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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

20 April 2018

The Spirit of Jesus and ANZAC Day

The word ‘Spirit’ is sometimes difficult to understand, yet this word is mentioned often. You may hear a coach tell a team “I want you to go out and play this half with more spirit”, or you may remember your teacher praise your class by saying, “I really enjoy working with you as your class spirit is excellent”. We hear and read about the ‘Anzac Spirit’. As Australians, we are encouraged to live the ANZAC Spirt of determination, sacrifice, sense of humour and loyalty to family, friends and country.

All students are invited and encouraged to join our college at the Anzac Day march (9.20 gather near Craig's Hardware) and service (10am) outside the Highfields Cultural Centre on Wednesday 25 April. All students attending must wear formal uniform, college hat and bring a water bottle. Our college student leaders will be part of the wreath laying and gum leaf burning rituals. Choir students will also be part of the combined choir.

 

Advice regarding iPad use at home

Students can be using the device to complete homework or assessments given in class. This work should be completed in a central location i.e. around the dining table rather than unsupervised in their bedroom. The parent obviously has outright control in determining the use of any technologies in the home setting. At the end of the night the iPad should be left to charge overnight in a common area, not in the child’s bedroom.

The iPad is a very engaging device. Parents are recommended to set time limits for their child’s use of the iPad beyond homework and research for assignments.

There are also Parent Resource Documents (Digital Citizenship, Parent Control and Tips for Parents) located om the website https://www.highfields.catholic.edu.au/learning-teaching/our-technology.html

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

20 April 2018

PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL 2018

Thank you to all those who have donated money to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion so far this Lent. If you would still like to make a donation please return money box to the junior or senior office as soon as possible.

Overall total so far: $ 4000     (Our College goal is $5000)

 

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

TERM 2- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 22 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 1 (Review pp. 1-13)

Sunday 29 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 2 (Review pp. 14-25)

Sunday 6 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 3 (Review pp. 26-37)

Sunday 13 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 4 (Review pp. 38-45)

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

 

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

 

TERM ONE MAKING JESUS REAL AWARDS

Congratulations to all of the students who received these special awards.

HOLY THURSDAY LITURGY

Congratulations to our wonderful Year 9/10 elected student leaders: Elijah Logan, Gabby Nielsen, Jaymee Suliman, Maddie Dobson, Tobey Burling, Elli Close, Connor McKerrow, Mia Knapman, Ky Brunner., Megan Bailey, Josh Roach, Gretel Worner and Nathan Haddow

 who assisted with our whole college Holy Thursday liturgy on the last day of term 1, 29 March 2018.  A significant highlight of the liturgy was the symbolic service action of Elijah, our male secondary college captain washing the feet of Prep Joey student Eliza Ware.

TERM 2 EASTER LITURGY

Thank you to our elected Primary and Secondary student leaders who assisted with our opening Term 2 Easter liturgy on Friday 20 April. During the liturgy Mr Peter Murphy and Mr Tim Franzmann symbolically sprinkled all present with special Easter Holy Water. The season of Easter continues until Pentecost Sunday. As a whole college we will celebrate Pentecost with a Holy Spirit mass with Father Brian on Friday 18 May. All are welcome.

YEAR 5 LED PARISH MASS

Congratulations to the following Year 5 students who assisted Father Brian on our Parish Palm Sunday mass on25 March: Sam Jones, Annabelle Fox, Ryley Schmaling, Grace Brosnan, Chelsea Mifsud, Pat O’Sullivan, Mikala Allison, John Condon, Bryson Holm, Jarrah & Jayden Sunatwanitkul and Xander O’Neil. Thank you also to their teachers Mr Craig Faessler, Mrs Shannon Anderson and Miss Lisa Kynoch for their support.

 

COMMUNITY FOCUS:

MARY MAC SPIRIT & THE QUEENS BATON RELAY

What a joyful privilege it was for myself to carry the Queens Baton and pass it to Year 9 student Gretel Worner on 28 March along Holbertin St, Rockville in Toowoomba. Thank you to those who nominated me. I felt very humbled by the experience and was proud to represent the Mary Mackillop Catholic College community.

MARY MAC MOVERS:

A reminder that all are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps.

GOLD COAST MARATHON:

If you would like to be part of the Mary Mac Movers team will need to register before the end of term 1.

Event

30 June

Age Requirements

Early bird entry fee

After 30 April 2018

Start Time

Cut Off Time

Garmin 2km Junior Dash

5-10 year old (Parent may accompany)

$25

$45

9.25am

20 mins

Garmin 4km Junior Dash

5-14 year olds

(No parents)

$25

$45

9.40am

40 mins

Gold Coast Airport Fun Run

5.7Km Challenge

Minimum 12yo

(Under 12yo need registered adult accompanying at all times)

$45

$65

8.00am

1hour 20mins

Southern Cross Uni 10km

minimum 12 years old

$60

$80

6.30am

1hour 40mins

ASICs half marathon 21kms

minimum 15 years old

$110

$130

6.00am

3hours 20 minutes

Marathon 42kms

minimum 18 years old

$145

$165

7.20am

6hrs 40minutes

 

 For more information visit: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

Our password is Celebrate

or contact Charmaine via email:  Brad&Charmaine Schmaling <charbrad@bigpond.com>

 

YEAR 5/6 FUTSAL SEASON REPORT 2018

 Congratulations to all 9 teams who participated in our annual Year 5/6 Futsal competition in term 1. Over 60 players registered and there was great skill on display over the 5 weeks. The level of sportsmanship was outstanding and there was tremendous displays of spirit and pure enjoyment. Added to this, there was evidence of teamwork, resilience and learning how to deal with both winning and losing.

