MacKillop College Newsletter
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Term 4. Week 2, 20 October
|Week 3 Term 4|
|Monday 23 October|
|Tuesday 24 October||HSC Exams|
Year 12 Textiles Display Night
|Wednesday 25 October|
|Thursday 26 October|
|Friday 27 October|
|Week 4 Term 4|
|Monday 30 October|
|Tuesday 31 October|
Year 8 Camp continues
|Wednesday 1 November|
Year 8 Camp continues
|Thursday 2 November|
Year 8 Camp continues
|Friday 3 November|
Student Representative Council 2024:
Last Wednesday we had the privilege to induct our 2023-2024 SRC. These students are highly respected by their peers and staff and are eager to contribute in their leadership roles over the next 12 months.
Next week the group will take a day to work together to prioritise areas they would like to focus on and initiatives to build community and spirit across the year groups.
College Captains: Archie Kay and Maeve Kinchington
College Vice Captains: Jiya Jamu and Jack O’Connell
|Year 8 SRC||Grace Byrne||Manni McGrath||Mark Temple||Zoe Townsend|
|Year 9 SRC||Ziva Balkin||Ebony Hassett||Jesse Taylor||Daniel Zhong|
|Year 10 SRC||Abbie Brennan||Dallas Lacey||Spencer Lee||Jessica Miles|
|Year 10 House Captains||Audrey Blake - Oxley||Flynn Burrage - Innes||Lane Jordan - Macquarie||Willis Jensen - Flinders|
|Year 11 SRC||Will Abell||Sophie Folkes||Cooper Lorger||Milly McGrath|
|Year 12 SRC||Ross Aird||Tom Ryan||Sally Temple||Andrew Yates|
|Year 12 House Captains||Grace Davies - Innes||Jesse Fisher - Flinders||Tara Mitchell - Oxley||Tehya Nash - Macquarie|
Code of Presentation Mobile phone update
A big thank you to all families who have supported the school’s implementation of the Code of Presentation. I received some feedback about safe storage for those students who must bring a mobile phone to school for use after school hours. If your child must bring their phone to school, for safe storage they may hand it into the office before 8.40am and collect it at 3.10pm.
Based on the feedback from students, staff and families we will be trialling no diaries in 2024. Students may purchase their own diary, use the COMPASS task list on their homepage, or source other online organisation tools.
An opportunity to retreat and renew:
Do you ever feel like life is rush, rush, rush and perhaps you haven’t given enough time to yourself or to your relationship with God? Do you want to reconnect with your faith and spirituality?
Why not join with other parishioners for a lovely retreat day? The day will take place here at MacKillop on Sunday 12th November.
Tutoring services by former high achieving MacKillop students:
During the holidays I was in contact with a former student who has partnered with a former St Joseph’s Regional College student to create a business to support and tutor students on their academic journey. I often get asked to recommend tutors to families who want some extra 1-1 support for their child in particular subjects. Please see below for more information.
STEM Odyssey is a tutoring service committed to nurturing students' potential in STEM subjects. Our team consists of dedicated university students, all pursuing STEM disciplines, passionate about helping students achieve their goals. We offer high-quality, personalized tutoring, specializing in HSC Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Mathematics, and the Extension 1 and Extension 2 Mathematics levels. Our mission is to guide students of all proficiency levels toward academic excellence.
Catholic School Parent Assembly Webinar
We are very fortunate to be part of a school system that supports our families with webinars and information evenings. Below is a flyer for an upcoming webinar for parents with neurodiverse children.
Celebration Of Excellence
Please enjoy below, the speech our College Dux Harley Sirovica, gave at our Celebration of Excellence.
Good afternoon staff, students, and parents. As well as a special good morning to year 12, the graduating class of 2023.
I would like to congratulate each and every one of you on reaching this point. Having sat in those very seats last year, I know the trials and tribulations you’ve all experienced to be here today. I’ve felt the immense pressure that will build come October, and the great relief that will be felt come November. It’s truly a feeling of pure joy hearing that final, ‘pens down’; just you wait.
