NEWSLETTER From The Principal T4 Wk 7 27th November 2013 Important Dates

T4 Wk 7 27th November 2013
Next College Newsletter:
Wed 29th January, 2014
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Last Day of Term Friday 6th December
College closes at 12.00 noon
Term 1 2014 commences
Wednesday 29 January 2014
Important Dates
Wed 27th Nov
Yr 10 ABW in EPAC
Thu 28 Nov
Yr10 ABW in EPAC
Friday 29 Nov
Yr10 ABW in EPAC
Junior Primary Nativity in the
Gym at 6.30pm
Mon 2 Dec
Yr10 ABW in EPAC
Yr7-9 Exams
Yr6 Graduation Evening in EPAC
at 7.00pm
Tue 3 Dec
Yr10 ABW in EPAC
Yr7-9 Exams
Wed 4 December
JP Sport & Picnic Day at Belair
Middle School Activity Day
Yr9 Graduation Evening in EPAC
at 7.00pm
Fri 6 Dec
Last Day of Term
School Ends 12.00 noon
R-6 Assembly & Award
Presentations 9-10am
From The Principal
“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded
them. …….. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The
Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you
will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
(Selected verses from Luke 2)
Dear Parents and Friends
We know the school year is nearly ending when classes are putting the final touches on their preparations to present their nativity play to their parents! And such is the case with our five Junior Primary
classes this week. This Friday evening the JP students will act out the events of the first Christmas
when Mary and Joseph found simple lodgings in the town of Bethlehem and prepared for the birth of
Jesus the Messiah. Once again our students will re-enact the shepherds and wise men visiting the
manger to worship Jesus.
On Monday evening, the Speech Night and Graduation for the Senior School, we celebrated the
achievements of our senior students, acknowledged their contributions to the school community, and
provided an opportunity for our leaders to reflect on the events of the past year.
In her Farewell Address to our graduates Mrs Irma Rodda (Head of Senior School) challenged students
to find a cause in which to invest their skills and energy and in so doing bring change to our world.
“Change is possible and change is brought about by passionate people” she said. “So find you passions and causes, find ways of serving that have significance in the world around you (because) without
service we risk our lives becoming insignificant”.
Thank you to our Senior School team for a wonderful evening!
Over the next week we celebrate our Primary Graduation and our Middle School Graduation. These will
also be an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students in our other sub schools.
School will finish at midday on Friday 6th December. The final newsletter for 2013 will be sent with the
2014 Term Dates
Term 1
Wed 29 Jan - Fri 11 Apr
Term 2
Tue 29 Apr - Fri 4 Jul
Term 3
Tue 22 Jul - Fri 26 Sep
Term 4
Mon 13 Oct - Fri 5 Dec
(Subject to change)
December mail out to families which will also include Semester 2 School Reports, a return form for updated student information and an invitation to the Staff and Volunteer Dedication / P&F Welcome BBQ.
(Please RSVP on 2014 Stationery Days or at the start of term).
Prayer points
This is a busy time of the year for teachers as they finalise reports and complete end of year
tasks, and for support staff as they organise mail outs and prepare for the New Year. Your prayer
support will be appreciated.
Pray for the celebrations that remain: the JP Nativity, Yr 6 and Yr 9 Graduations, and the various
class and sub school end of year activities.
Andrew Thomas
Weekly Prayer Meeting
Tuesday Morning
8.30am - 9.00am
Primary News
Year 6 Graduation
At the 2013 Year 6 Graduation ceremony we want to recognise our 41 Year 6 students who have had a fruitful and exciting seven years
in Primary School. It will be a night of celebration as each student has an opportunity to reflect and make a public speech on a different
aspect of their Primary School year. Lauren spoke ”I came to this school half way through Year 3. When I got here everyone was so kind
to me. Everyone wanted to show me around the school and I never felt left out. I met some amazing friends who stuck by me throughout
my years at Emmaus. My teachers were always encouraging and fun. They were always there to help and explained anything I didn’t
understand. I have so many great memories of Primary School and I’d like to thank everyone for those memories.”
Semester 2 Reports
Teachers are working hard, putting much time and effort into completing Semester 2 reports which will be posted on 12th December. The
reports are an important tool in communicating to parents your children’s strengths as well as their challenges. We encourage parents to
read them carefully and to celebrate some of the positive attributes mentioned in these reports with your children.
House Leaders Team Event
Emerald and Topaz House Leaders will be hosting a House Team Event on Friday 29th November from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Students will
rotate around a course of six different “beach” theme activities. We are looking forward to a fantastic afternoon of competition and fun with
students looking colourful in their sports uniforms and house leaders in their beachwear.
