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Macarthur Anglican School Bulletin
No. 2, Week 4 - Summer Term 2017
From the Headmaster

It has been quite obvious from recent enrolments, enrolment enquiries and the growing demand of Macarthur as the school of first choice for so many families, that the strong academic results achieved over many years, particularly the last three years, have been an important driver in parental choice. It is clear from parents seeking a place at Macarthur that the academic programme offered is very strong and is achieving excellent results across the board.  

Last year’s HSC results demonstrated that students from right across the academic scope achieved well and as a result are now pursuing educational courses or work options of their choice. The Macarthur staff have worked very hard over the past few years to refine what we do and build an academic culture within staff and students of continual improvement and achievement.  This goes beyond what occurs in the classroom to the co-curricular activities also offered.

Interestingly, year after year shows that the students who perform above, and often well above expectation in the HSC, are those who also participate in the full life of the school during their years at the School.  The few students who pretend that they are “too cool for school” and only want to turn up to class and not be involved in the wider life of the school, often do themselves a great disservice. Our wide array of co-curricular offerings are not there by accident, they are designed to develop within the students' skills and resources that complement and add to the academic programmes of the School.

You may want to read a little more about why Macarthur had developed such a broad range of co-curricular activities here, which is a link from the school website. The recent Junior Swimming Carnival and the Senior Carnival which was on today, as well as the Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals are all an extension of this holistic academic development.  It saddens me as Headmaster that a small minority of students choose to distance themselves from these opportunities, in what I believe to be detrimental to their academic engagement with school and therefore potential success.

I am so delighted when I see students involved, as I have seen in the past week, in the various sporting carnivals and competitions, in music or performance, in Duke of Edinburgh, the Outdoor Education camps, the Agricultural Show Team, the Robotics Club, the Chess Club, the lists goes on and on. Of course one of the implications of a strong academic programme and the complementary co-curricular offerings is the inherent cost of offering this diversity.  All these characteristics are what make the Macarthur Way so successful. The School Council and I are well aware of the cost of a Macarthur education and we thank you for placing trust in the School to educate your children at significant cost.  However, as a parent of children at the school (one now at university pursuing her dream), I can attest to the amazing benefit a Macarthur education has. The cost is significant but the benefit is demonstrable.  What a great investment.  Encourage your children to get involved as the vast majority of activities do not cost any more and yet the benefits will be significant.

To the students - in order to make the most of your Macarthur education be sure to get involved, be prepared to go outside of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and you will be surprised at what you can achieve.

David Nockles

The School has been informed by Camden Council that there will be significant road works on Cobbitty Road between Macquarie Grove Road and the School's entrance.

The Headmaster is appreciative of Camden Council, who have agreed to commence road works at 9.00am each morning and all going well conclude at 2.00pm each afternoon.  It is expected that this work will take several months.
From the Deputy Headmaster
Car Park Matters
 
Every February the parent car park reminds me of my visit to the dentist: I need to attend to it annually, but it is never pleasant.
 
The proper use of the car park is critical to the safety of our children.  It can work near perfectly when everyone does the right and sensible thing.
The designated pick up and drop off point in the school car park is NOT a place to park and leave your vehicle … just as the signs say.
Parents who walk their child to and from school should park their vehicle in one of the designated spaces only.  And no student should ever enter the car park unaccompanied by an adult.
 
By observing this very simple rule we will ensure the effective flow of traffic and more importantly, the safety of all the children.  Please play your part.
Parent Use of Student Toilets

Parents, if nature calls while you are on school premises please refrain from using student toilet facilities. Our job is to keep students safe.  It is neither safe for students nor wise for adults to make use of student facilities on site.  Our teachers will happily lead you to an appropriate staff facility for your use at such times.

Does your child walk to School?

As housing development grows in close proximity of Macarthur an increasing number of students residing in Harrington Grove and Kirkham Lanes are walking to and from school each day.  Prior to this development, students were not permitted to walk to and from school and nor did they desire to because of the long distances involved. 

Despite the fact that there is a pedestrian access from which one can enter and exit the campus, parents are not encouraged to allow their child to cross the increasingly busy Cobbitty Road into the Harrington Grove Estate without their direct supervision.

