Sunday 5th March 1st Sunday in Lent
Catholic Schools Week - "Catholic Schools - Great Learning, Great Communities"
Monday 6th March Day 1 Year 11 Retreat on the senior campus
Tuesday 7th March Day 2 University of Newcastle Rural Health excursion to Taree from 7.45a.m. - 1.00p.m.
Wednesday 8th March Day 3 Year 7 Reflection Day - "New Beginnings" at the Youth Hub
Thursday 9th March Day 4 Hastings NRL 9s U13 - U16 in Port Macquarie
Junior boys and girls AFL
Friday 10th March Day 5 Immunisation Day
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Tuesday 14th March Day 7 Year 11 Drama excursion to Dracula at the Glasshouse from 7.45p.m. to 9.45p.m.
Wednesday 15th March Day 8 Years 7 and 8 Trivia afternoon in the College Hall from 3.30p.m. to 5.30p.m.
Thursday 16th March Day 9
Friday 17th March Day 10 Out of uniform day - Green Day - All students -gold coin donation
Years 9, 10 and 11 Drama students - Shakespeare Fesitval assessment task
Parent Social Gathering at Blue Water Bar and Restaurant from 7.00p.m. All Welcome!
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – 6th – 10th MARCH
Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate our shared faith, educational excellence and the importance of every student. Catholic schools offer an educational foundation for living life to the full through the development of the student’s spiritual, intellectual, physical, moral and emotional growth. I share this special prayer with all members of our community.
Catholic Schools Week is a special time in the year when we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our Catholic schools. It is a time to give thanks for the wonderful teaching and learning that takes place each day in every classroom. We acknowledge and thank all who work in the service of Catholic education to create the opportunities for students that allow them to grow and thrive.
We thank you for the wisdom and understanding of teachers, the enthusiasm and energy of students, the leadership team of the school, the skill, care and commitment of administrative and support staff, the guidance of our priests and religious leaders, the support and partnership of parents, carers and local communities.
We pray that each student’s learning journey be inspired by a search for your wisdom and truth.
We pray that we never take for granted the learning opportunities that we have all been given, and that we use the gifts of learning wisely and responsibly.
We ask that we use what we have learnt to create a better world for all people, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
BISHOP GREGORY HOMEMING OCD – SIXTH BISHOP OF LISMORE
Last Wednesday evening 22nd February, I had the privilege of being a member of a packed congregation at St Carthage’s Cathedral for the Episcopal Ordination of the sixth Bishop of Lismore, Bishop Greg Homeming. He is now entrusted by the Holy Father Pope Francis with the pastoral governance of the portion of the holy people of God we know as the Diocese of Lismore. Bishop Homeming will be the visible principle and foundation of our unity as a “particular” or local Church, like all particular Churches formed according to the image of the Universal Church, in and from which the Catholic Church has her existence.
The Diocese of Lismore encompasses the North Coast of the state of New South Wales, extending from Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah in the north to Port Macquarie and the Camden Haven in the south. The Catholic population of 110,000 people live in 22 parishes, which are served by 34 priests and assistant priests. 17,500 students are educated in 46 parish schools.
The Diocese was constituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1887, and the foundation stone of St Carthage’s Cathedral was laid in 1892.
BISHOP GREGORY HOMEMING OCD will be the sixth Bishop of Lismore.
His perdecessors are:
Bishop Jeremiah Joseph Doyle, 1887
Bishop John Joseph Carroll, 1910
Bishop Patrick Joseph Farrelly, 1949
Bishop John Steven Satterthwaite, 1971
Bishop Geoffrey Hylton Jarrett, 2001
The Ordination of a Bishop is a celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. By virtue of episcopal ordination a priest is made and anointed a sharer in the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ, and is constituted a member of the college of Bishops.
I am including in this newsletter some information about important symbols and script which relate to the ordination of and the Office of a Bishop.
The Anointing of the Bishop’s Head with the Scared Chrism
May God, who has made you a sharer of the High Priesthood of Christ, himself pour out upon you the oil of mystical anointing and make you fruitful with an abundance of spiritual blessings.
The Handing on of the Book of the Gospels
Receive the Gospel and preach the word of God with all patience and sound teaching.
The Handing on of the Insigna: The Ring
Receive this ring, the seal of fidelity: adorned with undefiled faith preserve unblemished the bride of God, the holy Church.
Receive the mitre, and may the splendour of holiness shine forth in you, so that when the Chief Shepherd appears you may deserve to receive from him the unfading crown of glory.
