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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

17 May 2018

Prep Enrolments 2019

All families who are enrolling for prep in 2019 are encouraged to submit an enrolment form before the end of this term. Prep enrolment interviews will be commencing in the coming weeks and these applications need to be submitted to schedule the interviews. In 2018 we will continue our very successful prep transition program from 2017. To fully benefit from this program, we need your enrolment forms! In addition, in 2019 class sizes in Prep to year 3 will be capped at 25 students per class under the new TCS Staffing Model. Each prep class will continue to have a full time teacher assistant in every class in 2019. 

Uniform Reminder and Clarification on Changes

It has been brought to my attention that some of the information published earlier this year regarding some changes to the Junior School uniforms was not clear. Thank you to this parent for raising this with me. Without this valuable feedback I would not have been aware of the confusion. I hope the following will further clarify why some of the changes have been made.

This is some of the information publish in the first newsletter this year. Written in bold is some further explanation to go with the original information.

2018 Uniform Changes

Some changes and slight alterations have been made to the uniform code of presentation for 2018. Please familiarize yourselves with these changes and for a comprehensive list of uniforms and expectations please follow the link to our website.

Junior School Girls Dress – No further dresses will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years. Students can still wear the dress and we anticipate that this will be the case for several years for some students.

College Vest – No further vests will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years. Students can still wear the vest and we anticipate that this will be the case for several years for some students.

Junior Girls winter shirt – the white shirt will be discontinued in 2019 and girls will wear a blue shirt. This change has been made due to the impractical colour of the white shirt. This information was in the last newsletter and is reflected in the code of presentation on the website. Junior Girls winter shirt – the white shirt will be discontinued in 2019 and girls will wear a blue shirt. This change has been made due to the impractical colour of the white shirt. Further to this the girls will wear the college tie.

Junior Girls Hat – This item is still available but no further orders will be placed. This hat will be phased out over several years and girls will eventually wear the same hat as the boys. Loss of shape once washed causes a visibly hazard for girls. This hat falls off heads easily when running. Girls can still wear the hat and we anticipate that this will be the case for several years for some students.

Please refer to the Code of Presentation 2018 on our school website for further details or contact the office for advice.

Where is Tim?

This week it has been great to be back on site after being away working in Goondiwindi and Warwick for the past two weeks. This week I have been focusing my efforts on checking through teacher planning for semester 2 and have been assisted by Mrs Maree Coughlan. Thank you to Maree for heling me with this task. Unfortunately the inbox has been filling quicker than I can attend to your emails, however I will make this my focus over the coming days.  Next week I remain at school and will continue check teacher planning and will be attending the Confirmation on Thursday night.

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Reading Success in your Home - Part 1

17 May 2018

One of the most important skills your child will ever learn is how to read. Reading opens doors to great ideas, unlimited information, and rich, full lives.

Children are taught how to read in school, but studies show that families are an essential part of this learning process. In other words, by reading to and with your child at home, you can make a great difference.

Each family is unique and each family will create its own traditions of reading together. The following is the first of three basic strategies for making family reading a success in your home.

A. SPEND TIME READING

Children learn to read by being read to and by reading. It’s often said that the most important thing parents can do to make their children readers is simply to read with them—and the more the better!

The first fundamental of family reading success, then, is to spend time reading together, to dedicate time for you and your child to sit down together and look at, read, and talk about books. After all, children will get good at what they practice.

Family reading can happen in just 15 minutes (although 30 minutes is better). Research actually shows that just 15 minutes a day of reading with a child can mean improved learning through- out school and lead to a lifetime of reading enjoyment.

Angela Irvine

Teacher Librarian

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

1 May 2018

2019 Prep Enrolments

Calling all families with Preppies due to commence in 2019!

Entry interviews will be commencing shortly, so please ensure your applications have been submitted by no later than Monday, 28 May 2018.

In 2019 we will continue our very successful Prep transition program from last year, where incoming Prep students and their families are invited to attend the College over three events in Term 3 and 4. This has proven to create a much smoother transition into Prep for both the child and the parents. To fully benefit from this program, applications and entry interviews must be completed before these events.

