No.13 Fortnightly - 7 May 2021

From the Principal

Welcome to eNews!

Introducing a Hybrid System for Communication

Due to behind the scene changes in the Skoolbag App, we will be moving away from Skoolbag for permission notes to eForms. This hybrid system will use email and Skoolbag.

Permission Note eForms will be emailed to the primary caregivers. 

Skoolbag will continue to be used for general notices, calendar, fortnightly newsletters, and community notices. You can still submit absences and lunch orders through the Skoolbag.

Calendar Update, as a school were running multiple calendars, we streamlined the process and closed our Google calendar and all calendars moved into one. This public calendar is viewable on the website and on the Calendar tab of Skoolbag.

Thank you for your support as we introduce this improved system.

God Bless you,

Erik Hofsink

From the Board

Company Annual General Meeting

Date:       Tuesday, 11th May 2021 

Time:      7:30pm

Venue:   New Primary Wing

Attendance: via Try Booking tickets only or by Zoom invite

We would love to invite all interested parents and staff to join the Board for the Company’s 2021 Annual General Meeting. We are very excited for more of us to be able to meet in person, and so to celebrate will be hosting the evening from the new Primary Wing so parents and carers have a chance to appreciate the new facilities. 

The evening will include;

  • presentation of the ordinary business of the Company, reviewing the activity and financials of the previous calendar year
  • election of new Directors
  • an update on the school’s building program journey, and
  • launch of the school's new Strategic Plan.

Only Company members will be able to participate in voting during the evening, but we’d like to welcome the broader community to attend, learn about our key priorities and ask any questions you may have. 

Please use the following link to secure a seat in person at the school via TryBooking. Alternatively, we know it’s easier for most of us at the moment to participate in evening events by Zoom, so please see the Zoom meeting link following.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4838274300 Meeting ID: 483 827 4300

PIP hours apply for attendance at the AGM.

Laura Day

Board Chair

AGM Links

CLICK HERE for ECS Canberra Limited Membership Application Form

To Book a Seat

To attend the AGM meeting in person please book via this Trybooking Link.

To Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 483 827 4300


Summary of Current Permission Notes

Full upcoming events are on Skoolbag & the Website Calendars.

TitleGroupPermission MethodForms Due 

Nature Play

- 10 - 21, May 2021 

Prekinderemailed12 May 

Preschool Mother's

Day Disco

- 14, May 2021



Trybooking13 May

Geo Science

- 19 May

4A/4BSkoolbag7 May

Visual Arts Elective

- Wed, 19 May 2021

9/10emailed12 May 

National Museum

- Thur, 20 May 2021 

KindySkoolbag 14 May 

Secondary Boys Volleyball 

- Wed, 2 June 2021

By Invitationemailed12 May 

Parliament House 

- 7 June 2021

6A /6Bemailed

31 May 

Excursion Form Preferences

Many families have listed both parents/carers as primary contacts resulting in both receiving Excursion Permission forms.

If you don't want to receive a double up of excursion permission forms  please send your preference for the main Permission note receiver to:


Important Notices

No-fear NAPLAN

‘Tis the season again for NAPLAN stress- we work hard to help students understand that NAPLAN is nothing to worry about but many of our Year 3,5,7 and 9 students will head into next week feeling nervous.  Here are some quick reminders you can give your child if they are feeling anxious.

First, NAPLAN is a ‘big picture’ test.  It was designed to see how a year level performs nationally.  You can remind your child that they are participating as part of a very large group and that it is a way to contribute to national education research. 

Second, NAPLAN tests a very small range of skills.  They are important skills, yes, but they are far from a complete picture of a student’s skills and strengths.  NAPLAN will try to measure their spelling but cannot tell how well they draw, run, create, solve problems or care for others.

Third, NAPLAN tests a point in time.  It can only tell how well a student did on the day of the test.  It does not know whether they slept the night before, or whether they fought with a sibling on the way to school.  NAPLAN doesn’t go on school reports because we report on what students have been able to demonstrate across a whole semester.  

