Sunday 5th February 5th Sunday in Ordinary time
Monday 6th February Day 1
Tuesday 7th February Day 2 Swans Cup visit period 1
Wednesday 8th February Day 3 Inaugural Mass 9.00a.m. in the College Hall
Thursday 9th February Day 4 Year 12 University Roadshow from 2.25p.m. in the Lochnivar Centre
Friday 10th February Day 5 High Achievers' Assembly for Years 10, 11 for 12 students from 9.00a.m. in the Lochinvar Centre OnStage and Callback excursion to Sydney
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Social Justice Awareness Days
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Sunday 12th February 6th Sunday in Ordinary time
Monday 13th February Day 6 Year 11 Information Night from 6.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre
Tuesday 14th February Day 7 National Apology Day
Junior swimming carnival
Wednesday 15th February Day 8 Bravissimo - Years 9 to 12 Elective Music students at the Glasshouse from 12.00p.m. to 3.00p.m.
Thursday 16th February Day 9 Senior swimming carnival
Year 10 Information night from 6.00p.m. in the College Hall
Friday 17th February Day 10 MacKillop College parent group social evening
Welcome to a new school year
I would like to welcome all parents, students and staff to the 2017 school year. It is with great pride and excitement that I commence the new school year at MacKillop College. I feel privileged to work in this College and I am honoured to have the position of Principal. I cherish the wonderful opportunity to work in a school which has such a rich history and outstanding success stories. The success of this school presents as a springboard for MacKillop College students who are blessed with an exceptional Year 7-12 educational centre.
My vision is a Year 7-12 College which promotes an integration of faith, life, culture and learning. My focus for 2017 will be the continued development of a nurturing and stimulating learning environment which is learner-centred, academically challenging and inclusive. I will lead the staff in exercising professional responsibility in engendering a love of learning and developing life-long learners.
The College motto is “Summa Tentabo”, “strive for excellence” and I aim to model this in my daily work as Principal. I look forward to the year ahead and encourage all students to truly embrace the opportunity that their parents have given them to be educated at MacKillop College.
Year 7 and 11 Orientation Day
We welcomed 225 Year 7 students and their families on Tuesday; they participated enthusiastically and seemed to enjoy their first day of high school. It was wonderful to see so many parents and family members who came along to support our Year 7 students as they embark upon a new stage in their education.
Our Year 11 students commenced a new stage of their secondary education, Stage 6, Years 11 & 12. They participated in an orientation day on Tuesday and were very attentive to all the advice and guidance they were given as they begin this very important journey.
I congratulate Mrs Ellen McKell and Mrs Andrea Huxley who are the leaders of Pastoral Care for Year 7 and Year 11 respectively: their time and effort in preparation were obvious in the smooth running of the day.
We also welcome the following new staff to MacKillop College in 2017:
Chris Bourke, Cleaner
Chris joins us after working in Benella, Victoria in a family business; he has also spent time in Mackay and Moranbah, Queensland where he was a skilled labourer and heavy vehicle operator. Chris joined us in our Maintenance team at the College in 2016.
Craig Bushe, Human Society and Its Environment
Craig was a graduate of St Joseph’s Regional College in 2002 before undertaking a degree in Environmental Tourism before completing a degree in Secondary Education at Griffith University. Craig has been teaching in Queensland before returning to Port Macquarie where he has been working in our Parish schools. We welcome Craig to the HSIE faculty at MacKillop College.
Pauline Cain, English
Pauline, a graduate of University of New England specialising in English, History and Drama has taken her on a teaching journey to Red Bend College Forbes, Trinity College Lismore, Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview Lane Cove and others. Pauline joins MacKillop College as an experienced teacher in the English faculty for 2017.
Leonie Cutcliffe, Creative Arts
Leonie was a graduate in Fine Arts with the University of New South Wales, she then undertook a teaching diploma through Monash University. Leonie taught at Marcellin College Randwick and Marist College Pagewood before commencing casual teaching in the Port Macquarie region and SAPSS schools. Leonie will be teaching in the Creative Arts faculty in 2017.
Madeline Dobson, English
Madeline completed her secondary education through St Joseph’s Regional College before embarking on her teaching degree through the UNE, Armidale. Madeline has been working casually throughout our St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools since completing her degree and joins MacKillop College in the English faculty.
Jodie Duck, Senior cafe
Jodie is known to many of us through her sporting and volunteering capacity for many years in our Parish. Jodie will be joining us as a Canteen Assistant in a temporary part-time role in our senior campus.
Annie Dunn, Student Support Worker
Annie completed her Bachelor of Social Work at James Cook University, Queensland and continued to undertake many years of ongoing professional learning in the area of social work. Her experience has taken her to Queensland and Western Australia and more recently with NSW Health. Annie commences at MacKillop College as a Student Support Worker in 2017.
Karen Fischmann, French
Karen, whilst born in Australia, had the wonderful opportunity of growing up in France. She completed her degree in English Language, Literature and Civilization at the University of Metz France, before continuing her professional learning in English Literature and Communication, Public Speaking in the Netherlands along with other learning. Having this wonderful journey Karen returned to Australia last year and joins the Languages faculty teaching French at the College in 2017.
