“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7
From The Principal
At our Whole College Chapel Service this week, we were reminded of the need for perseverance and that overcoming challenge comes with much reward. Rev Sally drew on a number of passages from St Paul’s letters, in which he uses the analogy of running a race and striving for the finish. Mr Daniel Kelly shared about his experience of preparing for, and competing in, the Grafton to Inverell cycle race. It is a 228km endurance event that involves a 3500m hill climb up into the ranges. Mr Kelly spoke about the need to prepare well, to have little goals along the way, the need for resiliance and courage as well as the great joy of reaching the finish and achieving the goal. Rev Sally spoke about applying this to all facets of life in our quest to be the best person we can be –student, friend, family member, citizen, and as a person of faith. It was a really meaningful service with a powerful message. Thank you to Rev Sally and all involved in helping us pray and reflect in such a valuable way.
As we prepare for the term break, I wish to congratulate all our staff and students for the wonderful efforts they have made in terms of learning and participation throughout the first semester. During the latter part of the break all students from Kindergarten through to Year 11 will receive Academic Reports highlighting their learning and achievement over the first half of the year. I have been delighted while reading and signing reports to read about the effort, energy and enthusiasm that our students bring to their lessons and work each day. I congratulate all our students and hope they enjoy the positive feedback they will receive in their reports and give considerations to the suggestions and advice that the teachers have offered to help them continue to grow and improve in the coming semester. I also wish to sincerely thank all our teaching staff for their commitment, expertise and the engaging and interesting ways they bring learning to life.
The following are some key dates for the early part of next term.
July 17: First day of term for all students in Kindergarten to Year 12
July 25: Whole College chapel Service
July 25-26: Primary Parent and Teacher Interview Evenings
July 26-27: Secondary Parent and Teacher Interview Evenings
July 26: Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Information Evening 7.00pm
July 31: HSC Trial Examinations begin (through to 14 August)
August 24: College Art Show
August 25: Grandparents Day
The College office remains open during the non term time, as will the Early Learning Centre. The Vacation Care program will also take place. The Term break is also a good opportunity to ensure that all students have the necessary uniform requirements and are ready to start Term Three with the correct uniform and equipment. A reminder that The School Locker is open throughout the holiday break if you were in need of any students uniform or stationary items.
I wish everyone a safe, relaxing and enjoyable break and look forward to a dynamic second semester.
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
Parent and Teacher Interviews
Our Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 2 next term. Primary interviews will take place on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 July, and Secondary interviews will take place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 July. On Wednesday evening there will also be an information session for Yr 10 students and their parents, to provide information about transitioning into Stage 6. Bookings for appointments will open in the Parent Lounge on Monday 3 July, and close on 21 July. An instruction guide for booking appointments will go home with reports.
Reports for students from Kinder to Yr 11 will be posted home during the holidays. It is important that you take time to read your child’s reports to see how they are progressing. Parent and Teacher interviews in Week 2 of next term are the perfect opportunity to speak to your child’s teacher/s about any concerns or queries you may have. Having read each and every student’s report, I have been very impressed with the progress that our students are making, and with the manner in which they embrace the learning opportunities we provide at EAC.
I’d like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday. I hope you get time to enjoy each other’s company and unwind after a busy term.
New Sports Courts a Hit with Students and Staff
Our new Multipurpose Sports Courts are a a hit with our students and staff. The two new courts are being very well used to run a variety of sports and activities including PDHPE classes, Morning Fitness, School Sports and Sports Training. The courts are also proving very popular with the students to play before school at recess and lunch. The courts are marked out for Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Netball, with generous run off areas meaning a larger number of students can use the courts at one time.
For the school staff having this wonderful new facility means that there are so many more opportunities to teach the students a wide variety of sports and activities. I would like to sincerely thank Mr Tobias and the College Council for providing this great new facility for our College.
EAC Tennis Championships / NICS Team Trials 2017.
We will commence Tennis Trials to select our team for the NCIS Tennis Championships early in Term 3. These trials will also serve as the EAC Tennis Championships. There will be the following divisions
Primary Tennis Championships. Year 5 & 6
Boys Round Robbin Thursday 27 July Period 3 to 6 at College
Girls Round Robbin Thursday 3 August Period 3 to 6 at College
Finals Top 4: Boys and Girls Thursday 10 August Period 3 to 6 at College
Secondary Tennis Championships Year 7 to 12, 2 Divisions Under 15 and Open
Friday 18 August during sport time at Ballina Courts
The top four students in each division will be selected in the College team to represent EAC at the NCIS Tennis Championships in Grafton on September 6th.
Tennis Team Training: Once the team is selected they will train as a team on Friday afternoons at Ballina Tennis Courts during Friday afternoon school sport time.
Due to time constrains the Trials / Championships are open to competent players only. Permission to participate will be via the parent portal at the start of Term 3.
Kindergarten and Year 1 Athletics Mini Carnival
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Spheros - Year 4 and Year 9
Leader of Welfare - 3-6/Year 4 Teacher
Gregorian Chant Composition Task
This term, year 6 have been learning about famous composer and the origins of written musical notation.
Pope Gregory was interested in developing a way of preserving music by writing it down.
Students were all shown how to compose their own Gregorian Chants using correct notation and written characteristics of the genre. Neat copies were then tea and coffee stained to look aged.
Some of the oldest written music is over a thousand years old but similarities can be seen with the method we use to notate music today.
The compositions are on display in the breezeway between the staff cafe and staff room.
Christ-Likeness, Integrity, Compassion, Commitment and Excellence
Students receive tokens for demonstrating our College values on the playground. Tokens are placed in our Values Barrel and three names are drawn out, acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviour on the playground.
This fortnights three deserving winners are: Wil, Cody & Hanna.
Merilyn Mule' and Paul Christensen
Welfare Leader K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6
Lost Property Update
We have a large number of VALUABLE items in the front office that have been handed in. These items include:
- Fitbits / Garmins
If you think your child may have lost something of value, please contact Margaret or Kathy on 6681 5054.
Please note - any unclaimed items will be donated to Anglicare at the end of term.
EAC Canteen 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: 25 July, 8 & 22 August
Noodle Box Dates: 1, 15 & 29 August & 12 September
Subway Date: 19 September
If you are able to help in the canteen next term please go to the newsletter and look at the dates where help is required. Please check the dates and time and REMEMBER to also tick the box that you are NOT a robot at the bottom of the form.
If you do not hear from me within 48 hours please contact me directly through the school by phone, email or mobile.
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