Term 3 | Week 1 | 19 July 2017
"And if you have faith, everything you ask for in prayer you will receive" Matthew 21:22
From The Principal
Welcome back to all our students and staff following what I hope was a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
In the second week of the term break families of students from Kindergarten to Year 11 would have received Semester One Reports. For a vast majority of students these were overwhelmingly positive and a confirmation of their hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and talent. I hope that all parents take the time to discuss the contents of the reports with their children, affirming their success and challenging them where necessary. The beginning of a new semester is a great time for students to set themselves some new goals about their learning and involvement in College life. I ask parents to take some time to encourage and help students to set goals for Semester Two. I strongly encourage all families to take advantage of the opportunities for parent and teacher interviews next week.
I have included a list of all of the students in Years 7-11 who received a College Silver Award for their performance throughout Semester One. The Silver Award recipients consist of two groups of students. Firstly for those students who are being recognised for ‘Excellence in Effort and Application throughout Semester One’. These students earned the grade, ‘Excellent’ for ‘Effort’ in a majority of their courses demonstrating great commitment to their learning. There is no greater virtue for a student than to always give of their best and I am delighted that so many students have demonstrated such dedication and focus for the entire semester.
The second group of students are those who received an ‘A’ Grade for their overall achievement in a majority of their courses. These students received a Silver Award for Excellence in Achievement. There are 17 students who have been honoured in both groups and these outstanding students have earned a Principal’s Gold Award ( Gold Award Recipients are highlighted in Gold).
The first of our international tour groups have arrived and are enjoying their sample of Australian life and education. This week we have students from a number of cities and schools across China including 19 from our sister school Long You Kema High School. Thank you once again to all those families who have offered home stay places to our international visitors. Your generosity and hospitality is greatly appreciated. For the families of students who are travelling, it gives them great comfort knowing that our own school families are looking after their children. We will have visitors from both Japan and China in the coming weeks and we look forward to the new friendships that will be forged between our community and our sister schools from abroad.
Congratulations to the Secondary Student Representative Council who raised over $1100.00 at the Secondary Social at the end of last term. The funds will go to the Hope Centre Mission, Poipet in Cambodia and be used to provide resources to students at the mission run school. Last year students in Year 6 at EAC raised funds to support the construction of a covered area under which lessons could take place. The money provided this year will help buy desks, chairs, whiteboards, books and writing equipment. Well done to all involved.
I invite all our families to join with the College at St Mary’s Anglican Church next Tuesday 25 July at 9.00 to celebrate the start of Semester Two. We look forward to a happy, productive and fun filled term.
Mr Robert Tobias
off the deputy's desk
Welcome back to Term Three. I hope you all had a lovely break over the holidays if you were able to take time from your work and other commitments. The students I have spoken to over the past few days all report that their holidays were ‘awesome’. Our teaching staff also had time to recover after a busy Term Two and have come back reinvigorated. I’d like to recognise the Yr 12 teachers who came in to work with students over the holidays – thank you for your commitment and care. Our students are certainly very lucky.
At the moment the weather is fantastic, with sunny warm days, but there is a predicted cold snap coming. We encourage our students to keep warm but they must also abide by the College Uniform Policy. You can find a description of the winter uniform in the College Planner. Students may also layer their clothing, wearing spencers and long sleeves under their uniforms, as long as they are covered by a College jumper any gloves, scarves or tights need to be navy in colour.
Yr 12 Trial Exams
In Week 3 our Yr 12’s begin their Trial HSC Examinations. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for their exams.
Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Information Evening
The Year 11 2018 Student and Parent Information Evening will take place on Wednesday 26 July at 7.00pm in the Ezzy Centre. The information session will outline:
- Requirements for attainment of the Higher School Certificate
- Processes, options and timelines for course selection
- The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
- Strategies for success in Stage Six
Students will also receive a Course Selection Information Booklet to assist them with the process of subject selection.
This is a very significant evening in the educational journey of each Year 10 student. It is essential that each student and a parent attend this gathering to ensure they have a genuine understanding of the information presented and the processes involved in selecting a pattern of study that will support their future learning and career goals.
If you have any family, friends or neighbours who have children in Year 10 who may benefit from information about preparation for Year 11 or may be looking at options in terms of schools for next year, please encourage them to come along to the information session at 7.00pm.
Mrs Melissa Evans
English Found Poems - Year 7 Experience Days
In the category of ‘better late than never’… On last term’s Experience Day Year 6 students wrote poems by choosing words and phrases from a feature article called ‘In Deep’ about the largest cave system in the world. Here are some of the results. The entire activity was completed in just 45 minutes.
Leader of Curriculum: English and Creative Arts
Year 10 - Mathematics
Year 10 B have been working on the unit Surface Area and Volume. After learning all the formulas students had a hands on experience with their own Toblerone Bars. There was a discussion on why Toblerone had increased the gap between the triangles in their bars. They were required to calculate the surface area and volume of the bar. The students used all different methods to come up with their solutions. There was a class discussion about what the correct answers should be. During this discussion students identified issues that arose during their investigation and that the density of the chocolate effects the capacity.
Food Technology and Hospitality Year 11 and 12
Year 11 and 12 Food Technology and Hospitality travelled to the Farm, Byron Bay. The students went on a guided tour of the farm with Framer "Travis". Travis informed the students and Mrs Melling about the Farm's agriculture processing, food manufacturing and food retail services. The students got to meet the animals of the Farm and learnt about the ethical and sustainable approaches the Farm utilises in its daily operations. The students also harvested some beautiful fresh ginger, coriander, carrots and rocket. It was a fantastic experience for the students. We hope to go back next year.
