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Gäwa - Understanding Both Ways

Wed 18 November 2020  |  Di - Assistant Principal - Primary

Bala-Räli Dhara?anmirr (Understanding Bothways) As we head toward the end of a very unusual year and utter a collective sigh… Read More

Sharing Hope with the next generation

Wed 18 November 2020  |  Allan - MS Coordinator

1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old — 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4… Read More

Hope

Wed 11 November 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

On Friday 30 October, we celebrated the last day of schooling for our Year 12’s with Muckeration Day. Hopefully you enjoyed some great photos in the newsletter last week as the day progressed with parades, assemblies, games and speeches. It was my… Read More

A calm amongst the storm

Thurs 5 November 2020  |  Ben - Primary Coordinator, SP Cluster Leader and SP Teacher

2020 has been a year of change, not all of them great and many have taken their toll on each of us in different ways. It can be easy to get swept up in the ever changing landscape. It is important, however, that we try and find a new normality this year, especially for… Read More

Pick-a-Path

Wednesday 28 October 2020  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

These past holidays, upon doing a ‘spring clean’ in our garage, I discovered a collection of 30-year-old books and comics that belonged to my husband as a boy. A few of the titles were ‘Pick-a-Path’ books. For… Read More

How to Lament Well

Wednesday 21 October 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Are we nearly there? As we hopefully endure the last couple of weeks of extended lockdowns, one could not be blamed or criticised for feeling as though their hope and optimism levels were waning. We still wonder what the next few months will hold? Will we be able to… Read More

Learning happens in all sorts of places and spaces...

Wednesday 14 October 2020  |  Wendy - Kindergarten Director

If I’ve learnt one thing this year it’s how to be flexible! Our everyday life has been drastically interrupted and changed, but learning for us all continues, we continue to adapt, to change, to stretch, to grow. As… Read More

What is the Association?

Wednesday 16 September 2020  |  Nicole - Community Relations

Narelle talks about it at Enrolment Interviews, it is talked about by Board Members at the New Parent Dinner, it gets a mention at the Parent Seminars, and then there is the ads in the newsletter for the AGM and EGM, what is this? What does it all mean? Read More

School Fees 2021

Wednesday 9 September 2020  |  Gerry - Administration Manager

The word “unprecedented” has probably been overused since March this year. Indulge me as I use it once more in this editorial about next year’s school fees. The COVID-19 crisis has well and truly overshadowed any issues related to school funding in the… Read More

Play hard or go home’, But... I am at home!!!

Wednesday 2 September 2020  |  Rachel - Primary Teacher

I love games, my children love games; we are a game-loving family! Games bring us together, teach us about choices, chances and consequences, and help us to grow in character. I’ve never referred to… Read More

R U OK?

Wednesday 26 August 2020  |  Di - Assistant Principal - Primary

How are you doing? Really, I mean how are you doing, not just in the polite sense of the question, but in the reality of life in Stage 4 lockdown. It’s not easy working from home, schooling our kids remotely, and being isolated. In this current climate… Read More

Helping our students deal with grief during a pandemic

Wednesday 19 August 2020  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

Whilst normally attributed to the loss of a loved one, grief is the normal response to the loss of anything that is significant to us. And of significance for each of us today, is the loss of ‘normal life’. Place on top of that the loss of significant/anticipated moments… Read More

Standing Strong as a Community

Wednesday 12 August 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Thank you for your patience over the last week as we all adjusted to the Stage 4 restrictions and what that meant for our school, our Learning Hubs and the many families at home facilitating remote learning. We… Read More

Doing Year 12 in the time of COVID

Wednesday 5 August 2020  |  Amelia - Senior School Coordinator

“This was supposed to be the best year of school and now I feel like I have missed most of it”. As we all come to terms with a range of disappointments brought about by COVID-19, I thought it would be helpful for our MECS Community to gain a little… Read More

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Wednesday 29 July 2020  |  Lisa - Head of Teaching and Learning

I have been reflecting on this interesting season that we find ourselves in, children doing school at home, social distancing, masks, only going out for essential reasons, and the list goes on. It is very easy to get caught in a trap of despair and hopelessness… Read More

The Art of Growing Up

Wednesday 22 July 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Recently I have been reading the book, ‘The Art of Growing Up’, by John Marsden. Marsden is most well-known for being a bestselling children’s author, but he is also an influential educator, particularly in the area of alternative education settings.… Read More

Celebrating Partnership

Thursday 25 June 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Often when I conduct enrolment interviews with prospective families with school-aged children, I try to explain the nature of partnership to the children so that they can understand better what their parents and I are talking about. Read More

Jo Growsomemore’s Year 4 - Semester 1 Report MECS

Wednesday 17 June 2020  |  Di - Assistant Principal - Primary

Jo has demonstrated a high degree of capability in bike riding and tree climbing during remote learning. This has assisted him to concentrate for sustained periods of time whilst working on his Schoolbox assignments. Jo has also shown that he can at times get along… Read More

Try everything; embracing change for the future

Wednesday 10 June 2020  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

In our household we have the motto ‘Try everything!’ which is used to encourage our 5 year old daughter, and often ourselves, to not be limited by her preconceptions or personal fears, but to take hold of a moment and experience all that life has to offer: new foods,… Read More

Keeping connection and relationships alive in the Kindergarten

Wednesday 3 June 2020  |  Wendy - Kindergarten Director

As we read last week in Narelle's editorial, we have a lot to be thankful for in this season. At MECS Kinder we have continued to offer onsite classes for some families throughout the term, as well as remote learning for other families. I am so thankful for a willing… Read More

Thankfulness during this COVID-19 Season

Wednesday 27 May 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

On my wall above my desk and I have a saying, ‘Too Blessed to be Stressed’. It prompts me to check my perspective and be thankful for all the good things God is doing each day, rather than being stressed about things outside… Read More

Ahh, control... and there it goes...

Wednesday 20 May 2020  |  Ben - Primary School Coordinator and Teacher

Term Two has seemed to be somewhat of a rollercoaster … taking on many fun but interesting narratives and, understandably, experienced differently by all. The old Aussie adage of ‘she’ll be right’ got thrown out the window early on and things quickly got serious. And… Read More

Citizens or Consumers

Wednesday 13 May 2020  |  Gerry - Admin Manager

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over… Read More

From Shock to Shalom

Wednesday 6 May 2020  |  Allan - Middle School Coordinator

I think that shock is one of the major, if under acknowledged, impacts on us of COVID-19 at present. Our world has changed abruptly and that has shocked us. When I was a child of twelve, my world changed unexpectedly when my family… Read More

Lest We Forget

Wednesday 29 April 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

How good are you at remembering? So much of our lives seems to rely on the act of remembering. Much of our educational endeavour is based on it. Our justice system relies on it. We are told to remember the past so as to not repeat it. Much of our daily lives requires… Read More

How do we do Christian education in the days of the COVID-19? To Love is to risk.

Thursday 26 March 2020  |  Lisa - Head of Teaching and Learning

These are very interesting, trying times! We are currently facing unprecedented, worldwide disruptions to all that we know due to the unknowns of the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 comes on the back of massive… Read More

Why purpose beats passion when choosing a career

Thursday 19 March 2020  |  Narelle MECS Principal

As students enter the Senior School, many are confronted for the first time with having to seriously consider their future careers. Subjects need to be selected that ensure they don’t close doors to jobs they may wish to pursue. Increasingly, I am… Read More

Living in the Kingdom

Thursday 12 March 2020  |  Narelle MECS Principal

This year in our staff devotions, we are reading and reflecting on the Gospels. As such we have started with Matthew. So far we have covered chapters 1-14! The book of Matthew encourages… Read More

2020 in the Primary

Thursday 27 Feb 2020  |  Di - Assistant Principal - Primary

A new school year begins with excitement, nerves, hopes and dreams. After a couple of weeks, the ‘newness’ wears away and routines take over: routines of getting up early, being on time, being organised, having lunches sorted, and everything else… Read More

More than a Number

Thursday 20 Feb 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Over recent months, you would have seen much in the media about VCE results and tertiary placements for this coming year. So what about our students? How did they go? Did they all get into what they wanted to do? Have they been successful? Read More

Mobile Phone Stewarship

Mon, 10 Feb 2020  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

Many parents and grandparents in our community are able to reflect back to the time before ‘smartphones’ were part of our daily lives; when having a Nokia with the ‘snake’ game was something to ‘wow’ your mates with;… Read More

Eat This Book

Mon, 10 Feb 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Welcome back to school! Hopefully you all received your copy of the latest edition of Nurture1 at the end of last year. In the opening pages, Dr Rod Thompson talked about faithful work, witness and wisdom in Christian education. In his… Read More

The Hidden King

Thursday, 5 December 2019  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

I love a bit of royal pomp and ceremony. Royal weddings, royal babies and of course, royal coronations! If you have seen original footage of the Queen’s coronation in 1953 (or indeed watched ‘The Crown’ on Netflix), you will have been blown away… Read More

Dealing with teenage angst

Thursday, 28 November 2019  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

Over the past fifteen years, I have had many parents ask for advice for dealing with teenage angst... “He always seems to overreact”. “She’s always crying over little things”. “She never tells me anything”. “He’s acting out, but I don’t know why”. “She’s… Read More

Is MECS Primary still a National Park?

Thursday, 21 November 2019  |  Various Authors

A few years ago, we declared MECS Primary a ‘National Park’ with the slogan of ‘rubbish in and rubbish out’. You may have been wondering if we are still a National Park and if we are still committed to a more sustainable way of life at MECS. The answer is a resounding YES! We are… Read More

Faithful Failure

Thursday, 14 November 2019  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Each morning, our staff gather together in various formats to start the day in fellowship and prayer. Three mornings a week we do this all together and all our staff have the opportunity to lead devotions based on the theme we are thinking about… Read More

Word of Mouth Marketing

Thursday, 7 November 2019  |  Nicole - Community Relations

As the person who is responsible for the marketing at MECS, I am fortunate enough to attend conferences and hear experts talking about marketing in a school context.  These experts talk about ‘word of mouth’ marketing being one of the most powerful… Read More