This year we were very fortunate to have the support of Year 9 students Nathan Haddow and Tobey Burling who refereed lunch break games. Thank you also to Mrs Chrissy Carter, Mrs Sean Albion, Miss Tamara Niemeyer and Mr Steve Moyle (Convenor) who assisted with refereeing.

Congratulations to the following best and fairest team players as judged by the Convenor:

1st- Besties: Liam Samin

2nd- Bullets: Jack Haddow

3rd- Sweat Lords: Jack Durrant

4th- Baboons: Lachlan MacMahon

5th- Pinkies: Ryley Schmaling

6th- Pink Corgies: Sam Edwards

7th- Golden Panthers: Riley McNally

8th- Turkeys: Jarrah Sunatwanakil

9th- Windy Unicorns: Chelsea Mifsud

FINALS RESULTS: Friday 23 March in Ignatius Centre

A high level of skill and teamwork was on display during the finals afternoon. As the scores indicated all four games were very competitive with only one goal determining the winner in each game. The Bullets and Besties caused major upsets in the semi-finals with the Besties team of Lucie Ramsay, Charlotte Stevenson-Hiley, Liam Samin, Josh Midola, Lara Fitzgerald and Lucy Thompson (absent) winning the final. The Besties were just that, the best team in 2018 and were deservedly crowned the Year 5/6 Futsal Champions.

Semi-Final 1: Sweat Lords 1 v Bullets 2

Semi-Final 2: Baboons 3 v Besties 4

Playoff 3rd/4th: Sweat Lords 2 v Baboons 1

Final: Bullets 2 v Besties 3

Player of the Finals: Liam Samin (most goals in finals)

 

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Student Achievements

20 April 2018

Congratulations to Year 9 student Joshua Roach who recently achieved a personal best time of 55 seconds in the 400m at the Qld State Little Athletics Competition winning a silver medal

 

 

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P&F Update

20 April 2018

We are pleased to let you know that the new playground has been installed and is already going though some rigorous testing by the children! 

At a cost of $25,000, this purchase has been funded from P & F fundraising events including the Crave Food Festival, pie and mango drive, kidzshot Photography and discos etc. Thanks for all your support and generous contributions over the past year to help make this possible.

This is just the start of plans for enhancing the children’s play area so it’s great to see the new equipment is already popular with the kids.

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Year 6 Canberra Camp

20 April 2018

In the last week of Term 1, Year 6 students and 6 staff had four jam packed days touring the nation’s capital.  Throughout the tour, places that were visited included, Parliament House, Australian Museum of Democracy, Australian War Memorial, AIS, Questacon, The Mint and National Portrait Gallery.  Students participated in a number of educational programs that focussed on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. 

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

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National Road Safety Week

20 April 2018

The College will participate in the National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, 18 May.

The following information has been provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads

Monday the 30 April to Friday the 6 May 2018 is National Road Safety Week and we wish to raise the profile of people who work on our roads.

 

About School Crossing Supervisors - general

School Crossing Supervisors play a vital role in keeping our children safe. They improve the safety of travel to and from school for students in the city as well as regional and remote areas, whether they walk, cycle or travel by bus or car.

In hot, cold or wet weather, the supervisors are there, ensuring children are kept out of harm’s way.

“Supervised crossings are an important part of Transport and Main Roads’ road safety program. I cannot stress enough the importance of a school crossing supervisor’s role,” {TMR Road Safety Manager, insert Road Safety Manager’s Name} said.

“School crossing supervisors are the unsung heroes of school road safety. They play a vital role in helping thousands of students get to and from school safely each day.”

This week is Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week when we say thank you to those who assist us on the roads and help us stay safe. Please take time to acknowledge those that keep our school community safe.

 

Appreciation of years of service

For the past 34 years, School students have had a safe start and end to their school day thanks to the dedication of school crossing supervisors.

Transport and Main Roads Road Safety Managers across the state have said School Crossing Supervisors had provided invaluable service to the school over the past 34 years and had become an important part of the local school community.

“The 34 years of service, Crossing Supervisors have given to our community, epitomises the dedication and commitment of supervisors across the state.”

 “Since 1984 there have been no deaths or serious injuries requiring hospitalisations on supervised crossings. It is estimated that over 150,000 students use supervised crossings each day. Not only do they help children cross streets safely, they also educate students on how to use a supervised crossing.”

This week is Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week when we say thank you to those who assist us on the roads and help us stay safe. Please take time to acknowledge those that keep our school community safe.

 

 

All about School Crossings

  • School Crossing Supervisors assist children to safely cross roads
  • They carry out duties within the parameters of workplace health and safety requirements
  • A children's crossing is recognisable by the children's crossing flags on either side of the road.
  • At a supervised pedestrian crossing, motorists must stop before the crossing when the supervisor is standing on the kerb or traffic island with a stop sign held to face the traffic.
  • Motorists must not move off until all pedestrians and the school crossing supervisor are safely on the footpath or traffic island.
  • If a vehicle has stopped to give way to pedestrians at a crossing, do not overtake the vehicle while it is stationary.
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Youth Group

20 April 2018

Games & Social Night

Friday 20 April

6-8pm @ The Highfields Hub

$5 per family, Yrs 7-12 (High school age)

 

See you there for another great evening!

