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NUMBER 3, 2016
From the Deputy Headmaster

The Times They Are A-Changing

I still remember my first week at Macarthur some eighteen years ago.  I arrived around Easter time and there was much student anticipation about ‘The Show’… by which, of course, I thought they meant the Royal Easter Show.  How foolish I was to think that the Royal could eclipse the Camden Show, which after all is ‘Still a Country Show.’  But this was only my first introduction to the uniqueness of Macarthur and the endearing quirks of the Camden community. 

I soon discovered in my Year 7 classes the occasional student who had never been to ‘the city’. And locals often talked of certain established Camden families as though everyone would know them and consider them as royalty.  I had lived in Auburn for most of my young life and then Chester Hill and Wattle Grove where I hardly knew a neighbour.  Camden seemed very strange indeed.

Just like the Auburn of my childhood, when I arrived Macarthur Anglican School in 1997, it was very ‘Anglo’.  By the time I had left Auburn in my mid teens the suburb had changed dramatically.  It was a bubbling melting pot of Turkish, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Southern European migrants. Therefore, when I arrived at Macarthur I was a little taken aback by an underlying racism of some of its students that was directed at our only Asian teacher.  Happily, I have never seen this repeated.

One year (not that long ago) about two hundred head of cattle were driven on Cobbitty Road past the school gates by four mounted drovers.  When I see the traffic on Cobbitty Road now I can hardly imagine it.  Things are changing around here … and fast.  Like for many of you my daily drive to and from the Liverpool area feels like a journey through one gigantic construction site.  It is painful for me to see so much of the green pasture land laid waste, in readiness for urban development.  For others they see the possibility of an affordable new home … possibly their first.

Camden is changing and so are the micro-communities within it - like our school.  The great challenge of the area and our school will be to adapt to these changes while holding on to the essential traditions we don’t want to lose.  The changes bring many challenges.  Securing the boundaries of our property will be one of them.  The future possibility of students walking or riding to school will be another.  Some challenges, we are yet to even imagine. 

The changes will bring blessings also.  The ‘colour’ of our playground is already changing.  I am delighted to see the children of migrant families - Sri-Lankans, Chinese, Indians and Egyptians (just to name a few), happily learning and playing together with our Australian born students without a hint of the prejudice and insularity of a bygone era.  Not all change is bad.

Macarthur intends to maintain its essential traditions through these changes - a commitment to academic excellence, a co-curricular programme that is the essential experience of the Macarthur graduate and not just an ‘add-on’, an international perspective that includes the possibility of language study, educational tours overseas and an international student intake, and an unflagging proclamation of Christ’s Lordship over our the world and the call to follow Him and serve others.  It will be these traditions that will prepare the Macarthur graduate for the only constant in their lives: 


Andrew Kokic

From the Dean of Studies

Why Homework?

At the moment the issue of homework is being debated in the media with some proponents want homework to banned while others want students to enroll in after school coaching schools.

Macarthur takes a more moderate view of homework.  Students are given homework in order to consolidate and enhance their learning. Homework is designed to:

• be purposeful and relevant to students needs

• be appropriate to the capability of the student

• develop the student’s independence as a learner

• be varied, challenging and clearly related to classwork

Homework can engage students in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class through:

·      revision and critical reflection to consolidate learning

·      applying knowledge and skills in new contexts

·      consolidating and extending learning (enduring understanding)

·      pursuing knowledge individually and imaginatively (investigating, researching, writing, designing, making)

·      preparing for forthcoming classroom learning (collecting relevant materials, items, information)


Parents can help their children by:

Reading to them (in Kindergarten–Year 6).

Encouraging them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning.

Encouraging them to practise their musical instrument.

Helping them to complete tasks by discussing key questions or directing them to resources.

Encouraging them to read and to take an interest in and discuss current local, national and international events.

Helping them to balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing computer games, playing sport and engaging in other recreational activities.

Contacting the relevant Head of School, Year 7 Advisor or Head of House to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children’s approach to the homework.


Students need to take responsibility for their own learning by:

·      accepting responsibility for the completion of homework tasks within set time frames

·      setting aside a regular time to complete homework

·      completing self-directed homework by summarising concepts covered that day or preparing for assessment tasks or future topics 

·      following up on comments made by teachers

·      seeking assistance when difficulties arise

·      organising their time to manage home obligations, participation in sports, co-curricular activities and part-time employment.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parents of Students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 are warmly invited to attend Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday 17 March and Monday 21 March.

