Mercy Vine

Term 1, | Issue No. 2 - 10 March 2023

Middle Moments

Embracing leadership opportunities

By Ben Dray

Welcome to the start of the 2023 academic year, especially families joining our community for the first time

Middle School Family Information Session
Thank you to everyone attended our Information Session - it was great to see so many families positively engaging with our educators. This information evening is one way we actively collaborate with families to enhance student learning and wellbeing, with further opportunities as the year progresses. Families are encouraged to make contact us to discuss any student learning and wellbeing opportunities and issues.

Year 6 Crossing Monitors
Our Year 6 students are proudly taking on supervising road safety as School Crossing Monitors, having recently completed training by officers from the South Australia Police Road Safety Centre.

Through this training students know how to safely stop vehicles approaching the school crossing, and facilitate the safe passage of pedestrians. All participants will receive a certificate issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police that authorises them as official School Crossing Monitors. Please keep a look out for the lollypop stop signs on Delamere Avenue and follow our School Crossing Monitors' advice to keep everyone safe on their way to and from our campus.

You can read more information on school crossing monitor training and road safety here.

Year 7 bike and tent education
In Week 5 our Year 7 students began preparations for their upcoming camp experience with hands-on bike and tent education sessions. These lessons gave students the knowledge required to set up and sleep in tents - a first for some - and gave them the opportunity to develop important social skills that will serve them well in this tight-knit setting.

The Bike Education component is designed to develop students’ confidence using mountain bikes, and enhance their understanding of safe and responsible riding techniques, particularly in trail riding situations. Both sessions offered ways to create environmental awareness and provided a platform for students to develop independence outside of their comfort zone.

Middle School Leadership
We are blessed to have the support of students who eagerly undertake various leadership opportunities across the Middle School. Congratulations to everyone who nominated for a leadership position in 2023. The following students will work closely with Middle School SRC Coordinator, Mr Lachlan Jones, to enhance their capacity as leaders and develop student agency. I trust they will enjoy the opportunity and demonstrate outstanding service to the Mercedes College community.

Middle School Leaders
Samuel Doan Ava Barton
Annabelle Phillips Thomas Stirling

Middle School SRC Executives
Pallas Hannan Will Braddy
Harry Mills Cara Dalzotto
Freya McBride Claudia Patterson
Zara Van Der Linden Qisen Wang
Hunter Wood Ella Harvey
Violet Hille  

Middle School SRC Representatives
6TB Willow Hann Gabrielle Lefevre
6CO Dionne Hnoudis Aidan Thom
6JF Alexander Giannias Lily Turner
7JA Zara de Bruin Jensen Marold
7LH Henry McPhail Milly Pfitzner
7EM Alexander Roccisano Sophie (Yanqing) Shan
7GB Gilbert Pronk Maggie Robinson
7JM Mitchell Chan Charlie Park
8TN Francesca Fiocchini  
8DC Will Catinari  
8LT Frazer Agzarian  
8AN Alice Thompson  
8FG Johnny Manos  

Ben Dray
Head of Middle School

News and Events

Community safety | everyone's responsibility

Keeping children safe is the responsibility of everyone in our community.

Please talk with your children about how they can stay safe when out and about, including what to do (and not do) if they are approached by someone they don't know.

If approached by someone unknown and unwelcome, children are advised to keep walking/moving, not engage in conversation, and to never accept an offer for a ride or gift.

If they feel unsafe they can also seek the assistance of other nearby and trusted adults, as well as make a formal report to police.

South Australia Police suggest that if children are approached by someone unknown and unwelcome, that they use their mobile phone - if they have one - to call police if anything about the interaction "doesn't feel right".

Reports about suspicious activity can be made to:


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