Sunday 19th February 7th Sunday in Ordinary time
Monday 20th February Day 1 Year 7 Flinders parents morning tea in the Theatre from 9.15a.m. to 10.00a.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 Theatre from 9.15a.m. to 10.00a.m.
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 Theatre from 9.15a.m. to 10.00a.m.
All Schools Triathlon - Teams in Penrith
Friday 24th February Day 5 Year 7 Oxley parents morning tea in the Theatre from 9.15a.m. to 10.00a.m.
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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
National Apology Day
Tuesday 14th February Day 7 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.
Senior swimming carnival
Parish Volunteer Mass from 5.15p.m.
Soloman Islands parent information evening in the Theatre from 5.30p.m. to 6.30p.m.
Thursday 16th February Day 9 Year 10 Information Night from 6.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre
Regional Parent Assembly meeting in the Staff lunch room on the senior campus from 6.00p.m. to 8.00p.m.
Friday 17th February Day 10
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STUDENT LEADERSHIP - STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
MacKillop College is a partnership between staff, parents, students, parish and the community.
Student input into formal decision-making is integral to our mutual success. A formal and structured Student Leadership Council will provide a forum for students to express their views and to have them heard.
To provide a formal and recognised process to effectively and fairly gather and express students’ opinions, suggestions and recommendations regarding relevant school issues and in doing so:
enhance co-operation within the school and encourage school spirit;
have student representation actively working with their peers so that the thoughts and ideas they bring to council reflect the student body rather than their personal
follow up ideas to implement suggested and agreed to actions.
create a more enjoyable atmosphere at school; and
provide responsible leadership of the student body.
Attend fortnightly SRC meetings.
Report back at Assembly, Year/House group meetings.
Publicise all minutes to staff and students on the back of College morning notices and the SRC noticeboard.
When occasion arises Captains, Vice Captains and/or student leaders will report, liaise and discuss issues that need to be addressed with the Principal, College Leadership Team and staff.
Write articles in the College newsletter in order to keep students and parents up-to-date with SRC activities.
Organise social and fundraising activities within the school and attend and participate in these functions.
Assist with the induction of Year 7 and new students into their Year/House group.
Be role models for the rest of the school with respect to behaviour, dress and courtesy by adhering to all school rules.
Be available to attend all functions both within and outside of school hours e.g. Anzac Day, Parish morning tea, parent evenings, open and display nights.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP 2017
Jorga Attard Caleb Gallagher
Chloe Boller Charles Finnerty
YEAR 12 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Sophie Bailey Kiara Bishop Lachlan Kirkland Thomas Schumann Brock Sherlock
YEAR 12 HOUSE CAPTAINS
FLINDERS Isaac Lawrence
INNES Emma Bleasdale
MACQUARIE Jade Horton
OXLEY Samuel Magennis
YEAR 11 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Isobel Berryman Thomas Berryman Harry Hiatt Esther Ting
YEAR 10 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Georgia Marino Isaac Post Kyden Power-O-Toole Annika Toohey
YEAR 10 HOUSE CAPTAINS
FLINDERS Ellie Richards
INNES Mitchell Evans
MACQUARIE Patrick Barltrop
OXLEY Sam Nunan
YEAR 9 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
TJ Avery Benjamin Brennan Lily Burgmann Daniel Ward
YEAR 8 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Jess Hiatt Kashia McGrath Hugh Robertson Sienna Toohey
I sincerely congratulate these students and wish them success in their role this year. I was fortunate enough to share in their Leadership camp last weekend and was extremely impressed with their enthusiasm and sense of school spirit.
The staff who will work with these leaders in 2017 are our Year 11 and 12 Leaders of Pastoral Care, Mrs Andrea Huxley and Mr Michael Kelly. They will be assisted by Mr Daniel Underhill our Youth Ministry Officer so we have a wonderful team this year working to promote our student leaders.
"May the Spirit of the Lord be with you"
CHANGES TO ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING FOR YEAR 7-10 FOR 2017
Throughout 2017 families will see a change to the traditional way we have assessed and reported on our 7-10 students. Some of the major changes are detailed below and I encourage you to seek clarity should you feel the need.
Ultimately there are two main types of assessment that occur in schools. These include summative and formative assessments.
