From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Students
As it is coming close to the end of Term Three I would like to take this editorial to direct some remarks to Year 12 parents and students in particular.
The Year Twelve students for 2018 have almost finished both their educational year and educational experience at Mountain View. They only have twelve days left. Friday September 28 is the Year 12 Chapel when they will celebrate their last official day of school. Of course, they still have their Higher School Certificate examinations to complete. The examinations begin with English on Thursday October 18 at 10:20.
For Year 12 the time has arrived for making choices about the future. It is not easy to make decisions for there are many choices. If they don’t know what they want to do, to apply to University is giving them more choices for later. There are other pathways that they may consider such as various types of Colleges, TAFE, apprenticeships, or employment. Should you as parents have questions please contact the College for assistance.
If you are a parent of a Year 12 student you need to ensure that the entry to University has been completed if your child is considering a University course. The last day for entry without financial penalty is September 28. Instead of being $70 the entry fee becomes $200. The extra money is simply for being late.
Year 12 students should be preparing for the examinations. There is still plenty of time for study. This is the best way now to improve marks and results. All the assessments are finished. The school-based assessment mark has to be sent in during the next week. Students can only influence their final result now by improving their knowledge and writing skills. The practise of essay writing is important as most examinations require extended response answers. The teachers are available to assist students in honing their skills and improving their knowledge of content. The best thing that you as parents can do is to provide a place where students can do quiet, uninterrupted study.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Year 12 parents for their support over the years. Some of the students have completed thirteen years at Mountain View Adventist College. This is a significant achievement and I would simply thank-you for sending your children to the College whether they have attended for thirteen years or just one.
I would like to express my appreciation to all parents, students and friends of the College who supported our recent iNIght. The amount raised was $11,600. This is a fantastic figure and I thank you all for the contribution you made. I would like to thank the teachers who were involved in organising and running the evening. It was great to see the various cultures represented and the students participating. You as parents should be very proud of what your children were able to do.
Funds raised during the evening will assist the Year 11 students provide various materials for the Epauto Adventist High School in Port Vila, Vanuatu. There are thirty-one students going. The trip will be between October 7 and 17. The students will also will be working at a Primary school which has about 100 students in Kindy and Year 1. We hope to be able to provide some playground equipment because they don’t have any.
In early Christianity there was a missionary named Paul. He was the person who took the news about Jesus to the non-Jewish world. Over many years he wrote a number of books or letters which are part of the Bible. He travelled around the Middle-East going from city to city in the world of that time converting people to Christianity.
Towards the end of his life he was put under house arrest in Rome awaiting execution. It was at this time he wrote a passage that may be appropriate to the Year 12 experience and for all students as they finish up another year of education.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”
(2 Tim 4:7)
In other words he was saying that he had committed himself to his role and had done the best he could.
Hopefully our students can say in a couple of weeks that they have finished their race, that they have done their best, and that there is a rewarding future ahead.
Have a safe and successful week.
All of Greater Sydney Middle Schools gathered for a combined day of worship at Hills Adventist College in Kellyville. The day started with the different schools facing off in a toasty slam and balloon juggling competition. Mountain View Adventist College enthusiastically cheered on their competitor and we came second in the challenge. The students enjoyed a Christian concert by Endless Praise with a message that our personal journeys are difficult but that God is continuing to write His purpose in our lives. Pastor Beez challenged students to be real Christians who support their friends and each other in times of need so that others will have a positive view of Christ. Students were reminded that their actions determine what others think of Christ. The students enjoyed the day and also enjoyed meeting students from the other Adventist schools in Sydney
Middle School Reward
Sixteen students from Years 5-8 earned a day out for their outstanding behaviour and excellent contributions to school life. The group enjoyed an afternoon of bowling and laser tag. Every Middle School student is now working toward earning this reward for next term.