MacKillop College Newsletter
“Enabling every student to achieve the fullness of life.”
“MacKillop College will be a place that nurtures authentic, courageous, faith-filled people with a passion for learning, respect for relationships and an ability to contribute to a global community.”
Term 1, Week 8, 25 March
Student social justice and compassion
The last couple of weeks I have witnessed outstanding generosity of the students of MacKillop and their families.
Despite tough times in many families, as we manage household cases of COVID and close contact isolation requirements meaning lack of on-site learning, inability to attend work and missing out on sporting and other hobbies, students and families have recognised, and reached out to, those suffering far greater.
Stories through our Caritas Project Compassion appeal, the war in Ukraine and the devastation of the floods in our own Dicoesan schools and communities have seen amazing generosity. Donations for the Caritas and Flood appeals and the willingness to find ways to help has made me very proud of our young people.
We will continue to raise monies over the next two weeks and have set a new target of $15,000 to give our annual donation to Caritas but also to fund the $10,000 cost of feeding the St Joseph’s Woodburn community breakfast, morning-tea and lunch for the first four weeks of Term 2. 50% of the St Joseph’s Woodburn students have lost their homes and will be without a kitchen for many months. Most businesses in Woodburn and the school itself have been completely destroyed. The small primary school is currently operating out of a church hall and demountable building off-site from the little school they know and love.
If you would like to help support the St Joseph’s Woodburn community you can donate money through the College front office or via our Qkr! App (once inside the App, click on Fundraising and simply select Flood Appeal, from here you can choose a donation amount).
Year 10 Retreat Success
Congratulations to all Year 10 students, David Kennedy, Marg Gobius and all the wonderful staff who attended our Year 10 Retreats.
Retreats are a wonderful reflection of the spirituality, faith and pastoral aspects of our MacKillop community. A chance to reflect on relationships with self, family, friends and God. Our Week 10 newsletter will have photos and more stories of the wonderful experiences had by all.
On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of attending the local Luminosity Youth Summit launch with seven wonderful Year 10 representatives and Kylie Ryan who so wonderfully coordinates our SRC.
The students were wonderful ambassadors for the College amongst Port Macquarie’s Business owners and community. The students are very excited to attend the summit and I encourage other interested students to consider also attending. If any parents who own local businesses would like to sponsor a student and the $300 entry to the three day summit please let me know.
Ironman 2022 volunteering opportunity for students
It has been a long held tradition at MacKillop College to provide the volunteers to run the Drink Station on Matthew Flinders Drive for the annual IRONMAN event. As the event returns in 2022 we would love to continue this tradition. If students would like to volunteer on Sunday, 1 May they can sign up HERE.
Correction to the Code of Presentation in the Student Diary
Please note that there has been a correction to the Code of Presentation under "Hair" with a line added at the end of this section as follows: "Boys must be clean shaven."
This line was inadvertently omitted from the College Diary and has now been reinstated. Please find below the link to the full copy of the Student Code of Presentation
Important Parent Hockey Fields Road Access information due to roadworks
Over the coming weeks, access and parking will not be available in the Hockey Place pick up area as contractors have commenced earthworks for the new roads and carparks.
Parents are advised to pick-up via the Junior Campus or via Lochinvar Place.
Staff Spirituality Day - Friday Week 10
A reminder that Friday 8 April is a student-free day. This day allows staff to reflect on what it means to work in a Catholic school and on their own spirituality and relationship with God who guides our work. Teaching and working in schools can, at times, be an extremely challenging job. Never more-so than in the last few years. Spirituality is an important element of one’s overall wellbeing and taking time to reconnect with our Why is important in renewing our spirits and our sense of service to the young people in our care.
Year 7 2023 Information Night
Year 7 - 11 Learning Conversations
In Weeks 1 and 3 of Term 2, we will be holding two Learning Conversations evenings in the College Hall on the junior site from 4:00pm-7:30pm for families with children in Years 7-11. Please be aware due to Covid restrictions this may change to an online forum/Zoom, based on current advice at the time.
As a guide we are asking for families with surnames from A-L to please book on Wednesday, 27 April and families with surnames from M-Z to please book on Monday, 9 May.
If these dates do not suit, or your child’s teacher is not available, I encourage you to make contact (phone or email) with your child’s teachers.
