MAC News 04 2020

Principal’s Report

Dear MAC Community

We have survived three weeks of remote learning and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Daily attendance on average has been 90 – 91% and has been above the State average in comparison to similar schools. 

I have had the opportunity of visiting a number of classes virtually and have been impressed with the level of student engagement and the incredible work our teachers are doing. We are constantly refining our processes and pedagogy. Teachers are now incorporating the use of breakout rooms on Zoom, which are proving effective for group work and opportunities for teachers to provide individual feedback to students. I am pleased with the way students have adapted and thank them for their patience when things do not always go to plan. 

There is no doubt that the workload has increased for teachers, some reporting spending 1 – 2 hours planning per lesson.  In addition, they are canvassing many more emails from students and parents, which they are trying respond to in a timely manner. Despite this, their spirits are high and enthusiasm unwavering. I would also like to acknowledge the tremendous work of our Learning Support Officers who are working remotely with the PSD students and again doing an incredible job.

Thank you to the parents who have provided feedback here is some of what you have said:

  • “Thanks to all the amazing teachers and staff at Mount Alexander College. You are doing a fabulous job. My (noisy) child is enjoying classes! Great work MAC as ever!!”
  • “Fantastic!”
  • “Big thumbs up too. Congratulations MAC and thank you for all the hard work and planning that has obviously been put in place.”
  • “Impressive!”
  • “Well done to all the teachers!! You are all doing such an awesome job!!”
  • “My son who has autism is finding it really nice. He is working hard and even though he struggles to understand everything and get the technology working he is trying his best to keep up. He is really enjoying working alone without the noise and distractions haha.”
  • “Well done to all the teachers.”
  • “Thank you to all the wonderful teachers at such a hard time.”
  • “As a parent I feel that home schooling is moving along nicely. Transitions been easy and I also believe my sons able to manage his work better with less distractions.”
  • “Keep up the great work Mac”
  • “I’m very impressed at how smoothly yesterday went! My son seems focused and motivated – this could be his best term yet!”
  • “I’ve been impressed at how well the online learning went yesterday. My daughter was so engaged and happy to be learning again. Thanks for all the hard work!!”
  • “Both my boys were really looking forward to remote learning & they were not disappointed. MAC is doing a great job amidst all this uncertainty.”
  • “I think it’s been a really impressive starting point: what could have been disaster has gone well and I think that’s a credit to the school leadership team and support staff, the teachers and equally our children who have all shown a willingness to adapt and do things differently. Well done MAC team. Imagine the resilient, innovative and agile community we’ll be when we come through the other side!!!”
  • “Well done MAC teaching and support staff ”
  • “Thanks to everyone for a smooth transition to online learning. Teachers working remotely, teachers volunteering to go to school to supervise, the admin team, leadership. You’re all amazing. I know how hard you’ve all worked over the holidays to get this up and running and we are all learning as we go, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.”
  • “I’m honestly shocked at how well this is working.”

A huge thank you to all parents and carers who are assisting students at home and to those who are also balancing work commitments.

Some students and parents have asked whether schools will reopen on May 11. At this stage until there is further advice from the Premier of Victoria and the Chief Health Officer, schools will remain closed until the end of term. The current advice continues to be, that all children who can learn at home must learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances, such as:

  1. children whose parents/carers can’t work from home
  2. vulnerable students without access to a suitable learning environment at home
  3. small groups of VCE and VCAL students where the learning requirements cannot be conducted at home.

We continue to have limited staff onsite and have had between 3 – 8 students at school on daily basis. Thank you for doing your part in slowing the spread of COVID 19.

A final note: Recently there has been some discussion in the media regarding the negative impact of remote learning on students. Whilst we all know that some students will be impacted more than others it might be worth thinking about the following. What If Instead Of Being Behind These Kids Are Ahead

I look forward to seeing you all soon.  In the meantime, please take care and stay safe.

Ms Dani Angelico, Principal

Inside this issue:

What does Remote Learning look like from Bangladesh?

