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10 November 2017

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From the Principal - Mr Peter Murphy

27 October 2017

Some people see things as they are and say, “Why?” 

Others see things that have never been and say, “Why not?”

The asking of good questions is more difficult than giving right answers.

In the coming fortnight students in the senior school will sit their yearly exams. Students in the junior will be assessed across many areas of the curriculum. Success in this process is largely achieved by having the right skills and knowing the right answers.  These things are both important and testable.

A most important skill, or more correctly a particular approach to life, is to question. Some people take a passive approach to life. Others take a more questioning approach. For the Catholic school, learning to question should be of fundamental importance. Our society is premised upon structures and institutions and we need to live within certain constraints, but this never means simply accepting things the way they are.

One of the major advances, both in education and in the church, over the last few decades has been the encouraging and training of individuals to question and challenge the ‘status quo’. Here the image of Jesus as ‘social critic’ serves us well. The power of the question lies in its ability to move us beyond the present into new ways of being and acting. I pray that we are training our youth to question.

 

Student Behaviour Support

Over 2017 the College has been in the process of reviewing its behaviour support policy. In years past, this policy might have been known as a discipline policy, a behaviour management policy or even a behaviour level system. Such labels indicate a model where behaviour is controlled extrinsically. The problem with such a model is that young people are not specifically learning to take responsibility for their behaviour. Good behaviour and self regulation is best taught and modelled, rather than imposed. The College choice to adopt the language of behaviour support indicates our great desire to develop intrinsic motivation for positive behaviour

Below appear a couple of excerpts from the draft policy:

At Mary MacKillop Catholic College we believe that:

  • Behaviour is internally motivated;
  • We are responsible for our own behaviour;
  • Every action has a consequence whether it be positive or negative;
  • Behaviour is educative therefore it needs to be taught;
  • Quality relationships between all school community members is paramount;
  • Self management can be developed through supportive co management.

Restoration

The Mary MacKillop Catholic College approach to behaviour support is modelled on restorative practices. We seek to enable students to:

  • Reflect
  • Repair
  • Reconnect

Within this model we work to bring about effective behaviour change rather than impose punitive measures that have the goal of control. We aim to have a respectful environment where high quality relationships enable all members of the community to learn and develop.

A working draft Behaviour Support Framework will be in operation from the commencement of the 2018 school year. This draft will be uploaded to the College website for parental perusal and feedback. Throughout 2019 teachers and students will trial the draft framework and improve upon it.

 

God bless

Peter Murphy

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27 October 2017

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26 October 2017

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From the Principal - Mr Peter Murphy

12 October 2017

Alphabet Prayer

One night while babysitting, a grandfather passed his granddaughter’s room and heard her repeating the alphabet in an oddly reverent fashion. “What on earth are you up to, he asked?”

“I’m saying my prayers”, explained the little girl. “But I can’t think of exactly the right words tonight, so I’m just saying all the letters. God will put them together for me because he knows what I’m thinking.” (Anonymous)

Great wisdom sometimes springs from the mouths of babes. We sometimes worry about how to pray and what to say. God is all knowing, all loving, and all forgiving. We don’t necessarily have to get the words right. We don’t have to be out to impress in our prayer. It is not a test or some kind of entry exam.

Prayer in its essence is a deliberate giving of our time and our consciousness to God. It is a recognition of something greater than and beyond self, yet intimately linked with self. Prayer may take the form of silence or emotions. Prayer may come about through words or in actions. Prayer may occur in solitude, in a crowd, or amongst friends.

I’m not too sure whether there is such a thing as being good at prayer. I’m quite certain, however, that the most important thing, quite simply, is to pray.

 

Enrolments

Work continues preparing a submission to the Block Grant Authority for grants to build to accommodate an additional stream in the junior school. We hope to be approved to build in 2018 for occupation in 2019.

Year 7 enrolments are currently 69 and growing.

Employment

Employment interviews for the senior school will be held in the coming week. We anticipate appointing 6 new teachers for 2018. Two additional Middle Leader positions will also be appointed.

The College has appointed Deena Jones, an experienced primary teacher and parent at the College, to replace Meaghan Golding as teacher of Year 1. Meaghan will commence maternity leave after week 2 of term.

