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Sunday 10th February Fifth Sunday of the year
Monday 11th February Day 1 NSWCCC Blue Award Presentation - Wollongong
Year 12 University Roadshow in the Lochinvar Centre: period 6
Tuesday 12th February Day 2
Wednesday 13th February Day 3 National Apology
Elective Music students Bravissimo performance at the Glasshouse: 11.30a.m - 3.00p.m.
Year 11 Information Night in the Lochnivar Centre: 6.00p.m. - 7.30p.m.
Thursday 14th February Day 4
Friday 15th February Day 5 Years 11 and 12 Dance and Years 9 to 12 Drama Callback and OnStage excursion in Sydney
Sunday 17th February Sixth Sunday of the year
5.00p.m. Mass at St Agnes' Parish Church: MacKillop students providing the music and hospitality.
Monday 18th February Day 6 Year 10 Parent night in the Theatre: 6.00p.m. - 7.00p.m.
Year 7 Flinders parents' morning tea in the Theatre foyer: 9.15a.m. - 10.00a.m.
NSWCCC Cricket boys' U19 selections at St Gregory's College
Tuesday 19th February Day 7 Junior swimming carnival
NSWCCC Cricket boys' U19 selections at St Gregory's College
Wednesday 20th February Day 8 World Day of Social Justice
Senior swimming carnival
Year 7 Innes parents' morning tea in the Theatre foyer: 9.15a.m. - 10.00a.m.
Thursday 21st February Day 9 Year 7 Macquarie parents' morning tea in the Theatre foyer: 9.15a.m. - 10.00a.m.
Friday 22nd February Day 10 Year 7 Oxley parents' morning tea in the Theatre foyer: 9.15a.m. - 10.00a.m.
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Father Leo Francis Donnelly – May he rest in peace
Last week we gathered to farewell and celebrate the life of Father Leo Donnelly. Thousands of people attended the Requiem Mass which was concelebrated by Parish Priest, Father Paul Gooley with Bishop Gregory Homeming and many other priests from the Lismore Diocese.
In 1970 Father Donnelly was appointed the Parish Priest for St Agnes' Parish and he retired last year. During his 48 years of service to the parish, he was a visionary and architect of all of the parish entities.
Fr D, as he was affectionately known, was an amazing man. I first started working with him in 1983 when I moved to Port Macquarie. He was a mentor and role model to me and also a dear and close friend. Fr D has left a legacy which will be remembered forever; if ever he saw a need he would promptly work out how to fulfil that need; he had a heart of gold.
I share below some beautiful tributes from two men who worked very closely with Fr D and also saw him as a true friend.
A message from Father Paul Gooley...
Each of you will have your own thoughts and memories of Fr D. Now is a time of remembering, sharing and celebrating stories of his life, his humour and his dedication to his community and his vocation as a priest.
For me, Fr D was my mentor and my best friend who led by faith and example, and that has always challenged and inspired me.
For as long as I knew Fr D, he always acknowledged that it was not just about him but it was also about the efforts of the many hardworking, dedicated and generous people who have been part of the life of the Parish and the wider Hastings community. He found joy in following the will of God, meeting the needs of the vulnerable in our community, and in encouraging others to do the same.
Some years ago, when Fr D was celebrating an anniversary in Lismore with all the other priests, one of his peers described him as “Leo the builder”. This really upset Fr D and he explained why. For him it was not about the buildings, what was always more important in his mind was what happened in the buildings.
In other words, for him it has always been about our faith, the people and the mission of the Parish.
Thanks to his efforts that mission, “everything oriented towards the praise and glory of God” is very much alive in our Parish today.
Fr D was a man who truly placed his trust in God. Cardinal Newman, who Fr D had a devotion to, wrote "God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons, and this is true of Leo and his life, as it is true of all of us as we continue the mission of Jesus.
Fr D’s life is a testament to the fact that when care, love, prayer and faith are lived then we can live life to the full as he did. The legacy he leaves is a challenge for us to live the mission of service before self as he did, with passion, humility and dedication.
Please be assured of my prayers for you, the people he cared for and loved. Please join with me in praying for Fr D at this time that he may he rest in peace.
Father Paul Gooley
St Agnes’ Parish
A tribute from Adam Spencer...
Fr Leo Donnelly - there are not enough superlatives in the English Dictionary to describe this man’s contribution to our Parish of St Agnes and our broader community.
Personally, I never took for granted the privilege it was to call Fr D a friend; his guidance, leadership and faith have had a huge influence on both my personal and professional life.
He was an incredible man and an exemplary pastor who loved people, loved Port Macquarie and its community and most of all loved Christ and the church. We celebrate and appreciate the amazing life lived by a once in a lifetime and larger than life man of God.
He inspired me by his faith and his trust in God’s plans. He freely shared his knowledge and wisdom with others and was always confident that God would provide the people and the resources needed to get the job done.
Please join me in prayers of thanks for a life well lived and of gratitude for all that Fr D has contributed to our lives and our community.
Fr Leo Donnelly pastor, leader and visionary, rest in peace our dear friend.
Chief Executive Officer
St Agnes’ Parish
STAFFING IN 2019
Adam Kelly, Assistant Principal Curriculum and Administration returns to the College after twelve months on a teaching exchange in Canada.
We welcome back Lisa Wilton, Lisa Rossington and Penny Tejcek who have been on maternity leave in 2018.
New staff to MacKillop College
Rachel Clark, Science
Rachel is a Science graduate from the University of Sydney and has completed her Masters of Teaching at Southern Cross University. Rachel has been completing casual work in our St Agnes’ Parish Schools and joins us in the Science faculty.
