"Out of the South comes the storm, and out of the North the cold."
From The Principal
We were able to find a window of good weather before the rain to hold our Primary and Secondary Athletics carnivals. Some great performances and spirited competition were evident on the days. I thank Mr Walker and all of the staff for their efforts in completing the carnivals. There are still some field events to be concluded and as soon as we have completed all these, we will be able to acknowledge Age Champions and the winning houses at a virtual assembly.
One of the joys of education is that you get the chance to have so much variety in your daily role. Part of this is seeing students achieve great things or their personal best. At the conclusion of the report proof reading process, I analyse academic effort ratings of students in the Secondary. One reason for doing this is that you get the opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate students on their effort. Not all of these students are the highest academic achievers, but there is a clear causal link between academic effort and the dispositions and habits required to be a successful student. To this end, a group of students will be presented with academic effort certificates at our first virtual assembly of the term. The second reason for doing this is to share the data with Stage Coordinators and Curriculum Leaders, so that they can follow up with those students whose effort needs to be improved if they are to make further academic progress in the second semester.
I am currently conducting Kindergarten interviews for students commencing in 2021 and it has been delightful to meet those who will be our youngest students next year, and to also meet their parents and share their hopes and dreams for their children. We have some further Kindergarten orientation activities coming up in the near future, as we aim to transition these children from Early Learning to Kindergarten.
We are now moving back into the swing of second term with some activities beginning to return. Concert Band is back and it will no doubt be wonderful to again hear the sounds of some inspiring music drifting across the campus. Some sporting activities are back in operation and I wish our Open Netball team all the best as it competes in the NCIS Netball Championships at Tweed Heads.
Don't forget photo day coming up this Friday. Students are to wear formal uniform even though it is secondary sport day. We will stagger changing times so that students are changed ready for afternoon sport. Parents should refer to the snippet below, or my letter that was sent out late last term regarding ordering arrangements for photographs.
Mr Darren Parks
EAC COLLEGE PHOTO DAYS
Friday 31 Jul - Years 2-12
Monday 3 Aug - ELC, 1, 2, Group & Catchup Photos
Term 3 Week 3
Monday 3 August
Fast Feet For Sport - 7.45am
College Photo Day - ELC, K, 1, group and catch up photos
Tuesday 4 August
Secondary Assembly - Pre-recorded and sent out to PC groups
Primary Chapel - Pre-recorded and watched during PC lesson
Kindergarten Open Afternoon - 4.00-5.00pm - Virtual presentation
Wednesday 5 August
Secondary Chapel - Pre-recorded and watched during PC lesson
Thursday 6 August
Kindergarten Experience Day - All day
Friday 7 August
Year 10 into Year 11 Subject Expo - Periods 1-4 - LS1
Secondary Sport - Periods 5 and 6
Parent Notice - Elevate Education Free Parent Webinar
Event Title: Elevate Education - Motivation
Date: Tuesday 4th August
Term 3 Week 4
Monday 10 August
Fast Feet for Sport - 7.45am
Year 7 HSIE Excursion - All day
Year 10 into Year 11 Subject Selection Information Evening - A presentation will be sent out via email. Curriculum Leaders will be available for parent questions from 6.00-7.00pm on this evening.
Tuesday 11 August
Primary Assembly - Pre-recorded and viewed during PC lesson
Friends Meeting - Via Zoom
Wednesday 12 August
Secondary Chapel - Pre-recorded and viewed by students during PC lesson
Thursday 13 August
Secondary Chapel - Pre-recorded and viewed by students during PC lesson
Year 7 Experience Day - All day
Friday 14 August
Secondary Sport - Periods 5 and 6
We held our Primary and Secondary Athletics Carnivals last week at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay. The carnivals were conducted with fantastic House spirit and participation. Thank you to the school staff for their work in making the days run smoothly.
The highlight of the carnivals was undoubtedly the house relays, which were all very close contests. We also held some old school fun events to increase participation, which the students and staff really enjoyed. These events included tug of war and limbo for the secondary; and tug of war and captain ball for the primary.
Thank you to our Year 10 PASS students and the Year 6 student leaders who were fantastic helpers at our carnivals.
Congratulations to the following students who set new school records at the carnival:
Henry Drew - 10 years 800m
Annie Milne - 17 years 400m and 800m
Mikala Campbell - 15 years 800m
Stella Atkinson - 18 years 800m
Lachlan Walker - 17 years 800m
Joseph Hunt-Medley - 18 years 800m
Ava Delaney - 13 years Discus
Scott Hawkins - 17 years Discus
Lachlan Mumford - 18 years Discus
Age champions and House point score champions will be presented at upcoming school assemblies, once we have completed the remaining field events.
Due to COVID19, there will be no NCIS Athletics carnival in 2020.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Positive Emotions and Gratitude
The fast pace at which the world is moving today means that often special events we experience are quickly forgotten. We don't have time to maintain the joy and positive emotions we enjoyed at the time. There is so much more to life than increasing speed and relishing the journey is what it should be about.
Teaching students how to prolong and relive the feelings from magic moments and look forward to upcoming events, are effective ways to build their wellbeing. Being able to do this is called savouring. Through thinking of special things that happen in the past, or are happening now, or are going to happen in the future, we have the ability to fill ourselves with a flood of positive emotions, which is a great benefit for individual wellbeing.
There are tried and proven ways to savour including, when the moment is happening, take photos and record your feelings on your phone, then listen to the recording and look at the photos to relive the event. Or, after the experience, write down the positive emotions and feelings you had, then read your story to enjoy the experience again.
When things are not going as well as they could for students and they are despondent, encourage them to relieve their special moments, by asking them to tell you their story about the event, and using active, constructive responses to ask them to tell you more, several times. They will soon bounce back to be more positive.
