Mary Mac Movers and Futsal Team Results

20 September 2018


DATE CLAIMER: Annual Charity Colour Run- 5pm Wed 31 October

All movers (all speeds celebrated) are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm starting outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps, so you may wish to do 1, 2 or 3 laps

5km Course record 18:59 (Josh Roach 1 May, 2018)


Monday mornings: 7.30-8.10am

Wednesday mornings: 7.30-8.10am


 Sunday and Wednesday 4.10-5.10pm, and Fridays 3.10-4.10pm.


All 12 teams enjoyed a fantastic Wednesday Futsal competition over the past 6 weeks with a record 88 students playing. This means that over 200 students from Years 3-10 played in 2018 and we raised approximately $1000 for the Qld Cancer Council. Added to this we have certainly achieved our goal of developing Friendship, Fun, Fitness and Futsal skills across the college. Thank you so much everyone. In particular thank you to the teachers and senior students who made this possible.

Final Team Points after the 5 Wednesday Round Games.

15- Gangster Grannies, Aussie Champs, Terminators

13- Meet Your Doom

12- Mad Dogs

11- Mercenaries

7- Ninjas, Winning Flamingos, Assassins, Pugatos

6- Awesome Amicos

5- Champions

Finals Night- Monday 17 September


Semi Final 1: Gangster Grannies-6 v Meet Your Doom- 0

Semi-Final 2: Aussie Champs- 3 v Terminators- 2

Playoff 3rd/4th: Meet Your Doom -6 v Terminators- 2

GRAND FINAL: Aussie Champs- 2 v Gangster Grannies- 1



Luke Bethell (c), Harry Bailey, Bryce Gorbal, Taylah White, Jackson Spies, and Travis Lord


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Annual Colour Run

20 September 2018

The annual Colour Run fundraiser is on again. 

More details to follow in the coming weeks.

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

20 September 2018


As a whole College we gathered in the MacKillop Centre on Thursday, 20 September to farewell our Principal Mr Peter Murphy who has given faithful service to our College over the past 3 years and 3 months. During the liturgy we were given the opportunity to thank Mr Murphy through worship.

The theme of worship is always centred on praise and thanksgiving to God. The liturgy was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the gifts God has given Mr Peter Murphy and how he has used these gifts to serve our Mary MacKillop Catholic College community. While this is very significant, our service to others as modelled by Mr Murphy is actually service to God who made all of us. We all have a responsibility to use our gifts with integrity as we seek to serve others. The greatest gift that a person can make is to pass on this discipleship to the community. Mr Murphy has left a mark of encouraging all of us to love God by engaging minds, igniting hearts and serving others. His calm and kind manner has taught all of us the importance of being people of faith, love and hope who serve God, a challenge that was taken up by Australia’s first saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop who never saw a need without doing something about it.

As Mr Murphy continues on his life journey may he continue to inspire young people to be people of faith who strive for excellence. Encouraged by the prophet Isaiah may he and his beautiful family be held in the palm of God’s hand as they begin the next chapter of their lives together. Thank you Mr Murphy.

“I will remember you from the days before you were born; I will never forget you.

Your name is written on the palm of my hand. “(Isaiah 49: 15)


Thank you to our wonderful Year 8 Youth Vinnies under the guidance of our College Chaplain Mrs Shannon Dyson-Holland who dis a great job promoting RUOK Day in the secondary college last week. RUOK Day really needs to be every day if we are to be true to making Jesus real in our college. Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

When was the last time you asked someone if they were okay?  For more information please visit:


This year, for the first time, Mary MacKillop Catholic College is looking to take a group of 15 secondary students to the annual Ignite Conference in Brisbane. This year’s event begins on Thursday 27 September and runs through to Sunday 30 September. The conference is a great way to connect with Christians from all over the country. Each day has a range of keynote speakers and workshops for the students to attend. You can read more about the conference by clicking on the following link