Lisa Egan, HSIE
Lisa is a graduate of the Australian Catholic University who has completed a Bachelor of Teaching and Arts majoring in Humanities. Lisa will join us in the HSIE department in a job share role for one day.
Alison Montgomery, PDHPE
Ali has 20 years teaching experience in Canada, United Kingdom, Sydney and more recently Chevalier College, Bowral. Ali joins us as the Leader of PDHPE.
Bruce Ritter, Ancillary staff - Cleaner
Bruce joins us after working for many years on the Mid North Coast. He is a skilled labourer joins our Maintenance team at the College.
Amy Ryals, PDHPE
Amy a graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney and has been teaching for a number of years in Banora Point, Robina and more recently Young. Amy joins the us in the PDHPE faculty.
Terrianne Ryan, Administrative Assistant
Terrianne has been undertaking contract Administrative employment with MacKillop College. She has moved from the South Coast and joins us with over 18 years’ experience in school administration.
Bradley Vergano, Religious Education
Brad was a Youth Ministry Officer in 2014 with St Paul’s High School before embarking on a teaching degree at the Australian Catholic University. He has been teaching at Mount Saint Joseph’s, Milperra and joins us to teach Religious Education.
James Westman, HSIE
James is a graduate of the University of New England; he has also completed a Diploma in Information Technology with University of New English and a Diploma in Secondary Education at Monash University. James has taught in Victoria and for the past six years at St Paul’s, Kempsey. He will join the HSIE department.
Cathy Wright, Administrative Assistant
Cathy for a number of years has been undertaking contract Administrative employment with MacKillop College. Cathy is local to the Port Macquarie area, having previously worked at the Town Library and charitable groups in the area. Welcome Cathy.
Teaching staff who have worked within the Parish:
Peter has been working as Principal at Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields, Queensland throughout the last four years and we are fortunate to have him as the Leader of Pastoral Care for Year 7.
Helen joins us from St Joseph’s Regional College where she has been the Leader of Evangelisation. She brings a wealth of experience in leadership and the teaching of Religion and Studies of Religion.
Leisa Fisher, Teaching Additional Needs
Leisa has been the Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School and we welcome her experience, particularly in the area of literacy and numeracy, and assisting students with additional needs.
Trainees - we are blessed to have eight trainees working at the College in 2019:
Sara Doyle - Canteen Trainee
Caitlin Rich - Teachers' Aide from MacKillop College
Daniel Johnson - TAS Trainee from MacKillop College.
Lleyton Toft - Sport Trainee from MacKillop College
Thomas Horder - Co-curricular Music Trainee from MacKillop College
Caitlin Black - Creative Arts Trainee from Newman Senior Technical College Caitlin Black
William Ayrton - Youth Ministry Officer from MacKillop College
Georgia Hickling - Youth Ministry Officer from MacKillop College.
Lleyton Toft and Sara Doyle
Daniel Johnson, Thomas Horder and Caitlin Rich
Georgia Hickling and William Ayrton
Hannah achieved an outstanding result in Extension 2 English, coming fourth in the State. During the holidays Hannah was notified by NESA that her Major Work for Extension 2 English was shortlisted for possible inclusion in the Young Writers' Showcase. This is an outstanding achievement and I sincerely congratulate Hannah and her extremely dedicated and professional teacher, Ms Clare Hayes.
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"May the Spirit of the Lord be with you"
WHOOPING COUGH (PERTUSSIS)
MacKillop College has been notified of a student diagnosed with whooping cough. Whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory infection that can be serious in young children particularly those aged less than two years.
Please be on the lookout for symptoms of whooping cough:
· A mild or persistent cough in the late afternoon or early evening for more than three days;
· Runny nose, followed by a cough, which becomes worse;
· A cough that occurs in spasms, which may be followed by vomiting;
· A cough with a ‘whoop’ (a sudden noisy gasp at the end of coughing).
NSW Health provides a free School Vaccination Program to all Year 7 students and the whooping cough vaccine is included in the program.
If you would like further information on whooping cough, please visit the website
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/pertussis.pdf or contact the North Coast Public Health Unit 6588 2750.
Buckling up on school buses
Some school buses will look different now with the introduction of seat belts into the Busways’ fleet.
By law, passengers in a seat belt-fitted vehicle must wear the seat belt. If your seat has a seat belt, you need to buckle up - the way you do while travelling in a car.
Each seat will have three seat belts so you get to share the seat with one or two of your friends! It’s important that you clip in your seat belt without having to be asked by the bus driver as they need to focus on driving the vehicle safely.
By law, you won’t be able to stand on the bus once yours has seat belts – you must sit in a seat and wear your seat belt correctly. Don’t forget to ‘click clack’.
Parents - It would be a great assistance if you can help by talking to your children about wearing their seat belts on the bus without waiting to be asked. It is just like getting in the car – if there is a seat belt on their seat, they need to buckle up.
I offer a very warm welcome to all our new and returning students and families to the 2019 school year.
The beginning of a new school year always has a positive vibe and atmosphere; there is much energy and a strong sense of anticipation as a community is reunited.
On Monday, we gathered together and welcomed Isobel Berryman, Dux of 2018, to address us at our inaugural assembly. Isobel inspired us as she spoke of how grateful she was for the education she received at MacKillop – an education that allowed both her intellect and character to grow and develop. She reminded us that there are many in the world who cannot access an education and encouraged us to ‘grab opportunities [offered this year] with both hands and embrace them’ and to be grateful we have access to these opportunities.
Isobel’s words and insights were powerful and I include them here as an inspiration to all of us as we embark on this new school year.
Gratitude - memory that is stored in the heart, and not in the mind.
