Date Claimers and Parent Updates

14 September 2017



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

Wednesday 4 October: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 4 October: Prep Amaroo excursion  – Possums & Koalas

Wednesday 4 October: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

Wednesday 4 October: P&F Meeting, 7 pm

Thursday 5 October: Prep & Indigenous students - Amaroo excursion - Bilbies

Tuesday 10 October: College Board Meeting, Senior School, 7 pm

Wednesday 11 October: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 11 October: Assembly P-6 - MacKillop Centre; Yr 7-9 - Senior School

Friday 13 October: P&F Harry Potter Trivia/Family Games Night

Monday 16 October: Pupil Free Day


FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER: Mary MacKillop Feast Fun Day Celebrations

New Schedule of Events

8:30-8:45 am - Normal classes

8:45 am- Move to Mackillop Centre (MC)

9:00-10:10 am: MASS with cutting of cake

10:15-10:40 am: Sharing cakes & photo on oval

10:40-11:20 am: Normal First break

11:20-11:35 am : HOUSE MEETINGS in designated areas (students assigned to PC Groups)

11:40- 12:20 am- FUN ACTIVITY 1 (Teacher led)

12:20-1:00 pm: FUN ACTIVITY 2 (Teacher led)

1:00-1:30 pm: Normal second break

1:30-1:40 pm: Move to AFL oval- sit in HOUSES

1:40-2:15 pm: Whole College watch Touch game and Gift relay.

2:15 pm: Move to MC and sit in Houses on floor in PC groups.

2:20 pm: Music Concert/Presentation & Principal address.

2:50 pm: FINAL SONG and holidays begin.


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, Thursday, July 13 at 3:20 pm, in the College Food Technology room. The program will run for 8 weeks, with one 2 hour session per week.


The Toowoomba Catholic Schools (TCS) Privacy Statement

An update has been made to the Toowoomba Catholic Schools (TCS) Privacy Statement. This update has been made in preparation for NAPLAN online from 2018. The new inclusion to the TCS Privacy Statement relates to the sharing of student information and is in bold below.

A school or the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office may disclose personal information to assessment and educational authorities, including the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and NAPLAN test administration authorities (who may disclose it to the entity that manages the online platform for NAPLAN).

We are obligated by the Privacy Act (1988) to inform you of any changes made to the TCS Privacy Statement.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the school principal.


Dr Patrick Coughlan

Executive Director: Catholic Schools

Diocese of Toowoomba


Bishop Robert McGuckin’s communication to the Diocese on the upcoming Federal Government survey

Please find the link to Bishop Robert McGuckin’s communication to the Diocese on the upcoming Federal Government survey regarding a proposed change in the law regarding marriage below.



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.



Mondays 2 pm to 4 pm

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

Wednesdays 8 am to 10 am

Any enquiries please email Carolyn via

Phone orders welcome (during opening hours only)

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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