MAC News 7 2020

Principal’s Report

Dear MAC Community

Welcome to Term 3 for all our students who are remote learning or coming into school. I am so proud of the way our whole school community has shown resilience during these difficult times. The support our families and staff shown to the families who live in the public housing estate during the hard lockdown reassured me of the kindness of human spirit. During these difficult times, human kindness is essential.

While the school is restricted to staff and students in the Graduate years, it has been encouraging to see the strong engagement that the students have in their subjects. A handful of students who are unable to learn from home are now doing their remote learning in the Resource Centre. The students who have been attending school, have shown great spirit each morning as they are temperature tested. I want to thank staff and in particular the students who are wearing their masks, and those who are sporting homemade ones, which are both creative and colourful. A big thank you to Ms Marie Matiszig and Ms Kate Stevanoivic, who have been busy sewing masks for staff and students.  The Department has now delivered a healthy supply of disposable masks and a small supply of reusable masks for staff.

I would like to welcome Mr Chris Duffy who has started with us this term teaching percussion. Chris is a fantastic addition to our Instrumental Music team. Chris will be with us until the end of the year. He is doing an excellent job given the incredibly challenging task of teaching instrumental music remotely.

The first round of remote learning has given us all the experience to tackle the second round with a more confidence. It has been extremely pleasing to see high rates of engagement from our students. Please note, that a Compass post will be made at the end of each day for students who have not engaged in one or more lessons that day. Please contact the school if you have any concerns. Again, I would like to thank all staff for the work they are doing in preparing and delivering the classes, their support of the students and the support of each other. We couldn’t do this without such a strong team.

Jerry Ng is taking part in the Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Program and is raising funds for batyr, an organisation that supports open honest conversations about mental health with young people by smashing the stigma surrounding mental ill-health and empowering young people to reach out for support. If you are able, please consider supporting Jerry in his fundraising for this worthy cause. Read more about this below

You might also like to read about how to survive and thrive during remote learning.

We have moved online for our information sessions for students transitioning from Entry to Above Entry and Above Entry to Graduate. Please look out for Compass posts regarding these.

In addition, we are conducting online Q&A sessions for prospective students in lieu of the weekly tours. I would like to thank Claire Runci for her organisation and the students who have thus far been involved in leading those sessions. A team of students have been involved in filming and producing a promotional video, which includes a video tour of the school. I would like to thank in particular Josh Coates who is editing the footage. We look forward to seeing the finished product!

Please continue to look after yourselves and your family and stay safe.

Ms Dani Angelico, Principal


Inside this issue


Homework help for Flemington Public Housing students

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Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Program

Last term students at MAC were offered the opportunity to apply for The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program. This program has been running successfully for six years, with over 500 young people from across Victoria’s west graduating with increased leadership skills, social connection and community experiences. Normally, the program is delivered face-to-face, but this year, the program has been delivered across nine local government areas and is designed to engage participants aged between 14 and 16.  The intensive 12-session program offers unique opportunities for young people to build confidence, make new friends and develop skills that will enable them to become leaders in their community. The program aims to shape future leaders by increasing self-awareness, social awareness and community impact. One key aspect to the program is the Social Impact Project, designed to provide the opportunity to develop a project to deliver in the local community which focuses on a local or global social cause. Jerry and Ava were successful in attaining a spot in the program. Here’s what Jerry has had to say. 

Hey everyone!

Jerry here, I’m in Year 10 at MAC and also taking part in the Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Program, a program where a group of selected 14-16 year old students in the Inner-West area are given the support to dedicate their free time to raise awareness, fundraise, and help create changes for certain social issues in the community, through a Social Impact Project. The project I have chosen is mental health, focusing on Young Male Mental Health. I chose this area because I have gone through some tough times myself. Each year, approximately 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental illness. With depression and anxiety being among the most common mental illnesses experienced by young people. One in seven young men experience these each year. On average, more than 8 people take their life every day in Australia; six of which are men. 

The bigger picture? 

Every single day 82 men call an ambulance due to suicidal thoughts or attempts. The suicide rate for males aged 15-24 years old was 20.2%, of the 75% of males who lose their lives to suicide each year. 

So I wanted to reach out to our school and what better way than here. I’m in a group with some other members of the program and we created an Instagram account @wbylmentalking, go give it a follow! 

