Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox College - Newsletter

Volume 24 Edition 4 - May 2019

Welcome to St Mark's College eNewsletter

Head of College

Welcome back to Term 2 - Pentecost Term.

Happy Feast of St Mark as we celebrate today and tomorrow with a whole school Liturgy, celebrated by His Grace Bishop Daniel and our Reverend Fathers.  The school will then continue with organised activities and lunch prepared by our amazing Year 12 students and staff.

Please note:  the Canteen will be CLOSED for repairs and renovations tomorrow (THURSDAY, 9 May).  Please ensure that you supply your children with snacks etc.  Don't worry about lunch, as this will be provided as part of our St Mark's feast celebration.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and productive term!

Message from HG Bishop Daniel on the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection 2019

My dear beloved, I would like to congratulate you on the Feast of Resurrection 2019.

I plead to our crucified and resurrected Lord, that He grants us all the grace of continual repentance, so that we can be loyal to Him while we are on Earth and when we depart this world we can be amidst those who are in His Eternal Kingdom. For if the written charge on His Crucifixion was “this is jesus, the king of the jews.” Mathew 27:37, then by His resurrection He became “the ruler of the kings of the earth.” Rev. 1:5.

As for His Heavenly Kingdom, Daniel the Prophet said “His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation’ Daniel 4:3

May the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ make these blessed days come upon us while we are in continuous repentance that grants heavenly peace and qualifies us to be children of His Kingdom on earth and in Heaven

Please pray for me

Bishop Daniel, With the Grace of God,Bishop of the Diocese of Sydney & Affiliated Regions

Sydney , 28 April 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • TERM 2 - 2019

Tue 30 April

Staff Professional Development Day

Wed 1 MayLessons Commence Years K-12
Thu 9 MaySt Mark's Feast day Liturgy & Annual Walkathon

Mon 6, Tue 7 & Fri 10 May

Mon 13

Mother's Day Stall

Mother's Day Breakfast 7 - 8 am

Fri 28 June

Lessons Conclude K-12

  • TERM 3 - 2019

Mon 22 JulyStaff Professional Development Day
Tue 23 July

Theotokos Term 3 Commences K-12

Technology updates

Bring Your Own Chromebook ( BYO-CB )

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite all the students in Years 7 & 8 to participate in the Bring Your Own Chromebook Program which commenced in Term 2 - 2019. At this stage no students are obliged to join; however, if you wish for your child to participate in this exciting move, please access the following web page for further information which includes our policies and agreement. 

St Mark's Bring Your Own Chromebook - Page 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best regards,

Remon Metira

IT Manager 

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Parents & Friends Updates

On behalf of the P&F Committee of St Mark’s College, we hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Easter and felt the blessings and joy of the Feast of the Resurrection.

We are excited by the coming events at St Mark’s and are encouraged by the support of the awesome parents we have at the school. There is only one day remaining for the Mother’s day stall (Friday), so if you  haven’t already, please head to the booking website now, ( and secure your gifts for the special women in your family.

Payment is made online, so no chance of lost money etc, and your choice of gift is guaranteed if you pre-purchase.We would also love to report that we made a wonderful profit from the pizza day!

A smashing $700. We would also like to thank  Cedary Pizza Moorebank for their donation.

In other exciting news, by the Grace of God, and with the blessings of H.G Bishop Daniel, St Mark’s College will be holding their annual P&F Dinner in September, We invite you and the whole family to join us for a Harbour Cruise, including buffet dinner, drinks, some live entertainment and plenty of  Sydney Harbour views.  Early bird tickets will be available for purchase online soon.

Further details will be shared in due time. For the latest updates, please be sure to follow us on the P&F Facebook Page @SMC.PandF. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Harbour Cruise dinner to support our children and our school!

 We will also be sending out a survey seeking your feedback, alternatively you can email us on

Sincerely, the P&F Committee.Lydia, George, Susan and Peter.

Curriculum updates

Head of Teaching & Learning - Secondary

Semester One Assessment BlockTimetables for the Years 7-10 Assessment Block will be released in the coming weeks. This is scheduled for Week 6 of this term. 

NAPLAN Students in Secondary have experienced a NAPLAN literacy workshop, facilitated by Magy Bestawros with sessions run by Dena Mikhail. This was a great experience for students in Years 7 and 9 as they gained insight into the intricacies of the NAPLAN paper. We thank these staff for running the session. 

A reminder to parents that the NAPLAN exams are May 14-16. Study Skills ProgramIn Term 2, the College has subscribed to ELES (Enhanced Learning Educational Services) Study Skills Program which will be run each Thursday during Pastoral Care. This fantastic resource, that many Independent Schools are subscribed to, allows students to be up-skilled in many areas pertaining to organisation, managing stress, examination technique, etc. 


Many students say ‘I don’t have a good memory’ but there are many barriers to developing a good memory that are able to be overcome. Here are the top 3:


Henry Ford once famously said, “whether you believe you can, or you can't, you are right”. This refers to your mindset or mental attitude, and the concept that your mind is powerful enough to enable your thoughts to create your reality.

If you have a negative attitude to your memory, it will likely reduce your chance of developing and maintaining a good memory. 

There are some simple steps you can take to start making changes to negative thoughts. 

Be aware that negative thoughts are just a habit, and habits can be changed with a little effort. 

Awareness is the key to changing a habit, as you need to consciously be aware of the current habit before you can change it – so start catching yourself in the act of making negative statements.

Affirm your intention to improve the way you think. Then correct the negative statement you just made, and make it into a more positive one.


The first stage of the memory process is encoding the information that is to be remembered – thus the brain uses the senses and emotions to process the information and form a memory. Here are some ways in which you can be less absentminded:

- Setting an intention to become more attentive.

- Sitting up front where there are less things to distract you, especially if you have difficulty paying attention in class.

-Taking notes in class to ensure you listen.


Stress will increase the likelihood of being distracted, resulting in low concentration meaning that information may not be encoded accurately – and thus cannot be later retrieved. Stress may also result in mental blanks. For example, if you’re stressed before an exam, you may not be able to think clearly and access and retrieve the information you need. The best thing to do is to take ten deep breaths and calm down to allow your mind to focus.

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