It feels like only yesterday that I walked past the statue at the front of the school for the first time, anxiously waved goodbye to my parents and embarked on my high school journey. In reflecting upon the last six years, I can’t help but think of just how lucky I am. We are all so fortunate to have an education. Around 263 million people worldwide are unschooled. That's 263 million people like you and me who aren't able to roll their eyes and say, “Ugh, I have school today.” But in all seriousness, it’s important to recognise that education is more than just learning facts off a whiteboard. It’s the cultivation of knowledge, curiosity and wonder. It leads us to discover our passions and inspires us to grow and change. The true goal of education, as Martin Luther King Junior said, is “Intelligence plus character”. In my time at MacKillop I have grown in knowledge and I have developed as a person. And because my heart stores so many fond memories, today I say, “Thank you”.
For me there is lots to be grateful for. At school, I thought it was pretty cool that I could learn about the cardiovascular system one minute, and Shakespeare the next. I enjoyed learning how to sew, and how to make chocolate banana muffins - even though I was really horrible at cooking. I loved learning about history and how the world and society has changed over time, and the unique practices of different religious groups. I am so grateful for all of these lessons. They challenged me to expand my own way of thinking. They made me curious and sparked my interest in many different areas. I won’t pretend I loved every minute of every class, and honestly, the HSC was really difficult for me. But I found that if I changed my perspective and saw each class as an opportunity rather than an overwhelming challenge, I was able to make the most of my education. And whilst I may not be able to recite my essays word for word anymore or remember the exact process of DNA fingerprinting, the curiosity and passion for learning I gained at MacKillop will always be with me.
As well as my academic goals, I found by immersing myself into our school community, I was also able to develop personal goals; character goals. I learned so much from other people. By surrounding myself with kind, caring and considerate friends, I too learned the importance of looking out for others. By developing relationships with my teachers, who are all immensely passionate about their subjects and truly great people, I too learned this same passion and dedication. From my family, I have learned strength, resilience and the value of hard work. They supported me and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. My Dad has always reminded me that, ‘whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you're right.’ My twin brother has taught me the power of positivity and that a person is not defined by what has happened to them, but rather how they have responded to it and overcome it. I am so grateful to be surrounded by all of these people and to have had my values shaped by theirs.
Lastly, I am grateful that all of these lessons have been experiential, that they have been derived from the practical, the everyday. That’s the thing about MacKillop, I don’t think you can make it through six years without being involved in something. Whether it’s sporting teams, da Vinci decathlon and science competitions, the student council, the Solomon Islands, retreats and excursions, the extra-curricular music and dance programs and so on. The entire atmosphere of this community is so encouraging and so pervasive that you’re completely immersed in it. The lessons learned here are not limited to those taught in a classroom. And by grabbing these opportunities with both hands and embracing them, your interests and talents will be nurtured, something for which I am personally very grateful.
You will each have your own reasons to be thankful. But one thing we all have in common is our education and the opportunity it provides us to grow. You are so fortunate to be sitting here today. Think of all the children just like you who don’t have the option to come to school; who don't have the ability to choose whether they want to be a firefighter, or a doctor, or an electrician or a journalist; who don't have the resources to learn about this amazing world we live in. I think we owe it to them and to ourselves to make the most of our education, to never turn down an opportunity; to build our futures the way we want to.
So, in short, express gratitude for your education and in doing so, strive to be great - not because you have to, not because you want to make your parents proud or because you have to prove yourself. Be great to make yourself proud. Be great so that when you look back on your high school years, you’ll be able to truly appreciate the journey that it was. So both your heart and mind will be filled with memories. So you too will want to say ‘thank you’ for all that MacKillop was able to offer you and for the person you have become because of it.
- Isobel Berryman
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care and Staff Support
St Agnes' Parish
Youth Ministry Co_ordinator
Youth Ministry News
Leader of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
Summa Tentabo: the Latin term Strive for Excellence is our school motto and each of us is called to ask ‘What will striving for excellence look like for me this year?”
Strive for Excellence means to: succeed; flourish; be our best self; THRIVE and not just in school but in life.
Staff teach people - not classes. MacKillop is concerned with supporting what is taught at home about developing character strengths, knowing that one’s wellbeing will enhance one’s capacity to learn and achieve at school.
Although success may look a little different for each one of us, there are some common factors among people who THRIVE:
Feeling we belong to a community;
Being able to connect with others is very important - enjoying good friendships and working relationships;
Having an open mind and the curiosity to explore ideas;
Being consistently engaged in the learning process (not just going through the motions);
When we accomplish small tasks, then we accomplish bigger tasks; and
Then LEAD others to be their best self.
At MacKillop College - one is not left to learn the skills to THRIVE on their own - every student is part of a PC, a class and a year group, and works in partnership with others.
This year, my role is working with Leaders of Pastoral Care, PC teachers and staff to implement the #weTHRIVE@MacKillop program in which we will aim to collaborate with each other and promote the wellbeing and success of every student at MacKillop College.
Our relationships are fundamental to our wellbeing - this term students will be invited to take opportunities to build and strengthen POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS with everyone they work with - and make school a place that enables ALL of us to THRIVE!
Leader of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
Year 7 News
We commence 2019 with a focus for Year 7 of We Belong.
Supporting this theme appears a single quotation from St Mary of the Cross MacKillop:
Be kind, be very kind.
This is our call to action - Kindness.
For many boys and girls commencing secondary school, the multitude of changes can become daunting and even overwhelming. Simple actions of welcome, invitation, encouragement and inclusion can take a young person from feeling isolated, anxious and alone to a state where their problems no longer appear insurmountable.
On Monday this week I introduced Year 7 to a quote from Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Be the living expression of God’s Kindness:
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile…
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved…
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Such a practice of kindness will surely improve the experience of each and every boy and girl in Year 7.
