MAC News 1 2022
Welcome to MAC to all our new families and welcome back to our returning families. We publish three newsletters each term and you can find past newsletters on our Publications page.
Dear MAC Community
What a wonderfully smooth start to the new school year! It is always great to see the Entry students on their first day at MAC. We had 130 Entry students start and 15 new students in Above Entry and Graduates join us.
Please join me in welcoming new staff members to the school community: Chloe Fraser (Learning Support Officer), Georgia Wiggs (Digital Arts), Luke Richardson (English/Humanities) and Penelope McDonald (VCE Legal Studies/Humanities). We also welcome back Janice Li (International Students Coordinator), Megan Blanch (Maths) and Deborah McCormack (Psychology/ English).
Again, I would like to congratulate our 2021 Academic Duxes: Entry – Carla Francis, Above Entry 8 – Rowan Tonissen; Above Entry 9 – Ruben Carra; Above Entry 10 – Sol Faulkner; Graduates 2022 – Zoe He; 2021 VCE – Lavinia Monteiro Da Silva; 2021 VCAL – Manuel Recinos; and 2021 Academic Growth – Bethany Tang.
Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates. Of these students, 96% gained entry into a tertiary pathway or full time employment. Ninety percent of our 2021 Graduates received their first preference which is exceptional. This includes students who applied through VTAC and direct application. It was an incredibly challenging two years and the students displayed resilience and perseverance to achieve their ultimate goals. Well done to our Graduates of 2021.
This year, only Entry and Above Entry 8 students will attend Clubs and Societies. Clubs and Societies runs every second Wednesday afternoon for Period 4. On the alternate Wednesday afternoon, students are dismissed at the beginning of lunch to allow for staff to participate in professional learning. The Shortened Wednesdays are in the school calendar. Above Entry 9 and 10 students will be required to attend wellbeing and study support sessions at various times in the term. These events will be published in advance and appear on the students timetable.
Debney Meadows Campus and Senior Students
The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority approved our Senior Campus to be based at Debney Meadows Primary School. Classes have commenced and students and staff are really enjoying the spaces and are supported by a full time staff member Elizabeth Cassar. The Graduates of 2022 University of Melbourne Camp was unfortunately postponed due to COVID. You can read more about the Senior Campus below
We have received a total of 31 Air Purifiers. Almost all classrooms now have a Purifier. All students have received one box of five Rapid Antigen Tests and will receive a second box of five tests next week during House Mentoring. Staff and students are encouraged to test Monday and Wednesday evenings. Students and staff will do the tests at home; they only need to report their result if it is COVID-positive. They must report a COVID-positive result to the school by phone and the Rapid Antigen Test Portal. People who receive a positive COVID result with the RAT or via PCR testing need to isolate for 7 days and can return to school if they have no symptoms. Household contacts need to isolate for seven days.
The school will notify the school community of positive cases onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms.
Information about how to do a test and how to read RAT results, including a how-to video translated into 33 languages, is available online.
If you need assistance you can contact the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.
In an effort to help contain the spread of COVID, we have continued with assemblies and meetings being conducted virtually. Intensive camps, excursions and incursions have been postponed for the time being.
Tram works on Mount Alexander Road delayed the start for Built Environs by a week in January. Earth works, in-ground and structural services have been completed and the pour of the ground floor concrete slab will be completed by February 10. The installation of the precast columns will commence from February 11 and the formwork for Level 1 slab should commence February 19. The completion of the building is still on track for the middle of December. We are expecting a ministerial event to occur sometime this term. I will notify the school community when this event occurs.
Other works completed recently include the half court and the set up of the Debney Meadows Campus. A huge thank you to Elizabeth Cassar and Steven McMaster for their assistance with this. We have a shade sail grant approved and we have submitted plans and quote to the Victorian Schools Building Authority and we are waiting for the go-ahead. We are still waiting on outdoor furniture to arrive, hopefully early March.
- PFA Working Bee 26 February
- Whole School Photo Day 28 February
- Entry and New Family BBQ 28 February
- Swimming Carnival 1 March
- Student Led Conferences 16 March
Check the school website for upcoming events and key an eye out for Compass notifications.
Ms Dani Angelico, Principal
Inside this issue
- Garden Working Bee
- School Council Nominations
- Third Vaccination Requirements
- Student Leadership Team
- Junior School
- Senior School
- Student Wellbeing
- Resource Centre News
- MAC Parents and Friends
- Community News and Advertising
Garden Working Bee
Calling all parents and friends!
