MAC News Term 4 week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Macarthur Adventist College for our final term of the school year. I hope that you had an opportunity during the break to rest and renew your energy for the busy remaining weeks as we head towards the Christmas season.

Our Year 12 students are currently mid-way through their HSC examinations, and I am sure that they would appreciate your prayers as they undertake final preparations for their remaining exams. These exams are the culmination of many hours spent in the classroom, time spent on assessments and time spent studying, and we pray that the God of all comfort (2 Corin 1:3) would walk alongside them as they complete this last leg of their Senior School journey.

In staffing news, today we say goodbye to our Head of Junior School, Mrs Zeynep Eiao as she begins her maternity leave. Mrs Eiao's enthusiasm, warmth and supportive approach to our students has been greatly appreciated and we wish her all the best as she and her husband Rangi await the arrival of their little one. In Mrs Eiao's absence, we warmly welcome Mrs Fiona Vili as our acting Head of Junior School. Mrs Vili has been a valued member of staff here at MAC since Term 2 this year and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as she begins her new role. We are thankful to have her here as part of our College community.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of our parents and caregivers to an information session we are holding on Wednesday 1st November, 6:30pm -7:30pm, on how to keep your children safe in the online space. Senior Constable David Blom will be heading the session and we encourage all parents to come along to hear his wisdom and experience on how to keep our children cyber safe.


Anna Calandra


What's on in October @ MAC

New MAC Facebook Page

For all of our parents, families and caregivers who use Facebook, you can now view our Macarthur Adventist College Facebook page. The page is a great way to stay updated with everything that is happening in the life of our College. Click the button below to have a look!

Junior School News

Dear MAC Families,

It has truly been a pleasure serving as Head of Primary at Macarthur Adventist for the last two years. As my husband and I embark on this new journey of parenthood, we are both excited for the joys and undoubtedly the challenges ahead!

As a school, we are blessed to have Mrs Fiona Vili taking over the Head of Primary role. I am certain God has equipped her to lead our school with passion and excellence!

May God bless you all as the term and year comes to a close and the Christmas holiday season edges closer!

Mrs Zeynep Eiao

Photo credit: Nerissa J Photography: https://www.nerissajphotography.com.au/

From Mrs Vili

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone is ready for a busy Term 4!

Here is a Bible Verse for us all this week:

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Psalm 34:8

Junior Day of Worship – November 2-3

This day is for our Kindergarten to Year 4 students. Not to be missed, students from MAC will be meeting with our partnering Adventist schools, worshipping together and having fun! This special day will be held at Mountain View Adventist College.

Happy Healthy Harold – November 8-10

The Happy Healthy Harold Van annually visits our school with messages of health and safety for our Primary Students. This incursion is covered through your child’s Consumables Fee. Information on when each class will attend to be advised.

Swimming Lessons – November 20-24

It is a little while away, although it is never too late to be prepared! Please be aware that our Swimming Lessons will occurred over one week in Week 7. Students will attend lessons every day that week. More information to come.

Year 6 Dinner – November 30

Our theme this year is an ‘Island Theme’. I am sure this year will be a great celebration of our Year 6 students graduating from Primary School and a wonderful welcoming into High School! Stay tuned for more information.

Head of Primary Awards - Weeks 1 & 2

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a Head of Primary Award. Keep up the good work!

Woolworth's Earn and Learn

Thank you to all of our amazing families that supported Macarthur Adventist College during the Woolworths Earn and Learn campaign. We have had a wonderful result and will now be able to purchase some great resources for the College!

Senior School News

MAC NRL Girls on cloud 9s

With the 2017 NRL Mens and Women's World Cup around the corner, Macarthur Adventist College participated in the Chris Lawrence Girls NRL 9's Competition held on the 18th October at St Gregorys College, Gregory Hills. It was a great opportunity for the students to make new friends, build their teamwork skills and experience playing Rugby League.

Two teams went away for the round robin competition, a year 7/8 girls team and a year 9/10 girls team. With some students first time playing rugby and some experience players, the girls faced tough competition playing other schools from the South West Sydney area.

The Junior girls had a slow start in their earlier games but credit to their resilience and work ethic that they continued to work hard for each other, which saw them greatly improve and edge out a few teams.

The 9/10 girls, whom have played with each other before, with experienced players started strong with structured and free flowing rugby. This saw them progress through the tournament undefeated, narrowly going down in the final by a try.

Overall Macarthur Girls should be proud of their efforts as they never gave up until the final whistle and played tough but fair Rugby, representing the school in the spirit of the game.

Well done girls!

Sav Ratu

Yr 7-11 HSIE / Yr 9-10 PDHPE Teacher

Car Park Safety

From our Chaplains


Do you want to know how to keep your children safe online? Join us at 6:30-7:30pm Wednesday 1st of November in the library: Senior Constable David Blom will be taking us through an informative "Think U know" info session to empower you to protect your children. We will also finish a Q&A section and a special prayer of protection over your families. There also be refreshments and child minding. For more information, speak to chaplain Abigail.

