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Year 12 Graduation 2021

Thursday 18 November 2021  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal Secondary

On Saturday evening we were able to celebrate the graduation of our Year 12 students; both VCAL and VCE alike. After two years of unprecedented interruptions to their studies, this wonderful group of young people have risen above to successfully complete their studies.  In… Read More

Loving my Neighbour

Thursday 18 November 2021  |  Nicole - Community Relations

This week I read an editorial in a school newsletter from a school in Wagga Wagga, Namoi Valley Christian School. It summed up perfectly what I have been thinking about a lot lately. Thanks to the Principal Peter Henderson, for letting me share some of his words and use his article… Read More

Are we there yet? When is this going to finish? Will there be more lockdowns?

Thursday 4 November 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

I’m sure many of you have been in situations where you weren’t sure how things were going to end, or been on a journey that you weren’t sure how long it was going to take?  It can either be exhilarating or scary? It can bring out the best in you, or make you want to hide?… Read More

Teaching our Children

Thursday 4 November 2021  |  Lisa - Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

For our staff devotion sessions this year we have been working through the first 5 books on the Bible using the TG21 Method which is looking at the Text, then how the text links to the Gospel and then how does this then relate to the 21st century in which we live. It has been a… Read More

Returning to normal?

Thursday 28 October 2021  |  Allan - Middle School Coordinator

It is very exciting at present as we see the gradual return of students to onsite learning. As parents, students and school staff we have been looking forward to this for a long time! Friends can see each other again face to face, teaching and learning can be more ‘hands on’, diverse… Read More

Is Christian Schooling Worth It?

Thursday 21 October 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

I’m sure you will be happy to read something that is not COVID related, but it is probably also true, that during this uncertain season, you have questioned or are weighing up the benefits of a Christian school education. I thought it was timely, therefore, to communicate… Read More

School fees in 2022

Thursday 14 October 2021  |  Gerry - Administration Manager

It’s that time of year when we turn our attention to next year’s school fees at MECS. I am happy to report that in its meeting this week the Board has approved an increase in fees of just 1.5% over our 2020/2021 fees. This compares with an increase of 0% for 2021 (a decision made… Read More

United in Christian Community

Thursday 16 September 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Last week we sent out through our Parent Portal, a community letter on the issue of vaccination. We hope you have been able to read the whole letter to give you a full perspective on how the Executive Leadership Team at MECS and Ranges TEC is thinking about this issue. Below… Read More

Fruit Trees

Thursday 9 September 2021  |  Amelia - Senior School, VET & Careers Coordinator

During challenging times I often find that God encourages me spiritually through analogies drawn from nature. Over the last couple of weeks during our devotion time, I have been sharing with our Year 10 students some thoughts around Galations 5:22: “But the fruit of the… Read More

A place where your eyes are opened…

Thursday 2 September 2021  |  Chloe - Primary Teacher

Gäwa; the definition of community. A place where community, life challenges and love are witnessed in their most raw form. On the 1st of August I commenced my teacher volunteer trip to Gäwa Christian School. Little did I know that I would return… Read More

Lamenting in Lockdown…

Thursday 26 August 2021  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

When I was a young child and I fell over, skinned the knee or was just feeling the need to be ‘noticed’, I would cry. Read: wail. Louder than I needed to. My mum eventually taught me to ‘cry with my mouth closed’ so the neighbours didn’t call the ambulance before she could put… Read More

What if...

Thursday 19 August 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

When I first read this, it made me think of these verses in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8… A Time for Everything 1  There is a time for everything,   … Read More

Is Your Family Cyber Safe?

Thursday 12 August 2021  |  Ben - Primary School Coordinator & Senior Primary Teacher

One of the many things that MECS has invested in over the past 10 years has been our IT department infrastructure and resources, for all settings right across the school. This has benefited teaching and learning significantly and has also opened many exciting paths that both teachers… Read More

Let’s get moving… MOVERS in the Kindergarten

Thursday 5 August 2021  |  Wendy - Kindergarten Director

Why is physical development so important?  When children get to know their bodies and what they are capable of doing, they can explore their environment and make appropriate decisions that enable them to develop confidence and creativity in a wide range… Read More

Back to Basics

Thursday 29 July 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Back to Basics Sometimes writing these editorials can be tough... what do parents want to know about? Do they need further encouragement to persevere during tough times? Do they need reassurance about their child’s learning, whether it be at school, or at the end of a… Read More

The House of MECS Part 2

Thursday 22 July 2021  |  Gerry - Administration Manager

Pondering about houses and homes? There’s more to say. Last term I began to explore the notion that if we think about Christian schools using the metaphor of home/house/household there are some ideas that may help us to think more clearly about MECS. So far, we’ve considered the… Read More

The House of MECS

Thursday 24 June 2021  |  Gerry - Administration Manager

It was wet and cold, and the power was out at home because of some wild Victorian weather as I wrote this. My laptop battery kept going for three hours. Earlier that Thursday morning I was able to send you all an SMS about school being interrupted because of the electricity being… Read More

Supporting our tech-savvy, socially-driven and amygdala-reliant young people to make good choices online.

Thursday 17 June 2021  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal Secondary

Phew! Even the title of this editorial alone may bring about cold-sweats for the ‘less digitally native’ of parents in the audience. We can’t work out our Instagram from our Tweets, let alone why or how Tik-Tok is anything more than a biscuit clock covered in icing. But as we raise… Read More

Pondering Creation

Thursday 3 June 2021  |  Diane - Assistant Principal Primary

Children have an amazing capacity to wonder if we only allow them the time and space to do so. I love spending time out in God’s world exploring with my grandchildren and noticing how they view the world. By watching a worm moving across their hand, climbing a tree, or watching… Read More

How do we learn?

Thursday 20 May 2021  |  Lisa - Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

I’m a visual learner! I’m a kinesthetic learner! I’m an auditory learner! These are declarations that are often heard in schools, workplaces and beyond as people proclaim their preferred learning style. So let's discuss learning styles and how people learn. Learning… Read More

Learning to manage life’s challenges

Thursday 27 May 2021  |  Allan - Middle School Coordinator

These days we face so many challenges as we seek to nurture and help our children to grow up in uncertain times. The world in which we live is complex and conflicted. There are so many competing worldviews, ‘agendas’ and value systems, and our children are surrounded by ‘mixed… Read More

Introducing VCAL at MECS

Thursday 13 May 2021  |  Lara - VCAL Coordinator

As a newcomer to the MECS community, it has been a wonderful journey of discovery over the last few months as the various facets of the MECS culture have become more familiar to me. One of the encouraging things about Christian education is that, despite schools being in geographically… Read More

Reflection on the recent Parent Satisfaction Survey

Thursday 6 May 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Have you ever had an experience that totally lived up to your expectations and you came away totally satisfied? It could be a meal at a great restaurant, the holiday of a lifetime, a much anticipated birthday celebration… Satisfaction is sometimes hard to measure, or even… Read More

Faithful Learning, Faithful Living in the Senior School – unpacking a motto

Thursday 29 April 2021  |  Amelia - Senior School, Careers & VET Coordinator

A few years ago we chose the motto Faithful Learning, Faithful Living for our Senior School at MECS.  I think the joy of any catchphrase, motto or vision statement is that depending on how you look at it, it can be meaningfully interpreted in a wide variety of ways. To… Read More

Student Leadership in the Primary School

Thursday 22 April 2021  |  Ben - Primary Coordinator, SP Cluster Leader and Teacher

At the end of last term, and for the first time, the Senior Primary cohort conducted a small formal ceremony for our newest Student and Tribal Leaders. In previous years, we have welcomed them in front of the whole Primary School, however we had great success with this latest edition.… Read More

What’s in a plan?

Thursday 25 March 2021  |  Gerry - Administration Manager

Over the last 15 years or so our Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) has been the tool we have used to guide the development of buildings and grounds on the MECS and Ranges TEC campuses. It has been the tool we have used to make the case for millions of dollars of capital grants over… Read More

Showcasing our Kindergarten - A Garden of Delight

Thursday 18 March 2021  |  Wendy - Kindergarten Director

Take delight in the Lord for he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 What a delight it was to showcase our Kinder last Saturday as we held our first ‘Kinder only’ Open Day. I have been reflecting on how our kinder has developed and grown over the… Read More

Developing Empathy

Thursday 11 March 2021  |  Narelle - Principal

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won't survive the week.  If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation,  Read More

Change in the Primary School

Thursday 4 March 2021  |  Di - Assistant Principal - Primary

Change is an inevitable part of life. Each year we start with new classes, new students join us and we welcome new staff. It is exciting to see how the new faces fit into the MECS puzzle. Before long we know and love these people as part of our community. It’s like they’ve always… Read More

Cleaning our Lenses

Thursday 25 February 2021  |  Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary

Recently, as I was working away at my computer (wearing my new glasses – prescribed to assist my tired computer screen eyes) I was unaware that my vision was clouded. It wasn’t until I removed the glasses, focused on the lenses, and noticed the smears and smudges that I had been… Read More

Reflecting on Firm Foundations from the Bible

Thursday 18 February 2021  |  Narelle - Principal

A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha… so the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Master, the one you love so very much is sick."  When Jesus got the message, he said, "This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God's glory… Read More

Feedback Matters

Thursday 11 February 2021  |  Lisa - Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

At the end of every semester, schools produce an academic report to parents that gives a snapshot of your child’s progress throughout the previous six months. No doubt we all received these reports when we were at school as well. However, even though this system of reporting progress… Read More

Change

Thursday 4 February 2021  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

Change is always happening…. and I love it! It makes me worried when things stay the same for too long. Whether it’s re-arranging the lounge room furniture, taking up a new hobby or even getting a new haircut; I like it when things change … just a bit. It’s the same with… Read More

‘There’s my Narelle!’

Thursday 3 December 2020  |  Narelle - MECS Principal

John tells this story – “I was born in England and our family emigrated to Australia in 1956 when I was just one.  The world back then was a much bigger… Read More

Gäwa - Understanding Both Ways

Wed 25 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

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