MAC News Term 1 Week 2

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to our first Newsletter for 2019! On behalf of all of our wonderful staff here at Macarthur Adventist College, I would like to welcome all of the new families who are joining us this year for the first time as well all of our current College families who are joining us again in 2019. I hope you all had a restful and safe holiday break.

To all of our new College families, our Newsletter link will be sent out via sms each fortnight during term time and is also available on our Website and via our Facebook page. Please make sure that you take the time to read it so that you are kept up-to-date with all the events happening in the busy life of our College.

You may have noticed that we have a new block of classrooms off to the left of the back oval. These were installed during the holiday period to accomodate the growing number of students who have enrolled this year. Our Year 5 and 6 classes have settled into their new rooms and are enjoying being close to the oval.

We also have a number of new staff members joining us this year - Miss Darlene Mene, Mr Daniel Jagiello, Mr Damee Kea and Mrs Jocelyn Leuluaialii (Sio). I am proud of the supportive and dedicated teaching and office staff we have at Macarthur and I hope you'll join me in welcoming our new staff members.

Sincere thanks to all the families, students, staff and CITF members who attended our Dedication Night. It was wonderful to see us all coming together in prayer and reciting pledges for our School and Church.

As we settle into Term 1, I would like to thank you for choosing to partner with us here at Macarthur Adventist College to support and help develop the next generation of young men and women who love God, love others and are ready to make a positive impact in their world.

I look forward to a great year!


Anna Calandra

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Term Dates 2019

What's On @ MAC

New Staff Profile - Darlene Mene

My name is Darlene Mene and I am teaching English for Years 7, 8, 9 and 11. I am honoured to be serving at Macarthur Adventist College this year and am looking forward to the journey ahead.


With the increase in student numbers this year, the College would greatly appreciate any volunteers who are able to offer a few hours of help to our Canteen staff during the week. If you are available between the hours of 10am-1pm, please leave your name and contact details with the Office. You will need a WWCC which is free for volunteers.


If parents would like a digital copy of our 2019 College Handbook, please click here.

Fundraising for Year 7 Camp

There is currently an Ice Cream and Cookie Fundraiser underway to raise money for our Year 7 Camp. Each Friday for Term 1 there will be Ice Cream available at lunch time for $1.00 and cookies available for 50c.

Pickup and Drop-off Safety

As the College has grown rapidly over the last few years, we have carefully developed the parking and drive-through arrangements for parents and caregivers who transport their students to school by car, so that all students, parents and staff are safe at all times.

We ask that parents please note the following:

  • The kiss and drop zone is not an area for parents to park and then walk into the school to collect students. If you need to come into the College to drop off or collect students, please ensure you park in the regular parking areas and keep the Kiss and Drop zone clear.
  • We have parents parking in the disabled parking spots out front of the Office who have no permit for parking there. Please show courtesy and leave these spots for those who need them.
  • Another reminder that the crossing is not a drop-off area. When parents use the crossing for drop-offs instead of the kiss and drop zone, it slows everyone else down and is frustrating for all.
  • Remember that driving slowly in the car park is key to the ongoing safety of our students.

Procedure for Lunch Drop-offs

It is understandable that from time to time parents need to drop their child's lunch to school. On these occasions the lunch is to be clearly labelled and dropped to the front office and your child will be called to the office to collect it. Please note that during school hours, we do not allow parents to come into the playground to sit with their child during lunch or recess.

Late Arrivals

With Term 1 underway, we are still have many students arriving well after the bell has rung each morning. It is very important that students arrive on time each day to school so that they do not miss out on the first lesson of the day. Sometimes a late arrival in unavoidable but we ask all of our College parents to please do their best to ensure students arrive each morning on time.

Primary News

Welcome back to another great year at Macarthur Adventist College. I hope you have all had an enjoyable break filled with fun and exciting memories with your loved ones. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your contribution and dedication to MAC, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

Parent Teacher Night for Interim Reports

Parent-Teacher Night for Interim Reports will be held on Tuesday 5th March from 3:30pm - 7:30pm. A link to the booking form will be sent out to parents via SMS on Monday 11th Feb.

Changes to Primary Assembly

Due to our growth in numbers our Stage Leaders will be running Primary Assembly at staggered times. This will take place in our School Hall/Basketball court each Friday.

* P-2 Stage Leader - Mr Dalgeish (1:05pm in the school hall)

* Year 3-4 Stage Leader – Miss Goad (1:30pm in the school hall)

* Year 5-6 Stage Leader – Miss Calandra (1.05pm on the basketball court)

Primary Sport Days

Starting in Week 2 our students will be commencing their Primary Sport Days. The main purpose of Physical Education this term is to develop our students’ skill level in Fundamental Movement. For Sport we will be focusing on developing skills in Basketball. Please ensure that your child comes to school on their Sport Day in full sport uniform, including their hat and water bottle. If your child is unable to participate for any reason, please contact the classroom teacher or alternatively, send a letter outlining the reason why. Just a reminder our Year 3-6 Primary Swimming Carnival will be held on 20th February.

Prep - Year 2: Sport Day will be on a Tuesday.

Year 3 - Year 6: Sport Day will be on a Thursday.

Year 3-6 Primary Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday 20th February, students from Year 3 to Year 6 will be given the opportunity to participate in our annual school swimming carnival at The Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre. Students will travel from Macarthur Adventist College to The Aquatic Centre by bus and will return to school by 2:50pm.

Permission Slips/Money for Excursions

All Permission slips/money for excursions must be handed to the classroom teacher. Please ensure that the correct money is given to pay for excursions. If you need to pay electronically via EFTPOS, you will need to pay at the office. Once the office receives the payment, receipts will be sent home with the student. Thank you for noting this change.

As we begin the new year, we want to thank you very much for supporting our school. It is a blessing to have your family as a part of our school community. God bless you all and may he keep you safe and well this term!

Lower Primary News

This past week we had our P-2 students return or begin their new venture into our school. It has been great to see lots of smiling faces and eager minds ready to learn. We are fortunate enough to have 8 classes in our lower grades this year as our school continues to grow.

It is going to be a big year for our Junior School with lots of events, excursions, learning and opportunities to follow. I have managed to get around to a few classes this week to see some fun activities they have been getting up to.

KDD – This week KDD took part in their first Sports lesson. We were lucky enough to have a coach come from Liverpool Basketball Association and work on some fundamental skills. Smiles were worn by all.

1JC – A photo of 1JC getting ready for their first Chapel of the year.

2MG – 2MG were having a fun lesson on movement this week. Here you can see students following directions whilst dancing.

We look forward to following our classes as the year progresses and sharing as much of these fun events and lessons with everyone.

Kind regards,

Fiona Vili

Head of Primary

Secondary News

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.

God Bless,

Renee Jones

Chaplaincy News

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

Email: Rangi.Eiao@macarthur.adventist.edu.au.

Pr Alexis: Tuesday and Wednesday

Email: alexis.ratu@macarthur.adventist.edu.au

Pr Horace: Wednesday and Thursday

Email: horace.evans@macarthur.adventist.edu.au

Mr Namakadre: Thursday

Email: Kalivati.Namakadre@macarthur.adventist.edu.au

Mrs Namakadre: Thursday

Email: Jacqui.Namakadre@macarthur.adventist.edu.au

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,

Chaplaincy Team.

Counsellor's Corner

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 claire.marsh@macarthur.adventist.edu.au. 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: chris.manthey@macarthur.adventist.edu.au

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.

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