The Crosier, or Pastoral Staff
(Symbolising the continuity with his episcopal predecessors, Bishop Homeming receives the crosier of the first Bishop of Lismore, Jeremiah Joseph Doyle (1887).
Receive the crosier, the sign of your pastoral office: and keep watch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as Bishop to govern the Church of God.
As Bishop Homeming begins his time as Bishop in the diocese, I would like to finish by leaving with you the words that he spoke to the congregation following his Ordination:
‘I am your bishop; with the emphasis on “your”. I belong to you. The people, religious and priests of Lismore will show me my job. I will listen to you, and together we will discern God’s will for our diocese. Our weaknesses and failings will not be an obstacle because, I believe, they will guide us. As Our Lord said to St Paul, “I am strong in your weakness”.
My role is that of a shepherd who leads his people, with a simple focus, to stand in the presence of God. I pray that I will not be an obstacle. I pray that you will come to know the love of Christ and be filled with the utter fullness of God,’ he added.
Bishop Gregory Homeming is an Australian Chinese born in Sydney on 30th May 1958, the son of Gus and Irene Homeming.
He completed primary education in Shepparton, Victoria and high school at St Aloysius College, Milsons Point in Sydney.
He took the degrees of Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws at Sydney University, was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and worked as a lawyer in Sydney at Messrs Allen, Allen and Hemsley from 1981 to 1985.
At the end of 1985 the Bishop joined the Discalced Carmelite Order, making his first profession on 1st February 1987. He completed his priestly studies at the Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne taking the degrees of Bachelor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity and Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
The Bishop was ordained priest on 20th July 1991 and has held, within his Order, the positions of Major Superior (in which role he frequently visited the Carmelite nuns at Goonellabah within the Diocese), Novice Master, Prior (at Varroville and St Ives) and Director of Retreats, a ministry of particular interest to him. Until his appointment as Bishop of Lismore, he was the Regional Vicar (Major Superior) of the Discaled Carmelites in Australia.
The Discalced Carmelite Order is a reform of the ancient Carmelite order (c. 1185) founded by St Teresa of Avila in 1562 with the help of St John of the Cross in 1568. Members of the Order try to live a contemplative life of profound friendship with Jesus Christ which colours and informs their apostolic activity. What they learn in prayer they pass on to others. Recent saints include St Therese of Lisieux, St Edith Stein and St Raphael Kalinowsky.
I am looking forward to meeting the Bishop personally and I am confident that when he settles in to his role he will be on the road down to Port Macquarie to visit our parish.
"May the Spirit of the Lord be with you"
Assistant Principal's Report - Curriculum and Administration
CHANGES TO NAPLAN
In 2016 the Minister for Education announced some major changes to NAPLAN. These changes included the need for all Year 9 students to achieve, at a minimum, a Band 8 result in both Literacy and Numeracy for NAPLAN 2017.
The minimum standard is part of a broader NSW Government strategy to support students to succeed in life and work. The minimum standard complements a new cross sectoral, state-wide strategy to boost literacy and numeracy.
Students at risk of not demonstrating the standard will be identified early and supported to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.
Following on from NAPLAN, students can demonstrate they meet the standard by passing an online reading, writing and numeracy test, which will be available for students to sit in:
for up to five years after beginning their first HSC courses.
Please note that no student will be ineligible to sit for the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN results.
Why have a minimum standard?
The best indicators of success (employment, higher salaries and good health) rely on a student’s literacy and numeracy skills.
Without targeted intervention and support to reach the standard, some students risk missing out on skills necessary for everyday life. These skills allow students to:
compare prices and understand percentages
understand interest rates and lending offers
work out quantities and measurements
manage personal budgets
understand and write routine workplace instructions
take meeting notes and complete official documents.
What will the College do to support our students achieving these requirements?
In response to these changes MacKillop College will continue to offer the following to all students in support of their literacy and numeracy progression.
Whole School Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan
Maths tutoring before school on two mornings of the week supporting all students on the Mathematics continuum
Homework support for all students Years 7-12 every Monday to Thursday afternoon in the College libraries
Year 10 “CrushLit” writing workshop, assisting Year 10 students with the transition into stage 6
Targeted and deliberate tier 2 learning support and intervention. Small group work in refining the skills of literacy and numeracy
Teacher Aide assistance – individual, in groups and whole of class
Exam preparation and practice
Support and extension of students across all curriculum through differentiation and adjustments
Reading and writing strategies across the curriculum
Staff defined goals for students needed learning support throughout the year
Streamed classes in both English and Mathematics across Years 7-10.
