P&F News

14 September 2017

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

A Wet n Wild Family Fun Day will be held on 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: Bookings must be made by via Flexischools by Monday, 2nd October.  Don’t miss out!

 

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.  Exact dates and times will be confirmed closer to delivery. 

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

An order form is attached below 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! 

Orders are due back to School (or through FlexiSchools) by Monday, 23rd October. 

 

SAVE THE DATE: P-6 Disco

A P-6 Disco will be held on Friday, 3rd November.  Further details will be sent out early in Term 4. 

 

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn ends this week.  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. 

Please return stickers by Friday, 6th October.

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.

 

Crave Food Festival

The second Crave Food Festival was held on Saturday, 9th September.  With the majority of vendors returning, plus a number of new entries, the dinner and dessert options were wide and varied!  Mary Mac’s own Crave Chips were a stand out hit with the young ones! 

The revised venue layout also ensured that there was barely a line up in sight for the entire evening.

 

Thanks again to our sponsors who have supported this event:-

  • Matthew De Maid – Belle Property Real Estate
  • Bond Homes & Construction
  • Downs Precision Plastering
  • Artistic Cat Graphic Design and Printing
  • Sherriff Electrical Wholesalers
  • ALE Signs
  • New Hope Group

 

A huge thank you also to the many volunteers without which the night could not have happened.

 

Be sure to mark your calendars (and tell your friends!) for the next event on Saturday, 14th October.  

 

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Making Jesus Real

14 September 2017

Making Jesus Real – MJR

Jesus’ message is just as important today as it was 2,000 years ago. Then, he told stories to spread the message of the Gospel (good news). Now, he uses the people in our lives to get his Gospel message across. Today the Spirit of Jesus is in the everyday positive things you see and hear people do.

 

Over the past two weeks, we have been identifying where we have seen the Spirit of Jesus in our classrooms, our colleagues and our wider school community. If we look closely and are switched on to these moments then we start to realise that Jesus is with us all day, every day. Over the last week I have attended three athletics carnivals and seen many of the above qualities displayed by our Mary MacKillop competitors. However, the greatest example of the Spirit of Jesus I witnessed this week, was Bella Stenzell in Year 6, picking herself up from a fall and finishing her race. She showed a positive outlook, resilience and a never give up attitude.

 

I asked some students who went to Darling Downs athletics in Warwick where they saw the Spirit of Jesus at the carnival and this is what they said….

 

Isaac Williams: “I saw the Spirit of Jesus in the other competitors in the races. When we finished our races and all of the people that were in that race showed really good sportsmanship by shaking each other’s hands.”

Toby Burling: “I saw the Spirit of Jesus in the sense of fun in the day. Everyone had a good time”.

Josh Roach: “I saw the Spirit of Jesus when people were cheering other people on.”

Ellie Close: “I saw the Spirit of Jesus when people were in their events and everyone was cheering them on even when they were about to compete.”

Gretel Worner: “I saw the Spirit of Jesus when you’d look up and you’d see a race about to start and there were some from Mary Mac in the race and everyone would get really excited.”

Mia Knappman: “I saw the Spirit of Jesus where everyone was acknowledging each other’s achievements.

 

Have a look around you each day and see where you can spot the Spirit of Jesus.

 

Year 9 CSYMA Students Cook for Healing Hands

 

I witnessed the Spirit of Jesus in four extraordinary Year 9 students who gave hours of their time to prep and cook meals for Healing Hands. Their commitment, compassion, diligence, sense of fun and genuine will to serve others in our school community clearly demonstrates the Spirit of Jesus alive and well at Mary MacKillop Catholic College this term.

 

Justine Worner

Religious Education Teacher

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From the Principal, Peter Murphy

1 September 2017

Forgiving and Forgetting

 

We can never guarantee that life only bring us good experiences.  But we can ensure that we are not dominated by negativity and unforgiveness.

 

There are many things in life that should be remembered and celebrated.  These may truly be regarded as gifts from God.  Other things should be forgotten, particularly the sins of others against us. 

Many of us have long memories.  We can readily remember what others have said and done to us.  Sadly, we sometimes only remember the bad things.  All that was good has faded from view.  A reservoir of painful memories in not an energising or life giving well to draw from.  It hampers rather than helps our life’s journey.