A summative assessment is a formal task completed by an entire cohort. Traditionally these have been hand-in tasks or in-class exams. It is these summative tasks that contribute to a final grade or mark for a student as all students complete the same task under the same conditions and results are compared across an entire cohort.
A formative task is a task completed by a smaller cohort, usually a single class group. It can take on a variety of forms and can be as quick as a show of hands indicating students are understanding content or as in-depth as an end of topic test. It is this data that individual class teachers use on a daily basis that helps shape the learning intentions of each lesson and the progression of individual students from learning support to enrichment activities. Due to the ongoing nature of formative assessment its use is invaluable.
Previously all students would have completed between four and six summative assessments per subject per year, however, changes this year will see students across Years 7-10 complete a maximum of three summative assessment tasks per subject for whole year subjects, and two summative tasks for semesterised or trimesterised subjects.
We will also provide for families a “Student Learning Profile” for Terms 1, 2 and 3, formal parent/teacher/student interviews at the end of Term 2 and a whole year formal report at the conclusion of Term 4. Of course interviews with staff can occur at any time throughout the year on request and should you feel the need to contact a member of staff I encourage you to do so.
These changes have come about due to the following:
Staff spending an excessive amount of time on the administration of our past reports and we are in affect reducing the available time developing and delivering engaging and purposeful learning.
The type/s of reports we have presented are not serving the purpose of effective learning gains of our students.
By reviewing and consequently adjusting our assessment and reporting scope we will:
Decrease the summative (or formal) assessment pressure on our students in Stages 4 and 5, allowing us to teach more explicit skills, and develop a greater love of learning whilst providing time and opportunity for enrichment and support;
Increase teacher and student engagement and energy;
Make our feedback more purposeful, achieve better and more targeted learning gains from our students;
Provide greater opportunities for feedback to our parents and students thus building better partnerships;
Embrace more types of formative assessment to guide our understanding of student success.
Assistant Principal's Report - Curriculum and Administration
The majority of the changes have come about due to our Leadership and Curriculum teams attending extensive Professional Learning delivered by Professor Dylan William, a leading professor in the field of education in the 21st Century. Professor William states:
Assessment is the bridge between what teachers do in class and what their students learn. This data and the change it promotes is invaluable.
Teachers should build in regular check-in points to classes and programs to assess student understanding.
Formative Assessment is 20 times more effective in learning gains than a reduction in class sizes, or increasing teacher education.
Next week all Year 10 and 11 families are invited to attend the respective information evenings. For Year 11 students the information evening will occur on Monday, 13th February commencing at 6.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre (senior MPC). The Year 10 evening will also be held in the Lochinvar Centre at 6.00p.m. on Thursday, 16th February.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend the relevant evening to gain extremely valuable information about Stage 5 and 6 schooling and the expectations that align will both stages. It will also double as a great opportunity to meet Pastoral Care teachers and establish networks to best support the education of our students.
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, 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.
Please note that all leave must be explained within 5 schools days of a student’s return to school or that leave is recorded as unexplained leave.
Extract from Letter
According to the guidelines set out in our attendance policy, and in accordance with legislation, this application does not fall within the guidelines for justified leave. Therefore the period of leave taken will be recorded as unjustified. It should be noted that only the official school roll uses categories such as “justified” or “unjustified”. School reports record partial and full absences as “explained” or “unexplained” and as you have provided an explanation of the absence, it will be recorded as an unjustified explained absence for the purpose of reports and any other official school documentation.
If any assessment tasks fall due during the period of absence, hand-in tasks should be submitted before departure to avoid any potential penalty. It is unlikely that other tasks (e.g. performances, in-class tasks) can be moved and an estimate may be awarded or, where permissible, a catch-up task should be completed.
Assistant Principal - Curriculum and Administration
EXTENDED STUDENT LEAVE
From the beginning of 2015, family holidays and travel were no longer considered under the Exemption from School – Procedures.
Travel outside of school holiday periods is now counted as an unjustified absence for statistical purposes. Travel is considered to be domestic or international travel for the purpose of a family holiday, family business, bereavement or other reasons. From time to time parents/guardians may approach the school seeking permission for their child to travel during the school term for extended periods of time. In these instances families are required to complete Form A4 or Form A1.
Notification Extended Leave Travel (Form A4)
This form explains the leave that is being taken by the family, however, due to the nature of the travel and the impact it may have on a child’s education, it will be recorded as unjustified leave. This form needs to be completed prior to the date of leave.
