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Dear Parents,

 

In the movie Shadowlands, CS Lewis quipped  that one can always be more hospitable when people can’t stay long. This proved not to be the case at the Welcome BBQ, held last Sunday. Under brilliantly blue skies and with unfailingly happy dispositions, the SMMC community welcomed families new and old in great numbers and good cheer. Perhaps it also signalled a return to normality after the torrid pandemic. Let’s hope and pray it is so!

 

The involvement of parents in the daily life of the school is an indispensable component of the family/school partnership, adding to the range and richness of the students’ experience. In particular, I welcome the presence of parents in the library and garden on Fridays. There are opportunities throughout the day to assist teachers for as long or short a time as is available. Students are comforted and encouraged by the sight of their parents and the whole community benefits when we all put our shoulders to the wheel. Please let the front office know of your interest.

 

I would like to congratulate Rachel Perry who, with an ATAR of 81.5, is the 2020 College dux. Rachel received the Reuben F. Scarf – Commitment to Studies Award at last year’s presentation night, having been an exemplary student in her devotion to the pursuit of excellence. Congratulations also go to James O’Brien who achieved a Band 6 in Mathematics Advanced.

 

With every best wish for the year.

 

Warm regards,

 

Ian

 

 

Students Riding to School

Students are reminded that they are to dismount their bikes and walk them through the school carpark using the pedestrian crossing and are not to ride their bikes through the carpark.  Thank you

 

Swimming Carnival

The SMMC Swimming Carnival will take place this coming Wednesday 10th February for the whole school day.  There will be swimming races, fun games and activities as well as presentations at the end of the day.

 

Parents and family are very welcome to stay for the day to spectate.  Please note that younger siblings not attending as students, must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times. A flyer was sent home earlier in the week with further details.

 

Student Residential Address Collection

Attached is a letter to parents from the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment regarding the 2021 Address Collection for independent schools.  We ask that all families please ensure that the school has your most current address details to ensure that our data for the collection is accurate.  Please call or email the school office if you have recently moved or have changed your postal address.  Thank you.

 

Student Absences

A friendly reminder that student absences can be lodged by parents through their PAM account before 10.30am on the day of absence.  After that time, all absences must be notified to the office by email or telephone.

 

Absences of more than five consecutive days are not able to be lodged through PAM and must be notified by email or telephone and a supporting medical certificate must be supplied if the student is unwell.  Planned absences of more than five consecutive days require an ‘Application for Extended Leave Form’ to be completed.  These forms are available through the school office.

 

NSW School Vaccination Program

Each year the school is visited by NSW Health who offer vaccines for students in year 7 and 10 as part of their school vaccination program.  Further information and consent forms for the program will be sent home to parents of year 7 and 10 students.  For those parents who would like their child to be vaccinated, please note that consent forms are due back on Monday 15th Feb.