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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
March
29th PTA Fundraiser - Hot Cross Buns Orders Due
April
4th PTA AGM, 7pm in the Library
5th PTA Fundraiser - Hot Cross Buns delivered
7th Last day of Term 1
24th First day of Term 2
25th Public Holiday - ANZAC Day
The Department of Education and Training has issued a notice to the College that they will be collecting data from our database with regard to student residential addresses, level of education, and boarding status.   This information is supplied anonymously. Student names are NOT provided as part of this data collection process.   A notification from the Department of Education can be found below via the link, regarding this collection activity.
 

Please note that it is VERY IMPORTANT that the residential address that we have in our database is correct for your child.  If you have moved recently and think that we may not have your CURRENT address, please phone or email the College Office before Friday 31 March so that we can change the residential address held for your child.  Thank you for your urgent attention to this matter if changes to our records are required.  If you have any questions about this Government collection activity, email and phone contacts are noted in the Statement of Address Notification via the link above. 
FINAL COUNSELLOR'S CORNER UPDATE FOR TERM 1, 2017
What is mental health? What is mental illness? Aren’t they the same? These terms are often used to mean the same thing but, in fact, they are not. So what are they and what are the signs that someone is not mentally well? Take a look at these fact sheet developed by Reach Out (
click hereand Sane (click herefor insights into these questions.  As we reflect on the recent visit and presentation by Mr Nic Newling, we are reminded that positive mental health is everyone's concern, feeling safe to ask for help, and feeling safe to offer support to someone in need.
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Coming up in Term 2, we'll take a look at some issues confronting families including cyber-bullying, communicating with teenagers, parenting support, and the role of carers, to name a few.
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Have you found the resources posted here helpful throughout Term 1?  Are there any topics you would like further information on which may be relevant to your family or those around you?  Feel free to send me an email with your suggestions.  Janelle Tolley, Counsellor.
WINTER UNIFORMS COMMENCE MONDAY 24TH APRIL
Are you Winter Uniform ready? The Uniform Store is open extended trading hours to assist families with any Winter Uniform needs.  All students are to wear Winter Uniforms from the beginning of Term 2, Monday 24th April. The store's additional hours are Monday 3rd April 2.30pm to 6.30pm, Monday 24th April 8am to 12pm and Wednesday 26th April 8am to 6pm (in addition to regular store hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am-12pm, 12.30pm - 4pm).  You can also pick up some personalised clothing labels while in store.
STUDENT SERVICES IS BRIMMING WITH LOST PROPERTY ITEMS
Lost Property is located in Junior School Student Services behind the Front Office. At the moment we are overflowing with lost or left behind items, all unlabelled, including: towels and goggles from the swimming carnival, sports shoes and black leather school shoes, hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes, and many, many school uniform items.  If these items are not picked up by the end of Term 1 they will be donated.  Please remember to label all items so that if something arrives on our desk, we can contact you straight away.  The Uniform Store has a personalised labelling machine to make up labels for your items very cheaply.

The Commonwealth Bank student banking program continues during 2017 at Macquarie College.  A reminder to parents that banking takes place every Friday and the final day for banking in Term 1 is Friday 31st March.  There will be no banking on Friday 7th April.
Weekly special from Monday 27th March
Quiche with Assorted Fillings
Quiche $3.00, with salad $5.50

Final Week of Term from 3rd April 
Variety is the spice of Life ... Potluck Week
Cannelloni $6, Quiche $3, Taco Bake $3.50 and Arancini $4.50
The 2017/18 Entertainment Book is now available for pre-order!  Take advantage of the hundreds of offers in this year's edition, and claim your early bird bonuses when you order before 30 April 2017.
Click Here to download a copy of the flyer for full details about this year's program  
SENIOR SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER
March
29th Re-scheduled SS Cross Country
31st Year 12 Mid-year Exams commence
April
4th - 7th Year 7-11 Camp Week
May
11th & 13th SS Musical "Do You Remember The Time?"
30th Year 10 HSC Subject Expo Night
BOUQUETS TO YEAR 12 'TICK TOCK TWO' ALBUM LAUNCH 15 MARCH 2017
Throughout the course of this year, Year 12 Music has been working on an album of original songs and on Wednesday 15th March, they debuted their album on stage at Lizotte's. All students contributed to the composition of the album and they all performed amazingly well on stage. Nice songs were written and performed and very shortly the album will finish being recorded and will be available for sale. This album formed the Term 1 unit of work on Music from the 20th & 21st centuries.  Students have worked collaboratively every lesson to achieve this amazing outcome. Congratulations!  The concert recording can be viewed by clicking this link and photos can be seen by visiting the MC Performing Arts Facebook Page
MAKERSPACE OPENS CREATING NEW STEM INSPIRATION
Monday lunch and afternoon saw the launch of the TAS workshop as a STEM Makerspace. Students were encouraged to utilise the given space as an exploration into their own projects, interests and associated challenges.  Under the guidance and advice of Mr Watters and Mr Ross, students began to create their own projects during their free time to learn a new skill such as how to use the laser cutter or 3D printer, or even learn how something works by dismantling and analysing it. This is a new initiative from Macquarie College to further engage students of all interests and experience in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) activities at school. The TAS Workshop is open as STEM Makerspace every Monday lunch and every Monday afternoon from 3-4pm, with any student welcome to attend.

