Date Claimers and Parent Updates

1 September 2017


Monday 4 September: Year 3 Excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Tuesday 5 September: Prep to Year 2 Excursion, Diary of a Wombat, Empire Theatre (Year 2 to visit Cobb & Co Museum after the show)

Wednesday 6 September: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 6 September: Year 3 & 4 Futsal, MacKillop Centre

Wednesday 6 September: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

Wednesday 6 September: P&F Meeting, Junior School Staff Room, 7:00 pm

Thursday 7 September: Year 4 Camp, Murphy’s Creek

Thursday 7 September: Book Fair, Junior Library, 8:00 – 8:30 am; 10:50 – 11:15 am & 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Thursday 7 September: Mini Vinnies Social Justice Day (MMCC Host), Senior School Library

Thursday 7 September: The Magical Moments Ball, MacKillop Centre, 5:30 pm

Friday 8 September: Year 4 Camp, Murphy’s Creek

Friday 8 September: Book Fair, Junior Library, 8:00 – 8:30 am; 10:50 – 11:15 am & 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Friday 8 September: Year 5 Excursion, Planetarium Brisbane

Monday 11 September: Book Fair, Junior Library, 8:00 – 8:30 am; 10:50 – 11:15 am

Monday 11 September: Year 3 & 4 Futsal Finals, MacKillop Centre, 5:00 pm

Tuesday 12 September: College Board Meeting, Senior School, 7:00 pm

Wednesday 13 September: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 13 September: Character Dress Up Parade, MacKillop Centre, 8:40 am

Wednesday 13 September: Annual Readers' Cup Competition

Wednesday 13 September: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

Thursday 14 September: Prep Transition Day (No. 1) – Students & Parents

Friday 15 September: Mary MacKillop Feast Day Celebrations

Friday 15 September: Term 3 ends, 3:00 pm Junior School; 3:10 pm Senior School

Saturday & Sunday 16,17 September: Samsung Firebirds Primary Schools Netball Cup, Maroochydore

Tuesday 3 October: Term 4 Starts

Monday 16 October: Pupil Free Day


7, 8 & 11 SEPTEMBER: 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




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) 

All Students (Prep to 9) 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, to be held in the MacKillop Centre from 8:40 am. Throughout the day, Prep to Year 6 students will be competing in teams to answer questions based on particular books in order to win the Readers' Cup.


FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER: Mary MacKillop Feast Fun Day Celebrations

In lieu of the Feast day of our College Patron Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop (8th August) our whole college will be “Celebrating God in All Things” with an alternative learning Fun Day on Friday 15th September. The outline of the day is below and parents are most welcome to join in. Students will have a free (no donation required) dress day where they can wear House Colours (Penola- blue, McCormack- Yellow, Tenison- Green, and Cunningham-red). It is sure to be a wonderful celebration as we focus on having fun, developing House spirit and honouring the charism of Mary Mackillop.

Brief outline of the Day:

Morning Session- 9:00 am -10:40am: Teacher led FUN activities in House Pastoral Care Groups.

Middle Session- 11:30 am -12:45pm: Whole College Mass in MacKillop Centre followed by cutting of the cake. Parents are most welcome to stay for Mass and the rest of the day.

Shared picnic-style lunch – 12:45 pm -1:30pm, including whole College photo.

Afternoon Session- 1:30 pm - 2.00pm: Touch Football Game - Secondary Students v Teachers

                                 2:05 pm: Senior House Relay Gift race

                                 2:20 pm: Music Concert and presentation of Mary MacKillop Feast Day

                                 House winners followed by Principal’s address.



Join our MMCC Team – 5km, 10km or 20km walk       

Hike for Homeless:  We are entering a Mary MacKillop team in the Hike for Homeless. This is a walk organised by Base Services in town. It would be great to have a mix of families, staff and parishioners to support the wonderful work Base Services does. Our team can be as large as we like. There is a choice of a 5km, 10km or 20km walk. Alternatively you could just sponsor our team. Next term Mrs Worner will be walking the course in the weeks leading up to the event for those who wish to prepare for the course.  We hope you can join us.

When: Saturday the 28th of October 2017 from 6am. 

Where: Jubilee Park

Why: To raise awareness of homelessness in Toowoomba and much needed funds to ensure the Basement Soup Kitchen is able to continue to provide a lunch time meal, blankets, clothing and essential services to people who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness in Toowoomba.

How: Register to join our team or donate at



We are excited to announce that the popular Diabetes Queensland school cooking program Need for Feed will be offered again in Term 4. Students across Queensland have participated in this hands on program and we are making it available for 15 lucky students in years 7 to 9.

This program exposes students to a variety of dishes and basic skills involved in preparing and cooking meals while increasing students’ awareness of healthy eating.  The program will be offered after school with the guidance of qualified staff, Mrs Holman and Mrs Worner, making the cooking experience both safe and enjoyable.

All participants will receive a Need for Feed manual for participating in the program.

The program will commence week 1 and will run for 8 weeks, with one 2 hour session per week.

Please contact Viv Holman for further details.


Appropriate Student Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

The Primary purpose of the iPad during school hours is to support educational processes.  The College assists students in understanding and demonstrating appropriate ICT behaviour and positive digital citizenship.

Students are not permitted to access or use messaging functions on iPads during College Hours (8:30am – 3:10pm). Messaging creates distraction and off task behaviour.  If it is necessary for home or parent contact to be made during College hours, it is to be done by a call from the parent/guardian to the College office, or a phone permission granted to the student by the Principal or Head of Junior School. (It is recommended that messaging apps be restricted or disabled during College hours. This can be changed within the iPad settings.)

Thank you for your support in this matter.



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.


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.



Head lice have been detected in the junior school. It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head. Please keep checking every two days until there are no head lice found for 10 consecutive days.

If you do find head lice, commence effective treatment immediately and be sure to complete the process of treatment. This will prevent head lice from spreading. There are a number of products on the market approved for treatment of head lice. However, the “conditioner and comb” technique is the recommended approach. More information can be found on the following website:



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 $15 each.


Monday 2 pm to 4 pm

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

Wednesday 8 am to 10 am

Phone orders welcome (during opening hours only).

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

Any enquiries please email Carolyn via

Carolyn Maxwell, Uniform Shop Convenor



Tuckshop operates 5 days a week with fresh food available. Ordering is online through flexischools:

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



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 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



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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