Starting School at Merici

Year 7 and new students will commence on Monday 4 February 2019. Students are required to arrive between 8.30am and 9.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you to Merici College for Year 7 2019 as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. Please find below information that we hope will help with your transition into Merici life.

FIRST DAY

Year 7 and new students will commence on Monday 4 February 2019. Students are required to arrive between 8.30am and 9.00am. Senior students will be at the front of the school (Wise Street) from 8.30am to greet the girls and escort them to the auditorium foyer where they will be met by their House Coordinator. A Welcome Assembly aimed at Year 7s but relevant to all new students will be held in the auditorium at 9.00am and conclude at 9.15am.  At the conclusion of Assembly, PC Teachers will take their students to their PC room to go through student timetables, lockers, school facilities and collection of their Starter Pack (if applicable).   If you are a new Senior Student, you will not stay long in PC but return to auditorium for a Senior Welcome Assembly.

What equipment should you bring on your first day?

You will need to bring your laptop, a pen and one note pad or exercise book. Each subject teacher will let you know about subject-specific stationery requirements.

Collection of Starter Pack: The starter pack will include the school planner, lock, school hat/cap, geometry set, calculator, sunscreen and food technology cooking hat in a Merici drawstring bag. This bag can be used to carry your sports uniform for PE/Dance classes. Your language book will be given to you by your teacher at your first class.

Personal Property: You will be allocated a locker and given a lock on your first day. School bags are not taken to lessons and are to be stored in your locker before PC and accessed during recess and lunch.

Departure: ALL new students in Years 8,9 and 10 leave before lunch on this day, it would be helpful if you could find out what bus number you need to catch prior to the commencement of school. You will need to be collected from the front of the school.

All Year 7 students will be escorted to the auditorium at 3.07pm. If you are travelling home by bus, you will be taken to your bus line by a staff member. It would be greatly appreciated if you could find out what bus number you need to catch prior to the commencement of school. Non-bus travelling students can be picked up from the auditorium or at the collection bay (Wise Street carpark).

Catering: Lunch with the Senior Students will be provided for Year 7 students on your first day in the New Quad, however students will be required to bring their own recess as the canteen is closed.

PASTORAL CARE

Every morning you commence school with PC at 8:45am. Morning Pastoral Care is the most important class of the day. It is where you receive information, hand in notes, have your name marked off the roll, read the daily notices and participate in a prayer.

STUDENT SERVICES

Student Services is often the best place to start if you require some information, feel sick, need first aid, have lost property, collect PC rolls or want to hand in late notes. This is where you meet your parents if you are leaving early. Student Services is also where parents/guardians can drop off something you may have forgotten to bring to school.

  • If you feel unwell while at school, please let your classroom teacher know and go the Student Services for first aid attention. Please do not contact your parents directly as we will contact them for you when you report to Student Services. Please note that the school is unable to issue paracetamol to students.
  • If you are sick and will not be attending school, please email student.services@merici.act.edu.au or ask your parent/guardian to send in a signed note explaining your absence and the day/s  you were away. Absence and Notice of Appointment slips are available in the back pages of the school planner.
  • If you arrive late to school you need to sign in at the Student Services Office.  Please note that parents of students not marked off the roll will receive an SMS absentee message. Please always sign in if you arrive after the start of the day.
  • If you need to leave school early, bring in a note signed from your parents. Show the note to the teacher when you need to leave early. Collect your things and make your way to Student Services where you will be signed out by your parents or guardian. Junior students can only sign out with a parent/guardian.
  • If you are going away, please notify Student Services and your teachers before you go. Contact via telephone is a great way to start but a signed note or email from home is always required

YEAR 7 CAMP

The Year 7 Camp will be held from Monday 18 February to Wednesday 20 February.  The location of the camp is Tathra on the far South Coast of NSW. The venue is Hobart Beach Camp Ground, Bournda National Park.  A camp meeting will be held with all Year 7 students on your first day at 12.10pm. Your teacher will take you to the CRLC for the meeting.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The School Calendar can be found on the website, as well as in your school planner.

SCHOOL PLANNER

Your school planner contains a lot of useful information. Take a moment to read the planner as it contains information about the uniform policy, the Digital Community policy, has a map of the school, your assessment calendar, school dates and events. Don’t forget to list your personal details including your MYWAY card details in it.

WHAT DOES YOUR PC TEACHER AND HOUSE COORDINATOR DO?

Your PC teacher and House Coordinator play a big part in your schooling at Merici College. They can help with friend and family problems, if you have lost something of value, if you are very sick and you need to take leave, and if you need your locker cut. If you have any concerns, just ask and they can point you in the right direction!

DIGITAL COMMUNITY AGREEMENT

Please refer to your student planner for information on our digital community agreement and a checklist of what technology is acceptable to use in class.

UNIFORM

Your summer uniform is worn during Term 1 and Term 4 and your winter uniform is worn during Term 2 and Term 3. Your PE uniform is brought to school and only worn during your PE lesson. More information on suppliers and images of the uniform can be found on our website and in your school planner.

CANTEEN

The emphasis in our canteen is on providing healthy and nutritious snacks, meals and drinks. Canteen facilities are available to staff and students before school, from 8.00am until 8.45am, and at recess and lunch times. Junior students are not permitted to purchase from the canteen during class time. Senior students may purchase from the Canteen throughout the day.

Students complete their purchases by swiping their Charge Card. The Charge Card can be loaded with cash before school and at recess Monday to Friday, and lunchtimes Monday and Thursday and is situated outside the Student Services office. The machine accepts EFTPOS and PayPass so you and your parents can now top up student cards with a debit or credit card.

HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Please do not hesitate to contact Ms McLeod on email virginia.mcleod@merici.act.edu.au or telephone 6243 4169 if you have any questions or concerns.

COLLEGE RECEPTION

College Reception can be contacted on telephone 6243 4100 and is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

 

 

 

 

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