It’s an honor for me to give this occasional address, and as such I’d like to share with you my little slice of life from the very limited but very sweet experience, I’ve had in becoming an adult. It’s everything I could’ve hoped for, and I hope you all find the same.
I’ve found that being an adult comes with an immense and unwavering amount of freedom. When everyone is moving away to completely new places, living with complete strangers, doing everything on their own, for a degree to become whatever their heart desires, you truly come to the realisation that the world is your playground.
In the coming months, you are being given the freedom to do whatever you want, wherever you want, however you want. Whether that’s spending a year in Europe with the friends you’ve made in school, committing full-time to a job in the workforce, or jumping straight into a six-year medical program to fulfill your dreams of becoming a doctor. Each to their own
But with great power comes great responsibility. I’m not going to talk about the responsibility of cooking for yourself and cleaning after yourself, because I’m sure you’re all about to get an earful of that from your parents. Here at MacKillop, they’ve done an excellent job at holding our hands on our journey growing up and spoon feeding us with what we need to do. I remember having a whole day dedicated solely to picking year 11 subjects, and it was comforting knowing exactly what I was getting myself into. Life, as I’ve found, is not like that in the slightest. No one is here to hold your hand, to tell you what to do, when to do it or how to do it. You become responsible for you.
I’m sure many of you know David Goggins, an ultra-marathon runner, triathlete, and retired US Navy SEAL. He’s a motivational speaker, and he reinforces that his work ethic is the single most important factor in all his accomplishments. I would like to relay this message to each of you and remind you that the work ethic the HSC has burned into you shouldn’t be forgotten as you walk out these doors. As hard as this year has been, keeping the skills, dedication, and above all proactivity that you have instilled in yourselves, those disciplines will take you as far as you wish to go, because as I said before, no one, other than you is going to take you there.
If there’s one lesson I’d like to stress, above all, however, it is to have confidence in yourself. Don’t ever let your achievements or abilities be overshadowed by someone else’s. Everyone is at their own point, on their own journey, and to compare two people is just not fair. You are all unique, and as such I don’t encourage you to strive to be the best at everything you do, or to be better than anyone else, I only encourage you to be better than the person you were yesterday.
I’d also like to acknowledge the parents in the room, the ones who have given and given for us in our journey. Without their efforts, I’m not sure how far our efforts could really take us. So a huge thank you to them.
Year 12, as my family used to say, I’d wish you luck, but you don’t need luck, because luck is for people who aren’t prepared.
So instead, I wish you all the best, graduating class of 2023.
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.
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 $25.00 per award.
If you are in a position to assist, please contact Jenna O'Brien at the Senior College office on 6583 2632 or email@example.com
Thank you in anticipation.
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
Year 12: This term has seen the commencement of the HSC exams. The supervisors have been extremely impressed with all students and how they have conducted themselves thus far. I would like to wish Year 12 all the best for the remaining exams.
Year 11: As Year 11 begins their final year of school, many students are making the choice of which subject to discontinue or pick up (extension courses). The process has involved conversations with our Leader of Careers and Transition, their subject teacher and their parents. I have encouraged all students not to rush this decision and know that they have as much time as they need to make this decision. No student is to move class until it is updated on their schedule on Compass and all students will receive an email notifying them once their request has been processed. Please feel free to call, email or come and see me if help is needed in making the decision.
Year 7 – Year 10: PAT Testing
During Weeks 3 and 4, all students in Years 7 – 10 will complete three Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT). Students complete these tests across three domains: PAT-Maths, PAT-Reading and PAT-Science. Years 8 and 9 will complete them over three lessons in Week 3 and then Years 7 and 10 in Week 4. Students will not need to prepare for the tests, however, they will need a charged working device. If students do not have a working device they will need to contact Mr Jones as soon as possible to work towards finding a solution.
|Year 8||PC & Period 1 - PAT Science||Period 3 - PAT Maths||Period 3 – PAT Reading|
|Year 9||Period 2 - PAT Reading||Period 3 – PAT Maths||PC & Period 1 - PAT Science|
|Year 7||Period 3 - PAT Reading||PC & Period 1 - PAT Science||Period 3 – PAT Maths|
PC & Period 1 – PAT Science
Period 4 - PAT Reading
|Period 2 – PAT Maths|
Compass Update – Homework and Equipment
At the end of last term, two new Compass chronicles in the areas of equipment and homework were created. These chronicles have automated emails which will replace a teacher writing the concern in the diary. We appreciate your support in discussing any of these academic chronicles with your child so they are fully prepared with the necessary equipment for all lessons and completing all their set homework.
Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching
Assistant Principal - Pastoral
Assistant Principal - Pastoral
St Agnes Parish
Free eSafety Parent and Carer Webinars
For more information on the below seminar and to register, go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/webinars
Free Autism Workshop for Parents and Carers
Welcome back to all students and families, The final stretch, Term 4, and the last for Year 7 in 2023! Can you believe it?!
I am excited to continue guiding this great cohort, alongside their PC teachers, for a strong finish to the year. Year 7 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.
I want to encourage Year 7 to end the year as they started with curiosity and determination.
Last week, the Student Representative Council (SRC) for 2023/2024 was announced. It is a great privilege and responsibility to be 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.
Congratulations to Jaysen Wei who have received a Gold Principal’s Award.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Silver Principal Award: Samrina Adhikari, Tahlia Arnold, Annabelle Ashton, Kayla Bayer, Samuel Brazel, Siena Button, Georgie Carlton, Alex Clarke, Lila Duncan, Harrison Ebbs, Lucy Ford, Ruby Ford, Maddyx Gray, Lachlan Guy, Mia Hodge, Lucia Hurdle, Siena King, Evie Kuchling, Shannon Lee Lusung, Ruby Magnus, Isla McNeil, Grace Morris, Taylor Munday, Livia Pelley, Addison Rolfe, Tobias Rowlatt, Liam Ryals, Fallon Ryan, Oto Ryan, Maxine Smith, Tora Smith, Troy Towers and Georgia White.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Samrina Adhikari, Jasmine Anastas, Mira Arnold, Tahlia Arnold, Annabelle Ashton, Jayden Atkins, Kayla Bayer, Samuel Brazel, Connor Bridle, Angus Browning, Siena Button, Abigail Byrne, Georgie Carlton, Alex Clarke, Ryan Clarke, Ruby Comer, Aaron Cotovich, Ruby Cramp, Noah Dowd, Lila Duncan, Harrison Ebbs, Shuo Fang, Lucy Ford, Ruby Ford, Maddyx Gray, Lachlan Guy, Tahlia Hall, Bailey Haste, Mia Hodge, Lucia Hurdle (x2), Jayden Jamnadas, Tia Judge, Milla Kelly, Siena King, Evie Kuchling, Tobi Lawler, Joshua Lloyd, Shannon Lee Lusung, Ruby Magnus, Hayden Manning, Isla McNeil, Lillie Merrell, Aidan Miles, Jeremy Mills, Grace Morris, Taylor Munday, Amelie Obeid, Livia Pelley, Amelia Pettitt, Xavier Pye, Kye Randall, Jake Riches, Addison Rolfe, Remi Rooney, Tobias Rowlatt, Liam Ryals, Fallon Ryan, Oto Ryan, Zali Santos, Maxine Smith, Tora Smith, Annalise Southwell, Mark Temple, Tyler Temporale, Evie Thomson, Troy Towers, Aria Varghese, Archie Wallace, Nathaniel Walsh, Tianah Wehlow, Jaysen Wei, Georgia White, Maya Williams, Ruby Williams and Sophia Wilmot.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Welcome back to the last term of 2023 and Year 8! Where has the time gone? Hopefully, everyone was able to enjoy some rest over the break and start the new Term with a renewed purpose to work towards ‘being and doing’ their best to achieve Stage 4 outcomes in their learning.
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 Monday morning in Week 4 the nerves will subside with excitement and readiness to bring their strengths to embrace different challenges.
We have been busily forming tent/food groups since last term and as parents, you would have heard about this. The students have been thoroughly prepared for the camp during PDHPE 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 tent/food group.
