MAC News 1 2023
Dear MAC Community,
Welcome to the first newsletter for 2023! It has been both a busy and positive start to the year. We have welcomed 150 new students to the College including 120 Entry students. I enjoyed meeting many of the Entry parents and new families at the Welcome BBQ. The event was held outdoors and hosted by a group of Entry students. The students did a great job and gave their families a great insight into their core subjects as well as the myriad of student led electives. The Entry students have settled into the school well and are enjoying lots of new experiences. I would like to thank the PFA for cooking the BBQ. I know it was appreciated by all who attended. I am looking forward to joining them on Camp on 29-31 March. The Summit is one of my favourite camps and every year the students have a great time!
The Swimming Carnival was lots of fun and it was wonderful to see all students enjoying themselves, the high participation rates in the races and of course the Novelty Events which drew the most participants. I would like to thank all the staff for their efforts on the day and in particular Emily Volpe, Sports Coordinator, for her organisation.
The student leadership is off to a flying start with Athena leading a Valentine’s Day fundraiser and Apollo organising a dance party at the Swimming Sports. I am looking forward to the first Karaoke House Competition this week and want to thank our College Captain Rea Tinoy and her team in leading this activity. The Student Leadership Team had a planning day led by Duncan Hillier, Leading Teacher Student leadership and Empowerment, and our Health Nurse Michelle Hynson, where several activities have been planned for each term. These include House Competitions as well as whole school fundraising events for a range of worthy causes. Each House has a charity that they fundraise for. These are:
Athena – Doctors without Borders
Artemis – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Poseidon – My Room
Apollo – Refugee Migrant Children’s Centre
I am looking forward to some new fundraising ideas this year from each House.
I had the pleasure of congratulating the members of the Student Leadership Team at our first assembly. It was wonderful to see the student leaders taking charge of the assembly and to see the students developing their public speaking skills. I would like to thank Rea Tinoy for her a cappella version of the National Anthem and the VCE Band for their incredible performance of a song they had learned in a week! We have some very talented students indeed!
This term the Entry and Above Entry 9 students will be undertaking NAPLAN Testing Online. The students are required to complete tests in writing, reading, conventions of language and numeracy. The NAPLAN data is useful in determining a student’s capability and is used in conjunction with other data such PAT Reading, Writing and Maths as well as teacher judgements and school assessment. The College has been recognised for the significant improvement in the percentage of students in the Top 2 Bands in all measures of the NAPLAN in 2022. In all instances, our students were above or well above the state, similar, and schools in the Moonee Valley Network. I am incredibly proud of the students’ achievements and the incredible work our teachers are doing. Click here for a story published in the Herald Sun on Saturday 24 February which talks about the student’s achievement.
Many of you will have noticed that the scaffolding has been removed from around the building and landscaping works have begun. The builders are working very hard, and we are hopefully going to be able to occupy and use the building from the start of term 2. I would like to thank you all for your patience and cooperation, but the end is very much in sight!
I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead and as always it is an absolute privilege to be working with you all and working together to make MAC a great place to be every day!
Dani Angelico, Principal
Meet our new MAC Staff
Teaches Visual Arts and Fashion
I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Team at MAC and launching my teaching career.
I’ve previously worked as a Textile Surface designer in the home-wares industry and have made the leap into Teaching. I’m an avid vintage shopper and love all things design related for interiors and fashion. I have two fur babies, Charlie the greyhound and Mango the Border Collie (odd pairing, I know). I absolutely love swimming anytime of the year, if you need staff to go on outdoor educational camps with swimming involved I’ll be there!
I grew up locally in Moonee Ponds. I have previously worked in the Cosmetic Industry and have a passion for fashion and design. I like to cook and I am always open to trying healthy new recipes. I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy watching a good movie or two!
Apollo Head of House, Teaches Music and Learning for Life (VM)
I grew up in country New South Wales. I used to be a full time working musician playing in many bands and making music for Hip Hop artists as well as my own music. I skateboard in my spare time and I love pistachio gelato and Mexican food. Yummo!
