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Macarthur Anglican School Bulletin
No. 16, Week 4 - Spring Term 2019
From the Acting Headmaster

In July 1971 former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser famously stated, "Life was not meant to be easy." I was only five years old at the time, so I can’t remember the original delivery, but my father certainly quoted it to me over and over throughout my childhood and teenage years any time I complained about the unfairness of life. Indeed, I have discovered that quite a number of my generation were reminded of this truism by their teachers and parents throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Fraser was often (unfairly) criticised by his political enemies for this statement, delivered as it was in his polished, upper middle class speaking voice. In truth, however, he didn’t intend to sound gloomy or condescending. Rather, Fraser believed that life’s struggles presented a motivation for us to take on life’s challenges. 

I very much doubt a politician could say such words today without committing electoral suicide. The fact that life is a struggle is something modern Australians don’t want to hear or believe. We want all problems fixed … or at least remedied, so that we suffer no adverse impact. The difficulty is that our worldview is in conflict with reality. We see this in our over-regulated workplaces where, for fear of litigation, every possible negative scenario must be accounted for before any positive action can take place. And yet bad things still happen. In a strange irony, just a couple of weeks ago a tradie suffered skin burns from the reflective strip on his hi-viz jacket. Who could have predicted it?

Much that my father’s oft repeating of Fraser’s statement as a teenager would irritate me no end, there was a certain comfort in it. When I was hit with an unfairness or an unpleasant circumstance of life, I knew deep down that God and the universe were not just out to get me personally. Difficulties and challenges were built into the very fabric of life and, much as we try, there was no way anyone could avoid them … not even the posh Prime Minister himself! Life’s struggles knew no economic or social boundaries. The experience of struggle is a great equaliser, though paradoxically some of us will struggle more than others. Life was not meant to be easy.

But is this a lesson we are giving our children today? Or are we creating a snowflake generation where we bubble wrap them from every adverse circumstance of life or worse, shield their ears from any idea they don’t like to hear? I am becoming increasing dismayed that many of our university campuses are fostering environments that have become intolerant to divergent ideas, and even to scientific facts, if they don’t suit the narrative the students want to believe.

Fraser’s quote was in fact a paraphrase of a line from a George Bernard Shaw play: "Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.” Often the struggle of life, once overcome, is the delightful part of it. My elderly father speaks with much fondness about growing up in the war years, even though he was a displaced person, often in fear for his life and regularly hungry. My mum is similar. The Great Depression appears to have failed to depress her 😀. On a much smaller scale closer to home our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students just completed the most difficult hike Mr Cartwright has ever led them on. It was hard and painful, but at the end they were exuberant. ‘This was the best hike ever sir!’ Was their collective view.

When Fraser first made his famous statement he had been reflecting on the thesis put forward by historian Arnold Toynbee that throughout history nations rose and fell depending on the manner and character of their response to life’s challenges. 

What will be Australia’s future if we insist on bubble wrapping our children and producing a snowflake generation?

Andrew Kokic

Community Chat

Setting up iPad Restrictions

Dear Parents,

There are two ways of controlling your child’s iPad. 

  • Family Zone (This will control your child’s network use in the home and school)
  • A screen time passcode on the device (This will control the iPad device everywhere - including school)

To completely manage your child’s device you need to use BOTH methods of control. This does not make you Joseph Stalin. It makes you a good parent.

Some parents have expressed concern with their son or daughter’s use of the iPad at school outside of class time. They have complained that Family Zone is not doing its job. Not true!! Family Zone at home and school can manage the network at home and school. It can’t manage the device itself. 

If there are apps on your child’s device that you don’t want them to use at all during school hours then using the screen time passcode is the answer to your problem.

To help parents set up and manage the screen time passcode on your child’s device we have uploaded a ‘how to’ document on our website. Please follow the instructions given in this link: http://www.macarthur.nsw.edu.au/setting-up-ipad

If you have not set up Family Zone for your child, I strongly recommend that you do that too. By all reports from other parents, Family Zone are very helpful when you contact them with any issues or questions you may have.