Nuren doing his remote learning from Bangladesh
Nuren doing his remote learning from Bangladesh

Yeah, It’s weird being somewhere else and still going to school… I’m in Bangladesh, which has a 4 hour time difference, and it’s lucky for me, because with daylight savings time also, it would’ve been 5 hours.  I wake up at 4:30 every single morning to get to remote school on time, then it’s what you would do (assuming you are a student) every single day until 3:20 pm (11:20 am for me), then it’s anything I want to do until 8:30 pm, then it’s bedtime, and it is that early so that I get about 8 hours of sleep, which is about what I need my self as an individual. Usually, I take an hour nap after school, then wake up at 12:30 pm, and then go about my normal day for 8 hours, playing video games, completing assignments, watching the television etc., and midst the breaks, I like to play video games or whatnot, just like a normal person. Lockdown is also not the best, but we are allowed to go outside for supplies but in Bangladesh, no one wants to go outside for anything but supplies, unless you do extracurricular activities, which I don’t myself, but my aunt’s house is nearby so sometimes we go there, and it is legal, as we are allowed to visit family members, and yeah, that’s my life in a nutshell, and it’s not all bad, but weekends is the best because I can sleep in-No Remote Schooling.

Nuren Zayyan

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Maths ideas for home

* Image by Dean Norris from Pixabay

Want more mathematics? Here are some mathematics ideas families could do at home:

See also the Made by Maths App – there’s a flyer at the end of the newsletter, or you can download it here.

Justine Johnston, Head of Maths

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Welcome to our new Entry leaders

I am thrilled to announce that MAC has four new leaders ready to step up and represent their peers. While I am a little sad that we are not at school to celebrate their appointments properly, I am already impressed with their hard work and dedication to the role.  Their role will include exciting jobs such as: representing the school at upcoming Primary school Q&A nights; checking in with their peers to see how remote learning is going; attending virtual leadership meetings; and many more opportunities to show how great they are. 

Ms Stevanovic and I are very much looking forward to the new insights the Entry team will bring to Student Leadership at MAC.

Flora
Hilary Menard
Junes Valachovic
Raqiya Mohamed

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Runci, Junior School Transition and Programs Coordinator

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Student Leadership Team reflects on #remotelearningatMAC

Since we have been working and learning remotely, the Student Leadership Team have been collaboratively working on ways to continue to engage our whole school community. We’re meeting weekly via Zoom to share ideas about how we can keep connected during this challenging time.

Some of the Student Leadership Team practising the Spoon Pass

This week we kicked off our first Student Leadership Team’s project: the Spoon Pass Challenge. Poseidon students (Brendon, Lotte, Bethany, Inas, Violet, Bilhah, Liam, Faith, Lachlan and Jerry), Head of House (Sophie Dalabiras) and Mentor teacher (Kate Stevanovic) gave up their lunch break to work together to create the Spoon Pass short video. We invite all students and classes to get involved in creating their own Spoon Pass to share with us.

Our Arts Student Leader, Maya, has been working with Mr Dal Forno to set up and create an Remote Arts Competition and Exhibition. It’s such a great way that we all can share our experiences with learning and working remotely. Fortnightly themes and updates will be shared with our MAC community while we are working remotely.

Bilhah, our Science Student Leader has also been hard at work putting together science resources for you to get involved in. This week we saw the first of her installments with the star-gazing guide for 2020.

There’s also plenty of other projects we have lined up while we are living our remote working and learning lives. Keep an eye out for more updates on Student Leadership Team challenges and projects through Compass. We invite you to continue to get involved and share your experiences through photos, videos and comments.

The Spoon Pass Challenge

We asked our Student Leadership Team to tell us about the ups and downs of remote learning. Here’s what some of them had to say.

Lotte’s cat ‘helping’ her with her school work

“Adjusting to remote learning life has been a challenge for most. Personally I have struggled being away from friends and the routine of school has been hard. Although remote learning isn’t my preferred learning environment, there have been some positives! Learning from home means I can stay in comfy clothes, it has also given me a lot of free time to keep in touch with friends through social media. Remote learning definitely has been a good learning experience but I honestly can’t wait till we go back to normal school life.” – Lotte

“This is a picture of me at my home work space” – Flora

“This term we are doing remote learning at first I was like oh my gosh I am so scared that I am going to do something wrong or mess something up. But then I realised remote learning is fun and not that hard so I believe I have adjusted really well. There has been some challenges but that’s what you can expect sometimes when you try something new I believe that I am not the only person with this challenge but I think that the work load is fine the challenging part is having to hand it in like the exact same day as you where assigned it.

