MAC News 4 2021

Principal’s Report

Dear MAC Community

Even in these uncertain times, I am pleased to see our students and staff move to remote teaching and learning so well. We did this well last year and it is no surprise that the transition has been seamless. Parents and carers are able to see the teacher’s lesson plan on Compass by clicking on the individual subject. During house mentoring on Tuesday, Mentor teachers conducted a lesson focused on enhancing one’s wellbeing while learning from home. The PowerPoint slide can be found in the Favourites menu in Compass under Wellbeing. Please contact the Heads of House or the Wellbeing team if your child is struggling and needs support.

Thank you to those families who have paid their school fees in full. For those families who have outstanding fees and are experiencing difficulty in paying them, I ask that you contact the school to discuss setting up a payment plan. Unfortunately, schools are inadequately funded and therefore the collection of essential item fees are important for students to access what they need for learning.

Thank you to those of you who have contributed to the Building Fund. Contributions to the building fund are tax deductible. These funds will be used for air conditioning in rooms that currently do not have cooling once the power supply to the school is increased as part of the building works. In addition, these funds will go towards things such as recarpeting, painting, blinds and other large repairs that the school does not receive funding for. If you wish to contribute to the Building Fund, please call the school during business hours.

We were lucky to have our whole school cross country on the last day before pivoting to remote learning. The weather was in our favour and all students and staff had a wonderful day. A big thank you to Shannon McVeigh and the PE department for their great planning and organisation and to all the staff who helped on the day and, as always, came dressed in house colours. You can see some of the pictures and read more about it here.

Last week, in addition to the cross country, we held our annual Health Day for students in Entry and Above Entry. A huge thank you to Michelle Hynson, Clark Mitchell and Lynn Bentley for their work in organising the very full day. The day had a wonderful range of activities and presentations including everything from cyber-safety, gaming and gambling, addictions and sleep, wellbeing dance, building resilience, respectful relationships and consent, yoga, choices and risk, drugs and alcohol, healthy eating, positive speaking and being road smart. You can read more about the day below.

The Health Day was a great conversation starter with students about many topics, including sexual consent and assault. With the assistance of the Wellbeing team, we have conducted a range of smaller forums with groups of students around the school and Department of Education processes when dealing with sexual assault disclosures. We will be conducting larger group presentations to disseminate this information. We have also used these smaller forums to hear from students about how they would like to see consent education rolled out across the school as well as what they would like to see with the respectful relationships curriculum.

Staff members Halima and Zeituna organised an Eid Mubarak lunch for staff. This was to not only mark the end of Ramadan but also to thank the staff for all their efforts during last year’s lockdown and I would like to again thank them and the parents who prepared the food: Shukri Ahmed, Ubax Ahmed, Amina Bashir, Bisharo Ahmed, Farhiya Hassan, Farhiya Isak, Sadiya Sheikh Ali, Hawa Arale, Hawa Mohamud, Buhaira Osman, Nuura Izaz, Fahima Azemi, Shahnawaz Mohammad, Bibi Amena Ishaqzai, Fatuma Ali, Zeinab Mohamed, Hamida Hussein, Khadija Hassan and Sadia Ali. The staff really appreciated their efforts and the food was absolutely delicious!

We managed to send our Above Entry 8 students to camp this year and it was a huge success. Thank you to all staff who organised and attended the camp. You can see pictures and hear what the students thought about the camp here.

While we are yet to have anything to show you regarding the new building, photographers have taken photos of students to use for the 3D drawings that we are looking forward to seeing and to sharing with you at the earliest opportunity. At this stage the official building reveal events have been postponed as we are waiting on Minister Merlino’s approval.

Thank you to Claire Runci, Meg Rawlins, Kate Stevanovich, Marcella Martin and Jerry Ng for their work at the online Q&A presentation to prospective families. We had about 30 families attend and it was great to see the enthusiasm they showed in the attending the school. We have continued to run weekly tours of the school with large groups of families. While these tours are on hold for the time being, interested families can view our virtual tour.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter that is packed with student stories and photos. Keep safe and remember to check Compass for regular updates.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate once again these difficult times. I am incredibly proud of the staff and students, their resilience and flexibility and determination to work through this challenging time.

Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Ms Dani Angelico, Principal

Inside this issue

Student Leadership Team

Student Leadership Scholarship

As part of our commitment to the scholarship we achieved last year, we meet with Melissa Hallis from VICSEG once a week to participate in a student leadership program. We work together in the program to achieve long-term educational goals such as attendance, performance, social inclusion, and the development of life skills. 