Future Parent Teacher Interviews

Years 5, 6, 7 and 11 Monday 2 May

Transition–Year 4 Monday 6 June

Melissa Gould-Drakeley

Chaplains Chat

One Egg Project

What if the humble egg could…

  • End child hunger
  • Make kids smarter, taller, stronger
  • Provide jobs for unemployed

That’s exactly what is happening in the more than fifteen pre-schools in Northern Rwanda — and we are involved!

From now until Easter we have a focus on raising funds for this project.  Our money goes to Anglican Aid.

$5 will provide an egg for a pre-schooler every day for a month.

T-4 and 5-6 classes will be collecting through classes and 7-12 through Chapels and the activities of the Ministry team … including an ‘Eggstravaganza Day’ on 21 March.

We focus so much on our chocolate Easter eggs – why not think about the benefit a real egg can bring to a child in Rwanda?

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

Car Park Matters

Macarthur is one of the fortunate schools in NSW to have on-site parking.

There is plenty of parking on site, but unfortunately some parents park in inappropriate places making the life of staff more difficult, but more importantly endangering the lives of children.

A recent frustration arising each morning and afternoon is from parents parking in the Administration Staff and Visitors car park.

In the morning children dropped off in this area have crossed unsupervised in front of entering vehicles.  In the afternoon parents exiting this carpark place unnecessary stresses on staff who seek to have children move safely to buses at the crossing.

The parking area near the Cottage Café serves the whole school and when it is full parents are welcome to park in the student parking areas adjacent.  These areas are never completely full in the afternoon.

Better still, for parents of high school children, the area immediately before the turning circle (pictured) is another good place to park.  Sure, it means your child will need to walk 150 metres or so, but in dry weather you will find it an easy and safe place to park and exit.

Your assistance in exercising courtesy and common-sense in our car park areas is greatly appreciated.

Andrew Kokic

Winter Uniform

The official changeover into Winter uniform for all students occurs on Monday 9 May 2016.  After this date Summer Uniform can no longer be worn.  Given the changeableness of the season, between 26 April and 7 May students may wear full Summer or full Winter uniform.  They cannot ‘mix and match’ styles.  After 9 May, however, only Winter Uniform should be worn.   

The dress and bearing of students contributes to the disciplined atmosphere at Macarthur and has a direct, positive bearing on student’s conduct in lessons.  For that reason we ask all parents to assist us in ensuring that your child is sent to school in appropriate attire.

•            Winter uniform includes the school blazer, which should be worn every day to and from school. 

•            Students who drive or are driven to school should also wear their blazer every day.

•            On the way to school the jumper is not to be worn on its own, but may be worn under the blazer. 

•            A black scarf may also be worn.

With the change of seasons it is a good time to check the length of trousers and dresses.  Parents can also assist the school by ensuring that students do not wear jewellery, make-up or any other non-uniform items.  If you need to order any items of the Winter uniform from the Uniform Shop please do so before 8 April.

Andrew Kokic

Junior School Canteen News

I am trialling a few new Freedom Foods products – various variety of bars and XO’s in the breakfast food range.  These are similar to Coco Pops but can be eaten dry and will sell for 80c a small container the fruit salad size.   They are gluten free, wheat free and nut free which will be suitable for the students with these allergies.  Skinless & boneless salmon is now also available for sandwiches, wraps and salads.  

Just a reminder that when you send food from home could you send the necessary cutlery with your child.

Thank you also to the parents who have volunteered your valuable time to help out in the Canteen this term. 

Marilyn Rowe, Supervisor Junior Canteen

Camden Show Sponsors Evening
The String Quartet girls: Justina Hanna, Julia Kokic, Julia Fernandez and Amy Ledbetter performed at the Camden Show Sponsors Evening on 26 February.  They represented the School and played beautifully as the invited guests enjoyed a really enjoyable evening.  
Show Team Results - Royal Canberra Show

The results from this year’s Royal Canberra Show were fantastic.  Each day over the four days saw students and the stock (steers and sheep) perform very well.  Highlights of the show include:


Taylor Drayton and Jordyn Snape received second place in their Cattle Paraders class.  Jack Jansen was third and Brooke Baker and Daniel Pearce were placed fourth.  Two of our steers placed third and fifth in their classes.


One third and one third place with the sheep.  We also have the Champion White Suffolk Ewe.  In the Cattle Junior Judging Jack Jansen came third and Jordyn Snape was a finalist in the Under 16s.


Megan Baker was first in the Primary School Sheep Handler class and we also achieved a first and third place with our sheep.  In the Junior Judging Meat Breeds class, Jack Jansen was first, Richard Cartwright third and Daniel Pearce sixth.