School Council Nominations
Nominations for School Council membership open today. There is 1 parent and 2 DET employee vacancies. The tenure of these positions is two years.
Nomination forms can be collected from the General Office. Parents may self-nominate or nominate a parent member. Staff may self-nominate or nominate a staff member.
Nominations close at 4pm on Monday 14th February, 2022. Late nominations cannot be accepted.
Should we receive more nominations than the number of vacancies, we will require a ballot. The ballot will close on 4pm on Monday 28 February, 2022.
School Council plays a key role in supporting the school in enhancing the educational opportunities for students, building on the successes of the school and promoting the school’s vision and continued growth.
I would like to sincerely thank the outgoing council members for their commitment and work on council.
Angelica Inserra has served on School Council since 2020 and as School Council President for one year. We sincerely thank Angelica for her leadership, commitment and service.
Thank you also to Meg Rawlins and Justine Johnston for their work and outstanding contributions.
I look forward to continuing to work with council members continuing in their roles, and of course welcoming new members next month.
Ms Dani Angelico, Principal
Third Dose Vaccination Requirements for Schools
Third dose vaccination requirements for parents and carers
The COVID-19 Vaccinations – Visitors and Volunteers on School Sites requirements have been updated.
From Tuesday 15 March 2022, parents, carers and other adult visitors (excluding students who visit a school to complete a secondary school subject) who enter school buildings must have had their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.
Parents, carers and other adult visitors attending school sites for drop-off and pick-up who do not enter school buildings do not need to comply with vaccination requirements.
Third dose vaccination for young people aged 16 and 17
COVID-19 third-dose vaccinations are now available to 16-17 year olds who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine three or more months ago.
Supporting as many eligible students as we can to be vaccinated will help make our school as safe as possible.
Getting vaccinated is one of the most important steps we can all take to get direct protection against COVID-19.
How to book an appointment
There are many convenient and accessible options to access vaccinations. These include state-wide vaccination clinics, your local GP or pharmacy.
You can book your appointment in a few different ways, including:
- online: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine
- by phone: 1800 675 398 (Coronavirus Hotline)
- using the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder
- in person: talk to your local pharmacy, doctor, or attend one of the State Vaccination Centres.
The Canteen has a new menu for 2022. Our Canteen is run by Bocca Foods.
Bocca Foods is a family owned and operated business focused on bringing nutritional and balanced meals to Australian school children. BOCCA Foods is insistent about creating a food evolution in school canteens, by transitioning the traditional canteen menu to a fresh, healthy and modern café style menu. They pride themselves on providing students with meals that are packed with nutrients and goodness but taste as well.
It is their challenge to teach young people to love healthy food! A large contributing factor in this is the creation a café environment that encourages nutritional education, through food moderation and choice.
Download the Bocca Foods Menu MOUNT ALEXANDER COLLEGE
Register for online ordering through boccafoods.com.au
- No queues
- Easy online payments
- 5% discount
- Order until 10:30 am on the same day
How to order:
- Go to www.boccafoods.com.au
- Register an account for yourself and/or child/children
- Ensure you complete the correct year level
- Select the food you wish to order to your basket
- Pay for your order online using your credit card
- Students have been given a priority line to pick up lunch orders from the canteen using their student card as identification
- Items may not be available due to supplier stock – similar product will be provided.
- Gluten Free and other Dietary needs are required to be pre-ordered
Student Leadership Team
Welcome back to MAC everyone. I would love to introduce the student leadership team of 2022. They are very excited to be back on site and are already setting up ideas and programs to get our house competition and school spirit firing. Keep your eyes on the Compass newsfeed and on the TVs around school for lunchtime activities and upcoming events. Remember, if you have an idea or any questions, please find someone of the student leadership team and have a chat!
