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Principal’s Desk – 16 September 2021

 

I write this at the end of a term which began optimistically with no masks and school onsite and ends tomorrow with the completion of eight weeks of remote learning.  As a College, we are grateful for the messages of support from families and know that these weeks of learning from home have certainly not been without challenge.

SoJuSt Week 2021

September 14th, 2021

 

Despite some necessary modifications to suit the current conditions, Social Justice & Stewardship (SoJuSt) Week 2021 was very successful. Our intention this year was to encourage sustainable practices, such as nude food and investigate ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

Science Week 2021

September 14th, 2021

Science Week 2021 at Mater Christi was a huge success! This year’s theme was Food: Different by Design and it was an opportunity for students to choose their own activities and to get involved in science in a variety of ways.

While lockdown may have moved our Science Week online, the STEM Hub provided a daily quiz and experiments to get involved with over zoom, including making DIY lava lamps and tasty sherbet fizz, plus many more!

We would like to congratulate Lilly Ziino, Sasha Neilson and Claire Pierce for being the winners of the daily quiz and Madison Zapanta for winning the science Kahoot!

The Education Perfect Global Science Championships are always a highlight in Science Week and we are so impressed by all the students who got involved and contributed to Mater Christi College achieving 11th place out of all the 413 Victorian schools who entered.

Ideas for Screen Free Wellbeing Day – Years 7 & 8

September 2nd, 2021

Friday 3 September is our Screen Free Wellbeing Day. The staff at Mater Christi College have put their heads together to give you ideas for how to go screen free this Friday.  Have a look down the list and see if anything takes your fancy.

Gardening – prepare a small garden bed for seeds – vegetables and flowers work well most sunny, open spaces
Check compost bins (if you have one) and don’t forget to add dry matter, such as leaves, twigs and even paper and cardboard
Find a real photo album and find out who the people are or
Make a collage, or scrapbooking page or photoboard about people you miss using materials from home, branches, ribbon, wrapping paper, old frame
Nature art.

Ideas for Screen Free Wellbeing Day – Years 9 & 10

September 2nd, 2021

Friday 3 September is our Screen Free Wellbeing Day. The staff at Mater Christi College have put their heads together to give you ideas for how to go screen free this Friday.  Have a look down the list and see if anything takes your fancy.

Gardening - rake leaves (very satisfying) and pull out some weeds.

Ideas for Screen Free Wellbeing Day – Years 11 & 12

September 2nd, 2021

Friday 3 September is our Screen Free Wellbeing Day. The staff at Mater Christi College have put their heads together to give you ideas for how to go screen free this Friday.  Have a look down the list and see if anything takes your fancy.

Gardening – prepare a small garden bed for seeds – vegetables and flowers work well most sunny, open spaces
Walk your local area, look at the buildings and see what was built in the last two decades, what do you notice in the design?
Go for a bike ride
Read a book
Drop some kind notes (perhaps with inspirational quotes?) into letter boxes of people in your local area
Do some meditative drawing: https://zentangle.

Education Perfect Science Championships

August 30th, 2021

As part of National Science Week, students throughout the College took part in the Education Perfect Science Championships, competing against thousands of other schools and students from Australia and New Zealand.

Mater Christi students achieved some fantastic results, placing

11th overall  in VIC out of 413 schools
40th overall in Australia  out of 1,488 schools
62nd overall globally out of 2,012 schools
25th overall  in the 501-1000 students category out of 575 schools
22nd in Australia for the 501-1000 students category out of 460 schools
6th in Victoria for the 501-1000 students category out of 146 schools

A special shout out and congratulations to these students who achieved the following medals:

Jen MacDonald - Elite
Lilly Ziino - Emerald
Tanya Kurumbalapitiya - Emerald
Amber Canning - Amber
Hannah Koolstra - Silver
Lily Matthews - Silver
Mollie Keene - Bronze

The benefits of a mentor

August 26th, 2021

As part of the Girl Power in IT and Engineering Program at the University of Melbourne, Jessie has been mentored by a current university student - an experience she highly recommends to others considering a future in STEM.

The Girl Power in IT and Engineering Program at the University of Melbourne aims to inspire high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and promote the involvement of girls in engineering and IT degrees and careers.

Principal’s Desk – 26 August 2021

I have long been a journal writer, not every day, but certainly most days.  Journalling helps me sort my thoughts and reflect on many aspects of life.  Recently I had cause to turn the pages back to July and August 2020.  Many of the things were the same: we were at home, missing family and friends, cancelling events, negotiating remote learning, looking out for our students, trying to lift the spirits of colleagues, eating too much chocolate (maybe that’s just me).

Yet there are some key differences.

2020 Premier’s VCE Award winners

Two Mater Christi College students from the Class of 2020 have received Premier’s VCE Awards for outstanding achievement.

Lillie (left) and Lucy (right) both achieved a perfect score (50) in subjects last year - Lillie for History Revolutions and Lucy for Outdoor Education and Environmental Science.