"So always treat others as you would like them to treat you."
From The Principal
There are many ways in which parents, family and friends can give of themselves and contribute to the life of the College. We are always grateful for the generous support of those that volunteer time as reading mentors, covering books in the Library, helping at sports carnivals or working in the canteen. For others the way they support is through their attendance and participation in College events or by joining in the festivities and fun of the initiatives of the Friends of EAC.
I would like to draw your attention to the opportunity to make a financial donation to one of the College’s three Tax Deductible Gift Funds. Donations can be made to the Scholarship Fund, the Building Fund or the Library Fund. A donation could contribute to providing worthy students with an opportunity to have an EAC education that they may not have otherwise been able to afford. Alternatively, it may contribute to the purchase of additional resources for our students to use and enjoy when they visit the Joan Pickup Library. Finally, a financial gift could contribute to the development of state of the art facilities to enhance our students' learning experience.
A brochure outlining further information about making a ‘Tax Deductible Donation’ will be emailed to all families this week. I encourage all our families to consider this wonderful opportunity to enhance the resources available to all our students.
In the spirit of both fundraising and friend raising, I invite parents and friends of the College to join us for ‘A Grand Affair’ on Saturday 19 June at Fenwick House, Ballina. The cocktail evening will be a night of glamour, fun, friendship and fundraising. We hope to raise $75,000 to contribute towards audio, visual and media equipment for the Multi Purpose Centre. Please see the more detailed advertisement in this newsletter and on the College website, which includes details on how to purchase tickets.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Cultural events and pursuits provide a very important element of an holistic education. Recently, the College has experienced enormous success in the cultural area of endeavour. Our Year 10 Shakespeare Carnival team were crowned NSW State Champions in the Physical Theatre category. This is an enormous achievement in every sense of the word, given that the team had to compete against selective performing arts high schools from Sydney. Congratulations to all the students involved and to Miss Brown for coaching the team. Also thank you to Mrs Twyford who took the teams to Sydney over the weekend. Well done to Zoe Ball, Eliška Gidding, Charli Ivers and Eliza Grosser on an incredible performance!
Last week Mr Holmes organised a very successful Duets, Trios and Small Ensembles evening in TC6. This intimate evening enabled our musicians to showcase their talents. This evening is the Stage 5 CAPA evening with an art and photography exhibition and music. Thanks to Mrs Campbell for organising this event and to all the staff involved. Cultural events are alive and well at EAC and demonstrate the College's ability to offer something for everyone.
On Tuesday we hosted a very successful Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. This event is a Cancer Council fundraiser and we were blessed to have it expertly catered for by our senior Hospitality students. Thank you to Mrs Melling and Mrs Annetts for overseeing the planning, presentation and overall quality of the event. We will now proceed to donate our profits to the Cancer Council in the hope that our school community can do our bit to make a difference through assisting research in this field.
Vaping continues to be in the news and I strongly encourage all of our parents to educate their children in the dangers, risks and pitfalls of being involved in this activity. It is highly improbable that our children will listen to us when we tell them not to vape as they enjoy doing the opposite to what we tell them to do. Instead, we need to take an educative approach and keep presenting them with the facts based on research. My latest reading on the topic has taught me that nicotine is a hidden product in many of the so called harmless, fruit flavoured vapes. Be vigilant and alert but not alarmed with regards to the dangers of vaping.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 2 Week 9
Monday 14 June
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 15 June
Hospitality Work Placement until Monday 21 June
Tutor Concert - 3.30-4.30pm - TC6
Wednesday 16 June
Brockington Chapel - 8.48am - Ezzy Centre
CIS Secondary Touch Football - Sydney
Year 11 SLR Excursion - 1.30pm-3.00pm - Jetts Gym
Thursday 17 June
Smith Chapel - 8.48am - Ezzy Centre
Tutor Concert - 3.30pm-4.30pm - TC6
Friday 18 June
Athletics Training - 7.30am-8.30am
Primary NAIDOC Guest Speaker - 12.25pm - K-2; 1.55pm - 3-6 - Discovery Centre
Primary Chapel - 11.48am - Discovery Centre-Year 3
Secondary Sport - 1.28pm-3.08pm
Term 2 Week 10
Monday 21 June
Athletics Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Cumbalum
Year 10 Wellbeing Day
Hospitality Work Placement
Year 9 PASS Excursion - 9.15am-10.50am - Goonellabah
Tuesday 22 June
Primary Rugby 7’s Trials - 7.30am-8.30am - Saunders Oval
NRCC Touch Football Gala Day - All day - Saunders Oval
10.2 PASS Excursion - 1.30pm-3.00pm - Jetts Gym
