MacKillop College Newsletter
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Term 4, Week 2, 21 October
Canonisation of St Mary MacKillop. October 17 2010
Mary MacKillop’s journey to Sainthood:
Mary’s century-long Cause of Canonisation began
‘where all Causes begin, from the people’s belief
that there had been a saint in their midst’.
October 17 marked 12 years since our College Patron Saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop was canonised.
There were many steps and milestones dating back to 1909 which saw the journey of Mary to Sainthood and first involved proving that she had lived a holy life exhibiting the virtues of faith, hope and charity, and of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance, to a heroic degree. To read more about the journey click here.
Georgia Ryan - Australian Dyslexia Ambassador at the UN meeting in New York
This week I had the pleasure of watching Year 11 student Georgia Ryan’s speech at the recent UN meeting. Georgia is a fierce advocate for students with dyslexia and the need for greater awareness and teacher training. What an amazing experience and something to be extremely proud of.
MacKillop College Wins Major National Festival Award
Last week I wrote about the amazing efforts of our Wakakirri Dance students at the State Awards of the Festival. This week we received the amazing news of a National Award against all the other states.
MacKillop College has taken home a NATIONAL STORY AWARD - for excellence in performing arts and raising awareness about history for their performance 'The White Mouse' as part of the 2022 National Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival.
Wakakirri Festival Director Adam Loxley said “The standard of performance and the stories being told by schools this year was exceptional so MacKillop College should be very proud of their award”. Wakakirri panel member Scott Irwin described the performance as “an emotional journey through WWII as seen through the eyes of The White Mouse, Nancy Wake. ”
The Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival is a national program that helps schools develop student engagement and wellbeing through participation in the performing arts. Schools participate by creating Story-Dances which they perform in live theatres in capital cities and selected regional areas around Australia. Schools in remote and regional areas can participate via Wakakirri Video. Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools with over 180 taking part in 2022.
College Captains First Official Duty
Last Monday our College Captains Fleur and Lenny represented the College at the ‘Regional Youth Round Table’ held at Charles Sturt University.
This event formed part of the ‘Regional Listening Tour’, aimed at creating a dialogue between our community and our federal government representatives. The focus of the Round Table was for young leaders to inform federal leaders of ‘What is important to young people in the regions and how do we make it a reality?’
I have no doubt Fleur and Lenny were wonderful ambassadors for the College and the young people of the Hastings.
Congratulations to the many Year 12 students who were recognised last Term at our Celebration of Excellence ceremony for their efforts and achievements.
Thank you to the following families and businesses (some who wished to remain anonymous), who generously sponsored awards at the ceremony. Your support is greatly appreciated.
|Celebration Of Excellence Award Sponsorship|
|School Spirit Awards||Michael & Helen Prowse|
|Quiet Achiever Awards||Leslie Williams MP|
|Long Tan||Australian Defence Forces|
|Creative Arts Person of the Year||Nik Lipovac (Hastings Council)|
|St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Award||St Agnes' Parish|
|Student of the Year||Jim & Mary O'Brien|
Mary MacKillop Community Service Award
St Agnes' Catholic Parish Youth Award
|St Agnes' Catholic Parish Catholic Presbytery|
|Dux of 2021||Northcorp Management|
|Academic Endeavour||Port Macquarie Catholic Men's Dinner Club|
|James P Hearle Award for Leadershp & School Service||Port Macquarie Catholic Men's Dinner Club|
|First Place in a Subject|
|Biology||North Coast Fire & Security|
|Business Studies||HB Legal|
|Chemistry||Hertz Car Rental|
|Design & Technology||Romer Locks|
|Engineering Studies||Bale Defence|
|English Advanced||Patty Mullin|
|Geography & Mathematics Advanced||Corr Family|
|Hospitality||Ken Littles Fruit & Veg|
|Studies of Religion 1||Catholic Women's League|
|Studies of Religion 2||Sisters of St Joseph, Lochinvar|
Year 7-11 Academic & Service Awards
A special occasion for our students is the Year 7-11 Academic & Service Awards Ceremony, which is traditionally held in Term 4 at MacKillop College. This is an opportunity to acknowledge students who have excelled in academic and cultural areas. These students receive a trophy or a book voucher as a symbol of their involvement and achievement in a particular area.