Lastly, our favourite thing about NAPLAN is that it happens every two years, and that helps remind us that the goal is always progress. This year’s results are, at best, a benchmark against which we can measure future growth, and we hope that 2021 can be a ‘no-fear NAPLAN year’ for your children!

Date: Saturday, 15 May 2021

Time: 9am – 12noon

Venue: Emmaus Christian School

Registration: You must register via the trybooking link attached.

If you are a new parent to the school, who has partnered with Emmaus Christian School in recent years and have yet to attend and complete the Emmaus New Parent Induction Course, the school is offering an opportunity to participate in the Term 2 New Parent Induction Course.

Please note that parents only have to attend one of these and PIP hours apply, please log your PIP hours for this event through your PIP link. 

Please contact abbi@emmaus.act.edu.au if you have any questions. 

Please note we are unable to cater for children at this event.

Date: Friday, 14th May 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Emmaus Gymnasium 

Who: Preschool Families

Cost: $5 per family + Food Orders via Trybooking

Emmaus Preschool Families,

Come and boogie with your Mum and family at the Mother’s Day Disco. 

Dinner from 5:30pm and dancing from 6pm $5 per family + Cost for Dinner (see Trybooking to preorder Hot Dog meal options)   

Bookings close on Thursday, 13th May at 3pm Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BQREC     

There are some jobs that need doing to make the night run smoothly. Please check Skoolbag for PIP Opportunities or email Lyndell@emmaus.act.edu.au       

Dad’s and other helpers please assist us to help to make this Mother’s Day a special event for our Mother’s. 


From the Library

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime & Colouring Competition

  • Wednesday, 19th May 2021 (Term 2 Week 5)

Emmaus will once again be taking part in the National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday, 19th May 2021. This year the book "Give me some space" by Philip Bunting will be read by an astronaut on the International Space Station and beamed into our classrooms.

Colouring Competition

To get the children excited about his event we are promoting a colouring competition for students aged 2 to 13. Copies of the sheets can be collected from the Library or downloaded from https://learnfromplay.com/nss2021/.

Completed entries must then be uploaded to this site by Wednesday, 19th May 2021. There are $1500 worth of Staedtler products to be won. Good Luck!

Make sure you enter the colouring in competition for the National Simultaneous Storytime for your chance to win great prizes. Entry forms are available in the library. 

From the SRC

Sausage Rolls $4

SRC Term 2 Fundraiser (K - 10)

  • Sausage Rolls $4, pay when collecting
  • Served Thursday Lunchtime
  • K-2 will have orders delivered to their classrooms
  • Y3-10 orders to be collected from Secondary Food Tech
  • Please place your order via the Skoolbag App link.
  • Orders close on Wednesday’s at 1pm.
  • Sorry no late orders can be accepted.

Hot Chocolate $2, Tim Tams 50c

SRC Term 2 Fundraiser (Yr 4 - 10)

  • Fridays Weekly during Term 2 
  • Between 8:30am - 8:45am 
  • From Secondary Food Tech room
  • Hot Chocolate -  $2.00
  • Tim Tams -  50c each
  • No ordering is necessary - cash purchase on the day.

After/In School Activities

Full details and registration details for After & In School Activities are listed under the After/In School Activities Group on Skoolbag, please join this group for details about how to register your child.

Overview of Term 2 Offerings  (please note some may be full)

MondaySecondary Homework ClubY6 to Y10
MondayKids Who CodeK to Y5
TuesdayChess ClubK to Y6
TuesdayTaekwondo – Martial ArtsAll
TuesdayGirls Bible StudySecondary
TuesdayPlay Dance @ lunchY1 to Y6
WednesdayAusKick ProgramPrimary
ThursdayFrench ClassesAll
FridayHip Hop Dance @ lunchK to Y10
Friday Kingdom Builders - Plugged In Christian Group @ lunchY6 to Y10
FridayKingdom Builders - CRU Christian Group @ lunchY3 to Y5

Cross Country Carnival Snapshots

What an Amazing Cross Country Carnival!

