MacKillop College Newsletter
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Term 3, Week 2, 29 July
Congratulations to Year 11 student Georgia Ryan who has been invited to attend the United Nations in New York in October. Georgia is on an International Dyslexia Committee that has been working on a proposal to have the United Nations declare 8 October as World Dyslexia Day. This submission is now in New York for the General Assembly to vote on. Once again Georgia, the College is extremely proud of the work you do for people with Dyslexia.
Leader of Learning Support: Diversity and Inclusion
Congratulations to Daniel Blackman who will commence the role of Leader of Learning Support: Diversity and Inclusion from Week 3. Daniel will be working Wednesday - Friday for the remainder of 2022 before returning full time in 2023.
Dan replaces Jess Prussing, in this very important role, supporting students with disabilities and additional needs. Dan brings with him the experience of a classroom teacher, Additional Needs teacher and leadership roles in schools, in addition to a career in law prior to teaching. Dan will work collaboratively with Learning Support teachers Leonie DiBona and Chantelle Seears.
NAIDOC Week celebrations
Thank you to Tristram Morris and Belinda Stewart for coordinating some wonderful NAIDOC Week celebrations. Bush Tucker, Weaving classes and a walk on our local Googik Heritage Walking Track were just some of the highlights for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students.
CoCurricular Arts Program
Last night I had the pleasure of watching our cocurricular Music, Drama and Dance students showcase some of their 2022 work. The talent on display was simply amazing and a reflection of the dedication of these young people and their teachers, Rob Denham, Jamanda Eggert, Phoebe Baylis, Sam Adams, Cara Stewart, Mark Spence and respective external tutors who are involved in our co-curricular program. Congratulations to all involved.
We are so very fortunate to be able to offer our two Dance ensembles, the Year 7 Drama Club and the following music ensembles, Musical Theatre Company, The Collective (Pop & Rock Praise Band), Junior Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, SAPSS Junior Drumline, SAPSS Senior Drumline & Colour Guard, Junior Band, Senior Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band. In addition to these ensembles the College offers Percussion, Woodwind, Guitar and Piano tuition. For further information on any of these programs please contact Rob Denham.
Year 11 2023
This week also saw the College host the Year 11 2023 Information Evening. Thank you to Christine Harmer, Sarah Warby, Jo Pilgrim, David Kennedy, all Year 10 PC teachers and Leaders of Learning who are currently guiding our Year 10 students through their decision making for Year 11.
Parental partnership: Problem gaming leading to aggression, school refusal and self-harm
One growing concern we are seeing more and more of is students with gaming addiction. Whilst for many students their love of gaming is safe, controlled and healthy, in some cases even educational for others it can become an unhealthy and dangerous addiction. Researchers studied junior high school students at an Australian school and found 24 of them had internet gaming disorder. Read more here.
If you have concerns about your child and gaming please contact your family GP or the College to speak with a College counsellor.
Tell them from me - Survey
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. The survey will begin on Monday, August 1 and close on Sunday, August 31. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at MacKillop College.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You will be able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device. A link to the parent survey will be emailed to parents and guardians during Week 3. Students will complete the survey during an extended Pastoral Care class.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
We have officially begun our Vinnies Winter Appeal, where we will focus on making life a little easier and warmer for those in need.
We encourage everyone to think about sorting through their clothes and blankets for donations (please ensure that they are clean and are good quality clothes).
When we give clothes to Vinnies, some go directly to people who need assistance with clothes, while the rest go into the Vinnies Shop and the money made from their sale goes to assisting people with vouchers for electricity, rent and food.
This ministry is a really important one and so we ask everyone to carefully think how YOU can make a difference.
Some of the other plans we have during this time include: a hot chocolate stall, cake stall, out of uniform day (Thursday, 25 August) and our Vinnies Sleep out (Friday, 26 August). Students should keep their ears open to hear about the opportunities offered over the next few weeks.
Homelessness Week and St Agnes Parish Street Retreat in Daily Life
The National Homelessness Week this year runs from 1 – 7 August. With this in mind, an enthusiastic group of our Year 11 students began their 'St Agnes' Parish Street Retreat in Daily Life' with a launch night on Thursday, hearing from LIFELINE how they support those who are struggling and one group on Friday evening assisting at the Port Outreach BBQ.
In Week 3 students will work in groups to assist at both the Port Outreach events and the Hastings Homelessness Committee 'Travelling Road Shows', which will serve the marginalised in Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Lake Cathie and Laurieton.
