MAC News 1 2020
News from the Principal
It has been a great start to the year. I’d like to especially welcome our 125 Entry and 50 new students to the school. It is great to see these students settling well into the school, making sense of their timetables and finding their classes, making new friends and developing positive relationships with their teachers. We also welcome a number of new staff to the school: Maddison Whyte (English/Humanities), Phoebe Lorenz (English/Humanities), Alex O’Brien (English/Humanities), Michael Fiddian (English/Humanities), Vivian Duong (Maths/Science), Louisa Xia (Maths), Sumaia El Sayed (Science), Alison Lovett (Careers and Pathways Coordinator) and Maria Bucknell (Vocal Instrumental Music). I would like to congratulate all students for their great start and the way they have positively responded to the Department’s Mobile Phone Policy. It has been great to see many more students engaging in conversation at recess and lunch rather than being face down and absorbed in their own world. I would like to thank in advance the Make-it Mark-et Art and Graphics class for taking the initiative in fundraising for the bushfire victims. I look forward to hearing about their success and encourage you to get behind this cause. I am looking forward to the plethora of activities this term including the Swimming Sports, Entry Camp and Entry and New Families BBQ, the Above Entry to Graduate Parent Information Evening, MAC Book Launch just to mention a few. I look forward to the year ahead and look forward to working with you all and of course meeting the new members of our MAC Community.
New format for newsletter
You may have noticed that the newsletter is in a different format this year. We are committed to providing timely and relevant news to the school community. In order to do this we have moved to a web-based newsletter that will be produced every three weeks of each term. You will find the newsletter publication dates on the Events page, and you can find links to the past issues of newsletters on the Publications page.
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During the day there will be tours of the school at 9.15 and 12.15, then in the evening there will be an information session, questions and answers and a tour of the key learning areas of the school.
Spread the word and make bookings via: www.trybooking.com/BIJKO
PFA Family Games Night
MAC Parents & Friends are hosting their next tabletop family games night on Thursday 26 March and all MAC families invited. Playing board games is a wonderful way for parents to spend quality time with their children and with others. This is an opportunity to learn how to play modern, fun games with your children, showcase traditional games from your culture and meet other parents in the school. If you have board games or card games at home, please bring it along. The children’s favourites such as Pokemon and Magic the Gathering are welcome. If you do not have games, come anyway, we will have extra games available for all families. Or you could come and teach us the traditional games from your culture – such as Go, Mancala, Scopa etc.
You’ll find the PFA events via: www.mountalexandercollege.vic.edu.au/events/category/pfa-events/
Term 1 2020 Planner
Download the Term 1 2020 Planner to stick on the fridge. All events are on the Events page on the website as well
You may be aware that cases of novel coronavirus have been reported predominantly in the city of Wuhan, China. The Australian Government has advised that there is no cause for alarm with respect to the coronavirus and that the risk to the Australian public remains low.
Janice Li, the International Student Coordinator has been in contact with all Chinese International Students and their families, none of whom come from the affected areas in China. All are well and almost all students have already arrived in Australia and have settled into their home stay. We understand there are likely travel restrictions for Wuhan and surrounding municipalities, which may delay a small number of international students from commencing or returning to study in Term 1.
A reminder to all families from the Canteen:
- there no lunch orders on the shortened Wednesday
- ALL lunch orders must be done online. The canteen are no longer able to accept lunch orders other than online.
Bocca Foods have issued a new price list and menu for the 2020. Download the Canteen price list from the Canteen Page on our website
Register for online ordering through boccafoods.com.au for:
- No queues
- Easy online payments
- 5% discount
- Order until 10:30 am on the same day
Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.
SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, among others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.
Mural project for Entry students
Make-it Mark-et students at MAC donated their time to prepare 12 large boards for a mural project run today by student leaders. All entry students participated in completing the artwork during the incursion.
School Council Nominations
The School Council nominations are now open and will close on Monday 17 February. Please consider joining the School Council as it is a wonderful way to contribute to the future of our school.
The two-year tenure positions that are open for nomination are:
– two (2) parent members
– two (2) Department members
– three (3) community members.
Completed nomination forms need to be brought into the General Office before 4pm on Monday 17 February.
The Department of Education has a webpage dedicated to school councils where you can find out more about the function of a school council, and the training that is available for new members.