Application for Extended Leave – Travel (Form A1) (10 days or more)
In exceptional circumstances parents may complete this form when the travel is deemed to be in the best educational interests of the student. Principals may decline or accept this application. If accepted a Form A2 is issued and the absence is recorded as principals approved leave or code L. This type of leave, if approved, is recorded as justified leave.
Both forms can be found on our website at http://pmaclism.catholic.edu.au/about-us/policies-0.
I have attached below an extract from the letter issued to families once a Form A4 is received. It more clearly explains how the type of leave is recorded for statistical and reporting purposes. If you have any queries regarding this process please do not hesitate to contact me.
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
Assistant Principal's Report - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
With the MacKillop College swimming carnivals quickly approaching, this week I chose to read and share some advice offered by Australian Olympic swimmer, Stephanie Rice.
In Letter to my Teenage Self Stephanie Rice shares this advice with her 13 year old self:
Your love for swimming will continue to grow and the path that lies ahead for you is one that will blow your mind with excitement, joy and fulfilment…But don’t worry about results and outcomes, as all of that is just a by-product of the love and passion you have for the water…Be thoughtful and thankful for the loving family that you have. They love you as Stephanie Rice, not Stephanie Rice the Swimmer, and over time you will deeply appreciate that love.
Remembering that our family love us for who we are is excellent advice. Our family know us, know our strengths and our weaknesses and love us for all of those things.
To all students who, like Stephanie, have a passion and love for the water, I hope you swim well and are proud of your efforts but also enjoy the fun, liveliness and spirit of the swimming carnivals. Those whose passion lies elsewhere I hope you find time to enjoy it next week. And, for those still searching for a passion, don’t give up; the rewards will be great when you find it!
St Agnes' Parish News
This event will be followed by a morning tea.
Leader of Evangelisation
YEAR 7 RETREAT OPPORTUNITY: TRANSITUS
Transitus is a retreat for invited Year 7 students from Parish Secondary Schools in the south of the Diocese to create a smoother transition to secondary schools, celebrate and be nurtured in their faith at a diocesan level.
The retreat will be a chance to bring students together to meet like-minded peers and to celebrate with other young people who want to grow and be supported in their Christian faith. The activities will be a mixture of large and small sharing groups as well as celebrating the Eucharist together. The program has been geared to meet the needs of these Year 7 students.
The gathering will be an overnight experience that will allow students to build relationships with other students from throughout the Diocese as well as a chance for students to talk about and share their faith journey.
What: Transitus – a youth retreat for Year 7 students from every Parish school in the southern region of the Diocese.
When: Thursday, 23th – Friday, 24th March
Where: Valla Beach Holiday Park
Cost: Nil. All transport, food and accommodation expenses will be met by the Catholic Schools Office.
This retreat is for students who:
o regularly attend Mass,
o are involved in some other form of Church involvement either at school or in the parish,
o show initiative, common sense and maturity,
o are seeking to grow in these areas and
o are willing to learn more about the Christian faith.
MacKillop College is able to offer places to 21 students in Year 7. Any student who would like to be considered is asked to complete the Student Application Form available from outside the staffroom.
Nominations should be returned to the front office marked for the attention of Ms Lancaster no later than Friday, 24th February.
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.
All students were issued with a student verification form this week. 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. Students are asked to return these forms to their PC TEACHER BY MONDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY. Thank you in anticipation of your attention to this process.
JOPRIM’s stocks have been replenished for the sports socks 2-8. The 8 – 11 in the high school boys socks will arrive in about 2-3 weeks
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 7 News
It has been great to see Year 7 wearing both of their new uniforms with pride so far this term! Students looked fantastic in their crisp white shirts and full uniform on Wednesday for our Inaugural Mass. Our College hall was a sea of white and smiling faces! While the extreme weather has been making our days challenging at school, students wore their sport uniform for comfort and of course, had their school hats on while out in the sun during these very warm days. We have had a few problems, however, when students have moved into the shade and taken their hats off though.
Just a reminder to parents and students, that all uniform pieces should be clearly labelled with full name and Pastoral Care class. It is very important that hats especially are clearly labelled in order to make their way back to their rightful owners. It is very hard to return hats that are found without names!