Carolyn Spina commenced at the start of term 4 as Marketing and Communications Officer. Carolyn comes to the College having worked in a similar role at SCOTS PGC College, Warwick.

College Master Plan

We have identified a need to develop a new building masterplan for the College. Some of the reasons for this include; the proposed expansion to four streams in the junior school, the introduction of 1 to 1 technology from Year 4 up, emerging curriculum areas, expansion of the P-2 play area, option of introducing a College operated kindy, growth in the presence of creative and performing arts across the College, desire to maximize the available land for future development

A master planning committee is currently working towards preparing a draft plan.

Building Stage 2

The weather has been kind to builders. The project is, overall, ahead of schedule. Over the next few weeks the administration will relocate to its new building, Art, music and Timber Technology will also move to their new classroom spaces. Following each of the relocations, refurbishments will take place of the existing rooms to create a second Science laboratory, Textiles room, and four general classrooms in the current temporary administration building.

The new tuckshop was expected to be occupied for the commencement of term 4. This has unfortunately, been delayed due to incorrect manufacture of one of the stainless steel benches.

Prep Transition Days

Prep students for 2018 and their parents are experiencing an extended approach to transition. The new model has been developed by Tim Franzmann and the Prep team of teachers. As a result of the extended transition, we anticipate that Prep 2018 and their parents will experience a very happy commencement at the College in 2018.

Mary MacKillop Celebration

Term 3 concluded with a whole day of celebration which included mass, games, concert, sporting competitions and an aerial photograph. Students reveled in the overall buzz of excitement and fun.

This will become an annual event to celebrate the life, charism and enduring legacy of our name saint, Mary MacKillop.

Kids Connect

Year 6 and their teachers are steaming ahead with preparations for the technology conference hosted at the College in week 7 of this term. Year 6 students from across the Diocese have been invited to participate in this conference.

God bless

Peter Murphy

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Date Claimers

12 October 2017

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From the Principal, Peter Murphy

14 September 2017

Improved literacy equals improved learning

Mary MacKillop Catholic College, along with all other Toowoomba Catholic Diocesan schools has embarked on a major strategy to improve student literacy. The focus is on reading.

As part of the Diocesan Reading Improvement Strategy (RIS), all teachers of students from prep to year four are receiving four days of intensive training on the teaching of reading.

This training will be extended to teachers of years five to nine in 2018. Teachers are learning how to conduct a highly effective reading classroom.

Some of the features of such a classroom include clear learning intentions and success criteria whereby both the teacher and students have great clarity around what is to be learned and how they will know that they have succeeded. Teachers must be seen by students as readers and role models for reading. Teachers must pose critical questions and develop creative thinking in reading.

The approach to reading is one of gradual release of responsibility such as students reading with the teacher, students reading collaboratively and students reading independently. Modelled, shared, guided and independent reading are common instructional approaches. Included in the learning are explicit teaching through teacher modelling, small group reading sessions and collaborative reading between teacher and student, and student and student.

Daily independent reading of at least 15 to 30 minutes is vital as the volume of reading students do on their own is significantly related to the gains in reading achievement. Stamina or demand reading will also be practiced to build up students’ concentration and perseverance levels and to develop fluency. Teachers will conference with individual students to further assist in moving them forward during guided or independent reading.

Productive student discussions and questioning before, during and after the reading process will help build meaning making and critical and creative thinking. Students will discuss and pose questions around the texts of real authors and not just levelled texts. Time for reading is crucial.

Recognising this, the school has allocated significant additional time dedicated to the development of our students as readers.

The College looks forward to a future of improved literacy for our students and corresponding improved learning in all areas.

The future of learning at Mary MacKillop Catholic College is bright.

 

Wishing all families a safe and relaxing holiday.

God Bless

Peter Murphy

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Date Claimers and Parent Updates

14 September 2017

 

TERM 3 DATES

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  

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, 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.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/be41129958ae67afeab105659/files/b31c38f3-9423-42b7-92b9-ee95c3b3fd03/Bishop_Robert_McGuckin_Plebiscite_Statement.pdf

 

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 4 OPENING TIMES

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 carolyn.maxwell@twb.catholic.edu.au

Phone orders welcome (during opening hours only)

Carolyn Maxwell

Uniform Shop Convenor

carolyn.maxwell@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

 

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

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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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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