I have talked to some friend or two and they think that online learning is fun.
Thanks for hearing my point of view for online learning.” – Flora
Here is my photo of what my online learning looks like. – Hilary
“Things that have worked well for me are knowing what I am doing in the class and getting to my zoom meetings on time. Some things that are better than what I thought is that it is easier to get my work done and I am not distracted even though I have so many things around me that would distract me. Some challenges that I have found are not being able to get into zoom because it was saying the password was wrong. The way I got over that is by saying it on the google classroom so the teacher can send me a new link. All of my friends are enjoying the fact that we can learn at out homes and we can still communicate even though it isn’t in person.” – Hilary
You can see more images of #remotelearningatMAC on Instagram
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Healthy habits during remote learning

An image of a ripe looking apple
*Image from Pixabay

Some ways to maintain a healthy routine while social distancing and staying home:

  • Getting ready – Get up, get dressed, have a shower, even if you aren’t leaving the house!
  • Eat healthy meals at your normal time – now could even be a good time to try out a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try for a while and haven’t had a change.
  • Go for walks or runs to give yourself a bit of fresh air (you can even go for a walk or run on opposite sides of the street with a friend you may be missing!)
  • Get plenty of sleep! Just because you don’t necessarily have to wake up the next morning doesn’t mean you should stay up all night!
  • Do things you enjoy! Don’t spend all your time reading for school, exercising or cleaning your room. Watch a movie you’ve been meaning to watch for ages! Practice an instrument you haven’t picked up for months! Video chat your best friend and watch a Netflix show together over Facetime!
Check out these links if you need some at-home inspiration or motivation:
Konrad Sosnowski, Head of Apollo House

Helping your teen to stick to a routine

A transmasculine gender-nonconforming person sitting on a bed.
*Image from the Gender Spectrum Collection

If all sense of routine has gone out the door at the moment at home, you’re not alone. There’s no question: coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in huge changes to our daily life. These changes might mean that usual routines such as school and work look dramatically different.

It can be tricky to know how to adapt and keep things running in the household. ReachOut have created a planner template to help you make a schedule and routine for the family.  To access the template and read further tips: https://parents.au.reachout.com/common-concerns/everyday-issues/things-to-try-exam-stress/helping-your-teen-to-stick-to-a-routine

Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing

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Student Wellbeing: Resilience

An image of a girl dressed as a superhero with a blue mask on. She is wearing a school uniform and there are words on the image saying "Resilience is key to addressing mental health issues. We need to allow our kids to experience adversity. There is a tendency to shield our kids because parents have become a bit over-protective." Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
*Image from SchoolTV

Resilience is important for a child’s mental health. It is their ability to bounce back from failure, challenges, adversity and stress. It’s not something that kids have or don’t have but a skill that kids develop over time as they grow. Building resilience not only helps a child deal with current difficulties, but it also helps develop a resilient mindset that will help them deal with challenges later in life. All children are capable of working through challenges and coping with stress, but they require guidance and support from a charismatic adult role model.

Watch the SchoolTV news item on Resilience:

www.mountalexandercollege.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/resilience

Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing
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Resource Centre News

Even though the school library is closed due to COVIC-19 and you can’t borrow the physical books, staff and students still have access to digital resources.

Eplatform

Lots of people have logged into the Eplatform where there are over 2500 ebooks and audiobooks. If you haven’t yet logged in, make sure you used your Mount Alexander College Google details to sign in. Some of the new releases that have been popular are:

Eplatform URL: https://mountalexandercollege.wheelers.co/

Student book club

The virtual book club for students kicked off this week on Wednesday during lunch time. If you missed joining in, it will run every Wednesday at 1.30, so the next one will be on Wednesday 6 May. Email Meg Dunley for more information.

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge has kicked off and all students in Years 7 to 10 should have now received their log in details from their English teacher. Log into the VPRC at https://vprc.eduweb.vic.gov.au/home You need to click on the VPRC log in box and then enter the ID and Password that your teacher gave you. If you need help, send me an email.

There are a couple of Premier’s Reading Challenge book shelves in the Eplatform that should help you to complete the challenge:

MAC Reading Recommendations

Check out the MAC Reading Recommendations for how to log into the eplatform, details on the VPRC and what I’ve been reading. https://sites.google.com/mountalexandercollege.vic.edu.au/macreadingrecommendations/home

Also, if you haven’t yet seen Infiniti, you might find something in there to interest you. There are links to fantastic resources for teachers, students and parents while we are in a state of Remote Learning.

Meg Dunley, Resource Centre Manager

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MobileMuster Video Competition

Cartoonish image of a gender neutral person with a video camera
*Image from Pixabay

Have a great idea about recycling that you want to make into a video?