It has become a tradition that these awards are sponsored by families or businesses in our College community. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the program booklet and in the College newsletter. If you are interested in sponsoring an award we would love to hear from you. Your support is invaluable and greatly appreciated. The cost of the sponsorship is $30.00 per award.
If you are in a position to assist, please contact Alex Bamford at the main College office on 6583 2632 or email@example.com
Thank you in anticipation.
Assistant Principal - Mission
In Moana, an animated movie from 2016, a daring teenager sets out on a quest to save her people. Along the way she finds the one thing she is looking for, her own identity. How many of us can liken this to our own lives?
I have crossed the horizon to find you
I know your name
They have stolen the heart from inside you
But this does not define you
This is not who you are
You know who you are
There is no doubt about it, we live in a fast-paced world. Often we barely have time to take a breath between completing one task and beginning another. Our identity is often wrapped up in what we do, not who or whose we are. While what we do has a place in our lives it should not define us. Think about it for a moment. If we meet someone new, one of the first questions we might ask is, “What do you do?”
The world expects us to be noted by what we do, not by who we are. What if we looked at things from a different perspective? What if we asked a different question? Perhaps asking as many Indigenous Australians do, where are you from? Or what are you passionate about? Do these not reveal more about you as a person than what do you do?
Terry Hershey, an American author and minister says, ‘Life isn’t a contest but an invitation: to pause, to pay attention, to be astonished, and to share. Who knows? You just may find a new You. Or, you might rediscover the You who has been buried under the clutter and press of the hectic - the one who is more aware, present, energised, real, and authentic. One who is fully alive.’
Is this not who God created us to be? An aware, present, energised, real, authentic and fully alive person who reflects God’s goodness and beauty.
Bishop Barron put it this way, ‘There is a cacophony of voices calling out to you; there are a thousand influences pulling you this way and that. What’s the one necessary thing? It is to listen to the voice of Jesus as he tells you of his love and as he tells you who you are.’
We invite you this week to pause, take a breath and think about who you really are.
Assistant Principal - Mission
Welcome back to all students and families for Term 4, and the last for Year 7 in 2022! Can you believe it?!
I am eager and excited to continue guiding this great cohort, alongside PC teachers, for a strong finish to the year. The students have developed their friendships and grown in confidence throughout the year. I am confident they will continue to rise to any challenge with positivity and resilience this term.
Last week, the Student Representative Council (SRC) for 2022/2023 was announced. It is a great privilege and responsibility being a member of the SRC; being a voice for peers and having input into the ongoing improvement of MacKillop College.
Congratulations to the following Year 7 Student Leaders. I look forward to working with you over the next 12 months.
In fact, our whole school’s character strength focus in Term 4 is LEADERSHIP.
Leadership is the process of motivating, directing and coordinating members of a group to achieve a common goal. Effective leadership requires listening to the opinions and feelings of other group members as much as it involves active direction. Individuals who develop this strength are able to help their group to achieve goals in a cohesive, efficient, and amiable manner.
Every student will be encouraged to develop leadership in their own circles - to connect, motivate, and inspire a sense of ownership of shared objectives - being able to manage how they think and act, and see how their behaviour affects others.
A Leader's Prayer
Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want.
Leadership is less about the love of power,
and more about the power of love.
Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be
affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.
Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will follow.
Let our greatest passion be compassion.
Our greatest strength, love.
Our greatest victory, the reward of peace.
In leading let us never fail to follow.
In loving let us never fail.
Code of Presentation
Uniform is always a topic of conversation with students and parents. Whenever I speak with a student about their uniform, shoes, haircut, jewellery etc. they are always aware of the College expectations and what they are supposed to be wearing or not wearing and that they should be wearing sport uniform only on days for sport or physical activities. The start of the term is the best time to set expectations from home as well. By wearing the College uniform correctly, they show we are all on the same team working together to create a school community where everyone belongs. The Code of Presentation is located in the front of the College Diary and I encourage you to sit with your child this weekend and discuss some of the expectations with them.
We are now back in the time of year when the sun’s radiation becomes more intense and more damaging to the skin. It is a sensible precaution for people to wear hats when in the sun. This is especially important for young people, as research has shown that ultraviolet damage to the skin is most severe in young and growing skin. The extent of this damage often only really becomes apparent a decade or two later.
It is school policy for students to wear a hat when in the sun. Please check and insist that your sons and daughters always bring the school hat or cap with them to school.
The College Diary is one of our key methods of communication and diaries are to be signed on a weekly basis by caregivers. Students should use the College Diary to record tasks, reminders and important information. Often students say ‘I forgot’ because they are not using their school diary effectively. Teachers and caregivers are also encouraged to use the diary as a way of reciprocating this communication. Working together to ensure they are organised and prepared for school tasks is key to assisting our young people to achieve their personal best.
Well done to the students of Mr Mahon’s Science classes for their achievements in skills Term 3. Continue the good work!
I wish Year 7 the very best for Term 4 in tackling the learning challenges ahead and developing positive friendships both in the classroom and on the playground.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Silver Principal’s Award: Joshua Freeman, Zoe Mizzi, Claire Morris and Summer Waite.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Joe Caruso, Finn Cole, Hunter Davis (x2), Joshua Freeman, Paige Goldie, Tori McGrath, Zoe Mizzi, Claire Morris, Vilius Philp, Summer Waite and Jaxon Waser.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Welcome back to the last term of 2022 and Year 8! Where has the time gone! Hopefully everyone was able to get some rest over the break, and start the new Term with a refreshed set of goals!
This term proves to be an exciting one for the Year 8 cohort. Our Year 8 camp is only two weeks away!! I understand there are some nervous students and parents alike. This is a normal feeling but no doubt when we board that bus Wednesday morning Week 4 the nerves will go away and the excitement will set in.
We have been busily forming tent/food groups over that last couple of weeks and as parents you would have heard about this. It’s now time for families to communicate with each other, drag out the tents and eskies in preparation for camp.
The students have been thoroughly prepared for the camp during PDHPE, Pastoral Care and Sport lessons. Students have been instructed on menu preparation and camp set-up. Please note that students are responsible for the planning, purchasing, storage and preparation of the food for their food group.
Tent Setup and Storage (Wednesday Week 3)
During extended PC on Wednesday of Week 3 the Year 8 cohort will be doing a “practice” setup of their tents/swags in preparation for camp. Students will need to bring in their group’s tent/swag on this day. This practice setup is to ensure that the tent/swag in in good working order and students know how to set this up for camp. The group’s tent/swag will then be clearly labelled, stored and remain at school in preparation for the camp.
Please take the time to read over the Year 8 Camp Information Equipment List and Menu Planning note sent to families last term.
Congratulations to the Leandre Menelet who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 9 are excited! We are fielding heaps of questions, having lots of chats and hearing loads of talk about this excursion. Andrew Evans and I spoke to Year 9 briefly on Monday about the process of organising rooming. By now your child should be in a room group so please have a conversation with them about who is in their group.
We will be meeting as a year group on Wednesday to discuss further details about the excursion including the itinerary, gear/equipment to bring and what we expect out of Year 9 whilst on this trip.
Please remember to contact either myself or Andrew Evans if you have any questions.
Congratulations to Fleur Jardine who has received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award and a Silver Principal’s Award.
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 9 History
Year 9 History Excursion to Canberra
Year 9 students from MacKillop will soon be undertaking an education tour of the national capital with stops in Sydney. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
This week we have been finalising our room and bus groups in preparation.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $45 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and has been part of the reduced fee for the excursion.
Details of the Excursion:
- Depart: Monday 31 October - leave school by 6:00am (students to be at school by 5:45am)
- Return: Thursday 3 November from 7:30 pm
- Students are not required to attend on Friday 4 November
Please note: Students not attending the excursion should be attending school unless otherwise organised.
Please contact me for further information. A note with further details will be sent home early next week.
WW1 Living History
On Monday, all Year 9 had the opportunity to work with Shane Blackman from WW1 Living History. Shane has an interactive display of WW1 paraphernalia that students were able to touch, ask questions about and wear. This is an excellent addition to our study in our Australians at War Unit. Shane took the students through a soldier's journey from enlistment, to Egypt for training, on the shores of Gallipoli and the Western Front in France. This was an opportunity for our students to experience first hand the life of our soldiers and nurses in the Great War.