Despite the School’s repeated and longstanding request for a crossing there are no immediate or distant plans by the authorities to build one.  The provision of a supervised crossing is even less likely. 

As it is not within the School’s ability or authority to supervise students crossing a public road, especially without any designated place to cross, we wish to encourage parents to supervise the arrival and departure of their children who are walking to and from school.

Should you have any concerns or questions about the matters raised in this letter please direct them to me or our Dean of Students, Mr Timothy Cartwright.

The Collection of your Child Following Afternoon and Evening Events
 
I am sure like me most of you appreciate the many hours staff give of their own time for co-curricular events for the benefit of the children.  What you may not know is that our staff are not allowed to leave your child unattended and unsupervised until you arrive to collect them.
 
Sadly, some parents are leaving staff waiting up until an hour after the conclusion of an afternoon or evening event before arriving to collect them.  Please be more mindful of the inconvenience you cause in such situations, not to mention the discourtesy towards generous staff.  I do hope parents will be more thoughtful in this regard.

The Forgotten Siblings
 
Do you belong to one of those families who took thousands of photographs of your first child, and then when the second or third came along there is hardly any photographic evidence of their existence?
 
If so, you may have also forgotten to register your other child(ren) or failed to enrol them for school next year. If this sounds like you, be sure to check.
 
With all the building in our area, spaces are filling much quicker than in previous years. Although preference is always given to siblings, it is important to let us know they are coming. Making sure they get exactly the same opportunities as your first child will save you future counselling sessions and endless grief in ‘discussions’ at family barbecues for the rest of your life! So don’t hesitate. Get online now and complete the necessary forms.
 

Andrew Kokic
From the Dean of Studies

I am sure you are aware that on Tuesday this week, the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) released new syllabuses for English, Science, History and Mathematics for implementation in 2018. Students in the current Year 10 cohort will study these courses in Year 11 next year.  The calculus-based Mathematics syllabus is still being refined, but NESA also plans for this to be taught to Year 11 in 2018.  NESA now plans to review the remaining Year 11 and 12 syllabuses, starting with Technology and some Asian Languages.
 
While I haven’t had a chance to read all of these syllabuses in detail, it is clear that there are some exciting, interesting, yet challenging changes. Since the announcement, there has been a buzz in our Staff Centre with teachers talking about what is new, what they like and dislike, what new resources they might need and how they may need to change lessons to meet the demands and satisfy the changes of the new curriculum.  
 
The HSC was last revised in 1999 (for implementation in 2000) - the year that I started teaching at Macarthur. Of course, the world (and teaching) has rapidly changed since that time. In 1999 each Faculty was assigned a desk top computer to share and some of the classrooms still had blackboards. Now every teacher has a laptop and all of our students have iPads. The technological shift has impacted greatly on teaching and learning and while our teaching pedagogy has kept up with these changes, the curriculum for many subjects has not. During that time, the school leaving age has also increased to seventeen and now very few students are leaving prior to completing the HSC. This means that we have a much more diverse student group completing Year 12.
 
The new curriculum brings some major shifts for some subjects with the content knowledge being re-conceptualised or changed completely. Perhaps the biggest structural change is happening in Maths with the proposal of a Common Assessment scale similar to English.
 
The new syllabuses aim to better prepare students for their future which we know will be so different to what the future looked like for students twenty years ago. Increasingly there is a need for students to interact in an ever-changing world where skills like intercultural communication, technical know-how, adaptability, problem-solving, resilience and the like are highlighted. As such, the new curriculum focusses on depth rather than breadth of content. At Macarthur, we are pleased with this reform as it aligns with our academic goal of placing more emphasis on concepts and understanding rather than just content and knowledge. We are committed to providing students with skills of how to think deeply.  There is less room for rote learning in the new curriculum and students will be expected to apply their higher order thinking skills more.
 
There seems to be a return to the more ‘pure’ Sciences for Physics and Chemistry with Mathematics having a greater place to play in these courses.  In English, there are fewer texts on offer for study. Students will still be expected to study Shakespeare and the Classics but will also be expected to show their ability to craft their writing with a thorough knowledge of grammar. In History, there will be more emphasis on historiography and students will learn how the modern world was shaped with an expansion of topics including a non-Western and non-European topic.
 
