Sunday 5th March 1st Sunday in Lent
Catholic Schools Week - "Catholic Schools - Great Learning, Great Communities"
Monday 6th March Day 1 Year 11 Retreat on the senior campus
Tuesday 7th March Day 2 University of Newcastle Rural Health excursion to Taree from 7.45a.m. - 1.00p.m.
Wednesday 8th March Day 3 Year 7 Reflection day - "New Beginnings" at the Youth Hub
Thursday 9th March Day 4 Hastings NRL 9's U13 - U16 in Port Macquarie
Junior boys and girls AFL
Friday 10th March Day 5 Immunisation Day
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Sunday 26th February 8th Sunday in Ordinary time
Monday 27th February Day 6 Year 12 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews from 4.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre
Tuesday 28th February Day 7 Year 8 parent breakfast - Families and Technology from 7.30a.m. to 8.30a.m. in the Theatre
Wednesday 1st March Day 8 Ash Wednesday Liturgy Years 7 - 10 in the College Hall from 9.10a.m. to 10.00a.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy Years 11 and 12 in the Lochinvar Centre from 10.00a.m. to 10.50a.m.
Open boys 'and girls' AFL
Thursday 2nd March Day 9 Diocesan secondary swimming carnival in Lismore
Friday 3rd March Day 10 World Day of Prayer - Philippines from 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m. at St Agnes' Catholic Church.
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"May the Spirit of the Lord be with you"
I am a strong advocate for the wearing of school uniforms. Our uniform looks fantastic and we have received many positive comments about it. There are enormous benefits for ensuring all students wear our full school uniform. These include:
Defining our school identity;
Developing within our students a sense of belonging to our school community;
Provides an opportunity to build and enhance ‘school spirit’;
Promotes a sense of inclusiveness, non-discrimination and equal opportunity.
Enhances the health and safety of students when involved in school activities and excursions.
Complies with our obligations under Work Health and Safety Legislation.
Promotes positive community perceptions of our school.
Makes school clothing more affordable by eliminating the risk of peer pressure to wear current fashions and expensive clothes.
DOOR TO DOOR POLICY
It is important to note that we have a door to door policy for the wearing of our school uniform. This ensures that while travelling to and from school and whilst in the community our standard is consistent and maintained.
I thank those parents who always ensure that their son/daughter leaves home in their correct school uniform. There are some areas where improvement is required and I would like all parents to focus on the following aspects of the uniform please. We rely on parent and student support to maintain a high standard of school uniform; this is an area where we must work in partnership.
Boys’ shirt needs to be long enough to be able to be tucked in;
Boys’ shorts are to be the Midford style accompanied by a plain black belt;
School shoes are to be plain, black, lace-up and polishable (no logos, slip-ons or buckle–up);
Girls’ skirt is to be worn to the knee;
All students with long hair must have it worn neatly tied back from the face.
I thank all parents in anticipation of your continued support with this very important issue. If any family needs financial assistance with any aspect of the uniform please do not hesitate to contact me confidentially at the College.
Education is a partnership and our families play an extremely crucial role. I encourage all members of the community to be involved in as much as they can at the College. It was affirming to see the number of parents who attended the many and varied year group events this week.
Our last year group gathering is for Year 8; they will have their family breakfast next Tuesday morning from 7.30a.m.
YEAR 12 PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT INTERVIEWS
Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will be held between 4.00p.m. – 7.30p.m. on Monday, 27th February for families with children in Year 12 in the Lochinvar Centre. If this date does not suit, I encourage you to make contact (phone or email) with your child’s teachers. I also encourage all students, where possible, to attend the parent/teacher evening.
You can now book interviews at times that suit at www.schoolinterviews.com.au and follow these simple instructions.
When you click finish, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically - check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email immediately.
Interviews are strictly five minutes and spaces are limited. If you require more time, please contact teachers directly to make alternative arrangements.
Parents can change their interview bookings at any time prior to the closing date by re-visiting the www.schoolinterviews.com.au website, and using the event code. Remember to use the same name and email address you used when you made your original booking.