Sharee Fletcher, Administrative Assistant
Sharee completed her schooling at McCarthy Catholic Senior High School in Sydney. She has invaluable experience with a background as a business and corporate funds administrator, payroll, campaign and compliance officer within local real estate. We welcome Sharee to MacKillop College in the Administration team.
Courtney Forrester, Science
Courtney was a graduate of MacKillop College before embarking on a degree in Secondary Education specialising in PDHPE through the University of Newcastle and she has continued her professional learning in Languages and Science. Courtney has been teaching at St Peter’s and St Mary’s Maitland and will be joining MacKillop College in the Science faculty in 2017.
Megan Hudson, TAS
Megan completed her Bachelor of Teaching and Design and Technology in 2013 from the University of Newcastle before undertaking teaching placements in Gilgandra, Coonamble, Swansea and Kempsey. This has enabled Megan to gain a diverse range of skills in the Technological and Applied Studies area and we welcome her to TAS faculty in 2017.
Brent Lowrey, English/HSIE
Brent completed his degree with the University of Canberra before commencing work in the English faculty of Daramalan College, Canberra. He obtained invaluable experience whilst at Daramalan before moving to Port Macquarie where he has been temporarily working in the English faculty at MacKillop College. Brent will be working in the English and HSIE faculties in 2017.
Phil Magick, Religious Education
Phil has been a local to the Mid North Coast before completing his degree at the University of New England. He commenced with our Diocese at St Paul’s in Kempsey before embarking on an opportunity in Alice Springs and Wagga. Phil has been teaching and relieving in various leadership roles most recently at St Joseph’s Aberdeen.
Jordan Norris, Science
Jordan was a graduate of St Joseph’s Regional College before completing a degree in Biomedical Science and Masters of Secondary teaching through the University of New England. Jordan specialised in science, incorporating stage 6 Biology, Chemistry, Senior Science and STEM. Welcome Jordan to the Science faculty of MacKillop College.
Daniel O’Dell, TAS
Daniel was a local to Port Macquarie completing his schooling in 2003 before attending the University of Newcastle undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Design and Technology. He has been working at Oakhill College, Sydney teaching Technological and Applied Studies and has also been involved in other Co-curricular activities. Daniel commences in the Technological and Applied Studies faculty at MacKillop College in 2017.
David Pugh, Mathematics
David completed his degree at the University of Wales, Swansea in the UK. He commenced teaching in Cardiff before embarking on a professional development year in Australia where he took part in the international teaching fellowship program organised by the League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers at Rosebud Secondary College, Melbourne. David has been working at St Paul’s Kempsey for the past two years and joins us in the Mathematics faculty at MacKillop in 2017.
Adam Rawcliffe, TAS
Adam’s career commenced with hands-on employment as a Carpenter before undertaking his degree through Southern Cross University. Adam may be familiar as he has been local to Port Macquarie whilst undertaking his studying and teaching.
Chantelle Seears, English
Welcome to Chantelle who has been working within our College in relief positions. Chantelle has completed her education through Southern Cross University and has a vast range of experience across a range of educational sectors over the past 15 years. Chantelle has been working within our Parish and will be working in an English job-share role at the College in 2017.
Daniel Underhill Youth Ministry Officer
Daniel graduated in 2014 from St Paul’s College, Kempsey before travelling to America to work with students at their summer camps. In 2016 he was a member of the Net Ministry team in Bundaberg.
We are very lucky to have five wonderful trainees this year who are all ex-students of the College:
Jared Barrie – TAS Trainee
Liam Coelho – Creative Arts Trainee
Lianna Gee – Sport Trainee
Cody Ross – Teachers’ Assistant
I wish all members of the community the very best as the year begins.
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Assistant Principal's Report - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
"May the Spirit of the Lord be with you"
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
At our first College assembly for 2017 we invited Jade Conway, the College dux from 2016 to speak about her high school journey and what now lays ahead for her. Her address included some sage advice from her personal experiences. She shared with us that we all need to be “responsible for our own success” and “we are all able to change, if we want to.” Jade spoke of how she recognised after her early years in high school that she needed to move from the path she was travelling on as it was not leading her to the success she wanted. After acknowledging this insight she was then responsible for making the changes; a different attitude, increased engagement, greater commitment. These changes allowed her to grow, develop, flourish and enjoy the success of the changes.
I found Jade’s advice interesting and hope students found it relevant and meaningful.
In Letter to my Teenage Self famous Australians from all walks of life offer advice to their teenage self – they reflect on their lives as a teenager and provide the advice they needed to hear to navigate those years successfully. Reading these letters highlighted some common themes in people’s lives, themes I am confident are still applicable today.
In newsletters this term I am going to share some of that advice, hoping their situations and experiences resonate with students and families here at MacKillop College and that their advice is timely and helpful for us all to consider. The first wise words come from former Senior Australian of the Year and cook, food author, restaurateur and food manufacturer, Maggie Beer.
