P&F News

18 August 2017

Crave Food Festival

There was a phenomenal show of support from the community for the inaugural Crave Food Festival held last weekend.  Whilst an exact head count was impossible, best estimates suggest that around 2,000 people attended what was a wonderful family evening.

This crowd far exceeded the expectations of the organising Committee and our vendors – many of whom sold out of their products!  Plans are already well advanced for next months’ event with additional vendors committing to the event and returning vendors increasing their product quantities! 

Thank you to all of the families who supported this event.  It was a big endeavour but it has been a success due to the help of many people in the last few weeks. 

A special thank you to our sponsors:-

  • Matthew De Maid of Belle Property Real Estate – who sponsored the outdoor cinemas;
  • Bond Homes & Construction – who sponsored the monthly $50 dinner voucher; and
  • Downs Precision Plastering – who sponsored the purchase of the Crave Advertising Banners. 

Please lock in Saturday, 9th September (5:30-8:30pm) for the next instalment which will again include family friendly movies and live musical entertainment in addition to the variety of culinary options. 

Profits raised through the Crave Food Festival will some financial support to our sub-committees but the majority of proceeds will be applied directly to the redevelopment and enhancement of the Year 3 to 6 play space.  Our School has experienced considerable growth over the last decade and the equipment in place is no longer sufficient for the number of students looking to use it on a daily basis. 

It is intended that the redevelopment will include:-

  • several additional pieces of play equipment that encourage the use of gross motor skills;
  • equipment pieces that allow children to engage in quieter play (such as outdoor chess board and blackboard);
  • sports based items (including netball and basketball hoops);
  • an outdoor learning classroom, additional outdoor seating and shade; and
  • a memorial garden  

We have received draft plans for the redesign of the area and are looking forward to being able to make these plans available for public consultation in the near future.  

 

 

Years 7, 8 and 9 Disco – Friday, 18th August

The P&F Committee will host its first senior year interschool social tonight from 7:00pm-9:30pm.  This event is open to students in years 7, 8 & 9 only and includes a ‘Go Pink, Go Yellow for Cancer’ theme. A portion of funds raised will support the Queensland Cancer Council.

 

Admission is $8 with a canteen operating to sell drinks, chocolate bars and chips.

 

Student ID is required for entry.  All bags and mobiles must be checked into a cloak room upon arrival.  There will be no pass outs and a dress standard applies.

 

Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop – Thursday, 24th August

There are still tickets available to attend the Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop to be conducted by Deb Blakley of Kids Dig Food.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, 24th August at 6:30pm.  Registration ($10 per person) can be made via Flexischools.

 

This event is open to the wider community so please feel free to invite family and/or friends.

 

For further information, please see the attached flyer.

 

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn has begun again.  Stickers can be collected from Woolworths during the period 26th July to 19th September with one sticker earned for every $10. 

 

These stickers can be placed in the Mary MacKillop Catholic College box at the front of Woolworths, Highfields or delivered to the School Office. 

 

Stickers can then be redeemed by the P&F for educational resources.  This year the P&F will be supporting our Learning Support teachers by acquiring items that can enhance the learning opportunities for children across the spectrum of academic capabilities from remedial to enrichment.

 

Learning Support Parent Group

In partnership with the Learning Support staff, the P&F is delighted to be facilitating a series of Learning Support Parent Meetings. 

It is intended that this will become a fortnightly event (with rotated days and evenings to maximise the opportunities for parents to attend).  Specialist keynote speakers will also be sourced to address the group on relevant topics, including access to and implementation of the NDIS. 

Please save the following Term 3 dates in your diary:-

  • Friday, 31st August, 7pm (to be held over dinner at the Highfields Tavern)
  • Tuesday, 12th September, 2pm.

This initiative has been facilitated by the parents in the P&F Learning Support Group with a view to offering support and encouragement to parents within our school community as we also celebrate the achievements and development of our children. 

If you would to attend these meetings or have any other questions, please feel free to contact parents Jill Kelly (on 0417 715 980) or Caddie Hansen (on 0414 768 380) or alternatively, the School Office.

Wet n Wild Family Fun Day – Saturday, 21st October

Due to a clash on the School calendar, the Wet n Wild Family Fun Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, 21st October 2017. 

On this day, the P&F are excited to be able to offer one day entry tickets to Wet n Wild for $25 per person.  Children 0-2 years and Mary MacKillop Catholic College teachers who present with School ID can enter at no cost.  Various Meal Deals are also available for purchase. 

Please see the attached flyer for full details regarding bookings and payments etc. 

 

Mango Fundraiser

Due to popular demand, the Mango Fundraiser is back for the summer of 2017! 

 

Mangoes can be purchased for $25.00 per tray with an option for delivery between 13th and 17th November AND/OR 11th and 22nd December

 

Please note that the second delivery in December is subject to minimum orders. 

 

An order form is attached below (and a copy will also be sent home via Homelinks next week) for cash payments.  Alternatively, orders can be placed via Flexischools.

 

Please feel free to ask your family, friends, work mates, etc as each tray sold is a small step closer to an improved play area for our children – and the mangoes are a bargain! 

 

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Pirate Day

18 August 2017

As a culminating activity to our pirate unit, they enjoyed pirate food and activities!

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Drama Department News

18 August 2017

The Music and Drama Eisteddfod 2017

 

Congratulations to all performers! Everyone showed commitment and determination and produced their best performances on their day.  Performances were held in the Armitage Theatre with an audience and adjudicator! We ended up with 39 performances across the Solo poem, Monologue and Mime sections.

 

Incredibly Well done to the following:

 

Year 3 and Under Humorous Poem:

Samara O’Leary Farrelly (Highly Commended)

Bella Scrivens

Quincy Austin

Calen Williams (Highly Commended)

Chelsea Ward (Highly Commended)

Katherine Preston

Adele Adam (Highly Commended)

Mia Goddard- Smith

 

Year 4 Monologues:

Indigo Cadzow-Smith

Lucy Williams (Highly Commended)

 

Year 4 Humorous Poems:

Will Paynter                        

Indigo Cadzow- Smith (1st)

Lucy Murphy  (Highly Commended)                  

Jorja Thurston

Lucy Williams

Lily Woonton (Highly Commended)

 

Yr 5 Monologue Solo.

Gabrielle Stubbings

 

Year 5 Humorous Solo:

Lucy Hutchison

Chloe Gillett

 

Year 6 Humorous solo

Lara Brophy                          

Bella Stenzel                     

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  (1st)

Elise Scrivens

Lucy Wright (Highly Commended)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

Charlotte Dobson (Highly Commended)

Lucas Paynter (Highly Commended)

 

Year 6 Monologue:

Lara Brophy                         

Bella Stenzel     (Highly Commended)               

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith

Lucy Wright (Highly Commended)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

 

Primary Mime:

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  (3rd)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

 

Yr 7 Mime Solo

 Cassandra Lawson (2nd)

Ashlyn Martin (1st)

 

Yr 8 Humorous Solo:

Anabel Austin

 

Yr 9 Monologue Solo

Holly Hutchison (3rd)

 

Yr 7 –Yr 9 Original Story Telling Solo :

Bronte Gillett (3rd)

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Trivia Night

18 August 2017

Twelve tables of enthusiastic “brainiacs” joined in the fun at Parish Trivia Night on Saturday, Aug 5. Our compere extraordinaire, Mal Porter had gathered some “very difficult” questions to pose to the teams.  Armed with a sense of humour and wonderful company the teams battled through the rounds and other entertainment which resulted in a successful night for all.

The multi-draw winners were: 1. Bond, 2. Lisa Hundt, 3. Kayden Wright, 4. Worner, 5. Kerry McKenzie, 6. Sarah Cameron, 7. Bond, 8. Stubbings, 9. Aleksandrowicz, 10. Ty Ingleton, 11. Tricia Gall, 12. Brian Meacle, 13. Winston Apel, 14. David Wicks, 15. Andy Cameron, 16. Winston Apel, 17. Beth Mc Cormack, 18. Monica Brennan, 19. Julia Rangott, 20. Winston Apel, 21. Midolo Family, 22. Tonkin, 23. Aleksandrowicz, 24. Tim Ford and 25. Maureen Till.

Please contact Naomi Goddard naomi.goddard@twb.catholic.edu.au to claim your prize.

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From the College Counsellor

18 August 2017

The Anxious Child

Stress and worry affect most people at some point in their lives.  It is a normal response experienced by many during difficult times.  In fact, sometimes an appropriate amount of anxiety can motivate and improve performance.  Developmentally, children experience a number of fears which tend to stabilise over time, such as;

 

  • Babies and toddlers: fear loud noises, heights, strangers and separation
  • Preschoolers: fear of being on their own and of the dark
  • School-age children: afraid of supernatural things (like ghosts), social situations, failure, criticism or tests, and physical harm or threat

 

For some people, however, worry can be persistent, difficult to control, and debilitating.  If you are concerned that your child might have frequent, intrusive worries that impact on their ability to carry out everyday tasks, they might have anxiety.