Primary Assemblies: 8.30-9.10am in MacKillop Centre

Secondary Assemblies: 9.20-9.50am in MacKillop Centre


12 October

Assembly- Yr 6S

2 separate


19 October

Assembly- Yr 6M

2 separate


26 October

Liturgy of the Word

WHOLE COLLEGE- $2 Crazy Sock Day

(Socktober- Catholic Missions initiative)



28 October


Sunday 8am Secondary- “Live music mass”

30th  Sunday in Ordinary Time


2 November


2 separate

All Saints- 1 November, All Souls- 2 November


9 November


WHOLE COLLEGE- Remembrance Day- 11 November


16 November


2 separate


23 November


2 separate



26 November


Sunday 8am Staff/Teachers

Feast – Christ the King


30 November

Play- Prep

WHOLE COLLEGE  Prep Nativity Rehearsal & Term 4 MJR Awards


6 December


Year 6 Rite of Passage- 5.30pm


7 December


WHOLE COLLEGE- Thanksgiving-Year of Youth 2018

1st Sunday of Advent- 2 December





























Congratulations to all of those remarkable Prep-Year 10 students who have been sharing the spirit of Jesus in our college by receiving a Term 3 MJR awards at our whole college assembly on Friday 14 September.


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Kicking of the Rugby 7s season in Warwick

20 September 2018

Congratulations to the U14 boys’ and girls’ teams who travelled to Warwick on Saturday for the SCOTS PGC 7s rugby carnival. The students represented the College admirably with their wonderful sportsmanship and dogged determination. The girls were placed 4th whilst the boys were placed 5th.

The two teams will  also compete in the South West Rugby 7s competition next term on Tuesdays for the girls and Thursdays for the boys. Both squads will train on Tuesday mornings from 7:00 - 8:00 am. This competition will be great preparation for the QCIS 7s where we have U13 girls, U13 boys and U15 girls teams competing.

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Vicki Wilson Netball Cup

20 September 2018

On Sunday, 16 September, 8 girls from the senior school participated in the Vicki Wilson Cup held at Nell E Robinson Park in Toowoomba. Well done to Lily Merrit, Ebony Durrant, Maddy Dobson, Indigo Makim, Ella Carlish, Kyra Bartlett-Horne, Stephanie Ellis and Savannah Nichols who played 5 games which consisted of 2 x 12 minute halves. The girls played extremely well and showed great sportsmanship on and off the court.

Results of the day:

6-3 against Lockyer District

7-12 against TACAPS

20-1 against Inglewood

15-5 against Clifton

Defeated in the quarter finals.

Miss Hess and Miss Carroll would like to take this opportunity to thank all students who have been committed to netball training every Thursday afternoon during Terms 2 and 3.

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Magical Moments Ball

20 September 2018

On Wednesday, 12 September, Year 1 students and their parents came together in the MacKillop Centre to celebrate the annual Magical Moments Ball. After sharing dinner with family and friends, the guests entered the ballroom and enjoyed the talents of the Year 1 students.

A beautiful night like this isn’t possible without the hard work from the students and the time given by parent helpers. Thank you to everyone involved and those that gave their time to help make the event such a success.

[More photos are available via the App]

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Year 3 Excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

20 September 2018

On Tuesday, 11 September the Year 3 classes travelled to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary as part of their learning in Science. The students have been studying living and non-living things with a particular focus on how to categorise animals into their different animal classes based on their features. At the sanctuary, students classified five different animals using a branching key which asked them to answer questions such as ‘Does it have bones inside its body?’ and ‘Does it have feathers?’

They also became better animal detectives in their discovery sessions with our guide, Kayla. She gave students bags with specific clues in them and the students had to use the clues to work out what animal it was possibly describing. Highlights of the day included meeting Footloose the Rainbow Lorikeet and Rango the Bearded Dragon. We even got to pat one of the resident koalas. A big thank you must also go to our parent volunteers who ably assisted the Year 3 teachers in making the excursion a success!

