MAC News ISSUE 9 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last Wednesday we had our College Photo Day. It was wonderful to see all the students looking so smart and polished in their uniforms as they smiled for the camera. Next term, the photo packages will arrive at the College and will then be sent home to parents and caregivers, each image showing our students another year older and a little (or a lot!) taller than the year before.

While photographs can be used to show our students' identity from a physical point of view, there is an identity that our College is endeavouring to build into each and every one of our students, day by day as they go through their schooling years at MAC. It is an identity that says:

You are treasured. (Deuteronomy 7:6 14:2, 26:18)

You are irreplaceable. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)

You are loved beyond compare. (1 John 4:19, 4:10, 3:16, Romans 5:8, 8:35-39)

You are precious to God. (Isaiah 43:4)

You have a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

As parents and caregivers, I hope you will work alongside the teachers and staff here at the College to help our students build on the truth that they are loved, valued and accepted, and that it is in Him that their true identity can be found.

Blessings,

Anna Calandra

Principal

What's On @ MAC

Junior School News

“Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible.” Luke 1:37 NLT

As I look up at my wall and see this Bible verse every day, it reminds me that God does not make the path we walk each day easy, He does however make it possible. Regardless of how your week has been, remember that God does not abandon us when we are struggling. He pleads that we have faith, that we communicate with Him so that together we can make all things possible. I hope that you have had a blessed term and we thank you for journeying with us.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

For those of you involved in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, keep that momentum going! The challenge ends on 25th August so keep reading those beautiful books! Here are some tips for parents:

- Assist your child to borrow books from the school or local library.

- Help your child to add books to her/his Student Reading Record regularly.

Thank you to all the families who are supporting their children with the challenge!

NAIDOC Day

It is that time of the year where we celebrate NAIDOC Week, an emphasis on the Indigenous cultures of our country. This year’s theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’ which celebrates the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Please join with us on 29th June as we celebrate with a combined Chapel service followed by activities run by our school and local community members and elders. More details to come soon.

Parent Teacher Interviews and Reports

Week 10, Tuesday 27th June – 3:30pm – 8:00pm, in your child's classroom.

When booking, please make sure to use the code: peztz

The interviews will take place in your child’s classroom, please book an interview with your child’s teacher. School reports will be handed out on this day.

If you do not have Internet access please see the office staff to help with your online booking.

Uniform

As a Primary school, we take pride in our appearance and correct uniform is of the utmost importance. Please be aware that your child/ren must wear their correct school uniform at all times. If for some reason your child is not in correct uniform a note must be sent to school indicating the reason. Students without a note will have communication sent home and further consequences can be expected.

Stage 2 Excursion – Hua Xia Orchestra, 23rd June

The Year 3 & 4 classes are preparing for a musical feast this coming June 23rd at the Sydney Opera House. Please ensure your child’s travel costs are sent to school as soon as possible.

Stage 3 Overnight Excursion – Canberra Trip

As we continue to prepare for the Year 5 & 6 overnight excursion please ensure that all excursion fees are paid by the due date – 29th June. We are all very excited to take a trip to the nation’s capital!

Upcoming Events:

Year 3 & 4 Excursion – Sydney Opera House – 23rd June

NAIDOC Day – 29th June

West Tigers Stage 3 Competition – 29th June (new re-scheduled date)

Parent Teacher Interviews – Tuesday, 27th June

Last day of Term 2 – Friday, 30th June

First day of Term 3 – Thursday, 20th July

Kindly,

Mrs Eiao

Senior School Reminders

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

There are many different excursions, Gala Days and events for our senior school students over the next few weeks, which are listed above in the What's On @ MAC table. This is a reminder to parents to please make sure that the notes and payment for these events are handed in well before the day of the event. Students that do not hand their notes and payment in within the required time frame, will not be able to attend the excursion. We appreciate your help in this matter.

Parent Teacher Interviews and Reports

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 10, Tuesday 27th June – 3:30pm – 8:00pm in the Hall.

Please make sure to use the code: peztz. If you do not have Internet access please see the office staff to help with your online booking. Reports will also be handed out on this day.

Fundraising for Year 11 Snow Trip

Chaplaincy News

A reminder to parents that Macarthur Adventist College students will be leading a program tomorrow, Saturday 17th June at Sydney Tongan Adventist Church, 124 George Road, Leppington, from 10:00am - 1:00pm.

You are cordially invited and we would love to see as many MAC families as possible there to support all our students taking part. Hope to see you there!

ADRA Holiday Program

Your children aged 5-12yrs old are cordially invited to join our “CELEBRATE ME!!!” Holiday Program that we are running in collaboration with the Mallee Rose ADRA Community Centre!!!

Where: Our MAC school Hall

Dates: Monday-Wednesday: 3-5 July, 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: Free

Registration is essential as places are limited!

Call or email Melissa Baleilekutu @ ADRA on 02 9829 6701 or MelissaBaleilekutu@adra.org.au

Everyone is also welcome to come along for the final Fair Day- “Friends, Family and Me" where there will be free food,drinks, and fun activities for the kids as well as a jumping castle and other fun games for parents and children alike.

Hope to see you there!

Prayer Forum

Needing a spiritual pick me up? PRAYER WORKS!!! :)

The chaplaincy team have organised a prayer forum to be available to all parents:

Monday- Friday 7:30am-8:15am and 2:50pm-3:45pm in room G1

Prayer is also available for you and all your family with Chaplain Dwayne at Church in the Fields in the library on Wednesday 6:30pm-7pm and Saturdays in the church hall from 10am-12pm (they will even have free food for you on Saturdays.)

Outside of those times, Chaplain Dwayne or Abigail will be happy to pray with you anytime during school hours in their office next to the hall.

General Reminders

Curry at the Canteen

A reminder to parents and students that the Canteen is currently selling a delicious vegetarian curry and rice, which will be available for the winter season. The cost is $3 per serve.

Lost Property

Just a reminder to parents, our lost property pile is growing by the day, so if your child is missing any uniform items, lunchboxes or anything else that has gone missing at school, please remind them to come into the office and see if it is in lost property.

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