2022 Student Leadership Team
College Captains: Arlo Pilley and Inas Adil Ahmed
Deputy College Captain: Brynn Valentine and Rea Tinoy
House Captains: Elicia Henok and Sol Faulknor
- Asha Ali
- Flora Brewer-Blake
- Katsuki Yamanaka
- Ivy Bystrom
- Claudia Mizzi
Sports Captain: Flora Brewer-Blake
House Captains: Emily A’Hara and Safiah Osman
- Mariam Mohamed
- Hindiya Osman
- Jasmine Ellis
- Molly Short
- Libby Glenister
Sports Captain: Rowan Tonissen
House Captains: Luke Vella and Monique Duncan
- Nadine Abdou Said
- Lucia Williams
- Alham Ashikak
- Rim Faid
- Charlie Casey
Sports Captain: Nabiha Mohamed
House Leaders: Amelia Kenny and Bilhah Ryan
- Mark Lubansky
- Justine Escano
- Ubah Mohamed
- Dylan Saker
- Liam Phan
Sports Captain: Alex McIntyre
Whole School Leaders
Interschool sports: Jerry Ng
Science: Nadine Abdou Said
Performing Arts: Blue Shaw
Arts: Chantal Leon
Environmental: Lily McNamara
ICT Leader: Dali Miliankos-Lignier
ICT Mentor: Moncidel Strack
Stephanie Balaburov, Leading Teacher Student Leadership & Empowerment
Welcome all new and returning students and families to 2022. As the Leading Teacher for Junior School Programs and Transitions I am well and truly looking forward to working alongside our Entry, Above Entry 8 and Above Entry 9 students and families while Claire Runci is on maternity leave. I am pleased to say that the Entry students had a fantastic start to the year last Monday (see more about their first week below). We were very appreciative of some of our Above Entry 8 students (Nadine, Iman, Asha, Amelia, Tara, Bilan and Alham) who came to school on their last day of holidays to help with the Entry students’ induction. Your assistance throughout the day was a massive help to myself and all the students and teachers you provided assistance to and continues to demonstrate why you are all leaders in our community. On that note, Entry students who are interested in becoming a student leader for your House to represent all things related to Entry students. Applications will open shortly for one student from each House to hold a role as an Entry Student Leader on the student leadership team.
Above Entry 8 and Above Entry 9 students have also had a great start to the year with students coming ready to learn and extend themselves. It has been a really positive start for the whole of the Junior School and importantly it has been great to see so many Above Entry 9 students extend themselves through choosing to undertake Pre-VCE elective subjects.
A huge thank you to the 2021 Gnurad Gundidj team (Lucas, Maya, Ambrose, Hannah and Alex) for sharing your experience at Gnurad Gundidj with the junior school. Applications open soon for our Above Entry 9 students to apply to go during Term 4 this year. Ms Balaburov (Leading Teacher Student Leadership and Empowerment) will communicate with our Above Entry 9 students over the next few weeks of the process for applying for a position on the 2022 team.
Welcome Entry Class of 2022!
MAC staff were very excited last Monday to welcome our class of 2022 Entry students. There was a great buzz in the air and huge amounts of enthusiasm all throughout the day. The special induction program on the day provided our Entry students with loads of information about who their teachers are (including some interesting and surprising facts about them), how to use lockers, where to find help and the most important part of all…what House they are in! The induction program has continued for the Entry students in their Quest (English and Humanities), GTAP (Greening the Apocalypse) and Math classes.
Let’s hear what some of the Entry students have to say about their first week being a MAC student.
Quest 1 – Erin Murphy
On behalf of Quest Group 1, I would like to write about our first week at MAC. The first day was very relaxed, and if anyone asked me to describe it I’d say ‘Underwhelming, but in a good way’. As in, it was much less stressful and nerve-wracking than I had hyped it up to be in my head. All of the teachers and staff are beyond kind and supportive, and the classes are SUPER FUN! Personally, the biggest muck-up I had was during the first House Mentoring session, I went to the wrong room for half the class! I worked it out though.
Jarvis, Quest 1
Quest 2 – Chau Pham
My first week at MAC was… different. It was different from what I had expected it to be like. I had not expected to have trouble opening my locker. I had not expected to have trouble finding my class and I definitely had not expected to be nervous. As time went by, I realized that the students and teachers were more friendly than I thought. I also got the hang of opening my locker and I got better at finding where my class is. Now that I’m more familiar with the school surroundings and the people in my class, I look forward to school everyday!
Elle, Quest 2
“The first week was hectic! The school was filled with nervous year 7’s scurrying from class to class. You could see the the absolute terror on our faces! We rushed around, getting lost countless times, till we reached the correct classroom. Then suddenly… The day was over. But the next rolled along not long after. Every day seemed the same; long and tiring, but luckily there were kind students and supportive teachers to help us along the way. By the third day, most of us knew our way around the school. We had gotten our locks sorted, and were all finished with the boring admin stuff. Within no time, it was already the end of the week.”
Clara, Quest 2
Quest 3 – Maddison Whyte
My first week at MAC was nothing like I expected it to be, but not necessarily in a bad way. The first day was so welcoming and I felt at home, but then the next day came and you were more on your own. But with this newfound independence you feel so proud of yourself, I felt like I was on top of the world. But when I felt scared and lost and like I was no longer on top of the world but at the very bottom, everyone was so willing to help and that aspect of community that I felt in my first few days is really what made my first week at MAC absolutely amazing.