Everyone is invited to donate a Coles gift card which be given to those who are being supported at the 'Travelling Road Shows' – these can be dropped into the College office or via PC teachers.
There is a Public Homelessness Awareness Event on Friday, 5 August on Town Green.
SHINE unites Youth Ministry students in Parish Secondary schools in the Diocese of Lismore. The Youth Ministry program is offered to Year 9 and 10 students, allowing those with a willingness to nurture their faith an opportunity for Christian fellowship and spiritual formation in the area of peer to peer youth ministry.
This two-day event combines elements of praise and worship, inspiring keynote speakers, student testimonies, small group discussions, interactive workshops, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and Mass. A feature of the gathering is peer-to-peer ministry; we welcome all Senior Ministry Team members to apply for the roles of: Small Group Leaders, Testimony and Workshop facilitators.
An integral part of the Proclaim Lismore students continuum of student discipleship retreats, SHINE will again be held at St John Paul College in Coffs Harbour on Thursday 18 – Friday 19 August, with over 550 participants expected. Please join us in praying for its ongoing success.
Youth Ministry students from MacKillop College will attend SHINE.
August 18 – 19
St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour
SEACS School Evangelisation Strand (Matt de Dassel - Consultant, Kate Nestor - Education Officer).
Year 9 and 10 Ministry Class students from across the Diocese.
Leader of Evangelisation
Assistant Principal - Mission
Australian NAIDOC Week was held from 3 to 10 July. Its theme ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! pays respect to a proud history of resistance and activism by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It recognizes First People’s resilience and strength, and celebrates those who have driven and led significant change in their communities over generations.
NAIDOC week celebrated the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes who have championed change for equal opportunities and basic human rights. The 2022 theme encourages all First Peoples to maintain this momentum and continue to fight for change.
MacKillop College students recognised and celebrated NAIDOC over the past week. Special activities across the week included; Bush Tucker BBQ Tastings, Basket Weaving and Googik Track Discovery Walk.
All of the events highlighted the positive contribution to culture, knowledge and the environment by First Nations People. Thanks especially to our Aboriginal Education Workers, Tristram Morris and Belinda Stewart, for their planning and delivery of events across this week.
Assistant Principal Mission
Welcome back to a new semester! Refreshed by a break with quality time with family and friends, it is wonderful to see Year 7 return to settling into the routines of school life with preparedness, positivity and energy to ‘do better’.
One way to keep momentum: think it, plan it, do it.
A new semester brings the promise of new possibilities. At our Year Assembly, I encouraged every student to reflect on their school report and set two new goals to plan and work towards (pages 84-85 in their student diary). Clarifying a goal keeps students moving forward; achieving goals translates to feelings of success and confidence for students, which in turn leads to greater confidence and productivity. Please take 15 minutes to sit with your son or daughter and speak with them about the goals they have set for themselves this term.
Although it was a shame our Athletics carnival could not run as a whole school community gathering, students still have the opportunity to participate in running and field events; they also earn House points by registering for events on Moodle. I applaud the efforts and enthusiasm many of our Year 7s have demonstrated in the sporting arena already in pre-events and look forward to learning more about individuals’ participation and successes.
Winter Woollies Appeal - Warm items you can spare and share
Our Winter Woolies Appeal has begun. Next week is National Homelessness Week and so it is nice to recall that we have something to offer others. If you have GOOD QUALITY winter clothes AND/OR BLANKETS you could donate to others, please organise your child to bring these items to their PC teacher.
Let’s take care of the ‘little things’ while they are still little
I would like to call on parents and carers to remind and support Year 7 to continue to tick these boxes: wear the correct uniform; use the College Diary; complete homework; be punctual; follow the teachers’ instructions and engage in your learning, and most importantly, be respectful to your peers and staff. It is by taking care of such matters that we set up Year 7 for greater success to develop positive relationships and engage more effectively at school.
Congratulations to the following award recipients:
Pastoral Coordinator’s Awards: Ebony Hassett, Gracie Huxley, Spencer Lee, Amy McWilliams (x2), Keegan Pope, Aidan Wadwell, Zoe Mizzi, Blaze Colthorpe & Mylee Roach
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care
Welcome back to another Term and a new Semester. Hopefully everyone was able to get some rest over the break, and start the new semester with a refreshed set of goals.