 

In order to diagnose Anxiety, a number of factors are considered;

  • Duration of symptoms – usually at least 6 months
  • Impact of symptoms on functioning - must cause impairment to everyday life

 

If you think your child is experiencing anxiety, they may report;

Feeling restless and tense most of the time

Physical tension

Difficulty concentrating

Irritability

Sleep disturbance, tiredness

Lack of confidence

Racing heart, tightening of the chest

Fear of failure in challenging situations

Social withdrawal

Pervasive anxiety, unease or hypervigilance

 

It is important to seek professional help if your child is experiencing all or most of these symptoms.  Diagnosing anxiety can be tricky, but requires assessment and observation by a psychologist or doctor.

 

Everyday tips for managing Anxiety

  • Get moving – exercise is proven to assist in stress reduction, anxiety management, and overall mental health wellbeing.  Physical activity releases endorphins, our ‘happy’ hormones! 
  • Get more sleep – most young people need a minimum of 8 hours per night for optimum functioning.  Set a bed time routine and try to stick to it.
  • Decrease stress – identify any external stressors you may be able to control or eliminate
  • Talk to your child about their worries
  • Learn calming techniques such as relaxation and controlled breathing – there are some great apps out there that can guide you through a myriad of relaxation exercises!
  • Consider learning mindfulness or meditation – through group classes, interactive online learning, or guided tracks
  • Take time out for pleasurable activities
  • Learn to recognise the early warning signs of escalating anxiety, and intervene early – try going for a quick walk to change the scenery, or take 10 slow breaths from your diaphragm

 

If your child’s anxiety persists despite these lifestyle changes, it might be time to seek professional help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Amanda Roll
College Counsellor
amanda.roll@twb.catholic.edu.au

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From the Principal, Peter Murphy

4 August 2017

The ‘best’ parents in the world are those who have no children. They know exactly how children should be brought up and disciplined (In the past, I was such an armchair expert). For real parents, raising children is far more ambiguous.  In real life things are not so easy, nor are all answers self evident.

 

Mary MacKillop Catholic College has a mission to build Christian community. The most intimate unit of such community is the family. In my role, I meet many parents, good people, who are struggling to ensure the Christian growth and development of their sons and daughters. Sometimes freedoms have been allowed too early and parents face a long uphill battle reining this in and reestablishing authority. Other parents are most uncertain when to ‘let go’ and have faith that the values lived at home have now been internalised by their child. Still others, apparently succeeding wonderfully well, face self doubt when told again and again by their adolescent, that no other parent is so restrictive or unrealistic.

 

I offer the following advice to parents and hope it provides some useful rules of thumb and reminders:

  • Speak about and live by a personal rule of RESPECT – respect for self, respect for family, respect for all other persons, property and the environment.
  • Make prayer a part of everyday family life.
  • Discuss the dangers of drugs or alcohol abuse with children.
  • Ensure that parties that they attend are supervised.
  • Get to know your child’s friends and, if possible, their parents.
  • Always check with host parents when your son or daughter attends a sleepover.
  • Encourage involvement in healthy sports, interests and community activities.
  • Encourage and build children up by frequently praising them, even if the achievements are relatively minor.
  • Maintain interest in their schoolwork and other activities.
  • Use discretion when leaving teenagers unsupervised.

 

The College is in the process of developing a Parent Library of books/texts that offer sound insight, direction and advice for parents.

The moment one enters into real life, one also discovers the difference between theory and practice.  This does not mean that basic Christian principles are to be compromised. It does mean that in the reality of the situation we are far less self assured and there are fewer easy answers.  We must seek advice from those we consider wise, and pray to God for guidance

 

In the real situation we have to live by faith.

 

Prep 2018

Due to a significant increase in the number of Prep applications, the College has sought and been given approval to operate four Prep classes in 2018. This is a welcome increase as it reflects the rapid growth in and around the Highfields area. It affords more families in our community to provide for their children a Catholic Christian values based education.

I believe that there is a likelihood that this additional Prep class may represent the first step in Mary MacKillop Catholic College gradually becoming four stream in P-6. An increase in the junior school cohort sizes would be good news in ensuring the viability and flourishing of the senior school. This would deliver greater breadth of elective subject offerings in Years 9 & 10. Increased cohort size will also have a positive effect for Years 11 & 12 as a breadth and depth of curriculum can be achieved where most students are able to study all of their first choice subjects. This simple alignment ensures students are advantaged for performance in the Queensland Certificate of Education even before they walk into their first class.

 

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, 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 College if your son/daughter has achieved something and deserves to be recognised in the newsletter. This can be achieved by either a simple phone call, note or email.

 

God Bless

Peter Murphy

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Date Claimers and Parent Updates

4 August 2017

TERM 3 DATES

Monday 7 August: Year 9 2018 Elective Information Evening, Senior school - P6&7, 7:00 pm

Tuesday 8 August: College Board Meeting, Senior school, 7:00 pm

Wednesday 9 August: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 9 August: Year 3 & 4 Futsal

Wednesday 9 August: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

Friday 11 August: Year 5 & 6 Friday afternoon Sport, 12:00 pm

Monday 14 August: Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews, 3:30 pm

Monday 14 August: First Reconciliation Parent Information Session, Jnr Library, 5:00 pm

Wednesday 16 August: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 16 August: Assembly 2:20 pm – MacKillop Centre (P-6), Senior School (Yrs 7-9)

Wednesday 16 August: Year 3 & 4 Futsal

Wednesday 16 August: Senior School Parent Teacher Interviews, 3:30 pm

Friday 18 August: 10-12 years Darling Downs Athletics, The Glennie School, Twmba

Friday 18 August: Year 5 & 6 Friday afternoon Sport, 12:00 pm

 

PARENT CAFÉ

Our Parent Café operates every Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am (after drop off) at the senior school staffroom. This term, we would love you to extend an invitation to any friends or families that may be interested in enrolling at our College. Bring them along to meet members of our Leadership team over a delicious coffee and muffin. We would love to chat with them and give them a tour of our College.

 

All are welcome and don’t forget we have toys and activities for your toddlers too. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

HEALING HANDS

Healing Hands is currently supporting several school families. This assistance is provided to families who are facing particular hardship. Support may be needed on a short, medium or long term basis depending on individual circumstances and may include provision of food hampers, household supplies, lunchbox items, tuckshop vouchers, etc.

Groups such as Healing Hands are an integral part of our College community and one of the ways our community is truly special. If you would like to know how to help, please contact the P&F via highfields.pandf@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

UNIFORM SHOP

The College Uniform Shop, located next to the senior school tuckshop, is now selling a new range of hair ties, clips and bows in the College colours.  

 

TERM 3 OPENING TIMES

Monday 2 pm to 4 pm

Tuesday 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm,

Wednesday 8 am to 10 am

Any enquiries please email Carolyn via carolyn.maxwell@twb.catholic.edu.au.

Please find attached both senior and junior school uniform price lists below.

Carolyn Maxwell, Uniform Shop Convenor

 

TUCKSHOP

Tuckshop operates 5 days a week with fresh food available. Ordering is online through flexischools: http://www.flexischools.com.au/

If you would like to be part of our a tuckshop parent volunteer team, please complete the attached form below and return it to the College office or email Catherine via catherine.rothwell@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

INFLUENZA

Influenza A is currently affecting members of our school and broader community.

Below is information from Queensland Health with some sound advice for your consideration.

 

Prevention:

Good hygiene is essential to protect yourself and others:

  •          please stay home when you are sick
  •          wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand gel
  •          wash your hands prior to touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  •          use a tissue, or the inside of your arm, when you cough and sneeze
  •          throw tissues away immediately and wash hands
  •          don't share items such as cigarettes, cups, lipstick, toys or anything which has come into     contact with the mouth or nose
  •          stay at least 1 metre away from people who have flu-like symptoms
  •          clean frequently touched surfaces regularly, such as door handles, taps, tables, benches and fridge doors.

http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/82/Influenza-The-Flu

 

STUDENT PROTECTION OFFICERS AT MMCC

Everyone has the right to feel safe. Mary MacKillop School protection officers are:

Amanda Roll, School Counsellor

Steve Coren, Middle School Leader

Rebecca Morgan, Senior School Teacher

Tim Franzmann, Head of Junior School

Angela Irvine, Teacher/Librarian

 

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

4 August 2017

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Parent teacher interviews are only a couple of weeks away so I thought I would republish this information from a newsletter in Term 1. It will be very helpful for you and our teachers if you can consider some of the ideas before attending the interview. 