Teaches Health and Physical Education
Originally from Canberra but have escaped south in search of better people and coffee.
Love sport as well as anything that involves a contest from MMA to Chess to AFL to Catan.
Huge Seinfeld fan. Kramer is the greatest sitcom character of all time.
I spent a part of my childhood in Australia before I moved overseas for several years and traveled a bit around. I love animals, especially ducks and cats. I like playing video games and binge watching TV shows, please share some suggestions!
Teaches Science and Maths
Grew up in Melbourne but I lived overseas for a number of years. I have a two and a half year old cat who is the most adorable thing ever. If you ask nicely I will show you pictures of her.
I love sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, movies, games etc, so if you have any suggestions please let me know! LLAP
I grew up locally, just in Moonee Ponds. I used to be a journalist and a lawyer and lived in Asia and Europe for a long time. I love old movies, podcasts and cooking. I have a miniature schnauzer called Walter and spend much of my spare time looking after my baby daughter. In the small gaps in my schedule you might find me running or cycling along the Moonee Ponds or Merri Creek trails.
I love musical theatre and can often be caught humming a show tune as I walk around the classroom. In winter you can find me sitting in front of the fire creating something with yarn because I’m a bit of a whizz with a crochet hook. I also adore cats and have a big black tuxedo cat named Albus Dumbledore.
I am very excited to be joining the Leadership Team at MAC and contributing to the growth of the school. I am a long term Kensington local, and pretty easy to spot with my vibrant hair colours, so please say hi when you see me. In my own time, I’m either reading, getting crafty or playing a table-top game with my family.
Teaches Science and Maths
I am originally from Japan but have grown up mainly in countries in the Middle East and Africa.
I only came to Australia at the end of 2021 so I’m very new to MAC and the country! If you have any recommendations on where to eat or visit, please let me know 🙂
Teaches Legal Studies & Business Management
Total law geek – my favourite TV shows are The Practice (vintage early 2000s) and This Life (vintage 1997) which are both shows about lawyers.
Cats over dogs. My cats’ names are Salami, Pickle, and Mozzarella.
Cheese is life.
Grew up on the beach in a small tourist town of Lakes Entrance.
I love adrenaline sports as well as the traditional type. Guess how many times I have jumped out of a plane?
I can play multiple musical instruments, some better than others.
Some evenings I binge watch Grey’s Anatomy with my 9 year old budgie, Jasher.
My pearl of wisdom ‘Everything that is worth it, takes time’.
Teaches Food Technology
I grew up in Eltham (North East) and after living in Europe for a few years have found my home in the inner north. I do love to cook and enjoy trying new foods! My weekends are spent with my family and friends. I also really enjoy live music and try to see as many artists play as I can. Share your music suggestions with me!
Welcome Back Assembly
The Swimming Carnival was a fantastic chance to increase house spirit and it was great to see so many people jumping in the water. It was also great to see people supporting their houses, even if it was just from the sidelines!
Amelia Kenny, Above Entry 9
Athena House Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
We were all so glad that we raised such a large amount of money for Doctors without Borders at our stall and that all of our time and efforts were spent well. We had a great time making the cookies with the Athena leaders/helpers and we look forward to doing more in the future. Although none of this would’ve happened without our brilliant buyers and contributors, so we’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped out or bought a cookie from our stall! We raised $298 in total!
Sienna Barrios-Seupule, Above Entry 8
Student Leadership Day
Student Leadership Day was full of collaboration and great discussions. I got to work alongside other leaders to brainstorm events and ideas to raise awareness for causes, and to create school and house spirit. I also got to learn so much more about what being a student leader means, and the change I can lead. It was really exciting getting to know the leadership team, and sharing my ideas with others who are passionate about improving and contributing to MAC.
Olivia Del Rio, Above Entry 8
Though I was only there for a short period of time, I found Student Leadership Day really insightful as it was refreshing to see how student leaders thought of ways to contribute to school culture. Now I’m really excited to be working with our student leaders this year, as we’ve come up with some exciting fundraisers and events!