During Extended PC this week Year 8 students were asked to evaluate their academic report, look closely at their approaches to learning and set their learning goals for the semester. This can be found on Page 84-85 of the student diary.
Please look closely at this, and for some students it may directly relate to their success or areas of improvement in their academic performance.
The school diary is one of our key methods of communication and diaries are to be signed on a weekly basis by caregivers. Teachers and students will use the school diary to record tasks, reminders and important information. Caregivers are also encouraged to use the diary as a way reciprocating this communication. Working together is key to assisting our young people to achieve their personal best. Please do not hesitate to make contact with your student’s PC teacher or myself at any time.
It's great to see so many smiles, showing how happy students were with their efforts in achieving success in their latest Science topic test. They did such a great job, that they were awarded with a Merit Certificate and a medal! Well done on the hard work and effort everyone.
Congratulations to the following students for these awards:
Silver Principal Awards: Daisy Duncan
Pastoral Coordinator’s Awards: Alexandra Bransdon, Daisy Duncan, Spencer Lee, Amy McWilliams (x2), Madeline Poulton, Savannah Sivell, Brianna Waller (x2), Elliot Williams, Olivia Green, Chloe Kapila & Ruby Menin.
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care
Year 10 have continued their transition activities with a visit to Newman Senior Technical College last Thursday which was well received by all students. This week also saw some students attend either the Newman and/or MacKillop College Information Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Week 3 will see all Year 10 students attend the MacKillop Subject Information Day on Monday, before they begin their interviews for both MacKillop and Newman on Thursday. This transition theme will continue right through August with subject selection and confirmation of enrolment occurring in September.
Lastly, for any students who may have been absent, we have spare copies of Newman and MacKillop Subject Selection and Information booklets available in the front office.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s progress do not hesitate to contact me.
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care
Last Wednesday the Year 11 Mass was held in our College Chapel. The Year 11 theme 'Never see a need without doing something about it' was our theme for the Mass. Jonathan Cains started the Mass with a beautiful introduction on his experiences at the 'Street Retreat' in Brisbane last term, and how we can support those in need through the Vinnies Appeal this term by bringing in blankets, clothes or Coles Gift Cards to donate. Many of our Year 11 students were involved in the Mass either through playing music (thank you to Rob Denham and the Year 11 Music class), reading or prayer, the altar in the procession or operating the tech equipment. Thank you to everyone who put their hand up to be involved in our Mass.
Last term there was the highly contested Dodgeball Competition taking place on Fridays during Lunch 1 in the Lochinvar Hall. There was plenty of fun, laughter and flying balls on Fridays with Alexa Harveys PC8 coming out as Champions on our final Friday. They happily munched down on a chip lunch this week as their prize.
The final Dodgeball placing were as follows:
1st Place- PC8
2nd Place- PC7
3rd Place- PC5
4th Place- PC17
5th Place- PC2
6th Place- PC13
Congratulations PC8 on the Championship!!!
The Year 11 students were given the opportunity to attend the Mid Coast CareerQuip this week in Taree. The day provided the students with advice about training, study and job opportunities. Exhibitors included universities, private and vocational colleges, student support services, Australian Defence Force recruitment, TAFE, NSW Police, local and regional skills shortage employers plus trades and vocations.
It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to speak to people about some of their options post school and start to think about what their future might look like.
Thank you to Jo Pilgrim, Leader of Career Transitions and Pathways for organising the day for our students.
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care
Our Year 12 focus for the term is on 'the Little time we have left TOGETHER rather than the little time we have left to do everything'. We started on Wednesday with an extended PC and after a few formal business reminders we got in and had plenty of fun together.
Year 12 are working solidly towards their Trials next week, managing the content as we teach it, revising and preparing at the same time. Term 3 is a stressful time but if we 'chunk' the many items on the ‘to do’ list down into manageable pieces, it becomes more achievable and less daunting. I and many other teachers have been working with students individually to help them create a specific study timetable and manage their time more efficiently.
It really is the pointy end with Year 12. This was evident at the end of term when many students and parents attended the Careers/University talk presented by Jo Pilgrim. It was great to have so many families in attendance and the feedback was very positive. The university road is exciting but also a bit daunting. There is lots to do and many dates to be on top of with applications. One of the most significant dates is the close of UAC applications, and also the SRS application (Schools Recommendation Scheme) which allows the opportunity for early entry. Early entry takes a lot of pressure off students and is one of the many ways students are entering into tertiary education these days.