It is only when we forgive and forget that we lighten the load by jettisoning hurt and pain that will otherwise impede us.  Our healthy development towards becoming fully human requires us to let go of past hurts and celebrate the good in life.  To do otherwise leads to becoming bitter and twisted - emotionally crippled.  When a person truly forgives, they are also able to forget – possibly not the deed, but the painful memory of it.  And it is the painful memory, particularly when it begins to fester, that undermines our own wellbeing.

Many of our Year 3 students are currently preparing for their First Reconciliation.  Reconciliation, the experience of being able to forgive and of being forgiven, is an important learning in the life of a young person, or indeed a person at any age.  It stands as one of the many distinctive characters and attitudes that should be present in a Catholic school and in any community calling itself Christian.

Monday week, September 11, will be the anniversary the tragedy in New York caused when two airliners were used as weapons of mass destruction and terror.  Similar actions of death and destruction occur all too frequently in the present time. It is essential in that our youth learn the absolute value and need of reconciling with self, others, and God.  Let us pray that in this continuing time of world crisis, our leaders search with unwavering resolution for ways to achieve genuine reconciliation.

 

O God

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.

Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.

Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.

Amen.

 

Senior car park and drop off zone

Access to the construction site has reduced the number of spaces to queue whilst waiting to collect students from the pickup zone. At present there are a small number of parents parking in this section and causing significant problems for those moving along the queue to the pickup area.

There is a simple solution. Parents are only to park in the official designated parking areas. This will afford direct traffic flow for those waiting to pick up their child(ren).

 

Mary MacKillop Mass and Celebrations

On Friday, September 15 the College will celebrate our name saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The day will include fun activities and a mass at 11:30 am. Parents are invited to join us in the celebration of mass.

Mary MacKillop embodied all that is best in your nation and its people: genuine openness to others, hospitality to strangers, generosity to the needy, justice to those unfairly treated, perseverance in the face of adversity, kindness and support to the suffering. Think of Mary MacKillop and learn from her to be a gift of love and compassion for one another, for all Australians, and for the world

 

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.

 

God bless

Peter Murphy

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Date Claimers and Parent Updates

1 September 2017

TERM 3 DATES

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

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) 

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  

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/159610/mary-mackillop-catholic-college

 

DIABETES QLD SCHOOL COOKING PROGRAM - NEED FOR FEED

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

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

 

HEAD LICE

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: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/healthcondition/condition/14/165/351/head-lice

 

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 $15 each.

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

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@twb.catholic.edu.au.

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

 

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

 

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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Father's Day Celebrations

1 September 2017

It was an early start for our Prep to year 2 students this morning as they celebrated their Fathers with a Father’s Day Breakfast and Liturgy.

Thank you to all our amazing Mary Mac Dads! We wish you all a wonderful Father’s Day this Sunday.

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P&F

1 September 2017

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

Almost 100 year 7, 8 and 9 students from both our school and fellow Catholic Schools in Toowoomba donned pink and yellow to support the Queensland Cancer Council when attending the first Mary MacKillop senior years interschool social on Friday, 18th August.

The children enjoy themselves and the behaviour of the students attending was exemplary - as parents, you should be very proud! 

Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop – Thursday, 24th August

Approximately 15 parents and friends of the School attended Deb Blakley’s Family Mealtime Bliss presentation.  Deb provided helpful tips and suggestions for how to encourage our children to broaden their food experiences and all who attended came away with some practical ideas to implement in their homes. 

For those that were unable to make it, Deb has provided some information sheets that may be of interest.  Please see attached below.

 

Crave Food Festival

The next Crave Food Festival will be held on Saturday, 9th September from 5:30-8:30pm.  Many vendors from the first event are returning and there is an array of new entries to tantalise the taste buds! 

The entertainment line up now boasts a children’s stage to cater for the littlies with a second stage for the young at heart.  The outdoor cinema will again be operating thanks to Matthew De Maid of Belle Properties and there is a $50 dinner voucher up for grabs thanks to Bond Homes & Constructions.  Visit the Crave Facebook page to find out how to be in it to win it!