Rea Tinoy, Graduate of 2023
Entry and New Families Welcome BBQ
After an extremely smooth orientation day last year, it was with much excitement that we welcomed the Entry students on the first day of term. With shiny shoes and uniforms looking spick and span, the graduates of 2028 gathered in the gym on their first official day of high school. Students spent the day learning their way around, being sorted into their houses, meeting new staff, and making new friends. A few students even managed to open their lockers the first time around!
Fast forward to this week where the weather gods blessed us with a perfect day for the Entry Welcome families. Families were invited along to the school on Monday afternoon to put staff names to faces and hear a bit about what the Entry students have been learning. Several students spoke very articulately about the learning that has been occurring in their core subjects and electives.
The Parents and Friends Association also invited Entry families to join the team before hosting a delicious BBQ. A massive thank you to the PFA team for their efforts in welcoming Entry families, and massive congratulations to Lucas D’Mello, Xavi Santos, Jemima Wagner, Talia Pritchard, Freya Dwyer, Maya Mutisya-Austin, Lizzie Huang, Nathan Nguyen, Josie Immel and Francesca Portelli for representing the school so well. We look forward to the next PFA event.
Claire Runci, Leading Teacher Junior School Transitions and Programs
The staff within the Wellbeing Team provide support through individual, group work or whole school wellbeing programs.
Our whole school approach to wellbeing has been captured through our weekly House Mentor Program facilitated by MAC teachers. It is developed using evidence-based approaches by our Heads of House, Kate Stevanovic, Clark Mitchell, Elaine Wong, Julie Sinclair, Ally Paleologoudias, and Michelle Hynson.
We look forward to working with the wonderful students at MAC in 2023.
Clark Mitchell, Student Wellbeing Coordinator
Welcome everyone to the new year. It is with great excitement that I am moving into the role of Leading Teacher Student Engagement and Wellbeing. The student engagement team includes Clark and the Student Wellbeing Team, Ally and the Learning Support Officers and of course our champion Heads of House.
We are pleased to have Tom Grocott and Maddison Whyte returning as Artemis and Athena Head of House respectively. We are also super excited to have Shannon McVeigh join the team who is the Head of House for Poseidon. Shannon has been with MAC for a number of years now and was excited at the prospect of stepping into the student engagement team. Another awesome addition to our team has been Jordan Donnelly as Head of House for Apollo. Jordan is new to MAC and we are super pleased to have him complete our Head of House team.
Kate Stevanovic, Leading Teacher Student Engagement
Hi there! My name is Ally and I am the Disability Inclusion Coordinator at MAC. My role is to ensure that all students, including those with additional support needs, experience inclusion and accessibility at school. I work with our expert team of Learning Support Officers.
We are also leading the transition to the Disability Inclusion model of support which is currently being rolled out by the Department of Education and Training across our region. Disability Inclusion is the start of a positive shift towards meaningful inclusion for all students in school.
Ally Paleologoudias (she/her), Disability Inclusion Coordinator
My name is Michelle Hynson and I am the Health Promotion Nurse working at MAC every Monday and Tuesday. I am employed by the Department of Education and Training and work with the Secondary School Nursing Program.
The key role of the Secondary School Nurse is to support health promotion and primary prevention. You might find me in health education classes, running whole school health promotion events, working with the student leaders or liaising with community stakeholders to bring presentations and/or programs to MAC.
Michelle Hynson, Community Health Education Nurse
SchoolTV is an online resource designed to empower parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies. You can access SchoolTV by either clicking the SchoolTV icon on the home page or this link.
In this edition of SchoolTV – SCHOOL REFUSAL
School refusal, sometimes called school avoidance or school phobia, is not uncommon. It is different to ‘wagging’ or truancy and is often related to worry or anxiety-related issues about going to school. School refusal may start gradually or happen suddenly. Although it is normal for a child to occasionally miss a day of school, parents should only be concerned if a child regularly complains about feeling sick or often asks to stay home due to minor physical complaints.