As per all conversations in relation to our students’ learning, we encourage your child to also attend the evening. These interviews are one part of the very important process of our students gaining the most from their schooling, and provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet to ensure open and collaborative communication which assists students not only in their learning but in their growth as young men and women.
In addition to class teachers Jo Pilgrim, Leader of Careers and Pathways will be available on both nights via the booking system.
You can now book interviews at times that suit via www.schoolinterviews.com.au and follow these simple instructions.
Surnames from A-L: Wednesday, 27 April (bookings will close the evening of Monday, 25 April)
Surnames from M-Z: Monday, 9 May (bookings will close the evening of Thursday, 5 May)
Please ensure you provide your full name, and your child’s full name, when entering your details.
When you click finish, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically - check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email immediately.
Interviews are strictly 5 minutes and spaces are limited. If you require more time, please contact teachers directly to make alternative arrangements.
Parents can change their interview bookings any time prior to the closing date, by re-visiting the www.schoolinterviews.com.au website and using the event code. Remember to use the same name and email address you used when you made your original booking.
Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching
School Account/Subject Fees
To assist MacKillop families, from the commencement of Term 2, all excursions and representative sporting trips will be billed to your Family Subject and Activities statement. Families are requested to remain prompt with regards to the payment of your account, and to endeavour to have excursion costs paid prior to the event. Statements will be emailed to families several times throughout the term to ensure you are aware of any new charges.
Permission notes will still be required for all activities and excursions, and must be submitted at least one week prior to the event. Outstanding accounts, without a pre-approved payment plan, may jeopardise a student’s ability to participate in future sports or activities.
Please feel free to contact me at the College if you have any questions about payment arrangements.
MacKillop College is founded in the Josephite tradition and aims to encourage and foster in all students and staff the values of our Patron Saint, Mary MacKillop of the Cross.
Mary MacKillop believed in the power of education, in the value of relationships established through teaching and learning from example rather than word.
Our Year 7 theme espouses Mary MacKillop’s charism: “Be kind, be very, very kind.”
We endeavour to nurture in our youngest students the value of being kind: being kind to someone means that the only thing on your mind is another person’s wellbeing when you act. Kindness means that you do something for the benefit of another, without needing a return or payback. Niceness is how we try to climb the social ladder, but kindness is how we lift up others.
Colours for Caritas
Last Friday, all students were called to advocate for kindness on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and wear colours for Caritas with all proceeds going to Project Compassion and the NSW Flood Appeal. The sea of colours in the playground showing support for these causes was heart-warming.
Easter Egg Launch
It is MacKillop tradition that Year 7 engage in a special act of kindness for the whole school community by donating an Easter Egg chocolate goodie, a bunny or eggs, in the weeks remaining this term. Their donations are packaged into hampers for our school Easter Egg Raffle held on the last student day of term. The success of the Easter Egg Raffle depends on Year 7’s generosity - if every student made a donation, that would be 223 goodies and what a raffle it would make!
Every Year 7 student donation is acknowledged with a Merit Certificate for generosity and contributes to Father Donnelly’s House Cup Points.
They can also buy the raffle tickets and increase their chances of bringing home a chocolate treat for the holidays.
All proceeds from the raffle are given to Project Compassion and the NSW Flood Appeal. See below images for details.
It would be wonderful for you to encourage your child to be involved in this special act of kindness.
The Year 7 PC team wanted to create an opportunity for teamwork amongst their PC, and knowing the students love a bit of fun and competition, we plan to hold a PC money line competition after our Year assembly next Wednesday, 30 March.
So this may be a chance for your child to clean the couch or car for coins of any value - it will be interesting to see how far they can reach when working together! Again all monies will contribute to Project Compassion and the NSW Flood Appeal.
The Challenge: Practice of Kindness in Class and the Playground:
- Whilst I am so proud to witness Year 7’s advocacy of kindness in these almsgiving acts, there is a very real challenge for some to practise niceness and kindness in their day to day life at school.
- I have had various conversations with students this past fortnight about their words and actions that compromise other students’ safety and happiness. Each time I reinforce that we are defined by the way in which we treat others – that people will decide what type of person we are, by how we treat others.
In Year 7 there is a current and urgent need to:
- Abstain from teasing and making fun of others; call peers by their preferred name.
- Avoid spreading gossip and joining in name-calling; respect and preserve every student’s right to dignity.