During this week, discuss with your children their special memories and things that they are looking forward to. This should help them relax and reduce anxious feelings.
Acknowledgement: Bryand & Veroff
Year 12 Geography Fieldwork
On Thursday 23 July the Year 12 Geography class completed their mandatory fieldwork for Coastal Management. The joint excursion with Lindisfarne Anglican School looked at Fingal Heads and Kingscliff and the traditional and contemporary coastal management strategies of the area. Members of Fingal Head Coast Care spoke with the group about how they have worked with the Indigenous community to ensure that native vegetation has been planted in the areas that had been impacted by sandmining. Students put theory into practice by measuring temperature, wind speed, longshore drift and drawing a transect. Observations of the contemporary management strategies showed how Tweed Council have thought about protecting the shopfronts in the area.
After learning about Coastal Management, the class travelled to 'The Farm' to examine an Economic Enterprise study. During this short visit, students examined the activities that are conducted on the property and the links to tourism. Students developed an understanding of how this enterprise valued ecological sustainability and managed the tourism flow.
The two site studies will support the Year 12 class as they prepare for their HSC.
Mrs Amanda Middleton
Director of Secondary
Term 3 got off to a blistering start last week with several events taking place. The Years 3-6 Athletics carnival was held on the first day back, with the students striving for personal bests and cheering each other on throughout the day. The Year 6 students were trained up by Mrs Sculley and Mr Christensen as Peer Mentors to lead their groups in Peer Support, which will be held across all Primary year levels each Friday after recess. Our Kindergarten students celebrated their 100 days at school with a special Chapel service led by Rev Sal and accompanied by their Year 6 buddies, in lieu of their parents who are still unable to attend the school site. Our bands have begun rehearsals again and it has been wonderful to hear the students each morning, as they have been using the Discovery Centre as a rehearsal space to further encourage social distancing.
At a time where we can't have parents on site, we've once again prerecorded our assembly for you to enjoy at home in your own time. This week's bumper edition includes snippets from all of the activities mentioned above, as well as the Year 5 greenhouses, our Bronze Award recipients, NCIS Soccer results, a special shout out from our Japanese buddies and the increasingly popular Around the Grounds section.
Each lunchtime, the Primary staff provide clubs for the students to attend. To ensure maximum participation and to provide a variety of lunchtime options for our students, the clubs will now largely be held in the Discovery Centre. That way, if a student is looking for options or is having a day where they find the playground a challenge, there will always be a place to go.
Please speak with your child about the clubs that are on offer.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
100 Days of Kindergarten
Kindergarten celebrated their 100th day of learning this week.
Everyone was extremely excited to be 100 days smarter!
Rev Sally told us a great story and said some prayers with us too.
We also sang songs and danced in celebration.
We were very lucky to have all of our Year 6 Buddies join us as well.
We are all looking forward to our next 100 days of learning here at EAC.
Thank you Kindergarten for being so wonderful. We have enjoyed the last 100 days with you.
Mrs Smith and Ms Baker
College Photo Days
The College Photo Days will be held on Friday 31 July and Monday 3 August and will involve all students from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 12. Each student will have a class photo taken along with an individual. Sibling photos will also be taken for those families who are interested.
Students must wear their formal uniform on both days. This means that blazers must be worn for students in Years 11 and 12. Uniform and grooming requirements are outlined in the College Planner. If students have sport or PDHPE on this day, they should bring their sports uniform and get changed (this will apply to all Secondary students in Years 7-10 who still have sport in Periods 5 and 6 that day).
Please note that there will be no photo envelopes sent home this year and the College will not be handling photo money for payments.
Parents can pay online by going to the school photographer website and using the code X6072EL42E.
For further information and how to book photo packages, please refer to the email from Mr Darren Parks, sent home to all EAC families late last term.
Book Club provides families with an affordable and convenient way to bring the best in children's literature into their homes. Each issue contains curated, age-appropriate titles that have been carefully selected and levelled by a dedicated team of professional booklovers.
Orders can be placed directly online with payments made by Visa or Mastercard. Paying online also unlocks great benefits and special offers throughout the year. You may also pay by cash or with cheques payable to Scholastic Australia.
Scholastic Book Club Orders must be completed online
or given to me by Friday 8 August 2020.
Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones
Library Resource Centre Manager
Early Learning Centre News
The ELC is taking a closer look at animals this term. We are learning about a range of Australian animals, including their Bundjalung names, diets, habitats, movements, sounds and the help these animals may need from us in order to live a long and healthy life.
This animal exploration will include our pets, those animals who we care for at home. We have planned for a visit from the Wildlife Ranger, we are borrowing animal books from the library and we are gathering ideas for learning experiences that will support this inquiry; including researching 'Friends of the Koalas' website. This lead a group of children to draw their understanding of what koalas look like...
Second Hand Uniform Shop
We are pleased to advise the EAC second hand uniform shop will be open in the Ezzy Centre from next Tuesday 4 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
To ensure social distancing is maintained, parents/carers will need to make an appointment.
Don't forget... the second hand uniform shop is cash only.
Please phone the front office on 6681 5054 or
email email@example.com to book a time
All orders must be received at the canteen before 9.15am.The canteen will operate Monday to Friday.
All orders must be received at the canteen before 9.15am.
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 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 RECESS, you must have a separate recess bag.
RECESS: Name, Teacher, PC Class, Recess Order
John Smith, Mr Falvey, 3A
Pack Sultanas, Small
LUNCH BAG 1: Name, Teacher, PC Class, Lunch Order
John Smith, Mr Falvey, 3A,
1 Snack Pie
LUNCH BAG 2: Name, Teacher, PC Class, Drink Order
John Smith, Mr Falvey, 3A,
1 Orange Juice
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the lunch order.