BOOKINGS CLOSE TODAY at 11.00am. If you need to change a booking after this time please contact the office on 6583 2632.
Assistant Principal - Curriculum and Administration
Assistant Principal's Report - Curriculum and Administration
Grace Halphen is the fifteen year old girl who edited Letter to My Teenage Self, the book I have been referencing in newsletters this term. Grace experienced a difficult time in her early teenage years which is why she sought advice from others about being young and growing up. Today, I’d like to share some of her insights.
Being young is hard. Everything is unknown, everyone else’s opinions seem to matter and little speed bumps cause collateral damage… I felt frustrated and angry a lot…I don’t think it’s okay for anyone to be stuck in a sad place for a long time like I was… Being young can be hard, but it’s a journey we’ve all got in common.
When we see teenagers close to us going through the difficult parts of the journey of growing up we all want to help but often feel lost as to how to help. This week, MacKillop College is launching schooltv, a mental health and wellbeing resource which provides parents with information, answers questions and connects to resources to empower and assist in developing and strengthening teenagers’ wellbeing.
I encourage all parents to click on the link below to view the first monthly edition of this new resource. This month’s topic is Drug and Alcohol Use. There are also archived editions covering Anxiety, Depression and Suicide and Self-harm which you can also access.
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
Assistant Principal's Report - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
Earlier this week Year 7 to 10 students were given their assessment calendars for Term 1. Each task is set to be either an "In Class" (IC) or a "Hand-In" (HI). The aim of this calendar is to help students be organised and enable them to achieve their best possible results in all of their subjects. Below is a copy for you to perhaps put on the fridge.
Leader of Curriculum
St Agnes' Parish News
To all Tuition Fee Payers
Our Parish and schools work hard to contain costs so that we can limit the annual school fee increase. Postage costs have increased again, and we will therefore be reducing the volume of postal communication from Parish Administration. Statements will be posted once at the beginning of the year. If you require a statement at any other time, please contact Parish Administration.
We will be increasing our use of SMS and email correspondence. To ensure that you receive all correspondence about the payment of tuition fees, please confirm that your contact details held at the Parish Administration Centre are current. There are a number of ways you can do this:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your family name, student/s name, mobile number/s, email/s and postal addresses, or
Phone 6588 7444 and check your details with our Reception or Education Team staff, or
Send a written note in an envelope via your school’s Reception, marked for the attention of the Education Team – Parish Administration.
Instalment payers are those who have chosen to pay their fees via three equal instalments. The due dates for these instalments in 2017 are 10 March, 26 May and 18 August. Families will be reminded via SMS or email prior to the instalment falling due.
Families on payment plans pay on a regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis and payments are calculated over the entire year. Any missed payments are to be made up immediately and families will be notified via SMS if this occurs.
If for any reason you are unable to maintain your payment plan, or make instalment payments on time, please contact the Education Team as above. They will be happy to discuss options that are suitable for your current circumstances.
Leader of Catechesis
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day journey to the most important time in the Church’s calendar – Easter. Throughout this Lenten season, we remember our humanness, our weaknesses and our mortality through repentance, reconciliation, fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The College community will mark Ash Wednesday with two prayer services; at the College Hall in period 1 for Years 7 – 10, and in the Lochinvar Centre in period 2 for Years 11 and 12. Families are very welcome to join us for either of these services.
Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the Project Compassion campaign, which supports the work of Caritas Australia. As a College, we will strive to support this campaign through our PC and Year group, who will organise various fundraising activities. There will also be information in each newsletter about Project Compassion.
