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Junior and Senior School Calendars contain details about all events and activities at Macquarie College. Access these private calendars via your parent SEQTA Engage account.
 
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
February
6th Kindy and new student photographs
7th PTA Meeting (first for 2017)
13th Macquarie College Newsletter (fortnightly on Mondays)
15th Volunteer Induction & Morning Tea
March

7th VIP Guest & Mental Health Speaker, Nic Newling, 7pm
8th Open Day & Student Expo 
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME FROM THE UNIFORM STORE
Personalised Labels: Pick up a pack of uniform labels in-store, which can be printed on the spot! No pre-ordering necessary and you can prevent items from sitting unclaimed in Lost Property!  Use text and/or images to label clothing for as little as $0.50 per label, or a pack of 20 labels costs $9.
Price List: The Uniform Store Price List has been updated for 2017, with a small number of items having prices increased.  Parents are invited to download a copy of the Price List, and also view the important Parent Information Updates published in 2016 and sent home to families last year.  CLICK HERE to visit the Uniform Store page on our website.
Store Hours:  The Uniform Store is open every Tuesday and Thursday between 8am-12pm and 12.30pm-4pm. Special holiday hours are advised in advance via the Newsletter and on the
UNIFORM STORE page of our website.
Blazer Fittings: Senior School parents are invited to go to the online booking system via the MC PORTAL, to book your appointment for an official Macquarie College blazer fitting. Appointments are 15 minutes each and begin 8am Monday 6th February.  The last appointment is 5.45pm Friday 10th February.  No additional fitting sessions will be conducted after Friday 10th February.  Parents are reminded there is only one permitted Blazer style which features the current Macquarie College logo.  All Blazers with superseded logos were to be phased out during 2016 (including consignment purchases).  Please contact Nerissa Michell in the Uniform Store on 4944 3133 if you have any queries, otherwise a further copy of the Parent Information Update (February 2016) can be DOWNLOADED HERE.
MESSAGE FROM THE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
Family Fee Account Statements were sent via email on 19th January 2017.  Intention forms are to be returned by all families to the Business Office/Main Office as soon as possible.  If you have not received the Fee Account statement by email or are having trouble opening the attachments, please contact the Business Office as a matter of urgency via email accounts@mc.nsw.edu.au or call 49443127 (Bursar) or 49443166 (Business Manager). Reminder that the 5% Prompt payment discount requires the full net amount to be paid by 17th February 2017.

PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY 2016
Thank you to all parents who participated in the 2016 Satisfaction Survey.  Our Survey partners, Vividus Marketing, have analysed the results and we will be reviewing these over the coming weeks.  We will identify those areas of need expressed by our families through the survey, so that we can continue to improve the services delivered as well as enhance the spiritual, emotional and wellbeing outcomes sought from the ongoing participation of your children in the Macquarie College program.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP AS A COLLEGE VOLUNTEER IN 2017?
Thank you to everyone who has nominated to volunteer some time to assist within the College in 2017.  With a variety of roles and activities needing helpers, we look forward to welcoming you all to the Volunteer Induction and Morning Tea on Wednesday 15th February.  More volunteers are also welcome and information on joining our Volunteer Roster 2017 is available 
HERE.  If you have an hour or so to volunteer in our Canteen hub - particularly on Fridays - we'd love to hear from you!
Macquarie College is pleased to present Mr Nic Newling, Mental Health Speaker, who will be joining us on Tuesday 7th March for a series of informative and engaging sessions with students and staff about mental health, and building confidence to start conversations with friends, families and relevant experts to manage our mental health.  Nic will be presenting three sessions on that day, with the third for Macquarie College community members and their guests to be held in the Campus Church complex starting at 7.00pm.  This is a free event and online pre-registration will open shortly.  CLICK HERE to watch a short video about Nic's work in schools and the community.
Welcome to a new feature, the "Counsellor's Corner".  Macquarie College is pleased to welcome Mrs Janelle Tolley to the staff in 2017.  Janelle is a valued member of the extended Support Team and works part time (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 8am-4pm). We welcome Janelle, and encourage parents to liaise with their Class/Roll teachers or respective Heads of School regarding services which Janelle and the Support Team can provide to enhance your child's experience at Macquarie College.

