Executive Team Address – 19th November 2019

The ‘ETA’ Executive Team Address


Non-Cognitive Competencies and 21st Century Skills

In 2018, the Australian Government funded research and a report titled: ‘Through Growth to Achieve; The Review
to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools’. This review identified three priorities which included the
need to equip every student to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world.

Within these priorities, a number of recommendations were made, including:

  • to strengthen community engagement to enrich learning, and
  • to give more prominence to the acquisition of 21st Century skills.

Here at Esperance Anglican Community School we strive to meet this priority and we do so via a range of programs and learning opportunities. One way that we strengthen community engagement is through the Big Picture design, which encourages students to become integral parts of their broader community, whilst bringing their academic learning to life in a ‘real world’ context.

Students are actively encouraged to be involved in the community in a positive way. This can be through volunteering, service activities and service-learning projects. These positive learning experiences provides evidence of a student’s application of the Non-Cognitive Competencies. Noncognitive or “soft skills” are related to motivation, integrity, and interpersonal interaction as opposed to more tangible yet perhaps less flexible achievement and performance-based measures.

These 21st Century non-cognitive competencies include; positive self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, community service and involvement, successful leadership experience, proficiency in research, group collaboration, problem-solving and reasoning, community engagement and global citizenship. These attributes are highly sought after and valued by employees and higher education institutions as they are indicators of further, self-driven learning.

Many of these non-cognitive competencies were in evidence last weekend when our Year 10 students, as part of their Big Picture community service project, helped organised and assisted with the running of McHappy Day. McHappy Day is a significant fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House charities who provide a home away from home to support families with children requiring treatment in Perth.c

Under the guidance of Advisory Tutors Mrs Natalie Shipp and Mrs Lara Williams the year 10 students worked together to collect donations for an online auction and raffle, organised a bake sale and dress up day at school, promoted McHappy Day to the public, requested the support of VIP’s, decorated the store and contributed additional activities such as free face painting.

Working collaboratively for such a worthwhile cause has enabled our students to develop and practice skills that will set them up well for life and future employment, a key focus of their Big Picture work this semester. We’ve seen them grow in their communication, teamwork, reliability, patience, leadership, initiative and adaptability as they have engaged with the staff at McDonalds and the very generous owners and managers of local Esperance businesses.

We’re so very proud of their efforts and wait eagerly to hear the final tally.

Hard at work in support of a great cause ‘McDonalds, Esperance’


Year 9 Canberra Camp 2020

Please be advised that the dates for next year’s Canberra Camp fall within the second week of the July school holidays. The trip dates are the 13-21 July 2020.

Year 10-11 Careers Camp 2020

The date for next year’s Careers Camp has been brought forward to the final week of term 1 departing EACS on Saturday 04 April returning on Thursday 09 April. It will incorporate three full days of work experience for our year 10 students and university / post school pathways tours for our year 11 students.

Musical Soiree

An evening of musicianship will take place on Tuesday 03 December from 1730hrs in DMP. RSVPs necessary for catering purposes.

Busy Bee

There will be a school busy bee to see out the year on Sunday 08 December from 0900 – 1130hrs. The main focus will be on general domestic and gardening (sweeping paths, weeding, pruning, mowing, litter picking, mulch and gravel spreading, fertilising). Please bring along any tools that you think might be useful on the morning. A good final opportunity for students to chalk up some school service hours.

Indigenous Cultural Incursion

Next Tuesday 26 November a great initiative from Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation will take place at school. Our year 7&8 students will benefit from a cultural and plants incursion facilitated by indigenous Tjaltjraak staff and Esperance Shire Rangers. Students will rotate through three 15-minute sessions involving microscopes, foliage mat work and a nature walk around the school grounds.

Specialist Netball and Tennis Programs 2020

A reminder that expressions of interest are sought from new and existing families who would like their son or daughter to be part of the EACS Tennis and Netball specialist programs in 2020. Trials may be necessary in the event of numbers exceeding maximum limits. A semester commitment is the minimum expectation once selected onto the program.


What's on this week (week 6)

  • Tuesday to Friday Year 7-9 Exams
  • Wednesday Maths Pathways parents evening 1730-1830hrs in D1

What's on this week (week 7)

  • Tuesday Indigenous Incursion - plants and culture sessions 0900 - 1030hrs
  • Wednesday First Aid 'snakebite' assembly 0850hrs in DMP

Further ahead

  • 03-05 December Executive Principal in Esperance
  • 03 December Musical Soiree in DMP 1800-1900hrs
  • 06 December Curtin Medical School pathways workshop 1350-1450hrs
  • 08 December Busy Bee 0900-1130hrs
  • 09 December Year 12 Graduation evening at the Pier
  • 10-11 December Executive Principal in Esperance
  • 10 December Night of Celebration and Awards
  • 11 December Advanced Standing reward activity and luncheon
  • 11 December EACS Talent Quest TBC
  • 12 December Inter-house Beach Volleyball (all day)
  • 16 December 2019S2 Reports issued

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Jason Bartell
Iain Clark
Lisa Marquis