President: Joanne Southam
Vice President: Daniel Roodt
Secretary: Fiona O'Meara
Treasurer: Matthew Prior
Sports & Recreation: Dominic Naude
After much planning, discussion and prayer, we are excited to announce the teachers in the Primary School for each year group for 2022.
Kindergarten – Gayle Smith
Kindergarten – Ashleigh Larsen
Year 1 – Jen Flynn
Year 1 – Mel Edwards
Year 2 – Cath McLennan (4 days) Renee Simpfendorfer (1 day)
Year 2 – Anna Cohen (4 days) Renee Simpfendorfer (1 day)
Year 3 – Naomi Wong
Year 3 – Amy Dunski
Year 4 – Caroline Orr
Year 4 – Jenny McArthur
Year 5 – Eleanor Reid
Year 5 – Aaron Brett
We are also excited that Mr Andrew Miller will be the new Whole School Sports Coordinator and he will be teaching PE across all classes in the Primary School.
Over the next few weeks, the teachers will be considering which classes the students will be in for 2022. We will also be asking the students to write down five friends that they would like in their class, this allows us to ensure that the students have at least one of their friends with them in their class next year. The teachers make careful consideration about the placement of students. They look at the students' learning style, friendship dynamics, support required, teacher relationships, along with many other factors.
The students will receive a letter from their teacher just before school starts back, welcoming them to the new year.
The Emmaus Christian School Senior Band has once again performed as part of the Australian National Eisteddfod. After the 2020 Eisteddfod was cancelled due to COVID-19, the Australian National Eisteddfod was held virtually this year. The members of the Senior Band spent the first half of this year learning two pieces, ‘Black Forest Overture’ by Michael Sweeney and ‘Mask Of The Avenger’ by Rob Grice. On recording day, the Band set up in the music room and recorded each piece several times before sending the best take as our entry in the Eisteddfod. After the adjudicator listened to our performance, he awarded the Senior Band a Bronze Award. Congratulations to all the students who put in many hours of practise both individually at home and in rehearsals and thanks to Mr Des Naude for helping to record the band.
Congratulations to Mr Body and to all the students.
Friday, 19th November 2021
The School Representative Council are excited to announce that there will be a Free Dress Day this term on Friday, 19th November! Yay!
In lieu of a gold coin donation we are asking students to bring in either a Packet Pancake Mix or Pringles/canned chips. These items will be given to Canberra City Care for their local Christmas Hamper initiative. This year more than others, people in our community are facing challenges and this is a great way to support and show love to them.
Canberra City Care are needing 400 items of each for the Christmas Hampers. We are asking the following year levels to bring in Packet Pancake Mix or Pringles/Canned Chips and hand these items to their teacher on the Free Dress Day:
Thank you for your support with this great community initiative!
As you know, we are sending students with cold symptoms home from school. We recognize that can be difficult in ‘hay fever season’. If your child suffers from hay fever, please let the front office and the classroom teacher know if they are going to need to take an antihistamine at school. Medication can be left at the front desk, clearly labelled with the child’s name and instructions for dose and time to be taken. Parents will be asked to complete an "Authorisation to Administer Medication" form. This form is available on the Skoolbag App in EFORMS.
Students are reminded that they are required to wear their school hats for outside play in Term 4.
School bucket hats can be purchased at the Front Office for $14 each or through Macdonald's Schoolwear.
Remember that driving very slowly in this car park is a key to the ongoing safety of our pedestrians. Finally, please keep the speed at a maximum 10km/h in the car park. Thank you for your cooperation.
A reminder to notify the school if your contact details have changed. Please email email@example.com if this applies to you.
The Administration Team
SRC Term 4 Fundraiser (K - 10)
SRC Term 4 Fundraiser (Yr K - 10)
Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass for 2022 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for a school travel pass for the first time, or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).
Students who change address, school, campus location, or who have repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should renew or update their details before the end of term 4. This will ensure that schools can endorse applications and current entitlements are updated and remain valid. School Opal card holders will have the changes applied to their existing card.
If a student’s distance eligibility has changed based on their grade the system will automatically update their entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.
Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition that is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.
Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.
Students in the Opal network applying for an Opal card (including a Term Bus Pass) for the first time will receive their Student Opal card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2022.
Students living in rural and regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the start of the new school year from their nominated transport operator. It may come via the school or be sent directly to them at home. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.
School Student Transport Scheme site change
On 1 October 2021 the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) information and application portal was moved to transportnsw.info. This will assist families to find all their travel information in the one place.
Travel from Term 1 2022
We ask that parents plan ahead and make sure their child knows which service/s to use and has a valid ticket to travel; either a School Opal card or Child/Youth Opal card (within Greater Sydney) or a School Travel Pass (outside Greater Sydney), from the start of the school year.
Applications for the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) open at the start of Term 4 2021 for travel in 2022, so parents/students can apply or update details early and be ready for the start of the new school year.
Most students using the Opal network will not need a new Opal card and can continue travelling on their existing card each year.
The start of the year is a difficult period for local bus operators, and students travelling without a valid ticket make service planning and operations increasingly difficult.
We recognise that for some families last minute changes to school enrolments mean they may not have a School Opal card or Travel Pass for the start of term. In the Opal network, we strongly encourage these families to have their children travel on a Child/Youth Opal card until they receive their valid School Opal card. If outside Greater Sydney, parents should contact their local bus operator to discuss their travel needs.
Bus operators are flexible and understanding, particularly at the start of the school year, and will ensure students can travel safely to and from school. But to best support our operators we encourage all students to have a valid ticket, as early as possible, from the start of the school year.