This semester, we went on a trip to the Werribee Zoo during the holidays on Tuesday, May 12th, where we interacted with students from various schools and made new friends. We took in the scenery as we rode about in a safari train, learning about various indigenous species as well as the Aboriginal Australian history of the wildlife. We also spotted non-native animals sucking on the grass. We took in the scenery as we rode about in a safari train, learning about various indigenous species as well as the Aboriginal Australian history of the wildlife. Non-native animals such as lions, rhinos, cheetahs, and giraffes, as well as Australian animals such as koalas. This was not only a fun experience rather it was also the best opportunity we had to take our minds off school and socialise with new people.

Kowsar Salaat and Inas Adil Ahmed

True North Program

It was incredibly encouraging to see so many Entry students apply to be part of the MAC Student Leadership Team in Term 1. While there are only four leadership positions open to Entry students, we like to foster leadership potential in any way we can. So, all students who applied for a leadership position and some students recommended by staff were selected to take part in the True North program. The True North program is led by The Huddle’s Emma Kearney, who used to teach at MAC. 

Students have been meeting with Emma once a week during Term 2 to take part in a journey of self discovery. The sessions so far have focused on building on leadership skills, interpersonal skills and resilience. Emma has been incredibly impressed with students’ enthusiasm and maturity in the sessions and is excited to work with them more in the future.  More information about the True North program can be found here

Learn more about the True North Program here:

Many thanks to Emma Kearney for her work with these students.

Claire Runci, Junior School Transition and Programs leader

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Eid Mubarak Lunch

Thank you to staff members Halima Malaakh and Zeituna Hussein Abdi who organised an Eid Mubarak lunch for staff. The food, cooked by Halima, Zeituna and parents of some students, was amazing and the coffee kept the staff going in the afternoon.

A special thanks to the following parents:

  • Shukri Ahmed (Zakaria and Ubah Mohamoud)
  • Ubax Ahmed (Jama Family)
  • Amina Bashir (Salaat Family)
  • Bisharo Ahmed (Abdullahi Haji)
  • Farhiya Hassan (Ali Deeq and Khalid Farah)
  • Farhiya Isak (Yasmin Osman)
  • Sadiya Sheikh Ali (Khalid Abdi-Aziz)
  • Hawa Arale (Abdirahman Abdi)
  • Hawa Mohamud (Abdinuur Mohamed)
  • Buhaira Osman (Rim Faid)
  • Nuura Izaz (Muneib and Sofiya Alhassan)
  • Fahima Azemi (Saman Azemi)
  • Shahnawaz Mohammad (Abaan Mohammad)
  • Bibi Amena Ishaqzai (Heley Ishaqzai)
  • Fatuma Ali (Jafir Marwan)
  • Zeinab Mohamed (Liban and Sabirin Mohamed)
  • Hamida Hussein (Faduma and Abdirahman Farah)
  • Khadija Hassan (Abdullahi and Abdirahma Hassan)
  • Sadia Ali (Mohamed Guleed).
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Above Entry 8 Camp

In Week 5, Above Entry 8 students attended a three day camp at Lady Northcote YMCA. The students showed great enthusiasm building rafts and canoeing, pushing comfort zones with the giant swing and leap of faith and trying new skills such as archery. The students supported each other with kitchen duty and did manage to get some sleep. Overall a fantastic group for a wonderful camp. – Miss Balaburov


Camp this year was really fun, my favourite part was when Mr Ben went on the giant swing, he did his harness up too tight, so when he was on the swing it was hurting a lot, and we all got to see him screaming while he fell. – Cullan Morrissy


This year the Year eights went to Lady Northcote for camp. It was a really fun experience. The camp had lots of fun activities. My personal favourite was canoeing. It was really fun. Another fun activity was the giant swing. Camp was a great chance for me to get to meet new people and get to know my friends even better. – Flora Brewer-Blake

Camp was overall really diverting for the whole three days, however I had the best time in my cabin with my friends. Most of us would go to the ‘common area’ when it got dark to talk, play games, take photos with my camera or simply just to eat food. Generally speaking camp was so much fun and I wish it went longer! – Justine Escano


Camp was pretty safe until my activity group had to do the giant swing – it’s literally a GIANT SWING – 18 meters from the ground! (I think). I rode in it and screamed because I thought I was going to die, but in the end I made it alive. I wouldn’t mind if I tried it again. I think. – Rey Tinoy

Camp was really fun. I enjoyed all the different activities we had this year such as mountain biking and canoeing which we usually wouldn’t have but I really liked having the different variety. I also really liked how the days were planned out like having the night activities e.g. Trivia night and how we had some free time at the end of the day to explore the camp site as well as use the Gaga pit and basketball court. Overall camp was really enjoyable and fun and I’d definitely go a second time.  – Amelie Sandilands


 I managed to injure both of my ankles, but altogether it was a nice break from screens and school work. – Bonita Rathgen

Claire Runci, Junior School Transition and Programs leader

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Student Wellbeing

Adolescent Wellbeing – Parent and Carer Information Evening

Parents and carers are invited to Dr Kate Barrelle’s talk about adolescent wellbeing.