My advice is at this stage to focus on study but when you have a moment during the Trial period make sure both your UAC application and SRS application are submitted. Remember that preferences for UAC can be changed at any time, so no pressure to know exactly which course you want to study, just put something you are interested in for now and refine it as we go. The Careers Newsletter is a must read for every Year 12 student and parent. Jo Pilgrim was also kind enough to share her presentation through this newsletter for those who were not able to attend on the night.
At the end of last term we also visited Newcastle University for a bit of an idea on what uni life might entail. It was freezing cold and wet, and most of the students were on the end of semester break so it didn’t exactly have the 'buzz' that it usually has. However, it was a great day and a good experience and the university went to a lot of trouble to show us around. A big thanks to Jo Pilgrim for arranging this and attending the day with us.
In the meantime, plans are in motion for the Celebration of Excellence and the Year 12 Graduation. It's always good to keep the fun stuff in mind when life gets busy and stressful. As time gets closer I will ask for some parents to volunteers as a working party to help set up the Graduation on the day.
Year 12 Leader of Pastoral Care
“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
A Theatre of Song
In November the College Musical Theatre Company will lead a performance in the theatre that will be a variety show of sorts with a musical theatre theme. In addition, a musical theatre solo voice competition will also take place (more on this later).
Commencing in Week 3, personnel from the senior band will be reshuffled to form a musical theatre style ‘pit band’ that will accompany the singers at this concert. Rehearsals will be on Friday mornings. A select number of students will be involved. These students have already been notified.
In addition, the College band will rehearse on Thursday mornings. This includes students from the junior and senior band (who are not in the pit band). They will be working on repertoire for performance later in the term.
Links & forms
Centenary of the Smith Family performance (Senior & Junior Drumline)
- Week 2 - Saturday 30 July, 1:20pm - 2:20pm, Laurieton United Services Club, SAPSS Junior & Senior Drumline
- Week 2 - Sunday 31 July, meet 4:15pm at St Agnes Church for a 5:00pm start. Mass concludes at 6:00pm. Collective Praise Band and Singers
- Week 3 - Wednesday 3 August, Period 1, College Hall, Junior Percussion Ensemble.
Please contact Rob Denham with any questions relating to the Co-curricular music program at MacKillop College.
Leader of Music
Term 3 Sport
Katrina Fanning Cup Northern Regional Finals– U14 Girls
Tuesday, 26 July Mackillop College competed in the Katrina Fanning Cup Tackle competition. This competition hosted all the winning teams in their region. Our first game was tough against the overall winners of the day going down to St Joseph's Aberdeen by one try (10-4). Try by Charlee Lawlor.
With two games off, the girls regrouped for their second game against St Joseph's College, Banora Point. They won this game 18-4. Tries to Natalie, Darcie, Milla and three successful conversions to Lily.
Our final game was against Kyogle. This was a hard hitting game with limited interchange players left due to a number of injuries. The girls dug deep and demonstrated skill, team work and enthusiasm to win this game 22-0. Tries to Sehtaya, Darcie, Milla x 2 with Lily again kicking three out of four successful conversions.
The U14 team finished 2nd overall. Well done to the whole team as it was a competitive competition with some hard hitting plays and strong defensive play.
Team list: Milla Swain, Arliah Morris, Lily Moseley. Sehtaya Gordon, Darcie Gleeson, Charlee Lawlor, Suki Fraser, Leah Hanson, Charlotte Weatherley, Inala Gibbs, Jasmine Lacey, Natalie Howard and Evie Hewens.
Kate Cowan - Coach
Katrina Fanning Cup Northern Regional Finals – U16 Girls
Congratulations to our Under 16 Girls Rugby League team who travelled to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday to contest the Northern Regional Finals of the statewide Katrina Fanning Cup competition.
The girls played three games playing Ballina Coast High School in Game 1. This was an extremely physical game against a team that clearly had a lot of rugby league experience with the opposition scoring three early tries. Our girls fought back in the second half, however went down 22-4.
Game 2 was against St Joseph’s Banora Point. Immediately our girls took control in attack, scoring a try in the opening minutes. Banora put on a counter attack but was not enough to withstand our girls strong defence and attack. Our girls scored again late in the second half sealing an 8-4 win.