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 remaining Term 3 dates in your diary:-

  • 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

A Wet n Wild Family Fun Day will be held on 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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College Counsellor News

30 August 2017

10 Tips for Improving Your Child’s Self Esteem

From raisingchildren.net.au; the Australian Parenting Website

For children, self-esteem comes from knowing that you’re loved and that you belong to a family that values you. It also comes from being praised and encouraged for the things that are important to you, and from feeling confident about the future.

  • Strengthen your child’s sense of his family, culture and community. For example, show your child family photos and share family stories, take part in community or cultural events like religious festivals, and encourage your child join a local sporting club or interest group, or join as a family
  • Encourage your child to value being part of your family. One way to do this is by involving your child in chores. When everyone contributes to the smooth running of the household, you all feel important and valued
  • Develop family rituals. These could include a story at bedtime, a special goodbye kiss or other ways of doing things that are special to your family
  • Let your child help you with something, so that he feels useful. For example, your preschooler could help you set the table for dinner
  • Plan some regular one-on-one time with your child, doing something that she enjoys, whether it’s drawing, doing puzzles, kicking a soccer ball or baking cakes
  • When your child has a problem, encourage her to think calmly, listen to other people’s points of view and come up with possible solutions to try. This builds important life skills
  • Help your child learn new things and achieve goals. When your child is younger, this might mean praising and encouraging him when he learns something new, like riding a bike. When he’s older, it might be taking him to sport and helping him practice
  • Celebrate big and small achievements and successes. And remember to praise your child’s effort, not just her results. For example, ‘You tried that puzzle piece in lots of different spots and you finally got it right. Well done!’
  • Teach your child that failing is a part of learning. For example, if she keeps missing the ball when she’s learning to catch, say ‘You’re getting closer each time. I can see how hard you’re trying to catch it’
  • Teach your child to treat himself kindly when he does fail. You could be a role model here. For example, ‘I tried a new recipe, and the cake looks a bit funny. But that’s OK. It smells delicious’

Visit raisingchildren.net.au for more information and tips on building your child’s self-esteem.

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

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Harry Potter 20th anniversary celebrations at Mary Mackillop Catholic College.

30 August 2017

It is hard to believe 20 years have passed since a young Harry Potter first found his way to platform 9 and ¾. In that time generations have fallen in love with the magic, the mystery and the danger of J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Students at Mary Mackillop Catholic College, last week had the chance to immerse themselves in that world.

The junior library was decorated with some fantastic Harry Potter art including book covers, illustrated scenes and house banners. Both primary and secondary groups had a chance to show off their Harry Potter knowledge with Trivia sessions over first break on Monday August 14. The questions were not easy but everyone gave it their best effort and a great time was had by all.

Students also bought the action of the stories to life with our own Mary Mackillop Quidditch World Cup. Some make shift goals, a few soft balls and a collection of broomsticks allowed our students to not only bring a favourite game to life but also come together and share a brand new experience. Teams were made up of year 3 to 6 students for the primary match and year 6 to 9 students for the secondary match. Some great team work was shown in both matches.

Ensuring our youngest students had a chance to join in the celebratory week, a wand making masterclass was held in the Junior Library. Students from Prep to year two visited the library and made magical wands filled with colour and stars, leading to an enchanted afternoon of magical words and wishes.

For library staff it was a great week to interact with our students and demonstrate that libraries are not just about books on shelves but also places where we can connect people to literary experiences.

 

Angela Irvine

Teacher Librarian

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From the Principal, Peter Murphy

18 August 2017

NSSAB Review

On Thursday, August 10 the College was host to the Non State School Accreditation Board (NSSAB) 5 year cyclical review team. A panel of 5 people inspected the College documentation, interviewed parents, students, teachers and our parish priest and toured the facilities of the College. This panel works to ensure that the school meets the compliance standards required to operate a school in Queensland. An additional focus introduced by the Catholic Schools Office is that of school improvement.

Whilst the formal report is not yet available, I was given a brief summary of the panel’s findings. They were very impressed with the welcome and inclusive culture witnessed by themselves from students and staff members and further verified in each of their interviews. The panel were also pleased with the culture of setting high expectations and the collaborative approach taken by the teaching staff towards ensuring that every child in the school will learn to a high level. Focusing on the Catholicity of the College, the panel were also looking to see how the College was attempting to introduce the young people to the person of Jesus. Again, the panel were very happy to see the initiatives undertaken in Christian outreach and the discipleship approach lived through Making Jesus Real (MJR), and the introduction in Year 9 of the catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) program.

