Year 7 Vaccinations Round One
Year 7 Vaccinations Round One
Wacky Wednesday! Crazy hair and socks day. Parade 9:00am in Courtyard
Term Tea & Awards - Invite Family and Friends!
Three weeks including Easter & ANZAC Day
Term 2 Commences
Thursday, Week 1 - School Photos - students in full winter uniform
Friday, Week 1 - Cross Country Run @ Mildura Riverfront; plan to join us!
Family and friends are invited to join us for our first Term Tea of the year, with a meal prepared and served by our canteen volunteers, showcasing the Term 2 canteen menu. This will be followed by our awards ceremony in the hall. Dinner will be a fundraiser for our kitchen garden and canteen.
Competitive downball games throughout the evening!
$5 per person
$20 Family Price
Awards ceremony at 7:15pm
Dessert at 8:30pm
Butter chicken, rice & pappadums
Bolognaise Pasta Bake with fresh garden salad
Smoked pulled pork & slaw rolls, served with potato crisps
(DF, GF, GAPS, FODMAP & Vegetarian options available)
Spiced applesauce cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache & fresh whipped cream
Vegan & GF chocolate brownie
AND DON'T FORGET .....
Our MCC Coffee Cart will be running with a delicious selection of coffees and hot chocolates!
Coffees $3 each
Iced drinks $4 each
Dalet students headed off with Dr Tim to visit Varapodio Estate in Buronga this week to put some theory into practice. In Science, Dalet students have been learning about various techniques used to separate mixtures. They have been applying these techniques in their own attempts to extract oil from various plants and fruits.
The excursion to Varapodio Estate, which produces some award winning olive oil, provided an opportunity for our students to witness firsthand the techniques used to extract olive oil and help them link what they have learnt in the classroom to current local industry practices.
Our warmest thanks goes to Donna from Varapodio Estate for welcoming us.
Our school photo day will be on Thursday, May 2nd in the first week of Term Two. Students will need to be in their full winter uniform. Parents of ABCs students may like to get their winter uniforms sorted with Mrs Cobden before school finishes for the term. Existing students may have grown considerably since last winter so now is a good time to check the fit of shirts & trousers and pinefore or skirt length. We have a late start to Term Two this year so it's likely you'll need the warmer winter uniform from the first day. All students must be in their full winter uniform for photo day.
Photo order forms will be sent home on the first day of Term 2, Monday April 29. These will need to be returned with full payment inside the envelopes as payment goes direct to The School Photographer, our new photographer for 2019. Payments may be in cash, prepaid online or via credit card.
See below for a list of the photo packages available so you can be prepared when the envelopes are sent home. There are also family photos available. Let us know if you require a family order form - copy below. Families do not have to order photos but every envelope MUST be returned, even if you are not ordering. Any queries contact Reception.
This was made as by the supplier of our court surface, Dreamcourts.
Our year 7 students will be receiving their first round of immunisations this coming Tuesday, 1st April. No preparation is necessary and all the paperwork has been completed. If you have any queries, please ring Reception 5024 5310.
Our Kitchen Garden is flourishing under the careful supervision of Mrs Louise Deroon, and regular weeding and watering from each of our Primary classes in their weekly Kitchen Garden class. Over the last couple of weeks students have been able to enjoy the fruits of their labour with various dips and spreads and pancakes topped with mulberries from our Mulberry tree.
Late last week we had a visit from a ministry called Transform the Nations (TtN). This group works with the very poorest and most oppressed people in Nepal, Myanmar, and India. They work to bring education to those who would otherwise miss out as well as work skills and training to those who have no way of making a living. They also work to prevent child trafficking. Upon talking to our students about the work they do, some of the students in Aleph Learning Centre decided they were keen to raise money to help Transform the Nations.
To raise money for this cause, Aleph has proposed we hold a crazy hair and/or crazy socks day on Wednesday, April 3.
We're encouraging everyone to get creative and think of a crazy way they can do their hair and/or dress up their socks. If you do a quick google search, you'll find all sorts of amazing ideas. If that's too much pressure, don't worry, any effort is better than none.
To participate, students need to give $2. Further donations are very welcome.
Cash prizes are on offer for the best and most creative display.
Parents are welcome to join us for a parade and judging at 9am. The coffee cart will be in action also raising money for TtN.
ABCs students haven't started attending on Wednesdays yet but they are very welcome to come along and join in the fun. They could then go home once we're done (around 9:30) or hang around for a while and have a play.
Crazy Hair / Socks Day - This coming Wed April 3
All students invited to participate (including ABCs)
Our Cross Country this year will be held on the first Friday of Term Two. Parents, friends and family are invited to join us on the Mildura Riverfront to cheer the students on. Bring a picnic rug and lunch or perhaps your own chair. There will be a free BBQ lunch for students and coffees and light refreshments will be available for parents to purchase.
