Student Protection

2 November 2018

Everyone has the right to feel safe!

Students at Mary MacKillop Catholic College can talk to an adult they trust including parents, family, teachers, school staff and our Student Protection Contacts.

Our current Student Protection Contacts are listed in the attached flyer. 

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Making Jesus Real (MJR) at Mary MacKillop Catholic College

2 November 2018

Last Wednesday, we had some teachers from other schools visiting our classrooms to see what we do in MJR. They visited 1 Silky Oak, Mrs Garske’s Year 7 Religion Class, Prep Joeys, 2 Argyle, Mrs Worner’s Year 9 Religion Class, 2 Eyre, 4 Condamine and 5 Warrego. We had lots of fun and covered topics such as adopting the GATE habit (grateful, appreciative, thankful and enthusiastic actions towards others), MJR Super Heroes, the Great 8 of Jesus’ gospel values (love, respect, thankfulness, kindness, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and prayer) and where the Spirit of Jesus was in the Thai Cave boys rescue. In all classes we looked at where the goodness of the human spirit (Jesus’ Spirit within us) is. In 4 Condamine we made a poem out of where we saw the Spirit of Jesus last week. Read it below.

I saw Jesus Last Week 

by 4 Condamine

I saw Jesus last week.

He was helping me with my work in class.

For just a minute he looked like Gabby

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the patience he had with me.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was letting a friend sit and play with me.

For just a minute he looked like Hayley

But it was Jesus – I could tell by what he did to make her feel loved and welcome.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was telling jokes and making me laugh.

For just a minute he looked like Calen

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the way he made us laugh.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was giving everyone a big smile and saying ‘Good morning’.

For just a minute he looked like Olivia

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the way he was welcoming everyone in a lovely way.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was inviting me to play with him because my friend group was playing soccer.

For just a minute he looked like Olivia S

But it was Jesus – I could tell by how welcoming and inclusive he was.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was watching a basketball game when he didn’t have to.

For just a minute he looked like Chelsea

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the kindness and respect he had for his friends.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was helping me out with my school work.

For just a minute he looked like Bryce or Bella S

But it was Jesus – I could tell by his kindness and compassion.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was helping me feel better when I was hurt and sad.

For just a minute he looked like Lincoln or Tillie

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the kindness and love in him.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was helping me get the book box down to our class.

For just a minute he looked like Lachlan

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the way he was being helpful.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was picking up my hat when I left it behind.

For just a minute he looked like Luke

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the way he didn’t just leave it there.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was using kind and gentle words.

For just a minute he looked like Jorja

But it was Jesus – I could tell by his kind and gentle actions.


I saw Jesus last week.

He was kind and caring to everybody.

For just a minute he looked like Brad

But it was Jesus – I could tell by the respect in his voice.


I see Jesus everywhere,

In the classroom, on the playground

And for just a minute I think he is someone I know.

But it’s always Jesus – I can tell by the way he serves.


Jesus is all around us, in the people we interact with every day. So where did you see the Spirit of Jesus this week?

Live Jesus in our heart – forever!

Mrs Worner

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2018 Hike for Homeless

2 November 2018

We are so fortunate here in Highfields to have the luxury of homes to go home to at night. Sadly this is not the case for a large number of people in Toowoomba. Last Saturday the College fielded a team of 32 intrepid hikers in Base Services annual Hike for Homeless held in Jubilee Park. Jointly we raised a total of $995.00.  The team was comprised of staff, students and parents ranging in ages and fitness levels. Most of the team hiked 5km, however there were some brave 10 km hikers and even braver 20km hikers. Being early in the day we missed most of the heat.

Thanks so much team for your amazing efforts and thank you also to the staff, parishioners and families who supported us. If you would like to support the great work Base Services does to assisting Toowoomba people experiencing a period of homelessness our fundraising page is still open. Click on the link to donate to this worthy cause.

Well done team.

Justine Worner

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P&F Event - Myth Busting Diabetes

2 November 2018

The College P&F Committee are hosting the community event 'Myth Busting - Diabetes'. 

See the attached flyer for more information.

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From the College Counsellor

2 November 2018

Dear parents, students and friends of Mary MacKillop,

I have returned from leave, and am excited to be back amongst the hubbub of Term 4.  With only a few weeks left until the Christmas holidays, please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries or concerns you may have regarding your student’s wellbeing here at Mary MacKillop.  I am based at the school Monday to Thursdays in the Junior Admin Building, and can be contacted by phone or email.

