Newsletter

March 2024

Holy Lent

Lent teaches us to control our senses and desires.

Dear College Community,

Bread is important for the body and mind. A sound mind needs a healthy body, but bread can nourish the body without nourishing the soul. Healthy bodies do not necessarily indicate sound minds. The lust of the body can deceive humans, as seen in the story of Esau and Amnon. Esau lost his blessing for a simple meal of lentils that his brother Jacob had prepared, showing how the desire for food can lead to costly consequences. Similarly, Amnon's lust for his relative Tamar led to rape and caused a war within his family. Lust gives birth to death, as taught in the Bible. The people of Israel also lusted for food in the wilderness, longing for the food they had as slaves and murmuring against the food provided by the Lord. This angered the Lord, and despite giving them the meat they asked for, He struck them with a great plague.

The devil's first temptation was also about food, which humans failed. However, the Lord conquered the devil's temptations even in the weakness of a body that had fasted for forty days. The temptations on the mountain teach us to resist all our lusts, whether they are bodily needs or the love for worldly glory. Pursuing worldly glory can lead to unnecessary risks and even loss of life. Absalom's desire to be king led to betrayal, war, and ultimately his own death. Love for material possessions can also drive people to commit horrible actions. We should not be deceived by such lusts and instead learn to control ourselves.

The Lord has shown us the way and given us an example to follow in conquering the devil. We should only worship the Lord our God.

Fr. Tadros Sharobeam

Head of College

Acting Principal's Message

As we come to the end of Term 1, I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we've had so far this year at SMCOC. It has been a term filled with achievements, growth, and memorable experiences for our entire college community. First and foremost, I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all our students on their achievements this term. Whether it's academic success, sporting accomplishments, or personal milestones, each achievement is a testament to your hard work, dedication, and resilience. Your commitment to excellence inspires us all, and I am immensely proud of each and every one of our students. 


Throughout the term, our college has been buzzing with activity, from parent meet and greets, camps, sporting events to creative arts performances and community service initiatives. It's been truly inspiring to see our students engage with passion and enthusiasm in every aspect of college life. I want to express my gratitude to our dedicated teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly to provide enriching opportunities for our students and foster a vibrant learning environment throughout Term 1. 


As we approach the Resurrection season and reflect on the significance of Lent, let us take time to pause and consider the teachings of Jesus Christ. Lent is a time for spiritual reflection, repentance, and renewal, reminding us of the sacrifice made for us and the promise of resurrection and new life. Let us embrace this season with open hearts and minds, seeking to deepen our faith, cultivate compassion, and extend grace and forgiveness to others. In the words of Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." May we continue to draw strength and guidance from the Word of God as we navigate the journey ahead, knowing that God is with us every step of the way.


Over the school holidays, I encourage each of you to take time to rest, rejuvenate, and reflect on the blessings in your lives. May you find joy, peace, and renewal in the company of loved ones and in the embrace of God's love. Wishing you all a blessed school holidays and we look forward to seeing all the bright and smiling faces in Term 2. 

Germaine Saad

Acting Principal


College Ethos

As a Coptic Orthodox College, we recognise that we exist to foster and develop, within a Christian Coptic Orthodox environment, an awareness of Christ and His

teachings. We seek to do this by providing and maintaining the general spiritual, safe atmosphere where children are nurtured and developed in the Coptic

Orthodox faith. We see maintaining the Coptic identity and the teaching of the Coptic Orthodox religion and Coptic language as essential for the College.

We aim to create a positive atmosphere in which children and young people can grow and learn, developing a high level of personal integrity and a sincere respect

of others with their varying cultural, academic and socio-economic differences. At SMCOC, we respect and appreciate the value of each person as an individual. We encourage children and young people to be aware of the demands of living in a multicultural society. It is our aim to develop

self-respect, self-determination, personal initiative and a sense of community to prepare them to be respected and honourable citizens in a global community.

SMCOC is committed to creating a culture of child safety to minimize or eliminate, as much as possible, risk of harm to children and

young people.

Our school will continue to strive to provide the best education we can; one which will equip students with spiritual, cultural and international awareness whilst always keeping within the confines of our Coptic Orthodox belief and traditions.