Of all the things I want to say to you, the thing that is most important in life is searching for what will give you happiness. It’s a long journey and I want you to take courage that not fitting in actually gives you more strength and resilience than you can imagine right now … Don’t feel you have to be brilliant at everything so don’t have a fear of failure, try as many things as you can … [And] always be kind, particularly to those who are lost in some way.
Searching for happiness, being courageous and showing kindness – valuable advice from a notable lady.
St Agnes' Parish News
Welcome to 2017. I would like to thank Mrs Marg Gobius for all the energy and hard work that she put into the role of Leader of Evangelisation in my absence at the end of last year. She did a wonderful job and it was very reassuring to know that the end of year events like masses and the Christmas hampers were in such capable hands. Sincere thanks Mrs Gobius.
Our Inaugural Mass for 2017 will be celebrated on Wednesday, 8th February at 9.15a.m. in the College Hall. This is a most appropriate way to begin our school year together with prayer and worship, and we will also be inducting our College Leaders. Parents and friends are warmly invited to celebrate with us and join us for morning tea after our celebration.
We welcome Mr Phillip Magick to our teaching faculty this year and look forward to working with him. It’s great to have new ideas and expertise on board.
We also welcome Daniel Underhill in the role of Youth Ministry Officer. Daniel is from Kempsey and brings a variety of experiences to the role. He has worked at summer camps in the US and has also spent significant time with the National Evangelisation Team, travelling and working around Australia in youth ministry. We look forward to Daniel’s energy and enthusiasm contributing this year.
Welcome to the 2017 School Year
By now, everyone is entrenched in the logistics of starting a new school year. Uniforms, shoes, backpacks, bookpacks, textbooks, iPads, stationery and the list goes on. Best wishes for a successful start to the school year.
Our three Parish primary schools continue to do an excellent job in fostering contemporary learning. There is also a strong emphasis on developing Christian values and concepts such as: respect, acceptance, truth, knowledge, spirituality, forgiveness, setting goals and striving for excellence.
Fortunately we get to see the results of this primary school ‘foundational’ education and formation, in the form of outstanding HSC results at St Joseph’s Regional College and MacKillop College. Staff and parents should be truly proud of these results. Newman Senior Technical College continues to be a leader in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) field and the students’ results there are in the form of traineeships, apprenticeships and other employment outcomes.
These successful student outcomes are strengthened when schools and parents work in partnership. Schools welcome parent participation and support, so please do not hesitate to get involved during 2017. Best wishes.
Coordinating Executive Officer Parish Education and Training
Leader of Evangelisation
2017 Uniform Reminders
As many students have outgrown their uniforms in 2016, I thought it an apt time to remind parents and students that our uniform requirements are clearly outlined on our College website. To avoid issues please note the following reminders:
School shoes - Many parents will need to purchase new school shoes for their sons and daughters. Please remember that the school requires these to be plain black, polishable, lace-up ALL leather shoes. (No high tops, boots or ripple soles, skate-type shoes or logos. No buckle shoes or open top shoes. Heels should not be more than 2.5cm.) Sport shoes must be proper sports shoes. School shoes are not to be worn as part of the sports uniform. Please note details of a selection of correct and incorrect shoes can be found on the College website under ‘About us, Code of Presentation”.
Please be aware Nike and Converse school shoes are not permitted as they have rubber toes and ARE NOT all leather.
Girls skirts- Skirts MUST be KNEE-LENGTH.
Piercing and hair styles and colour- Some students choose to have piercings and variation to hair colour and styles in the holidays. A reminder that these must comply with school rules throughout the school year. Please note: Band-aids are not permitted to be worn to cover new piercings.
Year 7 – 10 students who would like to have the use of a locker for the year are to go to the locker area/s and select a few numbers to suit. Students then go to the office with $5.00 (yearly rental) with their preferences and their final selection will be recorded. Students must provide a padlock with two keys and keep a key with them at school and a spare key at home.
Newsletters will be emailed to all parents and students each Friday.
Subject and Excursion Statements
College invoices will be mailed in the next few weeks 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.
In the next week or so all students will receive a student verification form. It is very important that the College is notified of any changes to student information. This includes changes to parent contact details, address, emergency contacts and most importantly medical information. Thank you in anticipation of your attention to this process.
Year 7 arrived bright and early on Wednesday morning for their first day of high school looking excited and perhaps a little nervous! Everyone was looking wonderful in full school uniform with fresh haircuts and shiny shoes, and were soon wearing a dazzling smile to match. It wasn’t long until they were making friends, working out timetables, finding classrooms and generally getting comfortable enough to banish the first day jitters. It was a warm day and very busy, so I’m sure they were all early to bed!
It was wonderful to see so many parents, family and friends attend our morning welcome and perhaps stay for some digital technology information and morning tea. While they may not have expressed it, your children very much appreciate you sharing their special day with them. They will also be keen to see you and to show off their school a little when we have our next opportunity to invite you to our upcoming parent morning tea gatherings.