All Year 7 students have received instruction on the correct use of the student diary. The diary, if used correctly, is a worthwhile tool for assisting in student organisation and for communication between parents and teachers. For many Year 7 students, good organisation is the difference between a great and poor start to secondary school.
We have asked students to fill in each of their timetabled subjects in the homework section of their diary each and every week. They are then required to make a homework entry against each of their subjects for every period of every day. In the case where no homework is issued, students can simply write ‘No HW’. In this way the entries in the diary will give an accurate record of the homework set for your child for every period of every day across the whole week.
Parents are required to check the diary at the end of each week. The Pastoral Care (PC) teacher will then check and sign the diary also. This direct co-operation between parents and teachers and a reasonable level of student accountability supports student organisation.
All students and their parents are asked to read and sign both the Code of Behaviour and Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement. Most students have completed this task. If this has not yet occurred in your household, could you please see that it is completed for the commencement of the new school week. (Monday, 11th February).
Recognition of Student Achievement
The newsletter is potentially a great place to recognise student achievement. Our students, your sons and daughters, are involved in a vast array of pursuits outside of the College. Many are achieving personal bests, gaining awards or competing successfully in their chosen activity/sport. Please take the opportunity to send me an email informing me of the achievement(s) of your son/daughter. I will then endeavour to give recognition of this achievement in the very next newsletter.
Book of Awesomeness
Each PC teacher has created a Book of Awesomeness for each of the students in their PC. Students will be given opportunity each week to enter details of their efforts and achievements both within and outside of the College. This document will form a valuable record of the student’s year. It will be used as a reference point when writing Pastoral comments on the semester reports. The document will also be used to assist in the determination of major Year group awards at the end of Term 4.
In the past week Year 7 students have experienced presentations from the Leader of Sport and the Leader of Co-curricular Music. Their messages were remarkably similar. Students who choose to involve themselves in College-based activities beyond the classroom generally have a more enjoyable experience of school and do better at school.
Your child has immediate opportunities to be involved in music through instrumental tuition, band, instrumental ensembles and choir. The time to act is now.
Sporting opportunities will be advertised to students throughout the year. All your child needs to do is listen to the daily notice and put themselves forward when their favoured activity is advertised.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 8 News
Welcome back everyone! I am really excited to be continuing on with such an enthusiastic group of students who are always up for a challenge.
Year 8: weConnect - Find happiness in making others happy
This is the theme Year 8 will be embracing this year.
Students walked into school this year not being the smallest fish, and some looked very happy about this. It is a great opportunity for all of the students to show that they can be leaders within the school and assist in making MacKillop a great community.
There is a list of whole school events in the upcoming events section of this newsletter but below are some key dates for Year 8 this term:
19th February – Swimming carnival
28th February – Year 8 breakfast
We have a wonderful Pastoral Care team who will continue to guide your child through their high school journey. If you have any questions, concerns or queries please do not hesitate to email or phone them so that we can all work together to make school a positive environment for everyone.
8 Flinders 1 Ms Tracey Bewicke email@example.com
8 Flinders 2 Mrs Michelle Marino firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Innes 1 Mr Trevor Erga email@example.com
Mrs Jo Pilgrim firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Innes 2 Mr Rob Geaney email@example.com
8 Innes 3 Mrs Nicole Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Macquarie 1 Mrs Emma Daley email@example.com
8 Macquarie 2 Mr Brent Lowrey firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Oxley 1 Mrs Megan Verdon email@example.com
Ms Georgina Pender firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Oxley 2 Mr Dave Sinclair email@example.com
I am also available if you need assistance.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 9 News
A NEW BEGINNING
The start of a new school year is always exciting and challenging for students and teachers alike – sometimes in equal measure, and definitely so this year. Renewing old friendships, discovering new classes, and catching up on holiday news are always popular topics of conversation at the beginning of the school year. But of course amidst that excitement this year, came the sad news of the passing of our much loved Father Donnelly. In celebration of his life, however, it was heartening to see so many of our student body paying their respects at his requiem mass last week, and I want to join in thanking them for their sincerity and compassion in doing so. Father D has left a tangible legacy on our parish youth and has clearly made a positive impression on many lives; he will be missed.
2019 brings change for our Year 9 cohort this year. Students are excited about beginning a new stage of their education, Stage 5, during Years 9 and 10. This period will prepare them for the challenges of their final stage of compulsory formal schooling. During this stage they will also undertake their elective courses and hopefully will find a renewed enthusiasm for their education and for where it may lead them in the future. It will also present many challenges both academically and perhaps for some, in organisation and preparation skills. I wish all students success on this new journey.
2019 PASTORAL CARE TEAM
Another change for some of our students is a change of PC teacher this year. For a variety of reasons, several of our team from last year enjoy a new role this year which sadly necessitates leaving their PC group. We welcome our new, capable and enthusiastic staff to the 2019 PC team and look forward to sharing the year with them.
Congratulations to the following staff members on their appointment or continued appointment to the Year 9 Pastoral team this year:
9 Flinders 1 Mr Daniel Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Flinders 2 Mrs Amber Ford email@example.com
Mr Benjamin Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Flinders 3 Mr David McMahon email@example.com
9 Innes 1 Mrs Elizabeth Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Innes 2 Mr Richard May email@example.com
Mrs Lisa Egan firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Macquarie 1 Mrs Nichola Lutton email@example.com
9 Macquarie 2 Mrs Nikki Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Oxley 1 Mrs Ann Palmer email@example.com
9 Oxley 2 Mrs Tahnee Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
It has been a positive start to a very important school year. It was lovely to see all the students on Monday when we met together for the very first time. In this meeting I informed the students of the five expectations that myself and their Pastoral Care team were focusing on this year:
Respect for oneself, peers, teachers and the environment;
Abiding by all reasonable teachers’ instructions;
Attending the non-academic school days on our calendar; and
Adhering to the uniform policy.