Thank You to all of our Parent/Carer Volunteers who have assisted in the Cross Country Carnival this week. Your time and energy has helped to make the day a great success and we couldn't have done it without you. A big shout out to God, who allowed the sun to shine today while the students competed in their races.

Cross Country results will be listed in next fortnights eNews for students who placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd in their age groups.

Secondary Age Champions, House Spirit Cup and Cross Country House Winners will be announced and awarded at Assembly in Week 6. 

Below are a few "Snap Shots" from the day. 

PIP Opportunities

PIP - Parents Who Pray

Friday of the School Term @ 2:00pm

Are you looking for an opportunity to praise and thank God for our wonderful school?

Are you looking to connect with other parents to pray for the needs of our staff, board members, parents and students? 

If so, please come along to pray together on Friday at 2:00pm (during school term) before school pick up. As parents who pray together, we can support each other and our whole community.

We gather near the front office and proceed to an available area/room to pray. The added bonus is your time at prayer group can be recorded as PIP! 

If you are new to the Emmaus community, you are especially welcome, it would be wonderful to have as many people involved as possible.

PIP - Preschool Mother's Day Disco

Friday 14th May 2021, 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the school Gymnasium 

Volunteers Needed - PIP Applies!

Dad’s and other helpers please assist us to help to make this years Preschool Mother’s Day Disco a special event for our Mother’s. There are some jobs that need doing to make the night run smoothly. If you are able to assist with any of the PIP Opportunities listed on Skoolbag (PIP Group), please email Lyndell@emmaus.act.edu.au.

PIP - Science & Engineering Challenge

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 8:00am - 3:00pm in the school Gymnasium 

Volunteers Needed - PIP Applies!

Emmaus Christian School will be holding the Science & Engineering Challenge for the ACT in our Gymnasium on Thursday, 3 June 2021.  We are in need 25 volunteers to help run activities. You will need to be able to be at school from 8am to 3pm and no kids are allowed. You will run one of the eight activities on the day and will receive instruction on how what will happen.

Lunch and morning tea will be provided. 

Please contact eugene@emmaus.act.edu.au to express your interest. 

Around the Campus

Year 2: Whip Cracking Show

Rotating Gallery

Year 6 Artwork: ANZAC Day Poppies

Year 7 English: Making Sploosh

In Term 1, students in Year 7 English read the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. The novel is set in Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correction facility, to which the main character Stanley is sent after being wrongly convicted of stealing a pair of shoes. At camp, Stanley befriends Zero. After an argument with the camp warden, Zero flees the camp and escapes into the desert. Stanley later escapes the camp to find Zero, and is shocked to discover that he has survived on preserved jars of spiced peaches – which he calls “Sploosh”.

Following the completion of the novel, Year 7 English spent a lesson creating “Sploosh” with the kind help of Mrs Thompson and Mrs Sissing. But unlike the sploosh in the novel, we don’t intend on hiding it in the desert for the next 110 years!

Year 7 Artwork: Autumn Leaves

Year 9 Science: Kidney Dissection

Year 9/10 Design Technology

Year 6 Think Emmaus is...

School Buddies: 6A and 1A


We Need Each Other!

Friendzy is an Innovative SEL Program

Friendzy K-8 Curriculum teaches the five core competencies of Social and Emotional Learning: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills. These competencies are presented throughout the curriculum in a variety of ways to support all learning styles.

Term 2 - Key Verses

"The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone.'"

Genesis 2:18

"Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up."

1 Thessalonians 5:11


Community Announcements - See Schoolbag Groups

'We Have Hope'

Address: 73 Davenport St, Dickson ACT 2602

Phone: 02 6247 7151

General email: emmaus@emmaus.act.edu.au

Absence email: absences@emmaus.act.edu.au 

Website: www.emmaus.act.edu.au

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