“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” John 13:4-5
From The Principal
At this week’s Whole College Assembly, I was once again reminded of the myriad of learning opportunities available to our students and the wonderful level of student energy to embrace and participate in all that is on offer at the College. There was a tremendous performance by the Primary Concert Band; acknowledgement of a broad range of elite sporting achievement encompassing the fields of swimming, athletics, soccer and hockey; two students received Young Achiever Scholarship provided by the SCOPE Club; we recognised our Lions Youth of the Year Recipients; and Mr Parks awarded the first of our Silver Awards for the year. Rev Sally also prayed a lovely blessing on all our community as we journey through Holy Week and prepare for the celebration of Easter Sunday.
Over the last 12 months, I have had a number of conversations with students and parents about expanding the uniform options. There two key areas of request have been around shorts and pants options for girls and a jacket for Year 7-10 students to wear with the day uniform.
The College has been working with our uniform supplier and in recent days we have been able to have students try on a number of samples. Feedback from the students has been conveyed back to the suppliers and we hope to have final samples for approval prior to the end of term. We anticipate that the new uniform items will be available for purchase by the end of Term 2.
We have also hosted the first of our Year 7 2019 Experience Days with 72 Year 6 students from EAC and beyond participated in the day. This was the first of four days that form a key component of the College transition program which is designed to support students with the journey from Primary to Secondary school. As part of the day, students were involved in a range of taster lessons and had the opportunity to do some Art, Commerce, Textiles, Japanese and Mathematics. Students also had an opportunity to work with a ‘mini’ timetable and do a number of other activities to help them get to know each other a little better. All of the feedback about the day has been extremely positive and I thank the large number of teaching and office staff involved in the day for their preparation and efforts in making the day a success for all.
As we journey through Holy Week and look with great hope to the joy of Easter, I wish everyone many blessings during this most sacred time.
Mr Rob Tobias
off the deputy's desk
In my last group of rounds in the Primary, I watched Mrs Buddee’s Year 5 Japanese class. This was an all action, dancing, singing, reciting, moving and highly engaging class. I wish I’d had such an enjoyable language learning experience when I was at school. Mrs Sculley’s Year 2’s were researching tourism in Australia for HSIE and there were many Habits of Mind being utilised. I was really impressed with how well these students were working in their groups. Mrs Darnell’s Year 1 students were engaged in using the habits of gathering data through all senses and thinking interdependently as they engaged in joint construction of text about the experience of eating watermelon. The students worked beautifully and produced some great sentences. Finally, in Mrs McLelland’s class, the students were working developing their skills with subtraction and this included a very enjoyable game of "build to ten" snap. This concludes my Primary visits for the term.
This week I have started watching the Secondary staff and viewed a very entertaining Year 7 Music lesson. Mr Cleverley had his class learning about rhythm and they were then working on keyboards to develop chords. There were some wonderful examples of the habits of persistence, striving for accuracy and using senses to gather data. I then saw Miss Guest working with her Year 4 PDHPE class on developing the skill of overarm throwing. Miss Guest began her lesson with a very unique warm up activity and the students then had to work together to build their throwing target. Miss Guest was developing multiple habits of mind with her students during this lesson.
This week’s Habit of Mind is questioning and problem solving. In short this habit involves asking how do you know? It means having a questioning attitude; knowing what data is needed and developing questioning strategies to produce this data. It is about finding problems to solve.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of humans is our inclination and ability to find problems to solve. Effective problem solvers know how to ask questions to fill in the gaps between what they know and what they don't know. Effective questioners are inclined to ask a range of questions:
- What evidence do you have?
- How do you know that's true?
- How reliable is this data source?
- They also pose questions about alternative points of view:
- From whose viewpoint are we seeing, reading, or hearing?
- From what angle, what perspective, are we viewing this situation?
Effective questioners pose questions that make causal connections and relationships:
- How are these (people, events, or situations) related to each other?
- What produced this connection?
Sometimes they pose hypothetical problems characterized by "if" questions:
- What do you think would happen if…?
- If that is true, then what might happen if …?
Inquirers recognize discrepancies and phenomena in their environment, and they probe into their causes:
- Why do cats purr?
- How high can birds fly?
- Why does the hair on my head grow so fast, while the hair on my arms and legs grows so slowly?
- What would happen if we put the saltwater fish in a freshwater aquarium?
- What are some alternative solutions to international conflicts, other than wars?
Some students may be unaware of the functions, classes, syntax, or intentions in questions. They may not realize that questions vary in complexity, structure, and purpose. They may pose simple questions intending to derive maximal results. When confronted with a discrepancy, they may lack an overall strategy to search for and find a solution. (Costa, 2008)
I wish all members of our College community a very happy Easter and hope that our students take the time to reflect upon the reasons for this holiday. Please travel safely and we look forward to a productive final 2 weeks of term when the students return.