School refusal is a complex issue as there is rarely a single cause. It affects children of all ages across primary and secondary levels. It can often occur during times of transition at school. More recently, the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the educational experience of all students, affecting some more than others. Dealing with a school refusal child can affect the whole family, adding pressure to an already challenging time. School refusal is not considered a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It’s a name given to an emotional and/or behavioural problem.
In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will learn how best to approach this issue and work towards a solution.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Click here for the School Refusal edition of SchoolTV.
Butterfly Foundation – Body Confident Children and Teens Webinar
It can be hard for children and teens to be accepting of and confident in their bodies. It can also be hard for parents/carers to know what to say or how best to support them. Hear from the experts at Butterfly on how to help your child towards a positive body image.
For: Parents/carers of primary and secondary age children
Covers: Body image influences | Importance of positive body image| Positive role modelling | Reducing toxic body talk| Responding to appearance bullying | What to do if concerned | Resources and supports
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Time: 7pm – 8.15pm (AEDT)
Format: Live, via Zoom (time limited recording available)
Little Dreamers support Young Carers – anyone between 4 and 25 years who does extra stuff around the house because someone in the family has a disability, illness, mental health challenge, addiction or is of frail age. We provide support through some awesome programs that focus on respite and social connection.
There are many diverse caring roles, some young people are emotional support for someone through depression and anxiety, some help someone use mobility aids or interpret for someone with visual impairment or who are hard of hearing. Others might just miss out on time and resources because a sibling has complex needs.
Little Dreamers are working with Moonee Valley City Council to support Young Carers in the area. We have some upcoming programs in the area:
School Holiday Program in April
What? A fully catered day at the Melbourne Zoo with Young Carers from Moonee Valley & Ringwood
When? Thursday 13 April. Drop off and pick up in Essendon
Who? For Young Carers ages 6-16 years
Peer Support Group
What? Eight week program aiming to connect local Young Carers with each other. Think fun activities and conversations around strengths, challenges and strategies for self care and goal setting. Each session runs for one hour, snacks are provided, groups allocated by appropriate age
Where? A location close to parking and public transport in Moonee Ponds
When? Saturdays 1:30PM during term 2
Who? For Young Carers ages 8-18 years
Little Dreamers provide Tutoring and Mentoring and many other programs and support. Head to our website and complete an application for support, contact Clark from Wellbeing or Alma at Little Dreamers. For more information, click here and here.
ISP (International Student Program) Lunch
Languages and Humanities
Year of the Rabbit – Lunar New Year Lantern Quiz
Arts and Technology
In 2023, the MAC kitchen is as busy as ever! This semester we are delivering three VCE classes, three Masterchef classes, a Pre-VCE Food Studies as well as hosting the Food Science elective and Vocational Major community led classes. Students have been developing a repertoire of skills focusing on preparing food safely in the kitchens, foods from early food producing regions, the role of macronutrients and the sensory appreciation of foods. We love to see students developing these skills for life and work collaboratively in our space.
You can follow along with our success on Instagram @macmasterchef #yummo
Lezanne Webb-Johnson, Food Technology Teacher
Clara Hall, Above Entry 8
Keeping food safe at home is important to keep you and your family safe and healthy. If you do not keep it in the right way then food poisoning could be coming your way. Ways to avoid this are separating your raw meats from your fruit and vegetables by using different chopping boards. This means that raw meat will not spread onto fruit and veg. Another way of avoiding food poisoning is storing your food properly in the right place and at the right temperature.
Jack Campbell, Above Entry 9
Students created their own individual printed textile sample inspired by the motifs and pattern work of their own cultural heritage/identity. Using the ancient Balinese traditional technique of batik (hot wax technique), students developed their own prints and colour palette using Fabric dyes.
Student work by Amelia Wiemels, Samantha Ponmany, Francis Carrillo Rocha, Cleo Babatsikos, and Zadie Desmit above.
Nicole Beran, Visual Arts and Fashion Teacher
Black and White Portraits
Students are using the Design Element of Value to create a tonal gray portrait using Acrylic paints.