Each newsletter I look forward to sharing with you information that may be of interest to our parent and carer community. Topics will change each newsletter so be sure to check in to see if the information is of interest to you.  This time I share information of particular relevance for families with children new to the school. CLICK HERE for our kindergarten families, the information featured is produced by Kids Matter and focuses on how we can best support a child with their transition to school. For families who have a children transitioning to the school from another school, the information produced by Reach Out may be of assistance, CLICK HERE to explore further. For our Senior Students, transition can be a nervous time involving relationships with new teachers and moving friendship groups. CLICK HERE to read the latest Families eNewsletter from Kids Matter focused on the return to school experience, particularly for those transitioning to high school.
I are excited to introduce a new initiative to support the sharing of information to our parent community. The Parent Information Hub is located in the Library and is a partnership with our Library staff. Building upon the existing book collection dedicated to parents for borrowing, we now have an expanded selection of reputable and informative booklets and brochures available to you free of charge. From time to time I will share with you information about featured booklets. This time, I bring your focus to a booklet published by the The Australian Government of Social Services called 'Children and Separation. A Guide for Parents'. This booklet provides insight into the impact of separation for children at various developmental stages and some helpful tips in how to best support your child through parental separation. Please pop in and have a look at this and what else is on offer.
THINKING, FEELING, BEHAVING PROGRAM FOR YEAR 7 STUDENTS
The Thinking, Feeling, Behaving Program is an emotional education curriculum for adolescence and this year Macquarie College will introduce this program for our Year 7 cohort. Year 7 students will take part in this program once per week, starting in Term 1 Week 4. The program will continue until the end of Term 2. This program is engaging and interactive and will offer the students the opportunity to learn positive mental health concepts. Janelle Tolley, our College Counsellor, will facilitate these groups. This program is recognised by both the Kids Matter and Mind Matter mental health initiatives.

SEASONS FOR GROWTH – SENIOR SCHOOL GROUPS
Seasons for Growth is a program that explores the impact of change in one’s life, provides opportunity for reflection of one’s life story, and supports children and young people to learn new ways to share, think about, and respond to change and loss. Our College Counsellor Janelle Tolley is a trained and experienced Seasons for Growth companion and will be running two small groups for Senior School students during Terms 1 and 2. If you feel that your child would benefit from participation (this program can be offered at Junior School level also), or that you yourself would benefit from participation in an adult version of the program, please register your future interest directly by
Emailing Janelle. This program is recognised by both the Kids Matter and Mind Matter mental health initiatives.
There was a buzz of nervous excitement in the air as 46 new Kindy students began their first day at Macquarie College. Here’s their story… "After we waved good bye to our mums and dads we had fun getting to know each other. We went on an adventure to find the library, office, canteen and playground. We met new people who will help us and we even saw Dr Youlden, the boss of the school! Our day was full of new experiences such as learning about the sound ‘s,’ drawing, colouring-in, cutting out and learning how our classroom works. The best part was making new friends. We can’t wait to come back to school for another fun day of learning!"
The Junior School (2-6) and Senior School (7-12) swimming carnivals kick off the official 2017 MC Sport program.  We're thrilled to see students take their marks and give their best in the pool and also on the pool deck while supporting their House colours; Charlton (green), Dobell (blue) and Shortland (red).   In 2016, Shortland house won the Junior School carnival, while Dobell won the Senior School carnival.  We wish all competitors the best as they participate in this year's carnivals and thank all parents for supporting their children in the MC Sport Program throughout 2017.  Parents have been sent the full details about the Swimming Carnival by email, so please make sure students are prepared for a fun day representing their sports houses.
CANTEEN HUB ANNOUNCEMENTS
2016/17 Summer Menu - Download Here
 
Weekly Specials Mon 6 - Fri 10 February
SUSHI
* Vegetarian Chicken, lettuce, carrot, cucumber & mayo
* Lettuce, carrot, cucumber & mayo  (GF)
* Teriyaki omelette, lettuce, carrot & mayo (GF)
With soy sauce
$5.00 Full or $2.50 Half
or
RICE PAPER ROLLS
Vermicelli rice noodles, lettuce, carrot, cucumber & mayo $2.50


Weekly special Mon 13 - Fri 17 February
TOASTED FOCACCIA 
1. Roasted Pumpkin, Fetta, Pinenuts & Rocket.
2. Schnitzel, with Lettuce and Cheese
$5.50


School Banking
The Commonwealth Bank's School Banking program commences this Friday.  Students can see Mrs Eldridge at the Canteen for more information on starting (or continuing) their School Banking journey.
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