Tuesday 3 April
Year 10 Natural Ability Testing Introduction
Bill Turner Soccer Cup –Girls vs Mullumbimby HS at Mullumbimby
Thursday 5 April
Primary Interrelate Bullying Awareness
Friends’ Primary Disco-5.00-7.00 pm-UCA
Friday 6 April
Primary Interrelate Bullying Awareness
Tuesday 10 April
Whole College Chapel-9.00 am-St Mary’s Anglican Church
Giant 20 Photo-Oval
Wednesday 11 April
Years 1-12 Parent Teacher Interviews-Primary Ezzy Centre; Secondary-Library-3.30-8.30 pm
Year 12 Reports distributed
Friday 13 April
College Cross Country
K-2 End of Term Disco-Ezzy Centre
Term 1 Concludes
Mr Darren Parks
This week, in Anglican churches around the world, the story of the last week of Jesus’ life is being retold and remembered. We call these days between Palm Sunday and Good Friday, Holy Week. Starting on Palm Sunday with the crowds welcoming Jesus, the man who they hoped would save them from the Romans, the king and Messiah they had been hoping for. The crowds were loud and enthusiastic – the High Priests and temple officials…not so much!
In the course of this Holy Week we hear of Jesus' relationship with his friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Andrew and Phillip, indeed all his followers, including the ill-fated Judas. We hear stories of actions of love as Jesus' feet are tenderly wiped with anointing oil in a precursor of what would happen in the very near future. There are signs of how widely the message of Jesus was spreading as Greeks, strangers to the way of Jesus came looking to hear his wisdom first hand. We hear of strange acts, stories of life that can only come through a death, as in the case of the grain of wheat…and meals shared that had dangerous and wonderful overtones, talk of the importance of remembering and reconnecting.
These are the stories of Holy Week, you can read them for yourself in John’s Gospel – chapters 12 and 13. They are stories that lead us to the most powerful story of love – Jesus' death on the cross.
Reverand Sally Miller
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Students from the Early Learning Centre joined Kindergarten and their teachers for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Students enjoyed sharing morning tea and stories together.
When discussing what they enjoyed most about the picnic, students from the Early Learning Centre shared the following:
"I liked going to the big class and sitting down for a story." - William
"I love drawing on the teddy bear." - Esme
"I liked eating the chocolate teddy bears." - Yvonne
K-2 Welfare Leader
During the last few weeks Rod, from Interrelate, visited the Year 5 and 6 classrooms to teach us about Cyber Safety and the importance of being careful when using online games and social media websites.
We learnt what information to share and what to keep to ourselves. We should keep our school and home address and passcodes private. We learnt how to stop cyber bullying by blocking the bully, report them, collect the evidence and talk to someone you trust. We also learnt to be wary of others online.
We discussed social networking, different types of social media platforms and the difference between trolls and cyber bullies. At the end of the session we watched an inspirational short clip about how cyber bullying can change you and affect your life.
Cybersafe Teens is a great program. It taught us how to become safer users of technology.
Thandi, Sofia, Asia and Marlie – Year 6
Harmony Day - 21 March
Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone.
In 2A, students discussed what makes them the same and what makes them different to others.
Our diversity makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.
Peer Support Training Day
In Term 2, all Year 6 students will lead a Peer Support group that will consist of students from Kindergarten through to Year 5. These groups will meet together once a week, and under the guidance of their Year 6 leaders, will take part in activities and learn skills to develop and enhance their relationships with peers. This week the Year 6 students took part in a training day to prepare them for their role as leaders. Through games, discussions and set tasks we taught the students many of the core skills that they will need to be a great Peer Support Leader. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day. They worked together as a team, they laughed, they cheered each other on and they had pizza for lunch!
Mrs Cahill and Mr McCotter
NSW CIS Swimming Primary Championships
Well done to the following students who represented the North Coast Independent Schools at the NSW Combined Independent Schools Primary Swimming Championships in Sydney last week. Charlotte Shepherd, Luke Bond, Hayden Kelvin, George Lee, Abigail Matthews, Jayden Matthews, Coco Robinson, Finnigan Robinson, William Shepherd, Summer Thompson & Zephyre Westover- Jones.
NSW CIS Football (Soccer) Primary Girls Trials
Under 15 Boys Bill Turner Cup Soccer
Recently, Stage 5 had the privilege to watch a play called, The Stones by Zeal Theatre from Sydney. It was the best play this school has ever seen. Two men who we later found out had been working together for over 20 years performed it. They used humour and teenage interests to capture our attention, as well as playing electric guitar in the scenes to create suspense! I highly recommend watching it to anyone who is has the chance to see this powerful performance.
Bronte Jarrett Year 9
“The characters were intense and extremely engaging. It brought forth many important issues.”
“It was really cool!”
“The performance was outstanding in conveying a powerful message.”
‘I found it extremely captivating.’
“The characters were played exceptionally well.”
“The performance had a big impact. I loved the changing of characters and how they barely had any props but they did such a good job without them”
EAC science department would be very pleased to accept donations of any film canisters families may have at home. Please drop them into the front office.
Film canisters are used in many ways in science. For example, Alka-seltzer plus vinegar plus film canister equals POP! And the lid hits the ceiling, nicely illustrating the build-up of carbon dioxide created in the reaction. Steve Spangler has a wonderful illustration of this online, if you wished to see for yourselves!
Friends of Emmanuel
Mothers Day raffle tickets will also be available for sale at the Front Office or at the Disco - $2 each or 3 for $5 for a beautiful hamper full of pampering goodies.
EAC Canteen 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:
Hot Cross Buns now available $2
Traditional, Chocolate choc chip
Sushi Dates: April 3
Subway Date: April 10
Sushi – Tuesday 3 April
Sushi from IGA will be available from the canteen next Tuesday 3 April. 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, 29 March.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
If you have not heard from the canteen co-ordinator within 24 hours please contact her via text or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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