Term 3 | Week 3 | 5 August 2022
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
From The Acting Principal
As a community of students, staff and parents this week marked an important step on our life journeys. But often as this journey unfolds we do not take the time to stop and reflect on what we have learned about ourselves along the away. The 2023 Kindergarten students had their Experience Day this week and for the children and their families it was a significant milestone marked by moments of sadness and great joy. With Matilda auditions in full swing who knows what future stars of stage and screen are beginning their artistic journey with their first nervous steps.
Our Year 12 students have begun their trial HSC exams with the full support of the College community. After an unprecedented two years of challenge and upheaval, Paul Martin the CEO of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) addressed a meeting of regional Principals at the College this week and likened the Year 12 students to being survivors of Cyclone Tracey which devastated Darwin in 1974. His visit to the Northern Rivers gave him a better understanding of the challenges faced by our community in the wake of the pandemic and recent natural disasters.
Walking alongside the College community is the Friends of EAC group who do so much great work to support the needs of the students through fundraising events such as the recent Colour Run. Their next meeting is via Zoom on Thursday 11 August. New members are always welcome so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
So whether you be a student, staff member or parent in the College community, take time to pause on your journey to reflect on where you have travelled from and give thanks for those who are travelling with you.
Mr Francis McGuigan
OFF THE ACTING DEPUTY'S DESK
Does Success Bring Happiness?
This week the Year 12 students begin their Trial HSC Examinations. Their 13 year schooling journey is nearly over and many of them are considering a range of choices for their futures. Like many people when we enter an exam or participate in a sporting event, we measure success by achieving high marks or winning. But does this really bring happiness?
Studies have shown that happiness does not necessarily follow success and often it is the other way around. Success and happiness are two different things. Happy people seek out and undertake new goals that reinforce their happiness.
At the College, staff constantly work with students to develop skills and strategies to be happy through the EAC Wellbeing Program. These include skills such as:
- Being grateful
- Counting blessings, and
- Using individual strengths.
As we move into next week with parent teacher interviews let’s reflect on our child’s individual strengths and developing happiness which will help bring success.
Acting Deputy Principal
WEEK 4 B
Monday 8 August
- Athletics Training @ 7.30am
- U15s Girls Rugby 7s Training @ 7.30am
- Secondary Art Excursions
- HSC Trials: Mathematics
- Year 9 Marine Studies Excursion
- Matilda Audition Call Backs
Tuesday 9 August
- Primary NCIS Netball Training @ 7.30am
- HSC Trials: Modern History & Physics
- Secondary Regional Netball Finals
- Year 11 Leadership Retreat
- Years K-11 Parent Teacher Interviews @ 3.30pm - 8pm
- After School Volleyball Program @ 3.30pm - 5pm
Wednesday 10 August
- HSC Trials: Biology & English Extension
- Years 5 & 6 Aboriginal Survival Tech
- Years 7-11 Parent Teacher Interviews @ 3.30pm - 6pm
- Matilda Rehearsal @ 3.15pm - 5.15pm
Thursday 11 August
- Primary Rugby 7s Training @ 7.30am
- HSC Trials: PDHPE & Food Technology
- EAC One Day Japan 'Tour'
- After School Basketball Program @ 3.30pm - 5pm
- Friends Meeting @ 6.30pm - 7.15pm (+ via Zoom)
Friday 12 August
- Athletics Training @ 7.30am
- Secondary Boys Rugby 7s Training @ 7.30am
- HSC Trials: Legal Studies, Drama, CAFS & Visual Arts
- Friday 26 August Book Week Parade, Grandparents Day + EAC Library Book Swap
- Wednesday 21 September Years 1-6 Japanese Culture Day
- Friday 23 September EAC to host Inter School Chess Competition
Sports Round Up
EAC Triumph at Rugby 7s Tournament
Athletics Records Tumble at 2022 Carnivals
We were blessed with sunny skies for both the Primary and Athletics carnivals which made for great spectating across both days. We are still finishing off some events at school and so are yet announce a winning House or age champions as the competition is very tight.
We can announce, however, that we have had an incredible seven EAC Athletics records broken this year:
This week saw the fist round of auditions for Matilda and the casting crew were absolutely bowled over by the talent and enthusiasm of all the students who tried out. We have singers galore and more stage presence than any Hollywood red carpet! Call Backs will be announced this coming Monday 8 August with rehearsals commencing Wednesday 10 August.
Oh, and if there are any Secondary boys interested in taking a turn in the spotlight, we are still looking for the right fit for a couple of coveted roles. It will be cool - we promise!
Flood effected families receive bounty of Books
Overdue Returns = House Points!
We are starting to get to the pointy end of the year when it comes to the EAC Interhouse Trophy and if you are after some highly coveted House Points, be sure to return your overdue library books. Each Friday of this term, Ms Jordan will tally which House has the least books overdue and award that House a MASSIVE 10 points!
Parents and carers, if you would like to check the status of your student's library loans, ask them to show you their online EAC Library Account which details all their borrowings and more. Students can even use their online account to reserve books and suggest additions to the Library's collection.
Coming Soon: The 2022 EAC Book Swap!
Term 3 Canteen Menu
Please note that from the start of Term 3, Primary students will only be able to place an order from the Canteen for the First Break. If students put in a Second Break order in error, the Canteen staff will supply it in the First Break. The cut off time for parents to order via the School Stream App will be 8.30am. The Canteen can still be able to be accessed in-person by Years 1-6 at Second Break.
