Sunday 19th February 7th Sunday in Ordinary time
Monday 20th February Day 1 World Day of Social Justice
Year 7 Flinders parents morning tea in the Junior Libary from 9.00a.m. to 9.45a.m.
SAPSS Parents Consultative Committee meeting in the Corinth room from 5.30p.m. to 6.30p.m.
Tuesday 21st February Day 2 Year 12 Parent breakfast will be held outside the senior cafe from 8.00a.m. to 8.55a.m.
Year 7 Innes parents morning tea in the Junior Library from 9.00a.m. to 9.45a.m.
Year 9 Textiles excursion to Spotlight
Wednesday 22nd February Day 3 Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Gregory Homeming OCD in St Carthage's Cathedral Lismore
Year 7 Digitial Citizenship in the Theatre from 2.00p.m. to 3.15p.m.
All Schools Triathlon - Individuals in Penrith
Thursday 23rd February Day 4 Year 9 parents BBQ breakfast in the Theatre from 7.30a.m. to 8.30a.m.
Year 7 Macquarie parents morning tea in the Junior Library from 9.00a.m. to 9.45a.m.
All Schools Triathlon - Teams in Penrith
Friday 24th February Day 5 Year 7 Oxley parents morning tea in the Junior Library from 9.00a.m. to 9.45a.m.
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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 8.30.a.m. in the Theatre
Wednesday 1st March Day 8 Ash Wednesday
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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MACKILLOP COLLEGE PRAYER
In the early part of the year it is always a good idea to reflect on the words of our school prayer. The words of the prayer are guidelines for our community and the prayer is foundational to all that we do at MacKillop College. The ritual at the end of each assembly is to pray together and commit to these core values as we journey through the school year as a community together.
Father, God of truth, knowledge and love, you have created us in your image.
We are your hands who mould and fashion your creation.
Guide us to speak and act with justice and kindness and to treat others with respect.
Help us to live in harmony with each other,
as we work in partnership with our parents, teachers and friends.
May this school be a place where we have the opportunity to grow in faith and appreciate the splendour of your creation, by caring for our school and our environment.
Keep us faithful in our friendships, forgiving in our disappointments.
Let no one be less good, less true, less kind for having been part of our school community.
Help us learn the value of work, discipline and striving for excellence,
and may the lessons of our school days prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow.
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
For parents I’d like to highlight the idea of ‘Partnership’. Your child’s education is a partnership with the school and you play a very important part. I encourage you to be involved in as much as you can at the College. I was encouraged by the parents who attended the Year 10 and 11 Information nights this week.
Over the next few weeks we have an opportunity for all parents to attend an event at the College at the various year group gatherings.
Some other ways to help make the partnership more effective are:
Diary – please sign it each week and assist your son/daughter in their planning and organisation. In Year 11 and 12 we expect students to be responsible for their own study and diary but it is a good idea to have regular conversations at home about the pattern of study, to ensure that it is consistent and productive.
Newsletter – emailed every Friday. Please read it and keep up to date.
Participating in the upcoming year specific activities which are advertised in the respective year group sections of this newsletter.
Canteen and senior café support – this is a great way to meet other parents and it is a great service for our students (one day a month would be wonderful).
Attending social activities organised by the MacKillop College Parent Social group.
Contact your son’s/daughter’s teacher whenever you have a concern. Problems are best addressed as soon as they arise.
Two key sentences for students:
Firstly: ‘Guide us to speak and act with justice and kindness and to treat others with respect’.
In our actions and words we need to treat each other with justice and respect – our number one rule is respect. We all must think before we act; we should ask ourselves, “Am I being respectful?’’. If in doubt then we should change our actions and review our words.
Secondly: ‘Help us to learn the value of work, discipline and striving for excellence’.
Yes there is hard work in high school…. you'll have to get used to that and it certainly pays dividends.
Discipline – we have quite simple rules and by following them you won’t need to worry about some ugly things called: ‘lunch detention, afternoon detention and Saturday detention’.
“Summa Tentabo”, Strive for excellence – you should always try your best. God has blessed us all with many talents and qualities; we should all make use of these talents to ensure that we reach our full potential.
Make 2017 your best year yet!
I look forward to working with parents and students in the year ahead.
SWIMMING CARNIVAL SUCCESS
Sincere congratulations and thank you to all staff and students on their exemplary co-operation and teamwork in order to ensure two successful swimming carnivals this week.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s carnivals were a result of astute planning by the Leader of Sport, Mrs Erin Denham. Erin started planning before the school term commenced and I am indebted to her for her professionalism and great organisation. Our sport trainee for 2017 is Lianna Gee and her assistance with preparations, planning and on the day was invaluable, thank you Lianna.