Our first day for Year 7 is always a very big event and I would like to formally thank all of our Pastoral Care team, staff and especially our amazing Year 8, 9 and 10 students who gave up their last day of holidays to help make Year 7 feel at home. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you.
Parent Morning Teas
For your forward planning, you will be invited to share morning tea with your child and their Pastoral Care teacher in week 5 of our first term. It will be a great opportunity to get to meet some other parents and to see for yourself how relaxed and comfortable your child has become with their new friends at MacKillop College. It is also a relaxed way to get to know your child’s Pastoral Care teacher in an informal setting. After all, they will be your child’s school “parent” and will be your first point of contact in pastoral matters concerning your child, possibly for the next four years!
If you can spare some time, the parent morning teas will be held from 9.15a.m. to 10.00a.m. on the following dates:
Flinders – Monday, 20th February
Innes – Tuesday, 21st February
Macquarie – Thursday, 23rd February
Oxley – Friday, 24th February
Pastoral Care Team
We are very fortunate at MacKillop College to work side-by-side with a very caring, supportive staff and our Year 7 Pastoral Care team are a wonderful example of this. As our students go to PC every morning to begin their school day, the PC team play an integral role in supporting your children and setting them up for their best learning opportunities and success. PC becomes a family very quickly, and the students know that they can depend upon their PC teacher for support and guidance every day. They are always greeted with a friendly smile and know that they are always happy to help where they can.
It is important that you are aware of your child’s PC teacher and how best to contact them as they are your first point of contact with any pastoral issue, or if you have any questions about school life in general. Your child will ask you to sign their diaries every weekend so that you can see how they’ve been achieving at school in the previous week. You may also notice a note from your PC teacher regarding your son or daughter. Please feel free to write replies in the diary in return – the school diary is usually our first method of communication between parent and teacher, so it is vital that it is seen, read and signed every week. Of course, if there is an urgent matter or something lengthy that you would like to discuss, an email or a phone call to set up a meeting is also appropriate.
The amazing Year 7 Pastoral Care team for 2017 is as follows:
7 Flinders 1 Mr Daniel Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Flinders 2 Mrs Amber Ford email@example.com
and Mr Ben Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Flinders 3 Mr David McMahon email@example.com
7 Innes 1 Mr Dino Di Bona firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Innes 2 Mr Richard May email@example.com
7 Macquarie 1 Mr Scott Schumann firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Macquarie 2 Mrs Leonie Cutcliffe email@example.com
7 Oxley 1 Miss Madeline Dobson firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Oxley 2 Miss Brittany Skea email@example.com
Year 7 News
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Visual Arts News for Year 7.
An important note regarding Year 7 students and their 2017 book-packs. You would have noticed a black covered, spiral bound, blank paged book in your pack. This is a Visual Art Process Diary (VAPD), and will be used for your child’s Visual Arts class. As you may be aware, Art is now studied as a full year course, either in Year 7 or Year 8, depending on your child’s timetable. If your son or daughter does not have Visual Arts on their timetable in 2017, then can you please put the VAPD away somewhere safe, as it will be used in 2018, and will save you needing to replace it.
We look forward to another exciting and creative year in Visual Arts, and trust your child enjoys their experience in this subject.
Lincoln Beddoe Visual Arts Teacher.
Year 8 News
Welcome back everyone! Our school theme is “Justice” this year and our Year group’s theme is “We have much for which to be thankful - Gratitude”
It was great to see our SRC reps on Tuesday who helped settle our new students into school. Thanks once again to: Kashia McGrath, Jesse Hiatt, Hugh Robertson and Sienna Toohey.
Welcome to the following new students: Charlie Ashleigh-Dunn, Nicholas Awad, Max Collison, Reece Fretten, Alyssa Ishchenko, Talea Maslen and Lilian Roberts.
Here is the PC team for Year 8 this year, many new faces but very talented:
8 Flinders 1 Mrs Lisa Rossington + Mrs Penny Tejcek
8 Flinders 2 Mr David Pugh
8 Innes 1 Mr Jordan Norris
8 Innes 2 Mrs Kate Cowan ( to be replaced by Mrs Lea Ellison )
8 Macquarie 1 Ms Courtney Forrester
8 Macquarie 2 Mr Adam Rawcliffe
8 Oxley 1 Mrs Pauline Cain
8 Oxley 2 Ms Megan Hudson
8 Oxley 3 Mr Colin Coelho
Currently we are sitting on 224 enrolments out of a possible 225, so it's important that if you have any general queries you direct them to your child’s PC teacher and if it's anything else and quite substantial please make contact with me. Here are some important dates for your calendar correct at time of publication:
1. Term 1 Week 6 – Tuesday, 28th February, 7.30a.m. - 8.30a.m. BBQ breakfast for parents to meet PC teachers and brief technology discussion lead by Mr Jones.
2. Term 2 Week 2 – Friday, 5th May, School Photos.
3. Term 2 Week 9 – Tuesday, 20th June, Year 8 Retreat Day with Chris Doyle.
4. Term 3 Week 10 – Monday, 18th September to Wednesday 20th September Year 8 Camp to South West Rocks.
Visual Arts News Year 8.
