MITS Family Newsletter

25 February 2020
Issue One 2020

Respect Courage Care

Executive Director's Welcome
In the classroom
Living at Lockington
MITS Pathways
The MITS Photo Booth
MITS 2020 Term 1 Dates
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Executive Director's Welcome

Executive Director's Welcome

 

I’m delighted to be writing to you, our MITS Family, as we start the 2020 school year.

 

It has been a significant and exciting start to the school year: three weeks ago we opened our new Alumni Boarding House for Girls on Richmond Hill, just 80 metres from our Year 7 Lockington Boarding House.  

 

This new boarding house will enable up to 18 girls to continue to live with MITS in a warm, culturally safe home environment while attending Partner Schools as day students.  It provides another choice for students and parents in addition to the great Home Stay and Partner School Boarding options that are already available.  With the opening of this new Boarding House MITS is now able to provide accommodation to 46 students every year.  In 2020, nearly 70 students are pursing education in Melbourne at MITS or at one of our Partner Schools having graduated from MITS.

 

The strength of this school community was on display on Sunday 9 Feb at our annual MITS Family BBQ at Rick and Liz’s Farm.  Current and alumni students came together to share stories of their school holidays and reconnect at the start of another busy school year.  You can enjoy photos of this great day in this week’s newsletter.

 

Another recent highlight has been our 2020 Orientation Program for our new Year 7 students.  Welcoming students to MITS is a great privilege for us and our staff, and we are indebted to our parent and family community for trusting us to care for their young people away form home.  Orientation Week provides a special opportunity to form new connections with students and their parents.

 

We are excited to share the progress of MITS and our students with you in 2020.  I hope that you enjoy this Family Newsletter.

Edward Tudor

Photo: MITS Classroom in full flight.

In the classroom

Photo: MITS Classroom in full flight.

Welcome to the 2020 school year and to our broader MITS family.  The school year in the MITS classroom has started beautifully with 21 courageous students ready to embark on what will be a pretty incredible journey.  We welcomed the students and the families into the classroom as part of our MITS Orientation in week 1 and there was a real sense of excitement about the partnership that we endeavour to forge throughout the coming years.

 

To help the students gain a better understanding of Melbourne and its surrounds they have visited the Botanical Gardens, King & Woods Mallesons (what a view!), Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre and will over the next few weeks visit Melbourne University and head off on a 3 day camp to Camp Manyung.  All of these activities are linked to the learning program being crafted by Michael Barnhoorn and Isabelle Schneider, our talented MITS teachers.

 

Over the next few issues you will start to notice a much greater contribution to the newsletter by the MITS students.  We want to support them becoming more confident writers and photographers and allow them to tell their MITS story.  Keep and eye out for their writing and photos on the MITS Student page and in the MITS Photo Booth.

 

Finally,  a big congratulations to Phillip Cooper and Hazel Armstrong who are the Term 1 MITS Captains and the first group of Award Winners at the most recent MITS Assembly.

The MITS Award winners were:

MITS Boarding:  Hurrikane 

MITS Academic: George 

MITS Respect: Lesharnie

MITS Courage: Leah

MITS Care: Sheronica

 

Ryan Martin
 

 

Photo: Woorrangalook Koori Surfing Titles

Living at Lockington

Photo: Woorrangalook Koori Surfing Titles

Living at Lockington

Our 2020 MITS year has started with the students full of energy and enthusiasm for what the year ahead will bring. It was a privilege to host the families of our 21 wonderful students for three days as they settled into Melbourne life.

 

The conversations and connections formed between staff, families and students in those first few days have set the foundations for a successful year.

 

We hit the ground running with two action packed weekends. The students have been to the BOUNCE trampoline park, enjoyed the beach at Port Melbourne, surfing lessons at the Woorrangalook Koori Surf Titles in Angleasea and a BBQ at Rick and Liz’s farm in Tuerong with the extended MITS family.

After school there has been lots of basketball, football, running around, fitness sessions, craft activities and board games. Many have ventured across the road to St. Kevin’s and down the street to Citizen’s Park as we begin to explore Richmond and the surrounding areas.

 

The students are developing strong friendships and have settled into their routines including making their beds, washing, chores, getting ready to walk to school, going to bed on time and even homework!

Congratulations to all students, families and staff on a sensational start to the year. Bring on 2020!

Brad Carmody

MITS Pathways

Welcome back!

Happy New Year from the Pathways team! It’s been a busy start to the year with a total of 49 Alumni students who have returned to Melbourne with a few more to come.  We would like to highlight that we now have 10 young women at Kingswood College which is fantastic!  We have seen lots of nervous faces, but all have had a great start to the year with amazing support from our partner schools.

 

Alumni Boarding House

This year our Alumni boarding house opened for 13 of our Alumni female students. The house is amazing with lots of space for the girls. We have a great group of staff running the house and they have done a wonderful job during a hectic beginning.

 

MITS Family BBQ

We had our annual MITS family BBQ at the farm to welcome all students, host families and staff and to start the year off with a bang! It was a fantastic day had by all and great to see the MITS family is getting bigger each year. A big Thank You to the Tudor family for hosting such a great event.

 

 

 

Photo: MITS Award winners

The MITS Photo Booth

Photo: MITS Award winners

The first MITS Photo Booth for 2020.  Wow!

 

Photo: 2020 MITS Class Photo. Photo bombed by RFC.

MITS 2020 Term 1 Dates

Photo: 2020 MITS Class Photo. Photo bombed by RFC.

Dates to remember
 

24th February -  Melbourne University Science Excursion

26th February -  Camp Manyung School Camp

9th March -           Labour Day Public Holiday

2nd April -             Last day of classes

3rd April -              Students fly home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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