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06/02/2019

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Carola Scatizzi, a member of our Primary Teaching Team..

Name: Carola Scatizzi – Primary Italian Teacher – carola.scatizzi@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

In 2019 I will be teaching Italian from Prep all the way to Year 6.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

During our Italian lessons, students will be involved in a variety of dynamic language learning experiences such as role plays, games, songs and stories within a stimulating learning environment. 
Our lessons will focus on a range of themes and topics including greetings, family, markets, food, weather, transport, housing, school, emotions, hobbies and life in Italy.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Being a language teacher, the most rewarding aspect of teaching is hearing students communicate with each other in the language being taught and observing them applying their language skills and knowledge to other key learning areas such as Arts, Literacy, Numeracy and PE.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: PPG - Pasta, Pizza, Gelato!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: The Goonies

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I am currently learning Auslan.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Stefanos Tsitsipas (Tennis player)

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

1. Niccolo’ Ammaniti: He’s my favourite Italian author
2. Yotam Ottolenghi: He’ll be cooking dinner
3. Jack Johnson: He’s one of my favourite singers

23/01/2019

Marymede Catholic College is looking forward to the 2019 School year with great excitement.

With the beginning of the School year now only days away, the College has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their corresponding answers with regards to commencement in 2019.
 

1.    WHEN DOES TERM 1, 2019 COMMENCE?

The first group of students will return to School for Term 1 on Thursday 31 January 2019. This will be students in Years 3 to 12 only. Students in Years Prep to 2 will commence on Monday 4 February.

Please click HERE for a full list of starting dates.

2.    WHERE DOES MY CHILD LINE UP DURING THE MORNING OF DAY ONE?

•    Year 7 students are to line up behind their House flags at 8.40am outside the Auditorium. They will be involved a short assembly and will then be collected by their House Captains.

•    NEW students in Years 8-12 are to meet at the Main Office at 8.40am where they will be collected by a Staff member from their House.

•    All other Year 8-12 students will head to their House/Homeroom areas on Day One.

•    Prep students are to meet just outside the Prep House with their parents. They will then be collected by their teachers and taken into class.

•    Students in Years 1 to 6 are to line up in the 2019 designated line up areas.

3.    WHEN DOES THE MAIN OFFICE OPEN?

The Main Office has now re-opened, for any enquiries please contact 9407-9000.

4.    WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 1, 2019?

The College Calendar for 2019 is available on our College Website and can also be accessed via our Parent Access Module. We strongly encourage families to check the College Calendar on a regular basis as this is updated frequently.

5.    IS THE UNIFORM SHOP OPEN?

Yes. The Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday 29 January and normal trading hours for Term 1 will commence on Wednesday 30 January 2019. The Uniform Shop can be contacted on 9036-7358. 

6.    WHICH UNIFORM DOES MY CHILD WEAR IN TERM 1?

All students will be required to wear their SUMMER uniform for Term 1, 2019. New students are to refer to the acceptable footwear document provided to them upon enrolment for rules regarding footwear. 

Please Note: Year 7 Students are required to wear their full summer uniform on Day 1 – regardless of timetable.

7.    UPON THE COMMENCEMENT OF SCHOOL, WHERE CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF AND COLLECT THEM FROM?

The following information may assist with School pick-up and drop-off:

•    The College Drop-Off/Pick-Up areas are located at Gate A (exit through Gate C), Gate E and Gate F (exit through Gate G).
•    Parents are no longer able to park at the Joinery land across from the College (2018 Temporary Carpark).
•    Access to Camp Australia’s OHSC Program is via the Williamsons Road Pedestrian Gate.
•    Access to the College between 9.00am and 3.00pm will be via the pedestrian gate at Gate D. During these times all visitors must sign in and out via Main Reception.
•    Students arriving late to School and leaving early (after 9.00am) will be required to do so via the Gate D pedestrian gates.
•    Parents wanting to access the Finance Office enter via Gate B

8.    IS THERE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BOOKLISTS?

Families who have not yet ordered their child’s/children books for 2019 via the OfficeMax portal are strongly encouraged to do so immediately. This will ensure that your child has access to all of the required online resources from the commencement of the school year.

All e-Resources listed via OfficeMax Portal are a compulsory requirement. Primary students will be provided with login details from their classroom teachers the week commencing Monday 5 February. 

Any family who has previously placed an order but omitted the digital subscription component will be required to log in again and place a further order. Parents can log on via the following website:

https://www.officemaxschools.com.au 
Access Code: MCC2019

VCE Students who have purchased their online texts from OfficeMax should have received an email outlining all of their access codes and websites for their e-resources 2 or 3 days after purchase. These are subject specific. 

Students in Years 7 -10 should have received an email with their login details for their e-resources from either our Classroom Teachers, OfficeMax, JacPlus or KWL.  