I will publish the findings of the panel once they have been finalized. Rest assured that not only can the College continue to operate, but our efforts are highly regarded by external assessors.

 

God Bless

Peter Murphy

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Date Claimers and Parent Updates

18 August 2017

TERM 3 DATES

Friday 18 August: Children's Book Week

Monday 21 August: Senior School Parent Teacher Interviews, 3:30 pm

Wednesday 23 August: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 23 August: Prep Prep and Year 1 Excursion - We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Wednesday 23 August: Year 3 & 4 Futsal, MacKillop Centre

Wednesday 23 August: Year 9, Discover My Future, Senior school Library 2:20 pm

Wednesday 23 August: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

Wednesday 23 August: Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews, 3:30 pm

Thursday 24 August: Friendly Chess competition vs Highfields State School – Bunya classroom 3:30 pm

Thursday 24 August: P&F Parent Seminar: Meal time Bliss, Senior school library, 6:30 pm

Friday 25 August: Daffodil Day – Free Dress (Wear pink or yellow for Qld Cancer Council)

Friday 25 August: 9 -15 years QCIS, University of Qld, Brisbane

Friday 25 August: Year 5 & 6 Friday afternoon Sport, 12:00 pm

Sunday 27 August: Optiminds regional finals, Gatton University

Sunday 27 August: Parish Mass - First Reconciliation Commitment Enrolment, 8:00 am

Tuesday 29 August: 9-12 years Darling Downs Regionals, Harristown HS

Tuesday 29 August: Teams Chess competition, Toowoomba Anglican College & Prep School Millennium Centre, 8:30 am

Tuesday 29 August: Author Visit (Marco Gliori), Yr 4, 9:30 am

Wednesday 30 August: Yr5 History Dress Up Day

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

Wednesday 30 August: Year 3 & 4 Futsal, MacKillop Centre

Wednesday 30 August: Year 9, Discover My Future, Senior school Library 2:20 pm

Wednesday 30 August: Assembly 2:20 pm – MacKillop Centre (P-6), Senior School (Yrs 7-9)

Thursday 31 August: 13-19 years Darling Downs Regionals - Track, Warwick SHS

Friday 1 September: 13-19 years Darling Downs Regionals - Field, Warwick SHS

Friday 1 September: Author Visit (David Legge), 9:30 am -Yrs 1B & IS; 11:30 am - PK & Yr 1G; 2:00 pm PP & PB

Friday 1 September: Diocesan Schools Mass, Cathedral

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

 

BOOK CLUB

Issue 6 due back for processing Thursday 31st August.

 

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

 

HEAD LICE

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: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/healthcondition/condition/14/165/351/head-lice

 

PRIVACY NOTICE

This notice is from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), to advise you that ACARA has requested your child’s school to provide ACARA with information about you and your child. Your school may disclose to ACARA information such as your child’s gender, date of birth, country of birth, background language, parental occupation and parental education.

 

This information is disclosed to ACARA under the ACARA Act 2008 for one or both of the following purposes:

• formulating national reports consisting of aggregated data on school performance; and

• assisting government to formulate policies in relation to education matters.

 

ACARA will not disclose this personal information to any third party. If you do not want your school to provide this information to ACARA, please advise your school within seven (7) days of receiving this notice.

 

Further information about ACARA can be obtained from the ACARA website at

www.acara.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

 

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

 

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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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, our Prep classes enjoyed pirate food and activities!

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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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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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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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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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iPad Education Opportunity for Parents

23 June 2017

Steve Iuliano, Head of Professional Development at MAC1 will be presenting an iPad Information session for parents from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 25th July (week 3, term 3). Topics will include Digital Citizenship, demonstration of educational apps and supporting your child with iPad technology. Steve regularly works with staff and students and this is a wonderful opportunity to listen to a technology industry expert and experienced educator. This session will be particularly relevant for current year 3 parents, whose children will begin the 1 to 1 Technology Program in Year 4, 2018.