What can families do to support their child?
Read with your child
Have an interest in your child’s progress
Dedicate a well-resourced and productive learning space within the household free from distractions including social media
Check for understanding when reading or accessing different text types.
Assistant Principal - Curriculum and Administration
Assistant Principal's Report
Curriculum and Administration
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
When we count our blessings, realise how lucky we are and show gratitude for what we have, our lives are greatly enhanced. The book of Thessalonians reminds us that ’in everything [we should] give thanks’. And this same advice is given to his younger self by Nathan Buckley, the former captain of the Collinwood AFL team in Letter to My Teenage Self.
"…be grateful for your life. You have a loving family who cares deeply for you. Your mum and dad have sacrificed much to provide you with the opportunity of a good education. You have a roof over your head and you never go hungry or want for the necessities in life.
"The best way for you to remind yourself of these is one simple activity that will keep everything in perspective for you. Each night before you go to bed, write down three things that you are grateful for in your life. Keep looking for those things and you will always remember how blessed you are and, just as importantly, you will be in a great place to help others feel the same."
Searching for and recognising the blessings in our lives is a worthwhile activity; I encourage you to follow Nathan’s advice and identify three things each day for which you are grateful.
Assistant Principal's Report
Pastoral Care and Staff Support
St Agnes' Parish News
To all Tuition Fee Payers
Our Parish and schools work hard to contain costs so that we can limit the annual school fee increase. Postage costs have increased again, and we will therefore be reducing the volume of postal communication from Parish Administration. Statements will be posted once at the beginning of the year. If you require a statement at any other time, please contact Parish Administration.
We will be increasing our use of SMS and email correspondence. To ensure that you receive all correspondence about the payment of tuition fees, please confirm that your contact details held at the Parish Administration Centre are current. There are a number of ways you can do this:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your family name, student/s name, mobile number/s, email/s and postal addresses, or
Phone 6588 7444 and check your details with our Reception or Education Team staff, or
Send a written note in an envelope via your school’s Reception, marked for the attention of the Education Team – Parish Administration.
Instalment payers are those who have chosen to pay their fees via three equal instalments. The due dates for these instalments in 2017 are 10 March, 26 May and 18 August. Families will be reminded via SMS or email prior to the instalment falling due.
Families on payment plans pay on a regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis and payments are calculated over the entire year. Any missed payments are to be made up immediately and families will be notified via SMS if this occurs.
If for any reason you are unable to maintain your payment plan, or make instalment payments on time, please contact the Education Team as above. They will be happy to discuss options that are suitable for your current circumstances.
Leader of Evangelisation
ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Church season of Lent, and the College community took time out this week to repent, reflect and pray together. Two liturgies were held, for the junior and senior sites, and staff and students were able to spend some time preparing for Easter and thinking about some changes they could make to their lives in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to all the students who helped with these prayerful experiences. Both services were ably led by Elise Smith in Year 10 and Chloe Boller in Year 12, and both students were supported by very capable helpers who showed great reverence and leadership skills, especially the Year 9 and 10 CSYMA students. Thank you to all those students involved.
The 2016 Year Book is now available at a cost of $20.00.
Please note the current Years 8 and 11 have already paid
for their 2016 Year Book.
Only Years 9, 10 & 12 students need to order and
pay for their Year Book.
SUBJECT AND EXCURSION STATEMENTS
College invoices were mailed this week to all families. These fees are in addition to St Agnes’ Parish School fees. Amounts will be billed for such things as the College diary, elective sports, elective subjects, excursions, performances etc. As far as possible we have endeavoured to bill all amounts for the whole year. All families are encouraged to commence regular payments via Bpay towards these fees. Enquiries can be directed to the main college office.
Already a number of items have appeared in the office – none of which have names.
Year 7 students have commenced their swimming program for sport and with this plastic shopping bags have started to appear with towels and swimmers in them….unfortunately no names. We would encourage Year 7 students to use the tote bag they were given with their bookpack to bring their swimming gear to school as this has their name on it.
Please ensure ALL items of property are clearly labelled so that they can be returned to your child promptly.
Next Wednesday Year 7 will travel to St Agnes' Church and to the Youth Hub in order to learn a little more about our local parish community and themselves as a Pastoral Care group. There will be team building exercises and an opportunity to more fully understand the practical workings of the church building itself. This is always an interesting, fun and engaging day for students. A note was distributed late this week with details.
