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NUMBER 9, 2016
From the Headmaster

What a blessing the students of Macarthur have had over the past fortnight with two amazing visits by the Watoto Children’s Choir.  Following the wonderful success of the first visit on Foundation Day, the School was able to arrange a follow up visit last Wednesday.  The School was keen to do this because the younger students missed out as a result of the wet weather arrangements for Foundation Day.  Happily Watoto were so thrilled with their experience on Foundation Day that they made changes to their arrangements to fit another visit in.  This visit last Wednesday was even more than we had hoped for and the Junior School students, and elective Music students from the Middle School and Senior School, were treated to a very ‘practical’ experience. 

Not only am I delighted with the visits but particularly with the response by the student body to assist with fundraising for the Watoto Ministries.  Plans are underway for fundraising activities next term but any family that wanted to support the Watoto Ministries are more than welcome to contact them directly through their website or bring the money to school and we will pass it on directly.  Please be aware that any tax deductions may not be possible if you direct your donations through the School.

Yesterday and today are the annual school photographs.  We are blessed with clear skies this year which is very pleasing following the past few years which have been affected by wet weather.  The online order forms are once again available this year from the following shortcut.

Can I take this opportunity on the last day of Autumn Term to wish you all a very restful holiday.  I am sure the next three weeks will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to enjoy a change in routine and hopefully more time together.  Our staff are looking forward to the two days of Professional Learning that are scheduled for 21 and 22 July 2016.  These days are always valuable as we continue to develop our professional practice as individuals and as a staff.  Many students, and for that matter staff, will be involved in school activities through the break.  There is, of course, the Crusader Union CRU Day Camp taking place as well as the Snowsports Programme and Duke of Edinburgh hikes.

One of the events that I am looking forward to the most when we return to school for Winter Term is the Junior Musical that our students have been working so hard to polish.  The Little Mermaid Jnr is shaping up to be a wonderful performance and I encourage parents and other supporters of these students to make plans to attend. I am confident it will be another Macarthur showpiece. More information is available later on in the Bulletin but a quick link for purchasing tickets can be accessed here.

Whatever you and your family have planned for the vacation period ahead, I trust that it will be a very enjoyable and refreshing time together.

David Nockles

From the Deputy Headmaster

Have you or any of your children ever thought of becoming a teacher?

When I decided to become a teacher somewhere around the end of 1982 there was no shortage of detractors trying to dissuade me.  Sadly, most of them were teachers themselves who shook there heads in dismayed concern and would ask, “Why do you want to do that?” (Some of them were my teachers which has caused me reflect on my conduct as a student!)

Despite the detractors I think in hindsight I made a great career choice – one I do not regret (except on photo days!).  But I think the key is it was my choice … a deliberate choice … I did not “fall into teaching” as many do.  To be good at teaching it has to be something you want to do … something you almost feel called to do … a mission … a vocation.  Teaching as a mere job can be torturous.  No amount of holiday time will eliminate the dread of facing twenty-five children all day or one hundred and fifty teenagers every day if you’re not cut out for it.  But teaching as a chosen vocation is the best job in the world.  Teaching in front of a class can be exhilarating – the light bulb moments truly satisfying.

Even for the likes of me and the many other teachers who see their work as a vocation it can be the best job in the world with the worst possible days.  The sheer amount of human interactions one has as a teacher each day means that some days (when people are at their worst) are just diabolical.  At the end of some days I am ‘peopled-out’ and long for solitude … a point sometimes lost on my family.

If I am completely honest I first went into teaching because I was passionate … really passionate about History (my teaching area).  The thought of learning and talking about History for a living really excited me.  But what has really sustained me over the years is the fact that I love working with young people.

Despite those truly irksome days I would be appalled if any teacher at Macarthur responded to a student about teaching in a manner that my teachers did.  If you have a child who is interested in teaching ask them if they are truly passionate about a subject – and/or whether they really love children or the idea of working with them or with teenagers.  Would they be prepared to craft lessons out of hours and mark papers at home?  Do they like people?  If so, they could invest their lives in a really rewarding vocation.  They may even get a job at Macarthur like so many other former students have done.  If this sounds like your child, I look forward to one day receiving their application!

Andrew Kokic

From the Dean of Studies

What will you be when you grow up?

We are aware that the world is changing at a rapid pace.  We are being told that our students will have many careers in their lifetime and so the age-old question ‘what will you be when you grow up? is not as relevant anymore.  According to the Foundation of Young Australians,15 years olds will have many different jobs in several different industries. 

