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MAC News Term 2 Week 2

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to MAC for Term 2. I hope that all of our College families have had a chance to spend some time together over the Easter break and were able to catch their breath after a busy Term 1. It has been wonderful to see so many happy faces of students in the past two weeks, refreshed and ready to go.

On Monday, we gathered as a community to commemorate ANZAC Day. Mrs Chantelle Manoe from our Secondary staff, who coordinated the event, reported that our college Captains and leaders from the Primary and Secondary Schools did a great job in rallying the entire school together, providing music and setting an atmosphere that honoured our soldiers past and present.

The speaker was SGT Kerrin Young and 5 CSSB – 5 LOG SPT COY provided members for the Catafalque Party. So many of us were uplifted by the service and filled with gratitude for those who gave their lives so that we may live in freedom and continue to lay down their lives participating in active service.

Last Sunday was a day where we honoured another group of very special people in our lives - the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Each year the College holds a special Mother's Day Breakfast, and it is always a popular event. Last Friday morning was no exception with our staff and students going above and beyond to provide a delicious start to the day. It was definitely a wonderful morning to celebrate the mothers and significant women in our school community - we thank God for all that they do for us, and also a special thanks to the Home and School Committee and specifically Cheree Vermeulen for the running of the Mother's Day Stall.

As we enter this term there is lots of activity coming up on top of our regular day to day learning here at MAC. I hope you'll join me in praying that Term 2 will be a time where our students will have many positive learning experiences, gain some happy memories and be able to be fruitful in the gifts and talents that they have been given.

Blessings,

Anna Calandra

Principal

What's On @ MAC / Whole School Reminders

College Photo Day

A reminder that College photo day is on the 27th May. Please ensure that students arrive at school on time and that all students are dressed in their full winter uniform, this includes ties for all students, jumpers for Kindy - Year 8 students and Blazers for Year 9-12.

May 2019 Calendar

School Carpark Reminder

In the next few weeks a left turn only sign will be put up at the gate exiting the College carpark. When exiting the car park of an afternoon, parents will need to turn left only between the times listed for the safety of the students, parents, staff, and visitors.

Parent School Improvement Survey

A chosen number of our College families would have received an email today regarding our School Improvement Survey. The survey offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to give feedback regarding various facets of the College's organisational structure, with the aim of improving well-being, engagement and student outcomes.

Participation is voluntary but it would be greatly appreciated if the parents chosen could take part in this confidential survey. Please see your email for more information.

Additionally, if you would like to participate in this survey, please see the office and they will arrange it for you. We value all responses and support, as the survey will highlight the areas we do well, as well as areas that need improvement so we can make MAC even better.

MAC Has Talent

Save the date for our upcoming MAC Has Talent evening. This is sure to be a popular night for our College community so please ensure you book your seat/table early to avoid missing out as there will be limited seats for this special night.

Primary News & Events

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful holiday break. As we begin the new term, I can see via our school calendar that we have a busy Term ahead of us!

Here are a few things to keep you informed for Term 2.

Primary Sport – Athletic Skills

Starting in Week 1 our students have commenced their Primary Sport Days. The main purpose of Sport during this time is to develop our students’ skill level in Athletics. Please ensure that your child comes to school on their Sport Day in full sport uniform, including their hat and water bottle. If your child is unable to participate for any reason, please contact the College or alternatively, send a letter outlining the reason why.

Prep-Year 2 Sport day is on Friday

Year 3-6 Sport day is on Thursday

NAPLAN

NAPLAN tests the skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. The NAPLAN online test window for our College is from 14-16 May. NAPLAN testing will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9.

Winter School Uniform

During Term 2 & 3, students need to be wearing their full winter uniform. This includes ties for both girls and boys. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Dates to Remember for Term 2

Kind regards,

Fiona Vili

Head of Primary

Mother's Day Nursing Home Visit

This term Stage 2 have been blessed with the opportunity to visit our local nursing home. Ten students from each class represented our school at a very special Mother's Day program with some incredible ladies who reside at Whiddon Easton Park. The students told Mother's Day stories, wrote poetry, performed a few songs and played bingo with the residents after having afternoon tea. It was a lovely afternoon and very much enjoyed by the students and the local ladies.