A Final Warning

When you set up these systems effectively on your child’s iPad and other devices you are bound to be told that you are the ‘worst parent ever,’ and ‘no-one else (in the world) has such terrible restrictions placed on their life.’Not true! Don’t lose your nerve! There is hardly a parent I interview that does not have at least some restrictions in place. United we stand 😀 

Andrew Kokic

News from Our Hungarian Exchange Students

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be thrown into a totally new culture, atmosphere and country, one that is completely unique and nothing like anything you’ve experienced before? Well for the past four weeks, we have been blessed with the incredible opportunity to do just that, living and studying in the beautiful country, Hungary. 
 
The city of Miskolc, Hungary’s fourth largest city, with a population of around 160,000 is home to an abundance of Hungarian historical monuments, buildings, churches, and attractions. The School that we are attending in Miskolc, Lévay József Református Gimnázium és Diákotthon, is a reformed high school and boarding house. The School itself was established 460 years ago, and over the course of its history, has been used as a German army base, a public high school and as a reformed church school, as it is today.
 
The School, Lévay, specialises in teaching English with programmes tailored towards all levels of speaking. We’ve been placed into a range of different English classes across all grades and abilities within the School, in the hope that we can engage with our peers to aid and encourage their English learning process. During our other lessons throughout the day we attend classes such as Drawing, PE and Swimming. These are a great break from the traditional classroom setting and allow us to partake in something different, providing a refreshing variation from the otherwise studious days. 

In addition to classes at Lévay, we also attend a language school where we are enrolled in a  Hungarian language course. This involves learning Hungarian vocabulary, grammatical rules, pronunciation and a range of other language skills and techniques, which help with understanding and communicating in Hungarian. We have also found it extremely helpful being around Hungarian speakers, as this enables us to listen and learn from them, as well as occasionally practicing and implementing our learning into real situations.
 
Our experiences here differ greatly from what we were used to and what we came to rely on at home. Unlike in Australia, here in Hungary we are able to experience dorm life, living with a host family, and a historic culture - hundreds of years older than that of Australia.

With almost 200 students living in one building, not only from Lévay, but also other schools around Miskolc, each day we are able to connect with a diverse community of people from all different walks of life. Prior to our arrival, the prospect of dorm life was unknown, and a little daunting to both of us. Having always lived at home, it was massively different from what we were used to and what we expected. It took a while to adjust to having less personal space than at home, sharing a communal bathroom, common area, and small living space with 4 other people. But with this also came a more affectionate environment, where people are more friendly and outgoing, often engaging in conversation, and putting in effort to form friendships. This has allowed us to build relationships with many people, regardless of age. 
 
We’ve both been fortunate enough to be placed in very loving and welcoming host families, who go out of their way to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. With our host families, we’ve been taken to see many attractions and historical locations in and around Miskolc such as: Miskolc-Tapolca, Tiszadob, Debrecen, Lillafüred and Diósgyőri vár. Although, for us the highlights haven’t just been sightseeing, but more so getting to know our families, relatives, friends, and people in the villages that we live in. It is in these moments with friends and family that we are able to truly experience the Hungarian culture and family life. As well as travelling around Miskolc, visiting Budapest was a memorable occasion, as we were overwhelmed with the historical beauty and the availability of activities and entertainment. We were truly taken aback with the immense amount of history that the city held, we were able to see international landmarks such as: 
 
  • The Hungarian Parliament Building
  • The Chain Bridge
  • Buda Castle
  • Theatres
  • Thermal Baths
  • Museums
 
Although we’ve only been here a short time, the abundance of activities, experiences, and cultural differences has provided us with a unique insight into the Hungarian way of life. Both of us are thoroughly enjoying the exchange, and all the opportunities it has presented. We are looking forward to the rest of our time here, and continuing to engage in the Hungarian culture.
 
Sziasztok!
Madi and Ethan
Show Team News

Despite the massive dust storms, wind, heat and the occasional fly we had a very good time in Scone on the 25-27 October. At the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza there were 398 steers and over 850 students entered from all areas of the state so there was some excellent competition. On Friday we arrived and weighed our steers and they were put into their respective weight classes.
 