 

The consistent message to teachers is that there should never be any surprises in a parent teacher interview.  Learning and behaviour concerns should be addressed at the time it comes to the teacher's attention. Parents also have a responsibility to ensure they raise any concern they have about their child’s education when it becomes apparent.

 

I reiterate, presenting issues need always be addressed in a timely manner. Such an approach ensures that small problems are prevented from becoming large ones. Additionally, this continuous communication between parent(s) and teacher builds healthy relationships and delivers positive and timely responses to improve student learning. With such a dynamic, the parent teacher interview should operate as a productive experience for all.  

 

For you as the parent or carer, and for your child’s teacher, being well prepared can help you both make the most of the scheduled parent teacher interview.

 

The following will offer some helpful points for parents:

 

Before the Interview

  • Read your child’s most recent report, and possibly those from earlier years, note anything you want to ask or discuss.
  • You are welcome to bring a list of questions with you and encouraged to make notes as you and the teacher discuss your child’s progress.
  • Ask your child what they think their teacher will say about them. Also ask your child if they have anything they would like you to ask or mention to their teacher.

 

During the Interview – 15 minutes

  • Keep to time, as there may be other parents waiting for their interview. You and the teacher are working together for your child. Don't be afraid to raise your concerns.
  • At the same time, if you're upset about something, let the teacher give you their explanation of the situation.

 

Some questions you may want to ask include:

  • How is my child going socially?
  • What are my child’s strengths and what do they enjoy at school?
  • What does my child struggle with at school?
  • Does my child need support or extension for their learning, and is this available for them?
  • Does my child participate well in class discussions and learning?
  • What is my child’s behaviour like in class? During playtimes?
  • What can I do at home to help my child with their school life, both learning and socially?
  • What are the expectations for homework, and has my child been doing as expected?
  • Is my child organised for class? Are they able to manage their belongings and their learning?
  • Do you have any concerns or recommendations about my child?

 

  • If you want to discuss a particular area of school or learning, let the teacher know at the beginning of the interview, so that this can be addressed. 
  • Make a note as well of any information you need to provide to the teacher, such as changes at home, or medical or specialist appointments, which may have an impact on your child and their learning.
  • If you don’t get through everything you want to discuss, or have major concerns to discuss, you may need to make another time to meet with your child’s teacher.

 

After the Interview

  • Where appropriate, talk with your child about what was discussed, and how you and the teacher are working together for their improved learning.
  • If there are issues and recommendations from the interview, make sure you are both clear about who will do what and when.

 

We all want children to achieve their best. Work together with your child’s teacher as they offer support at school, and you can work with your child at home.

 

Keep in contact with your child’s teacher, perhaps through email or notes. It is best not to arrive at the classroom door unexpectedly and hope to have a quick chat. Between 8:30 am to 3:30 pm is nonstop for teachers, and their primary responsibility each day is to teach their students. They can't leave their class unattended to talk with parents. If you are concerned about your child's progress, please make an appointment to meet with their classroom teacher.

 

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

INFLUENZA

 

Influenza A is currently affecting members of our school and broader community.

Below is information from Queensland Health with some sound advice for your consideration.

 

Prevention:

Good hygiene is essential to protect yourself and others:

  • please stay home when you are sick
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand gel
  • wash your hands prior to touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • use a tissue, or the inside of your arm, when you cough and sneeze
  • throw tissues away immediately and wash hands
  • don't share items such as cigarettes, cups, lipstick, toys or anything which has come into     contact with the mouth or nose
  • stay at least 1 metre away from people who have flu-like symptoms
  • clean frequently touched surfaces regularly, such as door handles, taps, tables, benches and fridge doors.

http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/82/Influenza-The-Flu

 

Kind Regards

Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School 

 

 

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P&F

4 August 2017

Thank You!

Thank you to all the Mary MacKillop Families who have supported our recent events including the Twilight Winter Concert, Homestyle Bake Pie Drive and today’s sausage sizzle.

The Twilight Winter Concert was catered by our Academic and Arts Subcommittee and raised just over $1,000 to put towards the purchase of a quality concert piano for use by our students in lessons, accompanists to ensembles and at future concert events.  There is still work to be done before we can purchase this piano but we are on our way!

The Homestyle Bake Pie Drive was incredibly popular and feedback from Homestyle suggests it is one of the larger orders they have received.  Thanks to the generosity of family and friends of the School approximately $1,000 has been raised for our Year 3 to 6 play space upgrade. 

Funds raised from today’s sausage sizzle will also add to our other fundraising efforts with respect to the redevelopment and enhancement of our Year 3 to 6 play space.  Our School has experienced considerable growth over the last decade and the equipment in place is no longer sufficient for the number of students looking to use it on a daily basis. 

It is intended that the redevelopment will include:-

  • several additional pieces of play equipment that encourage the use of gross motor skills;
  • equipment pieces that allow children to engage in quieter play (such as outdoor chess board and blackboard);
  • sports based items (including netball and basketball hoops);
  • an outdoor learning classroom, additional outdoor seating and shade; and
  • a memorial garden  

We have received draft plans for the redesign of the area and are looking forward to being able to make these plans available for public consultation in the near future.  

Years 7, 8 and 9 Disco – Friday, 18th August

On Friday 18th August, Mary MacKillop Catholic College Highfields P&F Committee will host its first senior year interschool social from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

This event is open to students in years 7, 8 & 9 only and includes a ‘Go Pink, Go Yellow for Cancer’ theme. A portion of funds raised will support the Queensland Cancer Council.

Admission is $8 with a canteen operating to sell drinks, chocolate bars and chips.

Student ID is required for entry.  All bags and mobiles must be checked into a cloak room upon arrival.  There will be no pass outs and a dress standard applies.

 

 

Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop – Thursday, 24th August

 

There are still tickets available to attend the Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop to be conducted by Deb Blakley of Kids Dig Food.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, 24th August at 6:30pm.  Registration ($10 per person) can be made via Flexischools.  This event is open to the wider community so please feel free to invite family and/or friends.

 

For further information, please see the attached flyer.

 

Crave Food Festival – Saturday, 12th August, 5:30-8:30pm

The first Crave Food Festival is almost upon us and the excitement is palpable!

The Crave Food Festival is an open to the public, family friendly, gourmet food event held on the second Saturday evening of every month. The first event will be held on Saturday, 12th August from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

You are invited to come along and sample from a wide range of food vendors and enjoy a family friendly outdoor movie and entertainment. Bar facilities are also available.

This event is designed as an ongoing community event and fundraiser with all profits supporting the P&F's major projects - currently the redevelopment and enhancement of the Year 3 to 6 play area.

You can lend your support to this event by liking and sharing the Crave Food Festival Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cravefoodfestival/ - then grab your family and friends and come along on Saturday, 12th August for a fun filled evening!  Thanks to Bond Homes & Construction, there is even a $50 prize voucher for one lucky patron who attends on the night.  To be in the running, please visit our Facebook page for full terms and conditions. 

A huge of vote of thanks goes to our sponsors for this event:

  • Matthew De Maid – Belle Property Real Estate
  • Bond Homes & Construction
  • Downs Precision Plastering

If you would be interested in supporting the Crave Food Festival events through sponsorship, please contact the P&F via email at Highfields.PandF@twb.catholic.edu.au

Remember, this event is open to ANYONE so please spread the word!

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn has begun again.  Stickers can be collected from Woolworths during the period 26th July to 19th September with one sticker earned for every $10. 

These stickers can then be placed in the Mary MacKillop Catholic College box at the front of Woolworths, Highfields or delivered to the School Office. 

Stickers can then be redeemed by the P&F for educational resources.  This year the P&F will be supporting our Learning Support teachers by acquiring items that can enhance the learning opportunities for children across the spectrum of academic capabilities from remedial to enrichment.

 

 

Learning Support Parent Group

In partnership with the Learning Support staff, the P&F is delighted to be facilitating a series of Learning Support Parent Meetings. 

It is intended that this will become a fortnightly event (with rotated days and evenings to maximise the opportunities for parents to attend).  Specialist keynote speakers will also be sourced to address the group on relevant topics, including access to and implementation of the NDIS. 

Please save the following Term 3 dates in your diary:-

  • Friday, 4th August, 2pm
  • Tuesday, 15th August, 8:30am
  • Friday, 31st August, 7pm (to be held over dinner at the Highfields Tavern)
  • Tuesday, 12th September, 2pm.

This initiative has been facilitated by the parents in the P&F Learning Support Group with a view to offering support and encouragement to parents within our school community as we also celebrate the achievements and development of our children. 