Nicole Beran, Visual Arts and Fashion Teacher
Applications are now open for Girl Power in Engineering and IT for female students in year 9. It is a free, four year program run by the University of Melbourne that aims to empower female students to pursue engineering and IT to contribute towards gender parity in these disciplines. The program includes a 4 day camp in year 9, a guaranteed place in the Melbourne Uni work experience program in year 10, and mentor opportunities in years 11 and 12.
I took part in the camp last year and really enjoyed it. I got to participate in lots of great workshops and activities, and was able to connect and work with lots of different people who shared similar aspirations and interests to me.
Applications for 2023 close on 3 April. More information about the program can be found here.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the program or the application process.
Lucia Williams, Science Captain
Forensic Science – Chromatography
Students in forensic science put their learnt skills into practice with a Chromatography investigation of who shot Mr Burns, then recreating a possible story line to the crime scene (below).
Sarah Radford, Science Classroom Teacher
It was a rainy day at the Burns’ mansion, when a black SUV pulled up in the driveway. Out stepped a man wearing a black ski cap and holding a gun. Mr Burns was home alone, his wife and 12 kids were at the zoo.
Poor Mr Burns was just enjoying his daily cup of coffee, when the door slammed open. In came the rain-soaked, short, fat, ski cap wearing man and pointed his gun directly at Mr Burns’ head.
Mr Burns’ exclaimed, “Don’t shoot! I have tickets to a Beyonce concert next week, I MUST LIVE!”
The man ignored him, pulled the trigger and that was the end of Mr Burns’ life.
The man ripped off his ski mask, and his face was revealed as he jumped in happiness. While he was celebrating, a shopping list fell out of his pocket.
He heard sirens in the distance, so fled out the window, landing on a passing garbage truck.
The police arrived and discovered Mr Burns’ body. They spotted a piece of paper with a grocery list on it at the scene of the crime. The police discovered 4 suspects who owned black pens, like the one on the shopping list. They immediately sent it off to Forensics, where Myka, Issie and Clara used chromatography to find the culprit. It was then uncovered that the criminal was one Barney Gumble.
He went to jail for the rest of his life.
Myka Ruaine, Issie Endersby, and Clara Hall, Above Entry 8
Food Science – Digestion Practical
GTAP – Bunsen Burners
So far in Science we have learnt about the scientific method, lab equipment and safety rules. I also got my Bunsen burner license this week. The Bunsen burner is usually used for heating up chemicals. To start up a Bunsen burner you firmly connect the tube to the gas and keep the air hole closed. You always have to light first before turning on the gas. This term I am looking forward to learning more about chemistry and the Bunsen burner.
Noah Japal (GTAP student)
In Science we have been learning about the Bunsen burner, lab equipment and the safety rules. It has been exciting to get our Bunsen burner licenses because this means we are more independent and can use a flame in an experiment. We can’t wait to use the Bunsen burner in experiments coming up!
Emma Derriman and Francesca Portelli (GTAP students)
Vicphysics VCE Conference
Our laboratory technician, Man Lam, presented in the Vicphysics 2023 VCE Physics conference at Swinburne University, Hawthorn on 24 February.
He demonstrated a new way to quantitatively measure Lorentz force. The experiment was performed as one of last year’s student practical investigation projects. Our senior students Riley Walsh, Monique Duncan, and Dylan Orme collected the data. The correlation coefficient between the measured values and the theoretical values was over 95%.
In the conference Man also demonstrated how to switch on a LED remotely with a cigarette lighter and other fun electromagnetism experiments. The presentation was very well received. The teachers were impressed and are interested in duplicating what we do in MAC to their schools.
Ms Sarah Lee-Johnston, a previous Physics teacher at MAC, took photos and acted as the moderator of this workshop.
Man Lam, Laboratory Technician
Every student doing Mathematics needs a calculator. If you have not yet purchased one, please use the following links. Check with your Maths teacher it you need to know which one to purchase.
For students to purchase individual handheld units:
You can purchase this model from us at Casio Australia at https://www.ebay.com.au/str/casioaustralia
Or find it at:
(includes free delivery!)
