No.16 Fortnightly - 18 June 2021

From the Primary Coordinator

Winter is well and truly upon us this week as we brace ourselves for a cold front and even the possibility of snow!  But as a teacher, this time of year ‘heats up’ in regards to meeting deadlines, completing assessments and units of work so that we can report back to you, as parents, on the progress your child has made in the first half of the year. There are a few things worth remembering as reports come home: the components of the report, the purpose of a first-semester report, and the place of reporting.

 Your child’s report has a number of aspects. 

  • Social & Personal Learning Habits: This is to give you a snapshot of how your child is going organisationally and socially. These describe the interpersonal and learning skills of students, aligned with the school’s values of Caring for Others, Striving for Mastery, and Equipping for Service.
  • Subjects: This includes all the subjects your child will study this year, summarised into statements (Descriptors). These are taken from the Achievement Standards in the Australian Curriculum, which we are mandated to report against as a registered school. 
  • Effort & Engagement: There is also an effort & engagement grade for each subject.  As a school that focuses on the progress of students, the effort grade is just as important as the letter grade.  A child who worked as hard as they could, and raised their E to a D, has, in our opinion, achieved more academic success than a student who got an A without trying.
  • Comments: You will receive comments from teachers on areas of strength, and areas for improvement. 
  • Grade: Your child will be graded on the Achievement Standards, and the cumulative result is their semester grade (A-E). Please remember that ‘C’ means that a student is completing their work to a satisfactory, grade-appropriate, standard.
  • On the last page of the report, you will find final grades for each subject and absences for the semester. This page also includes the percentage of students who achieved each letter grade for your child’s subjects and year level. Providing this information to parents is a legislative requirement. 

The purpose of a first-semester report is to provide you with an update.  The statements from the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards are written with the end of the year in mind, and many of them, particularly the skills-based statements will be revisited in Semester Two.  Please use these reports as a “halfway” mark, a step on the way to the end of year report.  They are a great springboard for conversations between parents and teachers about what is going well, and what may need more attention in Semester Two.  We encourage you to talk to teachers about any concerns.

Lastly, it’s important to remember the relative importance of school reports.  Academic skills are important for accessing the widest range of opportunities later in life, and we should take them very seriously.  But please don’t let your child focus on letters on a report card to the exclusion of all else that is important in life.  Character is built in the whole range of life’s experiences: it would be a tragedy to make a school report the sole measure of a child’s progress in a year. 

We look forward to reporting to you on your child’s progress in just a few weeks’ time! 


Summary of Current Permission Notes

Full upcoming events are on Skoolbag & the Website Calendars.

TitleGroupPermission MethodForms Due 

Year 3 Camp

Warrambui NSW

* 22 to 23 July 2021

3A / 3Bemailed16 June

K-2 Social

Cartoon Theme

* 22 June 2021

Yr K-2emailed14 June

3-5 Social

Star Wars Theme

* 23 June 2021

Yr 3-5emailed14 June

6-10 Social

Hawaiian Theme

* 24 June 2021

Yr 6-10emailed14 June

Free Dress Day

Gold Coin Donation

* 25 June 2021


Sydney Trip

* 1 to 2 Sept 2021

Yr 10emailed24 June

ANU Kambri

Precinct Cinema

Big Day In

* 7 Sept 2021

Yr 9emailed5 Aug

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

Yr K-2 End of Semester Social

Kindy to Year 2 'Cartoon Theme'

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Yr 3-5 End of Semester Social

Years 3 - 5 'Star Wars Theme'

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Yr 6-10 End of Semester Social

Yr 6 - 10 'Hawaiian Theme'

Thursday, 24 June 2021

6pm - 8pm

Free Dress Day K-10

Dear Parents/Guardians

On Friday 25 June we will have a free dress day. Students participating are to bring a gold coin. All funds raised on the day will be donated to the Student Representative Council recycling initiative, which is aiming to install recycling bins across the school.

Students need to make modest, sun-safe clothing choices, including a hat and enclosed shoes.

Feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Yours in Christ,

Daniel Leslie

IMPORTANT: 3 Week Holiday Date Reminder

Dear Parents,

A reminder that we have a 3 week holiday break at the end of this term.

Term 2 concludes on Friday 25 June and Term 3 commences on Monday, 19 July 2021.

Date: Friday, 30th July 2021

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Emmaus Christian School, Primary Building Foyer

This is a fundraising night for the preschool, tickets will be $20. Price  includes a predetermined amount of purchasing tokens AND a glass of wine/non-alcoholic beverage!