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Commemoration of the Battle of One Tree Hill

20 September 2018

On Wednesday, 12 September, Jorja Warry, Chloe Gillett, Gabby Stubbings, Kearra Connor, Sky Warry, Mrs Loveena Williams and Mrs Kim McCosker represented our College at the Commemoration of the Battle of One Tree Hill.  One Tree Hill is commonly known as Tabletop Mountain and was the location of several battles between European settlers and First Nation Peoples from this area.  Multuggerah, a local indigenous leader, led these battles.

This commemoration is an important occasion for the people of Toowoomba as we work to together, with our indigenous partners, to learn about, and respect the history of our local area.

Multuggerah was a significant Aboriginal Warrior and Leader in 19th century Queensland.  He had very strong links with the Lockyer Valley and Eastern Darling Downs areas.  Multuggerah built respectful relationships with local white settlers but when negotiations broke down he was forced to defend his people, his land and his culture.  He led a resistance campaign for close to seven years.   The Battle of One Tree Hill occurred on top of ‘Meewah’ or ‘Tabletop Mountain’, the scene now viewed from Picnic Point. Multuggerah’s leadership qualities in the Battle of One Tree Hill were legendary in Colonial Queensland.

We listened to stories about Multugerrah and the local lore of the area and respectfully participated in the ceremony.  We each received a desert pea, which is a flower similar to the poppy, which symbolises the lives lost in this battle.

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Friday Sport Wrap Up

20 September 2018

This term, all Year 5 & 6 students participated in Friday Sport at various venues across Toowoomba. The sports on offer this term were boys’ and girls’ soccer, girl’s netball, mixed hockey and boy’s rugby league. Each week, teachers trained respective teams in preparation for the game that week.

Across 7 rounds of games, our teams produced some outstanding results. Netball, rugby league and one of the soccer teams did not lose a game all term. Well done to those teams for their undefeated season. Congratulations to all students and teachers involved in each of our teams. All players played in the spirit of the game, got in and had a go and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship.

Well done.

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A Visit from TRC WasteWise

20 September 2018

The TRC WasteWise Educator recently visited our Gardening Club to discuss recycling and litter free lunches. Recycling is important to our school as we are all generators of waste. Students were taught how to sort their rubbish into recovered, recycled or reusable items. We also discussed that using containers for our sandwiches, biscuits, fruit and yoghurt instead of soft plastics (gladwrap) was one way we could help our school, the environment and reduce landfill. For more information on Waste Management visit

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Music News

20 September 2018

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music Lessons are available on a variety of instruments at the College. If you would like to enrol your child in instrumental lessons enrolment forms are available on the College website under the Music page. The following link will direct you to this page

I am always happy to answer any questions regarding the program. My email is

Currently there also a variety of instruments available for hire including Violins and Cello, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet and Trombone. Term Four could be a good time to try and instrument for a short period of time to then decide if your child would like to continue into 2019.

Soloist Concert

Last night the College held a Soloist Concert. It was a fantastic night with over 35 students performing a combination of Music, Drama and Dance acts. The event’s aim was to encourage students to perform pieces that they have been working on over the year in a safe and encouraging environment. With its smaller audience and relaxed setting I hope the students enjoyed the experience on performing on stage.

Thank you to all the students for their excellent performances and the way they conducted themselves with maturity and professionalism on stage. I would also like to thank the parents and families who have supported the students in their Arts journey as well as the amazing Mary MacKillop Staff who have worked so hard in helping our students achieve such a high level of performance.

Congratulations to the following students for their involvement in the concert:

Indigo Cadzow- Smith

Monique George

Jessica George

Evie Fisher

India-Rose Bonham

Alex Phillips

Bridie Norton

Jorja Bubb

Chay Boyle

Hannah Smith

David Dreyer

Lucy Williams

Lucy Murphy

Jack Franzmann

Ruben Kruger

Eliza Skewes

Samara O’Leary Farrelly

Ashley Williams

Kalarni Bayliss

Audrey O’Dwyer

Ashlyn Martin

Kiera Lucy

Bronte Gillett

Jack Lucy

Liam Samin

Lucy Jones

Elise Scrivens

William Steer

Adele Adams

Katelyn Haddow

Isaac Williams

Martin Logan

Quinn Dungey

Elise Scrivens

Sophie Winter

Holly Hutchison


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Do you have the Courage to Care?