Justine Johnston, Mathematics Teaching and Learning Leader
Staff and students are able to access the Library Catalogue (login using the Single Sign On with your school email address and password) from school and from home. It’s a great way to see what books are on offer in the library and to reserve a book that you’ve been looking forward to reading.
A friendly reminder to anyone who has overdue books to please return them to the Resource Centre. Bringing books back by their due date ensures that everyone is able to enjoy our collection.
Do you know we have ebooks and audiobooks?
The Eplatform has over 2500 ebooks and audiobooks that you can read or listen to with new books being added every day. You can access it by downloading the app on your device and signing in with your school details in the Single Sign On (SSO). Find out more here: mountalexandercollege.wheelers.co
This term we have introduced the Games Cabinet in the Resource Centre. Available before school, lunch, and after school, the Games Cabinet is full of activities to keep students (and staff!) engaged and entertained. Our Games Cabinet stocks UNO cards, Connect-4, Catan, Monopoly, puzzle games, and much more.
The Young Adas Short Story Prize is a writing competition held at the Williamstown Literary Festival 2023.
- Open to writers from the Western suburbs aged 14-18.
- The Young Adas are free to enter.
- Stories must be up to 1000 words and can be on any theme.
- The winner will receive $250.
Competition closes at midnight Friday, 10 March 2023.
To register and for terms and conditions, click here.
Carla Iannarella, Resource Centre, Communications and Marketing Manager
Parents and Friends Association
MAC Parents and Friends is a vibrant and friendly forum for parents, carers and interested members of the community to discuss matters relating to the College.
It provides an opportunity to become involved in the life of the College, ensuring the College continues to provide the best education and is the local community’s school of choice.
All members and new members are warmly invited to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: We have experienced a technical issue with the PFA form on our website. If you have previously filled out the form and have not received any emails, please email the MAC PFA: email@example.com
Annual Privacy Reminder for our School Community
Please take time to read our school’s collection notice, found on our website: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/schoolsprivacypolicy.aspx
We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use Google Workspace for Education] safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education], please contact the school.
STOPIT is a new Victoria Police text notification service enabling commuters, including school students, to report any form of inappropriate behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened on the public transport network.
How STOPIT works
The STOPIT service enables commuters to use their mobile phone to promptly, easily and discreetly report inappropriate behaviours.
To use the service, commuters simply text ‘STOPIT’ to 0499 455 455. This triggers an automated response that includes a link to where the commuter can provide more details about what’s just happened.
When people report these types of inappropriate behaviours, police can investigate and identify offenders to improve safety on public transport for everyone.
Parents and carers are encouraged to consider discussing the new service with students who travel on public transport. Students who use mobile phones outside of school hours are encouraged to save the STOPIT number in their mobile phone.
Please note, STOPIT is for reporting non-urgent incidents on public transport. Always phone 000 in an emergency.
For more information, refer to sexual and anti-social behaviour on public transport on the Victoria Police website.
Community News and Advertising
We advertise and support local organisations that reside in our catchment area. These suburbs include Flemington, Kensington, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, Maribyrnong, West Brunswick, North Melbourne, and Parkville.
North Melbourne FC Next Generation Academy Opportunity
North Melbourne Football Club are currently taking expressions of interest for boys & girls aged 12-16 for the NMFC Next Generation Academy (NGA). The Next Generation Academy program aims to provide football opportunities and pathways to players of backgrounds that are under-represented in the AFL.
Our program includes training sessions and special experiences of what it’s like to be a professional football player, and will also include an NGA match with another AFL team. Please note all levels of sporting experience are welcome!
Essential eligibility criteria:
- Girls & Boys aged 12-16
- Child identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and/or child was born overseas or has at least one parent who was born overseas
- Must live in either City of Wyndham or City of Melbourne municipalities
If your child meets the above criteria and is interested in being involved in this program, click here to visit the following website and fill out your details.
For any further information or questions please contact Kristi Jenkins – NMFC Academies Manager (CC’d) at Kristi.Jenkins@nmfc.com.au