الصفه المميزه - روح الكلية


بصفتنا كلية قبطية أرثوذكسية ، فإننا ندرك أننا موجودون لتعزيز وتطوير ، في بيئة قبطية أرثوذكسية مسيحية ، وعي الطالب بالمسيح وتعاليمه. نسعى للقيام بذلك من خلال توفير والحفاظ على الجو الروحي العام والآمن حيث يتم تربية الأطفال وتنميتهم في الإيمان القبطي الأرثوذكسي. نرى أن الحفاظ على الهوية القبطية وتدريس الدين القبطي الأرثوذكسي واللغة القبطية أمر ضروري للكلية. نحن نهدف إلى خلق جو إيجابي يمكن

للأطفال والشباب أن ينموا ويتعلموا فيه ، وتطوير مستوى عال من النزاهة الشخصية والاحترام الصادق للآخرين مع اختلافاتهم الثقافية والأكاديمية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية المختلفة


في كلية سانت ماري القبطية الأرثوذكسية ، نحترم ونقدر قيمة كل شخص كفرد. نحن نشجع الأطفال والشباب على أن يكونوا على دراية بمتطلبات العيش في مجتمع متعدد الثقافات. هدفنا هو تطوير

احترام الذات وتقرير المصير والمبادرة الشخصية والشعور بالمجتمع لإعدادهم ليكونوا مواطنين محترمين وشرفاء في مجتمع عالمي. تلتزم كلية سانت ماري القبطية الأرثوذكسية بخلق ثقافة سلامة الأطفال لتقليل , أو

القضاء قدر الإمكان على خطر إلحاق الأذى بالأطفال والشباب. ستواصل مدرستنا السعي لتوفير أفضل تعليم ممكن; واحد من شأنه أن يزود الطلاب بالوعي الروحي والثقافي والدولي مع الحفاظ دائما على حدود معتقداتنا وتقاليدنا القبطية الأرثوذكسية.

Bus Service Reminder


Responsibility of Parents and Carers


SMCOC partners with parents and carers to ensure the safety of students and drivers, and the smooth running of the College bus service.

It is College expectation that parents and carers,

1. Get their child/children ready prior to bus arrival time and at the designated pick-up point.

2. Under no circumstances is a parent/carer to board the bus and speak to other students.

3. Must not abuse, challenge, or argue with the bus driver. If parents have any concern or complaint then they are to contact the Bus Coordinator and follow the College’s

Complaints and Grievance Policy.

4. Discuss with their child/ren, the specific behaviors which are unacceptable and the possible consequences for misbehavior.

5. Read and comply with the College Bus Policy which can be found on the College website.

6. Take financial responsibility for the willful damage caused by their child.

7. Must ensure the safe transportation of their child should he/she be suspended from the College’s bus service.

8. Must pay the bus fare before their child is allowed to use the bus service.

9. Must contact the bus driver by sending a message the night before the day their child is going to be absent, or early in the morning on the day before pick-up time.

10. Full fare will still apply in the case of One-way service. Students traveling both ways are given priority over one-way students, or students who are using the bus on a casual/daily

basis due to special circumstances.

11. Transportation is provided from designated points to/from the College premises only.

12. Ensure that, when their child/ren are dropped off after school, there is someone waiting to greet and take responsibility for the child/ren. The bus driver will wait for a couple of

minutes to see if the student has entered his/her residence. Should a student be unable to access their place of residence at the designated drop-off time, the student will board

the bus and the driver will contact the parents/carers to arrange an alternative drop off location where someone will take responsibility for the child (e.g. at the last drop-off

location or agreed upon location on the bus run route).


Hanan Khreish

Policy & Compliance Leader

Stay Connected:

Get the SEQTA Engage App Now

SEQTA is our learning management system. Part of SEQTA is SEQTA Engage, which It is a powerful tool for parents and carers to have an overview of their child’s learning and assessments. It provides parents and carers with access to key information about their child's academic programs and progress, which is quick, easy and confidential. This includes access to their timetable, as well as attendance and punctuality records, assessment results, teachers’ feedback and College reports, enabling greater collaboration and enhanced learning outcomes for your children.


Both the SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn (for students) sites use the SEQTA Teach programmes as the primary vehicle, through which all the teaching and curriculum-related information are shared.

As parents and carers, you can download SEQTA Engage below.

Exploring the Outdoors: Year 8 Camp

The Year 8 students embarked on a memorable journey from Wednesday, March 6th to Friday, March 8th, 2024, at Iluka Retreat Camp in Shoreham, Victoria. Engaging in a diverse range of activities aimed at fostering health, wellbeing, teamwork, and independence, students actively participated in canoeing, paddle boarding, low tower climbing, bushwalking, bush cooking, and various team-building exercises. The camp not only facilitated the formation of lasting friendships but also provided numerous joyous and unforgettable moments for all involved. It was evident that students had a fabulous time and so did the staff that accompanied them.


Mervet Boulos

Head of Primary

Secondary Meet & Greet


The Secondary Meet & Greet was held on Thursday 21 March 2024 at 6.00pm in the Gym. We were greeted with wonderful musical performances, an abundance of food and

immaculate displays by each learning area. This night provided an opportunity for student parents to meet their teachers and get a general feel of the class. It also gave the teachers the opportunity to put faces to parent names.


We look forward to seeing more parents embrace this event in the future.