Year 8 Visual Arts students who have misplaced their VAPD from last year’s book-pack will need to organise a new one for the start of this year’s classes please. You should look to find a 120-200pg, A4, spiral bound blank Art Diary. These are available from local art supplies stores and most stationary shops, spotlight, Big W etc.
We look forward to another exciting and creative year in Visual Arts, and trust your child enjoys their experience in this subject.
Lincoln Beddoe Visual Arts Teacher.
Looking forward to working with the students and their parents and teachers to form productive partnerships.
Have a great weekend.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
It was wonderful to welcome familiar, smiling faces in Year 9 to a new school year. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you and these students towards personal excellence in 2017. We also welcomed new students to our community: Talaya Abbott, James Cassidy and Hannah Marsden; we wish them and their families well during their transition to MacKillop College.
Pastoral Care Team
Our Year 9 PC team of compassionate and strong teachers are:
9 Flinders 1 – Mr David Sinclair
9 Flinders 2 – Mrs Ann Palmer
9 Innes 1 – Mrs Marg Gobius
9 Innes 2 – Mrs Kylie Ryan and Mrs Chantelle Seers (Thursdays)
9 Macquarie 1- Ms Nikki Gray
9 Macquarie 2 – Mr Brent Lowrey
9 Oxley 1 – Mr Trevor Erga and Mrs Johanna Pilgrim
9 Oxley 2 – Mr Ryan Adams
Every Pastoral Care teacher is a significant person in a student’s daily life at school and leads their group to:
establish SECURITY and help organise students
feel a sense of BELONGING
strengthen RELATIONSHIPS with others
embrace opportunities that ‘SPARK’ their INVOLVEMENT
so that every student can enjoy their learning experience at MacKillop College.
Therefore, your son or daughter’s PC teacher is the first point of contact for both students and parents to share and discuss any questions, concerns and achievements. A phone call or email to the PC teacher can assuage concerns from building into problems.
Communication between home and school is also made through the school diary. It is still expected that students use their school diary as a tool to organise learning and we require parents to also sight and sign the school diary each week to ‘check in’ with the workload and progress of your son and daughter. The student diary is also a convenient means to jot a ‘quick note’ to communicate with teachers when necessary. Every student and parent is required to agree to and sign the Acceptable Uses of Digital Technology Agreement page 23 in the diary by Monday,5th February.
Our school’s 2017 Theme is Justice and students will be required to develop their knowledge of, and support initiatives of social justice throughout the year.
In PC, Year 9 also has a specific theme to focus upon - GROWTH - a desire for every student as they step up to Stage 5 of their studies. Students will be challenged to reflect on their growth and engage in ‘lessons for life’ to assist their journey of personal growth and wellbeing in extended PC lessons every fortnight. Activities students have been involved in will be relayed in our school newsletter every week so that conversations concerning your son or daughter’s growth can be continued from school.
Dates for the diary
It will be another busy year which presents many exciting opportunities. Some important dates specific to Year 9 include:
Please feel welcome to contact me at the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a qualm, concern or information that will help us assist your son or daughter’s transition and personal growth in Year 9.
First day of Year 9
Thomas Osborne, Ryan Leahy, Moses Ruhl Savana Sumsky, Lilly Clarke, Emily Banks
and Biron Kipreotis and Sarah McLachlan
Year 9 News
Week 5 Thursday, 23rd February 7.30a.m. – 8.30a.m.
BBQ breakfast for parents to meet with PC teachers
Week 2 - Friday, 5th May
Week 3 - Tuesday, 9th May - Friday, 12th May NAPLAN Week 6 - Wednesday, 31st May Brainstorm Productions Week 6 - Thursday, 1st June REAL Talk & 9/10 Drama Performance
Week 9 - Wed, 21st June Year 9 Retreat Day with Chris Doyle
Week 3- Friday, 4th July
Year 9 Mass
Week 10 - Monday, 19th Septmber - Friday, 22nd September
Year 9 Canberra Excursion
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Welcome back everyone! I am really excited to be continuing on with such an enthusiastic group of students who are always up for a challenge.
Year 10: Awe and Inspiration – ‘How truly wonderful are God’s ways’
This is the theme Year 10 will be embracing this year. I am sure that this group will have no problems seeing the awe and inspiration in our environment, in the school community and in each other.
Some Year 10 students arrived a day earlier to welcome and assist Year 7 and new students. They did a fantastic job with huge smiles on their faces.
The rest of Year 10 started back on Wednesday and most arrived back at school with similar smiles. I am sure the ones that did not have beaming smiles and excitement to be back will be in the swing of things by next week.
It is an exciting year for Year 10 and an exciting term. There is a list of whole school events in the upcoming events section of this newsletter but below are some key dates for Year 10 this term.
16th February – Year 10 Information Night
20th – 23rd March – Year 10 Retreat
24th March – Year 10 Mass and Community Building Day
We have a very dedicated and enthusiastic group of Pastoral Care teachers who parents and students will be able to email or call on if they need assistance.
