Executive Team Address – 21 October 2019

The ‘ETA’ Executive Team Address

TERM 4 WEEK 2 REFLECTIONS

The positive effect of Community Spirit and Action

Over the recent holiday break the School developed a marketing brochure, which was printed and distributed through Australia Post across Esperance and its surrounds. It may be that some families have already received the EACS Brochure in the mail. While it is important for the School that the word gets out about the School's fee reduction, it is more important that the wider community are informed about the wonderful opportunities available at EACS for all children, some of which are featured in this week’s edition of the Executive Team Address (ETA). We trust that the brochure captures both of these elements, however the positive advocacy of the School, through its staff, students and parents will be most effective in ensuring that this important message is shared throughout our community.

The School has also commissioned a radio advertisement that will be aired over the coming weeks. We trust that this mode of advertising is effective in highlighting the distribution of the brochure; as well as the effective and holistic education available at EACS.

The Executive would also like to thank all of those staff and students who volunteered to man the School's stand at this year's Esperance Show. This has always been an effective way in which we can market the programmes available at our school, however more effective is the fact that we have staff and students willing to give of their own time to promote our school and provide a free service through face painting in order to engage with members of the Esperance community.

This aspect of the School’s presence at the Show demonstrates the School’s community spirit and action in practice, which is far more effective than any brochure distribution or radio advertisement.

After-school enrichment at EACS

The sign of a good school is the ability of that school to provide both remediation and enrichment opportunities to cater for the aspirations and learning needs of individual students. From an academic standpoint natural remediation and extension exists within the boundaries of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) scope and sequence guidelines.

For those students with a thirst for additional challenge and academic extension there are a number of enrichment opportunities in place to give students the platform to expand their mind and think outside the box to find creative and new ways to express themselves and solve problems. Our after-school activities program is making some great strides in accommodating this learning intention.

Chess Club is facilitated each week after school with Mr Clark and Mr Chakraborty. Chess is one of the oldest board games in the world and involves developing a strategy and applying tactics to outsmart your opponent to achieve “Shah mat” or a state of checkmate which literally translated means “the King is dead”. This Friday is our 10th annual EACS Chess Congress where teams from all the local Esperance Primary schools as well as ESHS will converge on EACS to battle it out for tactical line honours.

Model UN Club is facilitated on a Wednesday after school with Miss Green. Model UN is a current affairs forum where students have the opportunity to discuss political and topical events that are of pressing concern in the world today. Over time it has been great to see the interest shown from students seeking to expand their knowledge base as well as engage in robust discussion with the teacher and their peers.

Have Sum Fun Online is a national Mathematics competition which is conducted each semester on a Tuesday after school with Mrs Ford. It is a maths quiz of NAPLAN-type problems. Have Sum Fun Online is designed to foster mathematical problem-solving skills for students in years 3-10 across Australia. The competition consists of three rounds of 10 questions, where students, in teams of four, have one hour to complete each round of questions. Best of luck to this semester’s teams.

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Notices

Student Leaders 2020

It is with great pleasure that we are now in a position to announce our five student Leaders for 2020. A new system was brought into effect this year which was a rigorous agenda requiring an initial student nomination and application, candidate speech in front of the school, student and staff voting and a formal interview. Whilst the decision as to who will be Head Boy and Head Girl will not be announced until the end of year Night of Celebration and Awards the following students made a real impression and should feel extremely proud of their achievement:

  • Luke Burnside
  • Zowie Fiegert
  • Luke Greatrex
  • Jett Nelson
  • mogen Stone

Student Achievements

It would be great to be able to make mention of notable achievements from our students throughout the year. Many achievements occur outside the realms of school, but certainly does not render them any less noteworthy than those achieved in school. So whether it’s motocross, horse riding, sailing or tiddlywinks if your child has done something that is a feather in their cap and that they or you are proud of then let the school know so this can be recognised and trumpeted to the world via school media publications.

This week’s highlights:

Amber Patupis-Retsas

Amber recently represented WA at the Pony Club Nationals in the discipline of showjumping. It was an amazing experience for Amber and her horse Eucla Park Osca to compete at such a high level and at such an amazing facility in Sydney. Overall, Amber finished 12 out of 22 competitors across the country – amazing! Amber and her horse Touchstone Felix were also awarded U16 Champion Dressage Rider at the Esperance Show. Congratulations Amber.

Bianca Greene

Bianca Greene and her pony BML Sunset recently competed at the WA State Showjumping titles winning 5 out of 7 classes that she competed in. She also had a highly successful Esperance Show winning 6 out of 8 showjumping classes and in doing so took out the Hills Plains Award for leading horse and rider combination. Congratulations Bianca.

Mieka Watkins

Mieka recently competed at both the Regional and State Gymnastics Championships at level 5 which is quite an accomplished level of technical ability. Mieka performed well at both events, improving her scores at the nationals with a best of 8/10 on the floor. Congratulations Mieka.

CALENDAR EVENTS

What's on this week (week 2)

  • Monday – Friday Year 12 students back in school (final week)
  • Tuesday – Thursday Executive Principal in school (appointments necessary)
  • Friday Year 12 final day breakfast and activities
  • Friday EACS Chess Congress

Further ahead

  • 01-07 November Year 11 Exams
  • 07 November Open Morning 0910 – 1110hrs
  • 08 November Year 11 First Aid training (St Johns, Esperance, Sub Centre)
  • 04-08 November Year 10 Exams
  • 15 November Transition Day
  • 18 November Mid-term break (school closed)
  • 19-22 November Year 7-9 Exams
  • 08 December Musical Soiree and family afternoon 1300-1600hrs
  • 10 December Night of Celebration and Awards
  • 12 December Inter-house Beach Volleyball (all day)
  • 16 December 2019S2 Reports issued

Executive Principal Dates - Esperance

  • Tuesday 22 October – Thursday 24 October (am)
  • Wednesday 6 November – Friday 8 November (am)
  • Tuesday 3 December – Thursday 5 December (am)
  • Tuesday 10 December – Wednesday 11 December (am)

Best wishes for the week ahead.

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Jason Bartell
EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL
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Iain Clark
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
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Lisa Marquis
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL