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MAC News Term 3 Week 10

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On the final day of Term 3 each year, our College community comes together to farewell our Year 12 students and celebrate their thirteen years of formal education. From breakfast with the staff, to their final assembly and then surfing lessons at Cronulla for their Activity Day, our Year 12 students have had a memorable week to mark the end of their time here at Macarthur Adventist College.

On Wednesday, Year 12 attended their Graduation Chapel Service, which is always a highlight of their final week and an event filled with mixed emotions. We are so proud of Year 12 students and who they have grown into and yet we are also sad to say goodbye to them, and ultimately excited for them as they take their next steps into the journey of adulthood.

Our Year 12 students now commence study leave in preparation for their HSC exams. Our prayer is that each and every one of them would reach their full potential and walk in all that God has planned for them and that God might grant them peace and insight into His infinite love for them both now and always.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:3-6

I hope that all of our College families have a relaxing and enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing all of our students back for Term 4, which begins on Tuesday 16th October.

Blessings,

Anna Calandra

Principal

What's On @ MAC

First Day Back for Student for Term 4 - Tuesday 16th October. Students are to wear their full summer uniform.

The Calendar on our College website will be updated over the holidays with all the important dates for Term 4, so please make sure to click here to keep up to date with end-of-year events.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Families,

As Term 3 begins to wrap up I would like to thank you all for your continued support of our school. Without our families our school would not be the school that it is. I love that our school is a welcoming place, a place of belonging to all who attend. Thank you for your dedication families; together we are raising our next generation.

Here are some of the activities Primary School participated in this term.

Premiers Reading Challenge

The PRC has finished for the year, well done to all who participated and accepted the challenge! Once the certificates arrive we will be able to publicly congratulate those who completed the PRC 2018.

Book Character Parade – 24th August

The biggest parade to date. We had a huge turn-out of parents and family members supporting their students in the hall. A great celebration of literary focus, with prizes for students and teachers. The efforts of the students surpassed last year!

Father’s Day Stall – 30th August

Thanks to our Home & School Committee for organising a very successful Father’s Day Staff. Almost all the gifts were sold, and the efforts of our parent community are greatly appreciated.

Father’s Day Breakfast – 31st August

Our annual Father’s Day Breakfast has exceeded expectations once again. Our parent turn-out was approximately 100+ with students joining their families for a breakfast of bagels, scrambled and fried eggs, potato gems, mushrooms, toast, apple juice, hot drinks and berry filled cream crepes. Very happy with the success of the morning.

P-1 Athletics Carnival – 31st August

Fantastic day organised primarily by Mr Faiumu, Year 11 students and Mr Dalgleish. Parent turn-out was fantastic, with positive feedback from the day. Participation ribbons were handed out to all students and medals were awarded for great sportsmanship in each class.

Middle Day of Worship – 13th September

All students that entered the MDOW were blessed and bounced back to school with a renewed passion for Jesus. Thank you to Hills Adventist College for hosting yet another fantastic day of togetherness and worship. Students enjoyed worshipping with our Adventist schools.

Life Education – Healthy Harold 12th 13th 18th 19th September

Students excitedly entered the Happy Healthy Harold Van this year to meet Harold once again and to recall and learn new information regarding healthy choices in a variety of situations.

Woolworths Fresh Foods Discovery Excursion

In the month of September Years 1MB, 1/2JM, 2PR, 3TS, 5CG, 5CT and 6JC enjoyed an excursion to Woolworths where they were introduced to an array of rainbow-coloured fruit and vegies. They learnt about familiar and unfamiliar produce and the benefits of eating a variety of fresh fruit and vegies every day.

Stage 3 Excursion: Milson Island Camp – 17th 18th September

The Stage 3 students had an exhilarating time doing activities I’m sure they were proud to complete. Our students participated in archery, high ropes course, giant swing, orienteering, abseiling and various other sports!

Secondary News

Newsletter – End of Term 3

The term has come to an end very quickly. It feels like only a few weeks ago we were starting Term 3.

This term has been very busy with students involved in a number of activities. Open Day was at the very start of the term. There were a number of old and new families attending to not only tour the school but also go on the rides and experience the different stalls that were available.

Father’s Day Breakfast and Multicultural Night were also a key feature of this term. It was great to see a number of students and families involved in both activities.

Year 9, 10 and 11 had camps this term. Year 9 went out and experienced hiking, camping and cooking. It was a very unique experience for some as it was their first time hiking with a full backpack that had to hold all of their gear and cooking their own meals on camp stoves.

Year 10 went to Fraser Island to experience some of the amazing ecosystems on the world’s largest sand island. Students got to spend time at Lake Mackenzie, Campagne Pools and Eli Creek.

Year 11 went to the Jindabyne to spend time snow skiing on Perisher and Blue Cow. The weather and snow were spectacular for the time we were there. For most students it was the first time they had been skiing and after a couple of lessons they were able to fully enjoy the ski runs.

Just a reminder that school will start back on Tuesday 16th October. All students will need to be in Summer Uniform for the start of Term 4.

Wishing all families a safe break and looking forward to catching up with everyone next term.

DNATA Catering Excursion

On Wednesday 26th of September, our Year 10 Food Technology Class travelled to DNATA Airline Catering to see how food is prepped, cooked and packaged for the airlines. The students also saw how they prepared the special meals and the importance of health and safety in the food industy. They got to walK into freezers bigger than they ever imagined. The students also enjoyed a catered lunch at the conclusion of their tour.

Chaplaincy News

Library News

Our Librarian has recently completed out 2018 Book Fair Summary and this year our sales have been really outstanding!

During Book Fair this year, Book Sales have totalled $1785.00!

Because of this wonderful result, the school has been entitled to take $624.00 worth of books and prizes for the Library.

Thank you staff, parents, volunteers and students for your contribution. 😊

Counselor's Corner

Shame and guilt are powerful emotions that can be used to shape behaviour in positive and negative ways. Guilt is the conviction that we have DONE something wrong and often motivates us towards making it right and believing we are capable of changing. However, shame is the conviction that we ARE something wrong as a person and will only drive us towards more of the bad behaviour because we feel worthless to be able to change. They can both be a powerful force when shaping our children’s behaviour, because we want them to develop a moral compass and be able to experience guilt in order to tell right from wrong, but most parents don’t want their children carrying a sense of shame about who they are for the rest of their lives. A sense of guilt, when it is natural, can correct our performance, but shame condemns. To read more about this, we recommend the book, Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans.

To read more about this, follow lick here to read the article about ‘Parenting Without Shame’ from Focus on the Family.

For personalised support or advice, you can book a time to talk with our school psychologist (here at MAC on Mondays and Fridays), by contacting the office.

May God bless you as you continue to parent your children throughout their life!

Office / Accounts News

Change for Lunch Orders

A reminder to parents to please make sure that you have appropriate money for your child's lunch orders. The office is not able to give change so please ensure the correct amount is given when ordering.

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