If you would to attend these meetings or have any other questions, please feel free to contact parents Jill Kelly (on 0417 715 980) or Caddie Hansen (on 0414 768 380) or alternatively, the College Office.

Wet n Wild Family Fun Day – Saturday, 21st October

Due to a clash on the School calendar, the Wet n Wild Family Fun Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, 21st October 2017. 

On this day, the P&F are excited to be able to offer one day entry tickets to Wet n Wild for $25 per person.  Children 0 to 2 years and Mary MacKillop Catholic College teachers who present with School ID can enter at no cost.  Various Meal Deals are also available for purchase. 

Please see the attached flyer for full details regarding bookings and payments etc. 

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News from the Senior School

4 August 2017

Brainstorm Production

On Monday, the students attended a Brainstorm production that focused on cyber bullying, social media, texting, bystanders and exclusion. This was an informative show with very relevant information. The students also viewed videos from Firefly (eSafety link in Senior School Information) during Wednesday’s assembly. The videos would be very worthwhile for parents to view also.

Following is a list of suggestions for parents offered by police to help protect children from becoming a victim on the Internet:

  • Keep your computer in a family room, not in a bedroom, that way you can supervise its use and what is being accessed. 
  • Understand parenting controls on your internet browser and how to block websites and emails. 
  • Don't allow your child to submit personal information online without your permission or knowledge of why they are submitting it. 
  • Try to interact with your child while they are on the internet - expressing an interest can be both informative, reassuring and educational to both you and the child. 
  • Not everyone on the internet is who he or she may seem. Changing your identity is an easy process and strangers online may be difficult to recognise. 
  • Familiarise yourself and talk to your child about who they contact online. 
  • Never allow your child to have an unsupervised meeting off-line with anyone they meet online. 
  • Educate your child on the dangers of opening mail, especially those with attachments. 

Study Tips

Study tips will be published at http://mmcc.fireflycloud.net.au/senior-school-information/study-tips each week. This week’s tips focus on planning, organization, homework and after school routines.

eSafety

eSafety tips will also be published at http://mmcc.fireflycloud.net.au/senior-school-information/esafety each week. This week’s tips focus on digital DNA, safe web surfing and protecting personal information.

Firefly

A reminder to parents that they can log on to Firefly using their child's login to access any of the following links and information, see student assessment tasks and access the content relevant to specific learning areas.

 

Code of Presentation

Congratulations to the students who wear their uniforms with pride. The current College Code of Presentation can be found on pages 17 and 18 of the College Diary. It can also be located at http://mmcc.fireflycloud.net.au/senior-school-information/uniform. The College’s expectation is that this code is adhered to door to door i.e. the uniform is worn correctly at all times, even outside of school hours.

Some sections to note:

HAIR: Hair styles of both boys and girls should be neat and tidy in appearance and should not be of an extreme type that will draw attention to themselves. No beads, colours, rat’s tails, tracks, etc. Moderation in appearance is required. Students should not use dye or blonding compounds in their hair, except for natural highlights that are natural to the individual students own hair colour. Hair should be cut in such a way that is does not hang over the students face.

BOYS HAIR: Pony tails are not permitted for boys and hair must be cut above the collar. It should be no shorter than a “Number 2” Hair should be clean, well groomed and neat. Boys must be clean shaven at all times.

GIRLS HAIR: Long hair should be tied up if it is shoulder length or longer. All hair accessories must be in the College colours.

JEWELLERY: Girls may wear a single pair of studs (no larger than a match head) or sleepers (no larger than a 5 cent piece) on the lower lobe. Students may also wear a religious necklace only. Boys and girls, no ear cuffs, rings, bracelets or neck chains. No other form of body piercing is permitted.

MAKE UP: Make up and nail polish are not permitted.

 

Homework Schedule

As a general guideline, homework will be undertaken nightly, following scheduled lessons, or over several nights in larger blocks of time.

Year Level

Homework Expectation

Expectation

Yrs 7 and 8

1 – 1 ½ hrs per night (average)        

Completion of set work / assignments/ study

Yrs 9 and 10

1 ½ - 2 hrs per night (average)

Completion of set work / assignments/ study

Yrs 11 and 12

2 – 3 hrs per night (average)

Completion of set work / assignments/ study

 

We also ask all parents to encourage their child to read every night/or as often as possible.

The completion of all types of homework is taken very seriously at Mary MacKillop Catholic College.

Where a student persistently fails to complete homework satisfactorily, the teacher will take appropriate action and, if necessary, will contact parents.

All students are to have their diary with them in each lesson so their homework can be written down.

NOTE: The expectation is that if a child does not have set homework activities or assignments that they are revising the content from the day's lessons to maximise retention and understanding.

 

Senior Assessment Schedule

The Term 3 senior assessment schedules have been uploaded on Firefly:

http://mmcc.fireflycloud.net.au/senior-school-information/year-7-assessment

http://mmcc.fireflycloud.net.au/senior-school-information/year-8-assessment

http://mmcc.fireflycloud.net.au/senior-school-information/year-9-assessment

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From the Music Department

4 August 2017

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

A large group of our Senior Singers Choir students, parents and staff attended Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro on Tuesday 18 July at the Empire Theatre. Thank you to the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund for sponsoring the cost of the tickets. All who attended the evening reported that it was an incredibly enjoyable performance. The next performance sponsored by the St Baker fund will be the Queensland Ballet’s performance of La Fille mal gardée on Friday 15 September. Ms Rebecca Morgan will be contacting her dance students to offer tickets for this performance.

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Congratulations to all music and drama performers for their magnificent performances in our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the excellent work that is going on in our growing Performing Arts program. Many thanks goes to:

 

  • Susie Fredline, Kate Cadzow-Smith, Lorraine Fuller, Courtney Feldman, Jack Hickey, Monica Brennan, Teresa Brix, Morgan Chalmers, Ian Dixon and Philippa Robinson for preparing their students for their performances, sharing their talents on the night through conducting or accompanying, and helping backstage during the concert.
  • Kate Cadzow-Smith for being our entertaining MC for the evening.
  • Carla Adams, Leanne Andrews, Adelle McQueen and the P & F team (including many music parent volunteers) for their outstanding catering on the night.
  • Marius Kruger and Monica Brennan for their assistance on the sound and lighting desk.
  • Annette Hutchison, Julie Camm and Anne-Maree Patterson for their wonderful assistance with the beautiful winter decorations.
  • Our generous music students who assisted staff in many areas on the night.
  • Our wonderful music parents for their daily support and encouragement of their children’s music education.

 

Thank you also to our teaching staff at the College who make many allowances in class on a daily basis for our students to attend their weekly music lesson. Please enjoy the photos in the slideshow above!

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for some of our music students, as our String Ensemble and Concert Band have also recently performed in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The String Ensemble, comprised of members from Year 1 to Year 6, was awarded a Highly Commended in the Primary School String Ensemble section on Friday 28 July. The Concert Band, comprised of members from Year 3 to Year 8, was awarded Third Place in the Middle School Instrumental Ensemble section on Tuesday 1 August. What a thrill it was for these groups to perform on the Empire Theatre stage for the very first time. Thank you to Teresa Brix for her wonderful work with the String Ensemble. Congratulations to all performers!

 

In addition to the large group performances we have also had a number of soloists perform in the Eisteddfod. Congratulations to Bianca Philp (Violin - Highly Commended), Kokoka Cadzow-Smith (Trombone - Second Place and Third Place), Jack Haddow (Trumpet), George Worner (Trumpet) and Indigo Cadzow-Smith (Violin).

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Sports News

4 August 2017

Building community to DREAM, BELIEVE & ACHIEVE, through participation in physical activity

 

YEAR 5/6 INTERSCHOOL SPORT

Week 2 Results:

GIRLS NETBALL: All 4 teams won. Well done girls!

MIXED HOCKEY: Narrowly lost both games. Close result.

BOYS RUGBY LEAGUE: 22 all draw against East Sate School. Strong performance boys.

GIRLS SOCCER: won convincingly 11-0. Great work.

BOYS SOCCER: Won 2 and narrowly lost one game.

 

12 YEARS QLD GIRLS SOCCER

Congratulations to both Sienna Williams and Annabelle Ford who represented the Darling Downs with pride recently at the State trials. Darling Downs won 3 games in a highly competitive and skilful environment.

 

INNER DOWNS ZONE 10-12 YEARS 1500m TRIALS

Congratulations to all 10 students who competed at these trials on Tuesday 1st August in Toowoomba. Many ran personal bests, however no one gained selection to compete at the Darling Downs trials. A reminder that the IDZ 9-12 years 800m will be held on Tuesday 8th August. Keep up the training!