It’s now time for families to communicate with each other and help the children drag out the tents and equipment, look over their menu, shop and prepare eskies and pack in preparation for camp.
Please take the time to reread and double-check with your child the Year 8 Camp Information regarding the Equipment List, Menu Planning and food storage, as well as the organisational notes emailed to families last term and this week.
TENT SETUP AND STORAGE AT SCHOOL (WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 IN 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 must bring in their group’s tent/swag on this day. This practice setup ensures that the tent/swag is in good working order and that students know how to set it up and pack it down for camp. The group’s tent/swag will then be clearly labelled, and stored and remain at school ready to be packed onto buses Monday in preparation for the camp.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Silver Principal Award: Diarmuid Barltrop, Khye Bibby, Freya Briggs, Charlie Cameron, James Cockshutt, Rhyder Collins, Philippa Eakin, Peter Field, Olivia Gridley, Archie Hawken, Evie Hewens, Tori McGrath, Lucas Merrick, Jessica Moore, Lucas Morris, Lily Rowlatt, Julia Helena Streegan and Faith Urquhart.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Eliana Ballard, Diarmuid Barltrop, Khye Bibby, Freya Briggs, Charlie Cameron, Ethan Carey, Lionel Carney, Jonathan Choi, Joseph Chung Jun Hock, James Cockshutt, Rhyder Collins, Blaze Colthorpe, Toreno Crepaz, Grace Dahlenburg, Philippa Eakin, Peter Field, Luca Giddins, Amarlie Gregory, Olivia Gridley, Quinn Hancock, Archie Hawken, Macey Hender, Evie Hewens, Madeline Innes, Dylan Keane, Nessa Kinchington, Sophie Kirkpatrick, Lucas Maher, Patrick McDonald, Charlotte McEntyre, Jack McGrath, Tori McGrath, Charley McGuigan, Lucas Merrick, Jessica Moore, Arliah Morris, Claire Morris, Lucas Morris, Oliver Munro, Neave O'Brien, Milly Platt, Keegan Pope, Lily Rowlatt, Benjamin Spencer, Julia Helena Streegan, Lani Warren, Aidan Wadwell, Jaxon Waser, Luke Westman, Faith Urquhart, Daniel Zhong and Mia Zvirzdinas.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
As we commence Term 4 I would like to acknowledge a busy period for our Year 9 students. On Wednesday 25 October, we have our Year 9 Mass and students have been asked to reflect upon the Year 9 theme, “We have much for which to be thankful”.
As you are already aware, shortly after this, on Monday 30 October students will be attending their Canberra excursion and we have certainly been working towards finalising the preparations for a meaningful and successful experience.
In the weeks after the Canberra excursions, Assessment Task deadlines will start to amass, and I encourage students to plan their time accordingly to alleviate any last-minute stress.
SRC and House Captains
The Student Representative Council and Year 10 House Captains for 2024 have recently been announced and I congratulate the following students on being elected.
|Year 10 SRC||Year 10 House Captains|
|Abbie Brennan||Audrey Blake - Oxley|
|Dallas Lacey||Flynn Burrage - Innes|
|Jessica Miles||Lane Jordan - Macquarie|
|Spencer Lee||Willis Jensen - Flinders|
Congratulations to Leandre Menelet and Madeline Poulton who have received a Silver Principal’s Award.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Hailie Attwells, Audrey Blake, Paxton Blake, Ryan Brumby, Samuel Campbell, Marli Connerty, Jaesan Edmund, Zac Fonyodi, Noah Forcier, Harrison Foster, Chloe Kapila, Cruz Lewis, Zachary Madeley, Jarrod Manning, Jackson Mayne, Margaret McKenzie, Matilda Medlin, Leandre Menelet, Jack Merrick, Tom Newman, Angus Oakeshott, Madeline Poulton, Amelia Queripel, Jake Ryan, Lucy Ryan, Caleb Sajko, Kye Smith, Milla Swain, Hannah Vinter-Forth, Austin Watson and Samuel Young.