Evan Kasapis

Head of Secondary

Senior Camp: Year 12 Outdoor Experience

This year, our Year 12 students embarked on a three-day camp at Angahook Holiday Camp in Victoria. Emotions ran high as they embraced this final opportunity to connect with classmates and forge new bonds in this type of environment. Throughout the camp, students engaged in a variety of enriching activities including kayaking, bushwalking, archery, and the exhilarating giant swing. While the mountain biking excursion posed a challenge, it was embraced by all as a test of resilience and determination. Our Year 12 cohort represented the College admirably, demonstrating the values upheld at SMCOC - we are very proud of them. As they embark on the rest of their academic year, we wish them every success in their endeavors.

 

Rimon Dinkha

Year 12 Coordinator

End of Term One Highlights: A Day to Remember!

We are delighted to share with you the wonderful celebration that took place on the last day of Term 1 at the College. Our students had a fantastic time participating in fun activities, dressing up in their favourite costumes, and engaging in a thrilling sports competition.


The foundation students brought an extra dose of joy and imagination to the day by wearing their favourite costumes. It was a delight to see our junior students expressing their creativity and embracing their unique personalities. From superheroes to princesses, the costumes brought smiles to everyone's faces and created a vibrant atmosphere throughout the school.


Meanwhile, our Year 6 students showcased their athletic abilities and team spirit during the sports competition. They demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship and determination as they competed in various events. It was a sight to behold as they cheered each other on, pushing themselves to achieve their personal bests. The sports competition not only promoted physical fitness but also fostered teamwork and camaraderie among our older students.


We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the parents who supported their children in choosing their costumes and preparing for the sports competition. Your involvement and encouragement have undoubtedly contributed to the success of this memorable day.


As we conclude Term 1, we hope that the memories made on the last day will stay with our students for years to come. We look forward to more exciting activities and achievements in the upcoming term.



Exploring Indigenous Culture: Secondary Library's Display

The secondary library has recently acquired a special collection of indigenous artifacts, skilfully handcrafted by indigenous families hailing from the Wiradjuri lands, which encompass more than two-thirds of New South Wales. We invite students to explore and appreciate the rich cultural heritage displayed through artifacts such as the Didgeridoo, Emu Caller, Kangaroo Skin, Clap Sticks, and Boomerangs. Feel free to visit the secondary library and immerse yourself in this enriching cultural experience! 

Thank You & Farewell:

Honoring Our Esteemed Librarian

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of our beloved librarian Mairie. Mairie has been a valuable member of our College community, and while we are sad to see her leave, we are also excited for the new opportunities that await her in her next chapter.


During her time at SMCOC, Mairie has made a significant impact on our students, staff, and the entire community. Her dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to fostering a love for reading and learning have been truly remarkable. She has created a warm and inviting library space, where students have found solace, inspiration, and a gateway to endless knowledge.


On behalf of the entire SMCOC community, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to Mairie as she embraces this new opportunity. May she find fulfillment and success in her new role, just as she has brought joy and knowledge to our College.

We will miss her dearly and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.


Upcoming Ressurrection Event

On Wednesday, May 7th, the College community will come together to celebrate the Resurrection Feast! The Religious Education Department has been diligently preparing an event that will be a memorable and spiritually enriching experience for all.

Through a blend of joyful festivities and reflective activities, we aim to honour this sacred occasion with reverence and gratitude. Join us as we celebrate the spiritual significance of resurrection and the renewal it brings to our lives.

School Photos 2024

School Photos 2024 – St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College

Annual school photos have been taken by Arthur Reed Photos.

To view the images of your child and order photos, you will need to first register online.

  1. Go to https://order.arphotos.com.au  and enter the 2024 image code for your child (from their personalized flyer) 
  2. Tap on ‘Add another child’ to enter the image codes of any siblings
  3. Fill in your email and mobile details and then review all details before confirming your registration 

That’s it! When 2024 photos are ready, you will be notified by email and SMS.

Even if you registered last year, it’s important that you do it again each year using your child’s new image code to link their photos for the current year with your contact details.

To ensure you are ordering school photos for the current year, please wait for notifications that 2024 images are online before placing orders. 

In the webshop you can view photos and customize your photo package; Choose ANY layout, ANY image and purchase multiple digital image downloads.

All photo orders will be sent directly to the address you provide when ordering.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW to be notified when 2024 school photos can be viewed and ordered.



Important Dates

1Monday 15th April: Commencement of Term 2 for Teacher & Students

Tuesday 16th April: Year 11 Incursion - Fit to Drive

 Thursday 18th April: Liturgy 8:30am Year 9 & 10

Friday 19th April: Swimming Carnival – Year 5-7

 Monday 22nd April: English Week

Wednesday 23rd April: Werribee Mansion - Year 2 Excursion

Friday 25th April: ANZAC Day

Canteen Price Changes

As you have been informed the prices at canteen have changed, please make yourself familiar with these changes and ensure your child has the correct money to purchase from the canteen.

You can find out price updates on via the menu changes we circulated via SEQTA.


St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College

19-35 Thorpdale Avenu, Coolaroo 3048

93 - 301 0999

stmarys.vic.edu.au