 

Find us on Facebook

www.facebook.com/groups/1747024862209990/

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Have your say on Cyber Bullying

20 April 2018

Many parents and teachers are concerned about cyberbullying. It is a serious problem that can hurt young people, families and school communities. Cyberbullying is also a complex problem that is often invisible to parents and teachers.

In February the Premier appointed a group of Queenslanders who are passionate about stopping cyberbullying of young people. The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce is chaired by well-known author and commentator, Madonna King, and includes members with knowledge and expertise in education, youth health and wellbeing, law, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, disability and families.

The Taskforce needs your help to develop a framework for Queensland to help reduce cyberbullying of young people. They want to hear from parents, carers, students, teachers and other experts in schools. In particular, the Taskforce wants to hear about your ideas to:

  • prevent or reduce cyberbullying 
  • support people affected by cyberbullying of young people.

How to have your say

Email the Taskforce at antibullyingtaskforce@premiers.qld.gov.au

Upload your ideas as a submission on the Taskforce website

https://qld.gov.au/cyberbullyingtaskforce

Come to a public forum in 12 Queensland locations including Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Charleville. For information about forums visit https://qld.gov.au/cyberbullyingtaskforce

 

Everyone can be part of the stand against cyberbullying. Ms King and the Taskforce members look forward to hearing from you.

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Parish Trivia Night

20 April 2018

Join us for a night of Trivia in the MacKillop Centre at Mary MacKillop Catholic College in Highfields

SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
doors open @ 6:30pm
trivia starts @ 7pm

$15 per player 
payment on the night
(includes pizza and a snack platter) 
BYO snacks if you like!

Drinks available for purchase

Theme your team with your favourite superhero, don your capes & prepare to conquer!

Teams of 10
Gather 10 superhero friends together and book a table.

Go Solo
Be a solo superhero and nominate yourself to be added to a table.

For all nominations:
Contact Tony Hynes on 0419 710 212 or email hynes01@bigpond.com by 25 May.

Raffles & Prizes
Don’t forget to bring some cash for the bar, raffles and games!

Child Minding 
Available for $5 per child. Please advise at time of booking

*This event is a community event and open to the public, so invite your friends, neighbours and relatives to make a team and enjoy a night of fun!

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Tuckshop Volunteers Wanted

20 April 2018

We would like to acknowledge and thank all of the volunteers who assisted our tuckshop convenors last term, as well as for the College Open Day.  We appreciate the time you have given to help provide our students with delicious, wholesome food each day.

A new tuckshop volunteer roster is now available on our website.  

https://www.highfields.catholic.edu.au/community/tuckshop.html

 

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From the Principal - Mr Peter Murphy

21 March 2018

“Let us live in such a way. That when we die our love will survive, and continue to grow. Amen”

(Michael Leunig)

Easter 2018

HOLY WEEK

Christianity is a religion of events and things – not just ideas.  During Holy week we celebrate the events and remember the things that are the foundation and cause of our faith and our community. 

The events are the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The things are the bread, the wine and the Eucharist community.

The events begin with Palm Sunday, when we celebrate the coming of the realm of God. – a realm in which leadership is equated with service.

Then, on Holy Thursday, we celebrate two things: Eucharist and Maundy.  Eucharist is the greatest community act of all where people – two or three or hundreds – gather in Jesus’ name with him in their midst.  Maundy, the washing of the people’s feet by the God of creation, turns worldly values upside down. 

On Good Friday the world stops.  All the grief, pain and desolation of humanity come together in one place and are given ultimate meaning.  Our death is neither meaningless nor final because on Easter Day we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose.

In our religion the things associated with Easter are palms, bread and wine, water, feet, crosses, and candles.  The events of this time are: catechumens entering the community through baptism, Eucharist and confirmation; crosses carried and venerated; fires lit; the Exodus of the Paschal Lamb remembered and renewed.

For Christians this is the most eventful, celebrational, hope filled time of the year.  It is the time when God’s realm and ours are most at one.

I take this opportunity to thank students, parents, and staff for their ongoing support of Mary MacKillop Catholic College and wish you well for the Easter holidays.

High Standards

At an assembly this term, I spoke to the students about success.

Some look at the great successes of others and assume that they are blessed or very lucky. Whilst luck and genetics may have a part in a person’s success, far more often success has little to do with luck.

I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the luckier I get. (Thomas Jefferson)

Persistence and hard work, a dogged determination, striving consciously towards a goal are the more common routes to success in any endeavour. In the words of a former Australian National Swimming Coach, Laurie Lawrence,

Success is the celebration of preparation.

Success in any endeavour is borne through setting high standards and goals and working continuously towards achieving these. Success and high standards require a conscious choice. A decision. A commitment. Discipline and determination.

Success at and beyond school comes in many forms; academic excellence, sporting excellence, excellence in cultural pursuits (music/dance drama/art), excellence of personal character and servant leadership and spiritual formation. Not all of these successes will deliver personal monetary wealth. All have great potential, if applied unselfishly, to deliver something much more significant - an improved world for self and others.

Welcome and Farewell

At the end of this Term, we say farewell to our Head of Music, Mrs Natalie Otto and welcome our new Music Teacher, Mrs Jennifer Morgan. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Natalie for her outstanding contribution towards the growth of our music program throughout her two years with us.