Please RSVP to angela.irvine@twb.catholic.edu.au by 9:00 am Monday, 24th July to guarantee your place at this session.

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News from our P&F

23 June 2017

Kidshotz Photography

Don't forget to secure your sitting when Kidshotz Photography returns to Mary MacKillop on Sunday, 16th July. Bookings can be made via the Kidshotz website at www.kidshotz.com.


Homestyle Bake Pie Drive

By now you should have received information regarding the Homestyle Bake Pie Drive.  Funds raised from this initiative will be allocated to the budget for redevelopment and enhancement of the Year 3 to 6 play area.  Thank you in anticipation of your support.   

 

Family Mealtime Bliss Workshop

The P&F are delighted 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, 24th August at 6:30pm.  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.   

 

Healing Hands

Healing Hands would like to thank the following organisations for their valuable support of our activities:-

  • Brumby's Bakery who have offered a regular donation of bread products; 
  • Bannock Brae Meats who provided 10kg of meat to be used in meals to provide to families; 
  • Woolworths, Highfields who have provided gift vouchers for the purchase of products; and 
  • Artistic Cat Graphic Design who kindly provided design and printing of labels for our care packages.  

Twilight Winter Concert

The P&F are proud to support the Twilight Winter Concert to be held on Friday, 21st July.  Please refer to the updates from the Music Department for further information.  

 

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.  

 

Nurturing Nature

Michele Juratowitch, guest speaker at the recent "Raising Bright Sparks" parent information evening has provided the attached article.

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Date Claimers and Parent Updates

23 June 2017

TERM 3 DATES

 

Friday 23 June: Term 2 Ends

Monday 10 July: Term 3 Commences

Tuesday 11 July: First Eucharist Practice, MacKillop Centre, 3:15 pm

Wednesday 12 July: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 12 July: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

Friday 14 July: Toowoomba Catholic Primary Schools Athletics Carnival, O’Quinn St Oval

Wednesday 19 July: Parent Café, Senior school staff room, 8:30am

Wednesday 19 July: Assembly 2:20 pm – MacKillop Centre (P-6), Senior School (Yrs 7-9)

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

Sunday 23 July: Catholic Education Week

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

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

Wednesday 26 July: Whole College Assembly (P-9), 2:20 pm

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

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

 

P&F ASSOCIATION

 

Kidzshop Fundraising Photography – 16 July 2017

The P&F is again delighted to welcome KidzShot Photography to our College to capture precious memories of our children. Photographers will be on campus on Sunday, 16 July. Further details regarding price and booking procedures will be provided shortly.

 

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

Week 1: Monday 2 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm, Wednesday 8 am to 10 am

Week 2: Tuesday 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm, Wednesday 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm

Week 3 to 10: 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 note that Carolyn will be not have access to email or phone from 17th June to 9th July.

 

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

Carolyn Maxwell, Uniform Shop Convenor

 

LOST PROPERTY

If you are missing a black cardigan from the senior school Open Day. Please contact the senior school office on 4698 7777, option 3.

 

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

 

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 Principal, Peter Murphy

23 June 2017

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

Semester One Reports

Reports for the first semester were distributed to senior school students on Thursday and to junior school students on Friday. Any students absent on these days will have their report posted home. The report gives a summary of a student’s academic results as well, and more importantly, their approach to learning. For many, the report will serve as a recognition and reward for their outstanding efforts. For others, the report may serve as another reminder of the need to improve some or many of their approaches to learning.

Highfields Draft Cultural Precinct Master Plan

Many families will be aware of the Draft Master Plan for Highfields. Most attention has focused on roads proposed through houses and through roads in areas currently only serving to allow people to and from their homes.

An area of the draft somewhat overlooked is the proposal to create a through road between the College and the Sporting Fields (soccer and Australian Rules ovals). This road option should be redundant as there is a through road currently being created on the opposite side of these same sporting fields. Unfortunately, should be redundant is no assurance that the road will not be built. Given that our students use these fields for HPE and at lunchtimes every day, a road would certainly not be welcomed by the College. Of greatest concern is the safety of our children, who would necessarily be crossing this road at many times throughout the day.