Tickets for the Event can be purchased via TryBooking link



Donations of good quality clothes, shoes and accessories can be dropped off at the front office.

We will need volunteers to help sort clothes during the weeks before and assist on the night with set up and pack away.  If you are keen to be a part of this event please email Beth Weatherstone: bweatherstone@emmaus.act.edu.au

Facebook Event: Search ‘Emmaus clothes swap fundraiser’ 

Responding to the Dynamic World of Teenagers

Parent Night

Event: Graham Hyman's Youth Seminar for Parents

"Understanding Your Teenager"

Date: Monday, 2nd August 2021

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Emmaus Christian School, Primary Building Foyer

Cost: FREE to attend (This is an adults only event)

Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSFMP

Teenagers are difficult, but not impossible!

What is it with these kids? Why do they seem like they’re from another planet? Why do all those other teens get involved in such dangerous behaviour, and how can I make sure my kid will be safe?

The Understanding Your Teenager Seminar by Graham Hyman will answer all these questions and more.

Judging by the reputation Graham has for his work with students, staff and parents in schools nationally we know the seminar will give you:

INFORMATION that will be enormously helpful.

IDEAS that really work.

ENLIGHTENTMENT about what makes teens tick and what to expect in the future.

AFFIRMATION of all the things you are doing right.

ENTERTAINMENT – as you pull in all the great information you’ll have one of the funniest, most entertaining evenings of the year!

Graham Hyman's insightful, practical and hilarious seminars have been hosted by schools and community groups across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa since 1993. In that time over 200,000 parents have benefited from the wisdom, received hope and encouragement and been surprised by the two hours of entertainment they have enjoyed.

His seminars encourage parents and help them empathise with the enormous pressures which are on young people today. They point ways to simple, and yet profound, procedures that can make life happier and the chances of success in parenting a teenager more real. They are not formal parent training but are rather ‘Family Aid’ packages wrapped in affirmation and encouragement and filled with practical ideas that work.

Parents will leave the seminars with sore stomachs from laughing, damp eyes from crying, warm hearts from reassurance and heads buzzing with new ideas.


Emmaus receives two Woolworths Land Care Grants!

On Friday at the Primary Assembly,  Woolworths Dickson representatives Greg & Lucinda,  joined us to present the school with two Woolworths Landcare Grants.

The first for a sum $1,000 for P-12, for recycling and improving waste management practices. 

The second for our Early Learning Centre for $1,500, for enhancing native habitats.

We would like to thank Woolworths for their generous contribution to the school.

A special thanks also goes to staff members Justine Moore and Peter Willis and Yr 10 student, Peter Tate who applied for these grants.

Preschool - Woolworths Landcare Grant

Primary/Secondary - Woolworths Landcare Grant

Congratulations to James C (Yr 3)

ACT State Cross Country Championships

Secondary ACT Cross Country Championships

Australia National Rope Skipping Championship

Year 6 student, Madi O, recently travelled to the Gold Coast, Qld and competed in the Skipping Australia National Rope Skipping Championships. Madison is a member of the Canberra Jazzy Jumpers team and has been skipping competitively for 6 months. We would like to congratulate Madi for being awarded a gold medal in the 10 yr old Double Dutch Single Freestyle Team event.

Student Success Stories

At Emmaus we love to celebrate children’s success stories.

If your child has a sporting or outstanding achievement  that we can highlight, please forward a photo/s and a short paragraph to leonie@emmaus.act.edu.au so that we can include it in the Newsletter.

From the SRC

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.

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.

Around the Campus

Year 6: Excursion

Year 1A: Acrostic Poem Artworks

Kindy: Japanese Anime Character Craft

Kindy: Practicing for the Athletics Carnival

Year 5: Excursion to Greenhills Centre

Year 5 had a fantastic day at Greenhills Activities Centre on Tuesday. The students learned about traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques to create an Australian animal from hay and wool. They also participated in an orienteering activity which had them searching for markers across the site to crack the secret code! It was a beautiful day and a whole lot of fun.

Year 7 Science: Dissection

Wet Weather Hero's

Secondary Japanese: Cooking Ramen

Year 8: Japanese Mural Paintings

Year 7 Japanese

To end our food unit for the term Year 7 students designed signs and menus for a variety of Japanese food stalls that you would see at a festival. They then used their Japanese to buy and sell their food with pretend money. It was loud but fun.

Year 8: Woodwork

Year 9: Woodwork

Year 8: Food Tech

'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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