Leader of Learning HSIE
Welcome to Term 4 to all students and their families. Year 10 have another busy and rewarding term ahead of them in terms of both academic and pastoral events. Most students have finalised their plans and subject selections for next year which is very exciting. Just a reminder that you access your child’s assessment calendar via the following link: Year 10 Assessment Calendar.
Another significant date for students is Monday, 12 December when all students will attend their end of year Endless Summer day at Pilot Beach. Students will have access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, a mega board and many other water activities.
Lastly, if you are concerned about the effects of screen time on your kids, Todd Sampson presented a show called Mirror Mirror that provides some great insights into adolescents and their phone use – “With the average Aussie spending 17 years of their life staring at their phone, we investigate how the internet is affecting our relationships and what impact this is having on our lives.” The show can be viewed here https://10play.com.au/mirror-mirror.
Have a great week.
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 Science Fair
Last Friday, students from the Year 10 Science Extension classes showcased their Student Research Projects in a science fair event held in the Junior Library. Students constructed display boards to exhibit their investigations in chemistry that answered a specific question of their choosing, covering a wide range of topics, including the effect of different reactants and catalysts on the production of gaseous and crystalline products, the calorimetry of food, ocean acidification, factors that change the rate of the iodine clock reaction and the experimental validation of Hess' Law.
Students engaged in conversations with their class peers, parents, and staff, as well as other students from Year 10 who had conducted Student Research Projects on the topic of factors that affect the rate of reaction between magnesium and hydrochloric acid. Students were encouraged to have conversations that related to the 'what' of their investigations, the 'how' of their specific experiments and the 'why' of their results while learning about topic areas that often covered concepts covered in the Preliminary and HSC Chemistry courses.
The science fair was a celebration of the hard work put in by the students of the extension classes, with each student delving into the process of science, warts and all. While students commented that the processes of questioning, conducting, analysing and communicating were, at times, quite challenging and time consuming, they also expressed that they enjoyed the process of performing their investigations and being able to see the quality of work that their peers had produced.
One student commented "I enjoyed my parents being able to come and witness my hard work, and I also found that I was able to problem solve quickly as well as develop new knowledge in a small amount of time."
Congratulations to our Year 10 Science Extension on such fantastic work, you should be extremely proud of your efforts. The Year 10 Science Extension classes and I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our wonder lab technician, Kelly Waters. Kelly's expertise in chemical safety and 'know how' were critical to the success of a number of students. We thank her for her guidance and assistance in completing these investigations.
Year 10 Science Extension Teacher
The Senior Retreat is fast approaching in Week 4 for all Year 11 students. It will be a memorable experience for both students and staff as we come together for our last ever College Retreat. If you have not yet completed the online permission form for your young person to go to the Retreat, please do so ASAP so we can finalise numbers and dietary requirements for each venue. The Retreat will be a wonderful opportunity for students to not only spend time with their friends but to also develop stronger relationships with their peers in their year group.
Year 11 Awards Ceremony will take place in Week 3 on Wednesday at 9.00am in the Theatre on the junior site. Awards will be presented for First Place in each Subject as well as Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Application, Application, Attendance and Community Service Awards.
All parents are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony next week. I am looking forward to celebrating the hard work and achievements of our wonderful students.
Year 12 Jerseys
The Year 12 2023 Jerseys arrived this week to much excitement. The weather is starting to get a little warm for them this term but no doubt they will get full use next winter.
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
Yearr 12 Exhibition Nominations - Technological and Applied Studies
The practical components of the Higher School Certificate for Industrial Technology, Design & Technology and Textiles & Design were externally marked towards the end of last term, with our MacKillop students presenting a wide range of demanding projects. Both the projects and folios that were presented displayed a flair for design as well as a high level of workmanship, and the students have every right to be proud of their achievements.
During the marking process, should the NESA markers deem a project to be exemplary, they can nominate it for possible inclusion in an exhibition of outstanding projects in each of the respective subject areas. The exhibitions which take place in Sydney are Shape, InTech and Texstyle. We we’re fortunate enough to have 7 of our TAS students receive one of these prestigious nominations.
