Dear Parents and Carers,
The end of another week and it looks like it might also be the end of the summer heat. Our tennis players travelled all the way to Albany for the Fast Fours tennis and experienced so much bad weather there that they did not hit a ball, the tournament eventually being cancelled.
Happily, swimming was not affected by the weather as EACS students travelled to Karratha to swim for Esperance, at the WA Country Pennants over the long weekend. 500 swimmers from 30 clubs competed.
Ben Murgatroyd, Year 9, won gold in all four strokes, breaking records that have stood since 2001 in freestyle and butterfly. He was placed 2nd overall (all divisions, all swimmers!) in the 50m men’s freestyle, and ranked in the top six male swimmers in backstroke and butterfly. Ben also caught the eye of the Swimming WA Talent coach which augurs well for him in the future.
Maddilyn McGrinder, Year 10, also competed, winning one gold, two silvers and one bronze.
Bailey Fiegert, Year 8, came home with three bronzes and a silver.
The three swimmers, along with the fourth Esperance swimmer Jack Harris, won silver in both the mixed 16-year-olds freestyle and medley relays.
Aussie of the Month
As intimated in an earlier ‘Comment’ we have begun our Aussie of the Month awards. It gave me great pleasure to present awards to the following students.
Year 7 Layne Varea
Year 8 Mya deGrussa
Year 9 Hunter Bryant
Year 10 Macey Podmore
Year 11/12 Zowie Fiegert
This is an important part of what we are about as a school community and it has been good to see a high level of interest in the Nulsen Breakfast Club which has restarted for the year. It involves the cooking of pancakes at EACS and then serving breakfast to the children at Nulsen, which is a meaningful and useful way of working with each other.
Individual efforts also figure in community service and, in this regard, Finlay McKenzie took it upon himself to organise, advertise and conduct a car wash from which he donated 100% of the proceeds to the McGrath Foundation: he raised $145 over the five hours. A fine example of initiative and service.
Year 7 Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting
This is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 13th March from 1530 to 1730. This is an opportunity for parents and their children to meet with teachers to discuss how the first few weeks have unfolded and to identify any opportunities for improvement. We operate an electronic booking process so that every teacher has appointment times to ensure a smooth transition between appointments. Full details of the whole process have been sent out but if you have any issues please contact Reception.
A reminder, too, that students are expected to attend with their parents.
Looking ahead we have the following events taking place.
Monday 11th March – OLNA Numeracy test
Tuesday 12th – OLNA Reading test
Wednesday 13th – 1530 to 1730 Year 7 Parent-Student-Teacher meeting (invitations have been sent)
Thursday 14th – 0850 – Assembly led by Mrs Shipp’s Year 10 Advisory group on the theme of speaking out against bullying
Friday 15th – All day – Beach Carnival
Saturday 16th – Condingup Fair where the School will have a stand
Tuesday 19th – 0900 - Year 7 needles
Friday 22nd – 0900 – Year 8 needles
Sunday 24th – Year 12 Ball fundraising sausage sizzle at Bunnings
Wednesday 27th – Year 11 and 12 Parent-Student-Teacher meeting
Thursday 28th – EACS Tennis Competition
Saturday 30th – School Ball
With every good wish.
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles