Interim Principal Address – 5th August 2019

The ‘IP’ Address


What is the FISH Philosophy?


FISH points form part of our Good Standing rewards program and students, for colloquially “Living the FISH”, earn FISH points which translate into certificates and badges at established FISH milestones:

  • Bronze 50 pts
  • Silver 100 pts
  • Gold 150 pts
  • Rainbow 200 pts

But the FISH Philosophy is a far more powerful and enduring concept than quirky and cute badges and certificates that get presented at assembly. The FISH Philosophy includes four simple, interconnected practices that can help shape and guide us all in our daily lives. The FISH! Philosophy embodies all that it means to be a student of EACS, or collectively, an ‘EACSIAN’.

The story begins in the Seattle ‘Pike Place’ FISH markets. Documentary filmmaker John Christensen was shopping in Seattle when he heard cheering in the distance. Curious, he followed the sound and encountered a crowd surrounding a small fish market—World Famous Pike Place Fish, to be exact. Suddenly a fishmonger fired a slippery salmon to a co-worker, who made a spectacular one-handed catch as the crowd applauded. He invited a delighted customer to catch a fish.


John brought a camera crew back to the market and spent several days with the Fishmongers. When he and his team analysed the footage, they identified four simple practices the fishmongers brought to their work that anyone could use to be successful.

Be There

Be emotionally present for people. It’s a powerful message of respect that improves communication and strengthens relationships.


Tap into your natural way of being creative, enthusiastic and having fun. Play is the spirit that drives the curious mind, as in “Let’s play with that idea!” You can bring this mindset to everything you do.

Make Their Day

Find simple ways to serve or delight people in a meaningful, memorable way. It’s about contributing to someone else’s life—not because you want something, but because that’s the person you want to be.

Choose Your Attitude

Take responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you. Your choice affects others. Ask yourself: “Is my attitude helping my teachers or my peers? Is it helping me to be the person I want to be?”

At EACS positive relationships forged between students and students and staff are the backbone or underpinning of our school culture. We aspire to be the best school that we can, and we therefore must continue to search for ways to be explicit in our “Living of the FISH”, by valuing relationships and placing a focus on the interconnectedness of our school community.

What's on (week 3)

  • Monday to Friday – Languages week (Italian competition)
  • Wednesday – Year 10 subject selection ‘speed dating’ with senior students
  • Thursday – Football west soccer coaching clinics (year 7&8 during PE)

What's coming up (week 4)

  • 14 August – Year 9&10 ‘Directions & Decisions’ student WACE presentation
  • 15 August – Shakespeare's Toolkit incursion (years 8-12 students)
  • 16 August – Inter-school surfing competition (Albany)

Further ahead

  • 20 August – Year 10 Parents Directions & Decisions evening 2020
  • 21 August – School Photos day
  • 22-24 August – Esperance Music Festival
  • 26 August – Mid-term break
  • 02 September – Year 7&8 Rotation 3 electives
  • 2-6 September – OLNA Writing, Numeracy and Reading
  • 2-6 September – Year 11/12 Outdoor Education Camp
  • 7-14 September – Year 10/11 Careers Camp in Perth
  • 17 September – ‘Headspace’ Schools Mental Health workshops (students & parents)
  • 19 September – Inter-house Athletics Carnival
  • 27 September – Term 3 ends
  • 11 October – Year 12 Mock WACE Exams commence
  • 14 October – Term 4 commences
  • 14-18 October – Year 12 Mock WACE Exams continues (study leave)


Year 9 Canberra Camp

Acknowledgement of the Australian Government PACER Program

Year 9 students have returned from their Canberra Camp having had a fantastic educational and sightseeing experience of our nation’s Capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the nation’s capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion we would like to thank the Australian Government for contributing $340 funding per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program.

Acknowledgement of Southern Ports

Southern Ports were a generous sponsor of our Year 9 trip contributing $1500 towards the costs of logistical transport arrangements to and from Esperance – Perth. The financial contribution made a real difference to the bottom-line costs, making affordability for our families much more reasonable. Thank you to the Southern Ports Authority of Esperance.

Australian Mathematics Competition

Last Thursday 55 students (over one third of the school) participated in this internationally recognised annual event. Test duration was 75 minutes and 30 questions of increasing difficulty provided students with the opportunity to put their problem solving and reasoning skills to the test. It was great to see the majority of students using their time efficiently whilst attempting all questions within the timeframe. We await with interest for the results to be made available in due course.

Best wishes for the week ahead.


Iain Clark