Orientation Morning
The ‘moving up’ visits to the students’ 2014 classes on Wednesday have proved valuable for both students and teachers. They provided
the opportunity for the children to familiarise themselves with their teacher, their peers and hopefully create a sense of peace over the
holiday break.
Junior Primary Nativity Play
The Junior Primary Nativity Play is a fitting finale to the school year for the Primary School. We are looking forward to an exceptional
performance from all 109 Junior Primary students retelling the Christmas story to our School Community on Friday 29th November. Thank
you to Esme Leibbrandt and the Junior Primary Team for their excellent effort with the students. We can’t wait for this amazing evening of
celebration of Christ’s birth!
On behalf of the Primary Staff I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the School Community, for your support in 2013 and to
wish you a blessed Christmas and a refreshing holiday break.
Last night (Tuesday 26th November) the School of Languages held their annual Celebrations of Achievement Night.
Congratulations to two of our Primary students who received acknowledgement for achievement.
Millicent Soo-Hee Peak Korean Yr 5
Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Jenna Pierobon
Italian Yr 4
Award of Merit
Annette Craven
Senior School News
Congratulations to our many students who received Character Awards, Subject Awards and Extra-curricular awards.
Highlights of awards presented at Speech Night include
Year 10 Dux Jessica Townsend
Year 11 Dux Bonny Miller
Year 12 Dux Jack Gerrits
Caltex Allrounder Award: William Tucker
David Martin Leadership Awards (presented by Edwardstown Lions): Kenneth Limosnero, Johanna Chapman
Lan Tan Leadership Awards (presented by Australian Defence Forces): Year 10 Jessica Townsend; Year 12 Pietta Gresham
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to lead their houses in 2014: Bonny Miller (Emerald House Captain),
Johanna Chapman (Ruby House Captain) and David McDonough (Topaz House Captain). They also assume the role of College CoCaptains for 2014.
Student and Family Welfare
I have been spending some time recently reflecting on how quickly the years pass when you are a parent.
It seems like only yesterday our son started primary school and I have been reminded of this as I watch the new Reception parents bring
their children for their first orientation days at Emmaus. Soon there will be other milestones to celebrate and applaud but right now there is
some obvious anxiety and grief mixed in with joy for these parents as they watch their little ones prepare to start school.
Our son Tom, who was at Emmaus, is getting married in a couple of weeks’ time. We are so excited about his fiancé Emma joining
our family and the new life they plan to start together, but there is still obvious grief for me as a mum as he prepares to leave home. I
compared notes with Mrs Argent in First Aid, and Mrs White in Home Ec whose children are also being married in December. They too
have been experiencing grief mixed in with their joy and as we have shared laughter and tears I have been so thankful for friends who
truly know what I have been going through as a mum.
If you are experiencing some mixed emotions as a parent, please let someone else know. If your child is experiencing new milestones, or
there are situations in your family you are having trouble coming to terms with, don’t forget that by talking this through with someone that
you trust, it helps you process your feelings and encourages you when someone else says ‘I’ve been there!’
For further information and support as a parent, don’t forget to visit the Parentingideas website or the Growing Faith site, both links are and
Sue Chapman
Music News
Music Notes
Congratulations to Lily Wicks and Rachel Michael (Year 11) who have been accepted into the 2014 Adelaide Festival’s ‘Class of Cabaret’.
This will be an amazing and unique opportunity for them, as they are two of only fifteen students chosen to be part of this. They will be
undertaking workshops with Kate Ceberano and other highly respected cabaret performers. This will all culminate in performances at the
2014 Adelaide Festival.
On another note, it is not too late to send in applications for your child to start learning an instrument in 2014. This form can be accessed
from the College website. We have vacancies for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone.
Andrew Verco
First Aid News
Tips to Reduce Pollen Exposure
Pollen grains are released from certain grasses, weeds and tress. They are coated in proteins that can trigger allergic reactions –
commonly asthma and hayfever. The height of grass pollen season is from late September to late December. The highest amount
of pollen can be found in the air between 6.00am and noon. Each day, samples of the air are analysed to gauge how much pollen is
airborne and whether the level is considered high, moderate or low.
When the pollen count is high:
Pollen can stick to clothes. Consider hanging clothes inside on windy days.
Keep the windows and doors closed, to prevent the pollens from coming inside
Shower/change clothes after being outside
Avoid activities that expose you to pollen, such as mowing lawns
Protect your eyes with sunglasses
Use re-circulated air in the car
Check tomorrow’s pollen count by visiting:
Collection of Medications
As the conclusion of the 2013 school year is rapidly approaching we would like to advise parents that we DO NOT store medications here
at the school over the long school holiday period. Could all medications please be collected from the First Aid Room before or on the final
day of school.