Design Technology and Technology Mandatory.
Year 7 have completed their second task for the year, a desk Caddy. Some very interesting and well thought out designs have emerged from this talented group of students making it a very pleasing task to mark. Their next task will commence in the coming weeks, they will create a mixed material trinket box, involving a timber box with an aluminum lid where students will be challenged to continue their innovating design concepts.
Year 8 are close to completing their upholstered footstools where designs are emerging with some original ideas. Students are learning some new skills with different materials, which will continue into Semester 2 where they will create a metal pendant, using a range of techniques to create a personal key tag.
Year 9 and 10 Design Technology are continuing to develop their skills in developing solutions to everyday problems. Currently Year 9 are investigating recycling and sustainability. It is hoped that students will finish creating their Adirondack chairs made from recycled pallets toward the end of the term.
Year 11 are progressing well identifying design factors such as obsolescence. A range of products have been identified as no longer having any use and student in this year are investigating solutions to bring these products back to life.
Year 12 have 6 Weeks to go and are in full swing creating innovative designs for the Major works. A range of Major Design Projects are being created from innovation CAD designs and dining room settings to recycled projects such as a beer - keg - barbeque and old style Jack and Jill Chairs.
Mr Mason Brenton
Design Technology Teacher and Technology Mandatory
UNSW Programming Competition 2017
Bryley Manning-Hayter and Alvin Charles competed as a team in the UNSW ProgCom 2017. This is a very difficult programming competition where students are given a number of increasingly difficult problems to solve, using any programming language of their choice. This is the first time that EAC has had an entry into this competition. Bryley and Alvin are to be congratulated on receiving a Credit, taking their place in the top 50 teams across Australia out of more than 400 teams registered for the competition. They were placed 18th ahead of many selective school and Grammar School teams, in their age group category.
Mrs Jo Spring
Leader of Curriculum (TAS)
Primary Athletics Carnival
We ran our Primary Athletics Carnival on the last Thursday of Term 2 at Cumablum Athletics Fields. The day was a great success with many enthusiastic students completing every event on the program. The students had been practicing hard before the carnival in School Sport time with our Little Athletics Coaches and during PE class time with their teachers. We had also run training sessions before and after school to help the students prepare. It was rewarding to see so many students showing off their skills they had been practicing.
Thank you to the team of staff who helped make the day a successful event. Thank you to our parent helpers who assisted with timekeeping and running he canteen on the day. Finally thank you also to the Year 10 PASS students who worked hard all day on their duties.
There were many great performances on the day, congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the school representative team.
Annaliese Kelvin, April Orford, Ava Delaney, Ava Scotcher, Azander Nilon-Roberts, Bailey Wilson, Bridie Benfield, Brighton Wilson, Candice Collins, Charlotte Shepherd, Chelsea Maund, Conrad Bahadur, Dana Cant, Ellen Miller, Emerson Leyden, Finn Robinson, Finnian Campbell, Hana Mills, Harry Cass, Harry Falvey, Hayden Kelvin, Henry Fleeting, India Adams, Jack Carrigg, Jack Whitaker, Jackcon Bond, Kalani Franklin, Katie Smith, Kelly Cambpell, Lara Atkinson, Lennox Broadley, Lewis Carroll Burgess, Liam Boyce, Lola Saul, Luca Muzzolini, Lucas Blake, Mahli Smith, Maryssa Reuben, Mikala Campbell, Noah Truman, Olivia Van Zweiten, Phoebe Hoolihan, Prya Sing – Pangaly, Reid Thompson, Sarah Varnem, Sebastian Awad, Sophie Blake, Sophie Lawson, Summer Barnden, Sylvie Peart, Teal Wijeyekoon, Thomas Finley, William Cass, Wilson Carroll-Burgess, Zali Falconer, Zali Wallace, Zephyre Westover Jones, Zoe Campbell.
Age Champions and Runners up will be presented at a College Assembly in the near future.
Mr Graham Walker
Sports and Coaching Administrator
At the end of last term, EAC donated 6 laptops and boxes of socks to our friends in Poipet, Cambodia. The older children will be able to wear them to school or they will be able to wear them when they play soccer, or at home. Some of the children who are not enrolled at the school in Poipet were so excited to receive a pair socks as they had never owned nor worn a pair of socks before.
The six computers are being put to good use every day. All of the English classes will be using them. The Hope Centre in Poipet is very grateful for the donation.
Last year, Year 6 EAC students raised funds to build a small school in a village outside of Poipet for their teacher Jennifer. Jennifer travels from village to village to provide some education to the very poor. These children would receive no education if it were not for Jennifer. The last lot of 2016 funds raised through our Coins for Cambodia drive, has recently been used to build a paved floor for the classroom and to build some of the furniture.
Here is a picture of the school we built, with its newly paved floor as well as a picture of Jen outside one of the Hope Centre’s classrooms.
Mrs Jo Spring
Leader of Curriculum (TAS)
Friends of Emmanuel
Baked Goods and Helpers Wanted
SECONDARY SPORTS CARNIVAL
FRIDAY 21ST JULY
For our fundraising for the school we are asking for help with preparing baked goods for sale at the Secondary Sports Carnival which was postponed from last term to this Friday 21st July.
These can be brought on the day to the canteen, however if you can’t make it on the day, drop them to the office in the afternoon prior to the carnival.
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:
**Butter Chicken No Longer Available**
Sushi: 25,July, 8 & 22 August & 5 September
Noodle Box: 1, 15 & 29 August & 12 September
Subway 19 September
Sushi – Tuesday 25 July
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 25 July. If you would like to order Sushi 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, 24 July.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
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.
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