10 Flinders 1 Mrs Tracey Bewicke email@example.com
10 Flinders 2 Mr Peter Farrugia (Tue/Wed) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Michelle Marino (Mon/Thurs/Friday) email@example.com
10 Innes 1 Mrs Nichola Lutton firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Innes 2 Mr Rob Geaney email@example.com
10 Macquarie 1 Mrs Emma Daley firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Macquarie 2 Mr Daniel Blackman (Mon/Wed/Thurs/Friday) email@example.com
Mrs Michelle Marino (Tue) firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Oxley 1 Mrs Megan Verdon email@example.com
10 Oxley 2 Mrs Jenni Sewell firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also available if you need assistance.
Year 10 News
Monday, 13th February
Year 11 Information Night – parents and students - 6.00p.m.
Thursday, 16th February
Senior swimming carnival
The Year 11 Pastoral team this year consists of:
PC3 - Mr Daniel Watts
PC6 - Mrs Francesca Serafino
PC7 - Ms Anne Marie Stacey
PC9 - Mr Patrick Brynes
PC18 - Mr Stephen Harvey
PC19 - Mrs Nicole Bailey
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
On Tuesday we welcomed our new Year 11 students to the senior campus and enjoyed a great day getting to know one another. The Orientation went well with PC 19 scoring themselves a pizza lunch. It was great to see so many of the students getting involved in the activities and embracing the spirit of our College right from the start.
We spent some time reflecting on our theme for the Year – Justice. Specifically for Year 11 we take inspiration from our Patron Saint Mary MacKillop to “never see a need without doing something about it.” As a year group we look forward to embracing this theme and living out the words of our school prayer – to speak and act with Justice and kindness and to always treat others with respect.
As the weeks unfold Year 11 will continue to learn the ropes of the senior campus and with the guidance of our wonderful staff, they will be well-equipped to achieve their goals. The positive attitude that I witnessed this week justifies my excitement to work with this great group of young people. I am really looking forward to our year together.
Upcoming Dates for Year 11
Year 11 News
Year 12 News
Welcome back to Year 12 for an exciting but equally challenging year. Thanks to Mr Andrew Marsh who did such a great job nurturing and leading this cohort throughout 2016.
SRC and House Captains
All 13 members were here on Tuesday, 31st January to assist with the Year 11 Orientation Day. They provided great leadership, were able to give a student perspective to the “new” Year 11s and their efforts were greatly appreciated. Well done everyone and thank you for giving up your time.
I discussed this at the initial Year meeting. If students elect to wear the sports uniform on a Tuesday, it must be the correct one. This means black shorts with the SAPSS logo/purchased from Joprim only and the same with socks. Skirts are to be “to the knee” and boys' shirts are to be tucked in. Similarly all boys are expected to be clean shaven.
This will run Monday to Thursday from 3.15p.m. – 5.00p.m. in the senior Library, starting from Monday, 6th February, afternoon tea is provided. Students will need to ensure they have made travel/pick-up arrangements.
General Maths Tutorials 11 and 12
Starting 6th February maths help will be available in room 49 (junior site) from 7.45a.m. to 8.30a.m. on Monday mornings. This will provide a comfortable environment for students of all levels to come and ask questions, complete their own revision or work on their maths homework with a maths teacher present to help where needed.
For further information please contact Mrs Robertson on email@example.com
Isaac Lawrence and Brock Sherlock attended the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra over the summer break; by all accounts it was an extremely valuable experience. The boys were able to meet neuroscientists, chemical engineers, Nobel Prize recipient Brian Schmidt (2006, 2011) while also visiting the GeoAustralia lab. This experience has enabled the boys to rediscover their interest in science and also future career directions.
The NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program awards were received by Isabelle Poole, Dafydd Wall, Jorga Attard, Emma Bleasdale as part of their Duke of Edinburgh challenges.
Sara Thomas on receipt of the Bronze Award for the Duke of Edinburgh.
There are always lots of things happening in our College. The following are key ones, specific to Year 12.
Inaugural Mass - Wednesday, 8th February
University Roadshow Talk - Thursday, 9th February – Period 6.
Senior swimming carnival, Thursday, 16th February. This is a compulsory day (Dr Certificate needed if absent) and is one of the fun/highlights of the year.
Year 12 Student and Family Breakfast, Tuesday, 21st February from about 8.00a.m. – 8.55a.m. Students and parents are invited to attend along with Year 12 teachers to enjoy some egg and bacon rolls plus tea and coffee in a relaxed social setting.
The Year 12 Pastoral teams this year is:
PC2 - Mrs Kelly Higham
PC4 - Mrs Lisa Kable
PC13 - Mrs Katrina Hayes
PC15 - Mr Phil Magick
PC17 - Mrs Lisa Wilton
PC21 - Mr Lincoln Beddoe
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In addition to the above service, all Year 12 students will receive an email at the end of most weeks from me regarding careers information. If you would prefer to log into the mhscareers site and view the newsletters the Login is: mkscport and the Password is: wdc2x
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
Welcome to 2017.