MobileMuster have a competition for you!

To enter the competition students must create a one minute video encouraging their community to recycle. It is a great way for students with a passion for film making and the environment to get creative at home. The winning film in each category will receive a JB Hi-Fi voucher valued at $5,000. Film entries are due 21 September 2020 and the winners will be showcased during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week in November.

www.mobilemuster.com.au/competition/

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UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

From bushfire science using smart satellites and Indigenous know how, to vaccine development, citizen science apps tracking insect population decline, and science that literally creates water from air, in 800 words, describe some scientific research that has delivered a solution that you believe could change the future for our planet.

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review.

The details can be found from here

Man Lam, Head of Science

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MAC Art Competition

Flyer for an art competition for the whole MAC Community of producing a piece of still life art using nature
The MAC Art Competition is open to the whole MAC Community. Email your image to mrdalforno@mountalexandercollege.vic.edu.au Entries close on 15 May.
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Poseidon news and reflections

On some level, it feels as though we are living in a parallel universe. We have found ourselves in a moment in time where adaptation has been more important than ever before. We have all had to make changes to the way we think and conduct our daily lives. Education, teaching and learning has been no exception.

I am incredibly proud of our students – they have taken all these changes in their stride. They are committed to their learning, they are actively participating in online learning sessions and on a personal level, I can say I am truly grateful for their patience and perseverance when it comes to the numerous technical challenges not only that they have been faced with, but also with mine. A big thank you to those students that have guided me along the way.

Poseidon student leaders also continue to make me proud.  During lunchtime last Tuesday Bethany, Brendan, Violet, Inas, Lotte, Jerry and Bilhah, together with Lachlan, Faith, Liam, Kate Stevaanovic and myself met via ZOOM for a spoon pass challenge. What a great idea and what a lot of fun it was engaging in a way that to some extent has become the new ‘normal’. These amazing students continue to come up with engaging ideas and activities which includes asking other Houses to step up to the challenge.

A special thank you to all the parents who are supporting their student at home and for their positive and encouraging feedback. Your communication with me has made this experience rewarding.

Sophie Dalabiras, Head of Poseidon House

“I like home learning because I find it easier to concentrate. I am still able to do fun activities during class to keep me engaged. Something that’s on the downside is that it is easy to forget you have another class on and sometimes I find myself getting caught up in something and then remembering I have class in the next few minutes! All in all, I think that home learning is a cool learning experience but I am definitely waiting to get back to school to see all of my friends.” Faith Quah, POA

“Remote learning is a new experience for all of us teachers and students. Some people have adapted to it, some people are still getting used to it. Personally, I like online learning as a solution to this problem. It is engaging, interactive and fun. I think most of us prefer going to school since it is easier to learn there and you get to see your friends, but remote learning is a creative solution.” Alexandros Marangidis POB

Junes’ Remote Learning setup

“I have actually been very happy with the way remote learning has been going. One thing that has gone very well is that I get nice, hot lunches, instead of sandwiches. In fact today I had a delicious grilled cheese sandwich with corned beef. But moving on from the topic of food, I find it much easier to concentrate in class without all the outside distractions, and I find that I get more work done too. Something that worked better than expected was the quality of the Zoom meetings. I thought, since everybody would be on one server, that the internet connection would slow down and the video and audio quality would be bad, but it’s actually pretty good. I miss seeing my friends face-to-face though, so that’s one downside to it.” Junes Valachovic, POE

Finn’s Remote Learning setup

“It’s week three of online learning and it’s going really well for me. It’s pretty similar to regular school in my opinion. I get up early in the morning, exercise, make my breakfast and go to school, except the only difference is instead of taking a 20 minutes public transport ride to school, it’s just a 10 second walk to my desk. That’s a big upside I’ve found to online learning, you don’t have to worry about being late to school, it just takes a matter of seconds to get there. There are other upsides to online learning, the work is much simpler so that you don’t have to worry about getting bad marks and after a quick zoom meeting, the teacher gives you the work and sends you off to do your own thing. There are some downsides to online learning though. If your parents are out of the house or you work in your room it is super easy to just get off track and watch Youtube videos so you don’t do your work, it’s also really annoying that you can’t talk to your friends face to face unless the teacher decides to do break rooms and make us do work. But even with those downsides only learning has been going really really well for me and I hope that it’s going well for everyone as well.” Finn Darlington, POC

