Dear Parents and Carers,
A long weekend in prospect and, hopefully, the chance to draw breath. Although EACS Brekkie Bytes keeps you posted of affairs on a day-to-day basis there are a few points to be made here.
The ‘Elevate’ study skills programme, which was delivered to all students this week, again proved to be a highly informative and worthwhile process. It was good to welcome a few parents to their session which showed how parents could help reinforce the skills taught to their children. This is one of those meaningful and effective ways in which home and school can work together for the benefit of the students’ learning. We hope that all will have taken something of value from the programme. All the documents relating to the programme will be on SEQTA under the ‘Documents’ tab.
Year 7 and 8 Needles
Information and envelopes have been sent home with students in Years 7 and 8: if these have not been returned please ensure that they are handed-in to Reception without delay. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to call Reception.
ASC Samoa Service Learning Trip
Mrs Natalie Shipp and two Year 9 students will be joining with staff and students from other ASC schools to make the trip to Samoa, in July, for the first of what we hope will be many such service learning trips. There are still a few places available so if your son or daughter is in Years 9 or 10 and would like to know more please encourage them to see Mrs Shipp.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
This is a new initiative whereby each Advisory elects a representative to meet with me and the prefects.
The SRC provides leadership opportunities for students from each year group and meets regularly with the aim of helping to make the School community an even better place than it already is. We embrace the Design for Change approach, which is now established in Australia after successes in Asia. Members of the SRC engage in seminars to establish what is going well in the School and, from this positive base, then look at what could be improved through initiatives that they can take, involving other students in the process. This unfolds through a series of steps in which the SRC FEELS what they would like to see working better, IMAGINES how this could be achieved and what it would look like, and then DOES something to make sure progress is made. SHARING this initiative with others is also part of the process. In the past, student leaders have used this method to bring about change in areas as diverse as pedestrian safety in the car park area, providing meaningful activities for students during recess and lunch, or raising awareness of the plight of refugees.
We hope that through these means a wide cross-section of our School community has the opportunity to exercise servant leadership and, thereby, make the community a better place for their efforts (which of course brings a deep personal satisfaction and sense of fulfilment). And, of course, giving them the means to contribute more widely and effectively in their own communities outside school.
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 will be sent out early next week.
Pedestrian Access to the Underpass
Despite the changes made to this access route we have identified that further work is necessary to ensure the safety of pedestrians using this route. Work will begin within the next week on these improvements.
We will also be pruning some overhanging branches in pedestrian areas to avoid bumping of heads or possible falls.
Although details are in the calendar you might like additional notification of the following events:
Monday 4th – Labour Day holiday – School closed
Tuesday 5th – Shrove Tuesday
Tuesday 5th – OLNA Writing test
Tuesday 5th – 0845 Talk to Year 7s by the Gideon Bible Society
Tuesday 5th – 1730 Information evening for prospective students and parents at the Civic Centre
Wednesday 6th – 0850 Ash Wednesday Chapel service
Thursday 7th – Fast Fours tennis at Albany (tbc)
Friday 8th – 0850 WACE Seminar for Year 12s
Monday 11th – OLNA Numeracy test
Tuesday 12th – OLNA Reading test
Wednesday 13th – 1530 to 1730 Year 7 Parent-Student-Teacher meeting (invitations will be sent)
Friday 15th – All day – Beach Carnival
Saturday 16th – Condingup Fair where the School will have a stand
Warm wishes for the long weekend.
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles