Parent Engagement Platform/App/Website
Today we launch our new look eNewsletter and app. If you were previously receiving newsletter emails, you will continue to receive a link via email to access our parent engagement platform. You will notice that on the eNewsletter page that parents will also be able access more information regarding: (when finished)
- School Calendar
- School Policies
- School Board
- Staff Contacts
- Previous eNewsletters
- Friendship Lists
- Absentee Notice
This page is still being developed and we would always appreciate feedback as to how we can ensure communication is effective.
Some of the key features of the new eNewsletter is that it includes google translate if English is not your first language. You can also print the Newsletter as a pdf if you need to do so.
This parent engagement platform supports parents with accessing newsletters, important dates and information. If you have changed your email address or have not received the newsletter previously, please contact our school office and your email will be added to the list of subscribers. You can also subscribe yourself from the page.
The new schoolzine app will used as a way of providing parents with news feeds, the eNewsletter, School Calendar, it will allow parents to inform the school of your child’s absence, it will allow us to communicate reminders of events, last minute changes to events or notifications. It is crucial that ALL parents download the app as in the near future it will be a key communication platform.
Information about the school app can be located http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp to download go to the app store / google playstore and search SZapp and download. You will need to select a region (Asia / Pacific) and type in school name (St Paul’s).
Our new look school website is still in draft mode and has not been migrated over to our domain. There are some active links that have not been finalised as yet so please bear with us as we complete the process. The website - while still providing parents with general information about our school is designed more for new families wishing to find out general information about the school, programs and the enrolment process.
We are hoping this new platform will support effective communication. In the future we will be able to set it up to make Parent Teacher Booking and Bookings for School Events. The Schoolzine products have been specifically designed to support schools with communication and are used in many schools Australia wide.
If you have any feedback please email email@example.com
RIDDLE ST DROP OFF ZONE AND PARKING
It is disappointing that we are still receiving complaints and seeing parents not observing the drop off zone rules and parking in areas that are not designated for parking. We need everyone to observe the road rules and show courtesy and respect to all.
School photos are taking place on Monday 6th May. All children are to wear full summer school uniform. If your child has PE on that day, they can bring their runners in their bag. Sibling envelopes are available from the office and all envelopes are to be returned to the office by Friday.
Have a great week
The magnitude of what God has done for us in Jesus
The first week of term 2, although a stop start week, was probably the most
important week of our year. We celebrated the fact that Jesus is Alive and
ANZAC day. As many reflected on the importance of these two events we also
had sadness. Firstly with so many Christians killed in Sri Lanka and then a
completely different sadness. The sadness here I refer to is the Booing that
took place at the ANZAC ceremony after the match had finished. Yes, no one
was killed at this event but what does the Booing say about us as a society?
Surely we are better than this? ANZAC day is a day of mourning. We mourn
for many reasons. We mourn the people of Christchurch. We mourn the
people of Colombo. We mourn the fact wars still exist.
As the Booing continued I reflected on what we say to our students within the
Federation. We say, that Booing Has NO place in our School.
We are a people and community who celebrate the joys of others. We also
grieve with those who are suffering.
We are a people who trust that the God who created us and loves us will hold
us up through this moment of darkness so that the darkness does not break
I hope that you can find the time to read these two well written reflections on
the meaning of the Cross.
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith Leader)
When you reflect upon Jesus Christ hanging on the cross of shame, you
understand the depth and weight of human sin. How do we measure the size
of a fire? By the number of firefighters and fire engines sent to fight against it.
How do we measure the seriousness of a medical condition? By the amount of
risk the doctors take in prescribing dangerous antibiotics or surgical
procedures. How do we measure the gravity of sin and the incomparable
vastness of God's love for us? By looking at the magnitude of what God has
done for us in Jesus, who became like a common criminal for our sake and in
Fleming Rutledge is an American Episcopal priest, and now an author,
theologian and preacher. Ordained to the diaconate in 1975, she was one of
the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.
