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NUMBER 2, Week 4 2016
From the Headmaster

What a surreal week!  What with the Year 3 to 6 Outdoor Education Camps and also the Senior Swimming Carnival coinciding the campus at times was eerily quiet.  This quiet at the campus hid the business of all that was happening and in such heat.  While the Year 3 to 6 Outdoor Education Camps faced some difficult challenges, including a 39°C plus day, I must commend the students and staff for the way they dealt with the challenges.

The Year 3 to 12 sequential Outdoor Education Programme is such a fundamental part to a Macarthur education.  It is in times such as these where challenges, in well managed and controlled circumstances, develop resilience, allow for creative and critical thinking and promote teamwork.  At Speech and Awards Night last year I spoke about the importance for contemporary education to develop these so called ‘soft skills’ in order to prepare the students for a dynamic and ever changing work life.  While that seems a long way of for many, developing these skills early is fundamental to ongoing success.

Again, well done to all.

I am delighted to inform you all that in 2016 Macarthur will be producing as scheduled a Junior Musical.  This year the Musical is The Little Mermaid Jnr.  I am sure it is going to be a great success.  I am delighted that Mrs Rachel Freestone has accepted my offer to direct the Musical.  Knowing her talents on stage as a student and having seen her produce a wonderful T-2 Christmas Concert last year, I am confident that Mrs Freestone will do justice to a great show.  More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

This is a very busy time of year for the Agricultural Show Team.  I continue to be impressed by their successes and delighted at the number of first time participants who engage with Agriculture as a co-curricular activity in the School.  Mr Baker and Mr McCarthy do a truly wonderful job in preparing and training the students for their various responsibilities.  I wish all the students well as they continue to prepare for the Camden Show and then the Royal Easter Show.

David Nockles

Chaplains Chat

Dads and Daughters Weekend Away 18-20 March

I am looking forward to the Dads and Daughters weekend away 18-20 March.

Year 3-7 girls and their dads have a fun filled weekend with an opportunity to reflect on and build their relationship.  We go to Telford, Port Hacking, and enjoy a range of activities (dragon boats, archery, pool rafting, billy cart making, giant waterslide) and an outing where each dad takes his daughter out for a meal.  We have so much positive feedback from both dads and daughters.  Numbers are limited, so book in via flexischools $395, by 10 March and return the two forms in the booklet to Accounts.

(Please see the booklet your Year 3-7 daughters brought home or contact me on 46296225 if you have any questions).




Easter Service

We are planning to have a whole school Easter service Thursday 24 March at 1.50pm in the St Paul area (near the Junior School Canteen).  Parents are welcome to join us.

Looking for April Holiday Activities?

Cru Camps offer a huge variety of well run, safe and very engaging residential and day camps for children of all ages  (K-12) – go to     for more details.  Crusaders is a Christian children and youth organisation who partner with us in many of our voluntary groups at school. 

The Reverend David Hayman

Visit by the Indonesian Consul General

We were honoured and thrilled to have the Indonesian Consul General, Bapak Yayan, and his wife, Bu Irene, along with Michael Kramer and Paul Murphy from the Australia Indonesia Association, visit our school’s Commencement Service on 10 February.

The visit was arranged in order to present Ellen House with the Australia Indonesia Association’s Lottie Maramis Prize for attaining first place in NSW in the Extension Indonesian HSC examination last year.  In addition, Bapak Yayan also presented Ellen and Robert Archer with certificates recognising their outstanding achievements in the Continuers Indonesian HSC, with Robert attaining second place and Ellen third place.  To our surprise, Bapak Yayan then presented our school with the Consul General’s Trophy for producing two Top Achievers in Indonesian.

The Consul General addressed the students, talking about the importance of the friendship between our two countries.  Afterwards, Bapak Yayan and Ibu Irene made an impromptu visit, mingling with students in the playground.  Our students couldn’t believe that such important people wanted to chat to them and they all wanted to try out their Indonesian.