- Refrain from ‘hands-on’ behaviour; ensure every student’s right to play and learn in a safe environment.
These incidents have been more often the poor choices and behaviour of individuals in peer groups, not just one or two students. I have aimed to elicit empathy for the hurt they cause through harmful words and actions. Invariably, students know when they have done wrong. Their challenge is to reject waging in on teasing and roughhousing with their friends and peers at school but speak and act with respect to all, no matter what!
It is vital that every Year 7 student feels they belong to our college community and the key to doing so is through the language of kindness - every day in every context. I endeavour to maximise teachable moments until positive choices become natural and positive behaviour is habitual.
I value the power of parent and carers’ conversations around these matters and invite you to check in with your child as to their own sense of belonging and happiness at high school, confident that together, we can translate the words ‘be kind, be very, very kind’ through example.
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Lucas Boath, Samantha Carr, James Cockshutt, Lucas Merrick and Claire Morris.
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Congratulations to Olivia Green who has received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
Colours for CARITAS and the Flood Appeal
Thank you to all Year 9 for their support during Colours for CARITAS last Friday.
Extended PC Wednesday 30March
To celebrate Term 1 and now being able to come together once again, we will be having a PC Breakfast Barbecue for all of Year 9 next Wednesday (30 March). Year 9 will start the lesson in PC where they will complete a team building activities and then move to the oval for a sausage sandwich and drink.
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care
Colours for Caritas - Cake Stalls and Music performances
Year 11 and 12 students have truly stepped up over the past few weeks, working hard to raise money for Caritas and the flood victims. On Friday in Week 6, Year 11 held a Cake Stall for the senior students to raise money. A total of $542.00 was made and rumour has it, there were Year 12 students hunting through their cars looking for more change to buy even more cakes and soft drinks. Let’s face it, not many young ones carry cash around these days.
Friday Week 7 saw Years 11 and 12 come together to run a Cake Stall for the junior students. The challenge was definitely on, trying to feed potentially 800 hungry juniors but our senior students stepped up and raised $1,000.50 on the day.
Our music students also entertained the senior students last Friday, raising money for Caritas. It is always great to see the many talents of our students at MacKillop College and especially when it is for a good cause.
It is so wonderful to see our senior students following the words of Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it”.
Assessments are well and truly under way for our Year 11 students. Most subjects have assessment tasks in Weeks 7-9 this term. It is imperative students know when, where and how their assessments are taking place. All students have been issued with an ID Card which they will need to use for any in-class assessment tasks.
Last week Sarah Warby, Leader of Curriculum sent an email to all parents and students regarding assessments. It is very important all students and parents have read and understand the Assessment Policy to avoid any unintentional penalties. If your young person is going to be away from school for an assessment task or is sick on the day or is isolating due to Covid, an Assessment Variation Form must be submitted. This form can be found on Moodle under 'Assessments' and was also attached to the email from Sarah last week.
One requirement worth noting is the ABSENCES ONE DAY PRIOR TO ASSESSMENT TASKS. “For Stage 6 students, absence from the College, including partial absence from lessons in the ONE DAY prior (this includes Period 0 and after school classes) to an assessment task and including the morning of an assessment task (Period 0 class), must be explained by a Doctor’s Certificate, unless the absence is due to attendance at a school organised or approved activity. The Doctor’s Certificate MUST be presented to the Leader of Curriculum (or delegate) immediately on return to the College after the absence. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the student incurring a penalty. The same penalties will be incurred for partial absence, or late arrival, on the DAY prior (note – this includes lateness to school). If a student is unable to attend classes prior to an assessment task, then it will be presumed that the student would not be well enough to perform to the best of their ability in the assessment task if attempted that day. The student should, therefore, obtain a Doctor’s Certificate on that day, and present it to the Leader of Curriculum (or delegate) as soon as possible.” Please note a pharmacy certificate will NOT be accepted.
As mentioned in our last newsletter, the JMC is a wonderful service available to all our senior students. The ladies in the JMC are available and keen to help our students with organisational and writing skills. Please encourage your young person to seek support if they are feeling overwhelmed or simply need some support in getting organised in their senior studies.
On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, Year 11 and Year 12 Students attended an incursion where they were able to immerse themselves in innovative and sustainable eco-dyeing, screen printing and surface decoration workshops. They were also able to attend a HSC seminar via Zoom to engage with information regarding the Major Textile Project Folio.
