St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College

Newsletter Issue No. 5

Primary Chapel Message - 4 August 2023

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Year 9 City Cite Experience

Dear Parents and Carers,

For the first time in the history of SMCOC, we provided our Year 9 students with the City Cite experience.

This was a compulsory program for Year 9 students as part of the SMCOC Curriculum to equip the students with the key skills for developing independence.

This program helped develop in our students, communication and collaboration skills. This authentic real-world experience gave the students a taste of adult life in the city.

The purpose of City Cite was to provide a dynamic experience for young people, where they can learn to work with others and to develop critical personal strengths such as persistence and resilience, to learn from feedback and to build vital attributes such as curiosity, courage and agency.

All students and staff that attended thoroughly enjoyed this valuable experience. 

Mrs. Mervet Boulos

Head of Primary


Dear Staff, Parents and Students,


This year our annual SMCOC LIBRARY Lamont Book Fair will take place on Friday 1st September 2023 in the MPRB straight after the Children’s Book Week Parade. It will cater for students from Foundation to Year 6 and is a great way to foster your child’s love of reading. 

Only students who bring money will attend the Book Fair: Cash only will be accepted. Parents should place the money in a zip-lock bag with the child’s name & Year level on it. No more than $20 maximum!

The cost of books will range from $5 to $20. We will be accepting payments in cash only and would like it in small denominations if possible. Library Staff will handle all payments and issue receipts & any change for the cash purchases.

There will be NO REFUNDS OF MONEY. The Fair will be packed up at the end of the day on Friday and will be collected on the following Monday morning by the Lamont Company.

Sneak Preview: A list of books available will be released a few days before the Fair. Due to time constraints, no “Wish Lists” will be sent home, and no orders will be taken if particular items run out. No books will be reserved for later collection.

Years Foundation to 6 students will have an opportunity to visit the MPRB to select and purchase a book.

Primary class groups will be accompanied by their teachers or Learning Services Officers to the MRPB, for their chance to make their purchase. Times will be allocated to all Year Levels. 

All students are encouraged to bring their own bags to carry home their purchases, as no plastic bags will be issued to students.

Rosemary Sullivan

College Librarian

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2023

Foundation to Year 3 students at St Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College are excited to be participating in the 2023 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

 access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)

 a modern user-friendly interface

 rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved

 the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 8 September 2023.

In 2023, more than 716 schools have signed up with more than 270,451 school students registered. 1836 Early Childhood settings & parents have also registered. Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers. In addition, St Mary’s College is rewarding the participating Foundation to Year 3 students with a Mr Men storybook for completing the 2023 PRC Challenge by 25th August 2023, as well as a PRC Book Mark.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

Dental van
Dental van visit!
We were very fortunate to have the dental van visit our College in the first week of Term 3. This initiative is aimed to promote dental health and provide our students with convenient oral health care services.

Maintaining good oral health is crucial for overall well-being and we should all continue to prioritise our oral health in the future. We had a very positive response to the dental van this year, with a lot of students using this opportunity to ensure that they maintain regular check-ups.

Kate Tsiolas
Head of Curriculum Foundation – Year 6

Secondary's Excellence Award

On Monday 31st of July, we celebrated the high academic achievements of our Secondary students. Many parents and carers came and joined us in celebrating our students’ wonderful academic achievements. 

The students were presented with badges that they wore so proudly. We also celebrated our very special Father Macarius Awards. Father Tadros humbly named these awards after our beloved Late Father Macarius. 


We are very proud of our students. We thank our teachers, our parents and the College community for the support and dedication to our students. 

Mrs. Mervet Boulos

Head of Primary

Acting Year 8 Coordinator

Acting Co Leader of Middle School

Upcoming Events

Year 12 Archery Attack Excursion

Primary Excellence Awards &

Fr. Macarius Awards

Primary Multicultural Incursion

Yrs F-6 Children's Book Week Perform! Incursion: Way too cool!

 Guest Author: Jane Goodwin - Session 1 - Yr6

 Guest Author: Jane Goodwin - Session 2 - Yr5

 Science Week

 Yr 3 Sleepover

Science Fair

 Yr5 Volcano Dreaming! Incursion - MPR-B

 Yakult Factory Tour - Yr12 Business Management

Yr2 & Yr3 Swimming Lessons

St. Mary's Feast

Yr4 Science Incursion - MPRB

  Yr12 Psychology Excursion to Melbourne Zoo

Religion Week

Yr11 Camp

 Yr5 & Yr6 Swimming Lessons

Yr5 & Yr6 Positive Peer Workshop - MBRA

Yrs: F-3 PRC 2023 (Premiers' Reading Challenge) Finishes

  Book Week

Book Week Parade


St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College

19-35 Thorpdale Avenu, Coolaroo 3048

03 - 9301 0999