Year 7 students will be offered vaccinations from NSW Health on Friday as part of the school vaccination program. Please note that the signed consent form (previously sent home) will need to be presented to the Area Health Nurse on the day as vaccinations cannot be given without it.
A reminder also to please consider that if you believe your child will not cope well in this situation, that it may be advisable to book an appointment with your General Practitioner in order for them to receive their vaccination in a more intimate setting. Immunisations take place from time to time at the College through this program and some students may prefer to receive their needles with the familiarity of their local doctor.
Well done to Giselle Brennan of 7 Flinders 2 for her awesome fundraising efforts on the weekend for the children’s charity, Variety. Giselle donated her lovely long locks in order to help others. In her own words: “I donated most of my hair because there is someone out there with cancer who has lost their hair and would like a wig and I'd like to help and make them happy”.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Pastoral Co-ordinator’s Award: Jaiden Brooke, Jewelana-Marie Brooks, Frances Duffy, Wilson Finch, Elsa Gandy, Maddison Green, Andrea Gutierrez Valverde, Auraiha Hewens, Alice Ho, Lucas McKay, Olivia Nichols, Clayton Purkis, Harley Sirovica, Lilly-Lee Sprague, Dominica Toohey and Jared Waters.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 7 News
Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.
North Coast Area Health Service are holding the first of their Vaccination Days at MacKillop College for Year 7 students on Friday, 10th March.
All Year 7 students will receive the following vaccines throughout 2017:
dTpa vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (whooping cough)) as a single dose,
Varicella vaccine (chickenpox) as a single dose, and
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in a 3 dose schedule.
A Parent Information Kit was sent home today with students for these vaccinations. This kit contains a consent form, information sheet and privacy statement that details how personal information will be collected, stored and utilised.
To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:
Read all the information provided;
Complete the consent form, including signing their name next to the vaccine/s they would like their child to receive;
Return the completed consent form to the Area Health Nurse on Vaccination Day; and
Ensure that their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.
Please return the signed consent form to the Area Health Nurse on Vaccination Day. Vaccinations will not be administered to students without a signed consent form. Verbal consent is NOT SUFFICIENT.
Please note that students who commence HPV vaccination in school clincs in Year 7 but do not complete the course during the school year may be offered catch-up doses at school in Year 8. Parents will be notified by letter from The Public Health Unit if this applies to their child.
Students who have had any HPV doses at their GP will be advised to complete the course with their GP.
A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated. Parents/guardians should ensure that this record is kept for further reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination.
Please note that MacKillop College does not keep any records of these vaccinations. If you have any questions or concerns please ring Bernadette (Public Health Unit) on 6620 7503.
Parents who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so by writing to your child’s Leader of Pastoral Care. The procedure for Withdrawal of Consent is available on the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation.
Students are asked to wear their sport uniform on Vaccination Day for ease of access for vaccination.
If your child is anxious about receiving a vaccination, we recommend you take them to your GP.
Year 8 News
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
Thank you to those parents/families who attended the technology chat and Year 8 breakfast on Tuesday morning. Thanks to Mr Rhys Jones for his presentation that was both informative and highly relevant to our students/your children.
I hope the parents who came had the opportunity to meet their son’s/daughter’s PC teacher. It’s an important partnership to foster and develop.
Congratulations to the following students have received a Pastoral Co-ordinator’s Award: Saoirse Barltrop and Simon Meertens.
Have a great weekend!
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 9 News
Every PC group recognises the group is strong with team work and each of its members bring different and worthwhile skill sets.
Each PC has nominated two representatives who will be given opportunities to exercise their leadership skills; congratulations:
9 Flinders 1 - Zoe Brennan and Lacey Gibson
9 Flinders 2 - Aleigha Biron and Finlay Minogue
9 Innes 1 - Miah Redfern and Alexander Horder
9 Innes 2 - Imogen Smith and Maia Marino
9 Macquarie 1 - Lachan Wood and Ruby Taylor
9 Macquarie 2 - Bella Chapman-Martino and Tehgan Mooney
9 Oxley 1 - Brooke Higham and Jeremy Thresher
9 Oxley 2 - Monique Thompson and Darcy Pares
These students will encourage and run a Year 9 inter-house volleyball competition during Thursday lunchtimes in the next few weeks.
All Year 9 have received a calendar for Term 1 assessments.
It is good practice for the students to screenshot, print out and display this calendar in a prominent place to keep track of tasks.