20 September 2018

Our Year 10 students, as part of their Religious Education assignment this term, presented their awareness campaigns on social justice issue to the College community. Students chose social justice issues they were passionate about and called on their peers to demonstrate that they care about this issue and are willing to take some action. Issues ranged from Cyberbullying, Poverty, Domestic Violence, War, Racism, and Human Trafficking.

There were three aspects to the presentation:

  1. Inform their peers on about the issue
  2. Explore the Catholic Social Teachings which are been violated
  3. Propose a specific action that needs to be undertaken to address this issue

Our Year 10 students demonstrated true compassion and a mature outlook in their exploration of these issues. Congratulations Year 10 on an outstanding effort!

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Student Achievements

20 September 2018

CONGRATULATIONS Olivia Clark and Lucy Williams who are playing for Darling Downs 10-12 Girls Cricket at Wynnum on 4-7 November. Lucy is the youngest girl to be picked for the side. Two very happy girls!

(photo attached)

Congratulations to Ellen Camm who won her age division at the state Kyokushin karate national championships.

Rose Cooke came runner up, with the girls going head to head in the final.

Lilly Hayes 4th in her division.

(photo attached)


If you have a story on a student achiever, send your story and photos to 

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Mango Fundraiser

20 September 2018

The ever popular Mango Fundraiser is back for 2018! 

Grab yourself a bargain with trays of mangoes only $25 and support the P&F's major projects at the same time!  There will be two deliveries again this year (subject to minimum orders) so you (along with your family and friends) can kick off summer with the first delivery due in the last week of November and then celebrate the festive season with a second delivery in mid December. 

Orders are due back by Friday, 26th October 2018.  Payment can be made via cash, credit card or FlexiSchools (available soon) 

Please see the attached flyer and order form for further details. 

Thanks in anticipation of your support,

P&F Committee

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Camp Australia

20 September 2018

Can you believe it’s the end of the term already? We’ve had lots of fun throughout the term and we’ll continue to have more in the school holidays with Camp Australia’s Inside Out Holiday Club.

We’ll be springing into the holidays with all kinds of exciting activities, with something for every child. Some of these activities include:

Jamie Oliver’s Learn Your Fruit And Veg

Jamie Oliver's Learn Your Fruit and Veg Program aims to inspire and teach children what seasonal food is, how to prepare it, and importantly, what it can do for their bodies.


Catch the breeze when you build, decorate, and fly your very own working kite.


Build your very own LEGO-compatible farms from your choice of two special kits.

Zen Kids

Take relaxation to a whole new level when we design our very
own yoga mats and make calming wind chimes.

My Green Garden

Grow your very own vegetable garden with a greenhouse that
you have built yourself.

At The Movies: Smallfoot

We're off to the movies to see the cool new flick Smallfoot.

Inside Out starts next week, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the exciting activities.

To view the full program at Mary MacKillop Catholic College and to make a booking, visit: Or you can call our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We look forward to seeing you and your family in the school holidays!

The Camp Australia Team

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From the Principal - Mr Peter Murphy

7 September 2018

One day, as was usually the case, a young waif, a little girl, stood at the street corner begging for food, money, or whatever she could get.  Now this girl was wearing very tattered clothes; she was dirty and quite disheveled.

As it happens, a well-to-do young man passed that corner without giving the girl a second look.  When he returned to his expensive, happy and comfortable home with its fully laden dinner table, his thoughts returned to the young girl and he became very angry at God for allowing such conditions to exist.  In his mind he reproached God, saying, “How can you let this happen?  Why don’t you do something to help this girl?”

From the depths of his being, the young man, strangely became aware of a voice from God responding, saying, “I did.  I created you.

