MAC News 9 2020
Dear MAC Community
I continue to feel encouraged by our community’s resilience through these hard times that many in Melbourne are feeling. As we remain in Stage 4, it is great to see the level of engagement that the students are showing to their studies. At this stage, I do not have any definitive response to what Term 4 looks like for students returning to the school other than what has been publicly shared already. This includes students undertaking VCE Units 3 and 4 onsite week 1, to complete mandated assessments only, including the GAT. All VCE and VCAL students and Above Entry students undertaking a VCE study will return to onsite learning Week 2 Monday 12 October. Hopefully all students will return to learning onsite Week 4 Monday 26 October.
Things to look forward to!
Semester 1 Awards Assembly
On Tuesday 15 September, we are holding an assembly that will be a wonderful celebration of the achievements of our students. Thanks in advance to the Student Leadership Team who have worked very hard on preparing for this. All parents are invited to join the online assembly and have been sent the details in a Compass post from Meg Dunley. Please ensure you follow the instructions if you would like to attend.
Students undertaking Units 3 & 4 and VCAL
It have been an extremely challenging year particularly for our Graduates; however, I have been so impressed by the way they have adapted to the ever changing landscape and persisted despite not knowing with certainty how the year would progress. Our VCAL students have had to do learning online for their VET studies, which for the most part are practically based courses, as well as forgo their structured work placement. Despite the disruptions to learning, we are confident that all students should be able to complete their courses and be awarded their certificates at the end of the year. Our VCE students are coming to the end of their Unit 4 courses and gearing up for practice exams and the completion go the GAT (General Achievement Test). It is extremely important that students try their very best in the completion of the GAT. The GAT will be a very important exam in the final calculation of end of year results. There will be two formal trial examination periods, one to be held remotely over the first week of the holidays, the second, during Week 2 of Term 4. Whilst we are encouraging students to maintain a study schedule during the holidays, we are also cognisant of the fact that they need to take time for some self-care and some rest. We are expecting to receive detailed information in the next few weeks regarding how Special Consideration will be applied for students undertaking Units 3& 4 and the Senior VCAL certificate.
I would like to congratulate Alex Langley who has received the Melbourne University Principal’s Scholarship in recognition academic achievements and contribution to the school and wider community. Alex will receive a one-off allowance of $5,000. Congratulations also to Haniyah Abdou Said who has received a tertiary offer from Collarts University to study Sustainable Arts. Congratulations to Nathan Hunt who has been accepted into Nautical Science at the University of Tasmania. It is great to see that Universities are making tertiary offers to students for some course without the ATAR requirement but instead are looking at other ways to assess student capabilities and aptitude for future study. If you have any questions regarding tertiary studies please get in touch with our Careers & Pathways Coordinator, Alison Lovett.
While we can’t go anywhere for the school holidays, we will be able to take a well-deserved break from the online learning. I trust that you will have the opportunity to take a break from supervising remote learning for your child/ren and that you can find some fun and relaxing things to do. Take a look at what your local libraries and neighbourhood houses are offering in terms of online activities.
Welcoming our 2021 families
Last week, Claire Runci led a wonderful online event with our 2021 Entry families. I was thrilled to see their faces, albeit vie Zoom, and to hear the questions. I am hopeful that when these students commence next year, that it will be to an onsite education. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the event. You did the school proud.
Again, 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
- Suicide prevention training for parents
- Student Leadership and Empowerment Report
- R U OK?Day
- VCAL Learning for Life
- News from the Resource Centre
- 3D Art
- MAC Parents and Friends
- Community News and Advertising
Suicide prevention training for parents
Given the increased concern about mental health challenges and suicide risk in young people consequence of the current situation, Orygen’s suicide prevention team are offering free suicide alertness training to parents of young people (aged 12-25), as part of the PERSYST research study. The training is called LivingWorks Start and it is a brief, online training program designed to increase awareness of suicide and develop basic skills at intervening with someone who is considering suicidal. Orygen hopes that this program can offer parents some skills and confidence in supporting their young people.
For those of you who don’t know, Orygen is a youth mental health organisation with expertise in research, policy, education and innovations in care.
Participants will receive free access to the program as well as a $25 Coles-Myer voucher for completing the research questionnaires. Further details are available via the link below and in the attached flyer.
Please feel free to share the following link with your school communities: https://www.orygen.org.au/
Lynn Bentley, Leading Teacher, School Leadership – Student Engagement
Student Leadership and Empowerment Report
Once again, we have had quite a busy few weeks with lots of projects and challenges happening. This term our student leaders have done an amazing job in offering to create projects and clubs for all students to get involved in while we are learning remotely.
Over the past week student leaders have been preparing for the Virtual Awards Assembly. We all jumped online to record the assembly which will be delivered next Tuesday September 16 during SPD. The Awards Assembly recognises the achievements of students in curriculum areas and Houses in demonstrating the College Values of Integrity, Respect, Community, Academic Excellence and Engagement. Families are invited to attend and celebrate the achievements of our students across Semester 1. Check Compass for further details.