The Stage 6 students were also very lucky to have talented local artist, Gabriella Domin show them how to make digital fabric prints using Adobe Photoshop software. Gabriella also shared some of her experiences as a commercial print and textile designer.
The students will use skills and knowledge from this day, to not only enrich their Major Textile projects, but also develop their folios across both the Preliminary and HSC course.
It was a fun filled and valuable experience for all involved.
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
These past few weeks I have been so impressed with the Year 12 attitude to leadership. The students have had many opportunities to display leadership and these positive behaviours are coming from all of our students whether they wear a badge or not!
Last Wednesday was very special because we finally gathered together as a College community to hold an assembly for the first time in a very long time. The SRC students completely led the assembly and they did a fantastic job. Our captains, Dominica and Hugh were the masters of ceremony along with a beautifully spoken Year 9 student Miya Freeman. All three did an outstanding job. The Acknowledgement of Country, along with a tribute to the Lismore Diocesan Flood victims and the Caritas Appeal, was led by Year 12 students, as was the official prayer service. Our Year 12 House Leaders gave an exciting update on the Father Donnelly Cup and successfully revved up the crowd for more participation. They also announced the swimming carnival results and presented the awards to the students. Michael Nixon from Year 12 along with his fellow Year 11 Percussion Ensemble performed his HSC piece on drums. It was truly awe inspiring to watch his talent.
Year 12 sat at the front of the hall, modelling behaviours of respect and camaraderie. They heartily cheered on other students and respectfully listened throughout the assembly. I was overjoyed to sit amongst them in the audience and I know every one of their parents would have been proud of their children throughout that hour, whether they were on the stage or simply supporting the amazing positive culture we have at MacKillop.
On Friday the Year 11 and 12 students under the guidance of Mrs Bewicke held a bake sale for the junior students. Years 11 and 12 banded together to create a feast fit for 800 hungry teenagers. The students raised over $1,000.00 to go towards our MacKillop College Flood Appeal. Mrs Bewicke was extremely complimentary of Year 12, saying that they really stepped up. She was overwhelmed by the amount of students who helped set up the stall and who gave up their own lunchtime to sell the products. Again, they were students from across the year group, proving you don’t need a badge to be a leader.
Weeks 8 and 9 are jam packed with assessments and many students are feeling the pinch. By the end of Monday, I felt the need to remind the students of a few things to help them get their stress levels under control. I thought it might be helpful for parents to hear the messages I am giving them, so we can work together to support each other and the students:
Dear Year 12
As we head into a couple of weeks of cumulative stress with assessments piling up, I want to remind you of a few things.
- Put things into perspective. Each task is only one task, which equates to a small percentage of the total school based assessment (which is only 50% of the HSC). So NO, it won't be the end of the world if you don't go as well as you hope to in this one task.
- Control what you can control and let us worry about the rest.
Control your time; don't procrastinate, don't put things off, put your phone away for a while, ask for time off from your casual job, or even better … negotiate less shifts in the first place.
Control your health; get plenty of sleep, eat well, exercise regularly. Listen to your body and rest if you need it.
Control what you are thinking; if you hear doubts creep into your head, then check yourself and change your frame of mind.
You cannot control what others think; so put their opinions and expectations of you aside.
- Trust the Process. This is all part of the learning, mistakes come with the territory. It's ok to make mistakes, it's what we do after the mistake that really counts!
- Be resilient! You have a choice about this. It's ok to feel disappointed if you don't get the mark you expect or to feel stressed and overwhelmed but it is essential that you don’t dwell on it and that you take positive actions to make yourself feel better.
If you are truly doing the best that you can, that is all anyone can ask of you. Hold your head high, give it your best shot and be satisfied with the result.
From your fearless leader!
In addition to this I’d like to say a little side note to parents…. I do feel your pain!
Sometimes it seems there is nothing more delicate, fragile or volatile than a stressed teenager and walking on eggshells can be the best way to describe it. I wish I could offer some wonderful pearls of wisdom, but the truth is there is no magic solution to ease their pain. This journey can be tough for all of us. You keep loving them and we will keep guiding them and we will get through this together - The HSC Class of 2022!