As we draw towards the end of year exams, it’s time for our older students to work on their independent study skills.  Here are a few science-backed ideas!

  • Pick a regular place and time that works for you – ensure lots of natural light, and remove the clutter and distractions
  • Set alarm reminders to study
  • Set time limits (for some this may be as short as 15-30 minutes before a break)
  • Take regular breaks
  • Use a wall planner
  • Make a to-do list
  • Ask for help when you get stuck
  • Quiz yourself
  • Read your notes out loud; seeing and hearing information helps us mentally store it in 2 ways
  • Write your notes rather than typing
  • Use spaced repetition – chunk large bodies of information into smaller sections, and review them often
  • Try background music – studies have shown that classical music reduces tension and anxiety
  • Look after yourself – don’t skimp on sleep, exercise or a healthy diet

Wishing you all a great Term 4.

Amanda Roll
College Counsellor

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Student Achievements

2 November 2018

Congratulations to Josh Roach who has made the Queensland Athletics Team.

"It has been a goal of his to make a Queensland team and with all his hard work he has achieved it. It has been a big 4 days, to come away with 2nd for the 400m, 11th for Triple Jump and 17th for Shot Put, we couldn’t have been prouder. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the school, especially Steve Moyle and Dean Logan who have coached him."  Taryn

Click here to watch Josh racing to the finish line, earning his place in the State Team!

Congratulations to Lucas Paynter on gaining selection into the Darling Downs team after competing in the All Schools Triathlon. Lucas will compete at the state titles in Hervey Bay in March 2019. The College wishes Lucas all the best in his training and preparation for this big event!

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QCIS Basketball Report

2 November 2018

Mary MacKillop Catholic College put in a combined team of boys and girls from grades 4 – 6 in the QCIS Basketball competition which was held on Thursday of Week 3 of this term.  Given our team was made up of both boys and girls we were required to play in the boy’s competition.  We were the only combined team; other schools involved fielded a boy’s team or a girl’s team for each age division.  We played five games in total, playing off for third and fourth position and eventually ending up fourth overall.  The results are as follows:

  • Round one vs Downlands   Loss 8-14
  • Round two vs Ambrose Treacy College   Loss 6-39
  • Round Three vs TACAPS   Loss 6-22
  • Round Four vs Concordia LC   Win 19-14
  • Playoff for Third and fourth vs Downlands Loss 16-22

Thanks to Coen and Quinn Dungey who don’t play in the Friday night competition but willingly played in the QCIS to ensure we had enough players.  All boys and girls played well and never stopped trying even when we were being beaten.  Many thanks to the parents who managed to have their children the venue on time and who supported us during the games.  Well done to all involved.

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Senior Disco

2 November 2018

A Senior School Disco for students in Years 7 to 10 will be held on Friday, 23 November.

Please see the attached flyer for further details.

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Parish News

2 November 2018



ALL ARE WELCOME: 8am Mary of the Southern Cross Masses (Every Sunday)

Welcome back to Father Brian after his annual holidays and thank you to Father Costigan who led our Parish masses in his absence.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday, 4 November, 2018

The question posed in this Sunday’s Gospel requires Jesus to interpret the Law of Moses. The Mosaic Law consists of the Ten Commandments and many additional commandments, numbering into the hundreds. For a devout Jew, adherence to the Mosaic Law is an expression of faithfulness to God’s covenant with Israel. The ranking of these commandments was regularly debated among the teachers of the Law.

Jesus was not the only Jewish religious teacher to connect these two commandments, love of God and love of neighbour. Both of these commandments were central elements of the religious tradition that Jesus learned from his Jewish community. Indeed, these commandments continue to be central aspects of contemporary Jewish religious understanding. Jesus’ response to his questioners proposed an integral connection between these two aspects of the Jewish Law. Love of God finds its expression in our love for our neighbour. Many believe, however, that this connection was heard in a new and fresh way when spoken by Jesus.

Please visit the Loyola press website below to learn more



Congratulations to all of those children who celebrated the sacrament of First Reconciliation with Father Brian on Monday 29 October in the MacKillop Centre. Thank you to all the parents and the Parish sacramental team helped in the preparation. These students will now be invited to prepare for their Confirmation & First Eucharist in 2019.

During the celebration the children reflected on this beautiful examination of conscience which reminds us all of how to live a Christian life.

Love is patient..”- Do I push in front of others at school or at home?

Love is kind.”- Do I share my toys with my friends and my brothers and sisters?

“It does not envy.” – Have I pestered my parents to buy things because my friends have them?