Students who have not purchased the e-resources by 4 February will have their access to these resources removed until payment is made.

9.    I DID NOT REVIEW MY CHILD’S SEMESTER 2, 2018 ACADEMIC REPORT, WHERE CAN I ACCESS THIS?

Semester 2, 2018 Academic Reports were released online via our Parent Access Module (PAM) during the final week of Term 4, 2018. Parents will be able to access their child’s report by visiting PAM and logging in with the details provided to them. If you cannot remember you PAM login details, please contact the College on 9407-9000. For privacy reasons, the College will need to confirm the identity of any detail request before providing usernames and passwords.

10.    PRIMARY SCHOOL TESTING DATES (PREP – YEAR 2 ONLY):

During the final week of 2018, all Primary families received correspondence regarding class allocations and for students in Prep to Year 2, details on booking upcoming testing appointments.

Various testing sessions will take place by appointment on Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February (Refer to individual starting dates for year level specific testing). Any student who is unable to attend a testing date this week will be tested by their classroom teacher during the early weeks of Term 1.

11.    WILL WE HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH COLLEGE PRINCIPAL MR. KENNY IN TERM 1?

Yes, all families will have the opportunity to catch up Mr. Michael Kenny via a ‘Morning Tea with the Principal’ in the early stages of Term 1 and throughout 2019.

12.    MY CHILD IS NEW TO MARYMEDE CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN 2019, AND WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE HOUSES. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

No. The College does not allow for movement between Houses.

13.    MY CHILD IS NEW TO MARYMEDE CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN 2019. WHAT ITEMS CAN HE/SHE BRING WITH HER TO SCHOOL EACH DAY?

The College does not take responsibility for any personal items brought into the College grounds. Secondary School students should refer to their 2019 Student Diary for rules regarding the use of Mobile Phones and other technologies on College grounds.

14.    WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL FEES IN 2019?

Please click HERE to view the 2019 School Fee Structure.

15.    WHEN WILL FEE STATEMENTS FOR 2019 BE SENT OUT?

2019 fee statements have now been sent to all families. If you have not received your fee statement or would like more information regarding School fees please contact the Accounts Office on 9407 9000.

16.    WILL THE SCHOOL BUS SERVICE CONTINUE IN 2019?

Yes, the School Bus Service will continue in 2019. Information regarding the Bus service this year has been sent to all families. The College requires a 25% deposit on all Bus fees by no later than Monday 4 February, with all Semester 1 Bus fees required to be paid IN FULL by no later than Friday 1 March, 2019.

To view proposed routes click HERE.

17.    MY CONTACT DETAILS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK, WHO CAN I REPORT THESE TO?

For any change in contact details please contact the College Registrar on 9407-9000 or alternatively email to registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au.

PLEASE NOTE: Any family who changes contact details via CareMonkey is also required to report this change to the College.

18.    ARE 2020 and 2021 ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS OPEN?

Yes. Applications for Year 7, 2021 are open now and close on 23 August 2019. 

Yes. Applications for Prep 2020 are open and will close on 24 May, 2019.

For further information regarding enrolment at Marymede Catholic College please contact the Registrar on 9407-9000.

19.    WHEN IS THE IT HELPDESK OPEN? 

The IT Helpdesk is open daily between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm. You can contact the IT Helpdesk via phone on 9407-9020 or email at helpdesk@marymede.vic.edu.au.

20.    MY CHILD HAS A DEVICE AT THE IT HELPDESK FOR REPAIR. WHEN WILL IT BE READY?

All devices which were submitted for repair over the School holidays are now ready for collection. Please refer to the Warranty Loss and Repair document attached to this email for further information.

21.    MY CHILD’S DEVICE REQUIRES REPAIR PRIOR TO SCHOOL COMMENCING, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If your child’s device requires repair please bring this in to the IT Helpdesk as soon as possible.

22.    WILL MY YEAR 7 CHILD BE PROVIDED WITH A DEVICE IN 2019?

All Year 7, 2019 students were provided with their device at Orientation last year. All new students in Years 8-12 are able to pick up their device from the IT Helpdesk. 

23.    WHEN WILL 2019 SCHOOL PHOTOS TAKE PLACE?

School photos will take place on Monday 4 March 2019, the College will also be offering Sibling photos in 2019. Further correspondence regarding School photos will be sent to families in the coming weeks.

24.    WILL THERE BE ANY PARENT INFORMATION EVENINGS/IMPORTANT DATES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2019 SCHOOL YEAR?

