MAC News Term 1 Week 7

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Can it really be that we are in Week 6 and that it is March already?

We are now past the halfway mark of Term 1 and Easter is just around the corner. It is wonderful to see our students well and truly settled in and enjoying their time here at the College.

Thank you to all of our primary parents who came out last Wednesday night for our Literacy and Numeracy Workshop. I have had positive feedback from many of those who attended that the evening was both helpful and informative, and our parents felt a renewed confidence in supporting their children at home with their literacy and numeracy.

On Thursday last week our Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) students from Adventist schools across Sydney came to MAC for our Basketball Gala Day. There was plenty of activity on our courts throughout the day as the teams battled it out and I am proud of how our students displayed good sportsmanship and perseverance in their rounds and how courtesy and respect was shown to the other teams.

Last week also saw our Year 5 and 6 students visit the Big Dig Archaeology Site and the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Chinatown as part of their History and Geography studies, and our Year 7 students also embarked on their first Senior School camp to Cliftonville.

Term 1 has certainly gotten off to a strong start and we are thankful for the momentum we are building towards a fruitful and eventful year. I firmly believe in the adage 'begin as you mean to go on', and if the last 6 weeks are anything to go by, we can expect a productive and rewarding 2018 for our College students, staff and families.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3


Anna Calandra


What's On @ MAC

March 2018

Below is a snapshot of our College calendar for March 2018, if you would like to see a larger version, please click here and scroll through to March on our College website.

Junior School News

“For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalms 100:5 NLT

Can you believe that we are already half way through the term? The year is advancing at a rapid pace! Even so, God is faithful to love us through our busy schedules, our frustrations, daily chores and moods. Not only that, He is faithful to us, and to the generations that follow. I am so happy to serve a faithful God who has love for us with no boundaries!

Stage 3 Basketball Gala Day

On Thursday 8th March, Year 5 and 6 students from Mountain View, Auburn, Wahroonga, Hills and Hurstville Adventist Schools joined together with Macarthur Adventist College students in a day of exhilarating Basketball competition! Everyone that attended got involved and enjoyed good quality games, healthy competition and fantastic sportsmanship.

Congratulations to Mountain View Adventist College girls team who took the trophy in the finals. Also a well-deserved congratulations to Hills Adventist College for winning the trophy for the boys team.

As a school we are looking forward to the next combined Stage 3 Sports Day. A big thank you to Mr Dalgleish for organising the event!

Initial Report Parent/Teacher Night

Our first Parent/Teacher report night will be taking place Tuesday this week on the 13th of March. The night will run from 3.30pm until 7:40pm. Bookings can be made online so please make sure you book in before Tuesday to see your child’s teachers. The booking website is: www.schoolinterviews.com.au and the booking code is: sydhq.

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 are encouraged to participate in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge. The Challenge aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and to enable students to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge for each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. The challenge starts on March 5 and will finish by August 31.

Mrs Vili is Macarthur Adventist College’s PRC Coordinator. If you have any difficulties accessing the website please contact her via email at reception@macarthur.adventist.edu.au. Students who successfully complete the challenge will receive a certificate and their names will be published in the Sun-Herald on the Premier’s Reading Challenge Honour Roll.

Stage 2 Excursion – Wildlife World

The Year 3 & 4 classes are preparing for an excursion on the 27th March to Sydney Wildlife World. Please ensure your child’s travel costs are sent to school as soon as possible.

Key events coming up for Primary, including:

Interim Report Night – 13th March

SWAT Week – 19-23rd March

Please check the calendar here for all of the important dates for this term.

Kind regards,

Fiona Vili

Senior School News

The term seems to be flying by with Week 6 already behind us and only 5 weeks remaining in the term. Last week saw our first sport teams heading out to compete against other schools and our first camp occurring for the year.

The Year 7’s left on Wednesday 7th March for their 3-day camp up to the Hawkesbury River to participate in a number of water activities. Mrs Calandra and I visited them on Thursday to see how they were enjoying their time. A more detail report will be included in our next newsletter.

Mr Maua and Mr Ratu accompanied three touch football teams out last Thursday. Both the Under 15 Boys and Girls teams made it to the semi-finals. The Senior girls were very competitive and demonstrated great leadership and sportsmanship on the day. A special thank you to Pastor Rangi for helping coach the Under 15 Boys team.

Our first Parent/Teacher report night will be taking place this Tuesday on the 13th of March. The night will run from 3.30pm until 7:40pm. Bookings can be made online so please make sure you book in before Tuesday to see your child’s teachers.

The booking website is: www.schoolinterviews.com.au and the booking code is: sydhq.

Key events coming up for Secondary, including:

Interim Report Night – 13th March

Senior Day of Worship – 15th March

SWAT Week – 19-23rd March

Please check the calendar here for all of the important dates for this term.

Chaplaincy News

It has been an amazing week so far! In term 1, we are looking at the “Dream” that God has for each and everyone of us. In the book of Genesis, the serpent tried to ruin that dream that God had for us. But we know that in God’s strength, He has kept that dream alive. We may have had dreams ruined in the past, however, it is important to know that God still has a dream for us, and would like to restore it. Give God a chance to restore your dreams if they have been broken.

“But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead.”
Philippians 3:13.

One team, one dream.

Pr Rangi and Pr Alexis.

From the Office / Accounts


With College photos coming up in the beginning of Term 2, now is the time to start making preparations for your child to be in the correct winter uniform for photo day. Moorebank Uniforms has layby available for our parents and caregivers to utilise, where you are able to pay off uniforms over a two month period, which will help to ensure your child is in the correct uniform on Photo Day.

While on the subject of uniforms, just a reminder to please ensure that uniforms are clearly labelled. We still have a number of jackets and hats in lost property without a name clearly labelled, which then makes it very difficult when multiple students claim it belongs to them.

Sick Students

With the change of seasons we are experiencing at the moment, we have had quite a number of unwell children in our sickbay. While we appreciate the effort parents and caregivers are making in regards to attendance at school, there are unwell students who are being sent to school when they should be kept at home in the care of an adult in order to recuperate and prevent spreading their illness to others.

If parents and caregivers are unsure of when to keep their children home, please refer to the below article, which you can read online here:


A reminder to parents and caregivers to please ensure that they enclose the correct money for their child's lunch order. There has been some changes in Canteen prices since the beginning of Term 1, so if you are unfamiliar with the new price list, please see below or pick up a lunch order form from the Office.

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