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
Congratulations to Liam Poppleton who has received a Silver Principal’s Award.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Adam Bryant, Jackson Bucci, Dominic Buckley, Beau Chegwidden, Jackson Cole, Laila Crawford, Evie Dailey, Ryder Day, Annabelle Eakin, Kiara Hawkins, Freycin Hostettler, Ava Hughes, Judson Insall, Matilda Jones, Alanah Logan-Pye, Cooper Lorger, Siena Meani, Kaeleb Morris, Zake Morris, Matthew Nottle, Oliver Philp, Preston Platt, Liam Poppleton, Leo Porte, Archie Robinson, Sophia Speers, James Strahorn and Tobias Toohey and Steven Young.
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Quite a busy start to the term: Of course, our senior students start their HSC courses, however, on Thursday Week 3, we acknowledge the wonderful effort these students have made in the preliminary courses when we hold the Awards Ceremony:
- Year 11 Awards Ceremony (Wednesday Week 3);
- Senior Retreat (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Week 4); and
- Melbourne Cup Day Dress Up (Tuesday Week 5).
Our senior jerseys have arrived…. A very exciting time!! I would especially like to thank the Jersey Committee and Mrs Porter for their amazing work getting this to come together beautifully.
The Jersey Committee were: Jack O'Connell, Kodhi Sprague, Lara Inman, Chloe Mason, Caitlyn Pares, Ella Nardi, Grace Dawson, Sophie Kelly, Ross Aird, Sophia Hemsley, Sophie Hillier and Jaz Bruest. Thank you all.
GOALS AND SYSTEMS
As the HSC course begins, it is very important for us as a group, to reflect once again on our Goals and Systems.
What am I trying to achieve? What University course do I want to do? What ATAR am I aiming for? What career do I want?
Having something to aim for makes it far more likely that we will adopt the next steps in order to achieve our goal.
Putting the correct systems in place.
Systems are habits. Systems are things you adopt that help you achieve goals.
- I want to get an ATAR of 90 and go to Uni to become an engineer.
- I have no devices in my room from 7:00pm till 9:00pm every night;
- I use a whiteboard in my room to record when things are due;
- I make a list of what I need to achieve before I leave homework club and I don’t leave until I’m finished; and
- on weekends, I do homework on Saturday morning so that the rest of my weekend is free.
These are examples only, and every student is different. Systems that work for one person, will not necessarily work for another. Our students, after three terms of senior school, will now have a great Idea of what works for them.
As parents it would be great if you could chat with them again about the systems they have developed, giving them your wisdom, helping them stick to a weekly/fortnightly routine by supporting that in the household, and telling them that the small changes they make, the small sacrifices, will help them to achieve big dreams.
Starting the HSC course is an exciting time for our young people, and I’m excited about continuing to help them become organised, independent, community-minded young women and men who will make a difference.
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 12 Graduation
Thursday, 9 November- Starts at 5:45pm Sharp. Students will need to start arriving at Panthers at 4:45pm for photos and organisation. Please be aware it will take a long time for all students to arrive in cars, have photos taken and then assemble upstairs ready to start at 6pm.
Any parents who have not yet purchased their tickets for themselves and their child for the night can still do so using the link https://www.trybooking.com/CGVUF
If you have any queries please call or email Jenna O'Brien at the Senior office.
Parents or students will be able to pick up their Graduation tickets from the main office during Week 4. Please note all accounts must be finalised and outstanding Library books returned before Graduation Tickets can be collected. If you have any concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenny Hunt on 6583 2632.
HSC TAS nominations
Year 12 HSC Industrial Technology – Timber
Shape is an annual exhibition of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students which will be held at the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct in March 2024.
Congratulations to these students on nominations and their achievements:
Year 12 HSC Textiles and Design
Creative Arts News
Congratulations to Melesse Mallyon and Cassie Hender on their outstanding achievement in receiving nominations for possible inclusion in the HSC Dance Callback showcase. Both Cassie and Melesse have been nominated for Callback in all three of their practical examinations; core performance, core composition, and major study performance. This is a remarkable recognition of their exceptional talents in Dance.
