Welcome to a new year and a new decade! 2020 brings many wonderful opportunities for growth and learning and I am excited by the positive ‘buzz’ that is in the school.
Every student, and the families they represent, are valuable members of our learning community and we look forward to lots of growth this year – academically, socially, physically and spiritually. Staff have been busy preparing learning spaces and teachers have participated in a three-day workshop about exciting experiential learning for students that is future focused.
We welcome some new staff this year: Mrs Valrie Vakalalkoro as Teacher Librarian, Miss Hayley Chapman as Primary Sport Coordinator, Pr Terence Greenfield as Junior School Chaplain and Miss Lara Liberman in Year 2.
For Prep to Year 7 parents and carers I look forward to seeing you at our Meet the Teacher Evening on February 12 which starts with a BBQ and live music at 6 pm.
Mrs Julia Heise
Welcome Back Junior School
I would like to welcome all our new students and their families to our school. It was great to see so many new faces on the first day back to school as well as the regular students and their parents. It is like coming home after a holiday and as they say “there is no place like home”. We are looking forward to a fantastic school year.
As we started this year, we had our Kindergarten students start later on in the week. Their start day was on Friday 31st. There were a few tears but they were not from the students.
We understand that it is a hard time for parents to hand over their babies that are growing up. The Kindergarten teachers had a special greeting pack, with a few little items for the parents. We hope this made the transition from home to school a little easier for the mum’s and dad’s. We look forward to working with our Kindy families and we can wait to see how your children develop and learn in this new year as they start their formal schooling experience.
Body Positivity Club
Student leadership is an important part of our school and it is great to see students taking the initiative to lead by helping. A Year 8 girl saw a need and has created a Body Positivity Club for girls in Years 5 – 8. This week saw the first meeting with over 20 girls attending, supported by the Chaplain and Counsellor.
School Online Learning Portals
Making learning visible to parents and students is important and we are excited to introduce online on-line portals for Year 7-12 students and parents at Mountain View Adventist College. SEQTA Learn and SEQTA Engage, as the portals are known, allow you and your child to access assessment tasks, lesson topics, homework, results, reports and timetables.
SEQTA Learn is the student portal and can be accessed at mvac.cs.adventist.edu.au using the student’s Office365 5-letter login.
SEQTA Engage is the parent portal. An email invitation to join SEQTA Engage went out to parents this week. If you have not received the email, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to find the email invitation, please contact the office.
Please check SEQTA regularly as more information will be added over the coming weeks. If you have questions about SEQTA Learn or Engage please contact Kelly Paul, the school’s SEQTA Coordinator or your child’s Home Room Teacher.
The first week of the new school year is always exciting. This year we had an unexpected visitor who hitched a ride with one of our staff by hiding in the undercarriage of her car. One of our bus drivers heard a meowing from one of the cars parked near the front of the office which resulted in a call to the NRMA. Sulamain from the NRMA was here within a short period of time and with the “supervision” of our Business Manager Mr Dwyer, he dismantled part of the car so that Mr Dwyer could coax out the stowaway. After 20 minutes, the operation was complete and the little kitten was safe and sound. Mr Dwyer now has an addition to his family with the little one being adopted by his cat friendly family. The kitten’s name is Ember and she now has four brothers and sisters – 4 cats and a dog who all get along extremely well.
Thank you to Sulamain and the NRMA for demonstrating compassion and urgency to save one of God’s little creatures
Best Eggs in the West
Year 7 Agriculture has been learning about chickens and the different ways that farmers produce eggs. They have compared the advantages and disadvantages of caged eggs, barn layer eggs and free range egg They also had the opportunity to taste test the three types of eggs to determine if paying extra for barn or free range eggs is worth it. Mountain View free range eggs were the winner. They had better flavour and texture. Students agreed it was worth paying the extra money to ensure animals were treated humanely and to get a superior product.