Our five steers were judged on Saturday morning :

Pluto was placed 3rd/18 steers in his class paraded by Megan Baker.
Chip was placed 6th/18 and Highly Commended in his class paraded by Holly Reinke.
Goofy was competitive however, unplaced/18 in his class paraded by Jackson Buda.
Dale was placed 1st/18 paraded by Luke Krvavac.
Micky was competitive however, unplaced /18 paraded by Grace Jansen.

To win a ribbon at this type of competition is a real achievement, so to have 3/5 steers winning one was a testament to the work of the students.
 
In the Paraders Competitions our students also excelled:

Adam Krvavac awarded 2nd/15 students in his class.
Austin Ebeling awarded 3rd/15 students in his class.
Megan Baker awarded 3rd/15 students in her class.
Luke Krvavac awarded 6th/15 and Highly Commended in his class.
Holly Reinke awarded 6th/15 and Highly Commended in her class.
Jackson Buda awarded 1st/15 in his class and was placed 4th in the final. This meant he was 4th/135 students - an exceptional effort.
 
In Junior Judging:

Grace Jansen was placed 6th/75 and Highly Commended in her age group.
Megan Baker was placed 1st/180 students in her age group.
 
Thanks as always to Paul McCarthy for all his work behind the scenes, feeding and working with the students and animals. Thanks also to Milton Gower who continues to support the show team with his encouragement and willingness to accompany our students to shows.
David Baker
Macarthur Theatre Club

On Thursday 31 October, eleven students and Mrs. Margin attended the inaugural ‘Macarthur Theatre Club’ outing. Select Year 10, 11 and 12 Elective Drama students took the opportunity to see the brand new Australian musical ‘Fan Girls’ by Yve Blake.

For some students, this was their first taste of professional theatre, and Belvoir Street Theatre did not disappoint. The show was outstanding – full of colour, hilarity and energy, along with a relevant and encouraging message for our young people.

The purpose of this Theatre Club is to give Drama students more opportunities to experience a variety of theatre styles, as they learn to be appreciative and critical theatre-goers. Our first outing was a huge success, with one student asking if we could see a show every two weeks! Plans are underway for our next show, this time we will head to a Sydney Theatre Company production.
Allie Margin

String, Band and Drum Corp Concert

Tuesday 29 October was a big performance night for our Music students in Year 4, 5 and 6. All students learn an instrument of choice for the year, taking them home to practice and having weekly tutorials with specialist tutors and staff. For many of our students this was their very first time performing to an audience and the pre-concert excitement was definitely evidence of the nerves that many of the students had. Year 4P had a practice run playing for the whole Junior School in their assembly which helped them a lot. Here are some of the comments made by the Year 6 student leaders:

I play the Violin. My favourite thing is hearing the end result of all our hard work. This year we have learnt hard pieces but I have really enjoyed them” Amelia Krvavac

This year I have been learning to play the Trombone. My favourite part of the Trombone is that instead of keys and buttons the Trombone has a slide to create the different notes. This year I have learnt The Eye of the Tiger, this has been a fun piece to learn. I have also played the Drums, Ukelele, Harmonica and the Cello.” Felix Petrin

This year I have learnt to play the Drums in Drum Corps. My favourite part has been learning new beats and having fun in class time. This year I have learnt many new rhythms and rudiments to play on the Drums. I enjoy Music because it can be very calming and soothing. I also enjoy Concerts, like being involved in the IPSHA performance earlier in the year at the Town Hall.” Jackson Neumann

From Jazz to traditional spirituals to our favourite classics, there was a huge variety of different items performed to delight the audience. Guest performances from the Preparatory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Performance Drum Corps, Swing Band and Stage Band showed our younger performance students the journey ahead of them as they continue to pursue playing their chosen instruments. A huge thanks to our Music Tutors and staff who have encouraged and organised students to make the most of this wonderful performance opportunity.