 
CALLING ON EXCHANGE HOST FAMILIES FOR 2017
Each year there are hundreds of students from around the world who choose to visit Australia. You can be part of this great experience by welcoming a French exchange student into your home.  Please
Click Here to read more, including some of the experiences of other College families that have hosted students over the years.
YEAR 12 CHEMISTRY STUDENTS INVESTIGATE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CONCENTRATIONS
Year 12 Chemistry students have started discovering the exact procedure of quantitative chemical analysis. Students are performing titrations to determine the unknown concentration of vinegar.
STUDENTS INFORMED AND INSPIRED BY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM EXCURSIONS
Students in our Yr 11 and Yr 12 Design and Technology classes visited the PowerHouse Museum and the Gosford Classic Car Museum recently.  Students saw the SHAPE exhibition of the top student projects in Design and Technology, Textiles and Industrial Technology for HSC 2016. They also attended a series of lectures specifically targeted to Design and Technology students.  On the way back to the College, students did a case study on how Innovation in the Automotive Industry has changed over time at the Gosford Classic Car Museum. Students came away from the excursion having a deeper understanding of key design concepts as well as a better insight on what can be achieved during their HSC Major Design Projects.

Lachlan and Nicholas (Year 12B) recently attended the 131st Australian Queen's Scout Award Ceremony at Government House in Sydney.  Lachlan and Nicholas were presented the highest award qualification by the Hon. David Hurley, Governor and Chief Scout of NSW. This was the culmination of four years work by both young men, that saw them develop Leadership, Resilience and Confidence in a number of outdoor and community activities. Lachlan is a second generation Queen's Scout with his father receiving this same award 36 years earlier, at the same venue.  Congratulations to both students for their outstanding achievements.
JUNIOR SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER
March
28th Great Aussie Bush Dance
29th JS Choir Retreat, Church Complex
31st PS and JS Cross Country
April
3rd - 5th Life Education Program
7th JS Mufti Day
Year 5S students enjoyed Story Time with Miss Brenda Walsh, during Brenda's whirlwind tour of Australia this month.
Kindergarten (KHT) and their 3B buddies, iced biscuits with orange icing and made lolly faces during Harmony Day activities.
EUREKA!  This was the sound of the students finding alluvial gold while panning in the creek on our adventure to Bathurst. Sixty-two students from Year 5 boarded the coaches on Monday morning and set off to find riches from the Bathurst Goldfields. Some of the highlights of the trip included visiting Abercrombie House, learning about the history of steam trains in NSW, viewing the beautiful Three Sisters at Echo Point and discovering how the people of the 1800's lived in colonial Australia. Throughout the trip, the students asked some amazing questions of the local historians we came across at the multitude of venues we visited. Snapshots of student experiences included: hearing the musket being fired at Abercrombie House * listening to the sounds of the stamper battery while crushing quartz * watching a mock whipping * riding on a steam train * cooking damper over a fire * pumping the bellows with the blacksmith * and dancing around the campfire being entertained with colonial music and poetry.
YEAR 1 IMMERSED IN SCIENCE WITH THE HELP OF SOME SPECIAL FRIENDS
Click Here to read the report about Year 1's recent science discoveries, including visits from David (Newcastle Museum) and Mr Woolley (Senior School).
YEAR 4 PADDLED AND PEDALLED ALL DAY DURING THEIR EXCURSION TO MYUNA BAY
The students in Year 4 enjoyed facing the challenges of kayaking, canoeing, BMX bike riding and archery at the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreational area. They supported and encouraged each other throughout the day which enabled all to participate enthusiastically.
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