Staff were on their feet all day and working hard to ensure students had a great day. Staff were pleased with the behavior and participation of the students, and many commented on the obvious community spirit displayed and the positive environment at each of the carnivals. A wonderful success story.
MRS KATE COWAN
Mrs Kate Cowan commences maternity leave on Monday and I sincerely wish her all the very best and prayer for the safe arrival of her second child. We welcome Mrs Lea Ellison who will be taking Kate’s classes until the end of Term 3.
MACKILLOP COLLEGE PARENT GATHERING
In 2016 MacKillop College established a Parent Social Group (MCPSG). This wonderful and positive group of parents have been meeting regularly and working towards the 2017 inaugural event. In this newsletter you will find a flyer which invites all parents to this event on 17th March at 7.00p.m. at Blue Water Bar and Restaurant.
It is very beneficial for parents to make connections with each other so they can share their wisdom and the joys of being a parent of a teenager. I encourage parents to attend and stay tuned to all the other activities which will be planned to assist parents in their journey together as parents of students at MacKillop College.
"May the Spirit of the Lord be with you"
YEAR 12 PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT INTERVIEWS
Parents of Year 12 students are asked to book interviews for Monday, 27th February. As per all interviews we encourage your child to also attend the evening. These interviews are one part of the very important process of our students gaining the most from their schooling.
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 on Friday, 24th February at 11.00a.m.
Assistant Principal - Curriculum and Administration
Assistant Principal's Report - Curriculum and Administration
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
‘To create authentic, courageous, faith filled young people…’ are the opening words of MacKillop College’s vision statement. These are some of the attributes we want to engender in each young person who shares part of their education journey with us.
To be authentic is to be genuine or real; to know and understand who you are, what you stand for and to own your thoughts and actions. Being an authentic person can be difficult at any age because the desire to fit in or the desire to be different and stand out often overrides being our true selves.
This week’s advice from Letter to my Teenage Self comes from the Australian Rules footballer and Brownlow Medal winner, Chris Judd.
[Here] is something I have picked up since I was sitting in your shoes that may be helpful in your journey from boy to man. … kids are terrified of being different from everyone else. It is tragic to see a kid pretend to be someone they’re not purely to fit in, the same can be said for people who pretend to be something they’re not purely to be different. Being different or common are neither good nor bad character traits: being authentic is what matters. Doing things you are passionate about while spending time with people you like, find interesting and trust, and treat you how you want to be treated is the best way to go.
Whether you are moving from boy to man or girl to woman searching for the values, beliefs and morals which will guide your choices and decisions in life is part of that journey. Parents, family and school can all work together in assisting young people to find the core of who they want to be and encourage them to then be authentic; to be real and genuine in using these values, beliefs and morals throughout their lives.
Assistant Principal's Report - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
Earlier this week Year 11 and 12 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). Please remember that hand-in tasks are due before 8.55a.m. on the nominated date. 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
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Leader of Evangelisation
Last week we celebrated the beginning of the new school year with our Inaugural Mass. Our leaders for 2017 were presented with their badges and also pledged to do their very best in these important roles. Fr Peter shared some words of wisdom with us in his homily, reminding us of the importance of being people of justice in all we do. As always, our celebration was made extra special by the skills and talents of our musicians. They added energy and a sense of joy, as well as providing some more quiet music to allow us all to reflect and pray about the year ahead. Thank you to all those staff and students who helped to make this celebration such a fitting start to 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to the many families who have returned their verification forms. Those who have not are asked to do so by Monday, 20th February please. If your child did not bring home their verification form, please contact the College office and a new one will be printed and given to your child.
Already a number of items have appeared in the office – none of which have names. Please ensure ALL items of property are clearly labelled so that they can be returned to your child promptly.
There has recently been a report of head lice. The constant recurrence of head lice and treatment can be a very frustrating and expensive experience for families and your assistance is sought in an effort to STOP THE CYCLE. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of the infested individual. Head lice are rarely transferred through clothing, hats, furniture or bedding.
Please take time over the weekend to check your child’s hair – be diligent with your checking and treatment if lice or nits (eggs) are detected. It is extremely important to make sure that ALL eggs are removed. If we work together we can eliminate this problem quickly and stop the re-infestation. Please seek advice from your chemist in relation to products for treatment.
PARENT MORNING TEAS
Please note that due to a change in venue, it was necessary to change the previously advertised meeting place and time for our parent morning teas, however, the dates remain the same. The letter sent home to parents last week and the RSVP notification on Skoolbag are both correct.
