Term 4 | Week 3 | 30 October 2019
“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28
From The Principal
Last week I travelled to China to visit schools, meet with the parents of our five current Chinese international students and to speak with a number of families that are considering enrolment for their children at EAC. It was a wonderful experience! The people are incredibly warm and friendly and the sheer scale of everything is remarkable! The whirlwind tour covered Shanghai, Longyou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and finally Hong Kong all in 6 days! The highlight of the trip was my visit to Longyou Kema International High School and the opportunity to renew our Sister School Agreement. Students from Longyou Kema have been visiting EAC for the past five years and while there we met with 12 students who have arrived this week to undertake a four week English immersion experience. These students are part of a bilingual program in Longyou which means they study a majority of their subjects in English rather than Chinese. I hope that in 2021 we will be able to take a group of EAC students to China for an educational and cultural tour which includes a visit to Longyou Kema International School.
Freaky Friday is fast approaching and I once again invite all families to join us for a fun filled afternoon to support the wonderful work of the Friends of EAC. There will be rides and other activities for children from preschool through to high school, a primary disco, food stalls and the ‘Colour Run’. The event will be held on the front oval, utilising the hard courts for the disco. Please come along and support this exciting event.
On Saturday 2 November, EAC is hosting the Northern NSW Division of the First Lego League Robotics Competition and will host students from more than 30 schools as they pit their robotic and programming knowledge against each other to discover the Champion School for our region. Parents and spectators are welcome to come and support the 4 competing EAC teams and to enjoy the spectacle. It is an amazing day.
Thank you in advance to the many parents, students and teacher who have volunteered their time to support both these significant community events.
Please continue to keep our Year 12s in your prayers this week as they move into the final stages of their HSC examinations. The final examination will take place on 11 November. The Year 12 Formal will take place on 15 November. HSC results and ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) are released in mid-December.
Mr Rob Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
It is nearing the time when we start to begin planning events to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year and student achievement and success in a variety of shapes and forms. As part of a holistic education we aim to recognise student achievement in academics, cultural pursuits, sports and games and service. We look forward to honouring student achievement at Presentation Day on the last day of Term 4 and remind parents that it is a College expectation that all students attend the relevant Presentation Day ceremony for their part of the school. Further details will be provided at a later date but the venue is St Mary’s Anglican Church and the Primary ceremony is first followed by the Secondary ceremony later in the day.
Last week, one of our Year 9 classes visited St Andrew’s nursing home in Ballina for a Community Outreach activity. There were some wonderful reports regarding the warm, polite and genuine interactions between our students and the residents. There is some research that talks about the mutual benefits of young people spending time with those who are advancing in years and for young people learning about the stories of those people. Thanks to Mrs Campbell for organizing this visit and there will be some more visits coming up for the other 2 classes later this term.
Freaky Friday and First Lego League are almost upon us and these 2 events will showcase both our sense of community and also the importance of volunteerism and a spirit of goodwill. I appreciate the work that all of our parent volunteers have gone to make Freaky Friday come to fruition and hope that it will be a great night. Thank you to all the student volunteers who will be helping out on the night. Finally, a huge thank you to all the teaching staff involved in Freaky Friday who will then back up for First Lego League here on Saturday. I wish all of our robotics teams every success here at EAC and also the First Tech Challenge, Secondary students who are competing in Brisbane on the same day.
Unfortunately I have received a number of negative reports from Ballina Bus Lines regarding the behaviour of some of our students, particularly Bus 2. I will be speaking to the students who catch this bus and would ask that all parents whose children catch buses speak to their children regarding the importance of basic manners when interacting with drivers and each other, along with not pressing the call buttons on the bus just because they think it is amusing. This is distracting for the driver, especially when he/she has the responsibility for controlling a large vehicle on the road. Your support with regards to this would be greatly appreciated as we expect that our students will be excellent ambassadors for the College when they are in public.
Finally, our new College Leaders will be inducted at Whole College Chapel next Tuesday 5 November. I am sure that it will be a proud moment for these students and their families as they endeavour to lead the College community to the best of their collective abilities over the course of the next year. I wish each of the new Year 12 students all the best for their HSC journey and reiterate that they will be offered avenues of support to assist them in their quest for academic success.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 4 Week 4
Monday 4 November
Primary Life Education
HSC Written Examinations-Maths Extension 1, Geography
Tuesday 5 November
Primary Life Education
Whole College Chapel-9.00am-St Mary’s Anglican Church-Induction of Year 12 Leaders 2020
9.1 St Andrews Visit-Community Outreach-Straight after Whole College Chapel
HSC Written Examinations-Legal Studies, Hospitality
Wednesday 6 November
Primary Life Education
HSC Written Examinations-Economics
Thursday 7 November
NCIS Primary Basketball-Bishop Druitt College Coffs Harbour
HSC Written Examinations-Chemistry
Friday 8 November
HSC Written Examinations-Visual Art
Monday 11 November
Ballina RSL Remembrance Day Service-Ballina RSL-10.45 am
College Remembrance Day Service-10.50am-UCA
HSC Written Examinations-Physics, Design and Technology
Tuesday 12 November
Primary Assembly-KA and KB
Wednesday 13 November
Year 10 History Rights and Freedoms Day
Wheelchair Basketball Incursion
Friday 15 November
Primary Leadership Speeches and Voting
Year 12 Formal-The House with No Steps-6.00pm
Its that time of year again where the shops are full of ghouls, goblins and all many of scary things, and people are putting up cobwebs. That shows a serious lack of planning to my mind – a little forward thinking would surely have enough cobwebs – or is that just my home? Pumpkins are being ritually destroyed and soon some will come knocking at our doors crying ‘trick of treat’.