This achievement is a testament to their dedication and hard work in the field of Dance and the arts. Inclusion in such a showcase is a significant milestone and showcases their remarkable skills and commitment to their craft.
Well done, Melesse and Cassie!
Congratulations to Zachary Tay, Nicholas Horder and Callum Pender-Buchan who have all received nominations for possible inclusion in ENCORE for their HSC Music performances. ENCORE is a selection of outstanding music performances and written compositions from HSC music students and will be held at the Sydney Opera House in March 2024.
These students have all done exceptionally well! All three of these students have participated in the Percussion tuition program with Mark Spence since they were in Year 7.
Congratulations to Lennox Jensen who has recieved a nomination for his HSC Drama Performance to be considered for the OnStage Exhibition. OnSTAGE is a presentation of exemplary performances and projects by HSC Drama students and will be held in Sydney next February.
Congratulations to our talented co-curricular dance groups for their outstanding achievements at the Port Macquarie Eisteddfod!
We are thrilled to announce that our Year 8-9 group earned a well-deserved 2nd place for their powerful and emotive contemporary piece. Their performance not only showcased their dance skills but also conveyed an important message about cyberbullying.
Our Year 7 group took out 3rd place with their high-energy Jazz dance routine. Their enthusiasm and commitment was evident in their vibrant performance, and they should be immensely proud of their accomplishment.
We would like to extend our thanks to Miss Ange, our co-curricular dance tutor, for her dedication and expertise in nurturing our students' talents and helping them shine on stage.
Most importantly, a huge round of applause goes to our incredible students who have worked hard as a team with a commitment and passion for dance to deliver such fabulous performances. We couldn't be prouder of your achievements.
MacKillop College Music News
“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
Advent Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Competition
Do you like to create music? Do you want to contribute to our college CHRISTMAS HAMPER program? Are interested in entering this competition?
To ENTER YOU MUST
1.) Use Soundtrap (or any other music sequencing program) to create a Lo-Fi Hip-Hop inspired track (between 2 - 3mins) titled ADVENT LO-FI
2.) Provide a $5 entry fee to the college office. This entry fee is donated to the college CHRISTMAS HAMPER program. (Please note that entries will not be considered without the entry fee).
3.) Complete the linked entry form
The WINNER (as judged by music staff) will receive...
- A voucher prize
- A recording of The winning composition to be played on the college phone service as 'waiting' music during Advent 2023 (December 3 - 24).
- A recording of the winning composition used for prayer across the college during Advent and as the college community enters the hall for Christmas Mass.
- NOTE: There will be a STUDENT & STAFF winner awarded!
- Entries close Friday, November 24 at 2pm! (This includes the MP3 recording to be uploaded below AND the $5 entry fee to the office)
THE VOICE MACKILLOP: A Musical Theatre Song Contest
The Voice returns in 2023! The Voice MacKillop 2023 will take place on Thursday, 23 November in the college theatre. In this concert, the college choir will perform musical theatre repertoire from stage and film musicals. In addition, five 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!
The audience will be invited to vote during the interval by placing a gold coin and/or cash into boxes allocated to each finalist. The box with the most votes (money) wins! There will be no float/change provided on the night, please ensure you plan ahead and bring along some cash.
All proceeds raised from entries and from the concert will be contributed to the college Mary MacKillop Fund.
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 to the office by Friday, 10 November. All details are provided on the linked entry form.
PC groups can enter the PC VIDEO competition by completing the linked entry form. This competition is separate from the main vocal competition with finalist videos being screened and voted for on the night.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Mr Denham.
LINKS & FORMS
Please contact Mr Denham with any questions relating to the co-curricular music program at MacKillop College.
YEAR 9 MASS
- Week 3 - Wednesday, October 25, period 1, Collective Praise Band & Singers
Youth and Family Mass
- (St Agnes Church) Week 3 - Sunday, October 29, 5:00pm, Collective Praise Band & Singers
- (College Theatre) Week 5 - Wednesday, November 8, period 1, Pop Choir - The Voice Preview
THE VOICE - SONG CONTEST
- (College Theatre) Week 7 - Wednesday, November 22 (Tech Rehearsal - periods 3 and 4), Thursday, November 23 (6:00pm - 8:00pm).
