Deputy Principal's Message
The year is progressing quickly with many events happening across the College. Year 12 has completed their mid-course examinations with a parent/teacher interview night coming up on May 19. Next Tuesday on May 5, we are continuing the house competition with our annual Cross-Country event. Excursions, incursions and camps are happening, not to mention all the regular classes and assessments occurring every day. No wonder everyone is a little exhausted by the time Friday arrives.
Somewhere in between all these activities and learning, it is important to stop, step back and recharge the mental and emotional batteries. Our own personal wellbeing is often the first thing we neglect and overlook in the hustle and bustle of ‘school life’, when in reality, it is the most important. Especially for our HSC students as they are entering the final stages of their formal schooling.
I would like to encourage all our College family to regularly dedicate time to ensure your wellbeing is taken care of and made a priority; for example, going for a walk, having a coffee with a friend, playing outside with your child, spending time with loved ones and valuing the quiet time. As a church community, we are blessed with a gift from God, a day every week designated for rest and regeneration, the Sabbath. Take the opportunity this Sabbath to re-connect with our God, top up your wellbeing batteries and reset for the new week and term ahead.
Mr Stuart Norris
Head of Senior School/Deputy Principal
Term 2 is well under way and the chaplains are excited to continue to serve our students and staff in their journey of faith and well-being and are excited for what we have coming up this term.
At the end of term 1 our student and staff choir was formed once again and we are getting ready to share the good news of God through music at some of our local churches and our sister schools throughout this term and the rest of the year. Our first stop will be at Mountain View Adventist Church on Saturday May 22nd where we will lead out in the program in music, testimonies and special items. It is a great opportunity for our kids to develop their confidence and grow in leadership. We are looking forward to this opportunity.
Last week we commemorated ANZAC day in our chapel service. It was a great way to look back at the sacrifices that others have made to give future generations freedom and opportunities in this country. We reminded our students of the importance of also acknowledging the sacrifices their families have made for them and challenged them to sacrifice and use their energy, efforts and enthusiasm to live not just for themselves but to live a life of service and sacrifice. That’s what we are about at Mountain View.
The chaplaincy team are looking forward to continue to support our students and families this term and we look forward to seeing you at our chapels, our church visits or at other future school events. Have a blessed week.
Mountain View Chaplaincy Team
Year 9 Science Excursion to Brewongle Environmental Education Centre
The year 9 students together with Mrs Vaovasa and Ms Singh embarked on an all day excursion to analyse the ecosystem of Lace Monitors.
We were guided by the teachers at the education centre to conduct physical and chemical assessments of the forest.
Collecting data on the physical and chemical features of the forest by doing tests such as finding ph, salinity, turbidity and oxygen levels.
Conducting a habitat assessment and making observations about human impacts on the livelihood of Lace monitors.
The students were able to come to the conclusion after these assessments that the forest at Brewongle Environmental Centre is able to support a population of Lace Monitors.
At Mountain View Adventist College our staff work diligently to help your child achieve academic excellence. Homework plays an essential role in the education of our students as it builds and reinforces core competencies which are so important for academic achievement.
All students are clearly instructed about homework expectations by their teachers and benefit greatly when you help them to prioritise study time and develop a regular nightly study routine in their home environment.
As teachers, we love liaising with you, working as a team to see your child effectively learn. Kindergarten to Year 6 teachers send information home each week.
Year 7-12 parents have access to student homework and assessments through SEQTA. If you have any questions around homework, please contact your child’s Home Room teacher.
High School Homework minimum time expectations per night
Years 7-8 - an hour
Years 9-10 - 1.5hrs
Years 11-12 - 2hrs
Year 5 State Library Visit
On Monday, Year 5 students had the opportunity to visit the NSW State Library.
They participated in a program teaching them about the Gold Rush and what life was like back in Colonial Australian times.
The students dressed in clothes that would have been worn during the Gold Rush era.
They also created and recorded scenarios that would have occurred during this time period.
Throughout this term, Year 5 will continue learning more about the Gold Rush and will have the opportunity to create a project that will demonstrate what they have learned about this significant part of Australian history.