“It does not boast. It is not proud.”- Do I try to make myself look important to my friends?

“It is not rude. It is not self-seeking.”- Have I respected my teachers and parents?

“It is not easily angered.”- Have I been angry with my brothers and sisters or with anyone at school or home?

“It keeps no records of wrongs.”- Do I try to make it up with my friends quickly if we argue? Do I sulk when I don’t get want I want?

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”- Have I told lies? Have I joined in doing things that are wrong or hurtful to other including myself?


To continue our celebrations of the joy of youth in 2018, the following Year 7-10 secondary students participated in a “Live music” Eucharist led by Father Brian Noonan on Sunday, 28 October from 8:00 am: Elise Scrivens, Anabel Austin, Celine Samin, Liam Samin, Elliott Worner, Gretel Worner, Gemma Tancred, Cody Tancred, Charlotte Voll, Hugh Ford, Annabelle Ford, Nicholas Joy, Rohan McKerrow, Josie McQueen, Keeley McQueen, Ashlyn Martin, Connor Martin,  Isaac Williams, Brendan Williams, Rachel Williams, Cassie Lawson, Eloise Apel, Claire Apel, Gabby Dezdjek, Zeke McColl, Jack Franzmann

 The mass was a great way to ignite the gifts of our wonderful students by celebrating with live youth music. Thank you to all involved especially Mrs Jen Langerak and Mr Nicholas Joy. During the mass Father Brian also baptised Ryan Kavanagh into the Church. It was wonderful to see such great numbers at mass.


The month of November is a special time to prayer for those who have died. The Church teaches that a plenary indulgence may be gained for the dead, once only, by visiting a church on 2 November and praying the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed. There are 3 conditions for gaining an indulgence:

  1. Sacramental confession
  2. Eucharistic Communion at Mass
  3. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions

Visit for more information:

  • MOVEMBER- Supporting Men’s health (contact: Nicholas Joy)
  • Thursday 1 November: ALL SAINTS DAY (8am Staff prayer focus)
  • Thursday 1 November: SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION – MacKillop Centre  (6pm)
  • Friday 2 November: ALL SOULS DAY (Assemblies focus)
  • Thursday 8 November: MASS in P6/7 (7.30am with Father Brian, assisted by Year 4 teachers)
  • Friday 9 November: REMEMBRANCE DAY- 100th Anniversary (Whole College ritual)
  • Sunday 11 November: REMEMBRANCE DAY (11am- Minute’s silence)
  • Sunday 23 November: CHRIST THE KING SOLEMNITY (8am Parish Mass – Staff supported)


All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.

Although millions, or even billions of people may already be saints, All Saints' Day observances tend to focus on known saints --that is those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church.

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Early Years Art Show

2 November 2018

On Friday, 26 October the Junior College Library was transformed into a spectacular display for the Prep to Year 1 Art Show. It was a lovely night to showcase our talented young artists and an opportunity for parents to come together and socialise in a relaxed and informal setting. Each class created a unique piece of art that was raffled on the evening. 


Congratulations to the families that won their beautiful and unique art pieces. The evening was a great success and we thank all those who helped to support this event.

More photos of the Art Show are available on the College Mobile App Gallery.

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Sports Report

2 November 2018


On Wednesday, 31 October we hosted our annual Colour Run Fundraiser to raise money and awareness for both the Cancer Council and MND Australia.

With over 130 participants and a team of staff, parent and student volunteers, the day was a great success, with over $2000 being raised.

More photos are available on our College App gallery.




Congratulations to Ruben Kruger who represented the Darling Downs (DD) at these championships in Cairns on 19/20 October in the 10 years Discus and Shot Put finishing 5th in both events. Well done also to Bella Stenzel who also represented DD in the 12 years girls 100 and 200m events.

A great achievement by both athletes.


Congratulations to the following students who represented the Darling Downs at these Championship at Brisbane on 25-27 October in Brisbane, Joshua Roach, Elijah Logan, Megan Bailey, Mia Knapman and Gretel Worner. All tried their very best in a very competitive environment. We are very proud of them all.

Josh Roach was our stand out performer in the 14 years boys 400m, placing second and gaining selection in the Qld State team. Well done Josh. You can watch Josh’s final on the link below.



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From the Music Department

19 October 2018

Christmas Concert – Save the Date!

On Friday, 4 December there will be a Christmas Concert held for all students in Prep to Year 4 along with ensemble members. Classroom music this term will have a focus on learning Christmas repertoire to prepare for this exciting event. There will be more information to come soon but please put the event in your diary.