Applications will be accepted after this date, however places may be limited.

In addition, in 2019, under the new TCS Staffing Model class sizes in Prep to year 3 will be capped at 25 students per class. Each prep class will continue to have a full time teacher aide in every class.

 

NAPLAN 

Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 NAPLAN 2018 testing dates are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 15 - 17 May. Parents are to contact your child’s class teacher regarding any questions or student withdrawals from the test. 

 

ANZAC Day

Thank you to all students and staff that attended the Highfields community ANZAC Day march. It was very pleasing to see so many members of our school community, showing their respect at the very important event in our Australian way of life. Parents, thank you for giving your children the opportunity to attend.

 

Winter Uniform Reminder

The below information was published in the first newsletter this year.

Junior School winter uniform - not compulsory until 2019. In 2019 the winter uniform will not be compulsory for year 6 students.

Junior Girls winter shirt – the white shirt will be discontinued in 2019 and girls will wear a blue shirt. This change has been made due to the impractical colour of the white shirt.

Please refer to the Code of Presentation 2018 on our school website for further details. 

 

Where is Tim?

This week I have been attending a Principals Forum in Goondiwindi. Next week I will be away from Wednesday attending a mandated leadership retreat in Warwick. 

 

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

20 April 2018

The Spirit of Jesus and ANZAC Day

The word ‘Spirit’ is sometimes difficult to understand, yet this word is mentioned often. You may hear a coach tell a team “I want you to go out and play this half with more spirit”, or you may remember your teacher praise your class by saying, “I really enjoy working with you as your class spirit is excellent”. We hear and read about the ‘Anzac Spirit’. As Australians, we are encouraged to live the ANZAC Spirt of determination, sacrifice, sense of humour and loyalty to family, friends and country.

All students are invited and encouraged to join our college at the Anzac Day march (9.20 gather near Craig's Hardware) and service (10am) outside the Highfields Cultural Centre on Wednesday 25 April. All students attending must wear formal uniform, college hat and bring a water bottle. Our college student leaders will be part of the wreath laying and gum leaf burning rituals. Choir students will also be part of the combined choir.

 

Advice regarding iPad use at home

Students can be using the device to complete homework or assessments given in class. This work should be completed in a central location i.e. around the dining table rather than unsupervised in their bedroom. The parent obviously has outright control in determining the use of any technologies in the home setting. At the end of the night the iPad should be left to charge overnight in a common area, not in the child’s bedroom.

The iPad is a very engaging device. Parents are recommended to set time limits for their child’s use of the iPad beyond homework and research for assignments.

There are also Parent Resource Documents (Digital Citizenship, Parent Control and Tips for Parents) located om the website https://www.highfields.catholic.edu.au/learning-teaching/our-technology.html

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Year 6 Canberra Camp

20 April 2018

In the last week of Term 1, Year 6 students and 6 staff had four jam packed days touring the nation’s capital.  Throughout the tour, places that were visited included, Parliament House, Australian Museum of Democracy, Australian War Memorial, AIS, Questacon, The Mint and National Portrait Gallery.  Students participated in a number of educational programs that focussed on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. 

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

21 March 2018

A friend of mine who works for Autisum Queensland shared this with me. I thought it could be helpful for parents when they are talking to their children considering many classes are sitting end of term exams at the moment. I believe that children who are high achievers need to be praised for their results and hard work but not all children will be high achievers in academics. This is perfect for the children who need a little encouragement.

Praise efforts, not talent or grades.

Avoid making comments like “you’re so smart”, otherwise failure may be perceived as bad. Children will focus on appearing smart, rather than learning, and will be reluctant to make errors. They will tell you what you want to hear, rather than be curious and creative about the world.

Rather than praising talent, praise hard work, “I’m so proud, you must have studied hard”.

Failure needs to be seen as an opportunity for learning. Having the resilience to fail, and continue applying effort afterwards = long term success.

Let’s build children’s Grit, and Growth Mindset!

