‘Happy the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’
Off the Deputy's Desk
EAC Library Changes
"Libraries are places of information. When most people think library, they think books. And while that is certainly true, these days books take different shapes, such as ebooks and audio books. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information. In addition to connecting people to information, libraries connect people to people. They are safe havens for kids when school is not in session, offering after school homework help, games and book clubs." The American Library Association.
Our library has undergone many changes this year to meet the needs and expectations of our growing College. You may not be aware, but our library now offers an ebook/audiobook platform with access to over 4000 ebooks/audiobooks and has had an upgrade to its catalogue platform Oliver to now offer students "libguides", helping them find appropriate information for research tasks. In addition to these upgrades, the library will shortly undergo some renovations. These renovations will allow students better access to library resources, study space and our IT Services Team.
While these changes are all positive and beneficial for our community, it is important we also keep in mind that our ever growing College population has also meant there are now limitations to when the different schools, both Primary and Secondary, can access the library. All students need to be mindful that our College now has 755 students and to ensure all students have access to the library, the Primary School has been given access to the library at recess whilst the Secondary has access at lunch time. The library may not be physically available to all students all of the time, but its move into the online environment means it is still always available for students to borrow books, conduct research and develop their love of learning.
Mrs Lee Boyd
Acting Deputy Principal
Term 3 Week 5
Monday 9 August
Year 10 Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday 10 August
Friends Meeting TBC
Wednesday 11 August
Brockington Chapel - 8.48am - Outdoor Chapel
Thursday 12 August
Primary Netball Training - 7.30am to 8.30am
Smith Chapel - 8.48am - Outdoor Chapel
Friday 13 August
Primary Chapel - 11.48am - KA - Discovery Centre
Secondary Sport - 1.28pm to 3.08pm
Term 3 Week 6
Monday 16 August
Year 10 Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday 17 August
ICAS English Competition - 3.30pm to 4.30pm - Ezzy Centre and Innovation Centre
Wednesday 18 August
HSC Trials - English AM - Music PM
Walker Chapel - 8.48am - Outdoor Chapel
Intra School Netball PD1 and 2
Primary Interschool Netball - EAC - 12pm to 3pm
Thursday 19 August
Purcival Chapel - 8.48am - Outdoor Chapel
HSC Trials - English AM - DT PM
Friday 20 August
Book Week Parade
HSC Trials - Art AM - Legal and ITM PM
Primary Chapel - 11.48am - KA - Discovery Centre
Secondary Sport - 1.28pm to 3.08pm
Last week we presented the Age Champions and Runners Up for our Athletics Carnivals at the Primary and Secondary School assemblies. Congratulations to the below students on your achievements. There were also several records broken at our carnivals, well done to these students:
Aurelien Rignault 10 Yrs Boys Long Jump, Wilson Carroll-Burgess 12 Yrs Boys High Jump, Stella Du Plessis 10 Yrs Girls 800m, Annie Docherty 10 Yrs Girls Shot Put, Sarah Vanem 11 Yrs Girls Shot Put, Henry Drew 11 Yrs Boys 800m, Katie Smith 13 Yrs Girls 100m and Long Jump, Ava Delaney 14 Yrs Girls Javelin, Mikala Campbell 16 Yrs Girls 100m and 800m, Ryan Neilson 16 Yrs Boys Shot Put, Sam Hanna 17 Yrs Boys Shot Put, Lachlan Walker 18 Yrs Boys 800m.
Congratulations to Smith House who were the winners of the House shield this year. This gives Smith the win in all three major carnivals this year.
Athletics Carnival House Points
1st Smith 3392 points
2nd Walker 3246 points
3rd Brockington 2519 points
4th Purcival 2358 points
Primary Athletics Carnival Age Champions & Runners Up 2021
|9||Girls||Ruby Johnson||Charlotte Ashdown|
|10||Girls||Annie Docherty||Stella Du Plessis|
|11||Girls||Sarah Vanem||Layla Patrick|
|12||Girls||Bella Delaney||Lily Garbett|
|9||Boys||Matthew Rullin||Oliver Carroll-Burgess|
|10||Boys||Aurelien Rignault||Samuel Mooney|
|11||Boys||Curtis Moore||Henry Drew|
|12||Boys||Wilson Carroll-Burgess||Sam Carrigg|
Secondary Athletics Carnival Age Champions & Runners Up 2021
|7||Girls||Katie Smith||Iley Lewis|
|8||Girls||Ellen Miller||Coco Paola|
|9||Girls||Priya Singh-Pangly||Sindi Malaba|
|10||Girls||Mikala Campbell||Skye Maclean|
|11||Girls||Jimi Carle||Farah Rezai-Smyth|
|12||Girls||Letia Paton||Ella Peart|
|7||Boys||Benjamin Morgan||Hayden Kelvin|
|8||Boys||Kaelan Matuz-Jacobson||Kelly Campbell|
|9||Boys||Jack Whitaker||Matthew Smith|
|10||Boys||Miloš Safranek||Sebastian Awad|
|11||Boys||Samuel Hanna||Ryan Kernaghan|
|12||Boys||Luke Flavel||Huxley Bancks|
Term 3 Inter School Sports Dates Update
With the current COVID19 situation there have been several sporting fixtures which have been postponed or cancelled:
NCIS Athletics Carnival - postponed with a new tentative date of September 7, depending on COVID restrictions easing.