As Catholics and Christians we are called to work to bring about the God’s Kingdom in our world.  Basically, this means that when we see somebody is in need, we are compelled to do something to help.  In the early church Christians were recognised, not so much by what they said, but by what they did.  The hungry were fed, the naked were clothed, the homeless were housed.

On Thursday this week, we held an out of uniform day with the theme, ‘Dress Like a Farmer’.  The theme was a bit of fun.  The purpose of the out of uniform day, however, was most important. 

All out of uniform days at the school raise money for people in need.  Students are requested to bring a donation.  The money does not stay with the school.  In this instance money raised is being used to support the community at Tara. P&F committees from our College and from St Joseph’s School Tara are working together to determine how our support may best support and serve the community of Tara. Over the next few weeks families will be informed of and invited to special events connecting our two communities.

In this small way we as a school community are answering Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless and free the oppressed. 

As I write this newsletter, I am away from the College on family leave. Charmaine Cridland, Deputy Principal has recently been appointed to Mary MacKillop Catholic College for the remainder of the year, and will be able to assist you in my absence.

National Child Protection Week

As you may be aware, this week was National Child Protection Week. This year, Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office has produced a video, capturing student voice, to further empower all students to both understand the ways in which they can be supported to feel safe, and the options they have in raising concerns within their school. 

Dr Pat Coughlan launched the ‘It’s ok to speak up’ video that was funded through a grant from the Queensland Child Protection Week committee. The video was produced for use in Toowoomba Catholic School’s school communities. 

This video was shown to all of our students through the week during Assembly and Pastoral Care time.  Children were given the opportunity to discuss the matters raised in the video with their teachers and classmates, reinforcing the message ‘It’s OK to speak up”.

College activities

The College has been busy with a number of excursions throughout all year levels, including a Year 5 Reflection Day, facilitated by the Year 10 students and an excursion to ‘Amaroo’ for our Year 1’s.  Week 7 saw the year 9 Food Technology class visit MacDonalds looking at mass production of fast foods, the Prep’s, Year 1 & 2 students went to ‘Josephine loves to Dance’ at the Empire Theatre with the Year 2 students staying on to visit the Cobb & Co museum.  Year 5 students went back in time and experienced the life of families in the early 1900’s with a History Dress-up day – panning for gold, making damper and seeing what it was like being a student during this time.

Father’s Day Breakfast and Prayer celebration

Thank you to all the fathers who got up early last Friday to participate in the Prep to Year 2 Father’s Day Liturgy.  Early risers got to share in a sausage sizzle breakfast, songs and prayer, visit classrooms and receive the homemade gifts from their children.  It was a wonderful morning, sharing quality time with ’Dad’!

Thank you to all staff and students working extremely hard at this time completing assessment tasks and exams. 

School Commencement Time

From term 4, the secondary school will commence at 8:30 am. This will align commencement times across the College.

Please note that:

  • This will not impact library opening hours
  • Staff on duty in senior school will commence at 8:00am 
  • Staff on duty in junior school will remain at 8:00am 
  • These time changes in senior school will only impact on the length of PC classes. No other class times will be impacted.

Please contact the College Administration Office with any questions you may have.

God bless


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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

7 September 2018

Guided Reading Observations

During the past two weeks, all teachers in the junior school have had guided reading observations by members of the leadership team. During the class visits small groups of students have been working with their teacher with their normal guided reading lessons. Observers have been looking for evidence of seven best practices for a successful guided reading lesson.

1.       Tune in; activate prior knowledge, state learning intentions for the lesson

2.       Text introduction; picture walk or skim of the text

3.       Read aloud; teachers reads aloud and models good reading practices

4.       Whisper reading and anecdotal records; listen to individual students and record any areas that need to praised or improvement

5.       Teacher questioning; test for comprehension

6.       QAR preparation; questions at different levels, discussion across all students

7.       Revisit of learning intentions and check for understanding of this

 I am happy to report that teachers are excelling in these key fundamentals. Data gathered from the observations have highlighted a couple of areas the curriculum team can work with teachers on furthering their skills.