 

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Junior Leaders: Liam Samin and Monique George

Junior School Student Council Reps

Year 3: Table Top- Darcy Mattthew and Jessica Fagan.

              Kynoch- Sam Anderson and Alara Williams

              McPherson- Tyler Burling and Makayla Petrie

Year 4:  Gowrie- Ann Dolan and Joshua Cranston

              Bunya- Macy Evans and Ruben Kruger

              Condamine- Bella Scrivens and Digby George

Year 5: Warrego- Darby Richardson and Jorja Thurston

             MacIntyre- Dominic McBride and Indigo Cadzow Smith.

             Diamantina- Bianca Philp and Jarrah Sunatwanitkul

Year 6: Moreton- Lucy Hutchison and Riley Zanette.

             Fraser- Will Cooke and Emerald Garrett

             Stradbroke- Lachlan Lombard and Karlie Gorbal

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From the Head of Junior School - Timothy Franzmann

9 March 2018

Reading

Why we can’t allow our children skip their 20 min of reading every day. 

[Please read the attached image regarding the importance of reading]

Uniforms

I have had many queries of late regarding uniforms. The information below was published in the College Newsletter on 25 January 2018. Due to these queries I thought it would be beneficial if I published it again.

2018 Uniform Changes

Some changes and slight alterations have been made to the uniform code of presentation for 2018. Please familiarize yourselves with these changes and for a comprehensive list of uniforms and expectations please follow the link to our website.

Junior School Girls Dress – No further dress will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years.

College Vest – No further vests will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years.

Junior School winter uniform - not compulsory until 2019. In 2019 the winter uniform will not be compulsory for year 6 students

Junior Girls winter shirt – the white shirt will be discontinued in 2019 and girls will wear a blue shirt. This change has been made due to the impractical color of the white shirt.

Sports Shoes – Year 1 to 6 students have the option to wear sports shoes on Friday’s only. Only year 3 to 6 Students can change into sports shoes for PE lessons.

Sports Socks – Currently and until further notice students must wear the navy socks with sports shoes. Sports socks will be introduced this year and will become a compulsory addition to the sports uniform in 2019.

Junior Girls Hat – This item is still available but no further orders will be placed. This hat will be phased out over several years and girls will eventually wear the same hat as the boys. Loss of shape once washed causes a visibly hazard for girls. This hat falls off heads easily when running.

Please refer to the College Website for the Uniform Code of Presentation.

Pick up and drop off in the junior school

Please refer to the attached PDF document for further clarification on parking requirements at the College.

 

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

9 February 2018

The highlight for the last two weeks has been our opening school mass last Friday.

Our Year 6 Leaders and Year 10 Students were commissioned for their 2018 leadership and the Year 6 Leaders receiving their leadership badges. I was fortunate to sit among the Prep and Year 1 students during the service and I was amazed by their reverence and settled state for the hour.

Obviously our early years teachers have managed to settle the youngest students very quickly into school routines. Homework has begun in most year levels, so please remember children need to read every night. Please make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns or questions you may have with homework requirements and expectations before the term gets away.

Prep to Year 2 teachers have conducted parent teacher interviews this week. Year 3 to 6 parent teacher interviews will be held in week 7 of this term.

Parking and Traffic at the College

Please remember to observe the 10 km per hour speed limit around the College and please have patience when exiting the grounds on Highfields Road. We don’t want anyone being involved in an incident after they have been pressured into entering traffic when it’s not safe. Junior school parents please remember that students should not be entering the carpark without parent supervision. Parents who want to use the carpark need to escort their child safely from the carpark and meet them in Uluru when heading home. Staff will not allow students to enter the junior carpark if they are not with an adult. If you have any questions please speak to Mr Timothy Franzmann.

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

25 January 2018

Welcome back to a new school year which I hope will be filled with many wonderful learning experiences for all of our students. One major change that has occurred in the junior school this year has been the inclusion of a fourth Prep class. We now have a Prep class named Joey’s to go hand in hand with our other Prep classes named Koalas, Possums and Bilbies. Due to the extra students this now creates in our Prep to Year 2 play area, we have made the decision to split the play time for these age groups. Prep children play first and eat second for both breaks and there is no change to Year 1 and 2 eating and playtimes.