Inés Marrable - Faculty Head of Music Performance

 
Student Achievement

Lily Hreszczuk completed in the Shot Put at the PSSA Athletics Championships at Homebush yesterday. She made the final and came away in 8th place. Congratulations Lily on a commendable effort.
Spring Term Sport Clinics
From the Head of Junior School

Last Friday was extremely busy in the life of the Junior School!  Over the past few weeks, Year 4 have acquired sponsorship from their family and friends in order to raise money for the purchasing of bibles for Kindergarten students. The two grades came together in the morning and skipped to music, demonstrating their skills. 

As the day progressed, all students in Years T-4 were able to contribute to STAR day where the children brought in silver coins to raise money to support our school in Bangladesh. We aimed to cover a large star with coins and also sold cakes and biscuits to the children at recess.  A huge 'thank you' must go to the parents and families who baked and brought food to sell which contributed immensely to this day. The staff thank you for your ongoing support and kindness.  

Estelle Stelzer

Year 3

Science 
Science in Year 3 is always exciting when we get to put our scientific skills and knowledge to the test to design for a purpose. Recently, Year 3 studied energy with a focus on heat. Conducting investigations on heat movement, conduction and temperature we set out to harness the Earth's most abundant form of energy, the Sun. Our aim was to cook pizzas and s’mores in a box. The students brainstormed, designed, built, tested, rebuilt and tested again until they were certain it could be done. We then had to wait for a sunny day! Oh the joy that comes when we can complete a challenge and it ends in something yummy to eat.

History
As part of Year 3’s study of British Colonisation the students travelled to Wilberforce to explore The Australiana Pioneer Village. The village has many buildings that date back to the mid 1800s and provided the students first hand insights to what life in the 1800s would have been like not long after NSW was first colonised.
 
They were able to experience the harsh existence of school life back in the 1860s. The students were also amazed that most of the food and building materials were gathered from the land surrounding the village. Steel products for building and making farming equipment were forged at the local blacksmith. A single furrow plough was designed by the blacksmith at Wilberforce in the 1800s was used extensively in Australia and throughout the world. Bread and dairy foods were made in the home. The students were fascinated by inventions to keep perishable food cool such as wet cloth over a cage. They also found out that laundry was very hard work and took all day. Everyone had a set of clothes that they wore all week then changed for clean clothes to wear to church on Sunday.
 
While Year 3 were intrigued by what life was like, they were happy for the comfortable life of modern day Australia. They were grateful for the hard working pioneers that made Australia the wonderful country that it is today.
 
Rebecca Abdoo and Andrew Wood
From the Head of Middle School
Big Day In Junior

On Thursday 31 October, a group of twenty-one Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Big Day In Junior event held at Hilltop Road Public School. These students were invited to attend due to their previous commitment in the School’s co-curricular technology programmes like Robotics, Programming and 3D printing. 
 
The students took part in three one hour workshops. The first workshop was run by Robocup Australia. Students worked in groups to control a Lego EV3 robot to learn how to measure the distance the robot can travel in a single rotation. Using this information, they then worked together to code the fleet of robots to simulate a Mexican wave. There was lots of problem-solving and testing at the end of which they achieved success!
 
In the second workshop, the students worked with IT professionals from Technology One, a global software solutions company. Students worked in 'Two-Pizza Team' groups and worked together to prototype an application that would maximise the candy loot of a trick or treater. Each member of the team contributed by designing a screen design for the application. These were then put together and a working prototype was created and then pitched by the team to the whole class. The students did a brilliant job pitching their ideas.
 
Finally, in the last workshop, the students learned how to make healthy choices in their digital gaming diet by taking regular breaks. They played collaborative video games and had hands-on experience with a number of STEM projects using littleBits, raspberry Pi and the Makey Makey.
 
It was truly a valuable experience for all the students who attended and we hope to run this excursion again next year. For any students who are interested in attending next year, they must ensure they actively take part in co-curricular technology programmes offered. 
Sarah Tor
From the Head of Senior School
We have had a busy start to Spring Term in the Senior School, with each year group participating in an event with the aim of making new connections and building on relationships. We are also nearing the end of the HSC examinations for our Year 13 cohort.
 
