The ‘ETA’ Executive Team Address
TERM 1 WEEK 7 REFLECTIONS
National Day of Action (NDA)
Friday 20 March 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the National Day of Action (NDA). The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is an important day in our school calendar to join with other schools across Australia to say ‘Bullying. No Way!’
What works at EACS?
At EACS a combination of inter-related support structures plays a vital role in ensuring that our school is a safe and nurturing pastoral environment where students can grow and be themselves, secure in the knowledge that individual differences are not only tolerated, but embraced and respected.
Two practices are at the core of the school’s effective practices:
Policy - Bullying has no place at Esperance Anglican Community School. The school’s Bullying Policy outlines the School’s position with regards to Bullying and reinforces the School’s commitment for students, staff and parents to work together to establish a School culture that rejects bullying in all its forms.
Management of the School’s bullying policy in an applied sense is done through our school’s Good Standing Policy. Both policy documents are available for viewing either on the school’s website or in the ‘Documents’ section of Seqta Learn and Engage.
Curriculum - Advisory is an important time for teaching our ‘Keeping Safe’ Child Protection Curriculum. The KS:CPC is predicated on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities of increasing complexity. Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe. Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The two KS:CPC Themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the students. The four KS:CPC Focus Areas are:
- Focus Area 1: The right to be safe
- Focus Area 2: Relationships
- Focus Area 3: Recognising and reporting abuse
- Focus Area 4: Protective strategies
These two key themes address the issue of keeping safe by highlighting the risks and giving students to tools and strategies to make confident decisions and seek support and assistance when needed.
Positive Teacher-Student Relationships
At EACS all staff have the golden opportunity to develop strong pastoral connections with each student because of our niche size and population and we hope that this is something that we do well and that parents and students alike both value and appreciate.
Advisory – Strong pastoral connections are established first and foremost through our Advisory structure. Each day commences with 30 minutes of dedicated pastoral care or as we like to call it ‘Advisory’ time. Each student is allocated to an Advisory group with a staff member who is their Advisory Tutor. It is the job of the Advisory Tutor to develop a strong connection and relationship with each child in their Advisory Group. The Advisory Tutor is the first port of call to assist the child and help resolve issues as and when they arise.
Positive Family Relationships
The effect that positive family relationships can have on the self-confidence and resilience of a child can never be downplayed or underestimated. Families where parents are actively invested in their children’s education, their interests, hobbies and social network groups and who are always there in times of need to listen and provide support are those setting their children up for success in life.
YEAR 11 AND 12 SCHOOL BALL
A great evening was had by all. The venue of Newton Football Club provided a great backdrop for the arrivals and the attention to detail from the students in organising their ball was exceptional. A big thank you to Ms Bottrell and all the other staff who played their part making the evening special for our students.
BLACKDOG MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE
A study by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute has found almost one in four teenagers are now reporting mental health challenges, with rates twice as high in girls and young women.
Today we are hosting a visit from a Blackdog Mental Health Institute who will present to students in year groups. The Blackdog presenter will share their lived experience of mental illness, along with signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. This presentation aims to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma and promote help seeking for young people.
MATHS PATHWAY PARENTS EVENINGS
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are opportunities for parents to learn more about the Maths Pathway program being implemented across years 7-9 at EACS in 2020. The details are as follows:
- Tuesday 17 March from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in D1 (Year 7)
- Wednesday 18 March from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in D1 (Year 8&9)
INTER-HOUSE SWIMMING CARNIVAL
A reminder about this whole school event scheduled for this Wednesday 18 March at the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre. It is the first swimming carnival that we have held in some years. The whole school is expected to participate, with both competitive and non-competitive events listed on the program. All parents and extended family members are warmly encouraged to come along and support with an anticipated 10:30am start.
CANBERRA CAMP FUNDRAISING
A number of initiatives are underway to help year 9 families fundraise for their year 9 Canberra Camp. It would be greatly appreciated if families could support by participating in any and all of the following:
Containers for Change - Retain bottles and cans in black bin liners and bring into school for storage. Year 9 will deposit all bottles and cans collected early June for a 10c refund on all collections.
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - On Saturday 11 April (Easter Saturday) Year 9 are running a Bunnings ‘Sausage Sizzle’. They will also raffle a trailer load of wood (thanks to Heidi McCrea) and have a number of $100 boards up for grabs.
Easter Egg donation and raffle - All EACS families are kindly asked to donate Easter Eggs and sell a booklet of 10 raffle tickets ($1 each ticket). Chocolate eggs as well as monies raised from raffle booklet sales can be dropped into the school office up until Monday 30 March at which time eggs will be collated and ‘bundled’ into different prize denominations. On Friday 03 April there will be a draw for the various Easter Egg raffle prizes and winning families will then be notified.
What's on this week (week 7)
- Monday ‘Blackdog Institute’ Mental Health presentations to students
- Tuesday Executive Principal in school
- Tuesday Maths Pathways parents evening (year 7)
- Wednesday Executive Principal in school
- Wednesday Inter-house swimming carnival (BOILC)
- Wednesday Maths Pathways parents evening (year 8 and 9)
- Thursday Executive Principal in school
- Friday National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
What's on next week (week 8)
- 23 March NAPLAN Online coordinated practice writing test
- 24 March Year 7 immunisations
- 25 March Direct Pathways to Health Sciences at UWA presentation (years 11&12)
- 26 March Year 11&12 Parent Teacher meetings
- 31 March Scitech incursion and student workshops
- 04-09 April Year 10-11 Careers Camp, Perth
- 05-09 April Year 7-8 Outdoor Adventure Camp, Metricup
Best wishes for the week ahead.