"He got up from the table, and taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist, he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet."
From The Principal
Thank you to all our staff, students and families with your patience and common sense in relation to the ongoing challenges arising from the persistent rain. The students have been unable to use the ovals and external courts for much of the last three weeks and localised flooding has impacted on school bus routes, travel times, excursions, extra curricular activities and sporting events. While inconvenient and at times frustrating, I am sure we all agree that safety is our highest priority and most important concern.
In relation to the issue of water pooling on the oval, as part of the Multi Purpose Centre construction plan, new drainage will be created to allow the water to enter the storm water system under Riverbend Drive. Once this new drainage access is completed, we will raise up the lowest points of the oval and move all the water we so readily see, into the storm water system and away from the College. This will enable much more effective drainage and greatly improve student access and use of the oval.
The recent rains have slowed progress on the Multi Purpose Centre but with the forecast suggesting much better weather as we head towards Easter, we anticipate that construction will ramp up once again and the project will get back on track. As the building has begun to take shape, it has attracted enormous interest across the community. It will certainly be a fantastic facility and provide enormous opportunities for our students and the broader community in the years ahead.
A reminder that the Friends of EAC are still looking for a Secretary to join the Executive of the association. The key skills required are the ability to listen in meetings and note the key discussion points. The members of Friends are very welcoming and supportive, and very happy to provide guidance to ease a new person into the role. Meetings are held monthly. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 31 March at 6.30pm in the Ezzy Centre. If you want a little more information about Friends or the role, please contact Kate Jenkins at the College via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6681 5054.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Parent Teacher Interviews are coming up next week and this is one of the first major opportunities for parents to be able to reconnect with teaching staff on a face to face basis. Parent Teacher Interviews provide parents and staff with the opportunity to interact and discuss student academic and social progress. Please remember to book on Parent Lounge as soon as possible as these bookings usually fill up very quickly.
Parent engagement is vital if the best outcomes are to be achieved for students. Parent engagement is more than being on Friends, cooking the BBQ or supporting the school's policies and processes. A useful definition of parent engagement in education is cited below:
We define parental engagement as the involvement of parents in supporting their children's academic learning. It includes: ...general approaches which encourage parents to support their children with, for example, reading or homework; the involvement of parents in their children's learning activities.
Schools benefit significantly through the effect of successful parental engagement of student learning outcomes. Benefits include improved connections with the community, improved school image within the community, and improved family and community satisfaction with the school. Well targeted and widespread parent and community participation can contribute to school improvement in a number of ways, including:
- Sending clear signals to students about the value of education.
- Ensuring school decisions are broadly representative of the school community.
- Ensuring school activities and actions are respectful and representative of local cultures.
- Building mutual commitment by families to take action in the home that supports learning at school.
- Enabling teachers and school leaders to access expertise and perspectives that support curriculum.
I look forward to seeing many of you here at school next week working in partnership with our teachers, to enhance the learning opportunities of your children. Please remember that we need to ensure all hygiene and social distancing protocols are followed whilst the interviews are occurring.
Last Friday we had a very successful culmination to our National Day of Action Against Bullying. Primary students were involved in poster competitions which are currently being judged. Students in the Secondary were involved in student led discussions within their vertical pastoral care groups. It was great to see our senior students taking the lead and driving these discussions with their peers. Thank you to Mrs Middleton, Leaders of House, Mr Cross and Welfare Leaders for their work in planning the activities.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 1 Week 10
Tuesday 30 March
Years 1-12 Parent Teacher Interviews - 3.30pm-8.30pm - Various locations around EAC
Wednesday 31 March
Years 1-6 Parent Teacher Interviews - 3.30pm-4.30pm
Years 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews - 3.30pm-6.30pm
Thursday 1 April
Primary Easter Service - 9.08am - PUCA
Secondary Easter Service - 12.08pm - UCA
Term 1 concludes - 3.08pm
Friday 2 April
Good Friday Public Holiday
Term 2 Week 1
Monday 19 April
Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning Day
Tuesday 20 April
Term 2 commences
Touch Football Trials and Training - 7.30am-8.30am - Saunders Oval
NCIS Secondary Football - Armidale
Wednesday 21 April
NCIS Secondary Football
Thursday 22 April
Primary Interschool Touch Football Gala Day - All day - Saunders Oval
Friday 23 April
Primary Debating Training - 7.45am-8.45am
Primary Cross Country - 9.10am-11.40am - Saunders Oval
Secondary Cross Country - 12.10pm-2.45pm - Saunders Oval
NSW CIS Primary Swimming
Congratulations to the following students who represented EAC at the NSW Combined Independent Schools Swimming Carnival in Sydney last week:
|Eve Drew||Year 2|
|Charlotte Ashdown||Year 3|
|Hugo Atkinson||Year 3|
|Zia Folscher||Year 3|
|Annie Docherty||Year 4|
|Stella Du Plessis||Year 4|
|Emily Evans||Year 4|
|Sofia Foukkare||Year 4|
|Sylvie Thomson||Year 4|
|Anthony Kikiras||Year 5|
|Coco Robinson||Year 6|
|Sarah Vanem||Year 6|
All our swimmers did a fantastic job competing at this high level competition with many personal best times recorded on the day.