Yes. The following events will take place during the early stages of Term 1:

-    Whole School Opening Mass: Tuesday 5 February
-    Leadership & High Achievers Assembly: Friday 8 February
-    VCE/VCAL 2019 Parent Information Evening: Monday 11 February
-    Secondary House Swimming Carnival: Tuesday 12 February
-    Year 10 Challenge Camp: Wednesday 13 February – Friday 15 February
-    Year 7 Camp Parent Information Evening: Monday 18 February
-    Year 12 Parent Information Evening: Tuesday 19 February
-    Years 4-6 Bridge Inn Swimming Carnival: Tuesday 19 February
-    Prep Parent Workshop Evening: Monday 25 February
-    Year 12 Retreat: Monday 25 February – Wednesday 27 February
-    School Photo Day: Monday 4 March
-    Chanel, Chisholm and Marcellin House BBQ’s: Tuesday 5 March
-    Labour Day Public Holiday: Monday 11 March
-    McAuley, McCormack and Romero House: Wednesday 13 March
-    Year 7 Camp: Wednesday 20 March – Friday 22 March
-    Open Day: Sunday 31 March (11.00am – 2.00pm)
-    P-12 Progress Interviews: Thursday 4 April
-    Term 1 Concludes: Thursday 4 April @ 1.30pm

Further information regarding each event will be communicated to parents throughout Term 1.

25.    WHEN WILL SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR CLASS TIMETABLES?

Secondary School students will be able to access their draft class timetable via SIMON from Monday 28 January. Students can log into SIMON via https://simon.marymede.vic.edu.au. Students are to log in with their existing username and password. 

For all further enquiries regarding the commencement of the 2019 School Year please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9407-9000.
 

17/12/2018

 

Marymede Catholic Collge would like to wish all families a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and Healthy New Year.

The College Office will close on Friday December 21 and will re-open on Monday January 6.

For a full list of starting dates please CLICK HERE.

07/12/2018

Are you looking to join the Marymede Community in 2020 or 2021?

Applications for our two major intakes (Prep and Year 7) are now open.

  • Prep 2020 applications will close on May 24, 2019.
  • Year 7, 2021 applications will close on August 23, 2019.
  • Applications for Year 7 2020 are now closed. If you are interested in enrolment for this intake please contact the College.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us via 9407-9000 or via email at registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au

04/12/2018

 

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that applications for our Scholarship Program in 2020 are now open. The College will offer Scholarships across two categories: Academic Excellence and General Excellence.

Scholarships will be open to any student entering into Year 7, 2020 and may carry part or full remission up to 50% of tuition fees across Years 7-12.

To read more about our Scholarship Program, or to apply for a Scholarship at the College in 2020, please visit: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/enrolment/scholarships 

Please Note: Applications will close on February 11, 2019 and no late applications will be accepted under any circumstances. We strongly advise any family interested in applying for a Scholarship to visit the link above and read all terms and conditions pertaining to Scholarship application.
 

14/11/2018

 

Exciting times lie ahead for Year 7 Marymede students Marc Lando, Leo Karakatsanis and Christian Nicolaou, all of whom have recently been selected to represent Marymede Catholic College as the first ever Australian team to compete at World Educational Robot Competition held in Shanghai, China.

The World Educational Robot Competition (known as WER) is an international robot contest for teenagers from 4 to 18. Annually, more than 500,000 contestants from 50 countries participate in WER contests.

Our students, whom have been generously sponsored by Centrecom, Sunshine to attend the competition, are looking forward to their exciting opportunity in the land of the Red Dragon. “I’m really looking forward to the experience and spending time with my robotics teammates but also the atmosphere of the whole event which is going to be huge” says Christian.

Our students will work as a team of 3 using robots made by Abilix – a world-leading educational robotics company - to design, build and program a robot to navigate a game mat and solve tasks around the 2018 theme “Information Era”. The boys have developed their Team Name ‘Robo Roos’ and logo, and have been working together in their lunchtime Robotics Club developing their abilities in robot design and programming as well as teamwork and innovation.

Digital Technologies at Marymede Catholic College has gone from strength to strength in the past 3 years thanks to the dedication and commitment of Staff member Ms. Kylie Buttigieg who continues to work on new and innovative programs and opportunities for our students.

Ms. Buttigieg said that these three boys were the ideal candidates to lead Team Marymede in Shanghai due to their longstanding commitment to Robotics Club and the keen enthusiasm and energy they brought to the program. Leo claimed that what he liked most about coding was "solving problems and progressing through different stages of problem solving through using technology”, whilst Marc has always had a keen interest in digital technologies: “I remember starting to code around 4 years ago because I just had this fascination with computing and robots”.

This year’s contest is just the beginning for Marymede, who will host the Australian leg of the WER here on College grounds in 2019 – with Ms. Buttigieg’s Robotics Crew already training for next year’s event.

