Week 0 newsletter | Moreton Bay Boys' College


WELCOME TO THE SCHOOL YEAR

Happy New Year to all of our families and a special welcome to our new families!

In this newsletter we are providing you with some key information for back to school. 

Wishing you all a wonderful 2021!

COLLEGE HANDBOOKS

The College publishes a number of handbooks online which are available for parent reference including the Parent Handbook and Co-Curricular Handbook. These can be found on the website at http://mbbc.qld.edu.au/mymbbc/handbooks

Website Access

In order to meet requirements as an eSmart School, the 'mymbbc' section of the College website is a restricted access portal. Parents can access web pages within this area by entering your Username (Parent Code) and your password (BPAY Reference Number). Both of these details are present on the fee statements you receive from the College each term. 

TEACHER LIST

Year Level

Teacher

 

PRIMARY


 

Prep A

Sharon Atkins

 

Prep B

Jemma Pickering

 

Year 1A

Caroline Fogg

 

Year 1B

Bailey Lee & Meg Andersen

 

Year 2A

Rebecca Sullivan

 

Year 2B

Kim Wilson

 

Year 3A

Paul Dack

 

Year 3B

Maddie Bartle

 

Year 4A

Lauren Fernandes

 

Year 4B

Alicia Gorshkov

 

Year 5A

Alistair Rofeta

 

Year 5B

Camille Rochin

 

Year 6A

Allanah Secis

 

Year 6B

Melissa Acocks

 

SECONDARY

Doherty A

Robert Kelly

 

Doherty B

Damien Murtagh

 

Doherty C

Ebony Horn

 

Dunlop A

Leisa O’Connor

 

Dunlop B

Stuart Paterson

 

Dunlop C

Julie Kearns

 

Flynn A

Bonnie Masters

 

Flynn B

Stephanie Smith

 

Flynn C

Alice Wollenwebber

 

Nicholls A

Yiman Li

 

Nicholls B

Luke Howell

 

Nicholls C

Scott Emblen

 

NEW STAFF WELCOME

  • Ben Langford - Director of Music, The Moreton Bay Colleges
  • Lynley Brown - Learning Enhancement Coordinator
  • Bonnie Masters - Legal Studies and English Teacher
  • Alice Wollenweber - Chemistry Teacher
  • Jenna Woodforth - Primary Music Teacher

 We welcome back the following members of staff 

  • Meg Andersen - Year 1B Teacher (part-time)
  • Alannah Secis - Year 6A Teacher 
  • Rachelle Carter - College Receptionist 

COLLEGE MAP

Please find the college map here

UNIFORMS AND HAIRCUT EXPECTATIONS

Requirements (as published in the Primary Student Diary and the Secondary Student Handbook)

  • Formal uniform is worn by students in Years 4 to 12 on ANZAC Day and Foundation Day, at Winter Chapel and Assemblies in Terms 2 and 3, at Celebration of Excellence, at Sports Awards, Easter and Christmas services and other events as directed.
  • Day uniform is worn all year by students in P to Year 3 except on PE days for students in P and Year 1 when they will wear their PE uniform. It is also worn all year by students in Years 4 to 12 unless specifically directed.
  • Boys’ haircuts should be neat, sensible and conservative in nature. Punk styles, coloured or streaked hair, undercuts, spikes, wedges, ridges or any other unusual lines or stripes cut into the hair are unacceptable. The minimum blade for an all over clipper cut is a number three blade. Hair must be of natural colour and not dyed. Excesses of current fashion in relation to style, colour and length are not acceptable. The length of the hair is to be above the collar, above the eyebrows and off the face. Boys must always be clean shaven.

UNIFORM SHOP

The Moreton Bay College Uniform Shop is your one stop source for all required MBC and MBBC uniforms.

Opening hours are available on the MBBC website

To ensure the wellbeing of both staff and customers, all bookings are by appointment only. To make appointments please click here. 

Orders can be made in person, online via flexischools or over the phone. 

Phone: 3249 9362

Email: uniforms@mbc.qld.edu.au 

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)

In the College’s BYOD programme, students bring their own devices to school and use digital technologies to enhance learning and connect the curriculum with real life issues. For more information on the programme and the 2021 specifications by year group, please click here. https://www.mbbc.qld.edu.au/learn/elearning

WEEK 1 EVENT REMINDERS

Wednesday 27 January - Day Zero

Prep - Year 6 - Primary Meet and Greet Sessions

Year 7 - Super 7's Day

Years 8 - 11 - Orientation Day (new students and their buddies only)

Year 12 - Leadership Day

Thursday 28 January - all students to commence

All students are to wear their Day Uniform.
What to bring:

Friday 29 January

New Parent Welcome Function

All new Parents and Caregivers are invited to meet the College Leadership Team, representatives from the Parents and Friends Association and some of our Parent Representatives.