The consultation period for the Master Plan closes on July 7.

If you would like to have a say, you can do so by Have your say by:

1. Completing the survey found at http://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/HighfieldsCPMP

2. Sending an email to info@tr.qld.gov.au(External link), or

3. Sending a letter to:

Chief Executive Officer

Toowoomba Regional Council

PO Box 3021

Toowoomba QLD 4350

Why First Borns Fuss, Seconds are Resilient, and Last Borns Like to Laugh

It is quite amazing the difference one’s position in the family can make to our personality and approach to life. Michael Grose’s most recent blog offers some important insights and advice on approaches to raising children taking into consideration their birth position. Please see the attached article for more information.

 

God bless

Peter Murphy

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News from our P&F

9 June 2017

Healing Hands

We would like to thank everyone who has cooked and donated to Healing Hands. The generosity of our school community has been overwhelming. Over the last two weeks we have been able to offer support to 11 police families within our school as well as deliver a smorgasbord of delights to our local police stations. We also continue to support two to three families at any one time on an ongoing basis. 

If you would like to assist in other ways, cash donations can be forwarded to our College office which then be used to buy ingredients or put towards tuckshop lunches. Donations of dry snacks for school lunches are also greatly appreciated.

For more information about Healing Hands please join our private Facebook group "Healing Hands" or e-mail us on healinghandsmmcc@gmail.com.


Athletics Carnival Sausage Sizzle

Thank you to all the parents and students who supported our sausage sizzle at the Athletics Carnival.  Although the sun shone brightly, it was still cool enough to enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee and warm sausage!  

A big thank you must also go out to all the mums and dads who took time out of their day (and in some cases, time off work) to help set up, cook, serve and pack up on the day.  

As a result of these efforts, we have been able to raise approximately $800.00 which will be added to the Sports budget to fund necessary equipment as identified by the College.  

 

Disco

Almost 250 dancing divas and rockin' rebels donned way out socks and coloured, teased, frizzed, sprayed, gelled and styled their hair to the max to look their craziest at the recent P&F disco.

The P-2 students jumped and jived their way through some movie soundtrack favourites from recent hits such as Trolls and Sing. They were also introduced to some old school favourites.

It was hard to clear them off the dancefloor to make way for the Year 3-6 students who were waiting with much anticipation for their turn. The screams of excitement went up when the night kicked off with an Ed Sheeran double! The children had been given the opportunity to pre-request songs and it seems the play list was right on target.

On behalf of the P&F we would like to thank the following groups for helping to create a successful, safe and, most importantly, fun event for our children:-

* the many parent volunteers;
* school staff who gave up their Friday evening (and performed a fabulous rendition of YMCA!); 
* volunteer students from both grades 6 and 9 leadership;
* McDonald's, Woolworths, Coles and Homestyle Bakery (who all donated various goods for use); and 
* our DJ, Mr Vernon, from Muzic 4u.

Finally, a huge thank you to the children who attended for embracing the spirit of the night and having a blast!

We are delighted to announce that we managed to raise a profit of $1,900 which will be allocated directly to the budget for the enhancement and redevelopment of the Years 3-6 playground.

 

Raising Bright Sparks

Around 25 parents and staff attended our Raising Bright Sparks parent information evening.  Michele Juratowitch of Clearing Skies spoke at length about ways in which parents and teachers can support our children's learning to ensure that they perform to the best of their abilities.  This included ideas such as encouraging a growth mindset, ensuring that children are fully engaged in their learning by setting challenges suited to skill level, fostering independence in our children's study habits and looking at difficulties and frustrations as an opportunity for development (both personal and academic).  

Feedback from the night has been positive and plans are already underway for another parent information evening later in the year on the topic of "Mealtime Bliss".  

 

Kidzshot

Kidzshot will be returning to Mary MacKillop on Sunday, 16th July.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  Bookings can be made via the Kidzshot website at www.kidzshot.com.  A large selection of sample photos can also be viewed on the Kidzshot Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KidshotzPhotography.  

The booking fee represents tremendous value and includes a 20x25cm group photo.  Families then have the option to purchase additional packages if desired.  A percentage of proceeds from sales is then remitted to the P&F.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get those family photos updated and support your School at the same time.  

 

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