I confess in my home, they will be greeted by a hysterically barking dog and a ‘we don’t do that in our house’ – so we run the tricking gauntlet.
Yes it’s nearly Halloween. Where the religious and the pagan meld together and many people have no idea what is actually happening but it’s a heck of a good excuse to dress like a zombie. And more power to you.
But here’s what it is for me, with a little history attached.
Halloween takes it name from the shorten version of All Hallows Eve, or all holies. The version that is commercially understood and practiced now is a blend of the Celtic Samhein, and the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Samhein, the Gaelic word for the end of summer was a time recognised as the end of the year, and the souls of all those who had died in the year past were thought to be particularly restless on this night. Fires were lit to keep away those of ill intent, masks and disguises worn to trick the ghosts so they would not know who to hang around. This is much the same as the Day of the Dead traditions too.
It is not hard to see how this has transformed over time into what we see today. The festival made its way to the US with the many Irish immigrants and didn’t really take hold until well into the 19th century.
There is another side to this. In approximately the 8th century, CE the newly constituted All Saints Day was moved from May to November 1st in an attempt to supplant the essentially pagan festival (nothing new here – certainly that is how Easter came to be where it is…but that’s another story). Thus All Saints, and it’s companion All Souls became a religious tradition that tends to be more prevalent in the catholic style of churches.
So that’s the history – but here is what it means to me.
I admit that my faith tradition is strongly influenced by the hearth and home, earthy practice of the Celtic traditions where God is in all things and can be connected to in our daily living by loving intent in all that we do.
For the Christian Celts, there are the places and times known as the thin places. Sharlange Sledge describes it thus:
“Thin places,” the Celts call this space,
Both seen and unseen,
Where the door between the world
And the next is cracked open for a moment
And the light is not all on the other side.
God shaped space. Holy.
Thin places – these can be people, places or a time. Sacred spaces like the majesty of creation in something like Uluru, or wild oceans or trees that seem to touch the sky.
Just recently I drove from Casino to Grafton – past the fire ravaged properties of Rappville and Myrtle Creek. It was a thin space for me, a place where even in the utter devastation I recognised the presence of God, haunting – yes, scary? Not at all.
Marking All Saints and All Souls is one such time for me – where the veil between heaven and earth seems that much thinner, where my memories of those I love and have lost seem brighter and closer to my heart.
It is not a time of ghouls and ghosts, but of loving grateful memory of those who have gone before me, some of whom have shaped me, some of whom I have followed from a distance, but all of whom I consider to be ‘saints’; God’s beloved children.
It is not a sad time as such, but rather a thoughtful time. I am grateful of a time that causes me to stop and reflect on those around me who are the saints in my daily life, who uphold me, who inspire me and drive me to want to try harder or simply keep going. I am thankful too for the time to stop and ponder those who have died, yet whose legacy lives on in me, the person I am, or strive to be.
I wonder which saints and souls you might choose to remember and give thanks for this Hallow’e’en.
Early Learning Centre News
The Early Learning Centre recently received grant funding for the development of quality learning programs. Therefore, throughout this term we have two professionals attending the ELC in order to share skills and knowledge with children and Educators.
Director Early Learing Centre
NCIS Tennis Championships
The College Tennis Team competed at the NCIS Tennis Championships in Grafton last week. The competition was well attended by the schools in the association. EAC had the largest team on the day and was represented in all six divisions: Primary Boys and Girls, Under 15 Boys and Girls and Open Boys and Girls.
Our team performed very well against some strong competition. Oscar Parker from Year 8 was a stand out performer winning the Under 15 Boys division without dropping a game in the tournament, as was Ella Peart (Year 10) who won the Under 15 Girls division after a very tough final against her younger sister Sylvie Peart (Year 8). Other place getters were Ziggy Kowalski (Year 9) who was runner up in the Under 15 Boys and Brianna Nay who was third in the Open Girls. Jozef Kowalski (Year 11), Finley Parker (Year 9) and Annie Milne (Year 11) also played well making it to the Semi Finals.
Congratulations to all our tennis players who were great representatives of our school with great sportsmanship and performance.
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Ned Evans wins silver at International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federations Pan Pacific Championships
On the weekend, Year 8 student Ned Evans competed in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federations Pan Pacific Championship. As a prerequisite for the World Championships it is the largest competition for this sport in the Southern Hemisphere. Ned won silver and is eligible to compete in the World Championships in 2020. Ned also currently holds the QLD State title for his division.
