18 August 2014 - We're halfway through Term 3 and the Junior School events just keep coming. Whilst the annual Fete was probably the social highlight for many of our Junior Schoolers, there have already been numerous important events and more to come over the next few weeks.
We all love the Fete and it was another great day again this year. Thank you parents for all your support, that helped make it bigger and better than ever. I must also thank the committee (Paul Brewer and his sensational team), for the countless hours of work that went into organising such a fantastic event. I must also mention the Junior School super fundraising team of Shelley Biasin, Leisa Clayton, Deanne Mackenzie and Fiona Gregory. I know I personally went home with three very tired but happy children on the Saturday night and a feeling of what a privilege it is to be part of the Emmanuel community.
Both Early and Junior Years Athletic Carnivals have taken place and were resounding successes with students enjoying the days of fun and competition. Sincere thanks to Mr Weir, Mrs Rankin and the sports department for organising the carnivals. Whilst there were a number of outstanding performances in the upper primary version, it was heartening to see so many students in both carnivals competing for the sheer love of being involved. Well done to all!
Year 3 have had a visit from local aboriginal identity, “Uncle Boomerang”, who not only discussed all things indigenous with the students but also had them out on the oval for the spectacle of boomerang and spear throwing.
Added to our usual list of normal calendar events, I have to mention the recent Emmanuel College participation in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony, in which the world celebrated the end of a very successful games and we celebrated our very own Year 5 student, Gabriel Pither’s involvement in this momentous occasion. If you weren’t aware, the Gold Coast Organising Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games chose Gabe after a gruelling audition process to play the part of the ‘Gold Coast Kid” in the handover ceremony. The ceremony invited all the Commonwealth countries to join us on the Gold Coast in 2018, and was seen by a televised audience of over a billion people.
Almost 200 students from Years 5 - 7, turned up to take part in the events at 5.00am on Monday 4 August, which included sessions of team participation in mini games based on the Commonwealth Games, a hurried breakfast, before piling into the Theatre to catch the live telecast and finishing off with a “medal ceremony”, with presentations by past world champion swimmer, Brenton Rickard. The local media captured the festive celebration and whilst it was a very early start, everyone agreed it was worth a little tiredness. Thank you to all of the students, teachers and staff that rose so early to help make it such a great event.
Our Year 6 students recently made us very proud, as they served the wider community by attending Crossroads, a weekly event for disabled Gold Coasters and their carers, to get out and have a good time of fun and friendship. The students helped make the day special for those less fortunate, whilst at the same time confronting their own beliefs about what disability means in the lives of these amazingly wonderful individuals. Certainly a worthwhile experience for our students as they learn to serve others.
It has been a great start to the term, with many exciting things just around the corner; Eisteddfods, the APS Athletics Carnival and Grandparents’ Day, all happening in the next few weeks. See you around the Junior School as we continue to move through Term 3 together.