Welcome back to Sport at MacKillop College for 2017. I look forward to co-ordinating sport again this year and acknowledging the many great sporting achievements of our students throughout the year. If your child has a particular interest in a sport and you wish to know more about this sport please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.
Please refer to the newsletter each week for the most up to date information regarding sport. Your child will receive information via the morning notices regarding how to sign up for representative sports, training schedules and excursion information.
Families are reminded that if your child is not able to participate in sport due to injury or illness a note is required. If the condition is ongoing documentation from a doctor or physio is required.
House spirit is an important value at the College. We kick off early with the swimming carnivals in week 4. Our houses for 2017 will be led by the following teachers and students.
Welcome to Lianna Gee, our sport trainee for 2017. Lianna is a talented basketball player and will be assisting staff and students in both school sport and representative sport for 2017.
Year 7 students will participate in their sport double once a week. For week 3 students need to come to school in their sport uniform when their timetable indicates a double sport lesson.
From week 4 onwards students will need to bring to school with them their swimmers, towel, rash shirt and hat to participate in the Swim and Survive Course at Wauchope pool.
Students received a permission note during Pastoral Care this week for the Swim and Survive Course – this note needs to be returned to your child’s sport teacher by the end of week 3.
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 1
Friday – Day 5
Monday – Day 6
Friday – Day 10
Port Macquarie Pool
TOUCH FOOTBALL (JUNIOR OVAL)
Year 9 and 10
Year 9 students have been placed in their chosen elective sport based on the selection that they made last year. Changes to sports at this stage will only occur in the case of extenuating circumstances.
Reminder that students in Year 10 wanting to walk home directly from sport require parental permission – this note will need to be given to the teacher on that sport. If this arrangement is for the entire term please indicate this clearly on the letter. Student’s yet to return their permission note will not be permitted to participate in ANY sport until their note is returned to Mrs Denham.
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.
Students are reminded that there is a wide range of representative sport opportunities to be involved in at MacKillop College. We have a very proud tradition within the sporting arena at a local, Diocesan and State level. It is a privilege to represent the school and with this comes student responsibilities. Should a student not attend training or has had behavioural concerns in class or is not completing school work, that student may have their sport privilege taken away.
Sign-up sheets are placed at the Sports noticeboard; trials are then run for each sport. Updates for representative sport occur regularly through morning notices, the newsletter and the Sports noticeboard.
Families and students are reminded that when your child represents MacKillop College they are to adhere to the code of conduct, wear the full sports uniform and return their permission note by the due date. Failure to do so may jeopardise your child’s position in the team.
John Cocciola is the Diocesan Sport Co-ordinator. Please do not contact John directly unless he has requested that you contact him; all enquiries regarding Diocesan events should be made through me first.
NSW CCC Representative Sports Pathway
In late 2016, six of our students were recognised for their sporting achievements by the NSW CCC Catholic Sports Co-ordinating Committee. The students will be presented with their certificates at the next College assembly. These talented young sportsmen and women are to be congratulated on being recognised across all of NSW for their sporting abilities.
Bradley Paterson – NSW All Schools representative hockey
Joshua Dowrick – NSW All Schools representative hockey
Lleyton Wall – NSW All Schools representative triathlon
Lucie Williams – NSW All Schools representative diving
Annika Toohey – NSW All Schools representative hockey
NSW CCC Blue Award
Congratulations to Thomas Berryman who will be presented next week in Sydney with the prestigious NSW CCC Blue Award. This is the highest accolade that an athlete can receive through the NSW CCC sporting pathway. Tom is such a deserved recipient of this award and it recognises his outstanding swimming ability, extraordinary fitness and his unwavering dedication to his sport.
The criteria to receive this award is:
A maximum of two male and two female NSWCCC Blue/Bar Award can be presented in each sport.
Individual Medallist at NSWCCC Championships
Individual Medallist at NSW All Schools Championships
Individual Medallist at School Sport Australia Championships
Bodyboarding or surfing ay Flynns Beach. Students must have Surf Survival Certificate or equivalent to participate. Hand to Mrs Denham.
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.
CCC Blue Award Presentation - Manly
Junior Swimming Carnival
Senior Swimming Carnival
Closing date for winter sports trials
All Schools Triathlon individuals - Penrith
22nd & 23rd February
Diocesan Secondary Swimming Carnival - Lismore
CCC Tennis selections - Parramatta
Star AFL players “swan” into MacKillop College
MacKillop College students will be fortunate to participate in an AFL clinic run by the Sydney Swans during period one on Tuesday 7th February in some PDHPE classes. If you are a fan of AFL make sure you don’t miss Sydney Swans Super Clinic (details below).
What: Sydney Swans Superclinic
When: Monday, 6th February – 4.00p.m. – 5.30p.m.
Where: Wayne Richards Oval (Koala Street)
No need to register, just come on down! If you would like more information, contact Scott Dalton on 0401 487 480
I look forward to providing students with a positive sporting experience at MacKillop College and to acknowledge and embrace the sporting achievements of our individual athletes and teams. If your child excels in a sport at a community level please email this information through to myself and the relevant Pastoral Co-ordinator to be published in the newsletter.
