"With God all things are possible."
From The Principal
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Kindergarten Christmas Pageant and Presentation on Tuesday morning at St Mary's Anglican Church. It was a wonderfully fun and entertaining way to formally embrace the Christmas season. Congratulations to the Kindergarten students who have been rehearsing feverishly to prepare for the performances. Thanks also to Rev Sally, Ms Baker, Mrs Smith and their many helpers for all of the planning. It was a delightful celebration.
Students in the Primary participated in 'Step Up' day today and have spent the afternoon with their 2021 class group and teacher. There has been quite a buzz among Primary students as they have speculated about who might be their teacher, what room they will be in and who will be their classmates. Over the last few weeks, teachers have gathered data and provided input into the structure of classes for 2021. Teachers have used a range of information about friendship groups, learning styles, educational needs and group dynamics to help them formulate the class groups for 2021. It has been a very thorough and well considered process and I thank the teachers for the care they have taken in building class groups that will best support the social and educational needs of all students.
The teachers have been busily writing reports in recent weeks and Semester Two Reports for Kindergarten to Year 10 will be distributed on Tuesday 15 December, via the Parent Lounge. Academic and Special Award Presentations will take place in a number of smaller ceremonies over the next week. Parents of students receiving awards will be invited to attend the presentation events.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
What a busy week it has been as we celebrate Kindergarten Graduation. Well done to our Kindy students and their teachers. Thanks to Rev Sal and all who were involved in the Kindy Christmas Pageant.
Our Year 10 students have been involved in their transition week. Transition week involves academic, spiritual, pastoral and fun activities designed to prepare Year 10 for their move to pre-HSC. At the time of writing, they are involved in 2 days of peer support training. This group of Year 10 students has the honour and the challenge of being peer support leaders for the 2021 Year 7 students. I believe that this is an outstanding opportunity to develop student character in both year levels. The leadership training program is designed to provide students with the skill development necessary to enable them to deliver peer support lessons to younger students in the Secondary. This program also builds the leadership competencies of the Year 10 students and will stand many of them in good stead should they wish to undertake the rigorous selection process for leaders in the future. I spent much of the middle session on Tuesday with the Year 10's and was amazed at the quality of their responses and the way that they were taking the learning opportunity so seriously. There was some great discussion and I would also like to thank the staff who were involved in the planning and the execution of the days.
The students of Year 6 undertake an important rite of passage on Thursday evening with their Year 6 Celebration and Awards evening. These students will no doubt be excited by the opportunity to socialise with one another and I hope that they have a wonderful evening. Thanks to Rev Sal, Mr Cross and Mrs Annetts and her Year 11 Hospitality students who will be catering for the event. I am looking forward to seeing these students make the most of this rite of passage between Primary and Secondary and hope that they have a wonderful evening.
As you can see, it is a very busy time as we wrap up the 2020 academic year and planning is already underway for the commencement of 2021.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 4 Week 9
Monday 7 December
Primary Presentation Day - Years 1 and 2 - 9.10am; Years 3 and 4 - 10.10am; Year 5 - 11.30am
Tuesday 8 December
Secondary Presentation Day - Years 7 and 8 - 9.10am; Years 9 and 10 - 10.10am
Wednesday 9 December
Picnic Day - All day
Term 4 concludes - 3.08pm
Term 1 Week 1 2020
Monday 25 January
Staff Professional Learning Day
Tuesday 26 January
Australia Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 27 January
Staff Professional Learning Day
Thursday 28 January
Year 7 commences
Friday 29 January
Years 7, 11, 12 commence
Term 1 Week 2 2020
Monday 1 February
All students (except Kindergarten) commence
Tuesday 2 February
Primary Touch Football Gala Day
Last Thursday we ran a Primary Touch Football Gala day at Saunders Oval. We had 18 teams come along to play from 6 different primary schools. EAC had 4 teams playing from Year 5 and Year 6. All our teams performed very well and were good sports all day. Thank you to Mr Evans, Miss Coghill and Mr Falvey for your help with coaching our teams. Thank you also to students Mikala Campbell, Taylah Ledingham and Lily Smith for refereeing.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Open Boys' Cricket
Last Friday the open cricketers played against Xavier at Saunders Oval. We restricted Xavier to 4/185 in their allotted 20 overs. Jack Whitaker took 1/26 off four overs and Sam Hanna and Miloš Safranek chipped in with 2/49 and 1/28. Toby Mumford took 2 good catches.
We started our run chase in a positive manner, but unfortunately fell short at 4/162. Aidan Rogers made 33 and Toby Mumford clubbed some enormous sixes on his way to 51. Sam Hanna also hit some giant sixes to finish on 51 not out. He was ably supported by Sam Harding who finished on 16 not out. This was our best batting display of the season and our chase had Xavier concerned and it took a couple of good catches to swing the match their way.
This match demonstrates improved fielding from the boys and they held their own against a very strong Xavier team. I look forward to seeing this team develop in the future.
Mr Darren Parks
Deputy Principal - Scorer
Recording/Filming Day for Christmas Special
On Tuesday, the College's musical bands/ensembles took part in a recording/filming day for the College's upcoming Christmas Special. Students donned santa hats, reindeer ears and tinsel and performed a variety of Christmas classics.
The Christmas Special will be published at the end of the term and includes contributions from Year 12 Music, Secondary Concert Band, Primary Concert Band, Year 3 Development Concert Band and more!
Mr Adam Holmes
Concert Band Leader
In what has been a challenging year, it is very pleasing to report that the Student Representative Council has raised $1,050 with their 2020 fundraising efforts.
This year, the SRC have donated funds to the following charities:
Koala Hospital Port Macquarie $350
Indigenous Literacy Foundation $350
Cancer Council NSW $350
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Low Stock - please give a second option.Last day of EAC Canteen will be Friday 4 December.
Please give another option of either a fresh sandwich or roll, Dino Nuggets, or Junior Pie as most other items are running low in stock.
Thank you for your continuing support of the canteen in 2020.
The revised menu is below for your information and is also available on the College website.
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.