NCIS Rugby 7's - postponed until Term 4, no new date fixed.
NCIS Primary and Secondary Netball - postponed until Term 4, no new date fixed.
NSW Netball Cup finals - postponed until Term 4, no new date fixed.
National Mountain Bike championships - cancelled.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Life is pretty challenging at the best of times but when the goal posts keep changing in your final year of schooling it can cause more anxiety than normal. You may feel worried about what will happen this year, as well as what lies ahead in 2022 and beyond. These emotions, while understandable, can be distracting and draining. As an HSC student, it is important to stay healthy, stay active and keep connected during the HSC. Each year a website is created in conjunction with Reachout.com to support HSC students which can be found at the link attached: https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/stay-healthy-HSC?q
The website provides resources for parents and carers and a range of support material for HSC students. One of the articles talks about Practical Wellbeing Tips for Senior Students.
Be balanced and compassionate in your thinking
It’s important to be kind to yourself and realistic in your thinking. Try to be as kind and supportive when speaking to yourself as you would be if you were talking with a good friend.
In challenging times we're better together, so stay in touch, look out for each other and keep connected.
There are lots of new and different ways you can catch up from the comfort of your own home. Your friends are likely experiencing similar worries and it can really help to talk about it together and support each other. Your family are also there to support you. Make time to be around people who make you feel good and are there to help.
Take back some control
When a major change occurs, it’s important to think about how much control you have over the situation. Understanding your role and how much you are able to change can help you put things in perspective. Identify things in your life that you are in control of, make a "to-do" list of what you are going to complete and check them off when done.
Accept what you are unable to change and re-frame
When unwanted change is beyond your control, look to take a reflective approach. Accepting that there are things beyond your control, and choosing to be comfortable with that fact, is likely to bring greater peace of mind and use less energy than fighting something you can't change.
Try to see change as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than as a setback.
Make healthy choices
Stay active - do a free on-line work-out or get outdoors and do something physical to give yourself a break, get the blood flowing and boost your mood.
Make sure you get enough sleep to give your brain a rest and allow you to recharge. Eating well and staying hydrated will help to improve your mood, boost your energy level and support your general health.
Remember that you are still in control of your own path, and there are lots of different pathways to study and to work.
By implementing these simple tips and refocusing on study, all students will be able to get through this challenging time.
Mrs Amanda Middleton
Director Secondary School
The Olympic Spirit
It has been inspiring to watch the feats of the athletes at the Tokyo Olympics over the past week. We paused Friday's Primary Assembly to watch the Women's 100m final and it was a great moment to share with the students when our Aussie girls won Gold and Bronze in the event. We also announced the winners of the SRC Olympic Flag competition and we have included the winning entries here.
Hannah Rogers - Year 1
Jake Campbell - Year 2
Xanthe Marshall - Year 3
Sierra Eade & Sofia Foukkare - Year 4
Summer Smith - Year 5
Max Saltalamacchia - Year 6
It's not long now until our Annual Book Week celebration on Friday 20 August. On this day we are asking for students to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Last year's parade fell on a later date and coincided with Halloween, so a few frightening costumes came through the gate. We do ask that families are mindful that our celebration is shared with our youngest members, the 4 year old kids in the ELC, and then throughout the year levels, so please consider this when deciding on a costume.
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
Over the next few issues we will help to decipher some of the canteen menu items your child may be asking for.
Here is a chocolate mousse vs chocolate moosie explained!
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.
Online Canteen Ordering
We are excited to be able to offer online Canteen ordering via the 'School Stream' app.
Once the app is installed your device, 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.
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.
Christine Hall - Canteen Supervisor