MAC News 8 2020
Dear MAC Community
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone in the school community for the resilience you are showing during these difficult times. Since our last newsletter, all of Melbourne has moved into Stage 4 restrictions which has not been easy for many. We understand how difficult this must be for families and thank you for the work that you are doing in ensuring your children continue to engage in their learning. We are working very hard to maintain connections with the students and families as we make our way through these days and weeks.
Some good news.
The Department of Education and Training have moved the date of the General Assessment Test for all students undertaking Units 3 and 4 subjects to the first week of Term 4. At this stage we have not had an indication on when all students will return to schooling onsite, but as soon as we hear, I will pass this information on to you. At this stage, we are running to the school calendar for end of year exams and orientation weeks. You can find all the important school dates on the Events page on the website.
We are currently undertaking Course Counselling at the moment with all students. A huge thank you to all of the staff who have been working to ensure that there is a conversation with each student to ensure their subject choices for next year are aligned with their longer-term career path. The 2021 Study Pathways and Subject Handbook are both on the school website now on the Curriculum page and these are used in conjunction with each student’s reports to assist the students in their decisions. Once the counselling has been completed, we begin the huge job of ascertaining which subjects are able to run next year.
We are about to commence communications with our 2021 Entry families and I am thrilled to see the large numbers of students who are keen to join our community. We are now in the position of hard boundaries for the school as our numbers are at capacity and I will continue my conversations with the Department of Education around increasing the building capacity and approval of our Masterplan.
Thanks to Ms Stevanovic who organised twelve students to participate in the illuminate:nextgen challenge. It was an additional challenge this year with the students needing to participate remotely, but we are extremely proud of the work they did. You can read more about how they went in the challenge in the story from Kate.
Finally, I encourage you to reach out to us or to each other for support during this time. Our Wellbeing team are available for students and parents who are in need of additional support.
Please continue to look after yourselves and your family and stay safe.
Ms Dani Angelico, Principal
Inside this issue
- Student Leadership and Empowerment Report
- illuminate:nextgen challenge
- Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership
- Getting Active with Melbourne City Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club
- Wear it Purple Day
- Managing the Coronacoaster Webinar – Tips for building resilient families
- News from the Resource Centre
- Community News and Advertising
Claire Runci, Junior School Programs and Transitions
Student Leadership and Empowerment Report
Whilst we have been back in lockdown our amazing students continue to enthusiastically engage in opportunities to learn new skills, be involved and be challenged. This term has seen a wide range of opportunities for our students to rise to the challenge of undertaking and leading. From being involved in leadership programs to running social groups, creating opportunities for students to be involved in creating art to undertaking an online entrepreneurial program.
Our student leaders are continuing to create a range of activities you can get involved in. The Performing Arts Challenge headed by Rea, our Performing Arts Captain is underway with students being encouraged to create and submit a performance piece. Rubbish Art a collaboration between Maya (Arts Captain) and Solomon (Sustainability Captain) encourages students to create artworks and installations made using recycled materials. Both challenges will be displayed virtually. Look out for more information about this.
On Monday August 3 to Friday August 7 MAC participated in the illuminate:nextgen challenge. Known as ‘Team 15’ this team included Jaimie, Will, Ruben, Kitty Rose, Nand and Jayrell. The challenge is an entrepreneurial program which included teams across Victoria and Tasmania to come up with a solution to the challenge. The challenge was to look at a new opportunity for technology to be implemented in their community. Their response could be something that helps out the community, something businesses could use or something that helps residents engage in technology. The team had to strategise ways to make money from the idea to make their business sustainable and able to be replicated in other communities into the future.
Our team’s response was to create an interactive website and social media campaign for their business Express UR Stress: mental health support for teens. Throughout the week students were mentored by industry professionals in their ideation stage through to their marketing strategy and financial planning. Team 15 worked amazingly on the shared site to communicate, delegate and organise Zoom meetings to discuss next steps. Kate Stevanovic as well as Alison Lovett, Claire Runci and Clark Mitchell checked in on Team 15 across the week and were amazed with the level of commitment and resilience the team demonstrated.
Team 15 came away with the Best Pressure Cooker Submission Award. Congratulations to all the illuminate:nextgen team.
Take a look at their business pitch below
The illuminate:nextgen challenge was hard and stressful at times. It was challenging to be working from home and trying to work with a group. There were times during the week when things got tough and I’d just wanted to stop and give up. The challenge taught me to manage my time better, always try my best and to not give up when things get challenging.
The illuminate: nextgen Challenge is a great program to be a part of it teaches you about business and how to create one it also helps you with your teamwork abilities. This program was a wonderful thing to take part in it was fun, since you are also competing against other schools it is more fun knowing that you are competing and gives you a little anxious feeling. It was also more fun because you are in groups with students from your school every day of the program was wonderful. I would recommend taking part in this program if you can it is a great opportunity to learn new skills that can be helpful in life.
Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership
Hi everyone, Jerry here, as you may already know I have just completed a 10 week youth leadership project with the Western Bulldogs Football club aimed at 14-16 year olds.