Dr Kate Barrelle, MAC parent and co-founder of STREAT, is presenting an informative session for parents and carers of students at MAC about adolescent wellbeing. Kate’s presentation will focus on the following topics:

  • Young brains and connecting with teenagers
  • Ways to wellbeing (resilience)
  • Mindfulness for teenagers (and parents)
  • Feedback and difficult conversations.

Dr Kate Barrelle is the Chief Impact Officer and Co-founder of STREAT, a Melbourne social enterprise that supports young people into work in hospitality and horticulture . As a clinical and forensic psychologist. Kate’s career has always centred around people and their well-being. Kate has worked in community mental health, crisis teams, and government and private practice. Kate completed the Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership Fellowship and was selected as one of Australia’s leading 1000 thinkers and attended the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit. She worked with Dept Foreign Affairs and Trade providing behavioural science advice to the counter-terrorism branch before moving to Melbourne in 2009 to set up STREAT with her wife and co-founder Rebecca Scott. Kate’s PHD was in how people leave violent extremist groups and her research underpins Australia’s early intervention prevention program. Kate now oversees the holistic work readiness progams at STREAT for marginalised young people aged 16-24, and is also in charge of Magic, STREAT’s therapy dog. Read more about STREAT

Bookings are essential. Book here

Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Maintaining Regular Exercise

lifting weights cartoon clipart

Let’s be honest – it’s not always easy to get the motivation to exercise, and even harder to keep it up. Often your drive to get moving and the obstacles you encounter are determined by your attitude, so here are some ways to get you in the right frame of body and mind, so that you’re not so overwhelmed.

Reasons you might be struggling

Often, we put up barriers to exercise, or give up on it, because our attitudes get in the way of the reality. Here are some of the more common barriers:

  • It’s boring
  • I don’t have enough time
  • I don’t have the motivation
  • I don’t know how to begin
  • I’m not seeing results straight away

If you spend a little time understanding how to approach regular exercise, making it part of your life becomes a much more natural process.

Motivational Tips

In order to maintain regular exercise, you need the right approach. If you continue to see exercise as dull or painful, it will always be a chore. Physical exercise is all about getting things working in the best way possible. The human body can do amazing things, and every one of us should know how it feels to have it running at its optimum potential.

Change your approach

Here are some attitude–changing tips:

  • Be realistic about progress. You can’t start competitive weightlifting after a few reps of a dumbbell. As your body develops, you’ll be able to handle more and more, and if you push yourself too hard too early, you could do permanent damage.
  • Keep a diary of your daily activities and note down your idle time. You probably have more spare time than you thought.
  • Break your sessions into two 15–minute blocks. Or try 30 minutes every second day.
  • Work exercise into your daily travel routine
  • Make it fun. Think back to activities you enjoyed as a child. Did you like riding your bike, skating, or mucking around with mates? Revisit these activities, as you’ll probably still love them.
  • Mix it up. There’s an endless amount of choice when it comes to exercise. Vary your activities to keep it interesting.

Exhausted and Overwhelmed?

If you accompany your exercise with better eating habits and consistent sleeping patterns, you’ll probably have a super energy level boost. But if you do all that and you still feel exhausted or overwhelmed, maybe something else is zapping your energy and drive.

References and further information:

Michelle Hynson, School Health Promotion Nurse, Monday & Tuesday

MAC Health Day

On Tuesday 25 May, students in Entry and Above Entry at MAC participated in the whole school health day. This day included 25 external presenters from local, community and government services and programs as well as amazing MAC staff who all presented on this day.