Preparation for assessment necessitates working well in class to acquire the knowledge and skills to be assessed, focusing on instructions so students know what is expected and making time at home to prepare well for each task. Attendance to class is crucial with a preparedness to be ready to learn and ready to let others learn.
Thursday 9th March - In class assessment in Mathematics
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 News
Exciting times ahead with retreat only three weeks away. Notes went home with students last week and are due today. It is extremely important that we have all of the correct information to give to venues next week. If for any reason your child is unable to attend the retreat please let your child’s Pastoral Care teacher know with a note outlining reasons.
20th – 23rd March - Retreat
24th March - Mass and community building day
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
PART-TIME JOBS AND TIME MANAGEMENT
Over the past few weeks it has become evident that many of our Year 11 students are attempting to manage a heavy part-time work situation in their school week. Unfortunately this is resulting in many students struggling to keep up with homework and study preparation.
Whilst many students may have been able to manage this part-time work whilst they were in their junior years, it is less than ideal in the senior scenario. Year 11 students receive at least a 1 – 2 hours homework each night; clearly staying on top of this work load as well as part time work is very challenging.
I strongly encourage Year 11 students to look closely at their work situations and to drop back hours where possible, especially those who are working midweek. Whilst I realise that students may not appreciate the loss of income, it is vital to ensure the best academic results for our students. More importantly it is essential in order to maintain the mental and physical health of our students.
YOUR CHOICEZ SEMINAR
Next Monday Year 11 students will be attending the Your Choicez seminar which is run by David and Katie Kobler who have an extensive background in youth work, youth communication and leadership. The seminar is delivered to young men and women separately in a safe and comfortable environment and addresses the specific needs of young men and women at a challenging time of their lives. The seminar aims to help young people envision and understand their true dignity and worth and to live out their potential as young men and women made in the image of God.
Students are to wear the PE uniform on Monday and will need to bring a pen and their lunch.
There are many reasons we chose to follow a uniform policy at our College. By choosing to come here you agree to meet the expectations and standards in many things including uniform. In the workplace people are expected to meet uniform requirements all the time; as adults this something we understand and accept.
At the senior site we are trying to encourage students to take a more responsible approach to their uniforms requirements. If a student has a problem with their uniform they are expected to see Mr Kelly or myself first thing in the morning and we will write out a uniform slip for them. This way their teachers do not have to waste valuable teaching time discussing uniform issues and we as Pastoral Care leaders can help and support the students with their uniform as they need it.
When students continue to fail to meet the simple uniform requirements it takes valuable time away from my role that would be far better spent checking in with the general wellbeing of students and supporting them in other areas of their schooling life. Whilst I recognise and appreciate that many of our year group continue to do the right thing, I need a more responsible and mature attitude from the year group as a whole with regard to uniform. Continued support from parents would be greatly appreciated.
Best wishes to all Year 11 who have assessment tasks next week.
Year 11 News
Year 12 CAFS students are currently studying groups within our community that require support to ensure their needs are met, in particular, people who are homeless and those living with disabilities. Our local area has some fantastic services that work together to assist these groups of people, and our students were lucky to visit some of them last week. Staff at McCosker House and the Hope Shop provided valuable information about the services they provide and how they can help people in times of need. Angela Plunkett again welcomed us into her home, demonstrating the modifications required to support their daughter Evie. All venues provided a valuable insight into the curriculum content and a broader understanding of the difficulties many people face.
Many thanks to Carla (McCosker House), Roger (Hope Shop) and Angela for taking the time to help us. Thanks also to the CAFS class (and Jorga Attard) for the donations they brought along for McCosker House. Finally a big thank you to Joan Lancaster for driving the school bus for us.
Community and Family Studies Teacher
Community and Family Studies News
#LitFest2444 Ticketing is open now! Go to https://litfest2444.com.au/tickets/ for more ticketing information, and in the meantime we will continue to showcase our presenters on a weekly basis, and talk about their background, and their involvement in #LitFest2444.
In no particular order:
This week’s highlighted presenters are Liz Anelli and Kylie Castor.
Liz is an illustrator based in Newcastle, and her session at #LitFest2444 is all about ‘Exploring and describing ‘your’ place through making illustrated maps.” If you have seen the beautiful map on the outside of the Maritime Museum at Honeysuckle in Newcastle, that’s Liz’s work.
