Initiatives We Support

Youth Cancer Program

The You Can Schools Program gives schools the opportunity to not only help young Australians survive

cancer and contribute to a greener planet, it is also an easy way to get amazing educational products for free! Schools can receive educational products by collecting and donating old mobile phones. There is a collection box in the front office foyer.

Jeans for Genes

This is a special day when children can come wearing JEANS. They must wear their sports shirt and joggers. As with out-

of-uniform days, students need to bring a gold coin donation. The money that is collected will be donated to the Children’s Medical Research Institute, who research treatment and prevention of childhood genetic diseases.

Epilepsy Action

Each year we take part in Purple Day in March and do our best to raise awareness and funds so that we can continue to help Australians with epilepsy no matter where they are. The children are able to come to school wearing purple

donating a gold coin.

Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness. Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada. Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the condition and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. She named the day Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.

Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide or approximately 1 in 100 people.

Life Education Visit

The Life Education van visits students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Life Education Australia (LEA) is a registered charity, and not-for-profit organisation which provides positive programs that develop the social skills and knowledge necessary for effective decision-making, communication, negotiation, peer resistance and refusal in drug-related situations.

Life Education encourages respect for the uniqueness of each individual, and teaches the skills to assert confidently that individuality, especially in social settings with friends. Life Education aims, in partnership with schools and the community, to help reduce tobacco use and illegal drug use among young people; encourage them to avoid or delay alcohol use; and reduce the harms associated with any drug use.The primary schools programs which commenced in 1979 are delivered by 120 full-time and part-time educators using Life Education's national network of more than 90 mobile and static classrooms, complemented by direct delivery in school classrooms. Over 750,000 students participate in the program each year. The programs are based on the latest research, and provide high quality drug education featuring role-play; social skills training; correction of common myths; and varied, fast-moving and interactive activities facilitated by excellent educators assisted by the latest multi-media technology. Life Education Australia believes prevention is better than cure.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child - created in 1990 by Dave Cook - is a 'global Christmas gift exchange' project operated

by Samaritan's Purse. Each November it opens thousands of locations, typically at churches or

schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts.

These boxes are then distributed as Christmas gifts, accompanied by Christian literature. From 1993 through 2012, some 100 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.

LegacyLegacy is the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our deceased Veterans. Selected students from Year 9 sell badges in Balo Street on Legacy Day. The funds raised from this year’s Legacy Week Appeal will help Legacy continue to assist over 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with

essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

Walk Safely to School Day

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all Primary School children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment. It is held throughout Australia.

The objectives of WSTSD are:

• To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.

• To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.

• To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.

• To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.

• To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.

• To promote the use of Public Transport.

• To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.

• To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

We are an Asthma friendly SchoolWhat are the benefits of being an Asthma Friendly School?

• It could save a child’s life

• Improved asthma awareness and management in the school and community

• Improved health and learning outcomes for students with asthma

• It complements teachers’ responsibility for health and safety of students and staff

• Peace of mind to parents of children with asthma is provided

• School staff are more confident in responding to an asthma emergency

WOW! Wear Orange Wednesday

MCS Students are allowed to wear as much orange as they possibly can on this day! Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) on Wednesday 13 November is a national day of recognition and appreciation for SES volunteers. It focusses on calling on the community to express to the 40,000 SES volunteers across the country their gratitude in a simple but highly visible gesture by wearing orange, which is the official colour of all State Emergency Services. SES volunteers across Australia have spent close to 1 million hours helping their communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies and all Australians are being encouraged to wear orange on 13 November to recognise this massive effort.