Emily Evans was a stand out performer, winning 4 silver medals in the multi class events. As was Coco Robinson, who made the finals of the 50m Backstroke finishing 4th and finishing 6th in the 100m Freestyle. Eve Drew had a great competition, making the finals of the 50m Freestyle, finishing 4th overall. Anthony Kikiras also performed strongly, making the final of the 50m Freestyle, finishing 10th overall.
Well done to all competitors.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Secondary SRC Plan for 2021
On Thursday 18 March the students elected in the Secondary SRC got together to do some training and plan for 2021. This was a great opportunity for the members to gain an understanding of why they have joined the SRC and what initiatives are important to them.
Most of the time was spent working through initiatives that the SRC would like run in 2021 and then grouping these into portfolios. It was wonderful to see a huge number of members volunteer for the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer and to lead different initiatives.
I am very excited to be able to work with the students this year, linked to the three portfolio groups being Environment, Equity and School.
Bullying No Way Day
Last Friday, our Secondary students discussed the importance of Anti Bullying Week and why we still need it.
Fieldwork is work undertaken outside the classroom, so that knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom can be applied in the real world. David Job from Cambridge University states "...it is through our senses that we come to care deeply about [the earth's] well being...There is a growing sense that places and environments have a meaning beyond what can be measured and quantified...". Fieldwork also promotes higher order thinking skills. This semester, fieldwork has been an integral part of assessment tasks in Senior Geography and in Years 7, 9 and 10 Geography.
During Week 5, Year 9 HSIE students and Year 10 Geography Elective students visited 'Djanbung Gardens, Permaculture Institute' in the farming hinterland district of Nimbin. Janelle from 'Djanbung' provided the students with a good understanding of sustainable features underpinning the design of a permaculture garden. Students learnt a lot of relevant information as they moved through the various areas and were taught about the strategies that influenced planning, such as using the appropriate native and introduced species that thrive in the climate and complementary use of animals and planting to maximise efficiency and eliminate chemicals from the system.
A tour of the property was insightful and the daily activities of the property were explained to the enjoyment of the group. They also look at the organic farming of vegetables and its use of small scale irrigation. Excellent information was provided on problems faced by farmers in the area and how such properties can be sustainably managed into the future. Janelle also looked at the significance of the Northern Rivers as a Food Bowl for Australia.
On Thursday March 4, Year 12 Geography students travelled to various sites such as Newrybar, Bangalow, West Byron and Ballina Heights estate to further their understanding of Urban Places. The purpose of the study was to examine the work of urban dynamics in the region with a particular focus on the growth and development of Ballina. This followed on from a presentation by Michael Shea from LJ Hooker Real Estate Group on March 1 based on the growth and development of Cumbalum.
March 15 saw Year 11 Geography students travelling to Byron Bay (along with Year 11 Biology students) to look at contrasting ecosystems and their biogeographical features. They assessed the potential issues for these ecosystems and possible strategies for the future management of the sites. They also looked at the impact of fire on a wildlife corridor at Arakwal National Park and its potential effect on a rare coastal heathland community. Other sites examined include the littoral rainforest at 'The Pass' and the riparian ecosystem at the Belongil Cumbebin Nature Reserve. Students also viewed the Cape Byron Marine Park from different vantage points and discussed the importance of zoning in offshore waters.
On March 16, Year 7 HSIE students visited Rocky Creek Dam to look at water sustainability in the Richmond Catchment. They collected valuable data for use in their assessment task and gained a better understanding of water use and management. They furthered their understanding of the application of geographical skills through the use of topographic maps on the area.
I would like to thank the additional staff for assisting us on each of these days with the various year groups: Mrs Nyrelle Paton, Miss Kellie Guest, Mr Jared Rose, Mr Gavin Hartel, Mrs Catherine Rosenbaum, Ms Brigette Campbell, Mrs Wendy Finlay and Mrs Felicity Regan.