Kylie is based in Coffs Harbour and has her own company “Triple Sifted Word Refinery”. Her skills lie in journaling, and she has conducted workshops in this discipline across the Mid North Coast. Her session at #litFest2444 is “Jump into Journal Writing”. Both Liz and Kylie will be presenting their one hour session three times throughout the day. Contact Suzanne Penson at the College if you require further information.
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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
Year 7 students continue their swimming program. Students will need to bring to school with them their swimmers, towel, rash shirt and hat to participate in the Swim & Survive course at Wauchope pool.
Year 9 SPORT
Learn to Surf
Guided surfing lessons with Port Macquarie Surf School at Flynns Beach.
Surf Survival Certificate
Complete the Surf Survival Certificate with Accredited Course Provider Kim Rayner at Flynns.
Participate in rock climbing at Centre of Gravity and play laser zone.
Your Life Fitness
Are you keen to energise your life in a fun and exciting way? Why not choose Your life Fitness and try a different style of fitness each week.
Participate in ten pin at Wave Bowl. Challenge your friends to see who can get the most strikes.
Tackle the mountain bike track at WRP. Own helmet and bike required.
Power Yoga with Martine Ford from Spirit Yoga will improve your strength and flexibility.
School Sport 1
Play a variety of team-based sports in a round robin competition at MacKillop College including hockey, lacrosse, rounder’s, fast 5 netball and soccer.
School Sport 2
Play a variety of team-based sports in a round robin competition at MacKillop College including futsal, basketball, gaelic football, 4 way indoor cricket and gridiron.
Year 10 SPORT
Bodyboarding or surfing ay Flynns Beach. Students must have Surf Survival Certificate or equivalent to participate. Hand to Mrs Denham.
We currently have students signing up for, trialling and competing in the following sports:
Bill Turner soccer
Students and parents are reminded that the most up to date information regarding representative sport is via the morning student notices, the sports noticeboard and the newsletter.
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TRIATHLON – MEDALATHON
Medals, medals and more medals!
21 top swimmers, riders and runners from MacKillop College travelled to Penrith on 21st February to compete in the All Schools’ Triathlon at the Olympic Regatta Centre.
Wednesday is always the day where they race as individuals to try and make the top six placings in order to be selected in the state team. The first race of the day was the seniors’ and our athlete in this race was Scott Heslop. Scott has been training hard and this showed with his impressive 7th place in the Combined Catholic Colleges' category.
Race 2 of the day was the intermediate group where we had Lleyton Wall, Boyd Bann-Murray and Miren Davies racing. All had great races considering they are the youngest of the age group. The placings in CCC were as follows- Lleyton 6th, Boyd 7th and Miren just missed out on a medal placing 4th.
The final race of the day was the junior age group which was a tough race as it had over 120 competitors and it was now midday and extremely hot. The surprise package of the day was Ben Heslop. Ben had an awesome race with the third fastest cycle time and crossed the line in fourth overall and second catholic boy, giving him a nice shiny silver medal. I wasn’t sure who looked more surprised at his impressive result - Ben or his mum.
Tahj Thrower is to be congratulated on his first triathlon - he showed real potential and placed 14th catholic boy.
In our junior girls we had Alani Cockshutt and Liana Williams competing who placed 9th and 13th CCC girl respectively.
Congratulations to our other junior races who raced tough till the end.
Silver CCC Medallist
Ben Heslop in action
Thursday was the teams day and the boys were pumped after our “carbo loading” the night before (which we would like to thank Michael Mullins for part sponsoring).
MacKillop College had seven teams entered.
First race up was our junior boys who both had the race of their lives. Our first team who consisted of Tahj Thrower, Ben Heslop and Alexander Horder crossed the line in second overall, earning themselves a silver All Schools medal and a gold CCC medal. Our second team consisting of Kai Thrower, Jonah Hamer and Ryan Binskin crossed in third overall which meant they received a bronze All Schools medal and a silver CCC medal. Needless to say the podium was full of MacKillop students wearing their uniform and medals with pride.
Some notable performances were Jonah with the sixth fastest bike time, Ben with the seventh fastest bike time and Alex and Ryan having the fifth and seventh fastest runs respectively.
Silver medalists - Gold medalists -
Ryan Binskin, Kai Thrower and Jonah Hamer Ben Heslop, Alexander Horder and Tahj Thrower
Our junior girls team of Alani Cockshutt, Kate Field and Liana Williams finished up 13th placed CCC team with Kate having the fifth fastest bike time as too did Liana in the run.