 Dress like a Farmer Day - Thursday, 6 September

It was fabulous to see so many members of our school community getting involved in our 5 for a Farmer day on Thursday. Money raised will support families in rural communities in our diocese.

More photos are available on the College App.

Behaviour Support in the Junior School

Due to the change in leadership structure in the junior school, changes have been made to who supports teachers, parents and students with behaviour support. The role of Assistant Principal Curriculum support students, teachers and parents in Prep, year one and two. Head of Junior School will support students, teachers and parents from year three to year six. If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to Mrs Natalie Adler for the remainder of this term for prep to year two and myself for year three to year six.

Where is Tim

Next week I will be attending year 4 camp for two days.

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Number one in NAPLAN for Catholic Schools

7 September 2018

Year 7 students at Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields have been ranked as the top performing cohort for all Catholic Schools in the Toowoomba Diocese.

“The excellent foundation built on by the junior school teachers, carries directly into the senior school offering a seamless transition and evident outstanding academic results” says Brett Rangiira, Assistant Principal Curriculum: Senior School

Year 9 students also ranked high in NAPLAN, placing them in the top 25% of all Queensland schools. The College, now into its fourth year of secondary education, has a unique opportunity amongst other Catholic schools in the diocese, to offer students a full Prep to Year 12 experience.

Deputy Principal, Ms Charmaine Cridland says the great advantage for Mary MacKillop students, apart from excellence in teaching and resourcing, is that we are growing towards a full Prep to Year 12 College by 2020. The combination of small class sizes, along with a broad range of subject offerings means that students can complete their schooling all in the one place.

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

7 September 2018


Congratulations to the following Year 4 students and their wonderful teachers Mrs Amy Dwyer and Mrs Jodie Howard who enthusiastically supported Father Brian at the 8am Parish mass on Sunday 26 August: Bella Scrivens, Henry & Will Cleary, Ava Hohn, Kate Stenzel, Shea Fisher, David Dreyer, Hayley Cuthbert, Bowen Adamski, Emily Wann, Ruby Crawford, Brad York, Julia Rangott, MacKenzie Kruger, Caelen Williams, Catelyn Gartner & Tilly Haig.


On Friday 31 August schools from across the Toowoomba Diocese gathered to celebrate a special mass led by Father Michael O’Brien to honour our Mother Mary at St.Patrick’s Cathedral. On 1st September we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary of the Southern Cross - the patron of our Diocese. This is one of the many titles of Mary, the mother of Jesus and in the Diocese of Toowoomba we mark the feast as a solemnity, a very high “grade” of Church celebration.

The title of Mary of the Southern Cross is one that acknowledges that God has ever been watching over this Great Southern Land; the cross reminds us of Jesus and his love for us and that Jesus’ mother Mary also has great love for us.

We especially pray for the whole Toowoomba Diocese which is our particular local Church within the Catholic Church spread throughout the world.

(The new Diocesan website has more information about this feast and its history within the Diocese. It also has an explanation about the painting of that you see up here, which was commissioned in a competition, which the artist Jan Williamson won.)

Thank you to the following students who proudly represented our college:

Year 8 Youth Vinnies (20): Sarah Carr, Rhylan Richardson, Bronte Gillett, Isabelle Preston, Breanna Langley, Joshua Chapman, Sarah Coster, Bella Berghofer, Taylor Logan, Ella Carlish, Clayton Pearson, Stephanie Ellis, Celine Samin, Josie McQueen, Savannah Nicholls, Ellouise Long, Audrey Herridge, Kaitlyn Pitts, Jorja Warry and  Rohan McKerrow

Year 6 Leaders (6)

Captains: Liam Samin & Monique George, Cultural Leaders: Chloe Gillett, Gabby Stubbings,, Cultural leaders: Isaac Logan & Natasha James


Thank you for your generous support. As a college we raised an impressive $1200 from the out-of-uniform day on 24 August and merchandise sales facilitated by our wonderful Year 10 students.