Secondary Rock Band Performance - 6.00pm-7.00pm - UCA
Wednesday 23 June
Walker Chapel - 8.48am - Ezzy Centre
Whole College Assembly - 12.10pm-1.00pm - UCA
Thursday 24 June
Purcival Chapel - 8.48am - Ezzy Centre
Year Level Photos 7-11 plus catch up Individual photos - 9.08am
10.1 PASS Excursion - 11.20am-12.55pm - Jetts Gym
Year 4 Concert Band Performance - 12.15pm-12.45pm - UCA
Year 3 and Secondary Concert Band Performance - 6.00pm-7.30pm - UCA
Friday 25 June
Athletics Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Cumbalum
Secondary Rugby 7’S Trials - 7.30am-8.30am - Saunders Oval
Mountain Bike Training - All day - Duck Creek
Primary Assembly - 11.48am - 2A - Discovery Centre
Primary Peer Support - 12.38pm
Secondary Sport - 1.28pm-3.08pm
Term 2 concludes - 3.08pm
NSW CIS Secondary Football (Soccer)
Congratulations to Jed Saunderson (Year 10) and Chloe Neilson (Year 9) who travelled to Sydney last week to compete in the NSW CIS Secondary Football Championships. The championships were held in Sydney over 2 days. Chloe and Jed were representing NCIS at the tournament. Both Chloe and Jed played strongly during at the championships. While they did not have any wins the the NCIS teams were competitive in each of their games at this high level competition. Well done Jed and Chloe - we are very proud of your efforts.
NCIS Primary Touch Football
EAC had a great day at the NCIS primary touch on Monday this week. We were convening the carnival and had 21 teams competing from across the region at Saunders Oval in Ballina. The teams did really well. Our best results to date in this tournament. All 4 teams made the grand finals in their divisions.
Division 1 boys won only conceding 1 try in 6 games, winning the grand final 8-1
Division 2 girls were a close second to Lindisfarne
Division 2 boy were a close second also to Lindisfarne
Division 2 girls won beating the Living School in their grand final
Thanks to all our team coaches: Mr Evans, Miss Craig, Mr Falvey, and touch coach Allan Kirchen for their work with the teams.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Preparing the student leaders of 2022
The best way to support students to be prepared for life beyond school is student leadership. At Emmanuel Anglican College provides a range of student leadership opportunities including SRC, helping at sporting or school events, in the peer support program or taking on a leadership role in Year 12.
Currently the Year 11 students are learning about the qualities of leaders and reflecting on their own leadership style. This will support them as they consider their own leadership roles at the College in 2022. During these Wellbeing lessons students are learning the following:
1. Characteristics of a Leader
It is not enough for a student to decide that they want to be a leader. The making of a good leader is not something that is inherited. Students have to work on their leadership skills.
Some fundamental skills that need to be developed include:
- Communication skills
- Decision-making skills
- Organizing skills
- Action planning
- Strategic thinking
2. Team Building
One of the main goals of student leadership is team building. Of course, there are classes, groups, and friends that all boost a student’s ability to work as part of a team. However, student leadership gives people much more than that. Being a part of a team is very important. You have a role to fulfil. Most of the time, you’ve been told what to do, and you know your responsibility is to do it right. It is great to be creative and full of initiative. Moreover, it is important to make the strengths work for the whole team.
3. Bringing a Unique Experience
It is a fact that leaders among students later become leaders at a workplace more often than those who have no prior leadership experience. This is because it is easier for them to take responsibility for other people, and they already know how to make a team work. Another side of student leadership experience is that it may be harder than leading others after graduation. If teens don’t always see the authorities in adults, why would they listen to someone their age? On one hand, a student leader has more support from staff members. But this doesn’t mean they will automatically have the support of other students.
If student leaders can find a way to be respected by both parties, they will be able to approach corporate life with less fear.
4. Inspiring and building connections
One of the misconceptions about relationships is that they should be natural. Yes, friendship and romance should be spontaneous and unforced. But other connections that people like to call useful are different. Team building and student leadership at school show students how to build such connections.
5. Role Models for all students
As we have mentioned above, it is hard for student leaders to get respected by their peers. But if they do, they become much more important role models for other students than adults. Generally, teenagers don’t tend to like adult authority, so a leader of their age often becomes an example to follow. It is also wonderful to see the younger students look up to the College leaders and seek advice.
Early next term Year 11 students have the opportunity to nominate for leadership positions through a written nomination form and then participate in interviews. The skills they learn over the next few weeks will help them with this process.