In the 15s and over Sheep Handlers Jordyn Snape, Merryn Bowman, Jack Jansen, Daniel Pearce and Brooke Baker were all finalists in the class with Brooke also becoming the Champion Junior Handler.  In the Meat Sheep Junior Judging Megan Baker came third in the Under 13 years whilst Taylor Drayton also came third in the 14 and 15 years Class with Jordyn Snape achieving sixth place.  Jack Jansen was Champion Junior Meat Breeds Judge.

Congratulations to all the students above and also the animals.

David Baker



Moss Vale Show
The team headed to Moss Vale on Saturday 5 March again achieving some great results.  Our steers Jester and Clancy did very well with Jester Champion Heavyweight Steer and Clancy third in his class.

In the Cattle Paraders results were as follows:

Jordyn Snape - first in heat 
Brooke Baker - third in heat
Taylor Drayton - third in heat
Merryn Bowman - fourth in heat
Abbie Jenkins - fourth in heat

Congratulations everyone.



From the Head of Junior School

One could say it has been a different type of week.  As I write this I am sitting in Varee Preschool Thailand watching our Year 11 students deliver Art, English, Drama and Maths lessons to over 200 Thai students at an eCamp as part of the the Thailand Outreach Team 2016.  What an absolute privilege it is to come here and spread the Word of God to these young children, some of which have never heard of Him before.  The joy in their precious faces when our students talk to them about what God has done for us and as they watch our students dance and praise God through song and drama it is difficult to put into words.

Many of the thirty-eight Year 11 students on this Outreach have come through the Junior School and it is with pride that I see how they have and are growing into fine young men and women.  The connections that these students are making with each other and with others are remarkable.

Before I set off for Thailand I spoke to the students of the Junior School about what an outreach was and what we would be doing in Thailand.  In fact, Mr Cartwright and I were interviewed via ‘Facetime’ by our Year 3 students on Wednesday!

It amazes me that our young students (some as young as 5!) have such a servant heart and they too look forward to being able to serve others and spread His word when they finally reach Year 11 – for some of them it is a mere eleven years away!

As Head of the Junior School, I see this as an opportunity that I will be able to bring back to our students and help them to understand how fortunate we are and how important it is for us to love God with all our heart and look to Him in all that we do.

I also know a number of our Senior students have younger brothers and sisters in the Junior School who are missing them back home.  Perhaps there are also several who are enjoying the ‘space’ from that older sibling too.

Yes we have had the opportunity to ride elephants.  Yes we have had encounters with certain slithery reptiles, however, it is the connections and the relationships that are forming in front of me that I believe hold the most strength.  It is through those relationships that His word is strengthened.  It is also what makes me so proud to be a part of Macarthur Anglican School and to be able to play a part in shaping our student’s lives and guiding them on their journey through their most important early years.

Kylie Elling



Spelling Fun in Year 1

Year 1 students are having heaps of fun learning their new spelling words.  Students are spread over the room and engage in activities such as ‘Swat that Word’, writing words in paint and modelling words from play dough.  It is a hive of activity and skill building is the focus.

Mrs Stassen - Year 1 Teacher



Year 3/4 Camp Recount

As the engine started for the bus to leave Macarthur the children were extremely nervous to leave their parents.  But surprisingly some students were excited to leave their mother and father behind!

On the way to Galston Gorge we played games to prevent the fear of this nerve-wracking moment.  When we arrived the Crusaders gave us a tour of the campsite so we didn’t’ get lost.

We started out activities.  For Year 3, there was archery, pole climb, initiative games, and bush survival.  Year 4 tried their hand at indoor rock climbing, rafting, low ropes and bushwalking.  At night we all enjoyed Spotto and Dr Suess House of Fun.

We would gather near the dining hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not forgetting morning and afternoon tea!  Plus we were spoilt for choice every single meal (not meaning to tease you parents!).

In fact we were so occupied with activities that we had no time to spare to even think about mum or dad, or our brothers and sisters, or Poppy and Nanny.

Overall the aim of camp was a success - we all had fun!

Lucy-Lei Mingay





Year 5/6 Camp




Year 5 and 6 at the School Farm
Every Monday during lunch Year 5 and 6 students are allowed to visit the Farm.  They race down and often arrive at the Farm before me.  They are all keen to hold their chickens.  They learn how to correctly hold a chicken and sometimes the students try to teach the chickens new skills such as jumping over a stick.  The chickens are very much accustomed to being picked up and every student has their favourite.  
In the next week each student will be required to complete a safety induction which will keep both students and livestock safe.  The form will be given to each student at the Farm and they will be equipped to read throughout and have a parent sign off to state they understand the rules for attending the Farm.  When parents have signed the form they are then directed to complete a safety induction quiz which is found on the Moodle on the School intranet site.  By Week 8 this term no student will be allowed to visit the Farm without passing the safety induction quiz.  Once the quiz has been passed students should advise me of their achievement.