College Logo Rebranding

In the coming days you will receive information about a College Community Focus Group we are conducting in conjunction with a strategic marketing and design company, DMS Creative.  It is the College's intention to create a new logo as we grow towards a P-12 College.  We look forward to your contributions.

Recognition of achievements

At Mary MacKillop Catholic College we encourage students to strive for personal bests. We attempt to give recognition to all forms of student achievement whether academic, pastoral, spiritual, sporting, or cultural. Unfortunately we are not always in a position to know about all the personal achievements of our students. To improve our performance in giving due recognition we need your help. Please advise the school if your son/daughter has achieved something and deserves to be recognised in the newsletter. This can be achieved by email, phone, or a note to school.

Working Bee

I offer my sincere thanks to the many people who have volunteered their services over the past two weekends. Their efforts have returned our grounds to a much more presentable state.

Over fifty people gave their morning last Sunday to mulch, weed, pressure clean and prune various areas of the College. In addition to this, a separate group of people, who had other commitments on the Sunday morning, volunteered their time and effort on the previous Saturday and previous weekend.

Your efforts are highly appreciated. It is truly a welcome return to hear people commenting favourably about the presentation of the College Grounds. Thank you.

 

God bless

Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parish Trivia Night

21 March 2018

Save the Date for our annual parish Trivia Night on Saturday, 26 May.

More information coming in Term 2.

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Senior school Parent Teacher Interviews

21 March 2018

Senior school Parent Teacher Interviews

The Parent Teacher interviews for Senior school students will be held on Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April from 3:30 – 7:30 pm, in Week 2 of Term 2.

Please note this information is on our College Website.

 An alert will be sent out in the last week of this Term with specific log on and registration information.

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P&F Update

21 March 2018

SENIOR DISCO

Around 90 students attended the senior disco last Friday, 16 March 2018.  Judging by the dance moves, I think it’s safe to assume they all had a great time. Thanks to the parents and teachers who helped before and on the night – these events are simply not possible without your hard work.

FIRST AID COURSE

A number of parents attended a first aid course last Saturday, 17 March, 2018.

The course covered a wide range of important topics and included two very realistic practical scenarios. Complete with fake blood, this was not for the faint hearted! 

An extended thanks to the New Hope Group, who ran the course hugely discounted rate.

SUB-COMMITTEES

A number of vacancies are still available within our sub committees. If you would like to get involved then please email the P & F team at highfields.PandF@twb.catholic.edu.au

  • Arts & Academic
  • Sports (currently no nominations)
  • Learning Support
  • Parent Support
  • Healing Hands
  • Community

CLASS REPRESENTATIVES – WE NEED YOUR HELP

We are still seeking class representatives. So far, we have received the following nominations.

Prep Possums - Sarah McAllister

Prep Bilbies - Marianna Harth

Prep Joeys - Daini Ware

1B - Carla Adams

2E - Sonia Sowry

2J - Sarah Ward

3K - Jo O'Neil

3M - Emma Ehrlich

4B - Sonia Sowry

5D - Jo O'Neil


The role of the class representative is to:-

  • Be a point of contact for your parent peers and bring any issues to the P&F meeting either face to face or via email as well as communicate meeting outcomes back to parents.
  • Promote upcoming P&F events and fundraisers.
  • To volunteer at P&F events where possible and help rally volunteer support from your parent group

 

MEETING DATES

The following dates have been set for 2018 P & F meetings. We hope you can join us.

2 May 2018

6 June 2018

4 July 2018

1 August 2018

5 September 2018

7 November 2018

5 December 2018

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Music News

21 March 2018

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

We greeted each other with an ‘Ahoy me hearties!’ as twenty three Mary MacKillop staff, parents and students met in the Empire Theatre last Saturday afternoon to enjoy the Empire Theatres production of Pirates of Penzance. We tapped our toes, clapped our hands and had a barrel of laughs as the talented local theatre community entertained us all afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the first Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club outing of the year.

OPEN DAY CONCERT – SUNDAY 25 MARCH

Our talented students are ready to experience their first performance of the year in our exciting Open Day Concert on Sunday 25 March. The schedule for the concert is as follows:

Time

Event

Performance

Location

9:00 am

Principal’s Address

Main Stage

9:10 am

Concert Band

Main Stage

9:30 am

String Ensemble

Main Stage

9:40 am

Senior Dance Troupe

Main Stage – Grassed Area

9:50 am

Arabella Backhouse

Adele Adams

David Dreyer

Main Stage

10:00 am

Year 2 & 3 Choir

Main Stage

10:10 am

Chelsea Ward

Jack Lucy

Kyle O’Farrell-Brady

Annabelle Fox

Lucy Jones

Ethan Aleksandrowicz

Jessica George

Main Stage

10:30 am

Year 4, 5 & 6 Choir

Main Stage

10:45 am

Year 9 Dancers

Main Stage – Grassed Area

10:50 am

Year 7 Music Class

Main Stage

11:00 am

Principal’s Address

Main Stage

11:05 am

Samara O’Leary Farrelly

Jayden Sunatwanitkul

Chay Boyle

Main Stage

11:15 am

Senior Singers Choir

Main Stage

11:30 am

Hannah Smith

Eliza Skewes

Jarrah Sunatwanitkul

Ann Dolan

Main Stage

11:45 am

Senior Dance Troupe

Main Stage – Grassed Area

12:00 pm

Ruben Kruger

Hannah Rosenthal

Monique George

Indigo Cadzow-Smith

Emma Brittain

Main Stage

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Open Day Concert, and we encourage the entire school community to come along and support our wonderful College on this day.