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
Wellbeing - Social and Emotional Support
Last newsletter Warren Lorger wrote about our Restorative Practices approach and how we are continuing to embed this into the culture of our school. To embed a Restorative Practices approach into a school many things must work together, each working to strengthen the foundation of the approach - positive relationships. Pulse is one important tool used at MacKillop to build those positive relationships.
Pulse from Educator Impact is an online tool that allows us to check in weekly with every student through one main question 'How are you feeling today?' and then a series of five random questions which take about 60 seconds on a Monday morning. Pulse collects real time data enabling us to help individuals at-risk, plan early interventions and map the impact of current events. We can tailor the questions to target a specific area within the school community, eg safety, and then put initiatives in place to improve in that area, and use Pulse to determine which interventions are most effective.
One of my favourite attributes of Pulse is the chance to send a message directly to another expressing thanks. At the end the user is asked - do you want to send a message of gratitude? It gives the student or teacher an opportunity to express appreciation of someone’s character and their relationship with them - you can say thanks for their kindness, fairness, humour, determination or just say thanks! These pop up randomly in your email and I have to say that every time I receive one it makes me smile and feel valued by my school community. It’s a great positive way for students to make a connection and strengthen relationships with each other and with teachers.
In conjunction with the ability to express gratitude, Pulse provides an overview of the wellbeing of the student body - below is a data example from a past Year 7 group. It indicates that Year 7 as a cohort are feeling better than the week before however there are three students in particular who need our attention. Any student who indicates they need help we speak to on the day and any who are feeling negative we check in with and monitor.
Each of the questions are categorised into six domains:
- Valued and Safe
- Material Basics
- Positive Sense of Identity and Culture
These domains are monitored, further enabling us to observe the overall wellbeing, health and engagement of our students.
Pulse is an invaluable wealth of knowledge that helps us foster positive relationships through learning about our student body. It creates opportunities to improve wellbeing and increase positive interactions. I invite you to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to discuss this or any other wellbeing initiative.
Have a great weekend.
Leader of Wellbeing - Social and Emotional Support
We have a number of items in lost property some of which are pictured below. If you recognise anything, please collect it from the Office.
We also have several school hats, jumpers and jackets that are not labelled. If your child has lost an item that didn't have their name on it, please ask them to see the Office staff.
All remaining items at the end of term will be donated to charity.
“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
Caritas Lunch Concert
Live music is back!
The Caritas lunch concerts in aid of Project Compassion took place on Friday 18 March as part of the Colours for Caritas out of uniform day. These concerts signaled a return to live music making at MacKillop!
In the COLA on the junior campus Gilbert White entertained the crowd with his guitar and keyboard loops, the Year 11 Class Band performed ‘With my own two hands’ and the Senior Percussion Ensemble performed an HSC work featuring Michael Nixon on snare drum. This ensemble also performed at the senior lunch concert during Lunch 2 outside the Lochinvar Centre on the senior campus. In addition, Chloe Dray Pongos sang ‘If I ain’t got you’ and Ewan Hughes accompanied by Zachary Tay performed an improvisation on tenor sax and drum kit.
Thank you and congratulations to all performers and all audience members who donated a gold coin for the cause.
It is wonderful to see and hear live music making its way back into our college after such a long time dormant in times of COVID restrictions.
An Introduction to Mark Spence (Drumline Director and Percussion Tutor)
As you may or may not know, both MacKillop and St. Joseph's Regional College have some outstanding and award-winning drumming ensembles, with the Senior Drumline being the current 4 times consecutive National Champions of Australia. In addition to our cross-campus senior drumline, we also have a new cross-campus junior drumline to go along with both our Junior and Senior Percussion Ensembles here at school.
I am always on the hunt for new talent for any and all of my groups, so I just wanted to reach out to both students and parents in case you might like more information, or would like to have a look at one of our rehearsals and check out what we have going on.
You may see me around school from time to time, but if you haven't spotted me it's because I mostly stay down in the "drum room" behind the MPC, and unless you know who I am I'm just another random teacher walking across the school grounds.
Below are the rehearsal times for each ensemble, as well as the requirements for entry. All ensembles are free of charge, and I would love love love it for you to get in touch if you are at all interested in learning more about drums & percussion. There is also information about private lessons if you are interested, but my main focus right now is to get more students involved in our various ensembles.