In a newsletter last year I featured the idea of T.H.I.N.K.  I have included it again to refresh our thoughts for a new school year.

 

Before You Speak

THINK

T - is it true?

H - is it helpful?

I - is it inspiring?

N - is it necessary?

K - is it kind?

 

2018 Uniform Changes

Some changes and slight alterations have been made to the uniform code of presentation for 2018. Please familiarize yourselves with these changes and for a comprehensive list of uniforms and expectations please follow the link to our website.

Junior School Girls Dress – No further dress will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years.

College Vest – No further vests will be ordered as it has a slow stock turnover and is worn by a small percentage of students. It will be phased out over several years.

Junior School winter uniform - not compulsory until 2019. In 2019 the winter uniform will not be compulsory for year 6 students

Junior Girls winter shirt – the white shirt will be discontinued in 2019 and girls will wear a blue shirt. This change has been made due to the impractical color of the white shirt.

Sports Shoes – Year 1 to 6 students have the option to wear sports shoes on Friday’s only. Only year 3 to 6 Students can change into sports shoes for PE lessons.

Sports Socks – Currently and until further notice students must wear the navy socks with sports shoes. Sports socks will be introduced this year and will become a compulsory addition to the sports uniform in 2019.

Junior Girls Hat – This item is still available but no further orders will be placed. This hat will be phased out over several years and girls will eventually wear the same hat as the boys. Loss of shape once washed causes a visibly hazard for girls. This hat falls off heads easily when running.

 

Junior School Morning Supervision

Teacher supervision in both Uluru and Billabong commences from 8:10 am. If students arrive to school before 8:00 am there are three options.

  1. Attend outside school hours care provide by Camp Australia
  2. Arriving to school between 8:00 am and 8:10 am wait informant of office adjacent to the driveway.
  3. Attend supervision in the College Libraries from 7:45 am.
    1. Monday and Tuesday – Junior Library
    2. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – Senior Library

No student should be entering the Billabong area before 8:10 am unless they are under the supervision of their parent or adult caregiver.

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

24 November 2017

This is the final newsletter for 2017. I hope that during the past year you have enjoyed reading the newsletter and it has kept you up to date with what has been happening at Mary MacKillop.

I am very fortunate to work with a very professional and gifted team of people. I would like to convey my thanks to the outstanding Leadership Team, teachers and support staff I interact with every day. I look forward to working with you again in 2018. Please have a safe and Holy Christmas. 

Finally, I take this opportunity to thank our students for doing their ‘best’ in all they do, and to you, our parents, for your strong support in assisting us to shape the learning pathways for the students in our care.

THINK

Recently I was asked by one of the teachers to talk to the students in their class about the way they have been talking to and treating each other. Most of the conversation focused on how we should think before we speak. One young man pointed out the poster they had in their classroom. He said that it had been helpful for him during the year. I thought it would be good to share the content of the poster.

Before You Speak

THINK

T - is it true?

H - is it helpful?

I - is it inspiring?

N - is it necessary?

K - is it kind?

We can learn so much from the young children in our lives. Children make mistakes and this is going to be expected. If they don’t make mistakes they don’t learn how the world works and how they interact with others. Children are very good a using clues and prompts from parents, teachers and messages in the classroom like the poster details above. As adults we sometimes forget what it was like when we were a child and the lessons we learnt. Sometimes we need to talk to the children and learn from them about simple ways to help us with our interactions with others. Especially the simple prompts of a poster in a classroom. 

Planning for 2018

Teachers and the Leadership Team are formulating class groups for 2018.  We would hope that all of our current students will be continuing their educational journey with us into the new year, however we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible. If you are considering alternative options, please don't hesitate to speak to myself, or one of the Leadership Team so that we can assist you in making the best choice for your child.  Should you need to withdraw your child, a Transfer and Exit form can be obtained from our Enrolments Officer.