Gnurad Gundidj School for Student Leadership 2021
On Thursday September 10 at lunch, we invited Above Entry 8 students and families to come along to an information session facilitated by some of our 2019 Gnurad team Marcella, Jerry and Jacinta. The information session was well attended and provided information from Marcella, Jerry and Jacinta’s perspective about why they wanted to attend Gnurad, what their highlights were from the experience, what day to day life looks like at Gnurad and what they learnt about themselves. Students and families were able to ask questions and all three students did an outstanding job in describing what the experience was like for them.
Applications are now open for Above Entry 8 students to attend Gnurad Gundidj in Term 1 2021. Check Compass for further details and contact Kate Stevanovic if you have any questions.
Friday Kahoots Club
Recently every Friday during clubs the Poseidon leadership team have been running kahoots for anyone interested! The Kahoots are great fun because you are able to catch up with fellow classmates and have some friendly competition. The last Kahoot we did was guess the movie. Anyone is welcome to come along and have some fun also possibly win some house points!
Virtual Book Club
Last term our lovely librarian Meg Dunley ran a book club every week to encourage more students at MAC to allow their creativity to continue thriving through the magic of reading. This term I have taken her position to keep the club running. I decided to operate it this semester to not only have more inclusion during these hard times but to also support and enlighten all the bookworms at school. This club benefits the students with improving their grammar and vocabulary which will continuously benefit their English classes. Currently we are reading “Fault in our Stars”. As well the club allows our imaginations to thrive, furnishes new knowledge and develops focus and concentration.
Performing Arts: A Term of Challenges
Now that we’re staying at home more, many of us are running out of things to do. That’s when I decided to launch the Remote Performing Arts Competition.
The challenge was for students to send in submissions/videos of themselves to me and a teacher judge, participating in the category they chose. This term there have been two challenges. The first challenge was musical performance and the second challenge was a drama performance. Winners were awarded with house points.
Congratulations to Sol (Above Entry 9), for winning the singing and playing an instrument category and congratulations to Molly (Entry) for winning the acting category.
Also, great job to the other students who competed. It was fun to see you unleash your performing talents!
Rea, Performing Arts Captain
Thinking about what I could do in my role as Environment Leader I came up with the idea of the Rubbish Art competition. Its aim is to create awareness about rubbish in the environment while providing a fun activity to do in lockdown. Students were to use rubbish in an artwork of some kind. Having come up with this idea I got in touch with the Arts Leader, Maya, and we fine tuned it. The submissions that we have got so far have been really interesting and creative.
Sol, Environmental Captain
Congratulations to our College Captain, Alex Langley for being nominated the University of Melbourne Principals Scholarship 2021 for his academic achievements and contribution to MAC and the wider community. For students to be able to meet the criteria to be nominated for this prestigious award they have to demonstrate outstanding high level academic achievement throughout their VCE studies and demonstrate their involvement and contribution to their school community through student leadership and leadership in the wider community, fund raising, school performances and volunteering. This is a great achievement and we are all very proud of you Alex.
Kate Stevanovic, Leading Teacher Student Leadership and Empowerment
R U OK? Day
R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask someone “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.
Every day people experience life’s ups and downs but sadly, at these times many people feel they don’t have anyone to confide in. This year has been particularly challenging, making it even more important to remain connected.
For those who are willing and able to offer support to others, taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK?’s four steps so you can have a conversation that could change a life.
The signs someone may be struggling may be subtle, but some common signs are changes in behaviour, sleep patterns, energy levels and mood. Any day we notice those signs or feel that something’s not quite right, we need to trust our gut instinct, ask R U OK? and start a conversation that could change a life.
You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life. Here is a clip with this year’s message of ‘There is more to say after R U OK?’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erHLP29tzPE
References and further information, please see https://www.ruok.org.au/
Student Wellbeing Team, Mount Alexander College
VCAL Learning for Life
The VCAL Learning For Life students have been working this term with Emma Kearney and Emily O’Halloran from The Huddle on a Voice Your Voice project.
Lynn Bentley, Leading Teacher, School Leadership – Student Engagement
News from the Resource Centre
Where have books taken you in the last few weeks?
I’ve escaped into the fantasy world of The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon where I followed Twiggy on his journey to understand what family is and what love is in a story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide between life and death itself. Then I took a thrilling ride on a bus with passengers who had no memory and no way to escape as I read The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson. After that I settled back and let the fictional Elizabeth Macarthur whisper her secrets to me as I read A Room Made of Leaves which follows her from being abandoned by her mother to managing an enormous property in early white Australia. I’m now listening to the audiobook of Three Things I know are True by Betty Cullen and reading The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld.
A whirlwind of stories that allow me to escape the news cycle.
Struggling with reality?
If you’re struggling with reality, maybe try to lose yourself a book. You can find books in the Eplatform to listen to if you’re sick of looking at screens, or to read. There are also little libraries dotted around the suburbs where you can find a book to sink yourself into, or pull a book off the shelf that you have been meaning to read, but haven’t found the time. Switch off the telly, turn your phone off, shut your laptop and pick up a book.
Virtual Book Club
Do you love to read? Do you love chatting about the books you have been reading? Join the student book club. They meet over Zoom every Thursday during lunch time.