 

RESULTS:

10 years boys: Seth McInness (5th), Kayden Wright (6th), Ryley Schmaling (8th)

10 years girls: Ella Maxwell (4th)

11 years boys: Lucas Paynter (3rd)

11 years girls: Lucy Thompson (3rd), Lara Brophy (4th)

12 years boys: Henry Sheath (3rd)

12 years girls: Emma Brittain (2nd), Annabelle Ford

 

DARLING DOWNS RUGBY UNION

Congratulations to Wihan Kruger, Year 7, who was chosen to captain the Darling Downs Rugby Union team at the State Championships!

 

QLD ORIENTEERING SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Alara Williams for coming first in the Girls 10 and under competition and Caelan Williams for placing third.

Congratulations as must go to Lucie Ramsay who received a bronze medal for the 11 yrs Girls Qld Schools Orienteering Individual Championships held in Petrie this week. It was great to hear that Darling Downs team members dominated this age group.

YEAR 3-4 FUTSAL

Students in Year 3 & 4 are invited to sign up for Term 3 Futsal. Nomination forms are available from Mr Moyle or the Junior Office,

Year 3-4 Futsal team nominations close on Thursday 3rd August.

Round games are in Weeks 5-9 with a finals night in Week 10

 

TERM 3 ATHLETICS/RUNNING TRAINING WITH MR MOYLE/MRS McWHA

Monday: 10.40-11.20am: Long Jump training

Tuesday: 5km run at 5pm starting outside MacKillop Centre.

                ALL ARE WELCOME- parents, joggers, walkers etc. (3 x 1.67km laps)

                 Record 5km Time: Joshua Roach (20.02)

Wednesday: 7.30-8.10am- Interval speed running training (Mr Moyle)

                       3.20-4.20pm- Running training with Mrs McWha

Thursday: 10.40-11.20am- Shot Put/Discus training

                   3.15-4.15pm- Flop High Jump training

Friday: 7.30-8.10am- 800/1500/3000m running training (Mr Moyle & Mrs McWha)

           

TERM 3 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL DATE CLAIMERS:

  • 9-12 years Inner Downs Zone District - Tues 8th Aug @ O’Quinn St, Twmba
  • 10-12 years Darling Downs - Fri 18th Aug @ The Glennie School, Twmba
  • 9-15 years QCIS - Fri 25th Aug @ University of Qld, Brisbane
  • 9-12 years Darling Downs Regional - Tues 29th Aug @ Harristown HS, Twmba
  • 13-19 years Darling Downs Regional - TRACK: Thurs 31st Aug @ Warwick SHS

             FIELD:  Fri 1st September @ Warwick SHS

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

4 August 2017

ST.VINCENT DE PAUL WINTER APPEAL 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported this appeal with such generous donations. At our last Assembly we presented local Highfields Conference representative Mr Kev McCormack with a cheque and a ute full of food, blankets and other essential items needed this time of year.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK MASS 2017

Thank you to the secondary students who did a wonderful job assisting Father Brian in leading our 8am Sunday Parish Mass on 23rd July, launching the beginning of Catholic Education Week. The College also hosted a special breakfast of bacon and egg rolls and a cuppa after mass for everyone who attended. A reminder that all are welcome to attend weekly Parish masses at 8am in the MacKillop Centre with Father Brian.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK LITURGY CELEBRATION

With over 650 student footprints on display in the MacKillop Centre, Mr Steve Coren and his Year 7B Religion class did a superb job leading our whole College Liturgy of the Word on Wednesday 26th July, focusing on the theme “sharing the Journey.” During the celebration students from Prep to Year 9 were awarded special random acts of kindness awards and our new Year 3-5, 7-9 Student Representatives Council members received their badges from Principal Mr Peter Murphy.

ELECTED SEMESTER 2 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL

Our Student Representative Council meets in weeks 3,5,7 and 9 in Terms 3 and 4 in the Primary Balonne Classroom at 10.40am- 11.20am with Mr Moyle & Mr Franzmann to present ideas for improving our College.

Our Student Representatives Council members –

Junior school

3T: Ruby Crawford and Jackson Spies.

3K: Jonas Vanderzee and Bridie Norton

3M: Ava Winter and Archie Tyrrell

4G: Angus McKenzie and  Indigo Cadsow-Smith

4B: Ryley Schmaling and Lani Knapman.

4C: Liam Hackwood and Caitlin Bland

5D: Beth Pugsley and Will Connolly

5W: Neve Knapman and Liam Samin

5M: Ethan Aleksandrowicz & Olivia Clark

Previously elected Year 6 students on SRC- Elliott Wormer, Charlotte Dobson, Clare Apel, Lucy Wright, Brendan Williams & Rebecca George.

Senior school

Year 7- Emma Brittain, Levi Logan 

Year 8- Zelia Cross, Tobey Burling

Year 9- Holly Hutchison, Connor McKerrow

 

YEAR 8/9 YOUTH VINNIES

Congratulations to the 17 volunteer Youth Vinnie students who participated in the 2017 St. Vincent de Paul Society Sleep out in the secondary library on Thursday 27th July. The night was a great success with games, workshops on homelessness with our College Chaplain Mrs Kristie McKean and Mrs Justine Worner. Thanks to Mr Murphy we all enjoyed pumpkin soup and bread for dinner. We loved watching the inspirational movie “Eddie The Eagle” and each of us took away a key word (BELIEVE, ASPIRE, DETERMINATION etc.) which we wrote in chalk on the footpath.

After a night sleeping on the floor in our swags or sleeping bags we all enjoyed a beautiful sunrise, a walk with Mrs Worner and a delicious breakfast of bacon and eggs cooked by Mr Moyle and Lawson Smith. We were even able to share breakfast with our 4 wonderful groundsmen.  After breakfast we shared in a meaningful prayer liturgy before heading home to a day of rest and leisure as it was the Bishop’s Inservice Day for staff and a pupil free day at the College.

Thanks everyone for making it such an enjoyable night. We even managed to raise $100 for St. Vincent de Paul through donations.

Year 8 students are invited to join this important service ministry by attending our weekly meetings in the P8 Classroom at 1.00pm every Wednesday.

 

YEAR 8/9 YOUTH VINNIES CONFERENENCE LEADERS 2017

CHAIRPERSON: Connor McKerrow

VICE CHAIRPERSON: Holly Hutchison

CO- TREASURERS: Ben Hackwood and Ben Ziviani

 

ASSUMPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

On Tuesday 15th August we will celebrate this special Holy Day of Obligation with a 7.30am Celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) led by Father Brian and our teachers in the Junior Library. All are Welcome. We will also acknowledge the Church’s devotion to Mary at our P-6 and 7-9 Wednesday assemblies on 16th August.

 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Baptised Christian Year 3 students and older are invited to prepare for the sacrament of First Reconciliation, which will be celebrated in early November 2017 with Father Brian Noonan in the MacKillop Centre.

The order of sacramental preparation at Mary of the Southern Cross Parish, Highfields is -

  1. Baptism (Welcome to Catholic/Christian Church)
  2. First Reconciliation (Year 3 age and older with Father Brian Noonan )
  3. Confirmation (Year 4 age and older with Bishop  Robert McGuckin)
  4. First Eucharist (Year 4 and older with Father Brian- Full member of Catholic Church)

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Interested parents will need to pre-enrol at the Junior Office either in person or by emailing cathy.perry @twb.catholic.edu.au by Friday 11th August
  2. Parents will need to obtain a copy of his/her child’s baptismal certificate and bring this to the Parent information session on Monday 14th August.
  3. Families will be invited to commit to the programme, which involves attending weekly 8am Parish masses and Group Reflection sessions.

 

IMPORTANT DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 3

Friday 11th August: Pre-enrolment closes

Monday 14th August: 5pm First Reconciliation in Jnr Library Parent Information Session

(No children required)

Sunday 20th or 27th August- 8am mass First Reconciliation Commitment Enrolment

 

TERM 4

Sunday 8th October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 1

Sunday 15th October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 2

Sunday 22nd October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 3

Sunday 29th October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 4

Monday 30th October- 3.15pm First Reconciliation Practice

Thursday 2ndNovember- 6pm SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Father Brian)

 

 

 

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Book Week

4 August 2017

This year's Book Week theme is 'Escape to Everywhere’ reinforcing the aim to encourage all of our children to find the joy and adventures that await them inside the covers of a book. 

 

We will be celebrating Book Week with a number of activities and events. 

 

Tuesday 29 Aug: Yr. 4 Guest Speaker                                   Friday 1 September: P-2 Guest Speaker Marco Gliori - Poet and Storyteller                      David Legge - Illustrator

                      
Book Fair (Junior Library):  A wonderful opportunity to purchase books and novelty items, with a percentage of all sales resulting in new books for the library.