I also invited them to visit me in the staff workroom or out in the school yard to introduce themselves and I thank all the students who have done that. It is fantastic that I am supported by a team that has largely been together since your children started at MacKillop, with a few friendly, new faces added to the mix. The Pastoral Care team is:
10 Flinders 1 Mr Greg Finney email@example.com
10 Flinders 2 Mr David Pugh firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Innes 1 Mr Jordan Norris email@example.com
10 Innes 2 Mrs Kate Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
(Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Mrs Amy Ryals email@example.com
(Monday and Tuesday)
10 Macquarie 1 Mrs Courtney Charge firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Macquarie 2 Mr Phil Magick email@example.com
10 Oxley 1 Mr James Westman firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Oxley 2 Miss Megan Hudson email@example.com
10 Oxley 3 Mr Colin Coelho firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep an eye out for letters and permission slips, as this is a very busy term for us with three big events:
Monday 18th February - Information Night
Tuesday 19th February - Swimming carnival
25th - 29th March - Retreat and Mass week
I really look forward to working with you, your children and our Pastoral Care team while we navigate the exciting year ahead.
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 News
Year 11 News
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
Welcome Year 11 and Year 11 families to the senior years of your schooling. It has been a positive start to the year with each of our students and parents meeting their Pastoral Care teachers. This will be a fantastic start to build the relationship between our pastoral team and the families who will support the Year 11 students through these very important and sometimes stressful years of their education.
I thank all of the students for their work ethic this week and hope that they are able to establish some excellent study routines and habits over the next few weeks and months.
During my introduction to Year 11, I expressed my intent to enjoy a year group that displays cohesion, support and above all, community spirit. I have asked the students not only to show up but to step up and lead by example. My expectations of them are high but completely attainable as I want them to be involved in our College community as much as they can. I expect them to be in attendance at all of our events, be it sporting carnivals or retreat days. After all, it is these events that create community spirit and these experiences that we believe they will look back on with fond memories of their senior schooling.
Our Mary MacKillop theme for this year is “Never see a need without doing something about it”. There will be many structured experiences throughout the year by which Year 11 can live out this theme, but I also expect them to live it authentically, be it in the playground, classroom or at home.
Our other theme which is also a focus of the #wethrive@MacKillop program is that of ‘Relationships’. I have encouraged Year 11 to develop positive relationships with their peers and teachers. I will continue to support them as they do this and plan to facilitate the strengthened relationship between all members of our school community and our Year 11 students.
I look forward to working with Year 11 and their families. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the College or by email if I can support you or your child in any way.
Some important upcoming dates:
13th February Year 11 Information evening - Student and parents. Important curriculum, assessment and welfare Information. 6.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre
20th February Senior Swimming carnival
5th March Parent Evening - Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualised Society - 6.00p.m. in the College Theatre
6th March Year 11 Wellbeing Day
1st April Senior Learning Conversations - 4.00p.m. in the Lochinvar Centre
21st May Parent Evening - The Sleep Connection. Is your child getting the sleep they need to best support their learning, emotional and physical health? 6.00p.m. in the College Theatre.
Welcome back to what is the final year of secondary education for this wonderful bunch of young men and women. It will no doubt be a busy, challenging and exciting year as students move towards their final exams and graduation.
I thank you all for your time to meet with us over the past week during our #weThrive@MacKillop conversations. We are honoured to play such an integral role in students' lives and commit to working with you to ensure the best education for your child.
A few keys dates for this term include:
20th February Swimming carnival
5th March Parent Evening Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualised Society 6.00p.m. in the Theatre
21st May Parent Evening - The Sleep Connection
8th April Learning Conversations
As a school community, and with individual students, we will be focused on skills and techniques to manage time and workload, all whilst aiming to keep a healthy mindset. Please continue to stay in touch with us if you have concerns in this area.
There has been no time where the words of St Mary MacKillop have seemed so relevant and pertinent, “Be calm and full of hope”.
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 12 News
Family Retreat - Fullness of Life in Christ
The Family Retreat is a weekend of faith, fun and family open to all families in our Catholic Schools. Join us on 6th and 7th April at The Convention Centre at Stuarts Point for a free weekend that includes adult and children interactive faith sessions led by experienced retreat leaders, and fun activities for all the family including waterslide, flying fox and challenge course. See the flyer below for more information and registration details.
Earlier this year I was privileged enough to participate in the European History tour with a number of students from both MacKillop College and St Joseph’s Regional College. The tour was, for both students and teachers alike, a wonderful opportunity to bring the classroom to life, and brought students valuable insights into aspects of both the Modern and Ancient History courses.
The tour began in France, with a jam-packed itinerary that took us to such highlights as the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Palace of Versailles, amongst many others. After enjoying Paris’ sites (and pastries in equal measure) we made our way to the next stop on the tour, the town of Ypres in Belgium.
Whilst in Ypres we visited historically significant WWI sites and memorials in a tour that was as informative as it was emotional. That night, inside the Menin Gate’s towering walls engraved with the names of soldiers with unknown graves, Robbie Moore (Year 11) was honoured to lay a wreath at the Last Post ceremony, which the local Belgian community has done every night since November 1929.
Standing in front of countless tombstones over their visits to a number of cemeteries, the group spent a great deal of time contemplating the sacrifice of those who fell during WWI. This was particularly true for our stop at Woburn Abbey cemetery where Hugh Sharp (Year 11) was able to visit the grave of his ancestor David F. Smith who, as his tombstone reminded, ‘died that others may live.’