Year 10 Cruise
 
On Wednesday 30 October the Year 10 cohort went into Darling Harbour for a Welcome to Senior School cruise. Two of the Prefects, Paige and Tim did a talk on tips for surviving Senior School. It is always a nice reminder to know that our leadership team are always there to lend a piece of advice and help us out as we adjust into Senior School. Tim and Paige spoke about five key points which aimed to help us flourish. Number five was establishing good study habits early, number four was starting assignments early, number three was utilising your teachers, number two was getting involved and taking up every opportunity and finally, number one was coming together as a year group and getting to know each other. The aim of the day was to reassure us that we will be successful students in the senior school and allow us to spend time together as a peer group and celebrate our journey so far, as well as look forward to the abundant memories and opportunities which await us. One thing that I will not forget from that day was the way we all came together and reignited friendships with one another. Ayva Gibbs
 
The Cruise was an opportunity to be officially welcomed into the life of Senior School and receive advice for the next few years of schooling. Two Year 12 Prefects (Paige Evans and Timothy Gidiess) gave a short speech to advise us on the top five things we should do to make the most out of Senior School. It was great to be able get insights from older students who have walked the path before us and I’m sure all of us have taken something away. Something I will remember is that as a year group we need to grow together because Senior School is a journey and the tighter your grade is the smoother you sail. As they put it, we can’t fight the HSC alone we need to work together to tackle it. They encouraged us to talk to those who we may not have had much interaction with before. I think that’s what the Year 10 cruise was really all about; building a community and bringing our year group closer together in preparation for the hurdles Senior School will throw at us. Hannah Davey
Year 11 Connect Day
 
On Monday 28 October, Year 11 travelled to Kiah Ridge to participate in Connect Day. This was a great opportunity to connect with people I don't normally talk to. I learned new things about people I wouldn't get the chance to learn without this opportunity. Alex Trimarchi
 
The aim of Connect Day was to get to know our classmates a little more and work together as a group to solve challenges. The day involved in activities, group challenges, a scavenger hunt and good food. I learnt that everyone has different abilities in different activities and challenges, some people were more confident and assuring in their problem solving than others which then helped the others. Lyana Chohaili
 
I learnt many things from people that l had never held a conversation with through asking questions we were given. ­­I also learnt that l shared a birthday with somebody l hadn’t ever really said a word to. Being in quite a large year group this was an excellent opportunity to get to know your peers. Alexia Davidge
 
At Connect Day, I learnt to branch out from my group of friends and make connections with others in my year whom I would not usually talk to. This day was extremely beneficial, and it helped our year grow closer together. Charlotte Price
 
As a student in Year 11 I believe the day was successful in allowing us to form new relationships and rediscover old ones. It helped us to work together and learn how to understand each other better. Larissa MacDonald
Year 12 Ball

The Macarthur Ball signifies the start of our Year 12 cohort’s final year of schooling. It is a unique and special night with some formality, dancing and, of course, fun. 
 
The Ball was such a great opportunity to bond and connect with our fellow peers in a relaxed environment, it was such an enjoyable and unforgettable night. Olivia James
 
The Ball was fantastic night out to spend with our year and start Year 12 right and it was nice to see everyone dressed up. Cameron Simmons
 
I loved being able to come together as a cohort and dance the night away together - Mikayla Harris
 
The Macarthur Ball was a night I’ve been talking about since Middle School. Everyone looked so amazing and it was definitely a night to remember. Caitlin Mackie
 
The following is an extract from Libbi Kynaston’s student address from the night:
 
Over the past year we have spent 1248 hours getting to know each other. Next year we have a further 68,250 minutes together until our graduation. At times it may seem endless. We may find ourselves counting down the minutes. But in reality, we need to make the most of every second, strive for our personal best, be supportive of one another, and lead by example by setting the tone for all the years to follow. Our next year will be our most challenging year by far. There will be happy tears and sad tears. We will be pushed to our limits, stretching the threshold of what we call comfortable. But what’s most comforting is that we are in it together. Bound with support and encouragement, we are a team. We may all have weaknesses, but these are necessary to recognise and appreciate our strengths. It will be hard, and we need to expect that. But if we approach the year with a positive mind, we will be able to break through the barriers and jump all hurdles one by one. Let’s not take just one small step, let’s make it our giant leap.
Rebecca Joel
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