MAC News issue 4 2017

Principals Message

Last week our Year 9 students embarked on their Invictus Camp in the Royal National Park, for 3 days of hiking, camping out, adventure and fellowship. When the rain started to fall heavy on Wednesday morning, i'm sure there were quite a few students (and perhaps parents) who would have liked to have seen the camp postponed until the weather cleared. But we forged ahead, for a very important reason.

As our students journey ahead on the path of life, they will face many storms. These storms may be due to a result of their own actions, or due to circumstances beyond their control. Whatever storms they face, one thing is fairly certain. The storms of life do not wait until we are more comfortable or in a place where we are more confident to face them. They come regardless. But we do not have to face them alone.

There is One who goes with us. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Deut 31:6). He is the God of all comfort (2 Corin 1:3), the Friend who sticks closer than a brother (Prov 18:25), and the Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) and He can be trusted to lead you and guide you. The Christian life isn’t about escaping the storms that come our way. The Christian life is about weathering the storms with Jesus by our side and as our foundation.

So now that our Year 9 students have arrived back, please express to them how proud you are of them, as parents and caregivers, of the fact that they persevered, weathered the storms, and finished the course.

Blessings,

Anna Calandra

Principal

Junior School News

Term 1 is almost at an end, and what a busy term it has been!

Thank you to all our families for your continued support of our school. It is a joy to be working together, to help grow the students of our school into responsible citizens for our community.

“Start children off on the way that they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Please take note of these few reminders:

• A school hat is essential. Non-school hats are not permitted to be worn. Please ensure your child/ren always have their school hat ready to use.

• Run4Bibles fundraising is well underway! Please encourage your friends and family to sponsor you for this great cause!

• SWAT (Week of Worship) begins this week! All are invited to attend. Our Primary School chapel service for SWAT will be during Period 2 each day of next week.

Lastly, I would like to thank and celebrate our Primary school captains for an excellent day out at ‘imagiNATION’ – The National Young Leaders Day. We had an awesome time listening to inspiring speakers and participating in the day’s activities.

A lot of reflection was had, and a few of the key messages that were shared are listed below. As we know, we are all leaders, wherever we are. There is not one person who is not an influencer of someone else. With this in mind, reflect on the statements and your impact on others today.

“Being brave is a habit, think of it as a muscle you need to exercise.”

“What is on the inside, flows out into your life.”

“When you are truly you, no one can do you, like you.”

“A successful leader is teachable.”

“We are better, together!”

May God bless you always.

Kindly,

Mrs Zeynep Eiao

Head of Primary

Senior School News

Year 12 Mid-Year Exam Timetable

Year 10 Sydney Jewish Museum Visit

As part of their History studies this year, the Year 10 class participated in a site study of the Sydney Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst on Friday 10th March. The Sydney Jewish Museum is also a memorial site that provides an understanding of the Holocaust and was a valuable learning experience for all students that participated.

Students had the opportunity to speak first hand with Jacqueline a Holocaust survivor, participate in a seminar, tour the museum with a curator, and study artefacts from the event. The visit to the Museum is a significant event for students as it is becoming increasingly rare to interact with Holocaust survivors and their experiences. An opportunity that other students in the future will not have, as Jacqueline described the persecution and trauma she experience during the Holocaust.

Students conducted themselves in a mature and respectful manner with Educational officers of the Museum noting their depth of question and understanding of the topic.

Year 9 Invictus Journey Camp

The Invictus Program is designed to equip students with a skill set that allows them to maintain a sense of positive wellbeing in the face of life’s challenges.

The Program is built upon a strong theoretical framework, which takes advantage of Dr Martin Seligman’s seminal work in positive psychology by engaging students in a four-stage progression towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The Invictus Program allows participants to engage in outdoor education, positive relationships, skill mastery and community service.

Students have been working towards their outdoor education experience in Invictus class this term and on Wednesday 15th March we set off for the Royal National Park. Students were split into four groups and each completed two days hiking and one day kayaking. It was exciting to see students being independent with their cooking, navigating their groups through the national park and having fun under the waterfall and kayaking. Even though it rained through the week, students had fun exploring together, sharing food and creating wonderful memories of year 9.

Healthy Food at School

In 2017, the College is working towards building healthy eating habits among our students. A healthy and varied diet is vital to sustaining a healthy mind and body and gives our bodies the fuel they require to maintain concentration throughout the day to day activities of a school.

Please be advised of the following guidelines:

  • All packed lunches and food deliveries from parents to students must be in line with healthy eating guidelines, which means no fast food i.e McDonalds, KFC etc can be brought to school for lunch.
  • At no stage are students allowed to bring in energy drinks or bottles of soft drink.

There are some helpful links below to assist parents and caregivers in putting together a healthy lunchbox for school each day:

http://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/packing-a-healthy-lunchbox/?gclid=CN7GmYTC3NICFQwnvQod5CsJvQ

http://healthy-kids.com.au/10-great-lunch-box-ideas/

http://www.goodforkids.nsw.gov.au/media/1088/balancing-the-lunchbox.pdf

Attendance

Be in it to win it!

As various sporting codes begin their season of competition, I am reminded that every athlete that competes goes into strict training. It is also impossible for an athlete to win without turning up to the start and participating.

This is the same with school. Students cannot expect to graduate with impressive marks if they do not apply themselves or turn up to school.

Regular school attendance is essential for all of our students to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and consequently have better chances in life.

Each year there are 193 school days which leaves 172 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non-urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore, the school is very unlikely to authorise absence for these reasons.

Our whole School Attendance Target is 95%. Therefore, if your son or daughter attends for at least 95% of one school year they will have had less than 10 days absent.

Attendance over One School Year

If a student had:

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = 3 weeks 4 days absent from school

85% attendance = 5 weeks 4 days absent from school

80% attendance = 7 weeks 4 days absent from school

70% attendance = 11 weeks 3 days absent from school

Attendance over 6 years (Years 7-12)

If a student had:

95% attendance = 1 term absent from school!

90% attendance = 2 terms absent from school!

85% attendance = 35weeks = nearly one whole school year missed!

70% attendance = 70 weeks = nearly 2years absent from school!!

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” – 1 Corinthians 9:25

Chaplaincy News

Swat Week 2017

Hi Everyone,

I'm excited to let you know that our SWAT Week starts this week from the 20th-24th March. Our guest speaker is Andre Afamasaga, who comes from New Zealand. He is a past Chaplain here at our school. He is very excited to speak to our students and staff. He will also be running a prayer meeting on 22nd March, on a Wednesday night here at the College Hall at 7pm. You are welcome to join us.

Our school is also running a program at Church In The Fields (CITF) on the 25th of March. During this program the student will be involved in music, drama, activities, speeches etc. Lunch is provided by the Church (CITF). Come along if you are free it will be great day to fellowship and meet new people.

We also have Bootcamp running here at school (in the Hall) every Tuesday/Thursday mornings starting at 6.15am and Sundays 10am. Come and join us if you feel the need. It doesn’t take long (30mn) for a workout but is very effective, trust me :)

Phillipines 4:13
“I Can Do All things through Christ who Strengthens Me"

May The Lord continue to bless you all and your families.

Thank you for your support.

Dwayne Manoa

Sports News

Swimming Carnival 2017

On Tuesday 7th of March, MAC held its annual Swimming Carnival at Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre. Students from year 4 through to year 12 swam to earn points for their house. We had some fantastic swim results which was also supported by constant cheering from all students throughout the day. One of the highlights was the war cry competition. With the Wolves winning the first round and the Vipers taking the second round. Victoria Vipers were the overall Champions by one point (526 v 525), making it 3 years in a row.

Thank you to all the parents who attended and showed their support on the day.

Please find attached the Age champion and runner up recipients:

West Tigers Visit

On 21st February Wests Tigers came to visit our year 5 and 6 classes. Ava Seumanufagai (Prop) and Wesley Lolo (Prop and Second Row) presented the NRL Community theme of RESPECT to our students through an engaging and interactive presentation. Students learned about being leader and including everyone no matter the diversity and differences we all have. Students responded well to the questions asked of them but also asked really important questions of the players too. Year 5 and 6 students represented MAC very well.

Up the MIGHTY TIGERS!!!

General Reminders

Parent Teacher Interviews:

Change of Details

If you have an updated email address, home address or home phone/mobile number, can you please let the College Office know, so that they can update your details on our system. If there is ever an instance where we need to contact parents or caregivers, it is important that we have the correct information with which to contact you.

Lost Property

With only a few weeks to go until the end of term, our lost property is piling up. If your child has lost an item of clothing, drink bottle, lunchbox or hat, please check with the Office.

Socks Available for Purchase

From the beginning of Term 2, there will be both navy and white socks available for purchase from the College Library. Prices are as follows:

  • $2.00 per pair or $5.00 per pack of 3

Various sizes will be available.

Bus Drivers Needed

The College is currently seeking Bus Drivers with their MR Licence to assist on our morning and afternoon bus runs on a casual basis. Please contact the College Office if you would like more information or to apply.

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