Leader of Learning Technological and Applied Studies
St Agnes' Parish Invitation
“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 Voice MACKILLOP: A Musical Theatre Song Contest
The Voice MacKillop 2022 will take place on Thursday 17 November in the College theatre. In this concert the College Musical Theatre Company and Pit Band will perform musical theatre repertoire from stage musicals such as Grease, Matilda, Queen, Hamilton and Six. In addition, four competition finalists will sing their winning entries to a backing track in front of a live audience who will vote for a winner on the night! A gold coin donation will be required for audience members to vote.
Students interested in taking part in the competition are to complete the linked entry form, submit their video performance and provide a $10 entry fee. All details are provided on the linked entry form.
ALL video entries AND entry fees MUST be received by Friday 4 November.
All proceeds raised from entries and from the concert will be contributed to the College Chritisn Outreach Program.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Mr Denham.
Please note that performing ensemble shirt orders will be made in Week 4. Please collect an order form from Tom Steele (Music Trainee) in the music store room or from the College Office (junior campus). Please note that some spare shirts are available from Tom in the music store to try on for sizing.
Links & Forms
- Week 3: Sunday 30 November, meet 4.15pm at St Agnes Church for a 5.00pm start. Mass concludes at 6.00pm. Collective Praise Band & Singers
- Week 5: Wednesday 9 November, Period 1 (sound check 8:15am), College Hall. Musical Theatre Company & Pit Band
Year 7 Orientation Assembly
- Week 5: Friday 11 November, Period 1 (sound check 8:15am), College Hall. Musical Theatre Company & Pit Band
The Voice Mackillop: A musical theatre song contest
- Week 6: Thursday 17 November, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (sound check 5:00pm), College Theatre. Musical Theatre Company & Pit Band
- Week 6: Sunday 20 November, meet 4:15pm at St Agnes Church for a 5:00pm start. Mass concludes at 6:00pm. Collective Praise Band & Singers
- Week 7: Wednesday 23 November - Saturday 26 November, St Joseph’s Regional College. NEST performers.
- Week 7: Thursday 24 November - Horton Street Port Macquarie. Drumline. Details to be confirmed - please contact Mrs Adams.
Summer Sessions Lunch Concerts
- Week 8: Friday 2 December - Lunch 1 Junior COLA, Lunch 2 Senior Courtyard. Selected sololists & ensembles. Details to be confirmed - please contact Rob Denham.
Co-Curricular Music Awards Assembly
- Week 9: Wednesday 7 December - Period 1, College Hall. Ensembles to be confirmed.
College Christmas Mass
- Week 10: Wednesday 14 December - Period 1, College Hall. Collective Praise Band & Singers
Major Awards Assembly
- Week 10: Wednesday 14 December - Period 3 & 4, College Hall. Choir & Percussion Ensemble
St Agnes Parish Christmas Eve Family Mass
- Saturday 24 December - College Hall, 6.00pm - 7.00pm. Student and Staff volunteers.
Please contact Rob Denham with any questions relating to the co-curricular music program at MacKillop College.
Leader of Co-Curricular Music
Term 4 Sport 2022
Diocesan Volleyball - Junior Girls
The U15's Girls Team played well in last Friday's competition especially considering none of the girls had played in a competition before. They pushed aside their first game nerves and took out Banora Point with a whopping score of 42-26. Despite having some very difficult competition in the remaining matches against St Joseph’s Regional, St Mary's Casino and Xavier Catholic College, the girls improved their skills and communication each game. They had an amazing comeback in the game against Regional, but unfortunately they went down by a few points; which meant they missed out on a spot for the semi-finals.
Thanks for coming along on the day ladies and giving it your best shot.
Best and Fairest: Lane Jordan
The junior boys had prepared and developed their skills and games over the course of Term 3 and were keen to test themselves in completion. The team was very inexperienced but very keen learners. This was reflected on the day, where they had a very convincing win against Trinity, but soon had to play stronger teams in their pool. The team had to draw on their skills and resolve, and won their games against Casino, Ballina and Kempsey by playing some tough and entertaining volleyball to progress at the top of their pool.
The semi-final against Grafton saw the team control the match well and head into another match against Casino in the grand final. The team got through the early arm wrestle in a well-played match and emerged victorious 32-18. Setters Nate Newton and Flynn Burrage did a solid job of setting up our tall line of hitters in Sam Blain, Tyse Thrower and Braeden Fuller, whilst Matteo Donati was a brick wall as a blocker. George Worner was very consistent playing all roles, as was Jarvis Lineham who also kept us in crucial points with scrambling soccer skills.