Congratulations Daniel Blackman, Master of Theology
Last Friday in a ceremony that took place at the Glasshouse, Mr Daniel Blackman was formally awarded his Master of Theology. This is a fantastic achievement as a master degree is awarded to individuals who demonstrate mastery and higher understanding of a specific field of study. Daniel has demonstrated this mastery in theology and we are privileged to have him teaching at the College. Completing a Master degree over five years of part-time study, whilst working as a full-time Religious Education teacher, raising this three young children and supporting his wife who also completed a Master degree last year is no easy feat. But sixteen 3000 word essays and over 1200 hours of study and the considerable expense involved only highlight Daniel's dedication to his students and profession. The Masters of Theology adds to his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)/Law, Diploma of Legal Practice, Graduate Diploma of Education and Graduate Certificate of Religious Education. These qualifications are proof as to his personal recognition of the importance of ongoing education, something he can pass on to the students at MacKillop College. We are lucky to have such highly qualified and dedicated staff working in our classrooms.
Congratulations Daniel on completion of this great achievement.
Leader of Evangelisation
The 2016 Year Book is now available at a cost of $20.00.
Please note the current Years 8 and 11 have already paid
for their 2016 Year Book.
Only Years 9, 10 & 12 students need to order and
pay for their Year Book.
SUBJECT AND EXCURSION STATEMENTS
College invoices will be mailed this week to all families. These fees are in addition to St Agnes’ Parish School fees. Amounts will be billed for such things as the College diary, elective sports, elective subjects, excursions, performances etc. As far as possible we have endeavoured to bill all amounts for the whole year. Please keep a lookout for these accounts and further information which will be included.
Already a number of items have appeared in the office – none of which have names.
Year 7 students have commenced their swimming program for sport and with this plastic shopping bags have started to appear with towels and swimmers in them….unfortunately no names. We would encourage Year 7 students to use the tote bag they were given with their bookpack to bring their swimming gear to school as this has their name on it.
Please ensure ALL items of property are clearly labelled so that they can be returned to your child promptly.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 7 News
On behalf of your children and their Pastoral Care teachers, I would like to thank all parents and carers who were able to make it to our parent morning teas this week. As mentioned on the day, your children love it when you come to our functions and as a staff we appreciate your support. It was wonderful to see so many of you able to join us for a cuppa and a chat. It is a great way to ‘put a face to a name’ and for parents to chat with other parents and meet your child’s new friends. Equally so, it was fantastic for so many people to catch up with Pastoral Care teachers and find out how your child is really settling in. Thank you again.
On Wednesday afternoon, Year 7 were spoken to about digital citizenship and what that means in this digital age with respect to online responsibility and safety. The students were previously questioned via an anonymous survey in order to provide an accurate and relevant picture of their current online habits and concerns regarding the internet and social media. Mr Timothy Kelly from the Catholic Schools Office spoke to students at length about how to use their digital devices appropriately and how to safeguard their digital footprint. It was great to see students engage in the presentation, ask relevant questions and express any concerns they may have had.
Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.
A Parent Information Kit will be sent home next Friday, 3rd March. Detailed information in relation to Vaccination Day will be included in next week’s newsletter.
As mentioned previously, the vaccinations will take place at the College on Friday, 10th March. Please consider if you think that your child will not cope well in this situation, that it may be advisable to book an appointment with your General Practitioner in order for them to receive their vaccination in a more intimate setting. Immunisations take place from time to time at the College through this program and some students may prefer to receive their needles with the familiarity of their local doctor.
Year 8 News
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
The school has made a concerted effort to improve our standards in uniform. One obvious conclusion so far has been some Year 8 students are wearing their sport uniform in preference to their formal uniform. I would ask all parents to make it their business to question their children before leaving home regarding their uniform. It is much better for staff to start the day with “Good morning, how are you?” as opposed to “You seem to be wearing the wrong uniform, can I have your diary please”.
Assignments are starting to roll through so students should be completing their recommended homework each night. For those who struggle at times with homework, the school offers Homework Club in the library after school 3.20p.m. – 4.00p.m. Monday to Thursday.
Just a reminder we have our Year 8 Breakfast next Tuesday, 28th February from 7.30a.m.- 8.30a.m. with Mr Jones talking about all things technology.
Well done to Sarah Langstaff, the first Year 8 student to submit five merit cards.
Once again Sam Poulton has been performing very well in the Rockytrail Superflow series coming an admirable third in the Under 15 division.