SUMMER SESSIONS LUNCH CONCERTS
- (Junior Campus COLA & Senior Campus Lochinvar Courtyard) Week 8 - Friday, December 1, selected ensembles and HSC soloists.
Youth and Family Mass
- (St Agnes Church) Week 8 - Sunday, December 3, 5:00pm, Collective Praise Band & Singers
Co-curricular Awards Ceremony (music, dance, drama)
- (College Hall) Week 9 - Wednesday, December 6, period 1, performing ensembles TBC.
MacKillop College Christmas Mass
- (College Hall) Week 10 - Wednesday, December 13, period 1, Collective Praise Band & Singers
Christmas Eve Family Mass
- (College Hall) Sunday, December 24, 6:00pm, Collective Praise Band & Singers
Leader of Co-Curricular Music
Year 7 Term 4
Year 8 Term 4
Year 9 Sport Term 4
Year 10 Sport Term 4
Diocesan Volleyball: Junior Girls
The under-15 girls volleyball team were a strong group of girls who jelled quickly, training for over 2 terms they knew what needed to be done, winning every pool game but 1 the girls made their way into the grand final against regional, and this game was very intense with MacKillop leading majority of the game, until the final minutes where Regional picked up there game and pulled through to take the gold medal. Even with silver, the girls had the biggest smiles on their faces, showing true sportsmanship. Congratulations girls!
MVP- Charlotte Weatherly
Coach - Susie Coster
Diocesan Volleyball: Junior Boys
The Junior Boys team competed against teams from Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and the Regional College. The squad had worked consistently in training throughout Term 3 and their efforts reflected on the day when tested in a competitive arena. Our players combined well and displayed a good quality of skills to dominate the round matches where they were undefeated.
The semi-final saw us meet Regional College 2 where we prevailed convincingly with a 31-16 win. This saw us reach the Grand Final against a strong John Paul College Coffs Harbour. An exciting match was played but our team displayed strong skills, teamwork and maturity to come away winners 28-20.
Setters Nate Sheldon led the way with clever plays and quality setting and was supported well by Jack Merrick. This allowed Kale Haese, Riley Bates, Flynn Burrage, Noah Pociask, and Connor Van Der Merwe to unleash consistent spikes. Jarvis Lineham was a consistent and solid blocker whilst Freycin Hostettler played a very useful multi-faceted role throughout the day.
MVP: Nate Sheldon
Colin Coelho (Coach)
Diocesan Volleyball: Opens Girls
The girls fought hard during the group stage with two wins, two losses and a tie. After winning their final group match the girls made it to the 4th seed and proceeded to the semi-final stage. Matched up against the top-seeded Kempsey team, the girls managed to go into the final minute of play with a 2-point lead. Unfortunately, a few missed serves and some scrambling defence helped Kempsey win by one point and move on to the Grand Final. The girls were knocked out in 4th place, a great effort in a really strong division.
MVP: Victoria Clapoudis
Mitchell Buchtmann (Coach)
Diocesan Volleyball: Opens Boys
Our Open Boys Volleyball team was filled with a plethora of talent, and they put it on display at the Southern Conference competition. From our high flying outside hitters, Sam Blain and Braeden Fuller, to our controlling outside receivers, Liam Mercer, Cody Mills and Lochie Jones. With Vaughan Munro, Tom Ryan and Tyse Thrower putting on a blocking clinic. backed up by our ever-consistent setters, Nate Newton and Riley Harmer ensuring our offence ran smoothly, the team performed to an incredible level. Winning all 5 of their pool games leading into the semi-finals where they beat a strong and tall St Paul's College Kempsey. Making it to the Grand Finals where they again showed their consistency in toppling a very well-rounded St John Paul College Coffs Harbour.
Each and every player on the team contributed a unique skill set that helped the team come out undefeated, but the MVP has to go to Tom Ryan, for providing strong blocking with consistent offence and a uniquely skillful backcourt game.