On Friday 7 September our Year 1 students and parishioners celebrated the nativity (birthday) of Mary with Father Brian Noonan which the Church honours on 8 September. It was also a wonderful opportunity to honour the late Mrs Margaret Cooke whose family generously donated the Mary statue, the centrepiece of the prayer garden adjacent to the Prep classroom stairs.


This year, for the first time, Mary MacKillop Catholic College is looking to take a group of 15 secondary students to the annual Ignite Conference in Brisbane. This year’s event begins on Thursday 27 September and runs through to Sunday 30 September. The conference is a great way to connect with Christians from all over the country. Each day has a range of keynote speakers and workshops for the students to attend. You can read more about the conference by clicking on the following link All meals are included, excluding Thursday evening. We will be travelling by bus to Brisbane and staying in Brisbane for 3 nights. We still have some vacancies. If interested please email


On Thursday 20 September at 2.15pm we will be having a special liturgy to farewell outgoing Principal Mr Peter Murphy. All are welcome.

Due to the Secondary Pupil-free day on Friday 21 September the Mary MacKillop Fun Day and mass has been rescheduled to the end of term 4.


Term 3 MJR awards will be presented at our whole college assembly on Friday 14 September.




DATE CLAIMER: Annual Charity Colour Run- Wed 31 October (Halloween)

All movers (all speeds celebrated) are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm starting outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps, so you may wish to do 1, 2 or 3 laps

5km Course record 18:59 (Josh Roach 1 May, 2018)


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P&F News

7 September 2018

Welcome to the latest P&F newsletter

Thanks to all those who came along to the P&F meeting on Wednesday, 5 September. It was a productive meeting with discussions ranging from the new college logo, uniforms, a fun day at Wet and Wild, the murals for rest rooms as well as lots of other important items.

A lengthy discussion centred on drought fundraising ideas and the P&F are exploring the possibility of some fun events to raise some much-needed funds – more to follow.

It was also agreed that the Learning Support Committee will be using P&F funds to help with the purchase of some equipment to help enhance students learning.

Crave was also discussed and very excitingly this event is really taking shape. Some major sponsors have come on board but there are still some spots left so if you know a business that might be interested then please let us know. We would prefer not too much away at this stage but we are sure this will be a fantastic afternoon for all the community to enjoy. Make sure you save the date – Saturday, 15 December.

These meetings are a great way to keep momentum with initiatives and also keep informed on school news. The P&F and school work on a collaborative basis and discussions always focus on what is best for the students to enhance their learning and day to day school life. Everyone is welcome at the meetings and all input is welcomed.

OzoBots have arrived at school

The P&F is delighted to have used funds to purchase 12 Ozobots for the school. Ozobots are intelligent miniature robots that allow students to learn coding whilst having fun. Ozobots can also help develop a wide range of skills such as problem solving, team work, resilience and creativity. They are already in use and the feedback has been really positive.

Dress like a farmer – thank you

A huge thanks for all your support for the dress like a farmer day. Your contribution will be a huge help to those affected by drought in the Town of Tara.

Keep informed- Have you joined our Facebook group?

If you are not already a member then please request to join our closed Facebook group.

The aim is to keep you up to date with P&F events and initiatives via this group. The group is called Mary Mackillop P&F Group - Highfields


If you need to contact the P&F then please email Highfields.P&

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Music News

6 September 2018

Eisteddfod Results

Earlier this term there were a number of students who performed in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod from our College. I have been notified about the following results and wish to congratulate these students for their achievements.

Jack Haddow in Year 5 for winning the Year 5 and under Trumpet or Cornet Solo Section. He beat 10 other competitors with his performance of Land of Hope and Glory.

Lucas Ward cam 3rd in the Year 5 and Under Any Other Brass Jazz/Popular/Film Solo. All reports tell me his performance of Pebble Beach was fantastic.