Sarah Langstaff Sam Poulton
If parents would like to share some of their child’s successes out of school please contact me via email and I will endeavour to include it where I can in our newsletter.
Have a great weekend!
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
On behalf of Year 9 Pastoral Care team, thank you to all the parents and guardians who came along to breakfast yesterday to meet with their son or daughter’s PC teachers. The opportunity to communicate, be it via diary, email or in person, is highly valued and helps us work together to prevent ‘hiccups becoming headaches’ or ‘headaches becoming heartaches’.
Thanks to Tracy Knight, our School Counsellor, for making the time to brief parents on her role and ways she can support students in emotional need. If parents seek Tracy’s support they may contact me or email Tracy directly: email@example.com.
Thanks also to Mr Adam Kelly, our Assistant Principal of Curriculum, for clarifying the implications of NAPLAN 2018 for our Year 9 cohort.
Mr Andrew Evans, Leader of Human Society and Environment, also prefaced our Year 9 Canberra Excursion in Term 3, Week 10 - Monday, 19th-Friday, 22nd September.
The partnership between parents and staff is very important to each student’s personal growth and success.
As part of our partnership, please support us in helping your child own and wear the College uniform according to the Code of Presentation outlined in the school diary; regular uniform checks are made so that all students maintain high standards and a note home in the diary is written to communicate any concerns for expediency.
Please note: For occupational health and safety reasons, students are required to wear black polishable leather shoes (not joggers) in the Design and Technology rooms in which elective subjects are studied.
At times unfortunately, life throws us difficult situations which are confronting and challenging, and for many of our students such times can throw them ‘off kilter’.
MacKillop College has subscribed this year to schooltv which offers each month a variety of resources from specialists about issues affecting any student’s wellbeing at any given time: there are articles, interviews, quizzes and fact sheets. Some of the recent issues explored include: drug and alcohol abuse; depression; anxiety.
To access such valuable information and insight go to MacKillop College school website – hover on the tab Pastoral Care – scroll to Wellbeing School TV Parent Information and Click to explore.
For more information regarding schooltv please see attached press release in the newsletter.
Year 9 News
This was a great opportunity for some of the Year 10 swimmers to showcase their talents. They did an amazing job encouraging others, participating and being a part of the day and the school community. Year 10 showed an enormous amount of maturity and house/school spirit.
YEAR 10 INFORMATION NIGHT
Thank you to those parents and students who attended or advised that they could not make the evening. It was a very informative evening with some valuable tips and advice given to students and parents that I am sure will assist them not only this year but into their future schooling.
The ball has started rolling for the retreat with students selecting the small groups that they would like to be in at retreat. A note regarding retreat will be sent home with students next week; please check this note carefully and fill in the relevant parts.
YEAR 10 EVENTS
20th – 23rd March - Retreat
24th March - Mass and community building day
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 News
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 11 News
Monday, 27th February
SOR2 IC assessment
Wednesday, 1st March
Monday, 6th March
Your Choicez Seminar – Year 11 students
Wednesday, 8th March
PDHPE IC assessment
Thursday, 9th March
Maths General IC assessment
Maths Extension IC assessment
Friday, 10th March
Modern History IC assessment
TRIALS FOR SCHOOL TEAMS
It is fantastic to see many students trying out for school teams. Representing your school is a great privilege and I encourage our Year 11 students to continue to do this during their senior years. Being involved in sport and other cultural experiences in our College community is not only fantastic for your holistic health but will be a great addition to your resume as you complete your schooling and look to moving onto the next stage of your life.
To Tom Berryman, Hudson Worth, Bianca Jamison and Caitlin Rich who were the age champions, and Scott Heslop and Hannah Ford who were runners up at our senior swimming carnival. Participation at the carnival was fantastic and I had many students commenting to me about the fun that they had on the day. It was a fantastic way to start the year and allow our students to see that our culture is about doing yourself justice and being a part of something bigger. I loved watching the positive peer interactions as friends coaxed their usually shy friends into the pool for many of the different events.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC )
Our SRC introduced some of their initiatives for the year to the rest of the school during assembly this week. The SRC has developed a new format this year whereby they have created committees in order to best represent the diverse range of talents and needs in our school community. Each committee will be responsible for creating initiatives within their framework. They are an exciting bunch of proactive young men and women and their message is to “get involved”.
