Mountain View Adventist College Newsletter- week 4 Term 1

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.

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 students had a wonderful time on their camp at Crosslands and came away with many memories and friendships. Staff commented on how positive the group were and they all had the opportunity to challenge themselves in activities such as wakeboarding, zip lining and canoeing.

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).

Mountain View Students Sing at Sydney Olympic Park

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.

Year 11 Biology

Creative learning often helps students to remember information and Mrs Vaovasa certainly was creative with the Year 11 Biology class who constructed and labelled an edible cell in order to help understand cell functions. Creative learning indeed!

Home and School Meeting

World of Maths Roadshow

World of Maths Roadshow visited our school from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February for Years 1 - 9. The program, which meets the national curriculum, catered for all abilities with 16 different activities covering ages from 5 to 15 years old.

It was an ideal opportunity for students to see how Mathematics is applied to some real life situations. Students had to solve a variety of problems, discover number patterns and identify geometric properties, think logically and apply Mathematics to the real world. They gained insight into problem solving, working in teams, and also various maths principles and strategies through fun, colourful and hands-on mathematical activities, which is part of their curriculum this year.

The sessions were highly engaging and students experienced how Maths can be fun!

2019 Middle and Senior School House Leaders

In 2019 Mountain View has increased the House leadership opportunities for students. There will be Male and Female Captains and Vice Captains from Yr 11 and 12 and the introduction of Male and Female Vice Captains from Yr 8 and Yr 4. (Yr 4 House Leadership TBC).

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their peers and staff to lead their House Group throughout 2019.

It is great to see so many students excited, supportive of the House Shield Events and willing to lead their House to victory in 2019.

We are looking forward to a fantastic House Competition in 2019.

Matthew Jensen - Senior School Sport and Carnival Coordinator

Homework Help

Free homework help at The Mount Druitt Hub Library for all school students in years 3 - 9 is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm during school terms only. No bookings required.

Students need to bring:

  • homework
  • pen and paper
  • parent or guardian (if under 12 years of age).

Art Competition

Our students are invited to participate in a design competition as part of the NSW Youth Week. For more information, please visit www.acyp.nsw.gov.au.

Security Cameras

We have installed an extensive security camera system throughout the College. We would like to advise that anyone entering onto the College grounds will be recorded by the camera system. The College will view, review and keep recordings taken by the system as it deems necessary. Recordings will be kept in electronic form for a duration that the College deems required. Recordings may be passed onto third parties (including but not limited to the Police, Courts of Law and Insurers to name a few) as the College deems necessary. We ask that you advise your child/ren of the new camera system in operation so that they too are aware of the camera installation.

We take the safety of your children, our staff and our visitors seriously and these additions to our College only serve to enhance that safety. We thank God for His continual protection over our College.

Should you wish to discuss any of these matters, please feel free to contact Mr Craig Dwyer via email (craig.dwyer@mvac.adventist.edu.au) or by phone on 9622 2424.

Food Pantry

Cool Kids Music

Cool Kids Music are very excited to announce they are an official provider with ServiceNSW to accept the government issued $100 Creative Kids Vouchers.

This initiative is an amazing opportunity for students to dabble in music lessons at no cost to parents or reduce the fees of our existing students.

For information about the $100 Creative Kids Voucher, please visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher

For parents wishing to enrolling with Cool Kids, please visit https://coolkidsmusic.com.au/register.html

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