Term 3 | Week 6 | 22-26 August 2022
But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone”?
From The Acting Principal
Book Week is upon us again and already we have had a day full of story book characters roaming the Secondary School. It is always heartwarming to see even the coolest secondary student revert to dressing as their favourite childhood story character to ‘hang with friends’. There were Bananas in Pyjamas, numerous Where’s Wallys and a number of staff including Amber who came as characters from Madeline. Friday will be the turn of the Primary School to come as their favourite Roald Dahl character and my costume is ready and waiting.
For many, books are a happy place full of fantasy and adventure where everything is possible and safety is found in the certainty of a happy ending. So quickly as adults we move from fiction to non-fiction and ever more into the realm of self-help books. Where did all the fun go!
My favourite book has remained since high school The Picture of Dorian Gray, the only novel by Oscar Wilde. Criticised as an example of Victorian gothic literature it offers the existential dilemma faced by both author and reader alike. Each of the novel’s three protagonists are in fact Oscar Wilde; capturing who he really is as a person, who he would like to be and who the public see him as.
Books have the potential to ask those questions of us that we rarely have time to ask of ourselves and they allow us to safely explore our options. They offer a version of the world which if you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. Afterall in the end, we’ll all become stories.
Mr Francis McGuigan
OFF THE ACTING DEPUTY'S DESK
It takes a village to raise a Child
Raising children is not a solo mission. We have all had to ask others for help with activity logistics or when our children are sick. But is this a new thing? Not really.
From early times our brains have been programmed to live in close proximity to others, to share food and tools, to protect each other and to exchange ideas. The past century, however, has drastically changed the concept of 'community'. No matter if you live in a rural area or a suburban neighbourhood, families no longer co-habitat as intergenerationally as they once did and we are often caught up in the constant 'busy-ness' of life that we do not take the time to get to know our neighbours or other people who feature in our lives or indeed, the lives of our children.
The way we connect has changed. Social media has redefined our everyday understanding of 'connection' and 'friendship', leaving us staring at screens more than engaging with the people around us. The impact of this is apparent on both parents and children. Somewhere along the way, we have lost the 'village' we need to raise kids in nurturing, creative, and safe ways. As a result, families are missing out on crucial learning experiences and much needed support systems. In the end, many parents feel isolated and alone in their struggles and kids do not have the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of people and personalities.
Why community matters
Healthy parents lead to healthy families. Not just physical health, but emotional health too. However 'going it alone' with even just one child, let alone multiple children, does not lend itself to positive mental health - no matter what Instagram says! Often times parents feel stressed, overworked, judged and inadequate. Burnout and exhaustion are real, but without a community around to validate those feelings, many parents and carers feel like that pain is unique to them.
Another loss with the disappearance of community living, is the death of shared resources among families. From small things like meal-swaps, to larger benefits such as having a trusted friend to leave your children with, parents and children are missing out on experiences that lift us up and expose us to different ways of living and engaging with the world.
Building a community
So... the big question is: 'If I do not have a community, how do I create one?'
It is not always easy and does take conscious planning. But it is possible, especially when you know there are so many other parents out there looking for community support too!
The most obvious place to start is with existing family and friends. Connecting regularly and asking for help is ok. In this day and age we all need help and support.
If you are new to the area and are struggling, it is great to connect with families at the College or with local services and sporting groups. Having people to connect with and discuss the daily struggles of parenting is so important as we all navigate being a parent.
As we celebrate the role of Grandparents this week, let us all realise the important role they play in our children’s lives, talk about the past and develop connections with our children.