Throughout the 10 weeks I learnt so much about leadership, career paths, how to manage mental health and many cool things. I met so many new friends and we also played some very fun ice breaker games, Kahoots you name it. The aim of the project is to create a social impact project. Mine was alongside two wonderful people aimed at targeting men’s mental health especially in youth. We created an Instagram page called “MENtalking” which I’m sure you’ve heard of already. We decided to run for the herd and raise money for a youth mental health organisation batyr. Together we amassed 20km thanks to the help of the lovely MAC teachers and raised $1019 in two weeks! In future we plan to continue running for the herd and selling badges. I’d like to thank Kate for advertising this to me, all the Western Bulldogs staff and volunteers. I definitely recommend it to anyone because it’s not just about leadership it’s about your future and how to improve yourself. Next year’s program I assume will be face to face which means there will be a camp! You also get your own personalised bulldogs leadership hoodie which is pretty cool. I’ll definitely apply for the program next year either as a returning participant or a volunteer. Take the chance to apply next year and it will take you places like it did for me. Remember, push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you!
Getting Active with Melbourne City Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club
This term during clubs students have been able to participate in two programs. One led by Melbourne City Football Club (MCFC) as part of their ISpeak program and one led by members of The Huddle through North Melbourne Football club (NMFC). Here’s what the MCFC team have to say about the program:
We have been involved in the 4 week online program run by the Melbourne City Football Club. Along the way we have learnt more about the warm up, conditioning and cool down phases of soccer training, how to cook certain foods and useful advice from guest speakers. We want to thank Abraham from Melbourne City and all the other volunteers and guest speakers for taking the time to run a fun and inclusive program for all of us who love soccer! We have learnt so much and will apply what we have learnt to our daily lives.
– Jerry, Khang, Issan, Jack and Leo
Kate Stevanovic, Leading Teacher Student Leadership and Empowerment
Wear it Purple Day
Did you know that August 28 is Wear it Purple Day? And like other wonderfully purple things (Cadbury’s chocolate-bar wrapper, grape-flavoured Hubba Bubba and Prince circa 1984, to name a few), it’s pretty special! Wear it Purple Day is all about celebrating and supporting LGBTQIA+ young people, and challenging societal attitudes to help shape a better world for us all to live in.
Wear It Purple Day is celebrated annually in August to help raise awareness and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) young people. It was established in Australia in 2010 to show solidarity for social equality and for preventing bullying and harassment experienced by LGBTIQ youth.
This year’s Wear it Purple theme is ‘We are the change’, celebrating ten years of Wear It Purple in Australia. The school community are invited to wear purple to demonstrate their support.
For more information and ideas about how to Wear It Purple visit: https://www.wearitpurple.org/wear-it-purple-day-2020 Or Minus 18 website https://www.minus18.org.au/campaigns/wear-it-purple-day.
Michelle Hynson, School Health Promotion Nurse, Monday and Tuesday
Managing the Coronacoaster Webinar – Tips for building resilient families
To help parents and carers build family resilience in these difficult times, the Department is presenting a free webinar by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. This webinar will give families some practical skills, knowledge and strategies for managing the lockdown period and remote learning.
This webinar will be taking place online. You will be sent a link on the day of the event to watch it, via the email address you supply.
Please note that this event will be delivered live only and won’t be recorded.
Tune into this free webinar for tips on building resilient families in the coronavirus era. Book via: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/managing-the-coronacoaster-tips-for-building-resilient-families-registration-116837404823
Carmel Nielsen, Student Wellbeing
News from the Resource Centre
Where are books taking you at the moment? Into other worlds? I’ve just finished reading Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater that took me back to Wapping, London in 1702 imaging the life of Gulliver’s wife. Now I’m in the fantasy world of The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon in a story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide between life and death itself. Books are fabulous way to lose yourself into another reality.
The library’s on Instagram!
I have some exciting news that we now have a library Instagram account (@library_at_mac) with posts about all things bookish. Tag @library_at_mac with the books you are reading and book reviews to be featured.
You can now access the Library Catalogue from home, which means you can reserve books and have them sent out to you. Every Wednesday I will be in the school preparing books to be sent out. You will need your school login details to be able to reserve and review books. Find the Library Catalogue in the school favourites in Compass or http://library.mountalexandercollege.vic.edu.au/
Unfortunately, you are not able to return your books at this stage. I have extended the due dates of all books to past the end of Remote Learning so that your books are not overdue.
Don’t forget to use the Eplatform for ebooks and audiobooks. There is now a Wellness collection with many titles to borrow.
The August new ebook releases are:
- Australia’s Great War 1918 by Libby Gleeson
- Joyous and Moonbeam by Richard Yaxley
- My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams
- Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr
- Pretty Girls Don’t Eat by Winnie Salamon
- Promising Azra by Helen Thurloe
- The Fifth Room by A.J. Rushby
- The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff
- The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me by Michael Gerard Bauer
- This is My Song by Richard Yaxley
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
Meg Dunley, Resource Centre, Communications and Marketing Manager
Community News and Advertising
MAC Parents & Friends
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