 “In a world where change is the one constant, a 15-year-old today can expect to have upwards of seventeen jobs in five different industries over the course of their working life.” Jan Owen (Foundation of Future Australians)

Furthermore, the Foundation suggested that young people will need excellent enterprise skills to survive and thrive in a radically altered economy.

 “Young people need skills and experience for the future, not for the past.” -

These enterprise skills or ‘soft’ skills are now much more highly valued than simply having content knowledge or expertise.

Ten years ago as Head of Senior School, my advice to students was quite different to my advice today.  A decade ago it was crucial to learn and retain knowledge and study subjects that aligned directly with a career or vocation.  Nowadays, it is far more important to learn to think outside the box, be adaptable and agile, accept feedback, work collaboratively, be resilient, self-sufficient, communicate with different people of different ages and backgrounds and persevere.  It is also critical that students are digitally and financially literate.

These more general skills are known as ‘soft’ skills’ and it is apparent that these skills, as well as technical skills, especially computer skills are becoming more and more in demand in the workforce. Jobs that have a strong focus on technical skills, such as dentistry, environmental engineering and veterinary, are now among the most common occupations requiring digital literacy.

Soft skills According to “Live Career”, the top five soft skills needed for the current workforce are:

1.    Communication and presentation skills

2.    Computer and technical literacy

3.    Interpersonal skills

4.    Adaptability

5.    Research skills

6.    Project management skills

7.    Problem-solving skills

8.    Process improvement expertise

9.    Strong work ethic

10.  Emotional intelligence

The Foundation for Young Australians released a report that analysed 4.2 million job ads from the past three years and found that the skills that most employers wanted.  Skills with the biggest increase in demand over the past 3 years are:

  • Digital literacy is up by 212%
  • Creativity is up by 65%
  • Critical thinking is up by 158%
  • Presentation skills are up by 23%

Jobs that requested these skills also offered an additional salary (upwards of $7500)

The New Work Order

It is for this reason that teachers now assess and report on learning behaviours such as critical and creative thinking, engagement and perseverance and having the ability to act on feedback and reflect on their learning.

Interestingly, the types of jobs that students will be doing will be quite different to those offered in the last decade, so much so that our current students will be engaged in jobs that don’t even exist yet.  In a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald, a list of new jobs that did not exist last year, let alone last decade were outlined.  These include data visualisation experts (interpreting infographics and other graphics), virtual reality engineers, cognitive computing architects, cyber security specialists, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) technicians/drone pilots, classroom avatar managers, operators of driverless cars, medical nanotechnologists, digital services officers, aged disability care agents and off shore personal assistants.

Melissa Gould-Drakeley

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

iParent Site

The Office of the Children’s Safety Commissioner has produced an excellent website for parents to assist the management of children and young people online.  It gives great advice on how to manage issues such as cyber bullying and trolling among a great many other things.  Check it out and bookmark it.  You may not require its services now, but if things with your child go pear shape at some time you will find it a very helpful resource. See the website:

Uniform Shop Hours During Vacation

The Uniform Shop will not be opened the first week of the vacation but will be opened on the following dates during the remaining two weeks from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

Monday 11 July

Wednesday 13 July

Thursday 14 July

Monday 18 July

Wednesday 20 July

Thursday 21 July

Mrs S McKell - Uniform Consultant

It’s On Again!

The Western Sydney Wanderers and Netball NSW have kicked off their Skills Intensive Programmes this term, running over the last several weeks.  Hosted by Macarthur Anglican School the programme, which is open to the community, compliments the Skills and Acquisitions Program run by NSW Football and the development of Skills and Match Play specific to the Sydney Swifts and Netball NSW.

The programmes are offered to both boys and girls aged 5 to 14 and is led by highly qualified and experienced skills coaches. The programme will also be available every Wednesday in Winter Term, commencing from Wednesday 27 July, 3.30pm – 5pm. After School Care again is complimentary between the conclusion of School at 2.30pm, or 2.40pm for Years 5 and 6 students, through to 3.30pm (the beginning time for the Academies).

 ‘This is a unique opportunity offered by the School and allows students to support the School’s strong academic endeavours and assists promoting students self-discipline. We are thrilled and honoured to bring this ‘cutting edge’ co-curricular, football and netball programme to our students and the Macarthur community. The programmes aim to develop players’ technical and tactical skills, knowledge and understanding of each game and to set the highest standards for personal growth, which can be achieved through these sports.

The programmes are designed to cater for players in various development stages of the respective game with a focus on enhancing their existing skills, knowledge, understanding and promote further enjoyment of either football or netball respectively.