Mrs Amanda Middleton
Director of Secondary
It all started in the Library
You may have noticed over the past few weeks the amount of new picture books coming home with your child on their Library days. Ms Jordan has injected many new titles that touch on a range of wellbeing issues into the children’s collection. These books focus on friendship, building resilience, accepting differences, dealing with fears and living life to the full. Not all of these issues are obvious on the first read but as you dissect the book with your child, they are great conversation starters to chat about these important concepts.
I’ve always loved libraries and can even pin point the start of a lifelong passion (some would say obsession) for the band The Beatles to borrowing the John Lennon Collection on cassette and a book about his life from my local library as a kid. Whilst we don’t stock cassettes in the EAC collection anymore, there is a new book series called Little People, Big Dreams that touch on the life of many influential figures from Anne Frank to Mother Terresa to Elton John! They are written in a way that speaks to younger children, whilst still sharing the life and true essence of the subject. Who knows what passions the kids will ignite with their next library visit (that’s if they remember their library bags!).
Speaking of igniting passions, the SRC are busy this week running the Great Emmanuel Talent Show. Each First Break is packed with performers singing songs, playing the piano, solving the Rubik’s Cube or telling jokes. I applaud the confidence that the kids have shown as many of them perform for an audience for the very first time. It is also pleasing to see the encouragement they receive from their mates, cheering and willing them on during these performances.
Finally, a pair of highly prized and sorely missed football boots last seen out the front of the Discovery Centre have gone missing. If these have mistakenly ended up in your possession, could you please return them to my office to return to their rightful owner.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
Year 3 and 4 visit Tropical Fruit World
On Friday the 28 of May, Year 3 and 4 went on an excursion to Tropical Fruit World. Year 3 and 4 got to experience and learn about lots of different kinds of fruits, plants and nuts.
Everyone had to catch the bus together in order to get to Tropical Fruit World. The bus ride was about 50 minutes long, the bus was quite crowded and very noisy!
Before the tour commenced we had a fruit break and got to look and touch the massive avocado at the front of Tropical Fruit World.
To start the tour, Year 4 went on a tractor ride through different types of fruit trees and plants from all around the world. Some of these peculiar fruits included custard apples, miracle fruits, chocolate pudding fruits, star apple and yellow dragon fruits. For a fun experience, they got to crack open delicious macadamia nuts and freshly grown bananas. Our tour guide explained to us the growing process of a few fruits and how long it would take for the plants and fruits to fully develop.
After a quick play and snack at the Tropical Fruit World playground, we headed off for a boat ride in a long dam to look for animals such as ducks, swans and other creatures. There were also a lot of beautiful plants, flowers and lily pads. The boat ride was a nice relaxing trip.
After everyone had gotten off the boat, Year 4 had arrived at an animal feeding area. At the animal feeding area there were sheep, geese, donkeys, miniature goats and kangaroos. One of the female kangaroos had an adorable baby joey in its pouch. We each got two handfuls of mixed animal feed to give to whichever animals we preferred.
To end our wonderful day we got to ride the tour tractor back to our buses, to catch our bus back to school.
Written by Sierra Eade and Sofia Foukkare 4B
A day full of fruit...
On Friday, EAC's Stage 2 went on an excursion to Tropical Fruit World.
When we arrived on the bus the first thing I noticed was a giant avocado and loads of trees. We got off the bus and sat on the grass and benches to have something to eat before going on the tractors to explore.
After we had been on the tractor for a while, learning new things, the tractor stopped and we got off to try some crunchy macadamias and delicious bananas. The bananas tasted really good but the macadamia shells took a lot of time to crack before getting to the actual nut. I had to go back to the nut-cracker three times!
After being on the tractor for another few minutes, we got to the bushtucker table. It was very squishy with us all crowing round the table trying to look at the different berries and leaves. As we looked and listened we noticed some baby birds in a nest and their mother bird flying to and fro with food for the hungry babies.
Once we had finished learning about the bushtucker and looking at the birds, we were allowed to eat and play in the park, on the flying fox, in the sand and with the basketballs, before going on the boat ride.
When we were waiting for the boat to arrive, Alexa claimed to have spotted a snake in the tall tree beside us. Sure enough a small green tree snake was coiled up in the tree, slowly making its way down towards us.
After the initial scare of the snake we moved to a different place and waited for the boat to arrive. Once we got on the boat we travelled to the place where all the animals were kept and we fed them.
Overall it was a very fun day. My favourite part was trying different fruits. I hope I can go again soon.
Written by Emily Evans 4A
On Friday we went to Tropical Fruit World. It was so cool. First we had morning tea. Everybody was excited to go on the tractor ride. It was time to explore Fruit World. The first fruit we discovered was the jack fruit. It is the biggest fruit in the world.