Our first challenge is to raise money for a charity called, “Batyr.” On 7, 8 and 9 August we are running, yes running, a group challenge of 10km all together (virtually) to raise money for youth mental health. Please support us by donating here https://runfortheherd.gofundraise.com.au/page/MENtalking our goal is $250 with my personal goal of $50 https://runfortheherd.gofundraise.com.au/page/JerryNg. If you cannot donate online I’m happy to collect personal donations at the school so please email/call the school and drop by or find me. 

PLEASE SUPPORT Youth Mental Health by donating now!

Jerry Ng

Kate Stevanovic, Leading Teacher Student Leadership and Empowerment

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Donate life: Organ and Tissue Authority

What is organ and tissue donation?

Organ donation is a life-saving and life-transforming medical process. Organ and tissue donation involves removing organs and tissues from someone who has died (a donor) and transplanting them into someone who, in many cases, is very ill or dying (a recipient).

Why do people need transplants?

People who need an organ transplant are usually very ill or dying because an organ is failing. They range from babies and children through to older people. Around 1,600 people are officially waiting for an organ transplant at any time in Australia. People who need a tissue transplant can also be of any age. In some cases, tissue can save lives. More often, it greatly improves the recipient’s life.

Who can become an organ and tissue donor?

Almost everyone can help others through organ and tissue donation. The governing factors are where and how a donor dies and the condition of their organs and tissues.

While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn’t assume you’re too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor. All major religions support organ and tissue donation for transplantation. Older Australians and people with chronic health conditions can be donors. Only a few medical conditions preclude donation of organs.

People can join the Register at age 16 or above. If you are under 16 years of age it is important to discuss your views on organ and tissue donation with your family.

What organs and tissue can be donated?

Organs that can be transplanted include the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

Tissues that can be transplanted include heart valves and other heart tissue, bone, tendons, ligaments, skin and parts of the eye such as the cornea and sclera.

How does the donation process work?

When a person dies in a situation where they can become an organ and/or tissue donor, the possibility of donation is raised with the family. The Australian Organ Donor Register is checked to find out whether the deceased person had registered their decision regarding organ and tissue donation. A donation specialist will meet with the family to talk about donation. The family of a potential donor is given time to discuss and reach a decision on whether donation will occur. If donation is agreed, documentation will confirm the donation and which organs and tissues are being donated. During and after the process, the donor’s family are supported by DonateLife organ and tissue donation specialist staff. All donations and transplants are performed by specialist medical teams in the Australian public health system.

How do I register to be an Organ and Tissue Donor?

You can go to the following website: https://donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today and complete the details online or through the My Gov, Express Plus Medicare App or completing the application form on the website.

References and more information:

https://donatelife.gov.au/

Michelle Hynson, Secondary School Health Promotion Nurse, Monday and Tuesday.

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Remote Learning – Surviving and Thriving

1. Provide your teenager with regular attention and interest in what they are doing (ask questions, make comments about the activity they are doing, praise them for engaging in a routine). Check in regularly throughout the day for a minute or a timer can help to remind parents to take a break from adult work to check in.

2. Designated activity spaces/ rooms – for desk top tasks, Art tasks, physical exercise, free time can assist students to focus and stay on task for remote learning. Similar to morning and bedtime routines. Visual timetables can help to cue students in to starting/ finishing tasks and managing their time.

3. Present moment activities to help with distractions from the stress of remote living life (e.g., Am I parenting good enough?, Am I doing enough schoolwork/ work? Less focus on thoughts and worries, social media and the news)

1 -5 – min daily meditation

 

 

 

 

 

Learning how to ‘do one thing and one thing only’ takes practice and is a new skill for many of us.

Start with 1 minute or less:

  • Stand in place and describe five things you see, four things you hear, three things you can touch, two things you smell, and one thing you taste
  • A gentle reminder to start or if thoughts wander is to say “5-4-3-2-1” to bring your attention back to the present

Listen to music to relax and be in the moment

Adapted by Gayle Weir (DET Psychologist/ Behaviour Practitioner) from:

Szabo, T.G., Richling, S., Embry, D.D. et al. From Helpless to Hero: Promoting Values-Based Behavior and Positive Family Interaction in the Midst of COVID-19. Behav Analysis Practice (2020).

https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-020-00431-0

https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/behaviour/behaviour-management-tips-tools

See the full flyer from the Department of Education: Remote Learning – Surviving and Thriving

Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing
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News from the Resource Centre

Lose yourself in a book

Did you know that reading exerts a positive effect on the developing brain[i]? It helps you to develop stronger social skills, vocabulary and writing skills, and to better understand and process more complex ideas. Reading also expands your ability to build knowledge overall – not just in subjects like English and language arts. Another bonus is that if read for fun you are also better able to clarify you career goals and understand the consequences of risky behaviour.