 

Thurs 7 Sept

Fri 8 Sept

Mon 11 Sept

8:00-8:30

8:00-8:30

8:00-8:30

10:50- 11:15

10:50- 11:15

10:50- 11:15

3:00 - 3:30

 

3:00- 3:30

 

Wednesday 13 September: Character Dress-Up Parade & Annual Readers' Cup Competition (MacKillop Centre).

 

Students are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character and share their love of books by participating in the Dress-Up Parade and competing in teams to win the Readers' Cup.  

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Fruit Creations Mystery Meal

4 August 2017

The Year 8 Food Technology students created some fantastic meals on Friday 14th July as part of a Mystery Meal assignment. Focusing their design efforts on cooking with a staple ingredient such as potato, sweet potato, corn and pumpkin, students cooked up an array of healthy and delicious light meals that tantalized the taste buds. Recently, the Year 7 students also had a challenge to create an attractive fruity design to encourage their peers to eat 2 serves of fruit per day. This was a terrific opportunity for students to combine creativity with culinary skills with some colourful fruit creations developed by each group.

It is wonderful to see these young chefs working together to learn about the importance of healthy eating while also having great fun in the kitchen!

Vivienne Holman (Teacher) & Connie Coverdale (Design Technology Aide)

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Making Jesus Real

4 August 2017

Last term Year 6 led our MJR peer support for Years 3 to 6 students. They excelled in both their leadership and how they presented the Spirit of Jesus in everyday life to their peers. MJR peer support will re-commence in Term 4.

This term our MJR focus is “Team Work Makes the Dream Work’. During weeks 4 to 6, we will be specifically focusing on what teamwork is and how ‘we serve’ others as part of a team; just as Jesus did.

Weeks 7 to 8 our focus will be on “Being a Diffuser not an Escalator”. In other words, how are we being peacemakers of situations, not stirrers?  In weeks 9 to10, we will look at our class spirit and where the Spirit of Jesus is in our classrooms. How helpful are we at serving our classmates, teachers, school?

 

Whole school focus for Weeks: 4-6 – Teamwork makes the Dream work

                                           Weeks: 7-8 – Be a Diffuser not and Escalator

                                            Weeks 9-10 – Spirit of Jesus in your classroom

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From the College Counsellor

21 July 2017

Together with our ever-evolving reliance on technology and the push for more online learning within classrooms, it’s important to regularly review your rules at home about safe, respectful and appropriate use of tablets, smart phones and the internet.

Without a doubt, the best defence includes education about cyber safety, close parental monitoring and limit setting.  It is important to establish ground rules for internet use, such as;

  • Never post or trade personal photographs
  • Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name/location
  • Never agree to meet anyone from a chat room or social media site in person unless you know them in real life
  • Never respond to a threatening email, message, post, or text
  • Always inform a parent about any communication or conversation that was scary
  • Insist that you be "introduced" online to new friends made online
  • Set a limit on how much time can be spent online per day (can be broken up into school versus recreational time)

Some other helpful tips:

  • Make sure your anti-virus and malware protection is up to date
  • Check out the parent control options on your internet service provider and consider blocking unsafe/inappropriate websites
  • Look into apps that allow you to monitor and control wifi usage (consider disabling wifi before dinner/bed time)
  • Learn how to block questionable material
  • Keep computers and tablets out of bedrooms and only in common areas, so you can watch and monitor use
  • Share an email or social media account with your child so you can monitor messages
  • Bookmark kids' favorite sites for easy access
  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior

Teaching children to be conscientious and safe online sets the groundwork for future healthy use, protects against cyber ‘addiction,’ and decreases arguments at home –all things that can become more apparent as your child enters adolescence. 

Why not have the talk today?

Amanda Roll
College Counsellor
amanda.roll@twb.catholic.edu.au
Ph: 4698 7777

 

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From the Drama Department

21 July 2017

Eisteddfod.

It’s time for the solo Eisteddfod!

The week starting Sunday the 6 and going till Friday the 11 August will see 47 performances from Mary MacKillop students from year 3 to Yr 9. They will feature in Solo  Poems, Monologues, Mimes, or Original Story Telling. There are different categories and age groups performing in morning and afternoon sessions throughout the week. All the students have been working very hard on their pieces with extra rehearsals, and we wish them all the greatest of luck!

Break a leg!!

Watch this space for exciting tales of our fun Eisteddfod week!

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From the Music Department

21 July 2017

QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

A few photos in the slideshow above are of the nine lucky senior school students who took up the opportunity to attend the Sweet Night Music performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performance on Thursday 22 June. Many thanks goes to the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund for sponsoring the tickets.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Rebecca George 6F for receiving Honours in her Grade 2 AMEB Trumpet Exam.

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble will be performing in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The String Ensemble is performing in the 5:30 pm session on Friday 28 July, and the Concert Band is performing in the 6:00 pm session on Tuesday 1 August. A letter will be sent home very soon.

 

25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Congratulations to our piano teacher, Mr Morgan Chalmers, for his wonderful Musical Direction of the very successful 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Good luck to our dedicated and talented music students for their performances at our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July.

 

The details of the concert are as follows:

Date: Friday 21 July

Venue: MacKillop Centre

Food and Drinks available: 5:00 pm

Performer arrival time: 5:30 pm

Concert commencement: 6:00 pm

 

All ensembles will be performing in the concert (Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble), as well as selected vocalists and instrumentalists. Some of our drama students will also be performing!

 

The menu, available from 5:00 pm, is as follows:

BBQ Chicken Rolls, served with coleslaw $5

Pulled Beef and Gravy Roll, served with coleslaw $5

BBQ Chicken or Beef and Gravy with Rice $5

Half Size Children’s Roll $2.50

Chocolates $1 or $2

Popcorn $0.50

Water $1

Pop-top Juice $1

Soft drink $2

Beer or Cider $3.50

Rum or Whisky $5

Wine $3

 

The rolls will only be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Snack and drinks will still be available during the concert.

 

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

21 July 2017

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FREE DRESS DAY 2017

Thank you to everyone for your support of St.Vincent de Paul (SVdP) with our “2017 State of Origin Maroon or Blue Free Dress Day . The College raised over $650. Congratulations to Year 7 student Harrison Ward who volunteered to do the traditional 20 push ups at assembly following the Maroon’s loss in game one. Mr Moyle will honour his commitment to do 20 push ups following NSW’s loss in game two and three.

We are supporting the SVdP Winter Appeal and are seeking donations of non-perishable food items and blankets through our Year 5 Mini-Vinnies. Items will be presented to SVdP at our whole college Catholic Education Week liturgy in Week 3. Thank you for your support.

PARISH MASS- LAUNCH OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2017

Volunteer secondary students will assist Father Brian in leading our 8:00 am Sunday Parish Mass on 23 July to celebrate the beginning of Catholic Education Week. The College will be hosting a special breakfast of bacon and egg rolls and a cuppa after mass for everyone who attends. ALL ARE WELCOME.

 

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK will be celebrated across Queensland from 23 -29 July this year. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. 

The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Sharing the Journey.”

 

Pope Francis Quote for this theme:

“Today we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey.” (Quote taken from www.lifeteen.com)

Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

During Catholic Education Week 2017, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate how they are sharing the journey.

There are 302 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 146,000 students and employ more than 18,500 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.

Our college is planning a number of activities during the week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us including:

  • Secondary student led 8:00 am Parish Mass with Father Brian on Sunday, 23 July with Principal Mr Peter Murphy to formally launch Catholic Education Week 2017.
  • Free Community breakfast following the mass on Sunday, 23 July.
  • Sharing the Journey” class footprint art display in the MacKillop Centre
  • Catholic Education Week 2017 Liturgy of the Word at 2:20 pm on Wednesday, 26 July led by Year 7B Religion class and Middle leader Mr Steve Coren.
  • Presentation of student “Random Acts of Kindness” Awards at the Liturgy of the Word by Principal Mr Peter Murphy and Head of Primary Mr Tim Franzmann
  • Year 5/6 students to participate in Catholic Primary School Sports Assoc. Gala Day- Girls netball (Nell E Robinson), Boys touch football (Kearney Springs)
  • Teachers to attend Bishop’s In-service Day on Friday, 25 July, which is a pupil-free day.
  • MAKING JESUS REAL in the everyday by consciously living the Spirit of Jesus and the charism of  St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop  by being WESTIE (Welcome, Encourage, Say Sorry, Thank you by being Inclusive and Enthusiastic) people who Greet, Speak and Treat  (GST) everyone with Tolerance and Understanding (TUP).