The College String Ensemble performed in the A Grade Section for the first time and placed 2nd! According to Ms Brix (Ensemble Director) it is unheard of that an ensemble which has only been in existence for two years and placed Highly Commended last year in the B Section achieves such a great result in the A Section. I would like to congratulate all members of the ensemble as well as Ms Brix for their efforts.

David Dreyer placed 3rd for his solo performance in the Year 4 and Under Violin or Viola Section which is an excellent effort! He played very well!

Bianca Philp also placed 3rd in her solo performance as well as placing in a duet performance with a student from outside the College. An excellent effort to place so highly in two performances!

If your son or daughter has achieved recent results in performance settings I would love to know about them to congratulate our students on their musical achievements. Please send me an email with the details of the event so I can pass the message on to the community.

Soloist Concert

On the 18th of September the College Soloist Concert will take place. The event’s purpose is to celebrate the practice and effort our students have put into their instrumental studies this year as well as other arts subjects. Students will be given a soloist letter from their instrumental teachers shortly. If your son or daughter takes lessons outside of school and would like an opportunity to perform please make contact with myself and I will pass the letter on to you. Sign up is done electronically using the link in the letter.

Instrumental Lessons

As we head towards the end of the year it is a good time to begin looking into the idea of taking up an instrument for 2019. There are lessons currently available on many instruments, some even ready to start in Term 4 as a trial period for next year.

The link below contains the information for the instrumental program on the website. There are also a number of instruments ready to hire including the following;

  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. The school website link is also a great place to start with enrolment forms and terms and conditions letters found at the bottom of the page.


All the best,

Jen Langerak


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A visit to the Tiwi Islands

6 September 2018

The Tiwi Aboriginal people live on Bathurst and Melville Islands, also called the Tiwi Islands, about 90 km north of Darwin across the Arafura Sea. Last week I travelled to these islands to speak at the 10th anniversary of Tiwi College, a remarkable Aboriginal boarding school in remote Australia. Tiwi College is an independent school, owned and managed by the Tiwi people through the Tiwi Education Board.

In 2008 I travelled with my family to work as the Head of Teaching during the inaugural year of Tiwi College. It was a fantastic year, marked by the highs and lows of establishing any school, particularly in remote Australia. The college is situated in the middle of the Melville Island forests, about a 50 minute drive from the nearest town called Milikapiti. There were times during that first year, particularly during the heaviest wet season in forty years when the roads were cut to the college and the school buildings weren’t finished, when I wondered if the school would survive. I will never forget trying to conduct lessons in a welding shed with 80 students on the first day, after flying students to the college because the vehicles were bogged! Well, ten years on it is thriving. It was a wonderful privilege to speak at the 10th anniversary and to tell the story of that first year, and to connect again with past students and their families.

Tiwi College is a testament to what may be achieved when belief becomes action! The following link is to a music clip showing the college today:

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Calling all Basketball Players

6 September 2018

Students from Year 5 and 6 wishing to play basketball on Friday after school during Term 4 for Mary MacKillop Catholic College need to see Mrs Koch as soon as possible.  A ‘consent to play’ note has already been sent home with students who expressed an interest.  This is an after school activity.  Parents are responsible for transporting students to and from venues (Toowoomba schools).  There is no cost involved in this activity as it is part of our inclusive fee structure.  MMCC will need to nominate team/s before the end of this term.

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Multi Faith Day Excursion

6 September 2018

Last Friday students in Years 9 and 10 accompanied by Mr Bracken and Mrs Worner travelled in to Toowoomba to explore a number of religions from a youth perspective and experience their hospitality. We joined students from Centenary Heights State School and St Saviour’s College. We visited the Baha’i Centre, The Pure Land Learning Collage and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The hospitality extended to us was exceptional at each of the centres. 

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Mary Mac takes on McDonalds

6 September 2018

Year 9 Food technology students visited Mcdonalds to investigate the wide variety of burgers on the menu. They are now designing a burger that is quick and easy to prepare and that will appeal to hungry, health-conscious teenagers. Later in the term they will make the burger and have peers evaluate it in terms of appearance, aroma, texture and taste.

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