MAC Newsletter Issue 3 - 2017

Principal's Message

This week we approach the halfway point for Term 1 and we have definitely built some strong momentum to see us through the 2017 school year. March is an eventful month in the life of our College, with our Swimming Carnival next week, followed by our Year 9 Invictus Camp and also SWAT week. These events are great opportunities for our students to step out of their comfort zone and have experiences that will enrich them and help them grow in character. Thank you to our wonderful teachers, chaplains and parent helpers who work so hard to make these events successful and enjoyable for our students.

In early April our Year 12 students will also be sitting their Half-Yearly exams, as their HSC courses started in Term 4 last year. As parents and caregivers, your prayers for our students are much appreciated, so we ask you to keep our Year 12 students in mind, as exams can be a particularly pressure-filled time for them.

This week also saw some relief from the stifling heat we have felt for the last few weeks. What a welcome change it was to have some cooler weather and some refreshing rainfall. God's love for us is very much like rain that comes to refresh and regenerate. When we feel parched and dry from the heat of life, it is God who promises that He will make streams in the desert for us.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name's sake.
Psalm 23:1-3

Blessings,

Anna Calandra

Principal

Junior School News

2017 Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday 7th March the College has it's yearly Swimming Carnival at Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre. Students from Year 4 onwards will be attending, while our Kindy - Year 3 students will remain at the College. Students are to wear their house colours, with Atchison being blue and Victoria being red. If your child in unaware of their house colours, their class teacher or the College office will be able to assist them. Students are to wear appropriate swimwear and bring a hat and sunscreen. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!

After-School Reminder

At the conclusion of the school day, we ask that parents make arrangements for their children so that they have left the College premises by 3:15pm. While teachers will be in the carpark to supervise students getting onto the afternoon buses, after 3:15pm there will be no further supervision of students, except on days where there is Music Practice or Homework Club.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Our 2017 Premier's Reading Challenge is underway! The Challenge is a worthwhile endeavor that aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. Each students in Junior School should have come home with a note last week regarding this. Please return the notes to the Office as soon as possible, so that your child can be registered for the Challenge.

High School News

Macarthur Represents in South Met Touch Football Trial

The annual South West Met Zone Touch Gala Day held on Thursday 2nd March was washed out due to poor weather, however Macarthur Adventist College was able to send representatives to trial for the 2017 CSSA South West Met Zone Touch Football team. On the day, Macarthur representatives competed in Open Girls and Open Boys catagories. The trial games tested their skills and both teams responded well to the conditions of the competition. The students represented the College in the spirit of the game and should be proud of their efforts as they played hard and fair all day, putting in their best effort until the final whistle.

Special mention to Dontay Perez and Jarrod Fletcher who were selected for a third consecutive year and also Christian Savaiinaea who will join the boys to represent the zone in the Open Boys division. Vula Marawa was also selected for the Open Girls team who made the CSSA South West Met Zone Team. Teams will compete later this month in Port Macquarie in the 2017 CSSA State Touch Tournament.

Left: Open Boy and Girls Macarthur Adventist Representatives. Right: Cleopatra Carreno, Christian Savaiinaea, Jarrod Fletcher, William Heimuli, Vula Marawa, Dontay Perez, Gershom Quezada.

Uniform:

Just a reminder to our Senior School students that they need to be in the correct uniform each day. If there is a reason why the student is not able to be in full school or sports uniform, there needs to be a note from home to explain why. If the student is out of uniform and there is no note, then there will be appropriate consequences. If parents are unsure of our Uniform Policy, please check the 2017 Handbook.

Senior Day of Worship

This coming Thursday the 9th of March, our Senior School students will be travelling to Mountain View Adventist College to participate in the Senior Day of Worship alongside students from other Adventist Colleges throughout Sydney. The day is a great opportunity for students to connect with other students from our sister schools and also a great time to connect with God. Information is below:

Theme: ‘Mind the Gap’

Lunch: Provided by Avondale College

Breakdown of Day: 8:30am- Buses leave MAC

9.30am – Ice Skating at Sydney Ice Arena (buy food and drink there)

11.30am – Lunch (held at MVAC)

12.30pm – Worship

1.45pm – Finish

2.00pm – Buses Depart back to MAC

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact Chaplain Dwayne.

Invictus Camp

On March 15th through to 17th, our Year 9 students will be taking part in our Invictus Camp at the Royal National Park. Invictus Camp will be a great opportunity for our students to experience the benefits of planning and preparation in order to manage change and enjoy growth. Please ensure that you permission notes, medical clearance forms and payment is made to the office as soon as possible.

Counsellor News

Our College counsellor, Claire Marsh has written a very informative article for our parents regarding setting healthy boundaries for technology use and screen time. Please see below:

General Reminders

Music Tuition

Just a reminder to parents that it is not too late to enrol your children for Music Tuition at the College. We have a variety of teachers teaching piano, guitar, violin, brass, saxaphone, clarinet, percussion and vocals. Please feel free to collect an enrolment form from the office if you are interested.

Late Arrivals

We still have a few stragglers arriving quite late of a morning with no other excuse other than that they slept in. For your children to make the most of their time at the College, it is essential that they develop the habit of being punctual in their arrival to school. For some of our students, this may be as simple as going to bed a little earlier at night or making sure to set an alarm for the morning. Of course there will always be cases where the bus arrived late or there was a family emergency but let us endeavor as a school community to improve in this area.

Canteen

A quick reminder to parents that we do not hand out envelopes for school lunch orders anymore. Parents need to bring an envelope from home or a plastic resealable sandwich bag. Parents can also send their child to school with the correct money for the lunch order and the office will pass the money and order on to the Canteen, however this can only be done if there is the correct amount of money, as the office only carries a certain amount of change.

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