Year 7 on the whole have been coping very well with their organisation and readiness for school, and they should be congratulated on making such a smooth and successful transition into high school. For some, however, getting organised is proving more of a challenge and would benefit from a little help in preparing for their school day. Being prepared and ready to start the school day with everything needed can be the difference between a successful and enjoyable learning experience versus a stressful and disjointed learning opportunity.
Students, a great idea to avoid the morning rush is to prepare the day before. If you check your timetable in the afternoon or on the weekend, you can pack your bag straight away so you know you have everything you need, all ready for the next school day. Make sure to ‘tick’ off your homework in your diary once it is done and have that in your bag too. It is also a good idea to have your iPad charger in the kitchen, so you can leave your iPad on charge after dinner. That way you’ll remember to pack it once you’ve had breakfast in the morning and the battery will last all day. Perhaps a school locker is a good place to store your books if it would help.
Parents, your guidance would be greatly appreciated by your sons and daughters until they get into the habit of organising themselves, so please check they have packed everything before they set off on their day. At the least, each student should have the following each day: diary, iPad, pencil case, recess, lunch and a drink bottle, and any books, homework or notes that they need for school that day. Your support will be greatly appreciated!
PASTORAL CO-ORDINATOR’S AWARDS
Congratulations to students who have achieved a Merit Certificate from teachers this week! When you have earned 5 Merit Certificates, bring them to Mrs McKell at the Pastoral Co-ordinator’s office during lunchtime and you will receive a Pastoral Co-ordinator’s Award at a following Year Group meeting.
After the hustle and bustle of the first week things have settled down with students becoming familiar with their timetable and various classes.
Whilst on the subject of classes, students are placed in Maths and English classes based on their results from 2016 by their respective Leaders of Learning. The round classes are sorted by myself in consultation with the PC team and Year 7 teachers from 2016 where good combinations are kept together and combinations that don’t work are separated. Rarely students are moved in PC but it can happen, whilst round classes are often changed significantly at the end of the year. As a school we are hesitant to change round classes once published unless there has been a significant issue we have not been made aware of – generally speaking we encourage the students to create new friendships and develop resilience as opposed to changing to be with best friends.
The swimming carnival is on again next Tuesday and students are expected to attend to participate and where possible encourage their mates and house members to do their best. If the situation arises where students cannot swim they can certainly pick up a job on the day and help with the smooth running of the carnival.
Have a great weekend.
Year 8 News
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
I am pleased with the way Year 9 responded to the ‘busy-ness’ of their first full week of classes. Although, the increased independence and maturity by which many students have begun their Stage 5 pattern of study is notable, we recognise the importance of family support to help their child implement organisational strategies that ensure there is a balance of schoolwork, commitments and rest. Checking the student diary every week will indicate to you how well your son or daughter is managing increasing workloads.
Thank you to parents who were able to join us at our Inaugural Mass on Wednesday. Student Representatives elected to lead Year 9 were inducted during our celebration and blessed in their exercise of leadership – congratulations TJ Avery, Lily Burgmann, Benjamin Brennan and Daniel Ward!
TJ Avery Lily Burgmann Benjamin Brennan Daniel Ward
The PC team recognise the leadership qualities of other students too in our year group. Therefore, two students from each PC will be nominated to practise communicating, motivating and organising members of their group in various pastoral activities throughout the year.
Every Year 9 student is urged to make a commitment to being an active member of the MacKillop College community as part of their holistic commitment and will be required to nominate opportunities offered to them in which they are prepared to participate.
By now, every student of Year 9 MUST have renewed their agreement to the Acceptable Use of Technology set out on pages 21-23 of the student diary and have this viewed and signed by parents/guardians. It is imperative that students commit to using their electronic devices responsibly and ethically and for educational purposes at MacKillop College.
Keep the date free:
Week 3: Swimming Carnival all day Tuesday 14th February. Parents welcome.
Week 5: Year 9 Parent information and breakfast, Thursday, 23rd February 7.30a.m. - 8.30a.m.
Speakers will include Tracy Knight, our School Counsellor, and Mr Adam Kelly, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Administration.
Year 9 News
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Harrison Northey was fortunate and talented enough to compete in the State Swimming Championships in the last week of Term 4 2016. He finished 9th in the 200m breaststroke qualifying him for the Nationals in April in Brisbane.