Updating Care Plans
Medication Plans, Asthma Record Cards and other health care plans need to be updated annually or whenever there is a change in
the care needs for a student. If your child’s Health Care Plan is due to be updated, the school holidays are an ideal time to make an
appointment with a doctor and get this in order ready for the 2014 school year. Medication Plans and Asthma Record Cards can be
downloaded from the College website or you can collect a blank form from the First Aid Officers. If you have any questions please contact
the First Aid Officers.
College News
Sun protection
We have many and varied school activities at this time of the year. Many are outdoor events. We want our students to be sun safe and
use wise sun protection measures. The College does supply sun screen at all outdoor events.
Parents are asked to support staff keep students sun safe on full day events by ensuring students apply sunscreen before leaving home,
have suitable protective clothing and a reserve supply of sunscreen they are used to using (especially important for students with sensitive
skin). If water based activities are planned rash tops or T-shirts are recommended as well as sun screen and suitable broad-brimmed hats.
The College Solar Protection Policy aims to promote positive attitudes toward skin cancer protection, as well as personal responsibility
and lifestyle practices that are known to help reduce the incidence of skin cancer and the number of related deaths.
Scholarships at Emmaus Christian College
Applications are open for Scholarships offered by Emmaus Christian College in 2015 as follows:
Academic Scholarships for Year 8 in 2015 (Applications close 21st January 2014)
Performing Arts Scholarship for Year 7 or 8 in 2015 (Applications close 7th February 2014)
Principal Scholarships for Years 7 and 10 in 2015 (Applications close 7th February 2014)
Pilgrim Scholarship for Year 8 in 2015 (Applications close 7th February 2014 and are only available to Pilgrim School students)
Full details of Scholarships and application forms are available on the College website.
Scholarships at Emmaus Christian College are available to students who meet the College’s enrolment criteria. Please contact the
Registrar on 8292 3888 if you require further information.
Yr 10 Stories and Poems Book
Mrs Bates’ Year 10 English class has self-published a book of stories and poems. These were inspired by photographs taken by a
member of the class, Holly Winter. We are hoping to have a copy of the book available at Speech Night or at the final ABW session. Once
we have finished editing the book, it will be available to purchase. Congratulations to our Yr 10’s and Mrs Bates on this publication.
Lost Property
Please check the lost property clothes rack and boxes outside the Student Services Office during weeks 7 and 8. Any remaining lost
property after the last day of term will be donated to charity.
FIRST Lego League State Challenge
On Sunday 17th November, 9 students competed at the FIRST Lego League State Challenge at Prince Alfred College. The competition
included a Project, Core Values (teamwork and Gracious Professionalism) and a Lego Robot Challenge. This year was fun and
challenging. We had a very good team that was well organised and committed. The whole team had an input into the competition, either
in the project, the robot challenge or both. Our project about Flat Packed Housing for Disaster Relief won us First Prize in state for the
Project component. Good teamwork found us placed third overall and we have been invited to compete at First Lego League National
Finals at Macquarie University in Sydney on 7th December. Thanks to Mrs Wakefield for supervising us on the day and our practices at
Congratulations to our First Lego League team. Best wishes for the Nationals this weekend.
Uniform Shop
Year 6 students (for Yr 7 2014)
Please be aware Middle School students are required to wear a formal uniform. Boys are required to wear formal shorts and a Senior
School shirt for summer. The girls are required to wear the School dress as their formal summer uniform. The Middle School hat is the
bucket hat.
Please refer to the uniform book for more details.
2013 Opening Hours
Monday 8.30 am - 10.00 am
Thursday 8.30 am - 10.00 am
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
1.00 pm - 1.30 pm
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Additional Opening Times during December 2013 / January 2014
Dec 9 Mon
9.00am - 4.30pm
Jan 14
Jan 15
Jan 16
Jan 17
Jan 20
Jan 21
Jan 22
Jan 23
Jan 24
Jan 27
Jan 28
Jan 29
12 noon - 5.00pm
9.00am - 1.00pm
12 noon - 5.00pm
9.00am - 1.00pm
8.30am - 5.00pm
8.30am - 6.00pm (Stationery Day)
8.30am - 1.00pm (Stationery Day)
8.30am - 1.00pm
CLOSED (Public Holiday)
8.30am - 5.00pm
8.30am - 10.00am and 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Christine Blom
Uniform Shop Manager