MUSIC STAFF NEWS

We welcome back Mrs Lorraine Fuller to the College in Term Two. Lorraine will be returning to teach our Brass students. Thank you so much to Ms Janelle Fletcher (Voice and Brass) for guiding our Brass students so expertly during Term One.

Congratulations to three of our Instrumental Music teachers, Ms Rosanne Pietsch (Flute and Piano), Mr Martin Crook (Clarinet and Saxophone) and Mrs Lorraine Fuller (Brass), for their involvement in the rollicking orchestra for Pirates of Penzance. Rosanne, Martin and Lorraine all reported that they greatly enjoyed playing in the orchestra for the appreciative audiences.

Previously this year, one of our Piano teachers, Mr Morgan Chalmers, was the Musical Director of Shoebox Theatre Company’s highly successful Queensland premiere of the musical First Date. Mr Jack Hickey, our guitar teacher, was a member of the band for First Date. Morgan has also been recently appointed to the position of Musical Director of the Toowoomba Choral Society’s production of Fiddler On The Roof. Fiddler on the Roof will be performed in the Armitage Centre in June. Our drum teacher, Mr Ian Dixon, has recently played with his band, Undercover Live Music, in a variety of locations for the Summer Tunes festival.

The vast talents and experience our team of Instrumental Music teachers have directly affects the quality of the music education your children receive at the College. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Instrumental Music team, as well as Ms Susie Fredline and Mr Nicholas Joy, for sharing their skills and talents so willingly with the students at Mary MacKillop. This leads me to the next paragraph…

FAREWELL

For those parents who are unware, I inform you that I will sadly be saying farewell to the Mary MacKillop community at the end of the term. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing the Music Program at the College over the past two years, and I am very proud of the rich musical experiences we can now offer your children in our Instrumental Music Program, our Co-Curricular program, and in our Classroom Music Program.

I have written in previous newsletters regarding our Instrumental Music Program and our Co-Curricular Program, but I have rarely touched upon our Classroom Music program. In fact, it has been in the music classroom where the bulk of the music culture change has occurred at Mary MacKillop.

The Classroom Music program has changed enormously during the past two years. Your children now sing with gusto in every music lesson, and they know that clapping rhythms, keeping the beat, playing musical games, singing in solfa, showing hand signs, and reading and writing music are enjoyable aspects of every music lesson. This approach to music education, known as the Kodaly approach, has a goal of ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, can learn how to read and write music through singing. Not only does this vocal, sequential and cumulative approach improve music literacy, research suggests that this approach can improve numeracy skills, spatial-temporal reasoning, intelligence and social emotional development. Ms Susie Fredline is doing phenomenal work with your children in these areas in her classes. If you would like to read more about this approach to music education, please visit http://www.kodaly.org.au/kodaly-concept/ or http://musicaustralia.org.au/discover/music-education/music-education-methodologies-approaches/the-kodaly-approach/ .

Thank you to the music parents for your unwavering support over the past two years. My wish is that your children continue to enjoy learning music throughout their childhood, and hopefully into adulthood, and then, even further into the future, I hope that they encourage their own children to learn music! I would be a rich woman if I had a dollar for every time a parent has told me they wished they had continued their music lessons as a child!

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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MISSION MATTERS AT MARY MAC with Mr Moyle

21 March 2018

PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL 2018

Thank you to all those who have donated money to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion so far this Lent. Each Wednesday student leaders visit classrooms to collect the donations which are sincerely appreciated as we strive FOR A JUST FUTURE. Just as importantly, there are wonderful stories to engage in each week. You are encouraged to visit:

http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

 

Overall total so far: $ 3000     (Our College goal is $5000)

Social Justice Stories: Well done to Year 5 Macintyre who took the initiative of holding a lolly guessing competition with all monies donated to Project Compassion. Well done also to our Year 7 students who raised over $300 from their recent bake sales. Be sure to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday (refer below)

Major Project Compassion Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported our Out of Uniform St.Patrick’s “Green” Day with a $2 donation on Friday 16 March, 2018. We managed to reach our goal and raise over $1000 for Project Compassion.

PALM SUNDAY – Weekend 24/25 March- Readings: Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1 - 15:47

Many of us over the years have seen film and television productions of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We could be tempted to see Palm Sunday as a historical re-enactment of the tragic events in Christ's life. Unlike those who witnessed this procession through Jerusalem over2000 years ago, we celebrate this day in the light of the resurrection. We know that sadness and death have given way to new life and that Christ has triumphed over death, so we too live in hope.

As hope-filled people, we appreciate the significance of our prayer, fasting and almsgiving as they intensify during this week- the only week in our Christian calendar the Church calls "holy". These Lenten acts draw us back to God and each other.

Through the liturgies of Holy Week, we participate in the remembrance of Jesus’ final days. We are mindful too of the many women, men and children around the world who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice. These are the face of the suffering Christ in our time.

One such face is Psyche Mae who when featured in Project Compassion in 2008, was a teenager living with her family in a squatter settlement on the edge of a giant rubbish dump outside Manila in the Philippines. Her family formed part of an extensive, urban poor community, where hundreds of thousands of people struggle to survive – and many are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Fast forward to 2018 where Psyche Mae, her parents and siblings have managed to lift themselves out of poverty to a new life where they have built a better future. Psyche Mae herself is now a qualified social worker for the Philippines Government, helping informal settlers and people with disabilities. She is a hard worker, working full-time and studying after work at university, where she plans to continue to study for a Master's degree.

