From the Principal's Desk
Dear families and friends
Human kindness. That is what she missed the most as she rowed 5,000 km solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 68 days. Michelle Lee was the first woman in Australia to row across any ocean solo. She is also my mother’s massage therapist. A humble person who made an incredible achievement through sheer determination and courage.
For Michelle it was not the gruelling rowing or the terrifying storms that was the biggest challenge, it was the lack of human interaction. Just the small gestures such as offering someone a cup of tea.
For our students, I see daily evidence of human kindness. From the Year 12 boy who ran through the rain in the carpark to offer a parent an umbrella as she walked to the office, to the Year 7 students who offered to take our plates after a meal while on camp. It is the attributes of being kind, of offering help to others that are a very real part of our school. Attributes that will serve students well in their future.
Human kindness. Jesus demonstrated it in His life on earth. Teachers demonstrate it in their classes and on the playground. Staff demonstrate it in the office. Students demonstrate it to each other. It is something we celebrate in our school.
Speaking of celebrations, you are invited to celebrate with us on Saturday, May 25, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of our school. See you there!
Mrs Julia Heise
Visioning for our College
Even before school started earlier this term, staff where busy planning for the year. The Principal, Mrs Heise, led in a day of visioning for the future of Mountain View Adventist College. A strong theme was the recognition that family and community are very important in our school.
The results will be shared with you at the Home and School Association on March 12, 7pm. This will also be your opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of our school and we look forward to seeing you there.
Your Say Youth Forum
On Thursday 21 February, 12 student leaders chosen from Yrs 9-11 participated in the 'Your Say Youth Forum' held in the Nirimba Room at the Blacktown Civic Centre.
They discussed a broad range of current issues and then focused on three main issues for more in-depth discussion. The three issues were: youth mental health, youth/family violence & racial and gender inequality.
The three issues were presented to the Mayor and sitting council members in the council chambers. A final speech was given by the current Blacktown Youth Ambassador, Akano Amuda (2018 Yr 12 graduate of Mountain View).
Student representatives of our school sang in the Combined Schools Choir at Sydney Olympic Park last weekend. As part of a Sydney wide celebration of faith for the Adventist Church, the students sang in front of thousands with three combined songs and one special item. Thanks go to Mr Erceg, Mrs Vele, Miss Hick and Mrs Heise for supporting the students on the day. Worship through music is an important part of our school life and the blessing of these student voices was wonderful.
Published author donates to School Library
We have a parent who is a published author in our midst. Mrs Temalesi Savou, mother of a number of current students, saw a need for books about the disciples written in simple language for young children. She has now published a set of three books titled 12 Disciples of Jesus and has very kindly donated three copies of each for the school library. Some of the Year 6’s were privileged to have her show the books to them and have her sign their library bookmark.
Book Tasting Restaurant
Mrs Heise and Mrs Musa were invited to attend a special restaurant at Mountain View. This restaurant was a little different to what we are normally used to, as it was a Book Tasting Restaurant. Once inside the restaurant we got to sample various book genres. We got to do book reviews as well as look at and read a few different books.