With elections and leadership hot topics in both Australia and the United States of America at the moment, my mind turned to student leadership in our own school. A key purpose at Mountain View is to provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, both in formal positions and also informally through everyday interactions.
An external HSC Exam Supervisor who visited our school last week commented very positively on the way students greeted adults confidently. A small thing that is a testament to the underlying natural leadership abilities of many of our students. In the formal leadership space, our 2021 Senior Prefects have been elected and the Middle School Prefects, House Leaders, Chapel Leaders, Music Leaders and Student Representative Council Leaders will be elected in the next few weeks in readiness for leadership training. This wide range of distributed leadership provides opportunities for our young people to grow in confidence and to ultimately step out into the broader community to serve and make a difference. That is real education.
Mrs Julia Heise
In Memory of Mr Peter Wallace
Many of our Year 5 and 6 students know Mr Peter Wallace as the ‘STEM’ man. As the eLearning Consultant to Adventist schools in Sydney and SNSW, Peter’s support in all things SEQTA and digital technology has been appreciated over the last four years. Sadly, Mr Peter Wallace passed away last week and we honour his memory.
Australian Mathematics Competition Results
Thirty-two students across Years 7-11 were selected to sit the Australian Mathematics Competition in July. The results are in and five of our students received a Credit Award meaning they were in the top 55% of their year group and region. As this is an international exam, we are very proud of the students’ performance!
Well done to the following students for receiving a Credit Award:
At Mountain View we are striving to build the mathematical and problem solving skills of our students. We are hoping for more participants and more top performances next year.
Year 8 students have been designing their own experiments to answer real life questions. Students designed a variety of parachute sizes to answer the driving question, “Which type of parachute slows a falling toy the best?” or built balloon rockets to answer the driving question, “Which type of balloon rocket travels fastest?” Many students chose other own topics and conducted a wide variety of experiments at home. Project Based Learning helps students make their learning visible and authentic. Plus students enjoy the learning process more when they are researching their own topics, designing their own experiments and finding answers to their own questions. Well done, Year 8!
This year we ran our first Panorama Cover competition. The Panorama is our annual yearbook and the aim of the competition was to provide another avenue for student’s to be involved in the life of their school. Many entries were received from Junior and Middle school students and the results will be seen on the cover of Panorama as well as throughout the year book.
Congratulations go to Leanne Viardo in Year 10 and Tukahni Greenfield in Year 6 who were joint winners.
Book Fair 2020
A big thank you to all the parents and guardians who supported our school library by purchasing items at our school Scholastic Book Fair this week. We exceeded our goal with a grand total of $4561 in sales. A significant amount of fund will be used to purchase new books for our library.
Thank you once again from the library team.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Year Two to Six students that took part in this year's ICAS Tests.
There were some amazing results. Know that we are all proud of all your efforts that was put towards the various exams.
Teacher Appreciation Day
Last Friday marked World Teacher’s Day which is an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication of our teachers and also other staff who work in our school. The prefects took worship and, along with Student Representative Council members, gave cards and Thank You cookies to all the staff.
2021 Senior Prefects
We would like to welcome the incoming 2021 Mountain View Adventist College Senior Prefects; Isabella Afu, Craig Drole, Levi Gordon, Katalina Maile, Kaylyn Sione, Noah Stephens, Keely Tuitama and Eiken Vaovasa. As a school community, we are truly blessed for student leaders, which have been elected by their peers and staff to lead and support the College in 2021.
HSC 'Good Luck' cards
Thank you to all the classes, teachers and students from across the College who have lent their support and kind words to write creative and supportive 'good luck' cards for the Year 12s sitting their final HSC examinations. This is a very stressful time, and the cards are much appreciated by the Year 12s, helping to settle the nerves with students receiving a card, often several cards, before each examination.