The Robo Roos will depart for Shanghai, China on December 13 for the two-day competition. We wish them all the very best in their endeavours and acknowledge the support of Centrecom, Sunshine for their sponsorship.

The Robo Roos will depart for Shanghai, China on December 13 for the two-day competition. We wish them all the very best in their endeavours and acknowledge the support of Centrecom, Sunshine for their sponsorship.

14/11/2018

Congratulations to our Boys Futsal Team who went all the way in Brisbane to claim the Australian Futsal Association Championship - this team is special!

Big shoutout to our Girls Team who also finished 3rd overall. In addition to these great achievements, we are excited to announce that a whopping 8 Marymede players have been selected in the All-Star Teams to represent Australia at the World Futsal Championships in Italy in 2019!

Well done Team Marymede.

31/10/2018

 

VICTORIAN SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH SUCCESS
A Reflection – By Kaitlyn Moss

In early May, our 7X (Year 7 Enhanced Learning Stream) class were invited to enter the ‘Victorian Science Talent Search’, a competition that aims for students of all ages to be involved with, and enjoy, science. 

Participants were required to select a task from a range of different categories, based around the theme ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’. 
Chloe and Shantal (my classmates) presented a scientific photographic explanation of meat preservation using salt water whilst my project partner Sienna and I entered a board game – targeting environmentally friendly and affordable transportation fueling substitutions.

Recently, Sienna and I were informed that our entry was successful and were to be awarded a Minor Bursary Prize. On October 29, we visited LaTrobe University to display our prize-winning game and to see what our competitors created. Every single one was amazing, with some being made from lego mechanics and others having additional affects such as sound and lights.  

Presenting our game to the public and other schools was enjoyable as we were able to teach them about fuel and how expensive it really is If only all our teachers taught in game form! 

At the conclusion of the day, the awards ceremony took place. We waited for what felt like ages before we were signaled to stand in a line to collect our prize, a bursary cheque and medallion. 

We had a fantastic time and definitely would not hesitate to take part in the future.  

Kaitlyn Moss 7X


 

31/10/2018

Please find below link to 2019 Starting Dates including Meet the Teacher sessions for new Prep students.

CLICK HERE FOR 2019 STARTING DATES

19/10/2018

 

Towards the end of 2017 Marymede Catholic College commenced our journey towards implementing meaningful solar generation across our growing South Morang campus.

In a plan then developed between our College and specialised energy strategy firm ‘Mamachi’ we are now about to turn on its very own power plant! A 270kW solar PV system - made from 981 (x 275w) panels and inverters have been installed by Autonomous Energy and is expected to be turned on by the middle of this Term. The installed system is projected to reduce our current annual consumption by over one third. From a sustainability standpoint, the system projects an average annual saving of 201 tonnes of CO2, offsetting as much as 2,500 tonnes over a 10 year operating life.

Solar Panels Now Lining Several Buildings Across our Grounds.

Solar Makes Sense:

“The ability to play a leadership role in the local community and for our students during their formative years was too important. Not just adopting renewable energy but ensuring it was tactile for teaching purposes, and tangible as part of our broader community message” explains Business Manager Paul Romanin. 

What About Batteries?

Importantly, we had expressly included consideration for battery storage from the get-go. Energy reliability is topical in the media, and top of mind following recent power disruptions in our local area.

“Between 22-30% of the solar energy produced may not be utilised by us – consider School holidays and weekends. The benefit we do obtain is compelling – that’s why we have installed it! Nonetheless, there is still a meaningful proportion of solar energy that could be utilised. Over time we believe that will mean storage - and potentially more solar!” Paul noted.

The system – now fully installed and awaiting final permission to energise – offers up to 80MWh per year in generated, but not used, solar energy - perfect for storage.
 
Solar in School @ Marymede Catholic College

Another factor which drove our investigation into solar energy was the idea that it could be integrated into the classroom environment. 100kW of inverters now sit on proud display at the Trade Centre, clearly visible to students and within observable reach for use in a range of identified curricular applications.

Trade Skills Centre (Far Right)

“STEM and the interaction between students and technology is becoming integral to the learning experience. This will only continue to impact the nature of employment and society as our students go forwards in life. We want to take every opportunity to prepare them for this, so utilising the solar data was important from the outset.” comments Paul.

Thanks to an existing, site wide fibre network across the College all data created by the solar system is directly fed into our School LAN Network. As well as supporting compliance requirements for local grid-operator, Ausnet, our IT network can monitor performance data of the system to be captured, managed and utilised.
 
Students will therefore be able to interact with the solar system, which we believe can play an increasing role in our curricular objectives - creating readily available data for use in both science (Climate, Environment and Renewable Energy Studies) and technology (such as Data Science, Business Intelligence or Analytics) streams from early primary years into VCE. 


 

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