Congratulations to all players for their impressive dedication to training and preparation, and being excellent representatives of our College by displaying wonderful sportsmanship and skill.
Best and Fairest: Braeden Fuller
I had the pleasure of coaching the 2022 Senior Girls' team consisting of Chloe Dray Pongos, Amy Hatherly, Lara Inman, Tess McWilliams, Tara Mitchell, Rosina Smith, Harley Smith, Emily Galvin and Victoria Clapoudis. The girls showed consistent commitment to training and preparing for the Diocesan tournament and this was evident in their performance on the day.
After a loss in the first round game, the girls showed determination to improve and demonstrate their volleyball skills, and subsequently went on to win their remaining round games convincingly. The quarter finals saw them up against Trinity College where the girls utilised the court space and digging skills to win 40:24.
The girls faced Xavier College in the semi-finals and again worked together as a team to come away with a 32:26 win. The grand final saw the team up against Casino, who are always competitive in this sport. Not to be overlooked, our girls supported each other and worked together to win in a nailbiting match that was ‘point for point’ much of the game. The girls established consistency in their passes, developed momentum towards the end and finished the champions of the day. A true team effort. Final score 29:23.
While all players demonstrated great teamwork, tenacity and leadership, special mention must be given to Chloe Dray Pongas who, in one game, served 21 points in a row!
Under the guidance of Bruce Smith, the senior boys’ volleyball team had a thorough preparation with training sessions and competitive match play against the Junior Boys’ team in the weeks leading up to the tournament.
The team was very dominant throughout the round games, coming away with strong victories against Xavier College, Newman Technical College, John Paul College and Trinity. While serving performance was an area for improvement in the early games, the boys scrambled well and were very strong at the net in both attack and defence. Tom Ryan and Will Kelly showed their dominance early with some ferocious spikes.
The semi-final against Trinity was a very vocal and tight match. But with improved serving and excellent play by Cody Mills in particular, the boys dominated the last seven minutes of play to record a solid victory.
The final was against cross town rivals, St Joseph's Regional College. The boys were faultless in their start to the match, going to a strong lead early on. Again strong play from Cody Mills, Tom Ryan and Will Kelly earnt some solid points but the support play from Kobi Hale and Riley Harmer was excellent. With three minutes remaining victory was in sight for the MacKillop boys but Regional lifted in intensity. They served well, they competed on every play and slowly started closing the gap. Coming down to the last few seconds the scores were equal. In the final rallying point, a strong cross court spike at the net went slightly long over the baseline giving Regional a one-point victory.
While disappointed with their defeat, the boys were very impressive in all of their performances. All the boys played very well and should be congratulated. The experience of Tom Watson and Kobi Hale supported the skills and power of Cody Mills, Tom Ryan and Will Kelly, and these players lead the team well.
Best and Fairest: Tom Ryan
Congratulations to Cooper Lorger who recently represented the NSWCCC U15 Country team. The experience sounded fantastic, with Cooper getting plenty of game time and performing well at hooker and half back. Some highlights included;
- 3 games v Parra Eels (won), Sydney Roosters (lost), St Greg's (lost)
- 1-week camp - training, games, visit to NRL clubs
- Trained at Panthers Stadium and used Panthers gym - Joe Galuvao guided the tour
- Visited West Tigers brand new training facility - Tim Sheens guided the tour
- Visited NSW Rugby League headquarters at Sydney Olympic Park - Paul Langmack guided the tour
- Trained at NSWRL headquarters - included some fitness drills with the NRL refs (Ashley Klein)
- Tour of St Greg's Campbelltown boarding facilities.
Congratulations Cooper, not only did you get to represent NSW Country you also got to experience a fantastic week with some football greats. Well done.
MacKillop College Representative Sport & Upcoming Events
All registrations for MacKillop College sport teams will be completed by students via 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.
Click on this link to register.
Netball Schools Cup State Finals
13, 15 Opens League Tag
NRL 7s Boys – 14, 16 and Opens
NRL 7s Girls – 14, 16 and Opens
Lismore Diocesan Events & Registration
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 over the past week.