As most of you are engaged in remote learning again, I want to remind you about how you can access the books in the library. Unfortunately you can’t access the library catalogue from home, so I have come up with some ideas on how you can borrow and read our books.

Looking for a particular book?
Send me an email and I will see if it is available. If it is, I will issue it to you, then email you to know it is ready. You can come to school and pick it up from the Circulation Desk in the Resource Centre.

Want a recommendation?
Email me with books or genres that you have liked in the past, I’ll send you a list of available books. When you choose one, I’ll email you when it is ready. You can come to school and pick it up from the Circulation Desk in the Resource Centre.

Want to come in to school?
Email me to book a time to come into the school to search the Library Catalogue or browse the shelves.

Book returns
I have extended the due dates of all books to past the end of Remote Learning so that your books are not overdue.

Eplatform
Don’t forget to check out the Eplatform with ebooks and audiobooks which is always having new books added to it.

The July additions to the shelves are:

Still need a good reason to read a book? Here are seven good reasons to read [ii]:

 

  • Reading reduces stress
  • Reading promotes wellness
  • Reading helps combat Alzheimer’s & dementia
  • Reading helps with sleep
  • Reading improves relationships
  • Reading inspires success
  • Reading decreases loneliness & isolation

“Read and read and read. Adventurously. Promiscuously. Unfailingly.”

– Colum McCann

[i] https://www.choa.org/medical-services/wellness-and-preventive-care/parent-resources/all/reading-benefits-kids-teens

[ii] https://www.cae.edu.au/news/7-proven-reasons-why-reading-is-good-for-you/

Need to email the Librarian? Email meg.dunley@mountalexandercollege.vic.edu.au

Meg Dunley, Resource Centre, Communications and Marketing Manager

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New Subject – Tinker Technology

The school was successful in a technology grant application at the end of last year. The funds were used to purchase computers and 3D printers to further support the Robotics program, Make-it-Mark-et and Shark Tank as well as the introduction of a new elective for 2021 called Tinker Technology.  This subject comes about thanks to the enthusiasm of our technology staff Katharine Gu and Thomas Grocott and their passion for the subject and Travis Burroughs Leading Teacher from Templestowe .

In this subject students push the limits of “what is” and stretch their imagination to rethink and remake the products around them. They work with a large variety of technologies to make their ideas reality. Students will work on several projects using plastics, electronics and recycled materials for  personal and community needs. These projects teach designing, manufacturing  and sustainability skills.

In this subject students investigate processes such as:

  • Parametric modeling
  • 3D printing
  • Laser cutting/printing
  • Vinyl cutting and pressing
  • Coding
  • Circuit production
  • Prototyping

Students will work through a design process to create an individual portfolio including everything from early research to marketing a finished product.

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Fun with the Huddle

During remote learning we have been promoting using Period 2 on Friday for Entry-Above Entry students to engage with physical activity. This term, students at MAC have been lucky enough to be able to join a program run by North Melbourne Football Club and Melbourne City Football Club.

The North Melbourne Football Club team members from The Huddle, Steph and Kate have offered their time to deliver a virtual girls group workout each Friday during period 2 while we are learning remotely. We are so thankful to have organisations who support our students by offering these kinds of programs. There was cardio, body weight exercises, strength building exercises and a lot of fun and smiles.

Abraham from Melbourne City and James, a Melbourne City Young Leader joined online with students for a four week program with a focus on soccer. Students are running through weekly tasks and challenges with the first task this week being to create a video that demonstrates a meal from their cultural background. Next week they’ll be working on developing their skills in being able to share and lead others.

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Community News and Advertising




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Term 1 2020

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Term 2 2020

  • MAC News 4 - Wednesday 29 April
  • MAC News 5 - Wednesday 20 May
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Term 3 2020

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  • MAC News 8 - Wednesday 19 August
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