Olivia, Quest 3
Quest 4 – Jonathon Sherlock
Quest 5 – Jessica Fridman
When I left primary school, all I could think about was high school, I was dreading it. The day I started I think I might have been the most nervous I’d been for a long time. But when I walked out of the doors at the end of my first day, everything felt different. It had just been one of the best days of my life. What I was nervous about was the fact that I had to walk between classrooms to get to my next class, I was so scared that I’d get lost and be late. What I learned is how many people there are around the school that can help you with anything you need. Whether you can’t open your locker, or can’t find your class, or you need help with your device. The teachers and the students are all there for you, My classes have all been so fun too! All the classes – from English to Maths – are so interesting. Although, it’s great to have a break at recess and lunchtime when you can just hang out and talk to your friends. Speaking of friends, it’s been so easy for me to make new ones. I’ve already made five! Overall, my first week at high school has been absolutely incredible, I’ve loved every minute of it
Gigi Manley, Quest 5
Kate Stevanovic, Junior School Transitions and Program Coordinator
So far students have been loving the Debney Campus, it gives us more freedom and responsibility and we’re even able to leave campus for recess and lunch! During study sessions everyone works quietly and having our own space to do so has been really great. We are all looking forward to what the year will bring!
Erin Breeze, Graduate of 2022
My first week being back at school has been great, it’s good to finally be back in the classroom again. With the new building under construction there has been slight disruption to my classes. Currently, I’m in Year 11 and half of my classes are down at the new campus at Debney Meadows Primary School. Furthermore, it has been challenging to adjust to learning the new time table as the morning classes and break times are different from normal. Additionally, it will take some time getting used to as well as traveling between campuses throughout the day. Overall, the new campus is excellent however, it is a lot quieter than usual. Over the past week I’ve enjoyed getting to know the senior students more and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings.
Good luck and enjoy the year.
Monique Duncan, Graduate of 2023
Michael Buckingham, Senior School
Safer Internet Day
SPECIAL REPORT: School Transitions
Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up!
However, for many it may also be a very anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety so the process is an enjoyable experience for all. It is important for children to attend transition or orientation programs offered by schools. Familiarisation is often key to reducing stress levels. It is also important for parents to talk to their children about their expectations and being more responsible for their own needs.
Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing Coordinator
Resource Centre News
It has been wonderful to catch up with students returning to school and to meet the new students. I have met many students during their library orientation with their English classes and I am excited to hear what books people will be enjoying. 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 time to see what books are on offer in the library and to reserve a book that you’ve been looking forward to reading.
If you still have any books from the library at home, please ensure you bring them back so that others can borrow them.
Have you found our 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). It’s a great way to access books during uncertain times. Find out more here: mountalexandercollege.wheelers.co
Meg Dunley, Resource Centre, Communications and Marketing Manager
VCE Unit 1 Empires
In VCE Unit 1 Empires, our history students have been examining how empires, slavery and the colonisation of parts of the world continue to impact our world in the 21st century.
Preeti Maharaj, VCE Empires Teacher
Why do different interpretations of history exist?
The way in which we, as a society, interpret history is dependent not only on the perspective from which it is told, but also the way in which it is passed down through generations. The main way that history is recalled and passed down is through the education system, where important and significant historical events are taught in order for students to be aware of the past, and gain an understanding of how the past affects the present. However, in British schools, students are not taught colonial history, a significant part of Britain’s past that informs many cultural, political and economic dynamics around the world today. Instead, the majority of the curriculum focuses on the country’s political and religious history. The lack of diversity within the curriculum contributes to differing interpretations of history, as women and People of Colour are often not given the opportunity to express their perspective on historical events. Jeremy Corbyn proposed that students should be taught colonial history, a proposal that was met with opposition and criticism, including claims that doing so would ‘talk down’ the successes of the nation, and that ‘bad things’ are inevitable and excusable in the name of building an empire.
Due to the apprehension surrounding colonial history in the British education system, many students are unaware of their country’s past, and the ongoing detrimental impacts that it has had on Indigenous populations around the world. The displacement, exploitation and economic downfall faced by many nations as a direct result of the British Empire cannot be excused, but is also not being properly acknowledged. Due to this, different interpretations of history arise; for those who have not been educated on the true effects of British colonialism, their perspective on the matter will be vastly different to that of an Indigenous person whose ancestors were directly impacted by colonisation.