From our College Counsellor

Claire Marsh

Coping with Exam Stress

As we come near to exam time, particularly for students completing the HSC, there is one thing that we can count on…there will be stress Signs of a stress during exam time might include snappiness or irritability, changes in eating or sleeping patterns, changes in motivation, difficulty with decision-making or memory, negative self-talk and self-doubt, or even physical signs such as stomach aches or headaches. When we see this, we know that the stress and pressure might be getting all too much. This time can be very worrying for busy students, and for those who live with them! Stress can seem so unhelpful during busy times so why do we experience it and what can we do about it? Understanding the nature of stress can help us to manage and cope with it better:

1. Stress increases our performance…but only to a point!

Imagine if we never felt stressed about anything, ever! We would never even care about how we performed on important tasks! Stress has a functional role in improving our performance on important tasks because it means that we care about the outcome. So, a certain amount of stress is actually a very helpful thing! As our level of stress or pressure increases it has the effect of causing us to be more focussed, mentally alert and to prioritise our time in order to produce the best outcome possible. This is referred to as the Yerkes-Dodson Law, as developed by 2 Psychologists back in 1908. The law dictates that performance increases with physiological or mental alertness, but only up to a point. When levels of stress become too high, performance decreases.

2. We all have different tolerances for stress.

If stress is either too high or too prolonged it can begin to have the opposite effect and begin to decrease our ability to perform well or even function. We need to recognise where our ‘peak’ is and implement self-care strategies to manage stress that is beginning to push us towards burn-out. Some people have a very high ‘peak’ and can tolerate high levels of stress, and others have a lower ‘peak’ meaning that they can don’t perform as well when under stress or cannot tolerate prolonged periods of stress. Noticing the signs and where your limits are will help you know when you need self-care and to balance your study with other things.

3. Self-care, self-care, self-care!

Looking after yourself is your responsibility, because you know yourself better than anyone else does (…well almost better than your parents do!). Self-care is extremely important during times that we predict will be stressful. The advantage of predictable stress is that we can prepare for it and put self-care plans in place to manage the impact of this time. Self-care includes basic daily activities you engage in that will help you relax and maintain good health. It is very important to eat well and regularly, get between 8-10 hours of sleep (during the night!), and engage in other activities that usually help you to unwind such as sport, church, exercise, hobbies and relaxation, even though it is tempting to cut back on these ‘leisure’ activities for study. It will refresh you and give you a burst of endorphins (‘happy hormones’) to balance out the stress, as long as it is part of a more flexible ‘exam-time’ routine.

4. Take time to breathe

When we are under too much stress, our brain releases chemicals which tell our body to respond in ways that can sometimes be unhelpful during exams. The ‘Fight or Flight’ response in our brain is activated which can interfere with our logical thinking, reasoning and memory. It causes our body to use its energy and resources to deal with ‘threat’ and can cause our muscles to become tense, our breathing to change, our heartrate to increase, and our mind to focus more on protecting us than on the task at hand. In this situation, taking some deep breaths can help in many different ways, including getting blood-flow back to our frontal lobe in the brain which controls our ‘higher order thinking’ such as reasoning, judgement, decision-making and logical thinking (all the things you might need in an exam!). By taking slow and controlled breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, we restore the balance of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide in our blood stream which works to reduce the stress response in our body and brain. Don’t underestimate the impact of taking a minute (or longer if needed) to breathe deeply before going into a potentially stressful situation!

5. Don’t forget to THANK your anxiety!

We often resent our anxiety and how nervous or negative it can make us feel when going into exam time. We wish for those feelings to go away, but in reality they are alerting us to what is important, helping us to focus on the task at hand, and allowing us to rise to the challenge and perform at our peak. Next time you notice yourself feeling stressed, try to think, “Thank you, anxiety, for making me care about my schoolwork!”. If you find yourself falling into overly negative self-talk and thinking, “I can’t do this, I’m going to fail and ruin my future!” think about whether you would say that to a close friend in the same situation, and instead tell yourself something that you would say to a close friend like, “You’ll get through this!”.

Putting these ideas together with early preparation and a good support network will help you to cope better with exam stress. If you are having trouble coping and need extra support, seek counselling. You can talk with a counsellor about career goals, stress management, study planning and time management skills.

For further tips and help with exam stress for students and their families, go to: https://kidshelpline.com.au/parents/tips/coping-with-exam-stress/, or call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or the NSW Parentline on 1300 1300 52.

You can download a helpful booklet on ‘How to Cope with Student Life’ from www.mind.org.uk

Mrs Claire Marsh


Macarthur Adventist College

Manager – Adventist Counselling Services.

(02) 8876 5238


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