If your child may be interested please follow the links on the School website under the ‘In Focus’ tab or visit



Each Headmasters Assembly, students are treated to a performance from one of their own which is always received with great applause.  Recently, Olivia Kowali (Year 9) performed for students in Year 5-12 which left all who heard her Violin concerto in complete amazement at her exceptional talent.

Olivia won three first prizes in the violin performances, second prize in the Open Age session and third in the piano session of the recent Wollongong Eisteddfod.  As a winner of the Concerto Performance Olivia has been invited to perform next year in Wollongong as a soloist with the Orchestra.  Congratulations Olivia and we as a school look forward to many more performances.


Jemima Henry (Year 12) plays for the Campbelltown Harlequin women’ s rugby union team.  She has been recently selected to play in the Rugby Union Open Women’s 15’s side for Country NSW.  On the 24–26 June she played in a competition against other State teams in the position of lock. The Open Women’s NSW Country team won three out of the four games played and came fifth in the overall competition.  Jemima was then selected to train with the NSW Women’s Open 7’s.  This is a significant achievement for a 17 year old to be selected at this state level.  Congratulations Jemima!

Equestrian News

Members of the Macarthur Equestrian Competition team competed in the NSW Interschool Championships over three days of Eventing achieving some outstanding results.

At this level the quality of riders in each discipline is extremely high showcasing the young riders trying to secure a place on the NSW Team to compete at the Australian Championships to be held in September.

This year over 630 competitors and 670 horses filled the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.  It truly is an amazing effort to record the results that Macarthur students achieved.  Some of these include:

Isabella Tyson    3rd           Working Hunter

Taylor Drayton   3rd           Combined Training 95cm

Taylor Drayton   3rd           Senior Preliminary Dressage

Paris Kellner       4th           Intermediate Preliminary Dressage

Unfortunately, the consolidated results for all participates are yet to be finalised however, mention of these will be made as they are made known.

I think special mention should go to Leah Macklinshaw who competed in her first big competition and managed to stay calm and focussed and Eden Kautz who competed admirably in the Combined Training and came 4th in Vaulting.  It is a big show for our primary school students.

For any equestrian related event, the preparation and commitment of parents often go unnoticed however, it is a great privilege to have parents and family that support our students in pursuing their passion and supporting their interests.  The success of our students are only made possible by those who care for and transport horses to and from events such as this.

I look forward to hearing of more results as they come in and know that at this level of competition simply having the confidence to enter the event and complete the routines is a success in itself.

Tim Cartwright






Foundation Day - 20 June



From the Head of Junior School

LEGO DAY (Living Everyday for God Only) 

Our theme for 2016 is LEGO! We held our LEGO day last Thursday 23 June. There were lots of sugary treats as well as a number of competitions and our main focus was to raise money for the children in Tanzania. We will also give a proportion of the money to the Children from the Watoto Choir who performed for us recently.

A BIG thank you must go to the many parents and grandparents who baked the goodies for us to sell. Without your support we could not have possibly raised so much money to help others. Mrs Relyea, Bu Fenton and the Heber House Group organised the entire day so a big thank you to them as well.

We raised a total of $1086.00!

I am very proud of our students for their efforts in helping others and modeling what Jesus does and did for us.

Congratulations to the following students:


Jar – There were 477 pieces of Lego in the jar.

Winning guess was 482 by Luke Doria in 4A.

Shoes – There were 244 pieces of Lego on Mrs Elling’s shoes. Winning guess was Daisy Clapham and Erin O’Brien- 226.



Victoria Weaver

Indiana Grady


Sienna Fuller

Anna Clark

Year 1

Leo Steimbeisser

Summer Wilson

Year 2

Charlotte McNally

Skylar Ornelas

Year 3

Lucy-Lei Mingay

Emily Chau

Year 4

Lachlan Siemon

Flynn Williams


Lilly Siemon

Jemima Thornton

Kylie Elling




Light and Sound

Year 1 students went on a fact-finding mission by completing a number of experiments regarding light and sound.  Students were amazed to discover that sound can be seen as vibrations and that it travels slower than light. Baby powder revealed that light travels in straight lines and our shadow boxes quickly disclosed that we need light to see.  Here are some photos for your enjoyment.



Year 1 students also used informal units to measure a variety of objects.  We discovered that each group had a different measurement for the same object.  That made us wonder if there is a better way to measure.


From the Head of Middle School

I had the opportunity to meet with students in the Middle School when we had a Middle School Meeting on Monday 27 June. Students were presented with awards and was able to explain in detail to the students the new report. Students were told that with their new report it is an opportunity for the students to reflect on their application in Semester 1 and meet with their parents to identify aspects they could improve.