This story illustrates that renewal and the opportunity for new life can be the start of a just future, where people can become the architects of change in their lives. 

EARTH HOUR 2018

Earth Hour is the world's largest grassroots movement for climate change action. Millions of people in over 180 countries take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights as a symbolic gesture to show that our planet needs stronger action on climate change. On Saturday, 24 March 2018, switch off at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm for Earth Hour.

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

Thank you to parents who recently attended the information sessions and brought their children to the Parish enrolments during Sunday masses on either 11/18 March.

Photographs of these children are on display in the MacKillop Centre near the Year of Youth display.  If you happened to miss one of these masses, please send in photo card and enrolment slip to Mrs Cathy Perry in the Primary office before the end of term 1.

TERM 2- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 22 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 1 (Review pp. 1-13)

Sunday 29 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 2 (Review pp. 14-25)

Sunday 6 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 3 (Review pp. 26-37)

Sunday 13 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 4 (Review pp. 38-45)

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Before the end of term one, all classes will participate in walking the “Way of the Cross” based on the scriptural Stations of the Cross celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991. They are presented here as an alternative to the traditional stations and as a way of reflecting more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ's passion.

All are invited to walk the 14 stations that are positioned on the eastern side of the Primary road opposite Uluru.

MAKING JESUS REAL (MJR) AWARDS

As has been a tradition for many years at our college, 30 students from each class will be recognised with a special MJR award. Year 6 students will receive their awards on Friday 23 March at 8.35am outside the Tuckshop due to their Week 10 Canberra experience. All others students will be acknowledged at 2pm on Holy Thursday 29 March in the MacKillop Centre.

HEALING HANDS COOK UP

Thank you to Mrs Vivienne Holman, Mrs Justine Worner and students from the Year 9 CSYMA class who generously gave of their time and expertise to cook meals for our college’s “Healing Hands” ministry from 3-7pm on Monday 19 March. Now that’s living the spirit of Jesus!

HOLY THURSDAY LITURGY

All are welcome to attend our whole college Holy Thursday gathering in the MacKillop Centre  beginning at 2pm on the last day of term 1 (29 March) with the presentation of our MJR awards before the liturgy.

YEAR 5 LED PARISH MASS

Our next student led Parish mass will take place on the morning of our Open Day, 8am Sunday 25 March. This particular mass falls on Palm Sunday (the first day of Holy Week) and the Passion of the Lord will be proclaimed during the gospel. All are welcome.

PARISH HOLY WEEK & EASTER CELEBRATIONS 2018- ALL ARE WELCOME

Thursday 23 March: 5.30pm The Lord’s Last Supper- MacKillop Centre

Friday 24 March: 10am Ecumenical Stations of the Cross- Peacehaven Park, Highfields.

                              : 3pm Good Friday Passion of the Lord- MacKillop Centre

Saturday 25 March: 6pm Easter Saturday Vigil Mass- MacKillop Centre

Sunday 26 March: 8am Easter Sunday Morning Mass- MacKillop Centre

 

PRIMARY STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC)

Congratulations to the following Primary class members who were elected as members of SRC. These students received their badges at our Primary assembly on Friday 16 March from Head of Primary Mr Tim Franzmann.

Year 3: Table Top- Darcy Mattthew and Jessica Fagan.

              Kynoch- Sam Anderson and Alara Williams

              McPherson- Tyler Burling and Makayla Petrie

Year 4:  Gowrie- Ann Dolan and Joshua Cranston

              Bunya- Macy Evans and Ruben Kruger

              Condamine- Bella Scrivens and Digby George

Year 5: Warrego- Darby Richardson and Jorja Thurston

             MacIntyre- Dominic McBride and Indigo Cadzow Smith.

             Diamantina- Bianca Philp and Jarrah Sunatwanitkul

Year 6: Moreton- Lucy Hutchison and Riley Zanette.

             Fraser- Will Cooke and Emerald Garrett

             Stradbroke- Lachlan Lombard and Karlie Gorbal

YEAR 9/10 ELECTED COLLEGE LEADERS:

Congratulations to the following students who received their badges from our Principal Mr Peter Murphy at the Senior College assembly on Friday 16 March in the Ignatius Centre. These leaders will be invited to lead our whole college Holy Thursday liturgy at 2.30pm on 29 March in the MacKillop Centre. Serving others as modelled by Jesus is central to student leadership as we strive to be a Christ-centred community of faith-filled people.

Position

 

 

Senior Leader

Anabel Austin

Elijah Logan

Pastoral Leader

Gabby Nielsen

Jaymee Sulliman

Cultural Leader

Maddi Dobson

Tobey Burling

Cunningham Leader

Elli Close

Connor McKerrow

McCormack Leader

Mia Knapman

Ky Brunner

Penola Leader

Megan Bailey

Josh Roach

Tenison Leader

Gretel Worner

Nathan Haddow

 

COMMUNITY FOCUS: - MARY MAC SPIRIT & THE QUEENS BATON RELAY

With  the Commonwealth Games  just around the corner, our college will be represented in the Queens Baton relay by Year 9 students Gretel Worner and Teacher Mr Steve Moyle.

Details:

Gretel and Steve will be carrying the Baton on day 093 of the Relay in Australia.