2019 Music Lessons

Now is the time to consider whether your child would like to enrol in music lessons for 2019. Each week at assembly I will be introducing an instrument that is offered at the College so the students know what is available at the College. To enrol in lessons follow this link on the College Website to complete the online enrolment form. The two forms are at the bottom of the page.

If your child already takes lessons at the College it is assumed they will continue next year unless you tell the tutor or myself otherwise. It would be recommended to let us know as soon as possible so we can begin to make timetable arrangements for next year.

Concert Band Excursion

On Wednesday the junior school members of the College Concert Band attended a workshop at St Joseph’s College Toowoomba. The event was an excellent opportunity for the students to play in a large ensemble (over 50 students!). The students had a wonderful time working with older mentors to learn more about their instrument. I would like to thank Madeleine Minns for creating the opportunity and providing the transport to the event, the students for being brave and trying something new and the parents for encouraging these students and organising the transport home.

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Term 4 Fees Due

19 October 2018

A reminder that all outstanding College fees are due and payable today, Friday 19 October.  

If you have an overdue account and require an extension to pay, please contact the Business Manager to arrange a payment plan as soon as possible.

Kirsty Gillett

Business Manager 

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Kratzke Road Closure

19 October 2018

The College has received this information that will affect vehicle and pedestrian access.

Please note the following roadworks that may affect you, your children and school bus drivers:

ROAD AFFECTED: Kratzke Road, Highfields Highfields between Delvue Crescent and Kimdon Crescent will be temporary closed from Monday, 5 November to Friday, 30 November 2018 (these dates are tentative and awaiting council approval).

This app alert will be updated as information comes to hand.

PURPOSE: ROADWORKS – Stormwater Infrastructure

CONTACT: Project Manager on 07 4633 1699

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Giving way when entering or leaving a road!

19 October 2018

A reminder to all parents, guardians and members of our College community to take care when entering and exiting our College driveways.

Please watch for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Click here to read more on the Queensland Government Transport website.

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Laptops for Senior School

19 October 2018

As previously communicated, in 2019 all students in years 7 to 11 will use a laptop as their 1 to 1 Technology Device. This decision has been made in response to parent, student and staff feedback, which recommended the laptop as the preferred device for senior students.

Laptops will be purchased by the College and assigned to students at the beginning of the 2019 College year. Parents will be required to complete payments over a three-year period to cover the cost of the laptop, protective case and associated administrative costs. At the completion of all payments, ownership of the laptop is transferred to the student. Further information will appear on the College website. An app alert will be sent once this information is available.

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Bookfair and Readers Cup

19 October 2018


Thank you to the many parents, students and staff who visited and supported the annual College Book Fair at the end of last term. Our takings for 2018 totalled nearly $4000 which has resulted in an additional $1000 worth of resources for the library.

Book Character Dress Up Parade and Readers Cup

It was wonderful to see all the many and varied costumes, including quite a few pirates, at the Book Character Dress Up Parade. Thank you to students and staff for your enthusiastic participation and parents for your continued support.

Competition was fierce in the Annual College Readers Cup with teams from Prep to Year 10 sharing their knowledge of a variety of picture books, novels and plays. Congratulations to all winning teams.

Prep/Year 1

Nicholas Adams, Alicia Bonham, Lucy Hoffman, Ethan Moloney, Amy Watt, Harry Williams

Years 2/3

McKenzie Andrews, Nicholas Carrigan, Claire Moylan, Reuben Semmens

Year 4

Adele Adams, Ann Dolan, Gabby Semmens, Chelsea Ward

Years 5/6

Bianca Cavalieri, Kya Manz, Gabi Stubbings, Lily Vandersee

Year 7

Bronte Knox, Jordan Tunny, Joseph Schneider, Brendan Williams

Year 8

Stephanie Ellis, Levi Logan, Taylor Logan, Josie McQueen, Declan Pascoe, Lane Richardson

Year 9

Holly Anlezark, Renee Giarratano, Ronan Neale, Lawson Smith, Isaac Williams

Year 10

Cooper Adam, Jack Boston, Holly Hutchison, Connor McKerrow

[More photos available on the College App]

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Seek Balance - Ease the stresses of life!

19 October 2018

Seek Balance - Social, Emotional, Physical, & Spiritual

An important factor in the learning process is for your overall wellness. Wellness means taking care of your social, emotional, physical, and spiritual self. If you feel good socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually, then it is easier to learn.  The stress of life is more easily managed if you maintain balance in your life. These components are all integrated and influence each other.  Events in your world may not be your fault, however, you are responsible for your response.

