Term 1 have been sent out, please check your child's bag.
If you are able to help in the canteen, please fill out the attachment and email Christine Hall, email@example.com or drop it into the office.
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
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 will be placed in the bag for return with the child’s lunch order.
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