Game 3 ended up being the Preliminary Final against Ballina Coast High School. Given the score line in game 1, the girls were nervous. Our girls came out firing and had Ballina on the ropes initially, scoring a try and converting the goal going into the lead 6-0. Ballina hit back with a try without a successful conversion, with a half time score line of 6-4; our girls were excited.
Unfortunately a couple of decisions didn’t go our way early in the second half with the opposition capitalsing on this and scoring two quick tries to put us on the back foot. We finished the game 18-6.
I was super proud of the girls as one of our key goals was to improve throughout the day which clearly they did. The girls had to really dig deep and muscle up. Notable performances from Briana Anderson, Penny Sprague, Tess McWilliams and Niah Evans playing consistently well in the three games and were well supported by their fellow team mates. Congratulations to Briana Anderson who was named Most Valuable Player. Special thanks to Evie Washington and Tana Marino for runing water for the girls.
Erin Denham - Coach
NSWCCC Open Football – Boys
After a tough and physical hit out against a technically strong and well organised St Francis Xavier College, the Open Boys Soccer team were unfortunate to come away with a loss. Even though we had a dominant first half and held our own in the second, goals from St Francis Xavier College late in each half slowed the team's momentum as the score settled at 2-0 after the full time whistle. Despite the score line, our boys showed great character and resilience to keep pushing, and were unlucky not to have converted a few quality chances. All the boys should be proud of themselves for the effort and commitment shown to have progressed so far in the competition.
Daniel Watts - Coach
MacKillop College 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.
Feast Day and Big Day Out
NC Regional Netball finals 7-10 Boys and Girls – Port Macquarie
Harry Wells 9s Boys – Wood Street Port Macquarie
Lismore Diocesan events and 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
Junior & Intermediate – Coffs Harbour
2 & 3 August
Athletics carnival in Coffs Harbour
Diocesan Junior/Intermediate/Senior Championships Girls – Port Macquarie
Diocesan Boys and Girls Championships Coffs Harbour
Grafton - TBC
NSWCCC events and 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.
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
CCC Girls ½ Day camp
Girls – St Mary’s Stadium
Boys & Girls (Junior and Senior) Knockout finals - Glenwood
30 & 31 August
Sydney Olympic Park
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
NSW All Schools Touch Football – 7/8 Girls, 9/10 Girls and 9/10 Boys at Central Coast
1 & 2 August
Glenwood – This event follows the knock out competition and the results at the end of the term
Exciting Oppurtunity....Media Rookies
Calling all junior journos! We’ve got an opening for two rookies in our media squad, and we want you to enter the draft!
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 (FWBWC22) Media Rookies program is open to Australian high school students aged 14 years and over who have a keen interest in sport, journalism or media, and who love to create content. We’ll be choosing two students for the program, and providing them with a money-can’t-buy experience at the World Cup this September.
Our Media Rookies will get to sit alongside international reporters during games, attend press conferences, and gain insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes at a World Cup. They’ll get the opportunity to create content for Basketball NSW’s social media channels, and may even have the chance to interview an athlete!
Here’s exactly what our Media Rookies will get:
- Official media accreditation for games at Sydney SuperDome on Monday, 26 and Tuesday, 27 September (each student will get to attend one daytime and one evening session).
- An opportunity to attend press conferences.
- Interview opportunities with athletes (pending availability).
- Lunch/dinner pending the session they are covering.
- Potential to have their content featured on Basketball NSW social media channels.
- 1 x complimentary adult ticket for the session they are covering to have a parent/carer accompany them to the event.
- Parking vouchers for parent/carer if required (free train travel is provided with event tickets).
Please note: Any additional travel or accommodation expenses will be the responsibility of the successful applicants.
Read the Media Rookies Program Terms and Conditions on the webpage.
How to Apply
To apply, you need to be enrolled in an Australian secondary school and aged 14 years or over at first date of event (22 September 2022).
In your application, we’d like you to tell us a little bit about yourself, the content you like to create and your favourite sports social media account. You’ll need to come up with three questions you’d ask an Opal in an interview, and then shoot a 1min video of yourself telling us why you want to be a Media Rookie.
Applications close on Friday, 19 August at 5:00pm AEST and short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview during the week commencing Monday, 22 August. Our lucky two Media Rookies will be notified during the week commencing Monday, 29 August 2022.
Click on the link: Media Rookies Program
If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
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 email@example.com or phone at the College.
Leader of Sport
Tuesday 7:45am-8:30am and Friday 7:45am-8:30am
Room 12 Main College with Elizabeth Robertson