This is a yearly requirement for every student.  

Helen Glover





Study Skills


Do you find it hard to get out of bed some days and be positive about going to school and learning? It can be hard to turn the day around when you wake up like this and don’t take steps to start your day in a positive way. Your approach in the first hour of the day dictates the direction of your day of learning at school.

To ensure you start your mornings well you need to make sure you have a night-time and wake-up routine.

1. Set Your Intentions Before Bed: consciously decide every night to create a positive expectation for the next morning.

2. Move Your Alarm Clock Across The Room: so you have to get up to turn it off.

3. Brush Your Teeth: when you wake up and splash water on your face.

4. Drink a Full Glass of Water: to hydrate yourself after several hours without water.

5. Add some of the following ideas to your own routines.

The “Miracle Morning” is a book written by Hal Elrod and he speaks about starting your morning with “Life SAVERS”. The idea is that you add some of these to your morning routine or come up with your own activities for a positive start to the morning:

Silence can be meditation, mindfulness, prayer etc.

Affirmation can be a word you use that reminds you of who you are and how to be.

Visualisation is an intention (directing your focus) on how you want your day to be.

Exercise can be a short walk or stretching or going for a run (exercise is a great thing to do in the morning).

Reading something that is positive and enjoyable. What you read “resonates” with you. It gets you thinking and expanding “beyond yourself”.

Scribe is about journaling.

Writing in your journal about your day gives you insight and clarity about issues. It also helps you realise what’s working and how far you have come.

These tips are courtesy of 

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Middle Years Assessment Guides

Students in Year 7–9 have been directed to download their appropriate Assessment guide from the Intranet. Within the guide students and parents are able to see the tasks and when they are due through the term.  Rules and procedures, attendance and absence along with details when students fail to submit assessments can be found in the guide. It is important to remember that the dates that tasks are due are given as a guide in the manual. It is important to check the Calendar on the Web Site for the most upto date information about when tasks are due.

Middle School Student Leader Training Day

On Monday 22 February, we travelled to Wedderburn Christian Campsite.  Year 6 Student Leaders and Middle School Prefects had the opportunity to develop some communication skills, work together as a team and were able to discuss some of the challenges that being a student leader can face.  It was a fantastic opportunity to get to know the students and set the foundation for the year ahead. 

Joly Hordern and Neil Davies



Chess Club

Macarthur students are dining with kings and queens at our weekly Chess Clubs.  It is wonderful to see this strategically challenging game making a real resurgence at Macarthur.  Both boys and girls, young and older are matching their wits against each other.  Mr Kokic and Mrs Hey are hoping that a future Bobby Fisher is among them.  If your child is interested in learning or playing chess, encourage them to come to the IRC for Years 7–12 or Lloyd 3 Year 3–6 at Thursday Lunchtimes.


Christian Ministry

Nine students from Year 5 and 6 travelled to Thomas Hassall Anglican College with Reverend Hayman where they were excited to meet with others from similar voluntary Christian groups from about six other schools.

The teaching was engaging with drama and the students chose from one of three seminars - drama, sharing Jesus with friends or understanding the Bible.  They are excited about using what they learnt in the school context.


Year 9 Excursion to Minamurra Falls
After a 2 hour long bus trip and a stop at the wrong end of the Minnamurra River, year 9 Science reached the Minnamurra Rain Forest. Once there we learnt about the rain forest ecosystem, Cycles of materials, biotic and abiotic factors and how the National Parks and wildlife service manage the Rain forest for further generations. We also did a series of data collection on the abiotic factors. The final part of the trip was hiking  for two hours, half of it unguided, to get to the Minnamurra falls and see the amazing view, along the way we learnt types trees such as the red cedar which was cut down and harvested for its wood and the ruthless so strangler fig which takes over a tree and replaces the old trees roots with its own. We also found out about the history of the park. After a trip to the gift shop we got back on the bus and started the drive back to school. All and all it was a very education and fun excursion;

Tareva-Chine Atkin-Zaldivar



Indonesian Music Workshop

Year 9, 10 and 11 Elective Indonesian students were privileged to participate in a music workshop with Bapak Ferry and Ibu Yenny, two talented angklung players from Adelaide who flew in to share their expertise.

