Executive Team Address – 9th December 2019

The ‘ETA’ Executive Team Address


A note of thanks and festive best wishes

As we head into the festive holiday season the Executive Team would like to thank all families for their support throughout the year. We recognise that the faith and trust that you place in our school to educate your children is not a partnership entered into lightly. It is a charge and responsibility that we take seriously and will continue to do so as we look for new ways in 2020 to expand horizons and create new and exciting opportunities for our students. From the Executive Team and from all staff we wish families a safe and enjoyable holiday in the company of family and loved ones. May God bless you all until we meet again.


Celebration and Awards Night

This Tuesday 10th December we come together as a school community for our annual Night of Celebration and Awards. A reminder that this is a whole school event, which is compulsory for all students to attend. As the evening is one of formalities students are expected to be appropriately attired in formal school uniform. Blazers should be clean. Shoes should be polished. Hair should be neatly groomed and tied back if necessary. Courteous and respectful behaviour is the expectation throughout the course of the evening. Students are asked to arrive and be seated by 1815hrs for a prompt 1830hrs start.

The following Award guidelines have been reflected upon and applied when determining award recipients.

Subject Awards 7-10

Subject Prizes are awarded to students in Years 7-10 who have achieved the highest academic attainment for each subject. A subject prize shall NOT be awarded if students have not demonstrated an overall A grade in a specific subject.

Subject Awards 11-12

Subject Prizes are awarded to students in Years 11-12 who have achieved the highest academic attainment for each subject. A subject prize shall NOT be awarded if students have not demonstrated an overall B grade in a specific subject.

Academic Awards 7-12

Academic Achievement Awards are awarded to the student from each year level who have attained the highest academic attainment across ALL academic subjects.

The award is calculated by:

  • Calculating a combined aggregate course mark (%) based on yearlong data in each academic learning area.
  • Calculating a combined course average (%) across all academic learning areas.
  • Students must achieve a combined course average percentage and correlating grade of B or above with NO subject rating under a C.
  • A grade of D or below rules a student ineligible for this award.

Athlete of the Year

Awarded to the students determined by staff as being the best junior and senior athlete within the school. The students receiving this award will have actively participated in school sporting opportunities and will have achieved at a proficient level during Physical Education obtaining a grade of B or above. A high level of sportsmanship is also required.

Music Awards

Awarded to the students determined by staff as being the best junior and senior musicians within the school. The students receiving this award will have actively participated in all aspects of the school’s music program. A high level of dedication is required to be evident in the recipient students and a desire for ongoing self-improvement and the ability to be a positive contributor and role model within the group.

Big Picture Award

The Big Picture prize is awarded to the student who has shown growth and determination in setting and achieving personal learning goals whilst developing skills in self-management, planning and organisation, initiative, problem solving and communication. The student should demonstrate an ability to develop professional relationships and more generally be an outstanding role model and advocate for the Big Picture design both in our school and local community.

Service to the School Awards

Awarded to the student/s determined by staff as having the greatest contribution and commitment to the school in terms of supporting staff, being an effective leader and role model and using initiative to volunteer time and resources in both a school and school community context, which is more than one might expect under normal circumstances.

Caltex Best All Rounder Award (Year 12)

Is a presentation to ONE student in Year 12 who has excelled in the following categories throughout the year, though not necessarily all of them:

  • Academic – achieves scholastically across a range of subjects
  • Attitude – willing to help others; makes selfless contributions
  • Personal conduct – exemplary at all times
  • Leadership – a role model for other students
  • Service – participates in school and community activities
  • Sport – represents the school without necessarily being a champion
  • Arts – participates enthusiastically in the cultural and artistic life of the school

Anglicare and Lions Cancer Institute Fundraiser

There will be a free dress ‘Christmas Theme’ fundraiser on Wednesday 11 December to help raise funds for two worthwhile causes. Anglicare are hoping to collect donations of school supplies for children in regional centres and the Lions Cancer Institute are raising money to purchase and maintain Free Mobile Cancer Screening Units.

For a gold coin donation, students will have the privilege of wearing free ‘Christmas themed’ dress. There will also be sales of soft drink, lollies and popcorn on the day as well as the choice of three movies to watch in the afternoon.

Year 9 Canberra Camp 2020

A productive Canberra Camp launch meeting was held last Wednesday 04 December with 16 families in attendance. Further information, including a detailed itinerary, about next year’s Canberra Camp has since been emailed to all year 8 families for consideration. A non-refundable deposit of $600 is required by Friday 14 February 2020 to confirm your child’s place on the trip.

Busy Bee

A school busy bee took place Sunday morning and was a success with lots of ‘hard yakka’ done to get the school looking its best as we head into the holiday season. A massive thank you to the small but highly productive band of students and family members who turned out in support. Particular thanks to Leonie and Donal Henderson who brought the heavy machinery along to expedite the list of jobs that needed doing. All your efforts were greatly appreciated.

Musical Soiree

Last Tuesday a convivial evening was had being entertained by the musical talents of our EACS musicians. After a pleasant preamble of drinks and nibbles the audience was serenaded (squeak or squawk aside) by a variety of numbers from our Junior Band, Senior Band, Stage Band and soloists. The depth of musical talent is increasing all the time and our students are congratulated on the manner in which they positively engage in this valuable adjunct to their academic learning. A huge thank you must be extended to Gail Saunders and our dedicated peripatetic staff for preparing our students so well in rehearsal. A wonderful high on which to finish the year.

IGO Nova Operations STEM Work Experience Camp

A great work experience opportunity was had by two of our year 10 students at the IGO Nova Operations mine site. Mrs MacMillan accompanied Abigail Knox and Maggie Scott to the IGO mine site for a STEM Work Experience Camp and the experience didn’t disappoint. The girls were part of the Survey team and spent time using lasers and drones to record and analyse data. They are now required to give a public presentation detailing their experience on Thursday 12 December at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club.

Curtin Medical School Presentation

Last Friday we hosted a visit from the Curtin Association of Medical Students. The purpose of the visit was to educate our year 11 students about applying for Medicine, studying health and exploring other pathways into a health career. The session was one hour long, with interactive components for the students. These interactive components gave students a taste of what they would possibly be doing in a health career.


What's on this week (week 9)

  • Monday Year 12 Graduation evening at the Pier
  • Tuesday Executive Principal in Esperance
  • Tuesday Night of Celebration and Awards
  • Wednesday Advanced Standing reward activity and luncheon
  • Wednesday Anglicare and Lions Cancer Institute fundraiser – ‘Christmas’ Free Dress
  • Thursday Inter-house Beach Volleyball (all day)

Further ahead

  • 16 December 2019 2019S2 Reports issued
  • 03 February 2020 Year 7 Induction Day
  • 04 February 2020 School commences (all students)

Best wishes for the week ahead and for a blessed Christmas and New Year.

Jason Bartell
Iain Clark
Lisa Marquis