The real crosses of our lives
Every difficult thing in life is not a cross. A lot of things are difficult in life but
that does not make them crosses. A cross is that which we do not choose and
do not want. It is outside the normal order of life. It is what confounds our
plans or disturbs our dreams. It is anything that wrenches life away from our
plans or hopes in a truncated or destructive or pitiable way. It is where we
would not go but cannot avoid.
Jesus’ cross was not some kind of petty inconvenience. It was a distortion of a
great life and even greater plans and in great proportions. It was the cutting off
of life in the very thick of it. It was the cost to be paid for confronting the
authorities of both synagogue and state.
Nor are the real crosses of our lives minor irritations or teasing tests of our
faith in God. The cross is not an exercise in temporary discomfort. It is life-
The cross brings with it a sense of finality, the judgment of forever. There is no
going back from here. Jesus is nailed to a cross from which there is no return.
The glory days are over. The followers are scattered. The entire enterprise
seems lost. It is the bleak and final moments of the dream. There is no way
whatsoever to plumb the depths of such depression in the human soul.
The call of this moment, the eleventh Station of the Cross, is the call to faith, to
believe that a loving God is also present in darkness so deep that nothing can
possibly assuage it. It is the call to faith in the God of Timelessness in a time of
total defeat. It is trust that the God who created us and loves us will hold us up
through this moment so that the darkness does not break our hearts.
The question with which the eleventh station confronts us is whether or not
we are spending our lives, our hopes, our emotions, on something great
enough to make the pain of losing them worthwhile. The great task of the
spiritual life is to choose to spend it on something big enough to risk the pain
of its loss.
There is a great freedom that comes when the cross we refuse to accept
becomes the cross we embrace. When we give up the struggle against life, life
begins to lighten in us. We become indestructible. Nothing more can hurt us
now. We learn to live in ways we never imagined possible and find ourselves
made new. Being handicapped is not a death knell anymore. Being alone is not
a burden now; it is an opportunity to start over again. Being blocked by one
impasse in life, we discover whole new ways of being alive. We find new life in
the small deaths of the day. We sink into the ultimate liberation. Now there is
nothing in life but the freedom of choosing again.
—from The Way of the Cross: A Path to New Life (Orbis Books) by Joan
Mentone Girls Secondary College Enhancement Program
The Enhancement Program at MGSC has been designed to challenge and inspire girls to think creatively, challenge themselves academically and become globally-minded life-long learners. The program started at Year 7 in 2019 and will expand to Year 8 in 2020, then move into Year 9 in 2021. At the end of Year 9, students will have access to multiple Unit 1/2 subjects where they can use the skills that they have developed to successfully begin an advanced placement in VCE.
We are looking to enrol girls who seek a greater academic challenge and who have an interest in inquiry learning and rich tasks. We are looking for girls who enjoy learning and are always seeking out extension work.
The course offers an alternative curriculum for English, Maths, Humanities and Science that allows the students to learn a greater breadth and depth of skills. Students can pursue their interests more fully through self-directed learning and rich tasks that allow them to choose aspects of their assessment. The curriculum was designed by teachers with experience in SEAL, gifted and talented education and in the International Baccalaureate.
Co-curricular programs like the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the History Challenge, the Tournament of Minds and others form a central part of the learning experience. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a proud tradition of excellent leadership and public speaking, and we aim to further that tradition through the Enhancement Program.
Please visit our website at http://mgsc.vic.edu.au/curriculum/enhancement-program/ and send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information regarding the Enhancement Program will also be available at our Open Night on Tuesday the 30th of April at 7 pm.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Director of Curriculum and Enhancement
Mentone Girls’ Secondary College
BRIGHTON SECONDARY COLLEGE
If you are intending on applying for Brighton Secondary College, you need to complete the college Year 7 Expression of Interest (“Green Form”) as well as the department Year 6 to 7 Placement form.
Our green form, is used to verify address details for all families claiming in-zone, sibling or nearest college placement requests.
These green forms were distributed during the college tours and open night in term one. The green form can also be collected from our general office (Mon/Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm).
You may also be aware that the department has made changes to school zones and this includes the Brighton SC zone. We will be updating our website next week with the new link.