Bapak Yayan, Ibu Irene and Michael then visited Year 5, Year 7 and Year 11 Indonesian classes and taught them speaking skills.  Our students are still talking about their visit.  We are very appreciative of the support of the Consulate for Indonesian teaching in our school and particularly for Bapak Yayan, Ibu Irene and Michael being so generous with their time.

In early March, the Consul has also arranged for an Angklung Maestro to teach our students how to play these traditional instruments. We are so fortunate!

Joanne Fenton - Faculty Head of Foreign Languages



From the Show Team

Show time is upon us and the show team has been to both the Kangaroo Valley Show, a Sheep and Wool Judging Day at Frensham School and this weekend will be competing at the Royal Canberra Show.

At Kangaroo Valley fourteen students and six steers left Macarthur and achieved some wonderful results.

In the Steer Classes Clancy came second and Bandicoot came third from nineteen steers in the Middle Weight class while in the Heavy Weight Jester achieved second from twelve steers.

In the Junior Judging Tareva-Chine Atkin-Zaldivar came second from 34 students in the Junior class.  In the Intermediate class Merryn Bowman came third and Stephanie Hennings second from forty-five students with Stephanie also being named a Reserve for Sydney Royal Easter Show representing Zone 5.

Our team in the Paraders also did the School proud with Grace Jansen coming third in the Under 14’s, Emily Nieuwenhuis a finalist in the 15-16s, Brooke Baker came first and Jordyn Snape came second in their age classes.

Richard Cartwright, Stephanie Hennings and Abbie Jenkins will all be representing Zone 5 at the Sydney Royal with Jordyn Snape and Brooke Baker as reserves.  Adam Ebeling also did well to be a finalist.





At the Sheep and Wool Judging Day at Frensham we had the following results:
Juniors: Cyndell White - First Merino Fleece
Intermediate: Richard Cartwright - First Meat Sheep, Brooke Baker - Second Meat Sheep and Jordyn Snape- Third Meat Sheep, Taylor Drayton was Third in Merino Fleece.
Richard will represent the Zone at the Sydney Royal in Meat Sheep while Brooke Baker is first Reserve to represent.  Taylor Drayton is First Reserve to represent the Zone at the Sydney Royal in Merino Sheep.

Winter Holiday Sports Development Programme



Parents in Year 7 will have received an emailed letter from Timothy Cartwright in regards to the free vaccination programme offered to all students.

If you wish to consent to your child receiving the vaccinations please ensure that you complete the consent form in blue or black ink only and return it to Administration no later than Friday 11 March.  Please note that only original forms will be accepted - they cannot be a photocopy, scanned or faxed.  Also remember that if the form is incomplete in any way your child will NOT be vaccinated.

The first vaccination will be on Wednesday 23 March.  If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to call me on 4629-6214.

Jacki Cameron - School Sister


Congratulations go to Kindra Doyle (Year 8) who has been officially sponsored by "HyperFly Australia" to support her through her martial arts journey. On Sunday 20 February Kindra competed at the Australian Pro National Jiu Jitsu Championships and brought home the Bronze after being bumped up a few weight divisions. This is an amazing achievement for such a young athlete.


Congratulations to Rebecca Mathews (Year 10) who was awarded an A+ in her Classical AMEB Classical Singing Examinations at the end of last year.  Well done Rebecca!

Callum Masjuk (Year 10) has been in Breckenridge, Colorado this term competing in various snowboarding events at various ski fields across the USA.  Callum’s start to the season suffered a setback when he injured his hip in training and had a week off snow to recover.  He is enjoying the intense training as well as racing against the best in the world in his age group.  TSC, the team Callum is training and racing for is the feeder for the Australian Olympic Team.  He is ranked first for the Rocky Mountain Series GS, fifth in Slalom and seventh in Boardercross.  