Acting Deputy Principal
Term 3 | Week 7A
Sunday 28 August
- Tournament of the Minds Regional Finals
Monday 29 August
- North Coast Leadership Summit
- Athletics Training @ 7.30am
- Secondary Girls Rugby 7s Training @ 7.30am
- Matilda Rehearsal @ 3.15pm - 5.15pm
Tuesday 30 August
- Primary NCIS Netball Training @ 7.30am
- EAC Tennis Championship & NCIS Trials - Secondary Students
- After School Volleyball Program @ 3.30pm - 5pm
Wednesday 31 August
- EAC Tennis Championship & NCIS Trials - Primary Students
- Matilda Rehearsal @ 3.15pm - 5.15pm
Thursday 1 September
- After School Basketball Program @ 3.30pm - 5pm
Friday 2 August
- Secondary Rugby 7s Training @ 7.30am
- Athletics Training @ 7.30am
- Friends of EAC Dad's Brekkie @ 8am - 9am
- AusCycling Shimano National All Schools Cycling Challenge
Monday 5 September
- Year 9 Marine Studies + Lizard Island Group Snorkelling Excursion
Friday 9 September
- R U OK Day
Monday 12 September
- Year 7 Camp
Wednesday 14 September to Friday 16 September
- Year 11 Camp
Monday 19 September
- Year 12 Retreat
Tuesday 20 September
- Year 12 Retreat
Wednesday 21 September
- Years 1-6 Japanese Culture Day
- Year 12 Valedictory Service, St Mary's @ 7pm
Thursday 22 September
- Year 12 Graduation Ceremony @ 11am
Friday 23 September
- EAC to host Inter School Chess Competition
- Last day of Term 3
Tuesday 11 October
- First Day of Term 4
Matilda Show Season
- Friday 28 October - Opening Night @ 7pm
- Saturday 29 October - Matinee @ 2pm & Evening Performance @ 7pm
- Wednesday 2 November - Matinee @ 11am
- Thursday 3 November - Reserve Date - Matinee @ 11am
- Friday 4 November - Evening Performance @ 7pm
- Saturday 5 November - Matinee 2pm & Closing Night @ 7pm
Wednesday 9 November
- Year 12 Formal @ Ballina RSL
Tuesday 29 November
- Year 6 Camp
Wednesday 7 December
- Last Day of Term 4
Sports Round Up
EAC Represents at NCIS Athletics Carnivals
They sped, they soared, they threw, they thrashed. Well done to Team EAC who represented us so very well at this week's NCIS Athletics Carnival in Coffs Harbour. We will have a full round up of results in next week's newsletter but we can certainly report that students excelled both in their athletic prowess and their proud representation of our College spirit.
When we travel to these inter-school events, the Emmanuel team enjoys a reputation of being focused competitors and good sports. Our students are invariably polite, fair and practised. Congratulations to all who competed. Thanks to all who coached. And to those who cheered the team on... GO EMMANUEL!
Interhouse Netball Comp Winners All Round
This week we are asking anyone who has access to old school desks (similar to the one below) and would be willing to donate them or loan them to the College for use in the Matilda musical. We will need to fix casters to their legs to wheel on and off stage. If you can help in anyway, please let Wayne know firstname.lastname@example.org
Matilda Show Season Dates
Friday 28 October - Opening Night @ 7pm
Saturday 29 October - Matinee @ 2pm & Evening Performance @ 7pm
Wednesday 2 November - Matinee @ 11am
Thursday 3 November - Reserve Date - Matinee @ 11am
Friday 4 November - Evening Performance @ 7pm
Saturday 5 November - Matinee @ 2pm & Closing Night @ 7pm
WOW - What a Week!
Book Week 2022 has been pretty epic here at Emmanuel Anglican College. We have certainly made up for the last couple of years lost to pandemic restrictions with celebrations spanning the entire College.
Students from across the College attended the iconic Byron Writers Festival's Schools Program. This is a real treat with some of Australia's best know writers in attendance sharing their thoughts and inspiration. The Festival continues over the weekend with many EAC families planning to attend.
Wednesday saw our Secondary students mark their Book Week celebrations with costumes and hilarity at the Secondary Assembly. It was great to see our older children's enthusiasm for both their literary adventures and College spirit.
Celebrations will culminate with the Primary Book Week Parade, Book Swap and Grandparents Day on Friday.
Good News - Snap Sticks Are Back
To the great relief of all EAC students, everybody's perennial favourite 'Snap Sticks' are, at last, back in stock.
Order yours now via SchoolStream!
Fresh for Kids campaign is off and running
This great campaign means that Students are rewarded for making a fresh fruit or vegetable choice. Students have received token card to fill and will receive a stamp for their card for each day they make a fresh fruit or vegetable choice. The food choice must be fresh though (i.e. not fruit sticks, dried fruit etc.).
The campaign will run until Friday 9 September.
Class teachers will collect the token cards and send them to the canteen for verification and then prizes (character stickers) will be issued (while stocks last). Token cards will then be forwarded to Sydney Markets to participate in the major prize draw.
How To EAC
How to... Advise the College of Early Departures
Medical appointments, visiting friends and relatives, unmissable events... Life Happens.
If your child needs to leave the College before the end of the school day, please let the College know.