The wide variety of presentations and experiences is listed below:

Entry Students: 

  • Cybersafety presentation by Jill Kilpatrick- Victoria Police
  • When Gaming meets gambling presentation- Eric Brunet & Sarah Quirk
  • Addictions and it’s impact on sleep- Dr Bal- Doctors In Schools Doctor at MAC
  • Wellbeing Dance Concert- Dagogo and Keke

Above Entry 8:

  • The Resilience Project: Practical wellbeing strategies to build resilience- Peter & Elias
  • Headspace National and Sunshine- Natalie & Wynn
  • Respectful Relationships and Consent- Kate Stevanovic & Carol Preston
  • Yoga- Tristan Sinclair from Nikki Visaj Movement

Above Entry 9:

  • The Resilience Project: Practical wellbeing strategies to build resilience- Peter & Elias
  • Drug and Alcohol presentation- Clark Mitchell
  • Health Eating- Delia Clarke from CoHealth
  • Consent & Respectful Relationships- Moonee Valley Legal Service

Above Entry 10:

  • Positive Speakers Bureau presentation- Adam and Vicky
  • Consent & Respectful Relationships- Moonee Valley Legal Service & Michelle Hynson
  • Choices & Risks- Brent Alford
  • Road Smart Program- Greg and Asad- Vic Roads

We would like to thank these wonderful presenters who gave up their time to present at the health day. I’m sure that all students took away new learnings from the day and participated in and enjoyed fun activities. We look forward to the next health day.

Michelle Hynson & Clarke Mitchell, School Health Promotion Nurse & Youth Worker

Peer Support Program

Hi my name’s Nasteho and on behalf of all the people that got to experience the Peer Support Program at St Brendans Primary School, I would like to share how it went. We go every full Wednesday during clubs and so far it has been wonderful to participate in. The kids seem very happy to have people our ages in class helping out. You’re not expected to do difficult tasks so don’t worry. Hopefully we get to continue after all this madness settles down.

Nasteho Salaat, Above Entry 9

Students who participated in this Peer Support Program are Nabiha Mohamed, Latisha Viane, Fadumo Farah, Samira Jama, Meriam Mohammed, Hamada Osman and Nasteho Salaat.

Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing Coordinator

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Digital Art @ MAC – artworks and curiosities

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Poetry Incursion

sitting in RC
three people speak poetry
having a good time
– Flynn Alphey, AE9

In this incursion, we learned about many different poetry writing styles, including rapping. There were three people presenting to us, Jessie, Ed and Emma. Emma was replacing a girl named Candice whom Ed appeared to be in love with. As the show continued we learned some more about poetry styles and how to perform pieces to an audience, we learned how to use rhythm to make poems flow well. – Charlotte Massie, AE9


I loved the way they made it seem like their acting wasn’t off a script it seemed so real like it wasn’t practised. The way their voices filled the room just made it more fun and easy to enjoy! The act was amazing and if I had to rate it I would give it a 10/10 – Anonymous, AE8


I liked the play. It was a bit cringy but it made it up with the acting of the poems and how they displayed those poems from the play. I learnt a lot about some of the older poems and also liked the dynamic of one character liking the story and one the structure. – Forester Noakes-Dewitts, AE9


I did not enjoy.
Second hand embarrassment.
Overwhelming cringe.
– Natalia Tasominos, AE9


Just a simple play
To learn about poetry
Fun and engaging.
– Rowan Tonissen, AE8


The Poetry in Action was a doubtlessly amazing and interesting event. We watched the educational incursion and it educated us a lot about poetry in general. Aside from the humour and other unrelated acts, it actually gave out a lot of tips and facts about poetry. Like the theme, structure, iambic pentameter and more! They put fun in learning about poetry! At the end, I was grateful that I attended, because it assisted me with learning about poetry and was a funny, educational, and fun incursion! – Ayah Omar, Entry


The ‘Poetry in Action’ incursion was a performance that demonstrated how emotion can be shown through poetry by a series of poems and structure can enhance the meaning and theme of a poem. Evan Valentine, AE8

Ms Alex O’Brien, Teacher of Writers Hub 

English Language Class

Throughout this Language Studies interview project, MAC students had the great opportunity to find out more about the lives of our staff. We interviewed twelve staff in total. This semester we will publish our responses in the newsletter. I would like to thank the staff involved on behalf of the class for their contributions. This is the final instalment. Thank you for reading.

Duc Minh Vu (AE10) interviews Meg Dunley

“At home, your mom is your first teacher. At school, teachers are like a second mom” 

These are the lyrics from a Vietnamese song. This song makes me think of Miss Dunley who is a familiar face when I try to find a place to study at school. She is the first person to greet me when I arrive at the Resource Centre. Miss Dunley has worked at MAC for eight years so she has a lot of interesting stories to share.

What do you find interesting about your job?

Miss Dunley loves young people and their innocent way of talking about life.  She likes to see the joy on their faces when they learn new knowledge. Miss Dunley started working here when the school changed from Debney Park SC to MAC. She wanted to show the young people how interesting this school is. She is the library manager and she really enjoys this job because she can be around young people all the time.

If you could describe MAC in one word what would you choose and why?