Racing in boardercross


Training in Boardercross

Halfpipe training


Halfpipe training on the trampoline

Join the Chess Club Today

Where:  Mrs Heys Year 5 Room
When:  Thursday Lunchtimes
Transition News

Transition students are learning about class rules, playing nicely together and following instructions. They are beginning to work in groups and they love to listen to stories and sing songs.

Katharine Morse - Transition Teacher





Kindergarten have had an exciting start to the year!

The first day was full of smiles and anticipation.  The children have enjoyed playing and making new friends as well developing new skills in literacy and mathematics.  The children worked hard to make their own creative book covers.  Kindergarten have also enjoyed jumping and rolling at gymnastics each Wednesday for Sport.

Learning more about the sounds letters make has been a lot of fun. We even made our own pink pig cupcakes with pink polka dot candles to help us remember the sound made by the letter ‘p’.

We are looking forward to an enjoyable term of learning together.

Mrs Pleskun and Mrs Cowper - Kindergarten Teachers







On Tuesday, we welcomed to Macarthur the EnviroMentors from Keep NSW Beautiful as they worked closely with Year 2.  The students were given the opportunity to develop their knowledge on Worm farming as well as the importance of Local Sustainability.  With fun puzzles, relay races and interesting deep discussions, the students of 2L and 2M were highly engaged and excited to make a difference in our community.




Starting Middle School at Macarthur - A Teachers Perspective

Will they like me?  Will I make friends?  I hope I don’t trip over this time.

Starting Middle School at Macarthur was like starting a new school for many students.  There is a major difference though.  I have been working at Macarthur in the Junior School now for seven years.  Why was I feeling this way?  What could go wrong?

Well the day before school started, the emotions all came flooding back to me.  Over a decade ago, I had a new appointment at a brand new school for me.  This was the third school I had taught at in my career.  I knew I had to make a good, lasting impression.  You only get one first impression as they say.  Whilst the school made me feel welcome and the students were lovely, my lasting impression of my first day was falling down the stairs in front of my new class.  My new classroom was located on the second storey.  I’d made my first impression alright, with a crash.  Whilst I wasn’t badly injured, a few scrapes and bruises, I had to laugh when I filled in the accident report and answer the question ‘Were there any witnesses?’ in which I wrote ‘All of Year 6.’

For many students and teachers these fears, albeit irrational at times, are real.  I didn’t have to worry about falling down stairs this time round as there are no steps into my classroom.  However, teachers experience butterflies, feel excited and get nervous too on the first day each year.  If they didn’t, they have lost something I think.  I am happy to report that I made it through my first day in Middle School without injury.  My new class is wonderful and I think we would all agree that starting Middle School at Macarthur was so much better than we could have imagined.

Year 5 Explore Length with Paper Planes

While Year 5 explored units of length recently, they were inspired by the 2015 hit movie, ‘Paper Planes’.  The students decided to design the most efficient paper aeroplane that would fly the furthest.

Some designs resembled the classic ‘Concord’ style with angled wings and a sharp nose.  Others focussed more on the dynamics of wing area and the balancing nose weight.  It would seem the latter was most successful with this design achieving a distance of nearly 20 metres.  Not quite the Australian championship qualifying distance of 25 metres, that was a feature of the ‘Paper Planes’, but impressive all the same!

Andrew Wood - Year 5 Teacher




Looking Beyond the Stratosphere

This term our science topic focusses on developing an understanding of our place in Space.  Year 5 has shown great interest in reading, researching, painting and writing about the planets and moons in our solar system and learning about our neighbouring galaxies.

Kirsten Hey - Year 5 Teacher



Careers News

Macarthur subscribes to MHSCAREERS - a careers information service for students, parents and careers advisors.  MHSCAREERS aims to provide accurate and up-to-date information on a full range of careers related subjects.

Each week Macarthur receives a newsletter with a range of information from MHSCAREERS and from this week a copy of this newsletter will be placed on the Senior School Portal (Moodle Page) under the heading Careers News.  Students can access this through the schools Intranet.

For further information please contact the Head of Senior School, Mr Scott Bedingfield.

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