Race two saw us cheering for two boys' teams in the intermediate section, one female team and one mixed team.
Team 1- Max Milligan, Lachlan Johns and Flynn Goodman. I had big hopes for this team and they didn’t let me down. Max swam the boys into sixth with the second fastest CCC time, Lachlan rode at over 38km/hr to set Flynn up for an interesting run. Flynn showed he also can run without a soccer ball and crossed the line second overall and first catholic school. We were very proud to watch them accept the All Schools silver medal and CCC gold medal.
Lachlan Johns, Flynn Goodman
and Max Milligan
Team 2 - Patrick Mullens, Lleyton Wall and Boyd Bann-Murray who are the youngest of the age group placed 10th in the CCC section, making them real medal contenders for next year. A special mention to Patrick Mullins who had the third fastest CCC swim time.
Team 3 was mixed - Julia Williams, Mollie Kennedy and Callum Frewin. Mixed teams are required to race with the males which made it tough for Julia in the swim but she did an awesome job battling the boys and had the 12th fastest CCC time. The team placed 29th in their section.
Our intermediate female team consisted of Caleisha Thrower, Elly Pilgrim and Miren Davies. Caleisha came out mid-field of 173 teams, and Elly Pilgrim then rode her team from 29th CCC placing into 10th place with the 15th fastest bike ride of the intermediate girls and an average of 30km/hr. It was now time for Miren to bring it home for the team in the run leg and she delivered by running the girls into seventh CCC place out of 176 teams.
Race 3 - It was time for our big boys to race the final race; by now we were sweltering in the shade.
Scott Heslop swam brilliantly to set the team up with a great swim which is tough when you have raced the day before.
It was now time to see what William Pender-Buchan could do and boy did he put on a show, not only by riding the third fastest bike leg of the day but also riding his team into first; he had given their runner Griffin Goodman a small lead on the next team.
Griffin left the transition area in first place but second place was still a real threat as their runner was a national cross country runner. As he disappeared off into the distance running like the wind, only time would tell if he could keep up the pace and hold off the second runner.
At the turn around Griffin was hurting big time but told himself that his teammates deserved a medal so he dug as deep as he could and headed for home. The MacKillop crowd went wild as we saw him running towards the finish in second place and still a huge gap to third.
Griffin crossed in second place out of 80 senior teams with the second fastest senior boys run of the day in the CCC division. This meant the MacKillop senior team had won a silver All schools medal and also a silver CCC medal. Not bad for a regional school.
Silver medallist - Griffin Goodman, William Pender-Buchan and Scott Heslop
CCC Tennis Selections Parramatta
Hastings NRL 9s (U13s-16s+) Port Macquarie
Rugby League & Football
Diocesan Winter Sports Trials Lismore
NSWCCC Hockey Selections
Open Boys and Girls Diocesan Basketball Coffs Harbour
Netball NSW Schools Cup (Year 7-10) PMQ
Secondary Schools MNC 7s Rugby Union PMQ
NSW All Schools Touch Football (9/10s) PMQ
Swimming & Diving
NSWCCC Swimming & Diving
Leader of Sport
I would like to congratulate all of the competitors. They were a pleasure to take away and perfect role models. Their no fuss approach was greatly appreciated by myself and the other parents.
Thanks also to the parent group of Jodie Kennedy, Paul Bann-Murray, Ian and Maree Wall, Liesa Davies, Georgie Hawkins, Mel Cockshutt, John and Alison Goodman, Georgie and Wade Buchan, Matt Williams, John Binskin, Matt Field, Amanda Horder, Michael Mullins, Lyndal Thrower, Dave Milligan, Andrea Johns and Treena Heslop for all the support, effort and coaching tips you gave myself and the students. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Also to Erin Denham for coming in on a Sunday to help me enter the teams.
A special thanks to our ex-students Bennet Powell and Jack Pilgrim who came down and provided great support to me, and experience and tips to the athletes.
To the rest of the team I look forward to doing it again next year with this great group of young adults.
Until next year remember – train hard, race smart.
Thank you to Mrs Pilgrim for travelling to Penrith and mentoring our triathletes at the NSW All Schools' Triathlon Championships. There certainly were some exceptional results; congratulations to all competitors who represented our school with pride.
If your child has achieved outstanding sporting results in their community sport we would love to hear about it. Please email myself or your child’s respective Leader of Pastoral Care so we can acknowledge these achievements.
If you have any questions regarding sport at MacKillop College please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone at the College.
