Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been good to be back in Esperance, and at the School, after a week of meetings with the ASC and the Diocese. Happily, there was much that was constructive in these and I took much delight from the many positive comments about our excellent ATAR results and success with Big Picture. So many of the so-called ‘indicators’ which measure success in our schools are now wholly positive for EACS, a fact which is now well-known and understood within the system.
Mention of Big Picture leads me to share with you a recent post which shows EACS and our Graduation Portfolio students from 2018 in a very positive light. This will be sent in a separate email and will, I am sure, give you pleasure in reading it.
Pleasure too in recognising that one of our students, Callum Crawford, was awarded the Leon Stone Shield for best U21 Senior Country Week cricket player for 2019. He follows in a fine EACS tradition previous winners having been Adam Edwards and Connor Scott, who both attended the School.
The busyness of the end of the year and the late receipt of the medals prevented me from congratulating our successful athletes who participated in the inter-Schools Athletics Competition in Albany. We ended up with three age- group champions for division B:
Yr 7 Boys’ Champion: Ben Brierley
Yr 8 Boys’ Champion: Ben Murgatroyd
Yr 10 Girls Champion: Kristyn Baker
Medals will (finally!) be presented in Assembly next week.
Year 11 and Year 12 Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting
This is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 27th March from 1530 to 1800. 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.
It seems a touch early to be speaking of winter uniform, but this will be required from the start of Term 2 (with the usual grace period of three weeks for either winter or summer rig to be worn). Bookings for fittings can be made by calling Reception; this will be open in the holidays from 0900 to 1500 on each week day.
We welcome back Mr Blair Castelli following an operation to his knee.
Sadly, Mrs Marcia Leonard has been called away to Sydney to deal with illness in her family. It is unlikely that she will be back this term, but her Years 7 to 10 classes will be taught by Ms Esther Welsh and the Year 11 class by Mr Phil Shelton.
We have, again, started the process of teacher observation and feedback as part of the Educator Impact process – student views are sought as part of this process, which also involves observations by me and by colleagues.
Mrs Melinda Ford and her organising committee have been working hard in preparation for the Ball, which takes place on Saturday 30th March, at the Pink Lake Golf Club, with a start of 6pm for 6.30pm.
Looking ahead we have the following events taking place.
Sunday 24th – Year 12 Ball fundraising sausage sizzle at Bunnings
Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th – Big Picture mentor visit
Wednesday 27th – 1530 to 1800 Year 11 and 12 Parent-Student-Teacher meeting
Thursday 28th – EACS Tennis Competition tbc
Saturday 30th – 1800 for 1830 School Ball at Pink Lake Golf Club
Thursday 4th April – GSSSA Swimming Competition at Mount Barker
Friday 5th – Over the Horizon Conference
Monday 8th to Friday 12th – Years 7 and 8 Camp at Metricup, Margaret River
Tuesday 9th – 1300 School attends Perth Symphony Orchestra recital in Civic Centre
Friday 12th – Final day of School for students
All good wishes for the forthcoming weekend.
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles