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MAC News Term 1 Week 11

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we head towards the end of Term 1, we can look back on what has been a very busy but fruitful start to the year.

From SWAT Week to the College's annual Swimming Carnivals, Year 7 Camp, and various excursions and sports Gala Day's, our students have been blessed to be a part of so many of the good things that are happening at Macarthur Adventist College in 2019. We trust that these activities will stretch and grow our students as they step out of their comfort zone and take on new experiences.

In the coming weeks, we have one of the greatest celebration days coming up in the Christian calendar, which is Easter.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

This verse in John, sums up the Christian message of love, hope and life in abundance.

At the centre of this verse and the centre of the Gospel message, is Jesus Christ. He took the sins of the world on Himself so that we could know freedom in this life, and the next. God’s love for humanity became tangible in the life, death, and resurrection of his Son. What a wonderful time to celebrate together!

This Wednesday the College will be holding a combined Easter Chapel service with both our Primary and Secondary students attending. Parents and Caregivers are welcome to join us. May you and your family have a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing you in Term 2.

Blessings,

Anna Calandra

Principal

What's On @ MAC

Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care

The College is currently in the process of establishing an OOSH care program on-site for our Primary students. Our plan was for it to become available to parents from the beginning of Term 2, but due to additional approval and regulatory requirements the program will not be available to parents until the beginning of Term 3. We are sorry for the delay as there has been strong demand for this service and we are doing everything we can to ensure it is made available for our parents as soon as possible. Primary parents would have received a letter last week with all the information about the plan for OOSH at MAC but if you would like to read more, please click here.

Year 12 Parent / Teacher Interviews

Bookings are now open for Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews to be held on Tuesday 9th April 3:30pm - 7pm. Please click here to book. The Code to be used for bookings is 4rp2d.

Term Dates

May 2019

Primary News & Reminders

Dear Parents and Families,

As Term 1 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. Praise God for you all!

Winter School Uniform

Students need to be wearing their full winter uniform from the beginning of Term 2. This includes ties for both girls and boys. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Cross Country

On May 8th, our Year 3-6 students will be attending the Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnival at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens. Please be aware that no student is allowed to be picked up from the venue. All students are required to return to school as this is a compulsory school event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Wedenesday 8th May, 2018

Departure Time: We will be leaving school at 8:45am

Arrival Time: We arrive back to school at 2:30pm

Location: Narellan Road, Mt Annan

Uniform: Full sports uniform or sport house colours

Transport: School Bus

Need to bring: Lunch, enough water, sunscreen, hat

Primary Sport – Athletic Skills

Starting in Week 2 next term our students will be commencing their Primary Sport Days. The main purpose of Sport during this time is to develop our students’ skill level in Athletics. Please ensure that your child comes to school on their Sport Day in full sport uniform, including their hat and water bottle. If your child is unable to participate for any reason, please contact the College or alternatively, send a letter outlining the reason why. Sport days will be confirmed at the beginning of next term.

College Photo Day

This will take place on Monday 27th May. Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time and they are dressed in full winter uniform.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

To all those that serve faithfully as mothers in their homes and in the community, you are invited on Friday 10th May at 8am to enjoy a breakfast meal with your child or children at our school. The MAC Home and School Committee will also be running a Mother’s Day Stall on this day. Students can purchase good quality gifts for their Mothers’ for $2 or $5.

NAPLAN

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. The NAPLAN online test window is from 14-24 May. Please ensure your child is in attendance on those days to sit the national test. NAPLAN testing will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

For those of you involved in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, keep that momentum going! The challenge ends on Friday 30th August so keep reading those beautiful books! Here are some tips for parents:

- Assist your child to borrow books from the school or local library.

- Help your child to add books to her/his Student Reading Record regularly.

Thank you to all the families who are supporting their children with the challenge!

Regards,

Mrs Fiona Vili

Head of Primary

Stage 3 Touch Football Gala Day

On the 25th March Stage 3 primary boys and girls visited Eric Mobbs Reserve to verse other Adventist schools in Sydney in Touch Football. Both girls and boys teams worked hard and played hard against all the other Adventist schools. It was a fantastic day to play a sport the students were passionate about and get to know other student from other schools. The girls team was spotted regularly talking to other schools and making friends.

Girls played 5 games of 25 minutes and boys played 7 games of 15 minutes. Overall the boys team came 2nd and the girls team came 4th.

Talyse Stanton

Primary Sports Coordinator

Secondary News & Reminders

First term is coming to a close very quickly. It has been a very busy 11 weeks with class work, excursions, sporting activities and different clubs that have been running this term. It was great to see all students, both returning and new, settling into MAC life. A big thank you to both students and parents for making Term 1 an eventful and successful term.

ANZAC Day Service

We will be running an ANZAC day service on Wednesday May 1st at 10.45am until 11.25am. All parents are welcome to attend this special service.

Cross Country

Our annual Yr 3-12 cross country carnival will be held on Wednesday 8th May. This gives the students an opportunity for the students to earn points for their sport house and to be involved in physical activity out in nature.

Year 8 Camp

The Year 8’s will be going on camp next term in Week 3. The camp is a great opportunity for the students to be involved in team activities and a chance to interact with each other outside of the classroom.

Year 12 PDHPE

The Year 12’s were able to attend last Thursday Night’s NRL match between Roosters and Broncos. This gave the students an opportunity to see first-hand the different warm-up methods as well as the way the trainers deal with on field injuries.

Winter Uniform

All students will need to be in full winter uniform during Term 2 and 3. This involves blazers for Yr 9 to 12. Blazers need to be the first option when it comes to jumpers and jackets. School jumpers can be worn UNDER the blazer on very cold days.

Key events coming up for Secondary, including:

Wishing all our MAC families a safe and enjoyable break over Easter. Looking forward to seeing everyone back for the start of Term 2.

Kind regards,

Renee Jones

Head of Secondary

Year 10 P.A.R.T.Y Excursion to Liverpool Hospital

Quotes from student who attended the excursion:

What was the most significant thing that you will take away from this trip and apply to your life?

"to live once but think twice and no matter what never be stupid on the roads"

"to think about the risks of choices and how it will affect others"

"to think before you do"

"be aware of the risks of speeding while driving"

Raelene Boyd

Director of Teaching and Learning

Office / Accounts Reminders

Fee Statements

Fee statements have been posted to all families and you should receive them at the latest early next week.

If a statement does not arrive in the mail please contact the Finance Department at the school and request a second statement be sent to you.

Home & School News

Don't forget, put in your best guess: what is the number of pieces in the chocolate-filled Easter Jar?

It could be your guess that wins!

It is $2 per guess, and you can guess as many times as you like.

Winner will take home the chocolate and bonus extras! We will also have 2 runner ups. The winners will be announced at the Combined Easter Chapel, Wednesday 10th April.

This competition is open for all students, and any adults who want to enter! Prizes total over $120 in value.

The jar is on display in the office. All money and guesses can be handed in either to the office or class teacher.

Good luck!

MAC Home and School Association

Community Noticeboard

Although we have excellent counsellors available at school, there are many other supportive agencies that parents can tap into outside of school hours when needing help or support. Here is one that may be helpful to some.

The new Carer Gateway Counselling Service is up and running and are taking on new clients. It are a free counselling service for anyone caring for a loved one or friend, see below for more information.

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