The assessment calendar has been emailed to every student and students should be plotting their tasks and organising their study notes in preparation for these tasks. I would like to remind all Year 11 students to ensure they are well aware of the assessment policies and procedures and to ensure that they follow these when handing in or preparing for tasks.
UPCOMING DATES FOR YEAR 11
YEAR 12 PARENT BREAKFAST
Tuesday morning saw the Year 12 students and their parents come together for egg and bacon rolls, a cup of coffee or juice and some engaging conversation with each other and members of the Year 12 Pastoral team and other staff members. Many thanks to Mrs Jodie Duck (Senior Café) and Mrs Jenny Hunt (Event Coordinator) for all their assistance in getting the morning organised, and the chefs extraordinaire (Mr Beddoe and Mr Smith) who worked tirelessly to keep the production line going. A great morning was had by all, well done and thank you.
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 12 News
YEAR 10 MARINE AND AQUACULTURE TECHNOLOGY
Year 10 Marine and Aquaculture Technology students have had an introduction to the marine environments around the Port Macquarie area. The students have also had a multi skills-based practical where they learnt the skill of paddle boarding, which gave them an up close and personal view of the aquatic life in Lake Cathie.
The students also improved their team building skills whilst paddling the mega paddle board. A big thankyou to Geoff from the Middle Rock Crew Paddle Board Company.
Marine and Aquaculture Technology Teacher
YEAR 9 MARINE AND AQUACULTURE TECHNOLOGY
2017 has been a flurry of activity in Marine and Aquaculture Technology. The students have had an introduction to the marine environments around the Port Macquarie area. The students have been briefed on the dangers of the Breakwall and the Hastings River. The students also had an introduction to the Port Macquarie Marina, the Westport Park boat ramp, the Commercial Wharf and Town Green Wharf.
The students have also completed their proficiencies in swimming and life saving practices.
The students had to swim fully clothed, learn to swim in a life jacket then remove life jacket and make a raft to save people, as well as develop underwater swimming skills.
Marine and Aquaculture Technology News
On Wednesday, 1st February Jorga Attard competed in the Lions Youth of The Year Competition, Club Level. In front of a large group of members from the Lighthouse Beach Lions Club she presented a five minute prepared speech passionately advocating for the voice of youth to be heard and respected in our community. In addition Jorga also gave two short impromptu speeches on current affairs issues relevant to our local and national communities. In all components Jorga was an excellent representative of our College and displayed poise, maturity and a genuine passion for the topics she spoke about. Jorga will now proceed to the Regional Final competition in early March and we wish her all the best in this endeavour.
A special thank you to Mal Murray for his time and hard work co-ordinating the Club competition and to the Lighthouse Beach Lions Club for hosting.
Lions Youth of the Year News
Jorga being presented with the Gordon Wilkes Memorial Shield by his wife Dee Wilkes at the Lions Youth of The Year Club Level Compeition.
Public Speaking Co-Ordinator
Careers and University Transition News
Leader of Careers and University Transition
MCcentral Library Connect
#LitFest2444 Pens Paper Pixels
A very exciting event is planned for the secondary school students in the local area – that of #LitFest2444 – a festival about story. The aim is to engage young people with the written, spoken, digital and visual word, and it takes place at MacKillop College on 19th May.
Tickets will be on sale shortly, and we will release more information as it comes to hand.
#LitFest2444 is the brainchild of Karen Bale and Suzanne Penson, Teacher Librarians at St Joseph’s Regional College and MacKillop College respectively.
A peripheral aspect of the Festival is the inclusion of some of the entries in the Head On Photo Festival, which will be viewable at the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library in Grant Street, Port Macquarie from 18th May.