The details are as follows: parents are asked to meet Mrs McKell in the Junior Library at 9.00a.m.
7 Flinders 1, 2 and 3 Monday, 20th February
7 Innes 1 and 2 Tuesday, 21st February
7 Macquarie 1 and 2 Thursday, 23rd February
7 Oxley 1 and 2 Friday, 24th February
Thank you to those parents who have replied to our invitation already and for completing our brief survey. The students are really looking forward to sharing this opportunity with you. Please come along and meet your child’s Pastoral Care teacher and have a chat with some of your fellow parents! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
The MacKillop College Skoolbag App is a free application for parents to readily access important information regarding upcoming events and activities. The details on how to install this application were sent home last week. If you have your ‘push notifications’ set up, you should not miss out on valuable information.
If you need any assistance with this App, please contact Liz White on 6583 2632 or by email on
Students have undertaken a survey this week aimed at gathering information on how they use digital technology. This information will form the basis of a presentation by Secondary Education Officer, Mr Timothy Kelly from the Catholic Schools Office. Mr Kelly will speak with the students regarding safe practices online and how to manage their digital citizenship both at school and at home.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 7 News
Year 8 News
Another exceptionally busy week completed and the standout was the swimming carnival. A huge thank you to Mrs Denham for all her organisation and efforts to make it run smoothly and be successful. Issues had been minimal on the day and students are to be congratulated on their general behaviour and participation.
Parents of Year 8 will be receiving an email from their child’s Pastoral Care teacher welcoming them and providing a form of communication that will encourage and build a partnership that will benefit all parties. Once again don’t forget our Year 8 breakfast and technology chat on Tuesday, 28th February starting at 7.30a.m. and finishing at 8.30a.m; this will take place near and around the school theatre.
Have a great weekend.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
This week students were required to revisit and re-sign the Conditions of Enrolment (presented on a blue insert sheet in the plastic sleeve in their diary) which parents signed on their behalf when interviewed in 2014. The purpose was to renew their commitment and own their responsibility as members of our learning community.
YEAR 9 BBQ BREAKFAST
All parents and grandparents are welcome to meet and greet your son or daughter’s PC teacher at our Year 9 BBQ breakfast on 23rd February from 7.30a.m.- 8.30a.m.
Parents will meet in the junior Theatre and be briefed by Tracy Knight, our school counsellor, about her role and availability, and Mr Adam Kelly, our Assistant Principal of Curriculum, about the implications of 2017 NAPLAN changes. This briefing will be followed by a breakfast snack and catch-up with relevant Pastoral Care teachers.
Please read the note sent home with each Year 9 student this week and RSVP by Monday, 20th February, according to instructions, for catering purposes.
Year 9 were proudly dressed in house colours and exuding house spirit at our swimming carnival; a great day was made even more enjoyable by their enthusiasm and participation at the pool!
As Innes House leader it was my privilege to witness the ‘amazingness’, support and strength of house spirit resonating amongst our Innes members. Most praiseworthy was the leadership spearheaded by their fearless leader Mitchell Evans who was well-supported by our Year 10 and embraced by Innes Pastoral Care groups in all years. The junior blue cohort really stepped up to participate and compete most admirably in every swimming event. The winning result was truly deserved because of the team effort throughout the entire day. Congratulations Innes!
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 9 News
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 News
Congratulations to Liam Johnson, Caleb McCormick, Tyrone Gaffney Allan, Jack Leis and Kelly Retallack-Williams who have all been selected in a Mid North Coast Rugby Union side (MNC Axemen) to tour New Zealand in the April school holidays.
The boys will be playing some local sides around the North Island, maybe watch a Super 15s game in Auckland and have a fair bit of non-rugby fun as a group.
Year 10 Retreat
This is an excellent opportunity for Year 10 to learn about themselves as well as about the year group as a whole.
It is fast approaching and in the coming weeks students will receive information letters to inform them of the process. During the coming weeks groups and venues will also be allocated.
Year 10 Events
20th - 23rd March - Retreat
24th March - Mass and community building day
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
YEAR 11 INFORMATION NIGHT
Thank you to the parents and students who came along to the Year 11 information night. It was a very informative session run by Mr Adam Kelly. It is imperative that both students and parents are fully aware of the policies and procedures around assessment task and student illness, misadventure or absence. Being fully informed will ensure that all students have the best chance of success and will reduce the risk of students having penalties placed on their work. Mrs Jennifer Campbell explained the essence of our Pastoral Care system and introduced parents to the PC team that will help to guide and nurture the Year 11 students through their senior years.
SENIOR SWIMMING CARNIVAL
It was wonderful to see Year 11 involved in the carnival on Wednesday. A fantastic day was had by all, with the combination of competitive events and fun events providing something for everyone.