To begin, Ibu Yenny treated us with a solo performance, amazing us with her skill and the beautiful music she created.  Ibu Yenny and Bapak Ferry then showed us how to play.  Our students learnt very quickly and within one hour were able to play some beautiful tunes that made us all feel as if we were in Indonesia.  The angklung performance was on one level symbolic of Australian-Indonesian relationship in that success depends upon co-operation and collaboration.

The workshop was organised and funded by the Indonesian Consulate, and has further strengthened the strong ties of friendship between our school and Indonesia.  Only two schools in NSW were given this opportunity!  Once again, we are very appreciative of the support of the Consulate and thankful for their generosity.

We all had a wonderful and we hope that there may be future angklung performances for our school community to enjoy.

Joanne Fenton - Faculty Head Foreign Languages



Swimming Carnivals

The School Swimming Carnivals are one of the most enjoyable days of the year.

The 3-6 Carnival was a successful day.  The students all participated well and supported their houses with great pride.  It was great to see everyone dressed in their house colours and cheering for their fellow house competitors.

The 7-12 Carnival had excellent participation and house spirit leading to an outstanding atmosphere. The standard of competition was exceptional with seven school records being broken. 

Congratulations to the following record breakers:

Adam Ebeling 17 Years Boys 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly

Austen Perich 18 Years Boys 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke

Georgina Seton 15 Years Girls 50m Backstroke

Hassall House Senior Boys Relay

House spirit and participation was outstanding at both carnivals.  Each year the chants and war cries are getting better and better.  Overall results for the combined carnivals are below:

Swimming Carnival House Points for 2016

1st Barker 

2nd Marsh

3rd Hassall

4th Heber

5th Broughton

6th Johnson

In Years 3-6 we had 33 students qualify for NASSA which was held on Tuesday 1 March.  It was great to see these students represent our school with pride by competing at their best.  We had two students do extremely well on the night and qualified for CIS on 22 March.  They were Daisy-Meave Clapham who came second in the 50m Backstroke and Jasmine Beck who came first in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke.  Well done to these two girls and we look forward to seeing them compete at CIS.

In Years 7-12 we had 29 Students represent Macarthur at the NASSA Swimming Carnival held on Wednesday 2 March.  We had some amazing results with three Macarthur students named age champions of NASSA (Georgina Seton, Sophia Seton and Ronan Bueno).  Georgina Seton also broke several NASSA records on the night.  Sixteen students will now go on to represent NASSA at the AICES carnival held on 30 March.  This is an outstanding achievement from our Macarthur Swimming Team and we wish them all the very best for this event.

Congratulations to all our age champions:

From the Junior Carnival (3-6):

8 Years Girls: Tiana Wilson

8 Years Boys: Rhys Daley

9 Years Girls: Jasmin Smith  

9 Years Boys: Riley Newman

10 Years Girls: Jasmine Beck

10 Years Boys: Luca Bazdaric

11 Years Girls: Eden Kautz

11 Years Boys: Joel Offord

12 Years Girls: Rose Jansen

12 Years Boys: Austin Ebeling

From the Senior Carnival (7-12):

12 Years Girls: Emily Groves

12 Years Boys: Gryphon Doyle

13 Years Girls: Lauren Ward

13 Years Boys: Owen Bazdaric

14 Years Girls: Kindra Doyle

14 Years Boys: Ronan Bueno

15 Years Girls: Georgina Seton

15 Years Boys: Tobias Howard and Blake Hawkins

16 Years Girls: Olivia Locke

16 Years Boys: Samuel Buda

17 Years Girls: Sophia Seton

17 Years Boys: Adam Ebeling

18 Years Girls: Jessica Pierce

18 Years Boys: Austen Perich

Champ Camp - Save the Date!

   Consolidate study just before the HSC without distractions

   Access teachers to advice, clarify and mark responses

   Set up a study pattern for the HSC

   “The best thing I did in Year 12” (Past Year 12 Student)

Champ Camp, the School’s study camp for Year 12, will be held in the first week of the September vacation, just before the HSC examinations (26-30 September). The Camp offers students the opportunity to study for approximately thirty-five hours without distractions and most teachers of Year 12 will attend at some point to run sessions and mark work or offer individual consultations where necessary.

The Camp gives students an excellent opportunity to hone their skills and receive feedback from their teachers at a crucial time in their preparation, and many former students have testified to the way it helped them to focus and succeed beyond even their own expectations.

Further details will come later in the year, any questions can be directed to Mrs Fitzpatrick or Mr Bedingfield.



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