  • Participation date: 28/03/2018
  • Baton bearers: Toowoomba QLD
  • Anticipated segment start time: 14:37
  • Approximate start location: 36 Holberton St, Rockville QLD 4350, Australia

Fittingly Steve will be passing the baton to Gretel, a symbolic action as we celebrate the Year of Youth in 2018

MARY MAC MOVERS:

A reminder that all are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps.

GOLD COAST MARATHON:

If you would like to be part of the Mary Mac Movers team will need to register before the end of term 1.

Event

30 June

Age Requirements

Early bird entry fee

After 30 April 2018

Start Time

Cut Off Time

Garmin 2km Junior Dash

5-10 year old (Parent may accompany)

$25

$45

9.25am

20 mins

Garmin 4km Junior Dash

5-14 year olds

(No parents)

$25

$45

9.40am

40 mins

Gold Coast Airport Fun Run

5.7Km Challenge

Minimum 12yo

(Under 12yo need registered adult accompanying at all times)

$45

$65

8.00am

1hour 20mins

Southern Cross Uni 10km

minimum 12 years old

$60

$80

6.30am

1hour 40mins

ASICs half marathon 21kms

minimum 15 years old

$110

$130

6.00am

3hours 20 minutes

Marathon 42kms

minimum 18 years old

$145

$165

7.20am

6hrs 40minutes

 

 For more information visit: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

Our password is celebrate

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

21 March 2018

A friend of mine who works for Autisum Queensland shared this with me. I thought it could be helpful for parents when they are talking to their children considering many classes are sitting end of term exams at the moment. I believe that children who are high achievers need to be praised for their results and hard work but not all children will be high achievers in academics. This is perfect for the children who need a little encouragement.

Praise efforts, not talent or grades.

Avoid making comments like “you’re so smart”, otherwise failure may be perceived as bad. Children will focus on appearing smart, rather than learning, and will be reluctant to make errors. They will tell you what you want to hear, rather than be curious and creative about the world.

Rather than praising talent, praise hard work, “I’m so proud, you must have studied hard”.

Failure needs to be seen as an opportunity for learning. Having the resilience to fail, and continue applying effort afterwards = long term success.

Let’s build children’s Grit, and Growth Mindset!

 

Image: 

Junior Leaders: Liam Samin and Monique George

Junior School Student Council Reps

Year 3: Table Top- Darcy Mattthew and Jessica Fagan.

              Kynoch- Sam Anderson and Alara Williams

              McPherson- Tyler Burling and Makayla Petrie

Year 4:  Gowrie- Ann Dolan and Joshua Cranston

              Bunya- Macy Evans and Ruben Kruger

              Condamine- Bella Scrivens and Digby George

Year 5: Warrego- Darby Richardson and Jorja Thurston

             MacIntyre- Dominic McBride and Indigo Cadzow Smith.

             Diamantina- Bianca Philp and Jarrah Sunatwanitkul

Year 6: Moreton- Lucy Hutchison and Riley Zanette.

             Fraser- Will Cooke and Emerald Garrett

             Stradbroke- Lachlan Lombard and Karlie Gorbal

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Student Achievers

21 March 2018

Many of our students have busy schedules outside of life at Mary MacKillop Catholic College.  This week we would like to make a special mention to the following students:

Year 7 student, Anastasia Topalov recently competed in the Glennie Interschool Showjumping Competition and placed 3rd overall in the 80cm class

Year 4 student, Lachlan Parker recently competed at the Darling Downs Swimming Carnival in Gatton, placing 1st in 3 out of 4 of his events.

Well done to both of these students on your outstanding achievements.

The College loves to celebrate student successes - send your story and accompanying images to highfields@twb.catholic.edu.au 

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Tuckshop Volunteers Term 2

21 March 2018

Your ongoing support in time or donated baked goods to our tuckshop is most appreciated.

The Term 2 Roster form is now available online.  Please visit our website https://www.highfields.catholic.edu.au/community/tuckshop.html to volunteer.

 

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Children's Rosary Group

21 March 2018

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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From the Head of Junior School - Timothy Franzmann

9 March 2018

Reading

Why we can’t allow our children skip their 20 min of reading every day. 

[Please read the attached image regarding the importance of reading]

Uniforms

I have had many queries of late regarding uniforms. The information below was published in the College Newsletter on 25 January 2018. Due to these queries I thought it would be beneficial if I published it again.

2018 Uniform Changes

Some changes and slight alterations have been made to the uniform code of presentation for 2018. Please familiarize yourselves with these changes and for a comprehensive list of uniforms and expectations please follow the link to our website.

Junior School Girls Dress – No further dress will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years.

College Vest – No further vests will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years.

Junior School winter uniform - not compulsory until 2019. In 2019 the winter uniform will not be compulsory for year 6 students

Junior Girls winter shirt – the white shirt will be discontinued in 2019 and girls will wear a blue shirt. This change has been made due to the impractical color of the white shirt.

Sports Shoes – Year 1 to 6 students have the option to wear sports shoes on Friday’s only. Only year 3 to 6 Students can change into sports shoes for PE lessons.

Sports Socks – Currently and until further notice students must wear the navy socks with sports shoes. Sports socks will be introduced this year and will become a compulsory addition to the sports uniform in 2019.

Junior Girls Hat – This item is still available but no further orders will be placed. This hat will be phased out over several years and girls will eventually wear the same hat as the boys. Loss of shape once washed causes a visibly hazard for girls. This hat falls off heads easily when running.