The Head On Photo Festival includes a Student section, and there is currently a call for entries, with the competition closing on 26th February. Generous prizes are at stake, so interested individuals can visit headon.com.au for more information.
Please follow #LitFest2444 on FaceBook, Instagram, or our website www.litfest2444.com.au
Your child will participate in a wide range of sports throughout the year. During Term 1 your child will participate in volleyball, cricket, oztag and volleyball.
Monday – Day 6
Friday – Day 10
Monday – Day 1
Friday – Day 5
Year 7 students continue their swimming program. Students will need to bring to school with them their swimmers, towel, rash shirt and hat to participate in the Swim & Survive course at Wauchope pool.
Year 9 SPORT
Learn to Surf
Guided surfing lessons with Port Macquarie Surf School at Flynns Beach.
Surf Survival Certificate
Complete the Surf Survival Certificate with Accredited Course Provider Kim Rayner at Flynns.
Participate in rock climbing at Centre of Gravity and play laser zone.
Your Life Fitness
Are you keen to energise your life in a fun and exciting way? Why not choose Your life Fitness and try a different style of fitness each week.
Participate in ten pin at Wave Bowl. Challenge your friends to see who can get the most strikes.
Tackle the mountain bike track at WRP. Own helmet and bike required.
Power Yoga with Martine Ford from Spirit Yoga will improve your strength and flexibility.
School Sport 1
Play a variety of team-based sports in a round robin competition at MacKillop College including hockey, lacrosse, rounder’s, fast 5 netball and soccer.
School Sport 2
Play a variety of team-based sports in a round robin competition at MacKillop College including futsal, basketball, gaelic football, 4 way indoor cricket and gridiron.
Year 10 SPORT
Bodyboarding or surfing ay Flynns Beach. Students must have Surf Survival Certificate or equivalent to participate. Hand to Mrs Denham.
MACKILLOP COLLEGE SWIMMING CARNIVALS 2017
Last week we hosted our annual swimming carnivals. Each year I am continually impressed with our students' participation and willingness to get in and ‘have a go’. The carnivals are always a great way to start the year allowing us to come together as a school, foster house spirit, embrace a healthy camaraderie between houses and showcase the extraordinary ability of our many talented swimmers. There certainly was a buzz at each carnival and much of this is to be credited to the House Captains, SRC and Year 10 and Year 12 students who led by example and generated such an enthusiastic vibe.
Throughout the day there was a tight tussle between the Houses to take out the coveted Champion House. Change was the nature of the day with a ‘changing of the guard’ of champion house, renewed vigour to the house chants, records tumbled and participation was at an all-time high. Innes set the tone for the year taking out the junior carnival with Macquarie cementing a convincing win at the senior carnival. Congratulations to Mitchell Evans and Jade Horton who led their respective houses to victory.
WINNING JUNIOR HOUSE INNES
WINNING SENIOR HOUSE MACQUARIE
Congratulations to the following students who swam exceptionally well and as a result were awarded Age Champion or Runner Up.
Female 12 years
Male 12 years
Female 13 years
Male 13 years
Female 14 years
Male 14 years
Female 15 years
Male 15 years
Female 16 years
Male 16 years
Worthy of a special mention are the following students who broke long standing records:
Nathan Smith 100m Freestyle 1.09.47 2005
Nathan Smith 50m Freestyle 31.18 2005
Nathan Smith 50m Backstroke 37.50 2005
Thomas Berryman 50m Backstroke 28.20 2011
Lachlan Kirkland 50m Breaststroke 33.09 2008
We wish all the competitors a safe journey to Lismore for the Diocesan Swimming Carnival and look forward to publishing their results over the coming weeks.
*** Please note students should have already emailed or handed Mrs Denham the times of any other events not swam at our carnival that they would like to be entered in at the Diocesan carnival.
We currently have students signing up for, trialling and competing in the following sports:
Bill Turner soccer
Students and parents are reminded that the most up to date information regarding representative sport is via the morning student notices, the sports noticeboard and the newsletter.