‘Community’. Miss Dunley thinks ‘MAC isn’t only a school, but a really big family. The school doesn’t care about how old students are as you can be friends with everyone.’ Miss Dunley likes that students can hang out in different groups. For example, students who like basketball, students who like IT. Students can share their interests or improve their skills by learning from each other. This is why Miss Dunley uses the word ‘community’ to describe MAC.

If you become the prime minister of Australia, what is the first thing you will change?

Ms Dunley would look at environmental policies such as climate change. She stated ‘we only have one world after all’. Miss Dunley would also review the number of indigenous people in high level roles as she believes they need to have a stronger voice in our society.  

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Miss Dunley wanted to be many things. She dreamed of becoming a missionary nurse, a doctor and a fashion designer. She said ‘the future is the thing that can be changed’ and that worked for her. 

Bui Tuan Tran (Graduate 2022), Phu Trieu (Graduate 2022) and Uyen Thu (Winter) Dinh, (AE10) interview Erin Murphy

Miss Murphy is a new teacher at MAC. She teaches English and Humanities but is also a qualified instrumental music teacher.  At university she majored in History and Music. Miss Murphy has been a teacher for seven years, five years teaching English and Humanities and two years teaching instrumental music. Her previous school was Roxburgh College which is near Broadmeadows. Miss Murphy also taught at Mill Park Secondary College in Epping and at a school in Phillip Island and Springvale.  

If I could describe MAC in one word what would you choose and why?

Miss Murphy describes MAC as a ‘happy’ place to work. She stated ‘compared to other jobs this is the happiest I’ve ever felt at work’. She also thinks the students and staff feel happy being part of MAC. 

If you become the prime minister of Australia, what is the first thing you will change?

Miss Murphy would try and encourage more people from different backgrounds to get involved in politics and run for parliament. She thinks ‘parliament could do with having more diversity in the voices that are heard there’. Miss Murphy would also try to get rid of sin taxes because for rich people they don’t make much difference but for poorer people they are a much bigger percentage of their income. Overall, she believes sin taxes are unfair. 

What other occupation would you do if you were not a teacher?

Miss Murphy would like to run her own business or run her own school. Also, she thinks it would be good to be an astronaut. 

What makes MAC different from other schools?

Miss Murphy stated MAC is a very inclusive school. She also thinks MAC is a respectful and innovative school. She believes the teachers are on-board in thinking about how to teach things rather than simply grabbing a text book.  She thinks this is a good approach. Miss Murphy also thinks the mixed year level electives make a lot more sense as it gives students more choice. She said ‘I don’t like forcing students to learn something they don’t want to learn.’ 

What are you hidden talents?

Miss Murphy can juggle. Also, she plays many instruments. She plays the saxophone and drums well. She plays the clarinet and guitar not very well and the flute – ‘I am really bad’.

Meg Rawlins, Assistant Principal and Language Studies Teacher

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and we are excited to be participating. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
  • a modern user-friendly interface
  • rewarding  students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

Children from Year 7 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books. The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 17 September 2021.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

All students in Entry and Above Entry 8-10 will receive their username and password for the challenge from their English teacher, but don’t let this stop you from starting your reading! Keep a note of all books you are reading and have read since the start of the school year (your English books can be included here!)

Resource Centre News

Overdue books?

There are loads of books that are overdue and this holds up other people who are wanting to read them. You might have received an email from the Resource Centre about an overdue book. Make sure you bring them back or renew them ASAP.

Renew it yourself through the Library Catalogue or swing by the circulation desk before or after school or during recess.

Using the Eplatform

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). It’s a great way to access books during uncertain times. Find out more here:

Meg Dunley, Resource Centre, Communications and Marketing Manager


Climate Change: A Global Crises

I think it is necessary to achieve the targets in the Paris Agreements and to make sure we achieve its purpose. The Paris Agreement is an attempt to control greenhouse gas emissions and tackle effects of climate change. This legally binding international treaty is under the UNFCCC, and their goal is to ensure the global temperature is well below 2 degrees, above pre industrial levels. Every 5 years, they also review what’s achieved and plan their next steps for the future. Their progress is also assessed according to global stocktake, which leads to recommendations for countries and setting more ambitious plans. I feel like these things are important because climate change impacts water supplies, oceans, biodiversity, food production and extreme weather. The Earth’s temperature has already increased by 1 degree celsius, so therefore we need to demand for a low carbon future, climate justice and a safe climate. We need to face them now, especially because our quality and prosperity of life depends on it. – Rea Tinoy (Year 10)