After Belgium we moved onto Germany, where we arrived in Nuremberg, beginning with a visit to the rally grounds. It was here that students were able to experience firsthand how Hitler and his chief architect Albert Speer used monumental architecture to aggrandise the mythology of the Third Reich. The museum at the Documentation Center gave a comprehensive look at the rise and reign of the Nazi Party, and was an appropriate prelude for the group’s tour of Courtroom 600, where the Nuremberg trials took place. The following day, we visited the concentration camp of Dachau. This was a confronting stop on our itinerary, but a necessary one for its reminder of what happens when evil goes unopposed.
We spent our last night in Munich, a city whose rich history is visible on every street. Whilst there we dined in a 16th century beer house, and enjoyed the traditional Bavarian music, dancing and whipcracking.
The final leg of our history tour took us to Italy. We were privileged to tour the ancient town of Pompeii with the esteemed Australian archeologist Dr Estelle Lazer. Dr Lazer gave our Ancient History students tremendous insight into how historians, through studying the town's remains (both human and otherwise), have constructed an idea of what life was in Pompeii. Our tour of Ancient Roman life was extended with a visit to The Villa Poppaea and Herculaneum with historian and archeologist Dr Joanne Berry whose expertise brought these places to life.
We left the Bay of Naples to journey to the 'eternal city' of Rome. Tours of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Forum helped students understand the world of Ancient Rome. Our walking tour of Rome visited other amazing sites such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and perhaps more importantly, two gelato shops.
Our final day of the tour took us to Vatican City. We began with a climb of the cupula of St Peter's Basilia, and continued with a guided tour of the Vatican Museum. We finished the day beneath the city of Rome, with a descent into the extraordinary Catacombs of Callixtus.
The tour was a wonderful excursion that developed an appreciation of the fact that history does not just happen in textbooks. To see these places is a reminder of how history is driven by and affects real people who occupied real spaces.
For younger students at MacKillop, the tour will take place again in two years, and is open to students from Years 9 - 12.
TEXTILES AND DESIGN
The Textiles room is after your unwanted clothing or textiles items!
This year for Year 7 Technology Mandatory we have a new syllabus and a new project that is focused on sustainability and reducing, reusing and recycling textiles.
Items of particular interest include:
t-shirts and business shirts
linen, including pillow cases
decent sized fabric scraps
almost anything! accepting plain colours and patterns.
We are happy to accept all washed/clean donations large or small.
Textiles and Design / TAS Teacher
SAFER INTERNET DAY
Safer Internet Day is an annual, worldwide event to help encourage a better internet. This year’s theme, “Together for a better internet”, encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing the four critical skills of Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.
These four skills provide us with an etiquette guideline for using the internet and the skills to navigate it safely.
RESPECT I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated.
RESPONSIBILITY I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong.
REASONING I question whether things are real or true.
RESILIENCE I get back up from tough situations.
On Tuesday, 5th February students participated in Safer Internet Day (SID) and were asked to make a pledge around their behaviour on the internet and what R they think is most important.
Families are encouraged to discuss the four Rs and how they may assist the whole family in using the internet safely.
Trainee Teachers' Aide
MCcentral Library Connect News
Teacher / Librarian
The new library is now open. We now have a wonderful contemporary learning space that accommodates senior classes, private research, collaborative endeavours and video conferencing facilities. The library staff are delighted with the new centre and are very much looking forward to working with students and staff in our revamped library. We have had wonderful feedback from everyone who has had a sneak peek.
TB, TJ, DMC
1.30p.m. - 3.00p.m.
AH, CC, AM
TJ, RA, TB
TERM 1 SPORT 2019
Welcome back to Sport at MacKillop College for 2019. I look forward to co-ordinating sport again this year and acknowledging the many great sporting achievements of our students throughout the year. If your child has a particular interest in a sport and you wish to know more about this sport, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.
Please refer to the newsletter each week for the most up to date information regarding sport. Your child will receive information via the morning notices regarding how to sign up for representative sports, training schedules and excursion information.
Families are reminded that should your child not be able to participate in sport due to injury or illness, a note is required. If the condition is ongoing, documentation from a doctor or physiotherapist is required.
Welcome to Lleyton Toft, our sport trainee for 2019. Lleyton is a talented AFL and soccer player and loves getting involved in a variety of sports. He will be assisting staff and students in both school sport and representative sport for 2019 and will be a fantastic asset to our College.
Year 7 students will participate in their sport double once a week. Students need to come to school in their sport uniform when their timetable indicates a double sport lesson.
From Week 3 onwards students will need to bring to school with them their swimmers, towel, rash shirt and hat to participate in the Swim and Survive course at either the Wauchope or Port Macquarie pool.
Students have received a permission note during Pastoral Care this week for the Swim and Survive course – this note needs to be returned to your child’s Sport teacher by the start of Week 3.
Year 8 students will participate in a wide range of sports throughout the year. During Term 1 students will participate in various sports based at MacKillop.
Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5 - Touch football and netball sessions delivered by Sporting Schools Fund plus a cricket session run by MacKillop College PDHPE teachers and trainee.
KC EDE CFo
9.10a.m. - 10.50a.m.
School oval / MPC
CC EDE AM
GL KC DMC
11.10a.m. - 12.50p.m.
Your son/daughter will participate in the Surf Rescue Certificate during sport for Term 1, 2019. This is an extension from the Swim and Survive Certificate that students completed in Year 7 Sport. Aquatics is a compulsory component of the PDHPE syllabus – please refer to page 35 on the link below:
This course will be run in conjunction with Surf Life Saving NSW who will provide specialised instructors to assist our PDHPE/Sport staff. All appropriate water safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of our students in an open water environment. This course caters for students of all swimming abilities and aims to improve the safety of individuals in an aquatic environment.