Ella-Lucia Ferella, Graduate of 2023 (Year 11)
What is critical race theory?
Critical race theory is a framework with the concept of how race is a social construct which is inherent in political structures. It is used to understand racial disparities and how history still affects racial minorities even after many laws and policies have been abolished. Critical race theory is used to analyse racism systematically and how it plays a role in societal structures. Examples of this are seen in economical gaps throughout history, preventing racial minorities from amassing wealth. The understanding of critical race theory is significant in how race and racism is taught because of who had the power to tell and ‘create’ history. If people “move past” race, it disregards the systemic racism that People of Colour continue to face. By disregarding these issues and challenges, it shows ignorance towards the history of racial minorities because of who has the privilege and power to teach history. Critical race theory is important in understanding how history continues to affect political and societal structures.
Faith Quah, Above Entry 10
Why do different interpretations of history exist?
Different interpretations of history exist due to primary and secondary sources of information containing prejudice, knowledge gaps and miscommunication.
Interpretation is like an ar tform. History has been written in many ways to paint a specific narrative that the author wants to convey. Whether someone’s perception uses Critical Race Theory (CRT) or not will drastically change the eye history is seen and interpreted. CRT highlights structural racism disparities endured in our society and without it used in interpretations of history, the narrative will be untrue and not fair to the minorities affected by the topic. Primary and secondary sources of information also play a huge role in the interpretation of history. It connects to CRT and lived experience in the sense that it can be twisted and miscommunicated. Primary sources are first-hand and an accurate account of an event and secondary sources involve analysis of the second source. Through these analyses, prejudice and opinions can be weaved in to curate different and sometimes contradictory versions of the story. Knowledge gaps are also another reason as to why there are different interpretations. For if someone isn’t fully educated on a topic or a specific moment in history, the story they tell will have missed a scene and will therefore be incomplete. Different interpretations exist because opinions within the narrative will be different due to one’s beliefs. Prejudice, a lack of knowledge and/or bias can all contribute to the projection of the story that historians choose to use.
Rudy Cropper, Above Entry 9
Lunar New Year
The Chinese class celebrated the Lunar New Year with a dragon dance around the school to with everyone a prosperous year and to welcome the Year of Tiger
Students performed the Russian story in Japanese as part of the orientation using drama and language in learning.
Japanese students are learning to read and write Hiragana (first year learner) and Katakana (second year learner) in levels.
MAC Parents & Friends
Calling for all interested parents and friends of Mount Alexander College to get involved with this dynamic group.
Are you interested in writing the minutes, leading the group, running the fundraisers, chairing the meetings, running the secondhand uniform shop or just coming along to help support our school?
The PFA has a rich history of getting ‘things’ done, coordinating working bees that have extensively beautified the grounds, running Bunnings Sausage Sizzles, organising a number of very successful and fun Trivia Nights along with Board Games nights, parent nights, just to name a few.
During school terms, MAC Parents and Friends meets at 6:00 pm in the Resource Centre once a month on the first Monday of the month. Meetings are publicised in the school newsletter, and on the events calendar. Access is via the Wellington Street entrance. All members and new members are warmly invited to attend.
All new parents to the school are welcome. To go on the mailing list and receive notifications of our forthcoming meetings, either complete the contact form, or send an email to the PFA: email@example.com
Join the MAC Parents and Friends conversation over on the PFA Facebook Group
Next PFA Meeting
The next MAC Parents & Friends Association’s meeting is Monday 7 March at 6.00 pm. Contact the MAC Parents and Friends to stay in contact with them about what the format will be: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondhand Uniform Shop
If you are looking for a high-quality uniform item at a heavily reduced price, you may find it at the Second-Hand Uniform Shop. The Second-hand Uniform Shop is operated by the MAC Parents & Friends Association with all profits going directly back to the school.
Where: Makerspace next door to the General Office
When: The first Monday of the month during school terms from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Prices: 50–70% off the RRP
How to pay: CASH ONLY
Queries from Parents/Carers prior to visiting the Shop are welcome. Please email your uniform query to: email@example.com or contact Parent Volunteer Clare on 0467 044 255.
Donations: Parents are invited to send any uniforms to school with their children, who can then drop them off at the General Office via the attendance window, next to the Compass kiosk. Please note that any donations must be in good condition, washed and ready for sale.
Clare Mendes (shop volunteer), MAC Parents & Friends
Community News and Advertising
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