Welcome to MAC 2019. I hope that all families have had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Welcome back to the returning MAC students and very big welcome to new students and parents.
Week 1 and 2 have flown by and I am hoping that all students have settled in and are well on the way to establishing positive relationships and work habits.
Our swimming carnival will be held on Monday. We are encouraging all students to attend and support their Sport House. Monday is considered a normal school day. An account of how the day went will be in the next newsletter.
A reminder that all students need to be in full summer uniform. This includes the correct shoes which are black leather and earrings which need to be 5mm(max) studs. There have been some changes to the uniform policy so please read the College Handbook if you are unsure of what is expected. All students should now have the new sport uniform to wear on sport days. For Year 9 – 11, sport is on Tuesday and for Year 7 – 8 on Thursday. Sport day is the only day that students should be arriving at school in sport uniform. School sports hats are needed.
We are excited to be running three different clubs during lunchtimes this year. If your child is interested in joining the Creative Expression, Environmental Science or STEM club, they wold have received a note and information from the teacher leading the club. We will keep you updated on how those clubs are going and what they are doing as the year goes on.
Year 9 to 12 students will need to have a blazer in Terms 2 and 3 as well as for Photo day. Please keep this in mind this term as it may be helpful to start saving towards this purchase.
Students have the opportunity to try out for touch football and volleyball over the next few weeks also. Most of these run after school and it is important that students attend these training times if they are going to be participating.
I look forward to the year ahead. It is my belief that together we can ensure a positive schooling experience for your child/ren at Macarthur this year.
Greetings! We are blessed to be serving as Chaplains in this school. We have met a few of you, and we would like to meet more. The theme of our school for this year is: “For the Kingdom!” This term we are particularly focusing on, “Royalty!” As part of living in the Kingdom that God has for us, we are to recognise who we are in that Kingdom. We are to realise that we are children of the Most High King, and that our identity lies in that.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9.
As our school is increasing in number, so is the need to increase the number of Chaplains in our school. We are blessed to have five Chaplains this year, and below are the days that our Chaplains will be in, with their email address:
Pr Rangi: Tuesday-Friday
Pr Alexis: Tuesday and Wednesday
Pr Horace: Wednesday and Thursday
Mr Namakadre: Thursday
Mrs Namakadre: Thursday
If you would like to meet with the Chaplains some time, please contact us. If you need a home visit from us, we will be happy to meet with you. Our office is the one next to the hall. We are looking forward to having a great year with you all.
God is blessing you,
MAC Counselling and Psychology Services
Happy new year to the students, parents and families of Macarthur Adventist College! I hope you all had a chance to rest and rejuvenate over the Christmas break and you’re feeling ready for a new year! We care about the wellbeing of each student and their families in the good times and especially in the bad, so we continue to offer counselling and psychology services for students and their families to assist with maintaining wellbeing, enhance learning and assist in times of difficulty. Counselling and psychology services are available at MAC every day of the week for students, parents and staff.
Your child’s school years are so important as their achievement in school can impact on their life pathway. Their mental health and wellbeing can have a significant impact on their school performance. If needed, a Psychologist can be an important part of a child’s overall wellbeing during their school years by helping with:
- Anxiety, Depression and other mental health issues
- Bullying and self-esteem issues
- General stress management and support
- Goal-setting/planning for future career path
- Building resilience
- Issues with school performance
- Psychometric testing to assist with identifying learning issues and learning needs
- Relationship issues (with friends, family or others)
- Getting connected with other support services if needed
The MAC pastoral care team works with the Principal, teachers, pastoral staff, learning support services, and external agencies in the local community in order to support your child in the best way possible. All issues are handled with confidentiality and in the best interest of the student and their family.
If you notice some changes in your child’s behaviour, emotions or school performance, please encourage them to come and see us in the student wellbeing support office, or let the office staff know. You are also able to book an appointment for your child by contacting the school’s reception or contacting Claire directly via email email@example.com. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
This year at MAC we have a new addition to the Counselling team. Pr Chris Manthey has worked as a pastor in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 22 years and has recently completed an Honours Degree in Psychology. He is completing an internship as the last part of his training to become a fully registered psychologist and we are privileged to be able to have him here at MAC while he does this. We know that you will find Chris a very caring and approachable person who is passionate about the health and wellbeing of our students and families. Here’s a bit about Chris and his background so you can get to know him:
Hello everyone, I have been asked to share a short bio with you, so here goes. I am 48 years of age, (actually turning 49 on the tenth of this month), married to Leteysha and have three wonderful children; Mitchel, Shayna, and Danielle. Leteysha and I are school-yard sweethearts and have been married for 27 years. I was born and raised in Gympie Queensland and am the youngest of 5 boys. As a young man I was actively involved in cricket and football and represented at State level. My interest in football continues and I am an active supporter of Sydney FC, sorry if you are a Western Sydney Wanderers supporter!
Upon leaving school I was fortunate to obtain a civil engineering scholarship with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and I studied engineering and worked for 4 years focusing upon the engineered design of farm water supplies, for example dams and mass gravity concrete weirs. I left the DPI to study theology at Avondale College in Cooranbong NSW and was fortunate to be picked up as a ministerial intern for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1996.
My work for the SDA church has allowed me to live in many wonderful places on the east coast of Australia (e.g. Lismore, Armidale, Central Coast, Caringbah) and my journey through ministry has allowed me to meet and serve many wonderful people, which I consider to be an enormous blessing and privilege. I have served as a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 22 years which allows me to bring a considerable amount of experience to my new position of provisional psychologist at Macarthur Adventist College (MAC).
I am delighted to be part of the team at MAC and look forward to serving the school community (children, parents, teachers, all) within the parameters of my counselling role. Blessings to you all.
Chris can also be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
God’s blessing for 2019 from the MAC Counselling and Psychology Team!
From the Office
Medication / Action Plans
If your child has a need for regular medication to be administered during the school day or has a health condition that requires special treatment, please ensure that you provide the College with an up-to-date Action Plan from your GP as well as any medication that your child may need.
Second-Hand Uniform Donations
If any of our College families have uniforms that are no longer needed, it would be greatly appreciated if they were donated to the College. These will then be sold to some of the families within our community who are struggling financially.