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”- Martin Luther
SENIOR STAGE BAND PERFORMANCE AT ASSEMBLY
Congratulations to the Senior Stage Band who performed a rockin’ rendition of the classic rock chart Proud Mary at assembly last week. The energy of the performance was high and it was great to see our senior music students showing to the audience how much fun music making can be!
Senior Stage Band – Jackson Burton, Tom Horder
Mat West, Jack Lister !
If you are a student in Year 7 or new to MacKillop College and interested in joining one of our ensembles please notify music staff as soon as possible. Alternatively, come along to Concert Band on Thursday mornings if you play a band instrument or Choir at lunch on Wednesdays if you are a singer. These ensembles are a great place to start and are open to all students of all abilities.
CO-CURRICULAR MUSIC OFFICE
The co-curricular music office exists between J16 Music room and the Band room in the ‘Music Hub’ area near the MPC. A timetable will be posted outside this office with details of when Mr Denham and Liam Coelho (Music Trainee) will be available to answer questions or issue information. All Co-curricular music enquiries are to be made to either Mr Denham or Liam in person at this office or via email. Important music-related information will be posted on the noticeboard outside this office throughout the year, including timetables and performance dates.
PERFORMING ENSEMBLES SHIRTS
All students participating in MacKillop College Ensembles are required to purchase a shirt to wear at performances. This shirt will be worn with black trousers, black socks and black shoes at all performance events including:
Assembly performances and school functions;
Lunch time concerts at the Glasshouse;
Big Band Blast;
The annual Music Showcase & Awards Night.
Students are to see Mr Denham or Liam Coelho at rehearsal or in break times in the Band Room to order a size. Sample shirts will be available for you to try on.
All payments are to be made to the main office with the attached note as soon as possible. I encourage students to order a slightly larger shirt if still growing.
CO-CURRICULR MUSIC WEBSITE
All students participating in the co-curricular music program are encouraged to bookmark this page and regularly refer to it for information and notices. This website can be found within the College website or by using the following link:
A range of information can be accessed on the website including:
Ensemble information, rehearsal schedules and sign up forms
Music tuition information
Major event information
Photos and video of performances
Gig and excursion notes
All information given to students in rehearsal is posted on this site. It is a great resource to aid household organisation! Please contact Mr Denham if you have any problems accessing information on this site.
REHEARSALS IN WEEK 7
· Senior Stage Band - Theatre, 7.45a.m. – 8.45a.m.
. Praise Band and Singers - Theatre, Lunchtime
· 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 (full rehearsal) –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
Leader of Co-curricular Music email@example.com
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 (no Year 12 students) 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.
Junior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.20p.m.- 4.00p.m.
Senior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.15p.m.- 5.00p.m.
Junior Campus Canteen Co-Ordinator
Junior Tutorial is held in room 12 on the junior campus
Tuesdays and Thursday, 7.45a.m.- 8.30a.m.
Senior General Maths Tutorial is held in room 49 on the junior campus
Mondays, 7.45a.m. to 8.30a.m.
Lyn Gallagher, Belinda Fisher and Raelene Wagner
Belinda Rodger, Joan Mutton and Robyn Hunt
Lorraine Cornell, Kylie Vataladis and Morrin Bailey
Jo Sexton HELP PLEASE
Deb Nelson, Kelly Mooney and Jackie Jovanic
Parents' Group News
Port Macquarie Football Club – final registration day Saturday, 4th March at Tuffins Lane from 10.00a.m. – 2.00p.m. For more information on Port Macquarie FC visit our website at www.portmacquariefc.com or Cath Cornish 0419 478 308.
Port Saints Football Club (soccer) is currently accepting online registration. To register please visit our website at www.portsaints.com.au and follow the instructions on the 'Registration' page. Please note that registrations will be closing early March so register now to ensure you have the best chance to get into your team of choice.
Camden Haven Hockey Club – registration day – Saturday, 4th March, Sportspower Port Macquarie 10.00a.m. – 1.00p.m.
SPIRIT OF ANZAC CENTENARY EXPERIENCE
Newcastle Entertainment Centre
29th March - 4th April
Free tickets are now available to Australia’s largest and most complex travelling exhibition,
the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.
The Award Winning, interactive exhibition displays over 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial,
which tell the story of our nation’s involvement in the First World War.
You can watch a preview of the exhibition here.
Free Tickets can be booked here: www.spiritofanzac.gov.au/book-tickets
It really is a once-in-a-lifetime, not to be missed experience.
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