It will be our challenge to help bring these courses to life so that we can inspire and engage our students at the same time as helping them navigate the rigour and demands of the new courses. 
 
Melissa Gould-Drakeley
Dean of Students

Macarthur was recently recognised by the NSW Sports and Recreation as having made it into the ‘Top 100’ Award units in NSW.  Nationally, out of 950 organisations that facilitate the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, Macarthur ranked 24th in Award completions and 36th for overall participants in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
 
These figures are testament to the popularity of the Awards scheme and the value in which both staff and students place in the programme.  All Macarthur staff involved in making the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme available to the students, volunteer their time (in most cases, weekends and public holidays) hiking through National Parks.
 
A research pilot conducted by Western Sydney University in 2015 reported that:

“improvements to a Participant’s self-confidence, ability to cope with change (resilience), leadership, overall effectiveness and active involvement could be directly attributed to participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award….”
 
There is no doubt that students involved in co-curricular activities such as Duke of Edinburgh are more engaged in their schooling and have developed a greater sense of belonging to their school.  Completing the Award is a self-managed task which offers great reward to all those who receive their certificates and badges at the completion of each level.
 
It is imperative that students realise the importance of maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of their Award categories by regularly logging their hours on the online record book.  Any students needing direction in the administration of the Award should make time to see me to offer guidance and provide clarification of Skills, Community Service or Physical Activity.
 
Students typically move through from Bronze into Silver after about twelve months. Therefore, most students in Year 10 should be at the Silver level and completing this for the longer requirements of Gold through their Senior years.  The requirements for Gold are longer in every aspect (including the hikes) with the addition of a residential project.  Only students over 16 years of age are eligible for beginning the Gold Award.
 
Students beginning at the Bronze level are able to borrow hiking packs until they commit to continuing through each level.  No tents will be made available to students and it is advisable that students pair up with friends to ensure that cooking equipment and tents can be shared to minimise costs. By the time students reach Gold, it is expected that the necessary equipment including tents, backpack, cooking equipment and boots have been purchased to sustain a four day hike.
 
From time to time, students are unable to attend the planned hikes throughout the year.  Unfortunately, the only options for ensuring the Journey component is complete is for students to attend a school-organised hike at the next level up or register with an outside provider.  All components must be signed by an assessor and uploaded into the communication section of the online record book.
 
Please contact me if clarification is needed of any aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Tim Cartwright
Community Chat
Last week we held our New Families Breakfast. It was a lovely time to meet and welcome many new faces to our school. Of course breakfast was yummy, but the real treat was seeing new connections made between parents and families.
 
Playgroup has resumed this week. We have moved to the After School Care Room, situated near the Heads of School Office and meeting every Monday from 8.30am–9.30am. Please contact me if you would like more information about Playgroup for your pre-schooler.
Karyn Ingram
Year 8 History - Medieval Day Show

Q.  Why were the early days of history in Europe called the Dark Ages?
A.  Because there were so many knights!
 
Fortunately for our Year 8 History students the quality of the facts and amusing anecdotes presented to them in an interactive and entertaining two hour show recently was much more amusing than this “dad joke”.
 
On Tuesday 21 February the annual Medieval Show took place in the School Chapel. Our students were able to experience life in Medieval Europe through graphic descriptions and recreations of battle, medicine, sickness and disease, as well as social customs and traditions and the opportunity to try on various pieces of armour and clothing of the time.
 
A number of our students also took part in the presentation, donning various pieces of armour, helms, shields, swords, battle-axes and spears, and illustrating the art of combat and chivalry from centuries gone by.
 
I liked how we were allowed to hold the weapons and try on the armour… Who knew dress-ups could be so educational? – Muthuli Gunawardena
 
It was brilliant when the arm went flying through the air, and hilarious when the smallest person was armed with the biggest weapon. It brought colour and realism to the Middle Ages that we’re studying. – Sophia Ellsmore
 
I found it funny at some stages and gross at others, especially when they described the medical treatments. – Ruth Alexander
 
Ben and Lady Diana delivered us an interesting show. I enjoyed learning about the... armour. I also found Lady Diana trying to kill Ben with the sword scary. – Codi Gibbeson
 
And the last word goes to our Norman peasant of the day…
 
The presentation was very cool and the props were real. This gave what we’ve learned perspective. – Alex Frankum
 
Paul Stevens
Faculty Head, History and International Studies
Student Achievements
Basketball Gala Day Results
Very proud of the students who played a full day of competitive games with enthusiasm and great sportsmanship.  Both teams show development in skills throughout the day.  The girls team cam equal third and the boys seventh.  Special congratulations to Tahlia Grounds (Year 6) on receiving a selection to represent NASSA at CIS.