Please refer to the College Website for the Uniform Code of Presentation.

Pick up and drop off in the junior school

Please refer to the attached PDF document for further clarification on parking requirements at the College.

 

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From the Principal - Mr Peter Murphy

9 March 2018

God speaks when we are still enough to listen

One of the recommended practices during the season of Lent is prayer.  Often times business (busy-ness) obstructs us from taking the opportunity to pray.  Prayer can be as simple as deliberately taking a short time-out and deliberately raising our consciousness to God in and about us.  Take the opportunity to invite God into your life.

 

School Renewal and Improvement Process (SRIP)

In collecting data for this report over 90 people (parish priest, parents, students and staff) were interviewed.

This SRIP report document, along with other data (RADII, EiCE, NAPLAN, Standardised Testing), the College Credo, and the Diocesan Strategic Plan, will inform the development of our 2019-2022 Strategic plan. The process of developing the strategic plan will be commenced in the near future and finalised by the end of term 3, 2018. Dr Judy Smeed has been employed to assist the College in this effort.

In the coming week, the College Leadership team and our SEL, John Coman, will be meeting to determine immediate responses to some of the report recommendations.

Below appears a statement from the review panel:

The school review panel provides this report to the college principal Peter Murphy and staff following the recent review. The report contains all of the findings and the improvement strategies recommended by the panel. The panel wishes to thank the members of the community who contributed so openly and honestly to the review process. There is much that is impressive in the college, and the reviewers have tried to identify these areas and affirm them. At the same time, the purpose of the review is improvement, and the report provides recommendations for improvement which will inform the strategic directions and work of the college supported by the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office into the future. Addressing the ‘big rocks’ identified in the report, in the view of the panel, will move the college a long way toward achieving its full potential.

CREDO

From July 2017 through to February 2018 the College has been reviewing its vision and mission. This is a natural and necessary process that all organisations ought to engage in to ensure that the vision and mission is still current and is truly representative of the aspirations of the organisation.

In light of the growth in the school, the expansion to become a P-12 College, and the evolving culture of the College, the Leadership Team ultimately determined from the review that a revised vision and mission would be created. Below appears the newly created vision, mission, values and motto for the College. Together, these four statements form our Credo.

Whilst the College Leadership Team had ultimate carriage in the development of the Credo, the process of development invited response and suggestions from the school staff, College Board, P&F, and the Parish Council of Mary of the Southern Cross Parish Highfields.

The credo will operate as both cornerstone and reference point for all decisions and actions in the College.

Vision

We are a Christ centred educational community – engaging minds, igniting hearts, and serving others.

Mission

We form faith filled people of integrity who strive for excellence.

Values

We value spirituality, wisdom, justice, respect and resilience.

Motto

We celebrate God in all things.

 

Recognition of achievements

At Mary MacKillop Catholic College we encourage students to strive for personal bests. We attempt to give recognition to all forms of student achievement whether academic, pastoral, spiritual, sporting, or cultural. Unfortunately we are not always in a position to know about all the personal achievements of our students. To improve our performance in giving due recognition we need your help. Please advise the school if your son/daughter has achieved something and deserves to be recognised in the newsletter. This can be achieved by email, phone, or a note to school.

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Lost Property

9 March 2018

LOST

Size 6 and size 8 winter sports jacket (labelled 'White' or 'Neale')

Please return to the College Administration Office.

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Whole College Open Day

9 March 2018

Visit us at Mary MacKillop Catholic College on Sunday, 25 March, for our first whole College Open Day and see how we are growing with the community. 

Activities will be on offer across the junior and senior schools, highlighting the opportunities available to our students as we grow towards a P-12 College by 2020. 

Join us for morning tea and lunch, and be entertained by our talented music and dance students. 

Visit our website to register for this event!

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P&F Report - AGM Outcome

9 March 2018

2018 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Thank you to all who attended the P&F AGM on Wednesday night.  The Committee positions have been filled as follows:-

                President – Leanne Andrews

                Vice-President – Carla Adams

                Secretary – Nicole Bond

                Treasurer – Jade Gardiner

                Communications Officer – Claire Campbell

                Grants Officer – Molly Carrigan

SUB-COMMITTEES

Vacancies still exist on a number of sub-committees.  If you have a keen interest in any of the following areas of College life, please email the P&F at Highfields.PandF@twb.catholic.edu.au:-

  • Arts & Academic
  • Sports (currently no nominations)
  • Learning Support
  • Parent Support
  • Healing Hands
  • Community

CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

The P&F is still seeking class representatives within the College.  So far, the following nominations have been received:-

Prep Possums

Sarah McAllister

Prep Bilbies

Marianne Harth

2 E

Sonia Sowry

4 B

Sonia Sowry

If your child’s class does not currently have a representative, please consider putting your name down.  The role of a class representative is to:-

  • Be a point of contact for your parent peers and bring any issues to the P&F meeting either face to face or via email as well as communicate meeting outcomes back to parents.
  • Promote upcoming P&F events and fundraisers.
  • To volunteer at P&F events where possible and help rally volunteer support from your parent group.

The position is a simple but rewarding one.

PARENT/STUDENT FIRST AID COURSE – SATURDAY 17 MARCH

Please see the attached flyer for details of a heavily subsidized first aid course available to College parents and students over the age of 14 years.  Places are strictly limited so act quickly. 

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