Clubs@Mackellar is an exciting new program for our students. To help, the student leadership team surveyed all students from every grade. We asked students what type of clubs they would like. We then narrowed down the suggestions and one of our teachers set up a google form on a QR code to go around the school asking children to fill out the form. We were planning to start clubs on the 4th of May, but the rain had other plans for us, so students were able to venture to their club on Wednesday and Thursday and have a fun time.
Anika & Brayden
We commemorated ANZAC Day on Sunday, the 25th of April, to remember the fallen soldiers that fought for our country. Here at Mackellar Primary School, we commemorated this special day on Monday, the 26th (the following day). It was a very meaningful day for Mackellar Primary School as we commemorate ANZAC Day every year. What Leon and I learned about ANZAC Day was how special the last post and the Ode are, because it tells you about the soldiers to signal the end of the day.
If you are unsure about the Ode, it consists of "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest we forget."
Leon & Noah
Mackellar Primary School holds assembly every Monday in our gym. Our principal, Mr McGlade hosts assembly, but the School Leadership Team have started contributing more and more as we go along in Term 2. We set the chairs up for the staff and put up our school values banners. Last week we recited the acknowledgement of our ‘First People’ and asked everyone to stand for the National Anthem. This is done every week. Two weeks ago we held an ANZAC Day ceremony and we commemorated it by making a poppy wreath, reciting the ‘Ode’, having the ‘Last Post’ played, where we stood for one minute's silence. The School Leadership Team have been split into two teams. Team A and Team B. Team A does all the talking at assembly and Team B put the chairs and banners up. The next week we swap over. Mr McGlade usually starts the assembly by calming all the kids down and saying, “Good morning” and putting his hand in the air. After his announcements, he calls the School Leadership Team to speak about the events coming up or news throughout the week. For example, we all love to hear about Inter-school Sports. We hand back over to Mr McGlade and he presents ‘Pupil of the Week’ certificates for one student in each class. Last week we celebrated our value of ‘Learning’, so the Grade Six students gave out wrist bands after Mr McGlade had given them their certificates. Each week we celebrate one of the values being, Learning, Respect, Resilience or Teamwork. Mr McGlade has entrusted us with the ending of assembly where we ask the students to wait for their teachers to take them back to class. Once they are gone, we pack everything up and leave the assembly area clean and tidy.
Manvir & Abby
The playgrounds at Mackellar are looking rather old and tired. Mackellar opened back in 1981, therefore the playgrounds are overdue for an upgrade. The student leadership team brainstormed ideas for a new playground that will be safer and more fun for students. Stay tuned for updates on this very exciting project.
Alicia & Mele