The tractor driver Ben told us interesting facts about the fruits. There was lots of different varieties of fruits. I saw dragon fruits and fruit I didn't even know existed. On the tractor we saw lots of avocadoes. Did you know there are 14,000 different types of avocadoes? After a bit we stopped and ate some macadamia nuts and bananas. I spotted the native bee hive and I thought the bees were magnificent. The nut cracker doobahickies were really fun. You yanked the lever and wallah!
After we kept on moving we went up and down a hill to the animal farm. We went to feed the magnificent animals. Everybody was screaming with excitement because there were kangaroos, sheep, chicken and goats. We all fed the animals food and Luca and I named the sheep - Syrup, Cereal, Sunny Jim, Brownie and Frank.
We then hopped on a boat and saw beautiful water lillies. They were so pretty. Even the duck thought it would be fun and followed us! The boat took us to a playground and when we were done eating we could play. We played mini golf at the park and there was a zip line playground. There was a carpet snake in the avocado tree and a brown snake in a mango tree!
We tasted native fruit and seeds and learnt that the indigenous people use trees to tell which month it is. Tropical Fruit World was fun and a learning area to learn about fruit and how it grows.
Then it was the end of the day and we were back where we started. At Tropical Fruit World I had the best time ever.
Written by 3A
On Friday, Year 3 went to Tropical Fruit World. Firstly, we had some lunch. When we were having lunch I was talking to Remy while also reading Harry Potter. After lunch we went on a fantastic tractor ride and saw lychees, caramel apples, bananas and jackfruit!
Secondly we hopped off the tractor and saw stingless bees, ate ripe and yummy bananas and cracked open macadamia nuts. We even saw a jackfruit wearing sunglasses! Those bananas were the best ones I've ever tasted!
Then we got on the tractor AGAIN and went and fed shy kangaroos, funny sheep and old goats. One of the sheep wouldn't stop putting its head under the fence. I liked the kangaroos most because they shy and cautious; just like me!
Afterwards, we went on a boat and I sat next to Ruby and Mrs Kent. We saw ducks, lily pads with white and pink flowers and tiny turtles! The ducks were very funny and kept following us.
Next we went to the island and had more lunch. While we were there we went on a flying fox, slides and putt-putt.
Finally, we went back to the front of the farm and took a picture of all of Year 3 and Year 4 sitting next to the big avocado. Lastly, we got onto the bus again and I sat next to Remy and we talked about having a sleepover soon.
My favourite part of the day was everything we did there! Hanging out with my friends, seeing cute animals and most of all, being one with nature.
Written by Xanthe Marshall 3B
This week's Peer Support session focused on positive self talk. Children needed to practise talking positively to themselves. The students also learned to persevere, which will encourage them to keep trying in challenging situations.
During the week, encourage your child to use positive self talk.
Mr Christensen, Mrs Sculley and Mr Walsh
Lizard Island: Marine Research Trip
As educators, transformative learning is what we aim for. I can say, without a doubt, that this occurred to the twelve students that were part of EAC’s inaugural tour to the Lizard Island Research Station.
Our epic journey to the Lizard Island Research Station began at 2:30am with a bus trip to Brisbane from EAC. After an initial flight to Cairns, all participating students and teachers were flying across the Great Barrier Reef in two small ‘Daintree Air’ twin-engine planes. The views of the reefs from the air were spectacular especially when one of the pilots took their plane right out to the Outer Barrier Reef.
On arrival at the station, we unpacked, had lunch, and attended our introductory lecture by the Station Directors, Dr Anne Hoggett and Dr Lyle Vail. Here, we began to learn about the Research Station, its history, and its incredible method of maintaining its status as a sustainable, first-class, world-renowned research facility, to which we were about to become alumni.
Our first snorkel was at a place called ‘The Clam Garden’ in Watson's Bay. We were amazed by how healthy the coral was since there was a series of terrible events between 2014 and 2016 including two big cyclones as well as two mass bleaching events where Lizard Island was ground zero. The students were blown away by the diversity of fishes and coral as well as the five turtles that allowed us to get up close and personal; close enough for us to watch them grazing on seagrass. We then visited another site called ‘Granite Bluff’ that was a bit more exposed than the Clam Garden and had loads of crevices and swim-throughs. This exposure also meant bigger fish, sometimes reef sharks and once again, beautiful corals and fishes.
With the daily lectures, students were becoming familiar with the families of fishes and corals that they were seeing. From day three, they began to collect data using camera footage and underwater dive slates for their targeted research project. The teachers were so inspired to see the students race back to the library after each snorkel to identify and learn about the different species they were observing.