The Surf Rescue Certificate is a national swimming and water safety program that aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations.
LEARNING OUTCOME MODULES
1. Surf Awareness and Skills
Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards
Recognise appropriate beach types, conditions and areas in the surf zone for swimming
Demonstrate surf skills (board rescue, run swim run)
2. The Human Body
Explain the functions of the systems of the body e.g. respiratory and circulatory systems
Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques (Chain of Survival)
4. First Aid
Identify basic patient management techniques (DRSABCD and emergency care)
5. Rescue Techniques
Perform patient approaches, support and escapes aided by equipment on a conscious and an unconscious patient
Identify people in distress in an aquatic environment
Perform surf skills
6. Beach Management
Set up a patrol and describe your role on patrol
Demonstrate standard patrol practices
Work as part of team
Students will travel by bus to either the pool or beach to complete the modules with their sport teacher.
Please ensure your child has a towel, hat, rash shirt or singlet and swimmers for their swimming lessons. If your child has a wetsuit it is recommended that the students bring this each week.
If your child has already completed the Surf Rescue Certificate with a Surf Life Saving Club at a community level, please provide Mrs Denham with a copy of this Certificate. These students will assist with Water safety each week.
Year 10 students will participate in seven weeks of sport for Term 1, 2019 beginning in Week 3 Tuesday, 12th February. Parents and students are reminded that it is a legal requirement that the digital permission slip is completed before the student can participate in sport, even if choosing school sport.
Parents should have returned the digital permission form by Tuesday, 5th February. Both parents and students are reminded that after this date there will be NO changes to any sports for any reason, so choose your sport carefully. Businesses rely on the student numbers we provide them and therefore we ask that you respect this commitment by not asking for your child to change sport during the term.
To complete sport selections students needed to have completed the online sport selections survey which was opened on Tuesday, 5th February at 9am and closed on Thursday, 7th February at 3pm. Students who fail to complete this on time will be placed in school sport. NOTE: The selection must be completed at school the software is not supported at home.
ELECTIVE SPORT OPTIONS – TERM 1
Learn to Surf
Guided surfing lessons with Port Macquarie Surf School at Flynn’s Beach
Body boarding or surfing at Flynn’s Beach. Students MUST have their Surf Survival Certificate at the time of selection.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding on the pristine shores of Lake Cathie and have a go in the JUMBO 8 while you are at it. Loads of fun in the sun.
Skating, Laser Tag mission… sounds like an exciting sport option!
Ten Pin Bowling
Ten Pin Bowling at Wave Bowl. How many strikes can you get?
Learn and improve your golf skills at Hydro Golf includes Putt Putt Golf.
Challenge yourself against gravity and take on the walls at the Centre of Gravity plus one laser game each week.
Walk for Fitness
Partake in recreational walking at various tracks and venues around the Port Macquarie area and surrounds.
Challenge yourself at the Wayne Richards Park mountain bike track, Jolly Nose and other tracks. Must have your own bike and helmet.
Play a variety of team-based sports that involve either a stick, court, indoor surface or astro turf including hockey, futsal, tennis, slide hockey, golf, table tennis, fast 5 netball and basketball.
Students who are competing at a State level or above in their chosen sport can request to do contract sport and train off site. Please see Mrs Denham if interested in Term 1
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A MACKILLOP COLLEGE SPORT TEAM
In the past students have signed up to trial for a sport by writing their name on a paper list at the sports noticeboard. As of now all registrations for MacKillop College sport teams will be completed by students by logging into the school Moodle page. Go to the student links tab on the left hand side and click on the Representative Sports registrations link. Click on the relevant sport and fill out the google form.
Students will be notified through the morning notices of when to sign up and when trials will occur.
Sports currently open for registration are:
Click on this link to register http://moodle.pmaclism.catholic.edu.au/course/view.php?id=650
LISMORE DIOCESAN REGISTRATIONS
Please note that the following sports are currently open for students to be able to sign up to or register their interest to trial. These sports have been advertised to students through morning notices throughtout the past week.
Diocesan Individual Touch Selection Trials – Coffs Harbour 26th February
Diocesan Open’s and Under 15s Rugby League Trials – Lismore 18th & 19th March
Diocesan Open’s Football (Soccer) Girls and Boys – Lismore 18th & 19th March
400m freestyle event to be swum at Diocesan Swimming – Lismore 6th & 7th March
Please click on the link below to register for the sports by Friday, 15th February.
CCC registrations are now open for a number of sports in 2019. Individual Registrations for the following sports to attend a NSWCCC Selection - AFL, baseball, basketball, cricket, diving, golf, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby, softball, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and water polo.
WEEK 3 2th February
WEEK 4 19th February
JUNIOR SWIMMING CARNIVAL
WEEK 5 26th February
WEEK 6 5th March
WEEK 7 12th March
WEEK 8 19th March
WEEK 9 26th March
YEAR 10 RETREAT
WEEK 10 2nd April
WEEK 11 9th April
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.
Leader of Sport
Berg Shield verse Woodlawn at Coffs Harbour
MacKillop College JUNIOR Swimming Carnival
MacKillop College SENIOR Swimming Carnival
NSWCCC Boys' U19 selections at St Gregory’s
18th and 19th February
NSWCCC Cricket girls selections Campbelltown
NSWCCC girls and boys softball selections Seven Hills
Diocesan Opens and U15 touch football individual selections
NSW All Schools Triathlon individuals and teams
28th February and 1st March
“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
The role of the Co-curricular Music Program at MacKillop College is not only to provide musical enrichment to students but to provide a service to the parish and to the community. Ensembles participate in local festivals and events, provide music for Mass, attend workshops, perform at College assemblies and participate in band tours and competitions both nationally and internationally. Through these experiences we hope to nurture a sense of camaraderie, teamwork, community, cultural and spiritual service and a pure love of making and sharing music with others.
