Week 2 Term 2 2023 Newsletter


Dear parents,

Whether in the form of streaming, gaming, social media or old fashioned free-to-air, the plague of screen time bedevils families who are trying to raise children in the virtues. And it isn’t just children who are affected. Parents too, if we’re honest, often operate at the behest of notifications and idle curiosities.

To open up the topic, I would like to invite you to a viewing of the highly-regarded documentary “The Social Dilemma” in the Hall on Thursday 1st June. Drinks and nibbles will kick off at 7.00pm. Play will be pressed on the film at 7.30pm. Discussion and a takeaway of practical resources and family-based steps will follow before more drinks and nibbles to round out the evening.

The Social Dilemma blows the lid off any pretences that social media is a neutral player; in fact, they are playing us. Justin Rosenstein is the inventor of Facebook’s “like” button. In the documentary, he says that he intended to “spread positivity” rather than be the catalyst of a spike in teenage anxiety, depression and worse. Likewise, the inventor of the infinite scroll, the inventor of the Google Drive and the inventor of “monetizing” Facebook, among a myriad of other insiders provide sobering analysis and salient warnings. Most significantly, the documentary explains how the engagement business model of social media operates in order to ensnare, exploit and addict users. The Social Dilemma is not to be missed.

I hope to see you there.

Warm regards,

Ian Smith



Mother’s Day Cake Stall

The College will be holding a Cake Stall fundraiser outside the Jindera IGA on Saturday 13th May.  Donations of baked goods and volunteers to assist with running the stall will be needed.  Please see the attached flyer for further details.


Mother’s Day Stall

Year 12 students will be running a Mother’s Day Stall fundraiser on Wednesday 10th May.  All gifts will be sold for $5 each.  Primary students will have the opportunity to purchase a gift for their mother during class time, accompanied by their class teacher.  High School students will also have the chance to purchase a gift at lunchtime.  A lovely array of hand-made and quality gifts will be available to suit any mum.  Thank you for supporting the stall and Year 12 fundraising efforts.


School Photo Day

This year MSP Photography will be taking photos on School Photo Day, Tuesday 16th May.  Photo orders can be made through your Compass account.  Instructions on ordering photos have been emailed out by MSP to parents.  On the day, all students are expected to arrive to school neatly dressed in their full winter uniform.  Students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4, who would usually wear their sport uniform that day, are requested to come to school in their normal uniform and to bring a set of runners with them in their school bag.


Athletics Carnival

This year’s Athletics Carnival will take place on Thursday 18th May at the Les O’Brien Athletics Precinct, Cadell Street, East Albury. The Athletics Carnival will run for the whole day and parents will need to drop their children off at the precinct in time for a 9.00am start, with pick up at 3.20pm.  Parents are welcome to stay for the day to spectate.  Further information will be sent out soon through Compass. If any parents would like to volunteer to help on the day, please contact the school office.  Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered.


Apple Picking

A flyer has been sent home today with Year 2 and Year 6 students from Class Parents, Jane & Tom Stead and Vanessa & Daniel Blood, inviting Year 2 and 6 students and their families to a social event of apple picking.