YEAR 8/9 YOUTH VINNIES

Our secondary Youth Vinnies enjoyed a social board games evening last term organised by Mr Murphy, Mrs Worner and Mrs McKean. Mr Moyle, unfortunately was struck down with man flu! A social “fun” activity is planned each term.

 The Youth Vinnies also did a wonderful job cooking meals for our college’s “Healing Hands” outreach initiative after school under the guidance of Mrs Vivienne Holman, Mrs Justine Worner, Mrs Kristie McKean and Mr Steve Moyle.

The group meet weekly and are planning a St. Vincent de Paul Society Sleep Out in the secondary library on Thursday, 24 July.

Year 8 students are invited to join this important service ministry by attending our weekly meetings in the P8 Classroom at 1:00 pm every Wednesday.

 

FIRST EUCHARIST SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

Congratulations to all candidates who celebrated their First Communion at a special 9:00 am Parish mass on Sunday, 16 July in the MacKillop Centre led by Father Brian Noonan.

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Sports news

21 July 2017

Darling Downs Representative:

Congratulations to the following students who have represented Mary MacKillop Catholic College at Darling Downs.

MARY MACKILLOP CATHOLIC COLLEGE

DARLING DOWNS REPRESENTATIVES AS AT 12 JULY 2017

Given Name

Surname

DOB

School

Team

Lara

Brophy

12/03/2006

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs Hockey Girls

Lara

Fitzgerald

30/11/2006

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

11 Yrs Netball

Annabella

Ford

13/10/2005

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs Football Girls

Wihan

Kruger

18/01/2005

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs AFL Boys

Wihan

Kruger

18/01/2005

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

11-12 Yrs Rugby Union

Ella

Maxwell

21/08/2007

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs Cross Country Girls

Eloise

McKenzie

5/09/2005

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs Hockey Girls

Lucas

Paynter

28/02/2006

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

11-12 Yrs Aquathlon

Lucie

Ramsay

7/07/2006

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-19 Yrs Orienteering

Joshua

Roach

1/02/2004

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

13-19 Yrs Cross Country Boys

Henry

Sheath

23/05/2005

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs AFL Boys

Sienna

Williams

19/05/2005

Mary MacKillop Catholic College

10-12 Yrs Football Girls

 

Rugby League:

Congratulations to Billy Stark who has been selected in the U/12 Toowoomba Mustangs Development Squad for Rugby League.  Billy was one of 70 kids who tried out so this is a great achievement.

Competition Date claimers:

  • Tuesday 8 August – Inner Downs Athletics Carnival O’Quinn Street
  • Friday 25 August – QCIS Athletics UQ Brisbane
  • Tuesday 29 August – Darling Downs Athletics Trials

 

QLD CROSS COUNTRY 2017

Congratulations to Josh Roach, 13 years boy and Ella Maxwell 10 years girl)who represented the Darling Downs at the 10-19 years Qld Schools Cross Country on  16-17 July at St. Paul’s School, Brisbane. It was great to see them both try their best in what was a very competitive environment and hopefully they learnt a lot from the experience. Unfortunately, Josh acquired an injury in the individual event and was unable to run in the day two relays. Ella ran well in the 10-12 years Composted relay finishing 6th.

As a Region, Darling Downs had an exceptional carnival with 8 athletes gaining selection in the 10-12 years State team (here are only 36 State selection) to compete at The Australian School Sport Cross Country Championships in Hobart in August.

Darling Downs also received the BEST COUNTRY REGION award.

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Date Claimers and Parent Updates

21 July 2017

Term 3 Dates

Friday 21 July: Twilight Winter Concert, 5:30 pm

Sunday 23 July: Parish Mass and breakfast 8:00am to celebrate Catholic Education Week

Tuesday 25 July: Prep Open Day, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Tuesday 25 July: Parent Information Session, Cyber safety

Tuesday 25 July: Bookclub Orders due

Wednesday 26 July: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30 am

Wednesday 26 July: Catholic Education Week Liturgy (P-9), 2:20 pm

 

Thursday 27 July: ‘Blue and White’ College Free Dress

Thursday 27 July: Catholic Netball & Touch Carnival Year 5 and 6

Thursday 27 July: Senior school Vinnies Sleep Out

Friday 28 July: Bishop's Inservice Day – Pupil Free Day

Friday 28 July: Queensland Rugby SEQ Primary School 7s

Wednesday 2 August: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30 am

Wednesday 2 August: Assembly P-6 - MacKillop Centre: Yr 7-9 - Senior School, 2:20pm

Wednesday 2 August: Discover My Future presentation, Year 9

Wednesday 2 August: P&F Meeting, 7:00 pm

Saturday 5 August: Parish Trivia Night 7:00 pm MacKillop Centre

 

Pupil Free Day

Friday 28 July is a Pupil Free Day

All catholic schools in the Toowoomba diocese celebrate the Bishops Inservice Day during Catholic Education Week.  

 

Catholic Education Week Liturgy

The College welcomes all parents to attend liturgy on Wednesday 26 at 2:20 pm to celebrate Catholic Education Week. The liturgy will be led by year seven students. Catholic Education Week Random Act of Kindness awards will be presented to students. The semester two Student Representative Council badges will also be presented at this time.

 

Parent Information Session, Cyber Safety

Steven Luliano will be presenting an iPad Information Session from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 25 July. All are welcome to attend.

Topics will include Digital Citizenship, iPad Management and supporting your child with iPad technology. This session will be particularly important for the current year 3 parents, whose children will begin the 1:1 Technology Program in Year 4, 2018.

Please RSP to angela.irvine@twb.catholic.edu.au by 9:00 am Monday, 24 July.

This will be the only information session regarding the 1:1 Technology iPad program for 2017. The requirements, including iPad and apps for year 4 students in 2018 will be sent home at the end of term 3.

 

 

General Notices

If anyone has any old printers, photocopiers or scanners could you please bring them into the College as Matt Bishop would like to use them for a school project.

 

Blue and White Day

$2 donation, all funds raised will go to the Brett Forte Remembrance Fund

On Thursday 27 July students are abel to wear blue and white clothing. All clothing must be sun safe, must have closed in shoes and no caps are to be worn.

 

SCHOOL FEES

Statements were sent home via email on Monday.  Payment is due by 31 July 2017.  If you have not received a copy of your statement, please email leander.kennedy@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

P&F ASSOCIATION

Thank You!

Thank you to all the families who have supported the P&F in recent weeks through your ongoing help with Healing Hands, your pie drive orders and Kidshotz bookings.  Pies will arrive on Thursday, 27 July and a notice will be sent once they are ready for collection.  

 

P&F Meeting

The next P&F Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 2 August in the Junior School Staff Room.  All parents are welcome to attend.  Should you have an item for the agenda, please submit via email (Highfields.PandF@twb.catholic.edu.au) by Wednesday, 26 August. 

 

Crave Food Festival                        

The MMCC P&F is very excited to launch our latest venture!

The Crave Food Festival is open to the public, family friendly, gourmet food event held on the second Saturday evening of every month. The first event will be held on Saturday, 12 August from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

You are invited to come along and sample from a wide range of food vendors, and enjoy a family friendly outdoor movie and entertainment. Bar facilities are also available.

This event is designed as an ongoing community event and fundraiser with all profits supporting the P&F's major projects - currently the redevelopment and enhancement of the Year 3 to 6 play area.

You can lend your support to this event by liking and sharing the Crave Food Festival Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cravefoodfestival/ - then grab your family and friends and come along on Saturday, 12 August for a fun filled evening!

Remember, this event is open to ANYONE so please spread the word.

Finally, if you know of any vendors/stall holders or entertainers who might be interested in participating in this event, please ask them to contact the P&F via email at Highfields.PandF@twb.catholic.edu.au.  

 

Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop

The P&F would like to invite parents to attend the Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop to be conducted by Deb Blakley of Kids Dig Food.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, 24 August at 6:30 pm.  Registration ($10 per person) can be made via Flexischools.  Places are limited to so act quickly to secure your spot.

For further information, please see the attached flyer.  

 

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars on Saturday, 14 October for the P&F Family Fun Day at Wet 'N' Wild.  Further details to come. 

 

Healing Hands.

Healing Hands supports our college families. This assistance is provided to families who are facing particular hardship. Support may be needed on a short, medium or long term basis depending on individual circumstances and may include provision of food hampers, household supplies, lunchbox items, tuckshop vouchers, etc.

Groups such as Healing Hands are an integral part of our College community and are one of the ways our community is truly special. If you would like to know how to help, please contact the P&F via highfields.pandf@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

UNIFORM SHOP

The College Uniform Shop, located next to the senior school tuckshop, is now selling a new range of hair ties, clips and bows in the College colours. Parent supporter caps are also now available to purchase and they are $15 each.