For more information please email Victoria Matthews matthewsv@mbc.qld.edu.au
All Parents welcome to attend. RSVP is required

ARRIVAL AT THE COLLEGE

Drop off zone

Parents are to use the drop-off zone in the parent car park to drop children at the College.

SHUTTLE BUS BETWEEN MBBC AND MBC

If you have a daughter attending MBC, the free MBBC shuttle bus leaves the MBBC campus each morning at 7:50am to take students to MBC. The pick-up point is at the covered shelter in the drop-off/pick-up zone in the parent car park at MBBC. The girls will be dropped off near the Prep area at MBC. 

The same shuttle will depart MBC from the same point at 8.05am to bring any MBBC students back to MBBC. 

If you would like to use either morning service for your children, please book a place by emailing mail@mbc.qld.edu.au

There is also a shuttle bus departing MBBC for MBC at 2.55pm (P to 6) and 3.15pm (7 to 12) from next to the yellow boom gate at the top of the hill for students attending co-curricular activities at the MBC Campus in the afternoon. 

If you would like to use this afternoon service for your children, please book a place by emailing admin@mbbc.qld.edu.au.

Bus Routes

There are numerous bus routes that service the College in the morning and afternoon. Details of the bus routes can be found here https://www.mbbc.qld.edu.au/essentials/public-transport.

STUDENT ABSENTEES/LATE ARRIVALS/EARLY DEPARTURES

Student Absentees

Absentee Line: 07 3906 9494

  • If a student is ill, parents or caregivers are required to call the absentee line by 8.15am.
  • Please clearly state the name of the student, their class and your name, relationship to the student and your contact number.

Under no circumstances may a student remove himself from the College without permission. Not complying with this rule may lead to suspension or exclusion.

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Any student who arrives at College after 8.15am must report to Student Reception. If a student needs to leave the College grounds before the normal departure time, he has to be collected from Student
Reception and present a note which must be signed by his Parent/Caregiver, or complete the late arrival/early departure slips at the back of the student diary, signed by a Parent or Caregivers.

VISITORS

A ‘visitor’ is any person attending Moreton Bay Boys’ College for a meeting or appointment who is not a paid employee of the College. This extends to parent volunteers (including grandparents) and casual employees, but not to parents attending functions or collecting children.

All visitors must:

  • Report to the Administration Office upon arrival
  • Sign in
  • Accept the badge issued and wear it for the duration of their visit.
  • Sign out on departure
  • Return the badge at the end of their visit

Parents visiting the College must not walk through the Administration office. If you are attending a meeting in the Administration building, you must wait to be accompanied by a member of staff before walking through the office.

TUCKSHOP

Ordering

You can place an order via the Flexischools website https://www.flexischools.com.au/

  • Enter Moreton Bay Boys’ College in the ‘Find your school’ box.
  • Click “Register now” to create account
  • Enter your students name, school and class,
  • Add funds (e.g. $50)
  • Start ordering immediately

You can log into the website at any time to place orders, typically up until just before school starts. As purchases are made, the funds are taken from your pre-paid account. The account can be topped up again in the same way, or set to automatically top-up via credit card when the balance falls below a pre-set minimum. Each order is sent automatically to the MBBC kitchen, where an easy-to-read label is produced with the student’s name, class and order details. At lunch time, students can simply pick up their order without the need for cash.

You can also download the Flexischools app for your smart phone so that you can order on the run.

Opening hours

The Tuck Shop is open from Monday to Friday. The opening hours are:

  • 7.30am until 10.50am (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • 7.30am to 1.20pm (Monday, Thursday and Friday)

The menu is available on the College website and from the Administration Office. Over-the-counter sales are permitted for all Secondary boys.

First P&F Meeting for 2021

The first MBBC P&F Meeting for 2021 will be Wednesday 10 February, held in the library, commencing 6.00pm. All parents welcome to attend.