Daniel Hordern 
Years 3-6 Sports Co-ordinator
On 9 November The Headmaster, The Chaplain, The Year 12 Advisor and the School Prefects attended the Archbishop's Commissioning Service for Prefects at St Andrew's Cathedral.  Macarthur joined thirty three other Anglican schools from across the Diocese.
Show Team News

Six students along with two staff members attended the Kangaroo Valley Show on the weekend.  It was an excellent day and as Kangaroo Valley often does, they had four seasons in one day with a massive storm to finish the day just after the cattle were all back on trucks.

The results were as follows:

Steer Classes
Cassias - second from twelve steers
Santa - third from twelve steers.  Santa was actually bred at Macarthur.
Bear - fourth from twelve steers.

Junior Beef Cattle Judging Zone Final
Brooke Baker (Year 11) First.  Brooke will now represent the zone at Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Junior Paraders

14 Years and Younger
Rose Jansen (Year 7) - Finalist
Emily Nieuwenhuis (Year 9) - Finalist
Nellie Jansen (Year 5) - Fifth in Final
Codi Gibbeson (Year 8) - Fourth in Final
Jackson Buda (Year 9) - Second in Final
Grace Jansen (Year 9) - First in Final

15-16 Years
Brooke Baker - Third in Final
Merryn Bowman (Year 11) - Second in Final

17-18 Years
Jack Jansen (Year 12) - Fourth in Final
Stephanie Hennings (Year 12) - Third in Final

F002 Sydney Royal Qualifying Final (To represent Zone at Sydney Royal Easter Show in Cattle Parading)
Merryn Bowman - Finalist
Jackson Buda - Finalist
Grace Jansen - Top 10 - Represent the Zone
Stephanie Hennings - Top 10 - Represent the Zone
Jack Jansen - Top 10 - Represent the Zone

Congratulations and well done!
David Baker

 
Snowsports Programme 2017

Deposits for the Programme are due on Monday 27 February 2017.  Please click the link below to pay your deposit via trybooking.

https://www.trybooking.com/247686

Should you wish to know any more information about the programme please click on the link below:

www.macarthur.nsw.edu.au/snowsports
From the Head of Junior School

Change is inevitable, both for adults and children. Personally, these past few months have been a wonderful time of change and growth as I commenced my new role at Macarthur. Many families have also joined our Junior School community and we welcome you to our school family and pray that you will settle in quickly and enjoy learning at Macarthur. We are so privileged to be a part of an engaging, innovative and dynamic school.

Each year we consider a Junior School theme. This year our theme centres around the character of Dory. This acronym stands for:

Depending
On God’s
Real love for
You

Even though change in all stages of our lives is inevitable, it is important to remember that God’s love for each individual does not change. I look forward to working alongside our families as we grow and change together throughout the year.

Estelle Stelzer

Kindergarten News
Kindergarten has had a great time settling in to school routines, getting to know new friends as well as their teachers.  We share goals encouraging us to learn to be good friends and to well work together.
 
The students are enthusiastic about learning the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.  We enjoyed cooking Pink Pig cup cakes to help us remember the ‘p’ sound.  Everyone had a chance to help make and decorate their own Pink Pig cup cake.  We all agreed the cakes tasted great too!
 
The children enjoy Gymnastics for weekly sport.  The professional teachers from Yotala Gymnastics bring along different equipment each week and the students rotate in small groups to various activities.  It is wonderful to see the students improving their balance and co-ordination while enjoying themselves so much.
Mrs L Cowper, Mrs D Pleskun and Mrs M Tindal
After School Care News - Origami Dogs
'At after school care we have all enjoyed making origami puppy dogs. It was hard to start with but we got used to it and now they are easy. They are bright and colourful and they look cute.'
Phoebe Walker 3R
From the Head of Middle School
‘The Little Things’
It has been an industrious and enjoyable start to 2017 as I find my feet as the new Head of Middle School.  What a privilege for me to be able to serve God in this capacity.