Female 17 years
Male 17 years
Female 18 years
Male 18 years
Leader of Sport
Open boys and girls AFL venue TBC
Diocesan secondary swimming carnival - Lismore
1st and 2nd March
CCC Tennis Selections - Parramatta
Hastings NRL 9s (U13s-16s+) Port Macquarie
Junior boys and girls AFL venue TBC
Congratulations to Annika Toohey who recently made the Under 18s NSW hockey team. Annika was selected from a field of 70 other hockey players and will be the youngest player to take the field in Hobart later in the year. This is an outstanding achievement Annika and the result of putting in many training hours over the Christmas break. Well done.
If your child has achieved outstanding sporting results in their community sport we would love to hear about it. Please email myself or your child’s respective Leader of Pastoral Care so we can acknowledge these achievements.
If you have any questions regarding sport at MacKillop College please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone at the College.
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”- Martin Luther
SENIOR VOCAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Senior Vocal Ensemble. This ensemble will perform at school assemblies, Glasshouse lunch concerts, support HSC students and assist with music at Youth Mass.
Aimee Couell , Kayla Chapman, Hannah Poppleton, Francesca Plentinger, Abbey Johnston, Maddison Beukers, Daniel Chapman, Ciara Poppleton, Chairs Ruhl, Kate Oakes, Molly Irwin and Caitlan Murtagh.
If you are a student in Year 7 or new to MacKillop College and interested in joining one of our ensembles please notify music staff as soon as possible. Alternatively, come along to Concert Band on Thursday mornings if you play a band instrument or Choir at lunch on Wednesdays if you are a singer. These ensembles are a great place to start and are open to all students of all abilities.
CO-CURRICULAR MUSIC OFFICE
The co-curricular music office exists between J16 Music room and the Band room in the ‘Music Hub’ area near the MPC. A timetable will be posted outside this office with details of when Mr Denham and Liam Coelho (Music Trainee) will be available to answer questions or issue information. All Co-curricular music enquiries are to be made to either Mr Denham or Liam in person at this office or via email. Important music-related information will be posted on the noticeboard outside this office throughout the year, including timetables and performance dates.
PERFORMING ENSEMBLES SHIRTS
All students participating in MacKillop College Ensembles are required to purchase a shirt to wear at performances. This shirt will be worn with black trousers, black socks and black shoes at all performance events including:
Assembly performances and school functions;
Lunch time concerts at the Glasshouse;
Big Band Blast;
The annual Music Showcase & Awards Night.
Students are to see Mr Denham or Liam Coelho at rehearsal or in break times in the Band Room to order a size. Sample shirts will be available for you to try on.
All payments are to be made to the main office with the attached note as soon as possible. I encourage students to order a slightly larger shirt if still growing.
CO-CURRICULR MUSIC WEBSITE
All students participating in the co-curricular music program are encouraged to bookmark this page and regularly refer to it for information and notices. This website can be found within the College website or by using the following link:
A range of information can be accessed on the website including:
Ensemble information, rehearsal schedules and sign up forms
Music tuition information
Major event information
Photos and video of performances
Gig and excursion notes
All information given to students in rehearsal is posted on this site. It is a great resource to aid household organisation! Please contact Mr Denham if you have any problems accessing information on this site.
REHEARSALS IN WEEK 6
· Senior Stage Band - Theatre, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Senior Percussion Ensemble – J16 Music Room, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Senior Vocal Ensemble - Theatre, 8.00a.m. - 8.45a.m.
. Choir – Theatre, Lunchtime
. SAPSS Drumline - St Joseph's Regional College, 4.00p.m. - 5.00p.m.
· Concert Band –J16 Music Room, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
. Junior Percussion Ensemble - College Hall Foyer, 7.45a.m. - 8.45a.m.
. Junior Vocal Ensemble - Theatre, 8.00a.m. - 8.45a.m.
