Mountain View News Term 4 Week 4

Principal's Message

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.

Parachuting Projects

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!

Panorama Competition

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 Parade

Today we celebrated our annual Book Parade. We were greeted by the King of Hearts, who was looking for the Queen of Hearts. The students received a royal stamp and were able to enter the Palace- School.

Our Prep to Year four students and teachers dressed-up in various costumes. We had an array of book characters ranging from colourful crayons, Princess, Where's Wally, Superheroes and so much more.

The Year Five and Sixes took part by arranging and playing our music for our Parade.

Even though we missed our parents cheering us on, we managed to have fun dressing up and being a character for the day. Thank you, parents, for your assistance in creating the costumes and making our Parade to happen.

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.

ICAS 2020

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.


2020 End of Year Key Dates

As the end of 2020 approaches, please note that there are some date changes to cater for the restrictions of the pandemic. Keep the following dates in your diary:

16 – 20 Nov - Year 10 Work Experience

18 Nov – Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

24 & 25 Nov - Year 10 Peer Support Leadership Training for all Year 10 students

25 Nov – Year 12 Formal

26 & 27 Nov – Year 8 Camp

29 Nov – A Christmas Story pre-recorded concert released to parent community to view

30 Nov – 2 Dec – Year 10 Camp

Dec 2 - Wear Christmas colours and bring a can or gold coin donation for ADRA food pantry

Dec 3 - student leadership training

Dec 4 - P-6 Fun Day at school

Dec 7 & 8 - Awards Ceremonies conducted during the day in individual year groups. No parents are able to attend due to COVID restrictions. A recording of the Awards presentations will be sent home to parents on Dec 8.

Dec 8 - Last day of regular classes

Dec 9 - clean-up day for any students attending. Last day for Prep.

School resumes on January 27, 2021.

Student ID Cards

As the College continues to rollout new systems to improve efficiencies and ease for students, the student cards are an ever-increasing importance to student life at the College. We ask that you please check with your child/ren that they have their student card and ask that you please ensure that it is with them at school at all times. It is a requirement for students to have their cards with them each day at school.

Student Cards are required for students to:

• Tap on and off the College Buses for transportation to and from school (future plans to open a parent portal for parents to view if their child is on the bus and the bus location will require students to use their student card to tap on and off the bus.)

• Tap on and off the College Buses for school excursions, external sports and other activities that are off campus

• Borrow books from the library

• Scan in when Late to school

• Scan out when leaving Early from school

To enter and leave the Sick Bay

• Print school Assignments and Assessments using student printers

• Make purchases from the Canteen (planned future implementation)

Should your child have misplaced their Student Card, replacement ones are available from the office. Replacement cards are $10 per card. When a replacement card is issued, the previous student card will not be invalid as all of our systems will be updated with the new card details. We would appreciate your reinforcing the importance of the student card with your children and ensure that they have it with them at all times.

Student Printing and Photocopying

We are in the process of implementing the ability for students to print their school assignments and assessments on a central printer located in the library. Students will be allocated an amount of money to their student card each year that is applicable for their year level and subjects. Students will print their work and then are required to tap their student card at the printer to enable the print job. The print job will not be able to be printed with the student tapping their student ID card. This will be effective from Monday 22 June 2020.

In the situation that students use their allocated print allowance, additional amounts can be purchased by the students by visiting the Student Reception and paying for the extra allocation. The College’s allocation will be reset at the beginning of each school year and will be allocated on a pro-rata basis.