I think it is necessary to have an organisation like the United Nations and UNFCC Secretariat in the world. Also all members of the UN have signed up to the sustainable development goals to slow climate change. I feel like this is important because the last decade was the hottest on record. We also have to reduce global emissions by 50% by 2030. Climate change is also happening faster than scientists expected. We need an organisation like this to help control the world otherwise every country would do their own thing and it would all be a huge mess. – Adam Rall (Year 8)


I think it is necessary to have the Kyoto Protocol in relation to developed countries. Some things in the Kyoto Protocol that are important in relation to developed countries combating climate change are minimizing impacts on developing countries by establishing an adaptation fund for climate change establishing legally binding commitments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases for its parties and establishing a compliance committee to enforce compliance with the commitments under the protocol. I feel like these are  important  because climate change is a complex problem, which, although environmental in nature, has consequences for all spheres of existence on our planet. It either impacts on, or is impacted by, global issues, including poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management. It is not surprising, then, that solutions come from all disciplines and fields of research and development. – Maya Briggs (Year 10)


As a teenager watching this video about the IPCC climate change video made me feel activated, exhilarated and informed about climate change and to start calling it what it is and to stop dismissing it and to start telling other people to understand that it is not a myth or a hoax but a legitimate issue concerning us now. The evidence in this video made me think that in order to solve this problem we need to work together. Presently we have failed at that. Unprecedented changes in all aspects of society have to be achieved if we want to solve this problem even if that means we need to change what we eat and what we wear and how we get to work every day. – Molly Short (Year 8)


I chose a speech by Tarana Burke about the Me Too movement because it was interesting in terms of the media vilifying sexual assault survivors, framing the movement and talking about it like it’s a vindictive plot against men. When sexual assault and violence survivors’ stories are heard, they are often asked to consider wealthy men’s future, and not considering their own futures. When 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are being sexually assaulted every year and thousands of low-wage workers are harassed but can’t afford to quit, we can’t ignore this issue or their future. I thought this was interesting because we are “denying their right to walk through this life with their full humanity intact”, as Tarana said. Many people fail to recognise that anyone with power also has privilege which makes people without power like people of colour and/or those in poverty much more vulnerable. This makes it hard to find joy when people of power discredit your memories, media erases your experiences, and ignores survivor’s futures. In terms of my identity and values, this is similar because we need to start re-educating ourselves and children about sexual violence and assault. – Faith Quah (Year 9)


I think that an intersectional approach to feminism and life is important because I think a lot of the time people are stuck in their own heads and can only see the struggles and the oppressions that they have. I think an intersectional approach to feminism and life is really important because it allows you to see what other people are going through, and how the experiences that a Black woman is going through is different from a Black man or White woman. It also allows you to see the privileges in your life. Once I learnt about this, it opened my eyes to all the different ways people are being oppressed and how privileged I am in the world. In the video ‘What is Intersectionality’ by Kimberlé Crenshawit, she says that “a black girl [in the US] is 6 more times more likely to be suspended than white girls” I think that with an intersectional approach to life and feminism you can see why people are being oppressed and privileged in more ways than one. It also puts things that you go through in perspective. I’m not saying that what happens in your life is not important but it just shows different lives I guess. It is also a huge difference from First-wave feminism. First Wave Feminism was just around sexism and stuff but I feel like by adding intersectionality ideas and the approach of that to feminism it’s more just around rights for everyone around everything and I think that is what everything should be about. – Bess Martin (Year 8)


Regarding Second-wave Feminism, there are many events and ideas that I agree with during that time period of the movement. I firstly agree with 2nd wave Feminism’s main slogan, “The Personal Is Political.” I think that this slogan was an extremely accurate way of describing the politics and implications of personal/day-to-day events, especially when discussing systemic issues. Secondly, I agree with the movement starting to address the extent of how systemic gender discrimination is, as opposed to 1st wave Feminism’s main goal of women being granted the right to vote. This was exemplified by 2nd-Wave Feminists advocating for rights to abortion, being able to drink at bars, own credit cards, and anti-violence against women. Thirdly, I strongly support the ‘reignition’ of the first wave of the movement in the 1970s, after decades of women being encouraged to stay at home, conform to social standards and exist to serve men. In relation to my personal beliefs and values, I agree with these elements of 2nd-Wave Feminism due to being female and a Feminist myself. My family has been a strong influence on how I view Feminism, with my Nana having lived through and taken part in Feminism’s 2nd wave. In conclusion 2nd wave Feminism’s centre idea that “The Personal is Political” was a much needed expansion on the goals of 1st-Wave Feminism and the Suffragettes. I think that 2nd wave Feminism was the beginning of the movement viewing sexism as a multifaceted, systemic issue. – Chantal Leon (Year 9)