Juyoung’s Remote Learning setup

“I was honestly a bit nervous when remote learning started because I wasn’t too sure of how we were supposed to learn online but after a few days of remote learning, I’m really enjoying not waking up super early and going to school on public transportation for almost an hour. I feel like I’m getting more work done during remote learning since I don’t have anyone to talk to next to me. But I’m definitely missing hanging out with my friends and getting to talk to everyone in person :)” Juyoung Yoon POA

“As you may know many students around the world have started online learning. Online learning has been very different to our usual learning. Here are some pros and cons based on my experience on online learning so far. Some pros are that it provides students to work on their responsibility and independence skills. It gives them a lot more comfort as they are in their own home. It also allows students to have a lot more freedom between classes and at lunch/snack times. Personally, it’s been giving me a lot of time to exercise and cook. Some cons are that we miss lots of events that we would be doing at school. We also miss interacting with our teaching, friends and peers. It’s a bit harder to focus at home as there are a lot of distractions and it’s also harder to get in touch with the teachers when you are having trouble with the work. I have enjoyed online learning so far and hope that in no time everyone will get better and our usual school learning will be back soon.”  Zoe Tsironis POD

Bethany’s Remote Learning setup

“Day 1 of remote learning at home was definitely the toughest. However as the weeks progressed, it got much easier. Classes are well prepared and it is easy to engage in the learning, as well as with class mates and teachers. It’s a bit exhausting looking at a screen all day, but the breaks are very handy especially if your pantry is nearby.”  Bethany Tang POE

“Online learning, for me, has been a significant uphill challenge. I have a workload comparable to my mother’s doctoral program, because four of my subjects involve a lot of writing: English, Legal Studies, Business Management and Global Empires. Much of the work is cumulative too, which means that each successive assignment depends on the previous one. This increases the importance of performing well in assignments. Being at home provides greater opportunities for distraction, like listening to music, spending time on social media and eating in the kitchen. Fortunately, I have been managing well and I am up to date with all my work. The situation has also been improving as I get more aware of what I need to do. Overall, I think the school’s execution of online learning has been exceptional. They have been patient in allowing teachers, students and parents to learn how to navigate this new system. Online learning is a great form of education that can allow persons to continue their education and learn with others, especially in times like these. However, I believe this style of learning should only be reserved for flexible online courses and degrees, where there are fewer timetabled classes and persons can work at their own pace. Also, education should be about building relationships with others through interactions and socialisation, which could be undermined by the isolated nature of online learning.”  Brendon Henry POC

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Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Mount Alexander College is excited to be participating. A new application is being used this year that 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.

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 4 September 2020.

Children from Year 7 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

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 booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

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What is mindfulness and why is it important

Mindfulness is a special way of paying attention that can help with how you cope with everyday life, or bounce back from tough times, and there are great benefits for your physical and mental health.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they are:

  • Focused on the present moment
  • Not worrying about anything that went on in the past or that might be coming up in
  • future
  • Purposefully concentrating on what’s happening around them and to them
  • Not being judgmental about anything they notice

We spend so much time thinking over stuff that happens or worrying about things that may be happening in future, that often we actually forget to appreciate or enjoy the moment. Mindfulness is a way of bringing us back to experience life as it happens. When you’re mindful, it:

  • Gives you a clear head
  • Slows down your thoughts
  • Slows down your nervous system,
  • Gives your body time to heal
  • Let’s you relax
  • Helps you cope with stress
  • Helps you be more aware of yourself, your body and the environment

Situations where mindfulness can be relevant

Mindfulness is something that everyone can develop, and it’s something that everyone stands to gain from. It’s been practiced for thousands of years, with origins in Eastern philosophy, and over the past 40 years, it has taken root in western societies. People practice increasing their mindfulness in everyday life, such as through:

  • Meditation
  • Doing yoga and only focusing on your yoga moves

But it has also been incorporated into therapy such as:

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy

Why would I want to build mindfulness?

You can build mindfulness using a lot of different strategies, and it will have a good impact on your physical and mental health. People who are mindful:

  • Have decreased anxiety
  • Have decreased depression
  • Are less angry or moody
  • Have a better memory
  • Are able to learn more easily
  • Are able to solve problems easily
  • Are happier
  • Are more emotionally stable
  • Have better breathing
  • Have lower heart rates
  • Have improved circulation
  • Have better immunity
  • Sleep better and are better able to cope with pain
  • Have a better sense of who they are

References and further information: www.reachout.com.au

Michelle Hynson, School Health Promotion Nurse, Monday and Tuesday

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Q&A for prospective families to MAC

Thinking about where to send your child for secondary school?