Please click on this link below to register for the sports.
Date of event
Registration Closing date
Diocesan Secondary Golf Championships – Coffs Harbour
NSWCCC Events & Registration
Students MUST be registered for the event with parent and Principal approval (or Principal delegate).
Registration is through the CSNSW Sport portal. Details on how to register.
Date of event
Opens Championships – SOPAC
Junior Championships – SOPAC
Junior Boys & Girls Championships – Bankstown
30 October - 1 November
NSW All Schools – Events
The selection for these events is a result of the NSWCCC events.
Date of event
SSA Diving – Brisbane
20 – 26 October
National Basketball Championships
27 November – 2 December
During the school holidays Jarvis Lineham, Daniel Mercer and Zora Boskovski played in the Football (Soccer) National Premier League semi-final in Newcastle. Their win took them through to the grand final. It was an amazing match showcasing how hard they’ve worked throughout the year! They went down fighting against the top Newcastle team. Proud coaches, families and friends cheered them on as they received their silver medals.
Congratulations to Tara Mitchell and Niah Evans who refereed their first senior tournament at the Country Championships in Tuggerah last weekend.
Congratulations to Noah Pociask who continues to do very well with his tennis. Noah recently qualified for the NSW State Age Championships where only 32 boys are selected to play in the under 12s, 14s and 16s. Noah was one of the youngest in the 14s and made the quarter finals (top 8), only going down to the number 2 seed who went on to win the tournament.
Last weekend Noah won the Champion of Champions. This is the best young tennis players from the country areas of NSW. The final came down to a tiebreak where Noah was able to hold his form and seal the win. Well done Noah, some outstanding results.
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
Thank you to the MacKillop College community for their kind uniform donations. We received many donations and were able to restock our clothing pool to help out families in need. We had ample supplies of certain items so we sent the surplus onto a company called Worn Up who recycles old uniforms and repurposes them into dog beds, tiles and desks.
Monday 24 October
Paul Atkins & Patrick Corr
Tuesday 25 October
Katrina Batea, Anthea Romer & Elisabeth Jardine
Wednesday 26 October
Jaci Zimmerman & HELP PLEASE
Thursday 27 October
Traci Reddie, Stacey Hyde & Sue Ryan
Friday 28 October
Priscilla Turnbull, Jen Wickham & Mel Collins
Monday 31 October
Chris Jourdant & HELP PLEASE
Tuesday 1 November
Chris Jourdant, Jodie Buttsworth & Judy Ryan
Wednesday 2 November
Peta Clancy & Kate Perkins
Thursday 3 November
NO HELPERS NEEDED
Friday 4 November
NO HELPERS NEEDED
Due to significant price increases from suppliers over the last six months, we have had to increase our prices on some items. Please see the price list attached below for current pricing.
To order from the canteen:
1. Orders can be written out at the canteen (bags supplied free of charge).
2. Orders can be written out at home and handed in at the canteen.
3. Download the Qkr! app and order online.
All orders to be in by 8:00am please.
Please remind your child/children if you have ordered for them, and what their order is.
If your child is sick and you have ordered, please phone the canteen (6583 2632) to arrange a credit.
Please note to change your child's year group when using the QKR! app to order lunch for 2022.
Now available: Gluten free pies $5.00 and gluten free sausage rolls $4.00; these items must be ordered.
Canteen Help Needed
We are in need of some parent assistance for canteen. For more information and requirements on volunteering in the Canteen, or if you are able to volunteer, please follow this link.
John Henry Institute
We are thrilled to announce that a new and improved John Henry Institute (JHI) website has just gone live!
You can visit the new website at www.johnhenryinstitute.edu.au
The new website is designed to be faster than ever, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.
We welcome new visitors with featured content focused on Adult Education and Training.
Current and prospective students will find detailed information about all courses and services.
Some of the great new features of the newly designed website include:
- Current course information and requirements
- An easy-to-navigate layout to enhance your online experience.
- The opportunity to meet our team and trainers.
- Valuable insights from students past and present.
- And more!
If you have any queries regarding the new website, don't hesitate to contact the JHI office on 6583 2321.
Tuesday 7:45am-8:30am and Friday 7:45am-8:30am
Room 12 Main College with Elizabeth Robertson