The music staff at MacKillop are excited to offer an extensive ensemble program. There are many proven benefits to learning a musical instrument relating to brain development. Playing music within an ensemble setting builds upon such benefits and reinforces social interaction, teamwork, discipline and goal setting. Furthermore, it is imperative that students understand the importance of their ensemble membership. Ensemble members are expected to regularly and punctually attend rehearsals, participate positively and respectfully, understand their role as part of a team and participate to the best of their ability in performances. In order to maintain the positive growth of the music ensemble program at MacKillop College students are asked to adhere to the expectations provided below.
There has been an ensemble sign-up information kiosk operating every recess of week 1 and 2 to enable Year 7 students and new students to the school an opportunity to signup and find out more about the program. All ensemble rehearsals commence in week 3. Please see Mr Denham or your classroom Music teacher if you have missed the sign up times or require further information.
Ensemble members are expected to attend all rehearsals, performances, workshops and special events throughout the year. As a courtesy students are required to inform their ensemble director of any planned absences prior to a rehearsal or event. Rolls are taken at all rehearsals, performances and workshops. Students with unexplained absences will be required to provide written explanations signed by a parent to the leader of co-curricular music. It is important that students arrive to rehearsal five minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure that time is not lost to setting up instruments. Students are to move as quickly as possible to lunch rehearsals from class.
Understandably there will be times when students are late to rehearsals or performances for a wide range of valid reasons. Ensemble directors and the leader of co-curricular music will always keep this in mind when discussing absence with students and parents.
In order to maintain consistent growth of ensembles at MacKillop College and to allow students access to fundamental skills required to advance into smaller ensembles it is important for students to understand the “pathway” into ensemble membership. Generally, students are to be members of either the choir or the senior or junior band before they consider participating in or applying for membership in other ensembles (this is outlined below).
2019 Ensemble “pathway”
Students are to be members of the Senior or Junior Band in order to participate in the following ensembles. (The Senior Band is open to all students from Years 9 to 12 who play a concert band or jazz band instrument. The Junior Band is open to all students in Years 7 to 9 who play a concert band or jazz band instrument).
Junior Percussion Ensemble
Senior Percussion Ensemble
Students are to be members of the Choir in order to participate in the following ensembles. (The Choir is open to all students from Years 7 to 12).
Junior Vocal Ensemble
Senior Vocal Ensemble (audition required)
String Ensemble (open to all students)
Guitar Club (open to all students)
SAPSS Ensembles. Students participating in the SAPSS Marching Band or Drumline are also to be members of the senior or junior band or choir.
*All Year 7 students are to signup for junior band, choir or string ensemble. This will provide them with access to more advanced ensembles as their skills develop or on invitation by the ensemble director.
Understandably there are instances when students might not be able to follow the pathway outlined above for a range of valid reasons. In these instances students and/or parents are to contact the leader of co-curricular music through the College office or via the email address provided below to discuss options.
As a courtesy students are required to inform their ensemble director and the leader of co-curricular music in writing if they are no longer able to commit to membership of an ensemble. This information will assist with future planning.
The ensemble timetable for Term 1 2019 is included below to assist with organisation. Please read over this information and take note of times and venues.
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 invited 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 per 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.
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;
Lunchtime concerts at the Glasshouse;
Big Band Blast;
The annual Music Showcase & Awards Night;
Students are to see Mr Denham or the music trainee at rehearsal or in break times in the Band Room to order a size. Sample shirts will be available for you to try on.
SAPSS Marching Band News
On Monday, 18th February at 6.00p.m, there will be a parent meeting held in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at St Joseph's Regional College for parents and students to discuss all things SAPSS Marching Band. We welcome any existing members and any new interested members to come along and find out more about this semester's program. If you are unable to attend but require more information please contact Samantha Adams before the start of March and Robert Denham from March onwards.
Sunday, 17th February, 4.30p.m. - 6.00p.m. St Agnes Parish Church, Praise Band and Singers
Wednesday, 13th March, period 1, College Hall , Stage Band
Please contact Mr Denham with any questions relating to the Co-curricular Music program at MacKillop College or visit the College website and click on the Creative Arts tab.
Leader of Co-curricular Music email@example.com
We desperately need helpers for two hours each month in the canteen. Ring the school or Maxine Stone on 0432179365 if you can help out.
Junior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.20p.m. - 4.00p.m.
Senior Library: Monday to Thursday 3.15p.m. - 5.00p.m.
Monday, 11th February
Heather Sheers, Ann Todd and Mayo Brumby
Tuesday, 12th February
Kristine Fallon and Maggie Nash
Wednesday, 13th February
Bernadette Doyle and Rob Doyle
Thursday, 14th February
Jo Sexton, Amanda Horder and Chris Jourdant
Friday, 15th February
Leanne Hatherly and Bec Eakin
Volleyball Opportunities - Junior Development Program
There will be two 'Come & Try & Find Out More' days on
Wednesday 6th February & Wednesday 13th February, where you can find out information about the program. Athletes do not need to have had any experience to attend, and there is no obligation to sign up to the program if you attend these trainings.
Training Time: 5.00p.m. - 7.00p.m.
Where: St Columba Anglican School Sports Centre
Cost of Come & Try & Find Out More Days: Free