SCHOOL CAMPS

Year 3 Camp – Kindilan – Monday 8 Feb – Tuesday 9 Feb 2021

Destination: Kindilan Outdoor Education & Conference Centre

Cnr Days & German Church Road, Redland Bay QLD 4165

Year 4 Camp – Mapleton – Monday 8 Feb – Wednesday 10 Feb 2021

Destination: QCCC Mapleton, 70 Obi Obi Road, Mapleton QLD 4560

Year 5 Camp – Noosa North Shore - Monday 8 Feb – Wednesday 10 Feb 2021

Destination: Noosa North Shore Retreat, 1 Beach Road, Noosa North Shore QLD 4565

Year 6 Camp – Emu Gully - Wednesday 10 Feb – Friday 12 Feb 2021

Destination: Emu Gully Adventure Camp, 142 Twidales Road, Helidon QLD 4344

Year 7 Camp – Adventure Alternatives – Monday 1 Mar – Friday 5 Mar

Destination: Kenilworth 243 Booloumba Creek Rd, Cambroon QLD 4552

Year 8 Camp – Adventure Alternatives – Monday 1 Mar – Friday 5 Mar

Destination: Woodford Campus

Year 9 Camp – Adventure Alternatives – Monday 1 Mar – Friday 5 Mar

Destination: Kenilworth 243 Booloumba Creek Rd, Cambroon QLD 4552

Year 10 Camp – Adventure Alternatives – Monday 1 Mar – Friday 5 Mar

Destination: Woodford Campus

Secondary Academics

Student Timetables

2021 student timetables are now available to view on the MBBC website through Student Café and Parent Lounge. Please see the website access section below for more information on Student Café and Parent Lounge.

Application to change subjects

Following reflection over the holidays on results and/or future directions, students may wish to apply for a change to their programme of study. If this is the case, students are asked to please go and see Mrs Naomi Williams, Deputy Head of Primary, Teaching and Learning, to obtain the form and discuss the reason for the subject change.

Textbooks

Teachers will guide students in this area. If you have any questions regarding textbooks, please contact the relevant subject teacher or form teacher.

Assessment Planners

Students and parents will be able to access the assessment tasks and corresponding dates via Student Café and Parent Lounge. These will be available by the end of Week 2 each term. To assist with his time management, we still strongly encourage your son to record his assessment dates in his diary.

EXTRA AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMMES

MBBC offers a range of Extra and Co-Curricular Programmes. MBBC students have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of Art, Music and Cultural Activities, Clubs and Groups, Sports and Movement, Tours and Private Tuition.

For a full list of available activities, please refer to the 2021 Co-Curricular Handbook.

DANCE PROVIDER - REDLAND DANCE

Directors John and Rebecca Clarke acquired Redland Dance in 2014 and offer classes in a range of dance styles. They are committed to providing students of all ages (both boys and girls) the opportunity to fulfil their potential in a safe and all-inclusive environment. Both John and Rebecca possess a wealth of experience with world-class training and extensive professional experience.

For enrolment enquiries and to find out more, please contact info@redlanddance.com.au or visit their website redlanddance.com.au 

TENNIS COACHING

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Malpass Tennis to run the tennis programme at Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College.

Malpass Tennis has run the programme at Anglican Church Grammar School for over 20 years and also currently provides professional programmes at many southside schools including Iona and Gumdale State School. As the operator of the Wynnum Tennis Centre, many of our MBC players are already coached by Malpass Tennis professionals. We are looking forward to the wider school community becoming involved as we move towards continued growth in the community coaching programme, school team training and competitions. 

Malpass Tennis offer a variety of tennis related services to suit all ages and skill levels. Our programmes are run by a team of highly experienced coaches that are here to help you achieve your tennis related goals. The services we offer include private coaching to suit your individual development, group lessons that provide a fun learning environment amongst friends, squad training for high intensity and tactical guidance, competitions and much more.

If you would like to sign up for classes or would like to know more about what we offer, please contact us via email at: info@malpasstennis.com.au 

MORETON BAY SWIMMING CLUB

Moreton Bay Swimming welcomes boys and girls of all ages, to join our comprehensive aquatics programme. 

Based at Moreton Bay College, Manly West, swimmers enjoy access to our three heated facilities, including an eight lane 50m competition pool, 15m skills space and indoor learn to swim arena. 

Moreton Bay Swimming is one of only a few programmes in Australia that has the capacity, expertise and reputation to the cater for the complete aquatic journey - from Learn to Swim through to Olympians.

For more information on our programmes, please visit the website: www.mbswimming.com.au

School Hours

Primary classes and Secondary Form commences:
8.20am
Secondary classes commence:
8.30am
Class concludes:
2.15pm (Prep)
2.30pm (Years 1 and 2)
2.45pm (Years 3 and 4)
2.50pm (Years 5 and 6)
3.10pm (Years 7 to 12)

There will be a teacher on duty from 7.30am each day. Secondary students must place their laptops in their lockers as soon as they arrive, unless attending study lab.
The pick-up zone is supervised until 3.15pm. All P to Year 6 boys not collected from College by this time (unless they are participating in an after school activity) will be sent to the office and subsequently placed into OSHC.

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

OPENING HOURS

Before school care
During term time between 6.30am - 8.25am, Monday to Friday.
After school care
During term time between 2.30pm - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Vacation care
During Moreton Bay College holidays and pupil free days between 6.30am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
The OSHC Centre is closed on public holidays and for a two-week block at Christmas. Please see the coordinator for the closing dates each year.
All students attending OSHC must be registered. Enrolments and bookings are made online through our secure system available through our website https://www.mbbc.qld.edu.au/essentials/outside-hours-care

2021 PARENT REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAMME

The Parent Representative role is simply to help enrich families’ experiences at Moreton Bay Boys’ College by providing a social link between the school and families.