We talked about as they met with their parents, selecting three subjects or areas that they could improve. This was framed in identifying SMART goals.

Please ask your children about this meeting as together we provide the students with the skills to be life long learners.

Neil Davies

Books and Beanbags (B&B) Club

Year 5 Students have demonstrated some Initiative as they have instigated the Books and Beanbags club where they have provided an opportunity for students from younger years to read and share in some fun games on Thursdays at lunch.



GATEway Newspaper Task

This term GATEway has been working on constructing a class newspaper.  At the beginning of the term we brainstormed together and chose roles for it like; editors, artists, photographers, reporters, the fun and games section and a couple more.  We have all been writing articles to put into the newspaper.  These include; research articles, stories, puzzles and other miscellaneous items.  We have put a lot of effort into these items, as we have frequently edited and rewritten stories, as well as tested out puzzles to see if they were satisfactory.  To test these stories, we had to create certain jobs, such as editors and artists, to see who would be creating which articles and how we would present them.  We also had an idea board, to list down our thoughts of potential articles, topics we should cover and what to improve on, which really helped to structure our writing.

The thing that helped the most was each other, as our cooperation and teamwork really helped with constructive criticism and structure, as well as editing and publishing our work.

Overall, the newsletter has been a great success. Even though we may have had our problems and our mistakes, we got the work done to a satisfactory standard. We are all excited to continue to develop our newspaper in Winter term.

We hope something inspirational like this happens again!

By Rowan Hey and Claire Sich


Year 6 Excursion to Bradman Museum 

As part of the unit ‘Australian Identity and Significant Australians’ students in Year 6 had the privilege of attending the Bradman Museum in Bowral.  The purpose of the excursion was to celebrate the achievements and life of Sir Donald Bradman and importantly learn what is was about the man himself that caused him to have such an impact on the lives of so many Australians.

We were very fortunate to have the chance to meet Peter Allen, author of our English novel this term ‘Our Don Bradman - The Diary of Victor McDonald’.  He was very generous with his time explaining what inspired him to write the book as well as sharing stories about meetings he had with Don Bradman.  He left us with no doubt that Don Bradman achieved just as much off the pitch as he did on it, lifting the spirits of a nation during the hardships of the Great Depression.  Mr Allen presented one of our students with a signed copy of his book titled ‘Images of Bradman’ that he wanted us to have in our school library.

Although it was freezing in Bowral we loved the chance to spend some time on Bradman Oval being taught some cricket skills by an experienced coach.  We were all motivated to participate in the games as it was the only way to stay warm.

Another enjoyable part of the visit was having the cricketing parts of our novel explained, in particular the ‘Bodyline Series’ of 1932 and 1933.  Our guide was able to show us actual items from this series including gloves, boots and a replica Bradman bat.

We had plenty of time to explore the Museum and look at the tremendous items on display.  It was quite interesting seeing how different life was back then.  One of the highlights for most students was having a go at trying to hit the golf ball against the water tank with a stump.  This was one way that Don Bradman trained to improve his reflexes and co-ordination turning him into the best batsmen ever to play the game.  Needless to say it was pretty much impossible for us.

Overall it was a really worthwhile excursion as it helped us better understand things we had been learning in class.


HICES Chess Gala Day

Last week eight Year 6 boys represented Macarthur at the HICES Chess Gala Day at Penrith Anglican College.  The eighteen teams involved were from other Independent Co-educational Schools from as far as Bathurst, Orange, Wentworth Falls, Georges Hall, Dee Why and Neutral Bay. Congratulations to Macarthur’s A team (boys in the back row) who came third on the day.  Our B team was placed halfway down the leaderboard, separated from our A team by only 3.5points.   'Man of the Matches' was Rowan Hey who won every game he played.  This was a pleasing result and a great opportunity to compare our skills against teams from other schools like ours.

Kirsten Hey - Junior Chess Co-ordinator



From the Head of Senior School

I have been most impressed with the students in the Senior School as they have worked through this very busy term at Macarthur.  There is no doubt that the numerous assessments that students have been completing have taken a significant amount of time, however, I am sure that the students have learnt a great deal through their completion. On top of this students have participated in multiple carnivals, senior recitals, careers expos and many different excursions.

For our Year 12 students the upcoming break will be more like a working holiday, full of study as they prepare for their Trial HSC Examinations in Week 2 of next term.  Many teachers will be holding holidays classes (or consultations) for our Year 12 students as they prepare for these examinations or finish completing major works.  Students have been issued a timetable and this timetable has been published on the Senior School at Macarthur Facebook page.  The upcoming holidays hold a range of different activities for students in the Senior School including Snowsports, Duke of Edinburgh Hikes and the Global Young Leaders Conference.

