Executive Team Address – Term 1 Week 5

The ‘ETA’ Executive Team Address

What's on this week (week 5)

Tuesday – Friday Online Literacy and Numeracy Testing (OLNA) 10-12
Tuesday – Friday Year 11/12 Outdoor Education Camp
Thursday Executive Principal and Executive Chair in School
Friday Chapel 10-12

Further ahead

09 March Year 9/10 Parent Teacher evening (note date change)
10 March Inter-house Swimming Carnival
16 March Year 7 vaccinations
23 March World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser
23 March WACE Parents Evening
24 March Inter-school Swimming Carnival (venue TBC)
24 March Open Morning
24 March Year 11/12 Parent Teacher evening
25 March New staff and Prefects Commissioning Service
23-25 March Executive Principal in School
27 March – 01 April Year 10-11 Careers Camp (Perth)
28 March – 01 April Year 7-8 Metricup Camp (Margaret River)
01 April Last day of term 1 (all students)
02-19 April School holidays
20 April Term 2 commences (all students)


Education in the Great Outdoors

A recent article written in Teacher Magazine explored the everyday relationships we develop through surfing, swimming and other outdoor educational pursuits. This prompted a reflection into role of sport, physical activities and leisure in fostering a holistic approach to education at EACS, including the scope and opportunity for learning around caring for our oceans and coastal environment.

There are numerous benefits that can accrue to students by engaging in activities promoted through the great outdoors in which we live. These benefits can have quite profound, although not always tangible, effects on a child’s physical, social/emotional and cognitive development.

Swimming for example is one of the most popular sports in Australia for adults and children alike. It is a low-impact activity which helps to build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, while also toning muscles and building strength. It can also help to maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs (Better Health Channel, 2013)

At EACS we have a strong outdoor educational platform which gives children the opportunity to develop not only swimming skills, but a variety of outdoor recreational skills (including surfing), aswell as an awareness and appreciation for the need to look after our coastal environment.

The outdoor educational agenda commences with Year 8 Aquatics and flows through into Year 9 and 10 Physical Recreation and Year 11 and 12 Outdoor Education. Curriculum-based imperatives are supported by co-curricular and extra-curricular activities such as our annual swimming carnival,beach carnival and various other outdoor activity camps.

This term (week 9) Year 7 and 8 students will participate in a 3-day outdoor adventure and team building camp at Metricup in Margaret River. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn new skills, develop a greater sense of inner-strength and self-confidence and forge stronger social connections within their year group.

Year 11 and 12 Outdoor Education also provides a similar opportunity where students become more independent as they develop camp craft skills whilst engaging in challenging outdoor pursuits such as hiking and mountain biking where every aspect of the camp needs to be planned in fine detail and where resilience, sometimes in the face of adversity, is essential to make it through the tough times.

Swimming in the ocean and immersing ourselves in outdoor recreational pursuits also helps us to understand it better and want to take care of it, and how this changes our behaviour. For example, those who spend time in their coastal environment may notice more plastic floating around, or they may notice animals that are impacted by pollution and feel compelled to use less plastic in their everyday lives. Students are encouraged to do community service and coastal land management initiatives are great ways for students to make a difference for the environment and in their local community.

Teachers, academic and co-curricular, are conscious of the need to make learning as real as possibleand fully appreciate that the value of learning that can take place in the great outdoors should be embraced for the tangible (and sometimes intangible) benefits from so many different educationalperspectives.


Year 9&10 Parent Teacher Interviews

This event is scheduled for Tuesday 09 March from 3.30pm. This is an early opportunity to meet with core subject Teachers (English, HASS, Mathematics, Science) to gain perspective on how your children are settling in. Interviews can be scheduled through the ‘School Interviews’ portal.

Swimming Carnival

This event is scheduled for Wednesday 10 March from 10.00am-2.30pm at the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre (BOILC). It is a whole school event which we hope will be a fun and competitive time for allthose in attendance. Spectators most welcome.

World’s Greatest Shave

This year EACS is supporting the Leukaemia Foundation’s fight against Blood Cancer. We will be
facilitating a wax/shave event on Tuesday 23 March to help raise money in support of this worthy
cause. The school has established a fundraising page and any donations are gratefully received.
Donations over $2 are also tax deductible.


Year 7 and 8 Metricup Camp

This event is scheduled for Sunday 28 March – Thursday 01 April. This week parents can expect to
receive more information about this camp, which all year 7 and 8 students are expected to attend.

Homework Club

To further assist students with their learning needs Homework Club will take place on the following afternoons each week from 3.15-4.15pm in D1: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Two staff will be rostered on each day to help students with their homework requiremen.

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

Jason Bartell
Iain Clark
Lisa Marquis