Ethan Houldsworth (Coach)
Senior Netball - Term 3
Went into the day with a strong team of 8 players - Cassidy Pieren (Co-captain), Fleur Sherlock (Co-captain), Piper Wilson, Tallara Duck, Andie McGrath, Molly Kirk, Lara Inman and Ebony Bryant. We won all but one of our pool games against a very strong Coffs Harbour team who we replayed in the final. The first half of the final was disappointing and we were down by four at the break. The girls fired up in the second half and we kept that score even so I was very proud of their efforts and for them achieving second overall!!
Cassidy was powerful in defence all day, Piper and Ebony were accurate and graceful in the shooting end and my centre court specialists Molly and Andie set a fast pace and were pivotal to our wins. Lara was the player of the grand final securing intercept after intercept from the goal circle. Tallara and Fleur were fantastic utility players performing in whatever position I put them in from one end of the court to the other!!
Player of the day however was the quiet but mighty Fleur, the girl can play!! I think she played 5 of the 7 positions throughout the day, from WA to GK and was strong and competitive in every single one!!
Thanks, girls for a great day, as always.
Lisa Kable (Coach)
Representative Sport, Upcoming Events and Registration
All registrations for MacKillop College Representative Sport teams are completed by;
- Logging into the school Moodle page (Chrome browser).
- Click on the Student Links tab on the left-hand side
- Click on the Representative Sports registration 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. Sports currently open for registration are;
MacKillop College Events
|League Tag||NRL - 2023 Girls League Tag Challenge||26 October|
|Rugby League||Rugby League Summer 7’s||28 November|
|Basketball||National Schools Basketball Championships||26 Nov-1 Dec|
Lismore Diocesan Events
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 to register for individual sports. The sports below are trialled for at a school level.
|Water Polo||Lismore Diocesan Water Polo - Junior||8 & 9 November|
|Water Polo||Lismore Diocesan Water Polo - Senior||15 & 16 November|
|Golf||Lismore Diocesan Volleyball Golf Championships||13 November|
NSWCCC & NSW All Schools Events and Registration
Students MUST be registered for the event with parent and Principal or Leader of Sport approval.
Please note that the NSWCCC Sport registrations for individual nominations for 2023 selections are open for the following trials.
|Basketball||NSWCCC Junior & Intermediate Boys & Girls Basketball Championships Blacktown||29 - 31 October|
For further information, go to the CSNSW Sport website Sport pages. https://csnsw.sport/
Congratulations to all of the MacKillop College students who went really well in the Basketball D-League. The following selections are from all of NSW Regional areas. Below are the BNSW announcements for this year's D-League and Development Camps.
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
To all QKR users please be vigilant when ordering. Cut off time is 8am. Orders placed after 8am are processed for the following day.
Many orders are placed for the wrong day ensuing valuable serving time is lost looking for the order.
If your child is not at school and has ordered online please contact the school to cancel the order.
A reminder that the Senior Canteen will remain closed over Term 4.
Monday 23 October
Tuesday 24 October
Katrina Bates, Liz Jardine & Anthea Romer
Wednesday 25 October
Thursday 26 October
Sue Ryan & Tracey Reddie
Friday 27 October
Priscilla Turnbull & Mel Collins
Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November
No helpers needed due to two grades at camp this week
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 are to be in by 8.00 am, please.
Please ensure when ordering online that your child year group is correct
There is hot food available over the counter to purchase, however, to avoid disappointment it is best to order.
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 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
The canteen is desperately seeking volunteers for one hour per month. No cooking, cleaning or stocking is needed, just serving our lovely students. Even if you can only do one half-hour shift it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all of our current volunteers, we appreciate your help.
Sign up and receive a Welcome Pack (coffee voucher, chocolates, voucher for your child to use at the canteen).
Please contact Maxine at the College 6583 2632 or via email at email@example.com
Tuesday 7.45am-8.30am and Friday 7.45am-8.30am
Room 12 Main College with Elizabeth Robertson