While the role is mainly social, the parent representatives for each year level work together to:

- Support the work of the MBBC P&F Association
- Coordinate informal social events, providing parents and carers with opportunities to meet others with sons in the same year level
- Welcome and help integrate new families our vibrant MBBC Community

Parent Reps meet once a term to discuss the school calendar and plan different social events for the upcoming term. Being a Parent Rep also gives you the opportunity to engage more closely with the College and be a part of your son’s journey through school.
If you would like to get involved or find out more information about becoming a 2020 Parent Representative please contact our Community Development Officer, Mrs Victoria Matthews matthewsv@mbc.qld.edu.au.

School Communications

Email will be the primary method of communication. The MBBC Newsletter will be sent on the ‘even weeks (2,4,6 etc.). Please keep your contact information up to date via the Parent Lounge and please also email admin@mbbc.qld.edu.au if your email address has changed.

Download the Moreton Bay Boys’ College App

The Moreton Bay Boys’ College App is the most convenient way for Parents and Caregivers to access information about events and daily activities at the school. The information on the App is always up to date and can be tailored to provide you alerts and information specific to your child’s Year Group and Co-Curricular activities.

Has Soccer practice been cancelled due to bad weather? The notice section of the app will tell you.
Need to double check the venue and start time of Awards Night? The calendar function has you covered (and can even sync with your phone calendar!).

Our students often have a unique mix of academic, cultural and sporting pursuits, and these come with a unique mix of communication requirements. The Moreton Bay Boys’ College App lets you streamline the communication that comes to you so that you stay connected and up to date on important, relevant information without being overwhelmed by other, less relevant communication.

You can download the Moreton Bay Boys’ College App for free via the App store or Google Play. Simply go to the App store or Google Play and search Moreton Bay Boys’ College.

We know you will enjoy the convenience that this app will bring you.

Facebook

If you haven’t already, please like and follow the MBBC page on Facebook for updates on school activities.

Library Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 7.00am - 5.30pm. 

MBBC Library is open at both breaks to all students.

NOTE: At times, it may be necessary for the Library to close due to Library staff being absent, involved in meetings or involved in other College events.

Before College and after College library access varies depending on year level.
Please see details MBBC Library Times

MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION 

The Moreton Bay Colleges’ are thrilled to announce that there will be a musical theatre production in 2021. Please read the attached letter which provides details of this exciting performance opportunity and download the Audition Handbook

COVID-19

We return to school in 2021 with COVID-19 still continuing to be an issue within our community.

With this in mind please remember if your child is unwell or displays any of the following symptoms they are to remain at home and seek medical advice.

  • temperature
  • fever
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • upset tummy

If a student presents to school or class unwell or with any of the symptoms above, they will be advised to attend the Health Centre for assessment.

All students attending the Health Centre will have their temperature taken and will be then triaged as per College procedures and Queensland Health directions.

If a student is deemed unwell and not to return to class a parent and or emergency contact will be contacted. The expectation is that the child will be collected within 30 minutes of the phone call. 

Notice for Students with Asthma

As we start the school year this is a reminder to ensure students with asthma are equipped to manage their asthma while at school. The College requires all students with asthma to provide an in-date reliever puffer and spacer for use at school. This spacer and medication can either be kept with your son or stored at Student Reception Sick Area. The College also requires a current asthma action plan completed by a medical practitioner if one has not been provided recently.
The teaching staff at Moreton Bay Boys’ College are required to administer puffers via a spacer to ensure optimal delivery of medication. Asthma Australia encourages the use of Spacers, you can find more information on this at https://asthma.org.au/about-as...
Where a spacer has not been provided, staff will use a disposable spacer and families will be charged accordingly.
Please ensure that your son has both a named spacer and reliever puffer available for use at school.

School TV

We encourage you to use the online resource SchoolTV, which aims to support parents and guardians by providing sound advice and practical strategies related to the wellbeing of children and adolescents.

SchoolTV streamlines access to the plethora of information available around raising safe, happy and resilient young people, which can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents. This wellbeing platform is available to all MBBC (and MBC) parents and guardians and has an expanding archive of series and topics.

Over the course of the academic year, a new edition of SchoolTV will be added to the archive each month. Each edition focusses on a single wellbeing topic and includes videos with leading specialists, fact sheets, articles and a host of other resources such as suggested apps, book, websites and other additional videos.

We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful resource and hope that you find the information and strategies it provides helpful as you support your son’s wellbeing.