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Dear Parents,


If you’re anything like me, there are mornings you can feel the cortisol surging through your system. Cortisol is sometimes called the “stress hormone”. Without it, we would find it nearly impossible to get out of bed at all; too much of it may also keep us in bed, but for very different reasons.


During the week I attended a Zoom meeting with 235 principals of NSW independent schools. The guest speaker was Dr Kerry Chant, the Chief Health Officer of NSW. You would have seen Dr Chant discussing the state’s Covid-19 response many times.


A large body of principals asked questions based on their experience of students’ high levels of anxiety. Their observations, in turn, led these principals to experience their own high levels of anxiety. Dr Chant’s excellent response was measured and unemotional, but genuine and keenly sympathetic.


Like the virus itself, Covid-related anxiety is contagious and spreading. It was a timely reminder to hold our children close enough to read their body language and elicit from them more than a grunt when we ask, how are you going?


Warm Regards,

Ian Smith



Yr 7 to 10 Boys Tackle Rugby – Expressions of Interest.

Our Grade 7-10 Boys would like to start up a Tackle Rugby League Competition. The boys are asking if any dads might be interested in coaching a team for next season, with training starting this year. Games run for 1 hour with breaks in-between and are played outside of school hours. If you are interested in coaching an SMMC team, please contact the school office.



There are now more sizes of the new school jackets available to try on in the office. Term 4 is also quickly approaching and parents may like to start thinking about placing orders for summer uniforms.

School Concert

Students have been auditioning for the school concert over the past few weeks. The school concert will be held during school hours in the hall on Friday 11th September.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are sorry to inform that parents will not be able to attend the concert this year.  More details will be provided closer to the date.


Athletics Carnival

This year’s Athletics Carnival scheduled for Friday 4th September has been indefinitely postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Extended Leave From School

A friendly reminder to parents that any student absent from school for more than 5 consecutive days requires an ‘Application for Extended Leave Form’ to be filled out by parents to be approved by the Principal.  These forms are available from the school office.  Extended leave for illness will require a doctor’s certificate.  Planned leave needs to be approved before it is taken. Thank you.


Holiday activity for Primary Students

Looking to keep your kids active during the next holidays? On the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each of the two weeks (September 28 to October 9), Albury Wodonga Table Tennis Association (AWTTA) will be conducting Spinneroos sessions from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.  To find out more go to:

The cost includes a T-shirt and some equipment.  AWTTA is a provider for the Active Kids Voucher, so one or two $100 vouchers can be applied to this program, club registration and further sessions.

We are looking forward to helping your kids enjoy their holidays with this fun activity, when so many other exercise opportunities are not available.  Terry Caldwell (AWTTA President)


Jindera Tennis Club

The Jindera Tennis Club is currently looking for new players (all ages) for the upcoming season.  If you’re interested please phone Jason on 0424 179 051 or email