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MITS Family Newsletter

25 November 2019
Issue Ten
Executive Director
In the classroom
Living at Lockington
MITS Pathways
The MITS Student Page
The MITS Photo Booth
MITS 2019 Term 4 Dates
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Photo: Bruce, Paul and Sam

Executive Director

Photo: Bruce, Paul and Sam

Growing with our students

 

It has been exciting to watch our new Alumni Boarding House for girls take shape on Richmond Hill over the past few months.  By the start of 2020 this new home will provide continuing accommodation and support to up to 18 MITS alumni girls attending Partner Schools as day students.  Only 80 metres from Lockington, it will enable Richmond Hill to continue to be a place of belonging and connection for our students long after they have finished Year 7.

 

The development of our Alumni Boarding House signals our clear commitment to our students in the long term.  Through our Pathways Team in Melbourne and our Community Engagement Manager Patrick Bowden in Darwin we want to provide long-term support to our MTIS alumni, their families and their Partner Schools. 

 

Some students will continue in Melbourne all the way through to Year 12; others will choose to return home to continue their education after a few good years in Melbourne.  No matter the journey for each student, we want it to be a successful one.

 

By the start of 2020 40 young people will be living with MITS in Melbourne – either at Lockington or the Alumni Boarding House – with another 30 continuing in Melbourne in Partner School Boarding Houses and Host Families.  Our MITS family continues to grow!

Ed Tudor

Photo: MITS Classroom

In the classroom

Photo: MITS Classroom

Last week as the students started writing graduation speeches, completing the MITS Yearbook articles, sitting tests or completing assignments for each of their subjects in dawned on me that the year is wrapping up.   I am not really sure how a school year can happen so fast but this year has been one of them.  

 

The students are starting to sense that their time at MITS is drawing to a close as they visit their Partner Schools and meet Host Families.  In the background, we are also meeting with Partner Schools to discuss the MITS students that will be joining them in 2020.  I am looking forward to these meeting because it is an opportunity to share with Partner Schools the incredible journey our MITS students have been on and also the progress that have made this year.  In addition, it strengthens the connection we have with Partner Schools as we continue to provide support through the MITS Pathways Program.

 

In the classroom is has not all been testing and assignments, this has been balanced out with trips to MUMA to see the students artwork on display in the MUMA Gallery, a trip out to Tree Tops Adventure Park to test their fear of heights and this week the students will take part in a St Johns First Aid Course.

 

There might not be a lot of time left in the school year but we will be sure to cram lots of great activities to send the students off with a 'Bang!'

Photo: MITS Camp

Living at Lockington

Photo: MITS Camp

Living at Lockington!

The 22 MITS students have settled into their final term here at Lockington and the past three weeks have provided several highlights. Some students have started staying at their host families for 2020, we hosted over 120 people for the family barbeque, went Go Karting, students have walked down the street on street leave and been on lots of shopping trips. Two highlights have been camping at Samaria and the Prahran versus MITS friendly football match.

Camping at Samaria

Over the Melbourne Cup long weekend 10 students stayed with friends and family while the rest packed the buses and headed for Rick and Liz’s farm in Samaria. The first day produced a considerable amount of rain but it did not dampen the spirits of the MITS campers who set up the tents without fuss. The weekend was filled with mountain bike riding, walking, dancing, yabbying and exploring the farm with plenty of marshmallows roasted on the fire. One highlight was Sam Warrior riding through the dam on his bike!

MITS vs Prahran

On the Sunday afternoon of November 10ththe MITS students and a handful of alumni students walked down to Gosch’s paddock for a friendly game of football against Mr Ryan’s Under 13 football team. The MITS students really enjoyed playing together for the first time and showed great teamwork for all four quarters against a team that has played together all year. There were many supporters and keen onlookers associated with MITS and Prahran as well as interested members of the general public. Everyone enjoyed pizza after the match and the whole game was played in great spirits!

Brad Carmody

MITS Pathways

Pathways News

 

Year 10 Graduation

One of our very first MITS students attended her Kingswood College year 10 graduation. Charmaine was very excited about the graduation as she shared the special moment with her Dad Matthew. Well done Charmaine!

 

 

 

 

 

MITS Family BBQ

It was fantastic to see so many people at our MITS Family BBQ. We had over 120 guests which included current and new host families, current and alumni students and MITS supporters and staff. The afternoon was filled with fun, food and family.  It was terrific to hear the laughter and story telling between host families and see the sharing of experiences.  It was also an opportunity to get some of our alumni students in front of the camera, as they reflected on their journey in Melbourne to date. 😊

 

Sports

Cricket season is here, and we have two of our alumni students giving it a go for the first time! Jodie and Jenae have started playing Cricket for their local club. Their Host Family members all play, so they provide 5 contributors to the Bentleigh Cricket Club. Well done girls!

 

Photo: Max on the Beach Cruiser

The MITS Student Page

Photo: Max on the Beach Cruiser

Rowena Muffins

 

Thursday is now one of my favourite days of the week! Every school day we walk up and down Rowena Parade, on that walk we pass a small café, Rowena Corner Store. On Thursdays, when we walk home, one of their lovely staff walk out with a big yummy tray of freshly baked muffins.

 

So far, we’ve had chocolate chip muffins, banana muffin but recently they treated us with blueberry white chocolate muffins. Wow!

 

Rowena Corner Store down at Rowena Parade is the best in Melbourne, they even make yummy milkshakes. I really enjoy Muffin Day and I can’t wait till next Thursday!

Thanks Con and the team at Rowena Corner Store.

 

By: Ruby Rosas

The MITS Photo Booth

Enjoy the Photo Booth there has been a bit going on around MITS

 

Photo: MUMA Gallery

MITS 2019 Term 4 Dates

Photo: MUMA Gallery

Dates to remember
 

29th November - St Johns First Aid Course

 

5th December - Melbourne University Science Excursion

 

10th December - MITS Families arrive in Melbourne

 

12th December - Graduation Dinner

 

13th December - Students Travel Home

 

 


 

 

 

 

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