Miss Casey Goad

Stage 2 Leader

Secondary News & Events

Welcome back to Term 2. It is great to see all the students refreshed and ready to tackle Term 2. I hope you all had an safe and restful break. This term will see students involved in the Cross Country, Athletics Carnival, Careers Days (For Yr 10-12’s), team sport events and exams.

Please see below for more info regarding Secondary events coming up:

Cross Country

The Cross Country Carnival was held Wednesday last week at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful autumn morning and our students showed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship as they ran the course, encouraging each other to the finishing line. Thank you to our Primary and Secondary Sports Co-coordinators for organising this event as well as the supportive parents and family members who were cheering the students to the end!

Athletics Carnival

The Athletics Carnival will be held on the 28th May. Student are allowed to wear red or blue shirts and jumpers to support their sport house, however, they must come in the College sport shorts or track pants. Please keep in mind that this is not a free dress day. Only the shirt can be non-uniform.

Dates to Remember for Term 2

Kind regards,

Renee Jones

Head of Secondary

STEM Club Term 2 Update

This year was the beginning of STEM Club here at MAC with an ambitious project of a robotic arm. At the start of term two students have finished making a design using CAD software (computer aided design) and are now learning an entirely new programming language! In the image the students have just celebrated their successful program being executed. The STEM Club is hoping to have their prototype arm complete this term so that they can start to program the Arduino to move the arm.

Regards,

Douglas Simpson – Art Teacher, eLearning Coach and STEM Coordinator

Generation STEM

On the 14th of May, Macarthur Adventist College hosted their first information evening about Generation STEM. Thank you to all that attended, it was great to see Macarthur Adventist College take some giant leaps forward into the future of learning.

If you weren't able to attend but you would still like more information, please contact Mr Simpson @ Douglas.Simpson@macarthur.adventist.edu.au

It's not to late to sign up! Please see the office for a note.

Regards,

Douglas Simpson – Art Teacher, eLearning Coach and STEM Coordinator

Sports Events & News

Year 3 - 12 Cross Country 2019

Chaplaincy News

Kingdom Culture

We learnt in Term 1 that we are a part of God’s family and we are his children. Being a part of God’s Royal family means that there is a culture that we have a responsibility to live by.

We now live the way God leads us to live. When we live this way, we live a blessed life.

We will be exploring the Beatitudes that Jesus set out for us in Matthew 5 in our PCG classes, staff worships and chapels. This will show us a royal family culture that Jesus would like us to have.

For the Kingdom!

Chaplaincy Team.

Home & School News

MAC Home and School hosted our 2019 Mother’s Day stall last Friday, for all Primary and Secondary school children.

We want to thank all our wonderful volunteers who came and invested their time and efforts into blessing our children and our school. We appreciate each and every one of you!

The students had a great time choosing and purchasing gifts, and the volunteers were pleased to help them and also enjoyed one another's company. What a blessing it is to work alongside one another.

MAC Home and School are partnering with the school in this term's, "MAC has Talent" night. We are hosting a silent auction on the night. We are looking for donations that we can auction off. Any items, vouchers or hampers would be great! Please support us by attending this great event and come prepared to bid for the auctions, which will provide much needed funds for our Year 11 and 12 Mission Trip. All the help we can get would be greatly appreciated! Please contact via: acvaus@gmail.com

Chereé Vermeulen

MAC Home and School

Office / Accounts Reminders

Enrolments

If any of our current College families have children they are wanting to enrol for 2020, please ensure that you get your enrolment forms in as soon as possible. There is a high demand for placements for the 2020 school year, and in order for us to reserve placements for siblings of current students, enrolment applications need to be lodged in the office promptly.

Communicating with the College

There are various ways of communicating with the College when needed. The College office is open from 8:00am through to 5:00pm during term time and parents can also email (reception@macarthur.adventist.edu.au) or contact us by phone (9605 3200). During holidays, the College office is closed but voicemails and email are checked regularly.

Winter Uniform

All students from K-12 should now be wearing their winter uniform. If parents / caregivers are unsure of what their child should be wearing, please refer to the College Handbook, which is handed out to parents at the beginning of the year and is available year-round from the College office.

Also, the office still has a large amount of clothing ending up in lost property at the end of the school day. If the clothing is not clearly labelled with your child's name (not just initials) it makes it very difficult to ensure that the item is returned to it's owner, so please remember to label your children's uniform items.

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