· Little Big Band – J16 Music Room,7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Big Band – Theatre, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Junior Stage Band – J16 and J14 Music Rooms, Lunchtime
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
• Wednesday, 8th March, 9.00a.m. College Hall, Big Band
MORNING MELODIES CONCERT
Wednesday, 29th March, 10.00a.m. – 11.00a.m. Panthers Auditorium, Senior Stage Band (Year 11 students only) and Year 11 Music students.
Sunday, 2nd April, 4.00p.m. – 6.00p.m. St Agnes Church, Praise Band, Senior Vocal Ensemble and senior vocalists
CARITAS LUNCH CONCERT
Thursday, 6th April, Lunchtime, Big Band and Little Big Band, Senior and Junior Stage Bands
Please contact Mr Denham with any questions relating to the co-curricular music program at MacKillop College or visit the College website and click on the Creative Arts tab.
Leader of Co-curricular Music firstname.lastname@example.org
Elective music students from Years 9 to 12 and selected students from Year 8 had the opportunity to see ‘Bravissimo’ at the Glasshouse on 15th February. This performance showcased high scoring HSC Music students and their skills.
The two hour concert provided a variety of talented singers and musicians, including our very own Liam Coelho. There were drummers, pianists, guitarists, violinists, saxophonists, singers … the whole showbang. Some pieces were comedic while others literally made me cry. I particularly enjoyed the piano pieces.
The finale piece ‘Hall of Fame’ was amazing and presented by all of the performers of the Bravissimo concert. They all met 24 hours prior to the concert and somehow managed to pull off an epic finale.
The whole show was fun and engaging with new talents and tunes every step of the way. I am very grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity and I would love to see it again next year. I would recommend this experience to anyone who has an interest in music, or like me LOVES it!
Hannah Poppleton Year 9
MacKillop College Music students attending the
Bravissimo performance at the Glasshouse
Liam Coleho, performing with the SAPSS Drumline
Art & Music Sydney Excursion
On Monday, 20th March all students in Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) Visual Arts and Music classes will be attending the ArtExpress Exhibition and/or the Encore Performance in Sydney. These exhibitions and performances represent the best HSC work of 2016. Viewing these works will provide our students with a valuable insight into how to achieve band 6 results with their practical submitted work.
Students will be provided with information and permission notes this week. Payment for the excursion is to be made by Monday 13th March to the senior office.
Creative Arts News
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Junior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.20p.m.- 4.00p.m.
Senior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.15p.m.- 5.00p.m.
Junior Campus Canteen Co-Ordinator
Junior Tutorial is held in room 12 on the junior campus
Tuesdays and Thursday, 7.45a.m.- 8.30a.m.
Senior General Maths Tutorial is held in room 49 on the junior campus
Mondays, 7.45a.m. to 8.30a.m.
Belinda Mitchell, Paul Atkin HELP PLEASE
Deb Ward, Katrina Bates and Casey Baker
Karen Cooper, Kris Ann Johnson and Emily Duffy
Kelly Dingle and Rowena Beukers
Janice Smith, Sue McDonald and Bec Lewis
Parents' Group News
Port Macquarie Board Riders Association (PMBA) are holding a registration day on Sunday, 26th February at North Breakwall car park (skate park end) from 10.00a.m. to 12.p.m.. Cost is $50. For further information contact Janice Smith 0407026604 or Phil Baker 0497838529.
Mid North Coast Health have a Logo Competition opened to young people aged over 14. Clinic 33 is establishing a new youth drop-in sexual health clinic and need a new logo. For more information call 65882750 and ask for Lynette or Jodie.
International Football Exchange is looking for secondhand boots, balls, uniforms, tracksuits, socks and shin guards. Year 7 student Jack Page initiated the idea and is now asking for your help. If you have any of these items that are no longer needed, please drop them off to the senior office to be forwarded to Jack.
Opera by the Lake – John Wright Park in Tuncurry on 4th March. For more information call the Forster Visitor Information Centre on 1800802692.
Charles Sturt University is looking for empty rooms or rental accommodation for their students. Please contact Kristy on 65829338 or firstname.lastname@example.org