Leader of Sport
“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
New Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule!
A new Ensemble rehearsal schedule has been created this year that includes a number of changes. Please take note of rehearsal times outlined below and inform Mr Denham as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.
· Senior Stage Band - Theatre, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Praise Band & Senior Vocal Ensemble - Theatre, Lunchtime (when required)
· 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 Josephs Regional College, 4.00p.m. – 5.00p.m.
· Junior Vocal Ensemble - Theatre, 8.00a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Concert Band & Junior Percussion Ensemble - J16 Music Room and Band Room, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Little Big Band - J14 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
This updated schedule can be found on the school website and will be posted on the music noticeboard outside the Co-curricular Music Office.
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.
Music Tuition Program
Any aspiring music students of today often find “DIY” musical instrument teaching resources through online courses, apps and youtube courses. Whilst such technology is a good aid for learning, research states that the best way to learn a musical instrument is through individual tuition from an expert teacher. Furthermore, the Stage 6 Music curriculum requires students to perform for assessment on an instrument of their choice. It is therefore necessary for schools with an interest in music excellence to provide opportunities for students to learn an instrument. As part of the MacKillop College Co-curricular Music Program students are provided with the opportunity to arrange private instrumental tuition directly with tutors at their homes or studios or at school in breaks or during class time.
Students wishing to join the Music Tuition program are required to contact the Co-curricular Music Co-ordinator by email providing the following information:
Parent and student contact details;
The instrument that you would like to learn ;
The preferred lesson time e.g before school, during class time or after school .
The Co-curricular Music Co-ordinator will then contact a suitable tutor on your behalf to check availability. The tutor will then call you directly to confirm and arrange a suitable lesson time.
Instrumental rental is available at MacKillop College for students involved in the Co-Curricular Music Program. A wide range of band instruments are available for hire including trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, violin, cello and guitar. The cost for instrument hire is $70 a term. These fees are invoiced to subject and elective accounts each term. As these fees are considered ‘extra-curricular’ this amount must be paid by week 5 of each term and must not at any time run into arrears. The College will be responsible for minor repairs. Accessories such as reeds, valve oil and strings will be the student’s responsibility.
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-curricular 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 3
· Senior Stage Band - Theatre, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Praise Band & Senior Vocal Ensemble (2016) - Theatre, Lunchtime
· Percussion Ensemble – J16 Music Room, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
· Choir – Theatre, Lunchtime
· Concert Band –J16 Music Room, 7.45a.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
• Wednesday, 8th February, 9.00a.m. College Hall, Praise Band & Senior Vocal Ensemble (2016)
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
• Wednesday, 22nd February, 9.00a.m. College Hall, Senior Stage Band
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
• Wednesday, 8th March, 9.00a.m. College Hall, Big Band
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
Thank you to the new volunteers for 2017. I will be in touch with you before your rostered day.
Belinda Fisher, Lyn Gallagher and Raelene Wagner
Joan Mutton, Robyn Hunt and Belinda Rodger
Lorraine Cornell, MorrinBailey and Kylie Vataladis
Jo Sexton and Kristine Fallon
Deb Nelson, Jackie Jovanic and Kelly Mooney
Junior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.20p.m.- 4.00p.m.
Senior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.15p.m.- 5.00p.m.
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.
SECOND HAND UNIFORMS
Both junior and senior campuses have second hand
uniforms for sale.
Year 7 to 10 uniforms can be purchased from the canteen on the junior campus between 8.30a.m. and 1.00p.m.
The junior campus also has a minimal amount of senior uniforms.
Years 11 and 12 uniforms can be purchased from the senior student office
between 8.00a.m. and 3.45p.m.
Interested in playing Rugby Union in 2017? Then why not join the Mid North Coast’s most successful rugby club.
During the 2017 season The Port Macquarie Pirates Rugby Club will be fielding U14, U16 & U18 sides in the MNC competition. A registration afternoon will take place at the Stuart Park clubhouse on Thursday, February 23 between 5pm and 6:30pm.
For more information contact: Ian wall on 0432405113 or Peter Gerathy (President) on 0421213435.
Jack Page in Year 7, has initiated an idea to give his gear (football) a second life. After searching and then with talks with International Football Exchange who are based in Sydney Jack and his parents will now be the area coordinators to assist International Football Exchange who is a non-for profit organisation donating new and used football clothing and equipment to the underprivileged of the world. International Football Exchange have now donated over 6400 items of football gear to their beneficiaries around the world! ✔ 'Give your gear a second life'.
You can donate used or new - boots, balls, uniforms, tracksuits, shin guards, socks etc (any football code). Please donate goods in a cleaned usable state as they will be shipped overseas. The next shipment will be going to East Africa for various organisations in Kenya and Uganda.
THANKYOU in advance for supporting this initiative which will help change the lives of the underprivileged through football!
If you are wishing to donate please drop off your items to Kylie Smith on the senior campus office or alternatively , Kylie can provide a phone for you and then will collect.