I am always keen to hear about student’s achievements, so please email me information if your child is involved or achieving in something outside of school so that I can recognise them. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year 10 theme this year is: AWE AND INSPIRATION ‘How truly wonderful are God’s ways’. I think this is a fitting theme for Year 10 as hopefully it encourages all of Year 10 to show their individual talent and support each other in expressing these talents.
At the year meeting last week we spoke as a group about utilising the enormous talent pool we have in Year 10 and embracing each other’s talents so that we can become better as a year group.
Year 10 also have a great group of Pastoral Care teachers. I encourage the students to touch base with their Pastoral Care teacher if they are having problems or need some advice. Each morning students will bring into Pastoral Care class their hat, diary, pencil case and iPad. This will enable them to ensure they are organised and ready for the day.
The Year 10 information evening will be held in the Lochinvar Centre at 6.00p.m. on Thursday, 16th February. Parents and students are encouraged to attend the relevant evening to gain extremely valuable information about Stage 5 schooling and the expectations. It will also double as a great opportunity to meet Pastoral Care teachers and establish networks to best support the education of our students.
Please go to the link below to advise of your attendance at this information evening.
YEAR 10 EVENTS
· 14th February - Swimming carnival
· 16th February - Information Night
· 20th - 23rd March - Retreat
· 24th March - Mass and community building day
Year 10 News
This week has seen some major adjustments made by our students as they settle into the pace of study at the senior site. Many students are learning or will soon learn the art of time management as they juggle their existing commitments with a much heavier workload at school.
Balance is so very important for students in the senior years. A part-time job, involvement in sporting teams or extra-curricular activities, family time and time with friends are all part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Having good organisational skills is the key to managing extra-curricular activities with school work. Use of the diary or a digital calendar to keep on top of tasks and homework, the discipline to complete work as it comes in as well as making use of the time given to you such as tutor lessons to keep up to date with study notes are all keys to success.
Our College has many wonderful resources, none more valuable than our teaching staff. As our Year 11’s begin their journey I encourage them to pursue help and advice from their teachers. Seek clarification on work before it becomes overwhelming. Engage in intelligent and educational conversations with your teachers and most importantly realise and accept that we are all here to support you and to help you achieve your goals.
I look forward to meeting many of the Year 11 parents at the Information Night next Monday.
Congratulations to Thomas Berryman who was awarded a NSW Blue Award for his exceptional results in swimming in 2016.
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 11 News
Monday, 13th February
Year 11 Information Night – Parents and students - 6.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre Very Important for all students and parents to attend
Wednesday, 15th February
Senior swimming carnival
Monday, 6th March
Your Choicez Seminar – Year 11 students
SRC Leadership Camp
Last Friday afternoon and evening the SRC team met at The Francis Retreat to plan for the year ahead. The evening was a very fruitful exercise which was ably led by the senior SRC team. As part of the planning the senior team decided to set up a free cold drink station at lunch on Monday to help cool down in the hot weather. This a great initiative and well-received by the student body. Many more things are planned for the future.
Year 12 Student & 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. I hope as many parents as possible can make it to the breakfast even if it is for just few moments to catch up. A text message will be sent soon to gather numbers.
University Roadshow 2017
On Thursday representatives from Charles Sturt and Southern Cross universities spoke to around 80 Year 12 students regarding courses, alternative entry pathways, accommodation, scholarships and life as a uni student. This is the start of the university information sessions that will occur throughout the year, especially the Transition to University Evening on Wednesday, 19th July.
The school subscribes to mhscareers who put out careers newsletters on a regular basis; if you would like to receive these follow the steps below.
Log onto the mhscareers contact page: http://www.mhscareers.com/contact.html
Complete a very simple contact form and press send (all instructions are on the contact page). You will need to use the school name/organisation as MacKillop Senior College, Port Macquarie, mhscareers do the rest.
parents receive the same newsletters as careers advisers
parents can request to sign up for news from all or any state, just indicate on the contact form
parents can continue to receive newsletters for as long as they like, while at university, during a gap year etc., just return the newsletter with “unsubscribe” in the subject line when finished
mhscareers don’t give any contact details to anyone, or any organisation, ever, for any reason. There is no extra cost for students and parents, this is included in the school’s subscription.
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 News
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
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
TECHNOLOGICAL & APPLIED STUDIES – Change of Policy
As a result of correspondence with the Catholic Schools Office in Lismore, the TAS faculty at MacKillop College has had to make changes to its policy concerning appropriate footwear in all practical work spaces.