“With responsibility comes great power.”


Social Wellbeing

  • Hang out with people who have positive attitudes.
  • Get involved with school activities and attend events.
  • Find people who share similar interests with you.
  • Ask someone to study with you.
  • Put a smile on your face and be positive.
  • See the best in people.
  • Speak positively about others.
  • Trust only those who deserve your trust.
  • Ignore “white noise”. It is often completely incorrect.

Emotional Wellbeing

  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time daily during the week.  You will feel in control of your day.
  • Avoid procrastination- it stresses you.
  • Talk to your friends if you need support.
  • Your PC teacher is there to help you.  Seek his or her help if necessary.
  • Realize it is normal to feel isolated, lonely, and sad.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Find humour in situations.
  • Do volunteer work.  (This is the best way to feel “good”).
  • Take care of your spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social bodies and you will feel more emotionally balanced.
  • Express gratitude to those around you.
  • Be active in the College.

Physical Wellbeing

  • Exercise aerobically three- five times a week.
  • Do strength conditioning.
  • If you feel lonely, frustrated, or stressed go for a walk or run.
  • Get enough rest, about 9/10 hours of sleep nightly.
  • Investigate club sports.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
  • Eat breakfast daily.
  • Eat nutritious foods (fruits, vegetables, lean meats).
  • Wash your hands often and always before you eat.


Spiritual Wellbeing

  • Be grateful for all your gifts (material and nonmaterial.)
  • Look for things to be grateful about.
  • Find people who share your sense of morality.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Attend a service or ceremony to enhance your spirituality/faith.
  • Find someone to attend these events with you.
  • Remember to meditate or pray.
  • Be kind to at least one person every day.
  • Share your talents and gifts - be a person with and for others.
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2018 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice

19 October 2018

2018 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice
This notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department), to advise you that the department has requested that your child’s school provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (the Regulation).

Please read the attached document for further information.

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Junior Basketball Competition Report

19 October 2018

The Year 4/5/6 Primary Basketball team competed in their first game of the competition on Friday night.  We played a St Saviours team and had a win with the final score being 15 to 10. 

For some individuals this was their first ever game of basketball while others are playing for the school for the second year.  All players enjoyed the game and worked hard whilst on the court.  As the competition progresses we will continue to develop our skills including passing and defence. 

Dean Sowry played very well and managed to play a large portion of the game on four fouls.  Beth Pugsley captained the team well and was notably unselfish in her decision making on the court.  All players are to be congratulated on a great start to the competition.

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Student Achievers

19 October 2018

  • Congratulations to our Junior and Senior students who completed the ICAS testing with some great results.

(photos attached)

  • Good luck to our Darling Downs 13-19 Years Athletics Representatives for the State Championships taking place at the Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre from Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 October.

(photo attached)

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P&F News

19 October 2018

Welcome to the latest P&F update.

Taste of Freedom – Saturday, 27 October 2018

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Venue: Wilsonton Hotel

Cost: $20.98

Please join us for an enjoyable afternoon sampling the delights of craft beer, bourbon run and scotch.

You will learn the importance of aroma, appearance and how to appreciate the finest bourbons, rum, scotch and craft beer. With some food along the way, we are sure it will be an afternoon of fun and laughter.

Bookings can be made here:

Myth Busting – Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes -  12 November 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

No cost.

Mary MacKillop Catholic College P&F would like to invite you to a Community Event sponsored by One Wish One Cure.

Presented by Kate Mundy, Diabetes Educator AH Diabetes, the event aims to dispel some common myths to help us understand more about Type 1 & 2 Diabetes. If you already have experience of diabetes then we’d love to see you there too.

The event is taking place in Junior Library, Mary MacKillop Catholic College,

75-77 Highfields Rd, Highfields

RSVP to by Thursday 8 November

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided

Mangos are back!

If you enjoy a mango or two then don’t miss out on our mango fundraiser.

We are running two deliveries subject to minimum order numbers) and all you need to do is return order forms (or submit via Flexischools) by Friday, 26th October 2018.

The offer is open to family and friends so please spread the word!

(see attached flyer and order form)

Next Meeting

The next meeting is due to be held on Wednesday, 7 November at 7pm in the Junior Staff Room. We’d love to see you there.

Contact Us

The P & F Committee can be contacted on HighfieldsP&

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Little Athletics - Family Fun Day

19 October 2018

(see attached flyer)

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