The ideas that I agree with in Third Wave Feminism relate to intersectionality. This is shown through Kimberly Crenshaw, who was one of the prominent leaders of the Third Wave Feminist movement.  I agree with these ideas because when it comes to my identity I recognise that people have multiple oppressions that collide, examples of which would be gender, sexuality, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, appearance, ability and religion. This is important to recognise so we can combat the problems as a whole. You cannot solve a problem without fully recognising the problem that you are battling against. Bonita Rathgen (Year 8)

Ms Preeti Maharaj, Teacher of Feminist and Climate Change: A Global Crisis
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STEM Professionals in Schools Program

Dr Anna Cifuentes-Rius talking to the Biology and Chemistry class

On Thursday 13 May the Units 1 & 2 Biology and Units 1 & 2 Chemistry classes were lucky enough to receive a visit from Dr Anna Cifuentes-Rius, a research fellow at Monash University. Dr Cifuentes-Rius came to our school as part of the STEM in Schools program. She has studied all over the nation and the world. She completed her undergraduate, masters and parts of her PhD in Spain. She then continued her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, before eventually finding herself in Australia where she has studied at both the University of Queensland and in Adelaide. She has now finally taken a Research Fellow position at Monash University, where she is investigating nanoparticles. Dr Cifuentes-Rius explained to us all how nanoparticles are currently being used in the manufacturing of the COVID-19 vaccine. She is researching how we can use nanoparticles in cancer treatments to increase the efficiency of current treatment options. Although Dr Cifuentes-Rius specialises in the medical field of nanoparticles, she also explained to us it’s crucial involvement in other technological advances including cars, solar panels, smartphones and even sunscreen. We all really valued Dr Cifuentes-Rius spending her time speaking to us and answering all our questions.  At MAC we plan to keep an ongoing relationship with Dr Cifuentes-Rius and maybe even visit her at Monash University sometime in the future!

Eleanor Mcrae, Above Entry 10

Making it Rain

In Year 7 Science last week, we did a water cycle experiment and we learnt how water is renewable. We saw evaporation, condensation and precipitation in the lab experiment. We filled a beaker with ‘dirty’ water by adding sand and some coloured dye in. We then heated up the beaker then held a tray of ice on top. It started to condense and ‘rain’ clean water from under the tray!

To improve the experiment, we should have had a specific time to keep the beaker on the hot plate. We noticed that if we didn’t turn off the hot plate, the water would have boiled too much and the sand we added to the beaker of water would have bubbled over! Luckily we had our teacher point this out to us and we had safety top of mind too.

Katsuki Yamanaka, Entry Student in Greening the Apocalypse

The Aussie Student Inventions Competition

The Clickview exciting Aussie Student Inventions Competition, in conjunction with the producers of Aussie Inventions That Changed the World, is back for 2021. They’ll be searching again for Australia’s most innovative students, with mentorship and $3,000 awarded to each category winner.

What next?

The competition is launching soon, with full details available on the ClickView website from 1 July. In the meantime, check out all the finalists and winners from last year.

How to enter

The competition is open to all students at any Australian primary, secondary or K12 school. Inventions can be any type, size or functionality and solve any kind of problem.

Important dates

  • Full details on the website from 1 July
  • The competition will take place in Term 3
  • Entries open in August, during Science Week
  • Entries close 17 September

If you are interested in participating in this, please speak to your science teacher or send an email to Ms Berkovich (email address)

Miriam Berkovich, Head of Science

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House Updates

Poseidon Goes Green

During the middle of May, the Poseidon leaders organised a Go Green Week. In that week the leaders educated MAC more about the Five R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle) through fun games played during mentoring, a recyclable container in the resource centre and kahoots. This was a successful week, as it encouraged everyone to make MAC a more sustainable school. 

Jerry Ng, Student Leader, Graduate of 2022

Ms Erin Murphy, Head of Poseidon House

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Whole School Cross Country

The cross country event that took place on Thursday 27 May was heaps of fun. The 2.8km stretch that we all ran is along the Moonee Ponds Creek and it was really nice there because of the creek itself and the very green park towards the end. Whether we were running it or walking it, it was still a great experience and a good bit of exercise!

I always like to sprint right at the end or at least use that last little bit of energy I have (if any) and I also like to make the run a little more fun by doing things like slapping signs or seeing how many puddles I can run through, little things like that.