Join our online Q&A session for prospective families to MAC to find out how MAC delivers education, what vertical learning means, and what it’s like to be a student at a school that is student-led and student-centred.

The panel from MAC will have Principal Dani Angelico, Junior School Programs and Transitions Coordinator Claire Runci, and Transition Officer Joanna Krasopoulaki. They will be joined by a selection of students who will happily answer questions about student life at MAC.

When: Thursday 14 May @ 7pm
Where: Online conference via Zoom (make sure you download the app prior to the event)

Bookings are essential. https://www.trybooking.com/BJLZA

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Marine Biology class excursion to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Marine Biology went on a virtual excursion to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. They had to find organisms belonging to each section of the marine exhibit.  The students found it pretty interesting and it was a cool take on an excursion when we are so isolated.

Students were then given the choice of ten experiments to complete at home and to create a practical poster on. All of these experiments relate back to marine biology/water properties in some way:

  • create a water filter
  • interactions between water and oil
  • density of saltwater
  • ocean currents
  • ocean acidification on shells
  • creating plastic alternatives from milk
  • surface tension and adhesion of water
  • water flow and pressure
  • water cycle in a jar
  • oobleck.

See below for some great examples of the work students have done.

 
Zoe Tisironis’s poster on the density of water
Ella-Lucia’s poster on Ocean Acidification
Marta’s poster on Oil Spills (1)
Marta’s poster on Oil Spills (2)
Maya’s poster on Ocean Currents
Tibian’s poster on Prepping a fish
If you want to have a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, visit:  https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/z_tour-155.html  

Stephanie Balaburov, Biology Teacher and Head of Artemis House

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Message to our students in China during COVID19

Click the image to see the message from Study Melbourne

As a Victorian government school principal, I’d like to send a message to all of our Chinese international students and their families, to those who are impacted by the travel bans associated with the coronavirus. We understand how frustrating it must be for all of you not being able to come over here and we miss you. We’d like to get you back here as soon as possible. In our schools we have teachers and coordinators that are wanting to help and support. So please stay in touch with us. So do reach out to your schools and certainly when you do come back, we’ll have lots of support in place. Some of you are being contacted with your homestay families and they are really concerned for you, and they are ready to welcome you back with open arms when you are able to get back to Australia.  Our school communities are really missing you and it’s just not the same. You’re a huge part of what we do here in Victoria and we can’t wait to get you over here as soon as possible.

Watch the video: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/BIqCgj7Epx1OaY6L859Vwg

Upcoming events for international students: https://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/help-and-support/support-for-students-coronavirus

Dani Angelico, Principal and Siwei Li, International Student Coordinator

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Walk or Run 50km for the month of May

During this time of remote working and learning at MAC have been encouraging you to continue to get and be involved in regular physical activity. Being physically active not only is great for keeping your body fit but also your mind fit and healthy as well.

During the month of May the annual May 50k fundraiser is launched. This campaign is aimed at raising funds for research into finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a condition of the central nervous system. Diagnosis often occurs between the ages of 20-40, but there are younger people who are also living with this condition. There is no cure yet for MS so getting behind this could help to contribute towards finding a cure.

Right now in our remote and social distancing lives, this is a great motivator for individuals and teams to get out, be physical and contribute to a good cause. MAC have created a Team page you can join here, you can also take part without joining by tracking your walking or running distance across the month of May and sharing weekly updates through emailing Ms Stevanovic so we can track our MAC leaderboard.

Download the PDFs here:

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Community News and Advertising

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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 mount.alexander.712@edumail.vic.gov.au

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

2018 Yearbook

2017 Writers Hub Short Stories

Community School Since 1858

Mount Alexander College is located where Flemington National School was established in 1858. The school, which has undergone many changes, has always served the community.

Contact Us

Email: mount.alexander.712@education.vic.gov.au
Phone: 0393761622
Fax: 0393765232
Address: 167–175 Mount Alexander Road Flemington VIC 3031
Provider No.: 00861K

Mount Alexander College is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K). For further information refer to www.study.vic.gov.au.

Mount Alexander College acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, the Traditional Owners of the land on whose unceded lands the school stands, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.