We apologise for the inconvenience, however, this decision is to ensure an efficient Canteen service across the entire school each day.
We Need You!
Looking for a way to connect with the College, meet some new friends and fill in a morning or two? The EAC Canteen is in dire need of volunteers to help out over the coming weeks. The work is simple, the banter is hilarious and your kids will think you are superstar! Grandparents are welcome too so please spread the word.
Email email@example.com to register your interest or simply drop by the Front Office for more information.
SNAP STIX SOLD OUT!
Yep, the supply chain disruptions have struck again! The EAC Canteen is currently all out of perennial favourite 'Snap Stix' (otherwise know as TNTs). Canteen Staff are working hard to source more and we'll let you know as soon as they are back in stock.
How To EAC
How to... Find Out Term Dates
Looking to plan a holiday, sort your leave for work or work out how you are going to cram in all those extracurricular activities? A list of forward term dates are found on the footer of the EAC website, www.eac.edu.au
Early Learning Centre Corner
A Glimpse of What Lies Beyond
Did you know our Early Learning Centre students sometimes venture out and about into the grounds of the fabled Big School? As a group our favourite places to visit are the Joan Pickup Library, the sandpit, the play equipment and even the massive Lindsay Walker Centre. These adventures are always a huge hit with curious little minds keen to see what lies beyond the fence and where all that noise comes from! Students have a chance to practice their listening and learning skills as they quietly and politely trail around the College grounds in careful lines and always leave the facilities as neat and tidy as they found them.
Public Speaking Comp Showcases EAC Talent
This week saw the start of the 2022 EAC Primary Public Speaking Competition and we are sure off to a great start!
All students in Years 3 to 6 are competing with each student delivering a 2-3 minute speech to their class during Weeks 3 and 4.
Three Finalists from this first round will go on to compete against others in the year group in Week 6 with a Finals Round held on Tuesday 6 September for Years 5 and 6 and on Wednesday 7 September for Years 3 and 4.
Public speaking has long been regarded as scary prospect for people of all ages and yet it is such a valuable skill that can be applied in all kinds of industries and settings. Practicing public speaking can help conquer fears, boost confidence and morale and introduce students to a vast range of inspirational topics they might otherwise not engage with.
We wish all students the very best with their preparations and delivery.
Director of Primary
Supporting Student Health
The Secondary School has had another busy week this week. Students have been busy with excursions and activities, including hosting a round of the NCIS debating, a Business Studies excursion, a visit from a speaker from Ballina Shire Council as well as the Australian Maths Competition. Phew!
Most critically, Year 12 Trials commenced this week and it was great to see our year 12 students putting all their hard work to use in these examinations. We wish them all the very best of luck.
At this point in the year, we encourage all students to look after their health, both in terms of COVID and otherwise. This means supporting our students in managing their stress levels throughout high pressure examinations. The College Wellbeing Program is designed to help students develop social and emotional skills which allow them to manage their emotions as well as workload. In essence, we have trained for this!
One area of growing concern out in the community is the rise of vaping amongst young people. The College takes a firm anti-vaping view with no vaping allowed on College grounds or in College uniform under any circumstances. ABC's Four Corners recently featured a documentary about vaping which raised awareness of the public health issues surrounding the increasing use of vapes by teenagers. You can view the Four Corners episode HERE. Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia have produced a document summarising some important information for parents. You can access that document and more useful resources including how to talk about vaping with your child HERE.
We will continue to work with our students to ensure they make good choices about their personal health as well as the health of those around them by avoiding vapes.
Free Short Courses for Year 12 School Leavers!
Yes, you read that right! Northern Rivers Community College has secured funding through the NSW Government to offer free short courses to local Year 12 School Leavers to maximise their job-ready potential. Courses include;
- Barista Training
- Food Safety Supervisor
- Responsible Service of Alcohol
- Responsible Conduct of Gabling
- First Aid training
- Construction White Card
Northern Rivers Community College have campuses in Alstonville and Yamba.
To secure a place contact Northern Rivers Community College by phone 02 6628 5426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of EAC
Zoom in to make some Friends
Friends of EAC are a lovely bunch of welcoming parents and carers who together provide great feedback to the College, identify areas of opportunity and organise fun events that raise money for treasured additional resources for all students to benefit from.
The next Friends meeting is scheduled for 6.30pm - 7.15pm, Thursday 11 August 2022 and guests are very welcome if you would like to learn more and see if it is the right fit for you.
The meeting will be held at the Joan Pickup Library and also via Zoom.
To join via Zoom, click HERE.
POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE: EAC ALUMNI NEWS
2021 EAC Graduate Zev Donovan's art is currently being featured at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, one of New South Wales' premier art institutions.
Zev's works are part of 'ARTEXPRESS', an annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art-making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.
Back in July, our current Visual Arts Students ventured to the Tweed Regional Gallery for an excursion and were lucky enough to see Zev's works in person.
Zev's works have also been displayed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Congratulations to Zev. We are all very proud of you.
Animated Identity, 2012, Zev Donovan
Northern Rivers News
Ballina local Kate Rodwell is spearheading Dignity Freedom Network an Australian organisation serving impoverished communities in India, those formerly known as ‘untouchables’.
Dignity Freedom Network is holding a movie night this Saturday night (6 August) at Ballina Fair Cinemas to raise funds to support their work in four key areas being;
- Economic Empowerment
- Anti-human trafficking
For details and bookings go to www.dfn.org.au/movie-night