Outside the run there were great outfits and fun novelty events that anyone could take part in. These included a three legged race, shoe throw, and the best of all; tug of war. In tug of war it was house versus house and in year level, so there would be no Year 12 against a Year 7 tugging going on (that would be so unfair!). There was also a senior students versus teachers tug, where the teachers made it look too easy, and took the tugging crown. There was also an unofficial footy game where everyone was marking the ball and was in two groups. The person who marked it got to kick it back to the other side or was tackled for the ball. It was really fun and made the last few hour wait pass by much faster. Overall it was really fun and I loved how the teachers got involved as well, not just watching all the kids running amuck. Charlie Forster, Athena House Sports Captain

More than 30 girls took part in the Mount Alexander College Year 7 Cross Country race. It was held on Thursday 27 May, at Essendon Hockey Field, and runners had to complete a 2.5 km course. The conditions for the race were cloudy and drizzling with rain – not great for a cross country race. After a great effort from everyone, these were the places: 1st (Abbey), 2nd (Ava), 3rd (Halle), 4th (Sailor) and 5th (Olive). Everyone was treated to a delicious icy pole and turned out to be a lovely day with an early finish to lead up to a weekend.Halle Hodgson, Entry Student

Shannon McVeigh, Sports Coordinator

Interschool Sports

All School Cross Country

Jesse, Riley, Sol and Jerry

On Saturday 8 May at Princes Park, Riley, Sol, Jesse and I (Jerry) embarked on the All Schools 4 x 3km Road Relays against 16 other schools all ranging around Victoria. Our overall time was 46:29 which got us ranked in the top 5 in our age group. An awesome effort from the boys, now onto school cross country!

– Jerry Ng, Graduate of 2022

Senior Boys Soccer

On 20 May, the senior soccer team headed off to Fairbairn Park looking to secure a win. In the first match against Rosehill, the boys fought hard drawing 1-1. A standout penalty save from Andrew kept us in the game. The second game, in the first half the game was tied 2-2 at half time against Buckley Park. A few errors cost us the win but we learnt a lot from it. Unfortunately in the last game Strathmore were too strong for us. Overall a good day, considering we had minimal time to train! 

– Jerry Ng, Graduate of 2022

Junior Girls AFL

On Monday 24 May, the Mount Alexander College girls junior footy team competed. It was an extremely fun day and all the girls had lots of fun. Our first game was against Strathmore and that was a really challenging game, sadly we lost but we still had great plays from our team, Allegra and Molly, even though it wasn’t in the forward that much they still kept their spirits and encouraged the whole team. Unfortunately we did have two injuries (Sarah and Molly) and they weren’t able to play anymore. Our second was against Buckley Park, during that match we definitely improved a lot since our first game and we scored our first goal. We had lots of girls who were playing footy for the first time, like Charlotte who scored her first goal she had ever scored in footy and it was only her second game. Unfortunately we didn’t win that game either but we played a lot better and we had some stand out tuckles from Ripley, Hazle, Analise and Lola, Gertie, Flora  and Matilda saved goal after goal and helped to keep Buckley Park’s score down . Our last game was against Rose Hill and we played really well, probably our best game and the scoreboard agreed and we got our first win. Zoe got a goal that won us the game, Sailor had a stand out game Hilary was an amazing ruck and won almost every tap, Ella, Amelie and Liv were great forwards and kept it in our 50 for the majority of our last game. We want to say thank you to Clark and Ms Whyte for taking us and being our coaches, we know you took time out of your schedule for training so thank you. To all the girls who played, congratulations you played really well and should be very proud of your effort in the games.

Bess Martin, Above Entry 8

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Careers – Morrisby Online Assessment

As part of the MY Career Insights Program offered in Government schools, all consenting Above Entry 9 students have completed their Morrisby online assessment. The assessment highlights a student’s strengths and offers some possible careers for them to explore based on their results. Interviews will be arranged with a trained counsellor in the coming weeks to explain the report to students as they begin to consider their future.

Please note that students who have not undertaken or completed the assessment will not receive a profile.

Alison Lovett, Careers and Pathways

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MAC Parents & Friends

The next MAC Parents & Friends Association’s meeting is Monday 7 June at 6.00 pm. It is an ONLINE meeting due to current COVID-19 restrictions. All parents and carers who are interested in attending MUST book through CompassTix. Only ticket holders who use their full name in their account will be admitted to the Online Zoom Room.

Community News and Advertising

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MAC News Deadlines

The MAC News is published twice a term.

Please see the below dates for MAC News submissions deadlines for articles and advertising. Any advertising requests must be sent to

Term 3 2022

  • MAC News 6 - Wednesday 10 August
  • MAC News 7 - Wednesday 14 September

Term 4 2022

  • MAC News 8 - Wednesday 2 November
  • MAC News 9 - Wednesday 7 December

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