I addressed all students in Years 5-9 in the recent Middle School Assembly where I talked about the importance of getting  ‘the little things’ right. When we get the little things right the ‘big things’ fall into place. A shirt out, incorrect socks, poor behaviour choices, wearing inappropriate jewellery and hair choices are just some of the minor things that when not addressed can add up to be something bigger. The way a student wears their uniform says a lot about the respect they have (or don’t have) for their School. I am sure we have all at one stage been walking through the shopping centre and made comment about a certain school as we observe the behaviour or appearance of students from that school. We make our judgements from those types of encounters.

It is important we get these little things fixed so we can concentrate on much more important things. I have been pleased that most students have chosen to try hard to work on these little things. 
Kylie Elling

Busy Mathematicians!

Here are a number of our students in Years 5 & 6 working on their problem solving skills. It requires a lot of perseverance, patience and plain hard work!
Dancing with Mrs Barnes
Students in Year 5 and Year 6 have been enjoying their dance sessions with Mrs Leanne Barnes each Tuesday afternoon. There’s a lot of movement and often a lot of perspiration throughout the workshops. The Macarena is a favourite at the moment! 
Australia vs China
At the beginning of the Term we had a number of Year 6 international visitors who were at Macarthur as part of a study tour. One Wednesday afternoon a challenge was set. It was China against Australia in a basketball showdown. In the end China won 8-4! What a wonderful way to celebrate the many cultures we have and how we can create some healthy rivalry. 
From the Head of Senior School
Examination Term (Year 12) and Homework
It is difficult to believe that Year 12 are already thinking ahead to examinations this early in the new year. However, Summer Term is an examination Term for Year 12 students.  One of the best strategies to overcome the stress and pressures of examinations is to be well-prepared and to start your preparation early.
 
For study or homework to be effective, students should be doing a little bit often across all subjects.  As a guide, students should be completing the following amount of study or homework each week:

Year 10:   10 hours
Year 11:   12 hours
Year 12:   15 - 18 hours
 
Driving
Congratulations to those students who have obtained their Provisional Driving Licence over the holidays and last few weeks.  A reminder to parents and students that in order to drive to or from school students will need to apply for approval after they obtain the licence but before they start driving to school.  Notes are available from the Heads of School Office.  Driving is a privilege and it is important that students recognise the responsibility.
 
 
High Achievers Mayoral Reception
Last week Camden Council recognised those students from across the Camden region who achieved excellent results in the HSC subjects.  While some Macarthur students could not be in attendance due to the beginning of their Tertiary Studies, Macarthur was well represented.  Students were presented a certificate and a gift from the Mayor, Lara Symkowiak and Member for Camden, Mr Chris Patterson MP.
 
University of Wollongong Visit
Students in the Senior Years are strongly encouraged to be thinking about their life beyond school.  As such on Monday Year 12 attended at the University of Wollongong Discovery Day.  This was a highly motivating day and has given our Year 12’s a lot to consider.
Scott Bedingfield

Reports from Year 11 Burrill Pines Camp

We started off the week with a hotter than comfortable day, which at the time is what seemed as though would be the norm for the rest of the week although it proved to cool down as the week went on.

After our stop at McDonalds we had a shopping stop at Coles to get all of our own supplies for the week. We had a certain budget we needed to stick to and as a rule, most groups were pretty close to their allocated amount of money.

After shopping we soon after arrived at Burill Pines only a short bus trip away, and got settled into our rooms and/or pitched our tents.

For the next three days each group would participate in both a 'fun' activity and a service activity.

These included surfing,stand-up paddle boarding, inflatables and kayaking, visiting a nursing home to speak to a few of the residents and helping out at the Burrill Pines motel where we were staying and gardening for people associated with the local church.

Although these service activities didn't seem as exciting as surfing, or stand-up paddle boarding, after participating in them and just having a go at what was on offer, they really proved to be some of the best parts of the camp.  Whether it was listening to the nursing home residents' stories over the karaoke or even digging a trench to clear a blocked drain a Burrill Pines, they were truly great experiences that were made fun and exciting by everyone involved.

Jack Franklin and Lola Salzmann

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