At the mid-point of our trip, we did a huge hike from the Research Station all the way to Cook's Look, following in the steps of Captain James Cook when he sought clear passage out of the Great Barrier Reef as the Endeavour kept getting beached on the reefs. Later in the afternoon, we wandered up to an isolated section of the beach that we had noticed had a lot of rubbish that had washed up. We collected a huge amount of single-use plastic and were astonished to find empty milk bottles that had floated all the way from Indonesia, Taiwan, and a lot of other nearby countries. It was really sad to see but really important for the students to directly observe the environmental impacts of humans.
Most days followed the same format of lectures, snorkel trips at different locations all over the Island as well as research. Students helped to cook all of the meals and keep the houses, boats and dive shed in order as well as making sure we recycled every piece of garbage to reduce our footprint on the Island. Our evenings consisted of Trivia Nights, card games, movies nights (Finding Nemo of course) and Beach BBQ nights where we got to meet some of the researchers and learn about what they were doing.
On our last day students presented their research projects on a wide variety of topics including defence mechanisms that prey use to avoid being predated on; the effect of temperature on aggressive displays by damselfish; what triggers Triggerfish; human impacts on coral reefs; and the social dynamics of the blue Chromis, a species of damselfish. The scientific rigour was quite impressive.
We were also treated to a presentation by Dr Alex Vail who grew up on Lizard Island and is now a freelance videographer. He does a lot of work for the BBC, including the Blue Planet Series (he was actually scheduled to fly off to Norway the next day to film polar bears and blue whales). His partner Grace, a coral biologist, also presented research on how scientists use coral core sampling to determine the age of corals as well as the conditions they were exposed to during their growth.
While we were sad to leave, we took away so much with us. We gained knowledge, experience, we met researchers, we discovered things, we cleaned up the beach and most importantly, we created memories. Every student and staff member that attended has an increased desire to learn about, as well as protect, the natural environment.
Dr Justine Jacob
Science and Mathematics Teacher
Sharing a love for Debating
A Senior trip to Year 6
Last week the Senior Debating team (made up of Year 9 and 10 students) spent time in Mrs Sculley's Year 6 class. They guided the students in research tips, finding and communicating a strong argument and working as a team to win a debate!
The Senior team enjoyed sharing their knowledge and look forward to adjudicating their debates in the final week of this term.
Mrs Rebecca Campbell
Leader of Curriculum English/CAPA
Solos, Duets and Small Ensembles
Last week, the Concert Band presented a concert called "Solos, Duets and Small Ensembles". The evening featured selected students from Years 3 to 12 who presented a variety of repertoire as soloists, duos and small ensembles.
It was fantastic to see our students perform in a different setting than our usual larger band ensemble. Congratulations to all of the band students who performed on the night.
The Winter Concert
Please do not miss "The Winter Concert" on Thursday 24 June at 6pm. The concert will feature the Secondary Concert Band and special performances from the Year 3 Development Band and the Secondary Choir.
Mr Adam Holmes
Concert Band Leader
Friends of EAC
Prize and Auction Sneak Preview
For those who are unable to attend A Grand Affair and would like to contribute, we would like to give the EAC community the opportunity to take part in the evening through our online auction. Check back to the EAC website for details - to be announced later this week.
On the night we will also have the following games to allow you the opportunity to give...
Grand Wine Grab
Do you have a special occasion coming up? Purchase a ticket in the Grand Wine Grab for the chance to win a bottle of Penfolds Grange valued at over $900. There are 12 bottles of wine to win...only one of them is a Penfolds Grange.
LUKA Jewellery Heist
A limited number of chances to win one of two bespoke statement pieces of handcrafted jewellery from local design team LUKA (value up to $300 each).
Plus some incredible prizes to be won in the Balloon Bust...here's just a sample...
- 2 nights accommodation at Tallaringa Views
- Byutee by Dellis Micro+ Facial Treatment and ASAP Rejuvenate Pack
- 90 minute Relaxation Massage with Living Deeply
- Bottle of Citrus and Sea Gin from Winding Road Distillery
- 10 pass session with Swim Fit Lotti
- Nosh Ballina Dining Voucher
- Quattro Dining Voucher
- Gift Hamper from Priceline
Canteen Menu 2021
The Canteen menu complies with the NSW Healthy School canteen strategy. Further items will be added as the year progresses and the Winter Menu will be available in terms two and three.
Please note that items change in price from time to time.
At times, for various reasons, students may require an emergency meal (basic sandwich), this will be provided with a canteen note sent home requesting payment, please send in the money to the Canteen ASAP.
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