Year 10 Academic Testing and Career Profiling

Earlier this term all students in Year 10 undertook academic testing to help inform parents and the school about the academic growth of each student. As part of this testing students completed a careers profile to assist them to identify the career interest groups that they may have.

Prior to this testing students participated in some theoretical work in PDHPE lessons looking at the influences that affect career choice, what interest groups are and how to interpret their career profile.

The results to these tests have now been made available to students. Last week students met with myself to interpret their results, discuss subject choice and discuss pathways to University or further study. Students also began to complete some basic research into the careers highlighted by the test using a the Good Universities guide.  

If parents have any questions regarding the testing please feel free to contact me at school.

Snowsports 2016

Snowsports has been running at Macarthur, in its current form, for 11 Years now and in 2016 we have our biggest ever Snowsports Team.  These holidays will see approximately 100 students involved and 47 students involved in Interschools.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish our students all the best as they head to Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher for both a fun time away and to compete in the Regional Snowsports Interschools Championships.  I too am looking forward to this wonderful event.



Careers Expo

Snowsports has been running at Macarthur, in its current form, for 11 Years now and in 2016 we have our biggest ever Snowsports Team.  These holidays will see approximately 100 students involved and 47 students involved in Interschools.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish our students all the best as they head to Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher for both a fun time away and to compete in the Regional Snowsports Interschools Championships.  I too am looking forward to this wonderful event.



U Turn the Wheel

Year 11 students had the opportunity to be part of the fantastic U-turn-the-wheel programme on the 17 July 2016 organised and run by Camden Rotary. The purpose is to ensure that the students understand road safety and how to be a responsible driver. Sessions included NSW Police, Party Safe, NRMA, Brain Injury Unit and visiting a haulage truck to gain an appreciation for larger vehicles on the road. We would like to thank Rotary for their continued involvement in this programme and the free sausage sizzle provided to our students.

Scott Bedingfield



Excursion to Vivid


Siswa bahasa Indonesia dari kelas 9 samapi 11 pergi ke Vivid pada tanggal 15 Juni. Kelas bahasa Indonesia kami sangat akrab, jadi kami selalu senang bergaul bersama. Kami juga suka berbahasa Indonesia supaya bisa menjadi lebih lancar. Kalau teman-teman bercakap-cakap dalam bahasa Indonesia, biasanya humoris. Vivid pengalaman sekolah menarik karena tidak sama  ekskursi sekolah lain. Ini berbeda karena pertama kali beberapa teman kelas saya ke Vivid, jadi pengalaman baru untuk mereka. Itu juga unik sekali karena ekskurinya terjadi pada malam sehingga susanna ramai dan padat dengan orang. Jadi guru-gurunya menjadi cemas, tetapi kami senang karena guru-guru peduli kami. Eksursi Vivid spontan. Kami bias bersantai sebentar selama semester ini yang sibuk sekali. Kmai juga bisa memperlanacar bahasa Indonesia kami. Semeseter ini kami belajar tentang binatang Indonesia yang terancam punah. Bagian favorit saya Vivid melihat semua patung binatang liar di Taronga (ada buaya, kodok, gajah, laba-laba, tarsius, badak, harimau, beruang, echidna, cicadas, kura-kura, dan burung biru, Saya juga menikmati sekali mengisi waktu dengan teman-teman bahasa Indonesia yang keren.

                                                                                     Elizma Nel, murid bahasa Indonesia kelas 10


Years 9-11 Indonesian students recently went on an excursion to Vivid on the 15 June. Our Year 10 class is an extremely close class, so it's always fun to be around them.  We also like to speak Indonesian to try to perfect it, and it's usually quite funny what some of my friends come up with.  Vivid was an interesting school experience because it wasn't like any other school excursion.  This was different because a few of my class mates had never been before so it was obviously a new experience for them.  It was also very unique because it was a nighttime excursion to the city, so as a result we were in a very busy and lively atmosphere, this did make the teachers a bit on edge, but it was great to see how much they care about us.  The Vivid excursion was a spontaneous one, which was actually quite relaxing in the busy term and it gave us time to tinker a bit with our Indonesian and link it to the unit we are doing on endangered Indonesian animals this term.  My favourite part of Vivid was looking at all the animal sculptures at Taronga (there was a crocodile, a frog, an elephant, a spider, Tarsius, rhino, tiger, bear, echidna, cicadas, chameleon, turtles, and I also really enjoyed spending time with my cool Indonesian-learning buddies.

                                                                                      Elizma Nel, Year 10 Indonesian student




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