Please join us in congratulating Ned on this fantastic achievement.
ACO Collective: Serenades for Strings
On Friday 25 October, the Year 9 and 10 Elective Music classes went to see the ACO Collective perform live at Lismore City Hall. The ACO Collective is made up of Australian and International musicians and consists of four members from the Australian Chamber Orchestra plus the ACO young emerging artists. The emerging artists go on this tour to gain experience and learn in order to, possibly, join the main orchestra in the future. We saw their performance of Serenades for Strings, which included works by Beethoven, Elgar, Mendelssohn and the Contemporary Classical artist Paul Stanhope.
Classical music is not something that many of us listen to or are familiar with, so it was good to experience something different, learn new performance techniques and gain some insight into the world of Classical music. The emotions and expressions put into each piece gave the music a life of its own and we enjoyed and interpreted the music better. Being able to see the musicians play as well as hearing the music improved our understanding of what was going on in each piece and allowed us to see the relationships between the different instruments and sections. Watching how each section was led, their bow techniques and timing was especially fascinating. The interactions and team work within the orchestra is something that we can take away and imitate for our own ensemble performances.
Year 10 Elective Music Student
Last Book Club for the Year!
Buying some books for Christmas but don’t want to spoil the surprise – simply order on-line and check the GIFT ORDER box and it will be available for collection at school by you and not given to the child.
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.
ALL ORDERS TO BE COMPLETED ON-LINE OR HAND DELIVERED TO THE LIBRARY BY THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019.
Mrs Fiona Wilson-Jones
Library Resources Centre Manager
Let's look at lunches
A showcase of nude food lunchbox options to build healthy bodies & help reduce waste at the same time.
How to do Nude Food
Try these ideas:
- Use a beeswax wrapper, a cloth napkin or a lunchbox with compartments for sandwiches.
- Yoghurt, cut fruit, nuts, dried fruit: buy in bulk & divide serves into small containers.
- Ditch processed packaged food for fruit, veg sticks or homemade food. Fruit that comes in its own packaging makes a superfast food.
- Buy a block of cheese & crackers & put into containers or napkins.
- Avoid single serve items.
EAC Canteen opens at 8.30am and 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:
Special lunch dates Term 4
Sushi: 5 & 19 November,
Noodle Box: 29 October, 12 & 26 November
Subway: 3 December
Sushi – Tuesday 5 November
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 5 November. 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, 4 November.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
DATES WHERE HELP IS REQUIRED
November: 4, 11, 18, 20pm, 25
December 2, 4
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.
0414 811 668
Friends of Emmanuel
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK YOUR FREAKY FRIDAY TICKETS ONLINE!!!
Book your Freaky Friday tickets online before 5pm Thursday 31 October and go in the draw to win a $100 voucher for dinners from Dinner is Served. You’ll also save 20% on unlimited rides passes!
Don’t forget to bring in any cash sponsorship on Friday and hand in when you collect your Freaky Friday rides wristband or at the Friends Tent.
If your child is fundraising, you have until Friday 8th November to order your child’s prize. Simply visit schoolfundraising.com.au to create / log into your Profile Page between these dates. Then click on the ‘CLAIM YOUR PRIZE’ button and follow the prompts. If you have any questions, please contact the School Fun-Run team on 1800 FUN RUN and they will gladly assist!
Your child can still participate in the Colour Run if they haven’t registered to fundraise – entrance is included with your Freaky Friday ticket. Just let the organisers know at the ticket booth that you’re not fundraising but still want to enter the Colour Run.
Remember to bring old clothes and/or a white t-shirt for your child to change into for the Colour Run, and an old pair of shoes or crocs. Bring an old towel for your child to dry off with or to sit on in the car on the way home.
Other important Freaky Friday Information
There will be plenty food options so no need to worry about dinner:
Sausage Sizzle $3ea
Pulled Pork & Slaw Burger $5ea
Heirloom Tomato and Basil Tart $5ea
Avocado Sushi Nori Roll $3/roll
Tuna Sushi Nori Roll $3/roll
Bucket of Hot Chips $5
Plus lolly bags, zooper doopers and drinks.
There will also be some fun games for kids on the day:
Spooksville sideshow games $0.50ea
Face Painting $2/child
Approximate timing for the day:
3pm Collect your child from parent pickup (K-7) and head to the Ticket Booth outside the Ezzy Centre
3pm – 7pm Rides operating (Giant Slide, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing, Bungee, Jumping Castle, Petting Zoo)
3pm – 6pm Photo booth, face painting, Spooksville side show games
4pm – 6pm Disco on the basketball courts
6pm – 7pm Colour Run (to be run in waves – listen out for when your child’s age group is called)
7pm Freaky Friday concludes, pack up (volunteers to help pack up welcome and appreciated!!)
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on the EAC website for everything you need to know about Freaky Friday.