Students are free to come see me when I am at school and have a chat (ask your music teacher if you are not sure where to find me). Parents can contact me via email email@example.com
Links & Forms
Senior Band STILE PAGE CLASS CODE X3JF9Y
Junior Band STILE PAGE CLASS CODE JSV9C8
The Collective Pop & Rock Praise Band STILE PAGE CLASS CODE G8V8S6
- Week 8 - Sunday 27 March, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, St Agnes' Parish Church, The Collective and singers from the vocal program
Please contact Rob Denham with any questions relating to the co-curricular music program at MacKillop College.
Leader of Co-Curricular Music
MacKillop College Cross Country
The MacKillop College Cross Country is not a compulsory event and is for students who want to run competitively. This means that you must be at the very least attempting to run the entire distance.
Students MUST have nominated on the registration form located on the school Moodle page no later than Wednesday, 27 April.
The Cross County will take place on Tuesday, 3 May at MacKillop College during PC and Periods 1-3 for all students in Years 7-12 that have nominated. If we have to postpone the Carnival due to weather, students will be notified via email.
Students who are running are to wear their sport uniform on Tuesday. Students are permitted to change into appropriate running attire prior to their race. It is recommended that you bring a change of clothes and towel as the track is still quite muddy.
Students are to meet Erin Denham at the JUNIOR BASKETBALL COURT according to the schedule below.
Year 9 and 10 students can attend their normal Sport session.
18 Year Boys – 17 Year Boys
18 Year Girls – 17 Year Girls
14 Year Boys – 14 Year Girls
13 Year Boys – 13 Year Girls
12 Year Boys – 12 Year Girls
15 Year Boys – 15 Year Girls
16 Year Boys – 16 Year Girls
Year 9 & 10 Sport Selections Term 2
Students in Year 9 and 10 will make their Term 2 Sport selections during Week 9. These selections will be open on Tuesday, 29 March at 8:45am and close on Thursday, 31 March at 9:00am.
The survey link will be emailed to student’s school email accounts with a unique code – please do not try and use a previous term code as it will not work. If you are away on the day the survey link can still be accessed at home.
Year 10 parents do not need to fill out a new form for Terms 2, 3 or 4. Year 9 parents will be emailed a digital permission form to complete for Terms 2, 3 and 4.
The options to select are below:
Flooding in Northern NSW and the impacts of COVID-19 saw a reduced swim team compete at the postponed and relocated Diocesan Swimming Carnival in Coffs Harbour. Our swimmers represented themselves and the College exceptionally. They were truly ambassadors for so much that is good at MacKillop College. The athletes displayed cooperation, initiative, team spirit, organisation and enthusiasm. They rejoiced in each other’s successes, whether large or small.
Congratulations to Charlotte Fitzpatrick who won the title of Diocesan Champion for her Age division.
Below is a brief listing of students who placed 5th or better in their events:
Diocesan Rugby League Trials
Congratulations to the 16 MacKillop students that travelled to Skennars Head to trial at the Diocesan Rugby League Sport Trials. Congratulations to the following students who have made the Diocesan Team:
- Timothy Broderick
- Beau Chegwidden
- Cooper Lorger
- Hudson Harmer
- Joshua Power
- Ethan Tombs
These boys will join Niah Evans and Tess McWilliams who will all trial for the Northern Rugby League teams.
Diocesan Touch Football Trials
Congratulations to the 23 MacKillop students that travelled to Coffs Harbour to trial at the Diocesan Touch Football Trials. Congratulations to the following students who have made the Diocesan Team:
Under 15 Girls
- Charlee Bailey
- Darcie Gleeson
- Penelope Sprague
- Milla Swain
- Claire Morris (Shadow)
Under 15 Boys
- Joseph Carrick
- Beau Chegwidden
- Billy Gleeson
- Cooper Lorger
- Lucas Scott
- Jacob Queripel (Shadow)
- Charlotte Carrick
- Tallara Duck
- Brooke Meyers
- Emily Prince
- Fleur Sherlock
- Lennox Jensen
- Braydan Laing
- Tana Marino
- Wil Rosenbaum
- Ethan Tombs
Representative Sport, Upcoming Events and Registration
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.