Economics HSC Focus Day
An inaugural joint initiative between St Columba, Port Macquarie, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School and Cessnock Christian School and EAC produced some deep learning on Exchange Rates and the Balance of Payments on March 11. Students were exposed to leading economists from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) and UBS (United Bank of Switzerland, an investment bank). These economists worked with our students to produce 'Nutshells' modelled on the RBA website. Combined groups of students from each of the schools worked to produce the nutshell and received feedback from the economists. They were also treated to a 'wellbeing in the workplace' session (Tai Chi).
I would like to thank Gayle Houlahan from Port Macquarie for driving this initiative and Ella Evans for her contribution on the day. Careers advice in Economics was also provided for our students.
Mrs Luanne McIllhatton
Curriculum Leader HSIE/PDHPE
Senior Geography & Economics Teacher
S Block now open
Renovations of S Block have now finished and students are enjoying cooking in the new kitchen facilities. Pictured here are our Year 8 Ag & Food students making chocolate brownies.
Mrs Kristy Annetts
Secondary Teacher - Food Technology & Hospitality
Year 9 Elective History
Our Year 9 Elective History students have been working on reconstructions of different sites for their assessment task. They can use different platforms and forms like Minecraft, Lego, Tinkercad, sketching and many others. They are engaging so well and developing an excellent knowledge of their chosen sites. This is only one aspect of the task, students must also complete a detailed analysis of the restoration and conservation of the site as well as its significance to history.
Mrs Jennifer Holmes
Secondary Teacher - English, Junior HSIE, History
Bullying No Way Day
Last Friday we marked Bullying No Way Day with several events that highlighted the importance of positive relationships. Firstly, you may have noticed the newly elected SRC students handing out affirmation cards set to the soundtrack of upbeat music as the students arrived for the day. The cards reminded the students to smile, be happy, tell a joke and strike up a conversation with a new friend.
Following this, Year 3B hosted assembly and you can see their video campaign against bullying below.
During the assembly, I spoke about words being like toothpaste and had two eager helpers, Stella and Darcy help me demonstrate that bad words are like toothpaste; when they are squeezed out, it's hard to take them back. I've included a summary of my speech below if you were unsure of what your kids were talking about on Friday after school.
"Words are like a tube of toothpaste. If used the right way, toothpaste helps clean our teeth and keep our mouth healthy. Words are the same way. If we use our words to cheer someone up and say nice, helpful things, our words can bring joy to another person.
Sometimes we can get sloppy with our toothpaste. It can leak all over the cap and make an annoying mess. Same with our words. Sometimes we aren't careful and little cut-downs or grumbling slip out of our mouth. When we're sloppy with our words, we make little messes. We end up with bad moods and hurt feelings.
Now if you squeeze really hard on a tube of toothpaste, all the toothpaste comes squirting out. What a mess that makes! Our words can do the same thing. When you open your mouth and speak hurtful, mean things, you make a huge mess! Have you ever tried shoving toothpaste back into the tube after it has been squirted out? You can't, can you. The same with your words. Once you say those hurtful things, you can't take them back. Saying "sorry" or "I was just kidding" doesn't take the sting of those words away. Long after you have forgotten what you've said, the person you talked mean to will remember it. You can't take it back, just like you can't put toothpaste back into the tube."
Mr Wayne Cross
Director of Primary
From the Office
A remote control was found on the grass in the parent drop-off zone (front of the College).
If it belongs to you, it can be collected from the Front Office.
Friends of EAC
The next Friends of EAC meeting will be held on
Wednesday 31st March at 6.30pm in the Ezzy Centre.
We hope to see you there!
Being part of Friends is a great way to learn about school events, general information, school activities, fundraising opportunities and to make new friends.
We aim to foster a cooperative, supportive and connected community by creating events where parents and families of our school can come together to have fun fundraising and friend raising.
Keep an eye out for the new Term 2 Menuand additional Winter Menu Specials...coming soon!
Canteen Menu 2021
The new menu is available on the College website. The menu complies with the NSW Healthy School canteen strategy. Further items will be added as the year progresses and an expanded Winter Menu will be available in terms two and three.
Please note that items change in price from time to time. If correct money has not been provided, the item will be substituted for an item of the monetary value provided.
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.
Secondary Student Orders
All orders MUST be placed at the canteen by 9.15am each morning, bags can be provided if required.
Primary Student Orders
All orders must be placed in the classroom tub at the start of the day so they can be received at the Canteen before 9.15am. Late orders will only receive an emergency lunch.
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 at both breaks, you must have a separate bag for each break.
FIRST BREAK BAG 1: Name, Teacher, PC Class, First Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
FIRST BREAK BAG 2: Name, Teacher, PC Class, First Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
1 Orange Juice
1 Juice Tube
SECOND BREAK: Name, Teacher, PC Class, Second Break Order
Sue Smith, Mrs Kelvin 4B
1 Mini Fingerbun
1 Snap Stix
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child's order for Second Break.