The best way to advise the College is with a note in your child's Planner. This way both the class teacher and Front Office staff can clearly see that permission has been granted.
No Planner? Email your child's teacher (Pastoral Care Leader for Secondary students) and copy in email@example.com.
Early Learning Centre Corner
Big Kicks for ELC Kids
Each week the Early Learning Centre draws on the expertise of Wendy Britton to help coach our littlest members of the College to master their gross motor skills. Wendy takes the children through a series of games and drills that help develop their coordination, increase their strength and broaden their range of movement.
The sessions are always a hit with the children and our ELC staff enjoy the delight and development they see each week.
We are looking forward to Grandparent’s Day this Friday 26 August. The day will start with our Book Character Parade in The Lindsay Walker Centre at 9:15am. Following the parade, Grandparents will have the opportunity to go back to school with their loved ones to share some time in the classrooms. Around 11am we will the invite the Grandparents to a morning tea in their honour in the Ezzy Centre. A call out has gone to our Year 4-6 families to provide a plate to be shared at the Morning Tea. Plates can be dropped off at the Ezzy Centre prior to the Book Parade on the morning.
Given its hiatus over the past few years due to the pandemic, we anticipate large numbers on the day and ask all families to consider this when timing arrival and parking on the day. It may be best to drop Grandparents at The Lindsay Walker Centre prior to the parade and collect them after the morning tea.
And do not forget that our Book Week costumes are seen by all of our students from our 3 and 4 year old’s in the ELC and up, so please make sure they are appropriate for this occasion.
The Primary School entered two teams in this year’s competition. The EAC Primary Blue team consisting of Henry Drew, Montague Hewitt, Stella Du Plessis and Aurelien Rignault have qualified for the 2022 HICES Grand Final.
The state wide debating competition has taught the students how to construct a sound argument and create strong rebuttals against the other team. Students have been given topics which surrounded 21st century issues, they were encouraged to speak to experts as well as read and watch the news to keep up to date with relevant topic areas which included:
Round 1: That children should learn to type not write
Round 2: That children need a dedicated television channel
Round 3: That Primary Schools should provide lunch to all students
Round 4: That community service should replace all fines in the court system
Round 5: That primary school students should be permitted to walk to school
Preliminary Final: That the Olympics should include esports (Defeating Central Coast Grammar School)
Quarter Final: That the local indigenous language should be taught to all primary school students (Defeating Hills Adventist College)
Semi Final: That it is inappropriate for politicians to communicate using social media (Defeating Newcastle Grammar School)
The EAC Primary Blue team has qualified for HICES Grand Final. The final will be held at Central Coast Grammar on Thursday, September 1. We wish the team all the very best.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
How exciting, the First Lego League kits have finally arrived!!! Students have started building the Super Powered Challenge. FLL inspires young people to experiment and grow with confidence, critical thinking, and design skills through hands-on learning. Keep an eye out as we move through the season.
Digi Tech Specialist
Book Week Celebrations!
The Secondary School had a great day on Wednesday celebrating Book Week. Many staff and students dressed up as book characters. Some outstanding costumes were the Leaders of House, dressed up as Madeline, her friends and her teacher, Miss. Clavel. Her pet dog, Genevieve was even there too!
Prizes were awarded to the best dressed in each year group, and we were impressed to see the diversity of characters chosen, including Anne of Green Gables, Wally from Where’s Wally?, as well as characters from some classic books including Helen of Troy and even Jesus!
Thanks to all students who participated and make this a fantastic celebration!
Acting Director of Secondary
On Monday 22 August the Year 11 Hospitality class ran a soup kitchen for staff at recess. Options were Pumpkin, Potato and Leek, Thai Chicken Coconut or Minestrone.
Everyone agreed that the soup was delicious!
Mrs Kristy Annetts
Friends of EAC
Honor Roll: Spotlighting Success from the Broader College Community
WE WANT YOUR STORIES!
We are on the hunt for news from our College Community. Know of an update from one of our Amazing Alumni? Maybe you are one of our Terrifically Talented Teachers with tales to tell. Proud Parents and Cherished Carers, we want to celebrate your achievements. Superhero Support Staff, we see you too and want to share your stories!
Our College community is full of remarkable people achieving the most incredible of things. The 2020s have featured some interesting challenges and we have all grown so much as a result. There are most certainly heroes in our midst with stories of inspiration and achievement that we can all benefit from. This is the place to share those stories and celebrate those heroes.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your good news.