We will be running the Run for Bibles fundraiser as we have in previous years. Students will be given a form to find sponsors for their run, the proceeds of which will go to the Bible League.
Run4Bibles is an opportunity for our students to Stand Up, Speak Up and Lace Up for young people in South Africa who hunger for God’s Word. By being sponsored to run in our school’s Cross Country, students will provide Bibles and biblical resources for students in South African Public Schools. It takes just $7 to provide a complete pack (Bible and Choose Life resource), a small investment that has the ability to bear the greatest return – a life transformed by the power of the Gospel.
For extra copies of the Run4Bibles Sponsorship form, please click here Thank you.
School will provide
Kirirua-Gill & Tresize
Each week our students have opportunity to earn “Green Dot Treat.” When a student completes his/her goals (individualised classwork) he/she receives a green dot on their goal chart. Three green dots in the one week earns you green dot treat. This treat is handed out at lunchtime on the first day of the next school week.
We ask that parents take it in turns to provide the treat. This could be some great home-cooking such as honey crackles, jelly slice, or some other family specialty. We understand when parents need to purchase something ready made but please be careful not to provide something laden with artificial colours and flavours - no burger rings, twisties, cheezles etc. A plain chocolate frog or something similar is fine as it is after-all, a treat. Heavily processed foods though, with added colours and flavours, can have a very detrimental impact on many students. Feel free to call the school if you are unsure about what to provide.
Two families are rostered to supply the treats each week. Parents will be notified by email and/or sms via EdSmart indicating how many treats are needed (usually around 20 - 25). We'll put a reminder on this page in each newsletter. A complete roster can be downloaded below. Please ensure the treats are delivered to Reception by 12 pm on the day you are rostered.
We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program. During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you. Our tally was just over 3,000 points - this year we are aiming to hit 5,000 points!
For the next few months, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths, you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet (copies available at Reception). Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back to school or you can drop them into our specially marked MCC Woolworths collection box.
The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and much, much more!
We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at Reception.
Few topics in today’s media-saturated world can get a parent or teacher ranting like kids and video gaming. According to Pew Research Center*, 72% of teens have played video games in the last year, and they only represent 28% of the video-game-playing population. The video gaming world often represents unknown territory to parents, though, and their attempts to enforce boundaries and limits on their gaming kids typically end in tension and conflict.
Video games developed a bad reputation among child psychologists in the 1980s and after, when home gaming first became affordable for the average family. Most of the advice given to parents was anecdotal; child behaviorists and teachers worried about what appeared to be a glazed-eye of gaming young people. As video game technology vastly improved toward the century’s end, gaming options exploded from simple, pixelated viewing and simplistic goals to intricately animated universes, awe-inspiring digital effects, full musical scores, A-list voiceover talent, and vastly more complicated objectives. But the questions and worries they inspire remain.
How should I handle unhealthy gaming?
It’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits with games—they’re designed to be addictive. How can we help our kids stay of sound mind rather than letting their hobbies consume them?
The first step is understanding and empathy. It’s startlingly easy to develop a dependence on gaming. Video games offer a simpler representation of our real lives, one in which every problem has a solution that can be reached in a handful of hours. We crave the dopamine release associated with accomplishments, and video games offer continuous hits. And, as with many addictive behaviors, video game addiction can often arise as a symptom of deeper problems—loneliness, dissatisfaction, purposelessness, and others.
Because addiction often serves as a salve to the feeling of disconnection, it’s important not to make your teen feel attacked or devalued when you broach the topic of their habit. Ease into it. Express an interest in their favorite games. Show them that you care about them and, by extension, the things they care about. With that foundation, you can start having conversations about what the habit is doing to them, and how they can regain control without abandoning something they feel is a part of their identity.
Encourage your teens to pursue games in a healthy way that honors themselves and God. They don’t have to cut themselves off entirely; it’s possible to spend a reasonable amount of time on their hobby without losing the ability to engage with the people around them.
Though the Bible is silent on video gaming, it is anything but silent on conviction of the Holy Spirit on right and wrong (John 16:7–9) and on doing whatever is necessary to keep God the ultimate priority in the believer’s life (Philippians 3:7–10). God also wants every Christian to know unequivocally that, even in our failures (Psalm 143:10), we are valued, gifted, forgiven by His grace, and therefore fully good enough (Psalm 139:13–14; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 15:7; Romans 8:1).
Video games offer an immersive form of entertainment—a way to amuse ourselves or to detach. And whatever value they can offer, they cannot replace a relationship with your teen or a growing walk with Christ. Enjoy them responsibly.
The above text is taken from A Parent's Guide to Video Games by Axis.org.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord