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Mountain View News Term 4 Week 2

Principal's Message

It is with a heavy heart that I write this newsletter as I will be saying goodbye to our beloved Mountain View Adventist College at the end of this year. This school is unique and a special blessing to all who learn and work here. The decision to move to leading a sister Adventist School in Sydney that is growing into a full Prep to Year 12 was not easy as I have felt so welcomed here.

Your support has been wonderful, and I will really miss being a part of the Mountain View community. Your children, the staff and I have been on a wonderful journey over the past two years and I know this journey will continue under new leadership in 2021. Above all else, God will remain at the centre of all we do to grow the hearts and minds of our students.

On a brighter note, today we celebrated Limb Difference Awareness Week by raising awareness and funds. Thank you to one of our parents, Mrs Leslie, and our Wellbeing Coordinator, Mrs Jensen, for starting a new tradition at our College.

Mrs Julia Heise

Principal

Limb Difference Awareness Week

This week around Australia is Limb Difference Awareness Week. We are so privileged to have two students at our school who live with limb difference: Parker and Callie. Staff and students were encouraged to wear a sock on one of their limbs and make a gold coin donation to the Aussie Hands organisation. Students from Prep to Year 11 engaged in a variety of activities.

Callie and Parker were able to share with us via video (found on MVAC Community FB page) that they enjoy playing with their friends, learning and even with a limb difference feel very much a part of the Mountain View family. We are excited to be on this journey with both Parker and Callie's family and look forward to raising more awareness about Limb Difference.

ICAS 2020

Congratulations to some of our Year Two, Three and Four the students who sat through the ICAS Mathematics, Digital Technologies, and English Exams. We are super proud to present you with your certificates to celebrate your achievements.

Kindy Orientation

Kindergarten orientation took place on Wednesday 21st October at Mountain View Adventist College. It was lovely to see some new friends join our Prep students as they visited the Kindergarten classes for the morning. Our teddy friends joined us as well as we read a story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, sang, and danced to a teddy bear nursery rhyme and had a teddy bear picnic. We can't wait for our New Kindergarten students to start next year!

Year 7 Orientation

We were excited to have our current Year 6 students and enrolled students for next year take part in Year 7 Orientation day. Students were able to get a 'taste' of a few Year 7 classes including Food Technoloy, Art, Science and Wood Technology. Team building games, sport and novelty games were the highlight of the afternoon as students enjoyed friendly competition. We look forward to seeing them all return in 2021 as they begin their High School journey.

Stage 3 Swimming

Stage 3 (years 5 and 6) commenced their water safety /swim program this week at SGAC located in Rooty Hill.

This week, students were assessed for their skills and placed into one of three groups; Seals, Dolphins, and Sharks. They have started learning kicking, floating and other swimming techniques. The program will finish in Week 8.

Students are reminded to ensure they bring their student ID card with them for travelling on the bus, a towel, goggles and swimming cap if using one. Jandals or slides can be worn to and from the pool but normal sport shoes are to be worn to school.

Announcements

Year 7 immunisations

Students in Year 7 who have not yet been vaccinated will have their follow up on 13 November. A second Form will go out again next week for those students who have not yet been vaccinated.

School Travel for 2021

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened from Monday 12 October 2020.

Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details.

*Applications must be completed by the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is aged under 16 years. Students 16 years and over must complete the application form themselves.

Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If a student needs to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass

New Concession Entitlement Cards

Transport for NSW will be replacing the below cards with Transport Concession Entitlement Cards (TCEC) from October 2020:

• Senior Secondary Student Concession Card (16 years and over) – also used by Mature Secondary Students (18 years and over), Distance Education Students and Home School Students

• Proof of Age card (when a student under 16 years of age looks older)

• Boarder Rail Pass.

All previous cards will be valid until they expire. Students who require a Transport Concession Entitlement Card should speak with their school administration staff. Enquiries regarding school student travel can be submitted to Transport for NSW at: