MAC News 01 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.

Any feedback can be directed to

Open Day

Bookings are now open for our 2020 Open Day which will be on Thursday 12 March.

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:







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:

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

Term 1 2020 Events for Parents


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.

Read more…

Canteen News

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 for:

  • No queues
  • Easy online payments
  • 5% discount
  • Order until 10:30 am on the same day

Read more…


It’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children.

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.

You can access SchoolTV via our Student Wellbeing page or directly (

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.

Download the Schedule 4 Notice of Election and call for Nominations

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.…/Pages/schoolcouncils.aspx 

Privacy Reminder

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website Privacy Policy page.

For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information also available in nine community languages. 

Community News and Advertising



MAC News Deadlines

The MAC News is published on the Friday every three weeks of the school term.

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

Term 1 2020

  • MAC News 1 - Wednesday 12 February
  • MAC News 2 - Wednesday 4 March
  • MAC News 3 - Wednesday 25 March

Term 2 2020

  • MAC News 4 - Wednesday 29 April
  • MAC News 5 - Wednesday 20 May
  • MAC News 6 - Wednesday 10 June

Term 3 2020

  • MAC News 7 - Wednesday 29 July
  • MAC News 8 - Wednesday 19 August
  • MAC News 9 - Wednesday 9 September

Term 4

  • MAC News 10 - Wednesday 14 October
  • MAC News 11 - Wednesday 11 November
  • MAC News 12 - Wednesday 2 December

Upcoming Events

  1. Return to school

    October 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Whole School Assembly – School Captains 2021

    October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  3. School Council

    October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Shortened Day

    October 28 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2019 Yearbook

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2017 Writers Hub Short Stories