Previously, students have been permitted to wear their sport shoes into the TAS rooms on the days they attend school in their sport uniform, however, we have been advised by the CSO that this is no longer acceptable. From now on students will need to wear enclosed leather shoes in the practical work spaces at all times.
As such, if students do not have enclosed leather sports shoes, they will need to change into appropriate footwear prior to entering the TAS work rooms. These changes will take effect immediately.
Leader of Learning
Technologial and Applied Studies
Technical and Applied Studies News
Your child will participate in a wide range of sports throughout the year. During Term 1 your child will participate in volleyball, cricket, oztag and volleyball.
Monday – Day 6
Friday – Day 10
Monday – Day 1
Port Macquarie Pool
Friday – Day 5
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.
The annual MacKillop College swimming carnivals are on next week. The junior carnival is Tuesday, 14th February and the senior carnival is on Wednesday, 15th February. Students and families are reminded that the carnival is a compulsory school day and if your child is unable to swim due to injury or illness they are to see Mrs Denham with a note explaining why they cannot participate.
Students are allowed to wear their House colours to and from school and are reminded to wear closed in footwear, to bring their swimmers, rash shirt, hat, towel and sunscreen.
The carnival commences at 9.15a.m. - all parents are welcome to attend to spectate or are most welcome to assist on the day. Please email Erin Denham if you would like to assist.
The 100m events are swum during the senior carnival, however, for the junior carnival the 100m events are swum prior. Students need to be at the pool at 8.00a.m. ready for an 8.15a.m. start. If your child wishes to participate in this event they need to write their name on the sports noticeboard.
Appropriate swim wear – the school has a policy on appropriate swimwear for any water activity. All students are requested to wear a rash shirt to protect them from the sun. Girls are ONLY permitted to wear full piece swimmers or two piece sports swimmers. Triangle bikinis are NOT permitted – if these are the only swimmers that your child has they will be required to wear a rash shirt or t-shirt over their swimmers on the day.
Finally, the swimming carnivals are a highlight on our school sport calendar. This is a day where students can embrace our house spirit and get involved. All that we ask is that students get involved in either the competitive or novelty events and support the House leaders to make our carnivals fun and enjoyable.
Mr Dominic Ashe
Mrs Nicole O’Connell
Mrs Ellen McKell
Mr Glen Littler
NSW CCC Blue Award - Congratulations to Thomas Berryman who was presented with his NSWCCC Blue Award in Sydney last week. This is such a fantastic achievement and is so well deserved – MacKillop College is extremely proud of Tom’s achievements.
Star AFL players “swan” into MacKillop College
MacKillop College students were fortunate to participate in an AFL clinic run by the Sydney Swans during period one on Tuesday. This was a great opportunity for our students to hear what it takes to become an elite athlete and all the demands placed on a professional sportsperson. It was lovely to have two ex-students come along as part of this clinic – thank you Blake Nelson and Riley Irwin.
If you have any questions regarding sport at MacKillop College please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone at the College.
Junior swimming carnival
Closing date for winter sports trials
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
“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
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 4
· 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 Auditions - SEE MUSIC TRAINEE FOR SCHEDULE, 8.00a.m. - 8.45a.m.
. Choir – Theatre, Lunchtime
. SAPSS Drumline - St Joseph's Regional College, 4.00p.m. - 5.00p.m.
· Concert Band –J16 Music Room, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
. Junior Percussion Ensemble - BandRoom, 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
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.
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Heather Sheers, Ann Todd and Mayo Brumby
Junior swimming carnival
Jodie Richmond, Judy Treadwell and Caroline Hill
Jo Madden and Lisa Richards
Kim Goldie, Leanne Hatherly and Cindy Mullens
Junior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.20p.m.- 4.00p.m.
Senior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.15p.m.- 5.00p.m.
Port City Hockey – registration days Tuesday, 14th, 21st & 28th February 5.00 – 6.00p.m. at Ocean Drive hockey fields. For more information contact 0427934746.
Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Junior Rugby League Club – registration and season launch on Sunday, 12th February 1.00p.m. For more information contact Mick on 0419483892.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Sturt University is looking for empty rooms or rental accommodation for their students. Please contact Kristy on 65829338 or email@example.com
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.
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.