Email Bilhah if you would like to join: email@example.com
Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge finished next Friday 18 September. After this date, you won’t be able to add any more books. If you are participating in the Challenge, please make sure you have entered all of the books you have read during this time so that you will be eligible for a certificate. Our top readers will also receive a pin of congratulations.
The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages children and students from birth to year 10 to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. Since the Challenge first began in 2005, more than 3 million students have read nearly 50 million books. Students from Year 7 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books. All students who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
Go to the VPRC page to log in
Contact Meg if you have issues logging in. firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget that you can reserve books to have them sent to you. You will need your school login details to be able to reserve and review books in the Library Catalogue (http://library.mountalexandercollege.vic.edu.au/) – also found in the School Favourites in Compass.
Hang on to your library books!
Finished with your library books and class books? Keep them somewhere safe (we need those books back!) until you can bring them back. Put them in a bag ready to bring back to the school when the opportunity arises. We will need to get them back from you at some stage, but unfortunately you can’t return your books now.
All due dates have been extended past the end of Remote Learning so that your books are not overdue.
Class texts for Term 4
I am currently preparing all class texts for Term 4 classes in Pre VCE English, Growing Up Elective and the Pen and the Sword Elective. Please keep an eye out for an email from me and on your letterbox if you are in these classes.
New books on the Eplatform
Don’t forget to use the Eplatform for ebooks and audiobooks.
New ebook releases :
- Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter
- Instructions for a Second-hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray
- Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- That Stubborn Seed of Hope by Brian Falkner
- The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr
- The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
- The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell
- The Love That I Have by James Moloney
- The Rules by Tracy Darnton
- When the Lyrebird Calls by Kim Kane
New audiobook releases:
- Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff
- Death of a Cheerleader: Riverdale, Book 4 by Micol Ostow
- Escape Room by Maren Stoffels
- Fugitive Six: The Lorien Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore
- Generation One by Lore
- I Killed Zoe Spanos by Dan Bittner
- Last Girl Lied To by L.E. Flynn
- Return To Zero: The Lorien Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series) by Leigh Bardugo
- Zombies on The Block: Zombies on the Block, Book 1 by Mike Evans
Find the library on Instagram. Tag @library_at_mac with the books you are reading and book reviews to be featured.
Meg Dunley, Resource Centre, Communications and Marketing Manager
Students have been learning about Ephemeral Art and have been encouraged to consider aspects of time and transience when imagining and creating artworks. Focus has been on exploring materials in their homes and immediate environment and developing the ability to express their ideas and chronicle process and experiences.
I wanted to create something playful and using resources that are easy to access. Playing cards are a household staple, I chose to create a card tower. I just started stacking the cards to see where it took me. The cards are very versatile and you can easily make small structural adaptations to facilitate the building process. As simple as it seems it actually takes a lot of concentration and fine motor skills, it took me about 25 minutes to complete the entire thing after a few failed attempts. I hope viewers would share the playful, homely and familiar feel of this art. – ELEANOR MCRAE
I made this by tracing the outline of my chicken ‘Marie Antoinette’ with chalk and drawing random patterns on the outside. I made this so I could incorporate Marie into my artwork. It’s not really symbolic of anything, but in a way it represents how I see my chickens and how pretty they are on the inside and outside. ISABELLA MESITI
In this piece I used buckets to make the circle outline. Rocks were used as we had had some out the back. I like the circles as they are simple and they remind me of motion- like a skateboard wheel or the motion of the planets as they rotate around the sun. It was a fun piece to make. I am not sure how people would respond to the work but if I saw it on a walk i would think it was pretty cool. It would make me curious. ZIGGY VAN HULSEN
In my artwork I’ve strived to reflect beauty, nature, imperfections and elegance. Beauty and elegance are displayed in the women’s dress as it appears to be flowing to one side. The flowers’ soft, simple colours and the women’s expression both contribute to these elements of the artwork. Imperfection is resembled within the dress, as each flower is a little flawed and different from another flower. However, the beauty of one flower doesn’t make another less beautiful. Nothing in my artwork is perfect, but that’s also what makes it intriguing and unique. The flowers I used added dimension, depth and shadow to the dress. I wanted the face to maintain minimalism and simplicity, so it didn’t overpower the dress. The dress and face complement each other and help form the result of the style/look I was seeking for. I hand drew the calm face, and upper body then picked multiple elegant flowers. Then simply arranged them in a particular way even facing some upside down to create an impact in the dress. How I organised them also allows the dress to appear and contain a flowing motion. ELLA ANDERSON-FITT
To get the effects shown in the picture in the previous slide, I turned the lights off so I could get a good picture of the bubbles. I then proceeded to get a mirror so the bubble would reflect off the mirror. To get the right angle and effect that I intended, I took a picture of the bubbles whilst I was still blowing them. Once I took the picture I blurred out the background so the main focus would be on the bubbles. I believe the response to someone seeing this work would have them in awe due to the colours of the bubbles, this is because most people don’t see the natural colours of the bubble due to the bright lights around them. SALWA ABDO
Marie-Louise MATISZIG, Art teacher
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