Fast 5 Netball Years 11 & 12
MacKillop College Cross Country P1-3
U13 and U15 Country Cup – Wood Street Port Macquarie
NSW All Schools Touch Football – 7 & 8 Boys and Girls
NSW All Schools Touch Football – 9 & 10 Boys and Girls
U14 Cochrane Cup – Wood Street Port Macquarie
U14 and U 16 Girls Katrina Fanning Cup – Wood Street Port Macquarie
MacKillop College Athletics carnival
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
North v South finals – Coffs Harbour
27 & 28 April
Cross Country – Grafton
Years 7-10 Boys and 7-9 Girls
Junior Football Gala Day – Coffs Harbour
Opens and U15s Boys and Girls Championships – Ballina
25 & 26 July
KO Opens and U15s Boys and Girls –
Lismore v Armidale
Depending on North V South final results
Students MUST be registered for the event with parent and Principal approval (or Principal delegate).
Registration is through the CSNSW Sport portal. Click here for details on how to register.
Please note that the NSWCCC Sport registrations for individual nominations for 2022 selections are open for the following trials:
Date of event
Registration Closing date
Boys & Girls – Nelson Bay
28 & 29 March
Opens – Eastwood
16 Years – Eastwood
26 & 27April
Girls – Eastwood
Boys & Girls – Terrigal
Boys & Girls – Wagga Wagga
2 & 3 May
16 Years - Kareela
Opens – Menai
15 Years – Menai
15s and 18s – St Marys
20 & 21 May
Boys 19s and Girls 18s – Glenwood
25 & 26 May
14/15 Years Girls Development Day
Boys and Girls Selections - Bathurst
Boys and Girls Championships – Bathurst
Boys and Girls Championships - Bathurst
31 May & 1 June
Boys and Girls – Eastern Creek
Open Boys and Girls Championships – Port Macquarie
27 June & 28 June
**Touch Football registrations are through the Diocesan/Association pathways.
For further information, go to the CSNSW Sport website Sport pages. https://csnsw.sport/
NSW All Schools – Events
The selection for these events are a result of the NSWCCC events.
Date of event
Boys & Girls – Belmont
11 - 14 April
15s – Netball Central
NSWCCC Rugby camp - Narrabeen
Rugby v CHS
15s – Netball Central
Grafton and Jackadgery
21 - 24 May
7/8 Mid North Coast
9/10 Mid North Coast
Rugby v AICES – Narrabeen
30 & 31 May
NSWCCC Camp and All School 15 Touch – Narrabeen
3 - 5 June
Opens - Terrigal
Rugby v ISA – Oxford Falls
Opens – Netball Central
Opens - Glenwood
20 & 21 June
20 - 24 June
23 & 24 June
25 & 26 June
NSWCCC Country Rugby League Camp
Open – Newcastle
Congratulations to Miah Brockman who has recently been selected into the NSW Basketball Talented Athlete Program. Miah will attend a camp this weekend and play in the NSW Academy Games in the last week of term. Well done Miah.
MNC Cricket Champions
Congratulations to the following boys who were crowned MNC Cricket Champions over the weekend: Josh Newton, Brad Jordan, Archie Kay and Vaughan Munro. The boys were part of the Hastings Valley U16 Representative Cricket team who defeated Manning Valley by 86 runs last weekend in the Mid North Coast Inter-District Cricket Final. Great to see that the cricket season could be finished with a convincing win.
Rugby Union Representation
Congratulations to Evie Hewens, Natalie Howard and Arliah Morris who has been selected to play in the inaugural U14 girls Port Macquarie Junior Rugby Union Manta Rays. They will be heading off to the TAS Carnival in 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
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 on line
All orders to be in by 8:30am 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.
Monday 28 March
Paul Atkin & Patrick Corr
Tuesday 29 March
Wednesday 30 March
Thursday 31 March
Heather Sheers & Stacey Hyde
Friday 1 April
Melissa Carroll, Leanne Hatherly & Jo Sexton
Monday 4 April
Mayo Brumby, Sue Moore Jones & Jodie Burge
Tuesday 5 April
Maggie Nash & Hahn Le
Wednesday 6 April
Peta Clancy & Kate Perkins
Thursday 7 April
Kelly Dingle, Renee Bullock & Ronel Skea
Friday 8 April
Pupil Free Day
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.
Tuesday 7:45am-8:30am and Friday 7:45am-8:30am
Room 12 Main College with Elizabeth Robertson