“Never see a need without doing something about it” – Mary MacKillop
A special thanks to those Year 11 students who are already living out our theme for this year. I have been overwhelmed by the care and support that students continue to show to each other and to myself; I thank them for helping to make our College a lovely place to work.
Congratulations to Ethan White who spent most of his summer holidays competing in sailing regattas. Ethan competed at the Laser Nationals event in Adelaide as well as the U18 Nationals Event in Melbourne. He performed extremely well and is now on track with his training with a peer from Sydney in their bid to make the Australian Youth team.
Year 11 News
Monday, 6th March
Your Choicez Seminar – Year 11 students
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 12 News
Congratulations Zane Wilson – a life changing experience
The following is an extract from Zane’s experience:
In January 2017 I set out on an adventure to Yanuya Island, an island located west of Fiji amongst the Mamamanuca Island group. Whilst staying on the island with my host family, I volunteered in the local primary school, where kids travel by boat from nearby islands to attend their classes. I was given a Year 8 class to teach them geography as they were low on staff at the time. I also spent time teaching them how to play cricket and assisting with the school administration and library. Whilst living on the island and working in the school I was able to make friends quickly and my spare time was taken up by going to the beach with the kids and attempting to climb coconut trees, as well as basic house chores such as collecting water from the local water tank. I also spent a lot of time exploring the island and meeting locals throughout the village.
This experience as a whole has significantly impacted how I view the world and has especially opened up a new perspective on how lucky we are to live in Port Macquarie with such an abundance of resources. This trip has also taught me a very valuable lesson on how happiness can be truly achieved through an extremely basic lifestyle, which I hope you can see within this film I have created from the entire experience.
Yanuya - Fiji 2017 Film
The SRC in 2017 has been divided into four focus groups, these are Wellbeing, Cultural, Sport and Social Justice. We will endeavour to conduct a number of activities throughout the year that the whole College can be involved in based on each of these groups.
On Tuesday the College SRC held their first event for the year – Valentine's Day.
The Wellbeing group decided to meet and greet every member of MacKillop College with a heart-shaped lollipop and wished each and every one a lovely day. The smiles on the faces of the students as they arrived at school was enough to suggest that this was a great success. We look forward to involving everyone in our next activity later this term.
Andrea Huxley / Michael Kelly
Leaders of Student Representative Council
Careers and University Transition News
2017 Family and Community Services High School Scholarships
This is an exciting opportunity for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to access scholarships of up to $1000 to assist them with their education and training.
Students can use the funds to purchase items like course materials and equipment, or to pay for excursions or tutoring, so they don’t miss out on educational opportunities. Scholarships are open to those receiving housing assistance from Family and Community Services, community housing providers or Aboriginal housing.
Applications close at 7.00p.m. Friday, 24th February. The link to the online application form and copies of the promotional package can be found by visiting:
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
MacKillop College use the “Skoolbag” App as a way of communicating with parents as to event information. If you already have the Skoolbag App you may need to amend your push notification settings to reflect that your child has moved to the next year ie your child may have been in Year 8 last year so the push notifications should be amended to reflect that they are in Year 9 this year.
If you do not have the Skoolbag App please find below information as to the best way to download/install the App.
If you have any problems using the Skoolbag App please do not hesitate to contact me on 65832632 or by email.
Administrative Assistant, Pastoral Care
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
Port Macquarie Pool
Year 7 students will commence swimming as of week 4. 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.
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.
Bodyboarding or surfing ay Flynns Beach. Students must have Surf Survival Certificate or equivalent to participate. Hand to Mrs Denham.
Junior boys 1
Junior boys 2
Junior girls 1
Intermediate boys 1
Intermediate boys 2
Intermediate boys 3 ( mixed )
Intermediate girls 1
Senior boys 1
All Schools Triathlon individuals - Penrith
22nd & 23rd February
Open boys and girls AFL
Diocesan Secondary Swimming Carnival - Lismore
CCC Tennis selections - Parramatta
Leader of Sport
All Schools triathlon Teams event 2017 - 22nd/23rd February - Penrith Regatta Centre.
Please find below the list of teams competing at the triathlon next week in Penrith. It is expected that students arrive at the venue by 6.45a.m. on 23rd Thursday in sports uniform but are able to race in their own specific gear.
A reminder to parents that our team will meet on Wednesday at 6.00p.m. at Panthers services club outdoor area for dinner at 7.00p.m. at the Pasta Place (this will allow those travelling to make it). Please RSVP for dinner to me by Tuesday, 21st February.
Any concerns please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 0417222418.