TERM 3 OPENING TIMES

Mondays 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tuesdays 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wednesdays 8:00am to 10:00 am

Any enquiries please email Carolyn via carolyn.maxwell@twb.catholic.edu.au.

Phone orders welcome (during opening hours only)

Please find attached both senior and junior school uniform price lists below.

Carolyn Maxwell, Uniform Shop Convenor

 

Mary of The Southern Cross Parish Trivia Night

Come and join the fun at the annual parish trivia night. Grab some friends and make up a table of ten or contact Tony Hynes to be placed in a team. Babysitting will be available on the night.

Tony: Hynes01@bigpond.com or phone: 0419710212

Saturday, 5 August 7:00pm MacKillop Centre

 

BOOK CLUB

The current bookclub order is due for the 25th of July. If orders could be placed as soon as possible.

 

TUCKSHOP

Tuckshop operates five days a week with fresh food available. Ordering is online through flexischools: http://www.flexischools.com.au/

If you would like to be part of our a tuckshop parent volunteer team, please complete the attached form below and return it to the College office or email Catherine via catherine.rothwell@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

PARENT CAFÉ

Our Parent Café operates every Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am (after drop off) at the senior school staffroom. This term, we would love you to extend an invitation to any friends or families that may be interested in enrolling at our College. Bring them along to meet members of our Leadership team over a delicious coffee and muffin. We would love to chat with them and give them a tour of our College.

All are welcome and don’t forget we have toys and activities for your toddlers too. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

STUDENT PROTECTION OFFICERS AT MMCC

Everyone has the right to feel safe. Mary MacKillop School protection officers are:

Amanda Roll, School Counsellor

Steve Coren, Middle School Leader

Rebecca Morgan, Senior School Teacher

Tim Franzmann, Head of Junior School

Angela Irvine, Teacher/Librarian

 

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

21 July 2017

The College Prep Open Day is fast approaching. On Tuesday 25 July, over 90 future Mary MacKillop students and their families will spend the morning experiencing all that we have to offer in prep. Our new prep transition program will prepare our 2018 students for the start of their school education. Current Preps will be involved in a modified program for the morning with drop off at billabong as usual.

Please be mindful that we will  have a number of visiting families and parking spaces will be at a minimum in the junior school.  

 

Lost Property

Junior School lost property can be found in the two blue containers on the stage under Uluru. Both bins are cleaned out on a Friday morning and items of clothing with names are given to the correct children. Any items of clothing not named are sent to the uniform shop. Roughly a quarter of the lost times are unnamed so please make sure that all items are clearly named.  

 

 

 

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From the Principal, Peter Murphy

21 July 2017

Catholic Education Week

Sunday, July 23 celebrates the commencement of Catholic Education Week. I invite all families to join in this celebration by coming to the 8:00 am Sunday Mass. As a way of thanking the Parishioners and College families, we will be hosting a bacon and egg roll breakfast. All are welcome, and it’s free!

Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for all Catholic schools to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. 

Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

Catholic education:

  • Is a faith based education which places the values of Jesus at its centre
  • Is a high quality, holistic education for 1 in 5 young Queenslanders, educating them to be well-informed, highly skilled and constructive members of the community
  • Values diversity and treats each student with dignity enabling them in turn to promote and respect the dignity of all
  • Nurtures in students a commitment to social justice and a critical social consciousness
  • Prepares students for global responsibilities through stewardship of the earth’s resources
  • Is an integral part of the local and universal Church
  • Occurs in welcoming, inclusive, and connected communities.

 

The theme for this year's Catholic Education Week celebrations will be:

Sharing the Journey

The idea of journey as a central theme has been drawn from a number of quotes from Pope Francis as well as a number of biblical references. Pope Francis has said: 

Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey. 

The whole journey of life is a journey of preparation…to see, to feel, to understand the beauty of what lies ahead, of the homeland towards which we walk. 

What is important is the whole journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to us.

 

School Improvement Survey

This year our school will be participating in a School Review and Improvement survey managed by Research Australia Development and Innovation Institute (RADII). As well as school staff and students from Years 5 - 9, all parents are invited to participate in the survey. The survey provides valuable feedback for the future directions of our school.

On Monday, July 24 RADII will send all parents a personalised invitation to complete the survey online. If both parents' email addresses are on file at the school, the invitation will be sent to both parents. However, the survey will close once the first person has completed it. If you do not wish to complete the survey simply delete it.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey from anywhere you have access to the internet. The survey will close on Sunday, 13 August 2017 for parents.

I encourage you to be very honest in your responses to the surveys. All responses go directly to RADII so they are confidential and anonymous. When the surveys are completed, and responses aggregated by RADII, overall data is sent to us so that we can then share the findings with you.

 

Further Expansion

Mary MacKillop Catholic College is growing.

Construction has commenced for Stage 2 of the secondary section of the College. This stage will create a permanent senior school administration building, a Technology building to initially incorporate Metal Technology, Timber Technology, and STEM. The build will introduce an additional Science laboratory, Graphics room, Textiles Technology, four more general learning rooms as well as spaces to accommodate Music and Art.

The existing MacKillop Centre will soon be unable to accommodate the College population. Stage 2 of building creates a second auditorium space with the capacity to expand over time to accommodate a population of up to 1500. Its initial form in 2018 it will be a shelter area incorporating toilets, change rooms and store rooms.

In 2018 Mary MacKillop Catholic College will extend its enrolment to offer classes from P-10. This growth will continue until the College will present its first Year 12 group in 2020. In the coming year, the College anticipates running three streams of classes for Year 7. This represents a positive enrolment trend as the senior section of the College continues to gain a reputation as a place of educational excellence.

In such a competitive educational market, it has been most important to create points of difference that would allow the College to shine when compared to other good schools. Mary Mac now boasts after school programs in Drama, Music, Art, and Dance. After school Homework classes are available four afternoons each week. The instrumental program, commenced 18 months ago, now has an impressive 115 students taking individual instrument tuition. Once proficient with their instrument, students are invited to participate in various ensembles including guitar, wind, brass, string, drum, and vocal.

Community positive regard for the College has resulted in an unprecedented number of enrolment applications for Prep 2018. In order to be able to accommodate this demand, the College has sought approval from the Catholic Schools Office to operate a fourth Prep class.

 

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Sports news

23 June 2017

AFL:

Congratulations to Henry Sheath and Wihan Kruger who had a great time representing Darling Downs in the State AFL Championships held in Mackay. Mary Mackillop is extremely proud to have our boys show great leadership skills and pride in representing their region. 

Athletics:

Congratulations to our Athletics Age Champions for 2017:

Year of Birth

Boy

Girl

2002

Connor McKerrow

Kirra Palmer

2003

Elijah Logan

Gretel Worner

2004

Joshua Roach

Mia Knapman

2005

Elliott Worner

Hannah Nielsen

2006

Lucas Paynter

Bella Stenzel

2007

Martin Logan/Kayden Wright

Ella Maxwell

2008

Jackson Spies

Rose Coren

Overall House Trophy Winner:  Penola

Competition Date claimers:

  • Saturday 1 July – Gold Coast Junior Dash
  • Friday 14 July – Toowoomba Primary Catholic Schools Athletics Carnival O’Quinn Street Sunday
  • 16/17 July – QSS Cross Country Bald Hills Brisbane
  • Tuesday 8 August – Inner Downs Athletics Carnival O’Quinn Street
  • Friday 25 August – QCIS Athletics UQ Brisbane
  • Tuesday 29 August – Darling Downs Athletics Trials

Please continue your training throughout the remaining term and over the holidays with Mr Moyle, Mr Logan and Ms McWha. For training details over the holiday period please contact your respective coaches.

Chess:

QCIS Chess was hosted by TACAPS on Tuesday 6 June. Thank you to Mr Craig Hubbard for his time, dedication & expertise in coaching our teams every week.

Mary MacKillop Team 1, comprising of Thomas Burling, Brendan Williams, Riley Cuthbert, Aidan McCormack, finished first out of 11 teams, with Concordia placing 2nd and Downlands tied with Ambrose Treacy College for 3rd.

Mary MacKillop Team 2, comprising of Matthew Deadman, Alex King, Jackson Stansell and Cooper Smith finished 5th in the competition.

We are extremely proud of our teams and congratulate them on their commitment to their sport.

Darling Downs Representatives:

Wihan Kruger has been selected to represent Darling Downs at the State Rugby Union Championships at Broadbeach, 3rd to 6th of August. Congratulations Wihan we wish you all the very best.  

 

 

 

 

  

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