“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
Thank you and well done to the Senior Vocalists and MacKillop College Praise Band who provided the music to our College Inaugural Mass on Wednesday. The contribution of this group to this celebration was invaluable and lifted the spirits of all present. I would also like to acknowledge the support that Mr Chris Clark provided in playing piano and setting up sound equipment, and our new Creative Arts trainee Liam Coelho for his assistance setting up equipment and preparing the students for mass.
Kaitlyn Murtagh, Ester Abraham,
Georgia Zavone, Daniel Chapman and
the MacKillop College Praise Band
SENIOR VOCAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
During weeks 3 and 4 Ian Castle has been running auditions for the Senior Vocal Ensemble. The results from these auditions will be finalised over the coming days. Successful students will be notified via email or in person and will be required to attend rehearsals starting Wednesday 22nd March in the Junior Theatre from 8.00a.m. to 8.45a.m. Good luck to all those who have auditioned.
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
Many 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-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 5
· 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 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, 22nd February, 9.00a.m. College Hall, Senior Stage Band
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 email@example.com
ONSTAGE AND CALLBACK EXCURSION
On Friday, 10th February Year 11 and 12 Dance students and Drama students from Years 9 to 12 travelled to Sydney to attend Onstage and Callback performances.
Callback 2016 showcases outstanding Dance works performed by some of last year’s high achieving HSC Dance students across NSW. The students also participated in a three hour workshop organised by The Arts Units, where students engaged with other like-minded Dance students in the areas of performance and composition. The students came away feeling inspired and were very appreciative to be given such a wonderful opportunity!
OnStage is a showcase performance and exhibition of a selection of outstanding Individual Projects and Group Performances by 2016 HSC Drama students. The performance and exhibition were held at the Seymour Theatre, Sydney and although students had to depart Port Macquarie at 3.00a.m. there were no complaints as they were thoroughly engaged by the work of these talented past HSC students. The wonderful behaviour and enthusiastic attitude of all students were impressive and it made for a fantastic excursion which will certainly inspire our students with their future Drama work!
Pauline Cain, Jennifer Campbell, Donna Magnussen and Jo Stuart
Creative Arts News
Leader of Creative Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.20p.m.- 4.00p.m.
Senior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.15p.m.- 5.00p.m.
STUDENTS WHO WISH TO ORDER LUNCH FROM THE CANTEEN AND ARE UNSURE WHAT TO DO;
LUNCH ORDERS CAN BE WRITTEN OUT AT HOME OR AT THE CANTEEN.
BAGS ARE PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE, ORDERS ARE HANDED IN AND CHECKED.
LUNCHES ARE THEN COLLECTED AT LUNCHTIME (SECOND LUNCH) FROM THE CANTEEN.
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.
Megan Tregier, Kylie Abbott and Christine Brumby
Vanessa Wilson, Joan Mutton and Lindell Bailey
Verena Grandy and Kaylene Monckton
Jason Garland, Melinda Mitchell and Lynda Highlands
Uta Lockwood, Robyn Hunt HELP PLEASE
Parents' Group News
Mid North Coast Sixers Girls Cricket League starts in February 2017 Matches to be played at two locations on the 19th (Verge St Oval Kempsey) and 26th (Recreation Oval Taree) February 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. To join visit Playcricket.com.au click on where can I play and type in Mid North Coast Girls Cricket Club to register
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.
Positive Partnerships and Autism Spectrum Australia are offering a free one day workshop for parents and carers on Wednesday, 22nd February from 9.15a.m. – 3.00p.m. A brochure is available in the College office. For more information call 1300881971 or email email@example.com
Charles Sturt University is looking for empty rooms or rental accommodation for their students. Please contact Kristy on 65829338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Miedecke Motors is presenting a Wheels Workshop to teach people about changing tyres, correct tyre pressure and starting your car with a flat battery. The workshop will be held on Thursday, 16th March from 6.30p.m. Places are limited. Free gift is given to all attendees. Please register in the senior office.
Westport Tennis Club have a six week singles or doubles competition commencing on Wednesdays at 4.00p.m. or Saturdays at 10.30a.m. Cost is $40 for the full six weeks or $7 per week. Please contact Mark on 0412834336 for more information.
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, 23rd February between 5.00p.m. and 6.30p.m.For more information contact Ian wall on 0432405113 or Peter Gerathy (President) on 0421213435.
Disabled Surfing Assosciation (DSA) The next event for DSA will be held at Flynns beach this Saturday 18/2/17. Sign on is between 8.30a.m. - 9.00a.m. with surfing to commence shortly after. Complimentary BBQ as normal to follow, with award ceremony.