Hats

Hats are a common item that find their way into the lost property bin in Uluru. It amazes me how many of these hats do not have a student name clearly labelled on the hat. A very successful practice I have seen in the past is, when student’s names or family names are embroidered on the side of the hat. For the cost of roughly $5, this is a good suggestion for your child’s hat in 2018. This will stop the unfortunate practice of people ripping of nametags on hats and claiming for themselves. Please ensure that the text is white and not too large that it stands out, large enough to read.

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

27 October 2017

Feedback and Suggestions are always welcome!

I regularly receive feedback and suggestions from our parent community.  These conversations can vary and range from what should be on tuck shop menu, pickup and drop off areas or student protection concerns. Some of the changes made in the College regarding procedures are done so in consultation with the parent community.

Some may suggest surveys could be a way of gathering information.  There is certainly value in data collected from surveys to an extent, however I believe feedback or suggestions from parents and students who take the time to meet with me, often provide the opportunity for better, more beneficial outcomes for all involved.

I encourage any member of the College community to come and see me or send me an email.  My email address is timothy.franzmann@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

Planning for 2018

Teachers and the Leadership Team are about to commence formulating class groups for 2018.  We would hope that all of our current students will be continuing their educational journey with us into the new year, however we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible. If you are considering alternative options, please don't hesitate to speak to speak to myself, or one of the Leadership Team so that we can assist you in making the best choice for your child.  Should you need to withdraw your child, a Transfer and Exit form can be obtained from our Enrolments Officer.

 

Special Consideration Requests

This year, Mary MacKillop Catholic College will give parents the opportunity to submit a Special Consideration Request Classes form. The contents of this document is highly regarded during the process of forming class groupings each year. A letter with further information is attached to this newsletter.

Attached: Class Allocation - Special Consideration Request Letter - 2017

 

Mr Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School

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From the Head of Junior School - Mr Timothy Franzmann

12 October 2017

Year 1 Teacher Announcement

Following the selection process of a teacher for Year 1 Silky Oak involving Mr Peter Murphy, College Principal, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the new teacher for Year 1 Silky Oak commencing Monday 16 Octobers is:

Mrs Deena Jones

B.Ed. (Primary), M.Ed. (Religious Education)

Deena is known to the Mary MacKillop Catholic College staff and students due to the extensive relief work she has completed this year. As well as her demonstrated professional qualities and skills, Deena has many personal gifts including a well developed understanding of the ethos of Catholic schooling.

In making this announcement, I would also like to sincerely thank Meaghan for teaching the class this year and wish her all the best with the impending birth of her child.

 

Birthday Treats and Christmas Candy Canes

Only cupcakes, Zooper Dooper type ice blocks and ice cream treats are the only items to be brought to school for birthdays. Parents if you are unsure of what to send, check with your child's classroom teacher. Please do not send chocolates or lollies.

Also, do not send Christmas candy canes to school. Students will not be permitted to eat candy canes at school, these can be consumed at home. If you have any questions direct them to Tim Franzmann.

 

Special Consideration Information

I cannot stress enough the importance of reading this section …

This year, Mary MacKillop Catholic College will give parents the opportunity to submit a Special Consideration Request Classes form. The contents of this document is highly regarded during the process of forming class groupings each year. A letter with further information is attached to this newsletter.

Attached: Class Allocation - Special Consideration Request Letter - 2017

Images: Students of the Week (Week 1 and 2)

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Prep excursion to Amaroo

12 October 2017

During the first week back this term, the Prep students enjoyed an excursion to Amaroo to participate in a program called 'Being a Mini Murray'. 

The program aims to educate students on Aboriginal cultural differences including food and how it's caught, gathered and prepared, natural medicines, bush houses and soaps.  The students also learnt to say the names of some Australian animals in the native language of Jarowair as well as their native dance.

Take a look at the photos from the day.

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Book Club Orders

12 October 2017

Orders from Issue 7 of bookclub are due on Thursday 19th October.

Please return to your classroom teacher.

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

14 September 2017

Diocesan Reading Strategy

Earlier this term I wrote about the professional development our Prep to Year 4 teachers would be engaging in to enhance their teaching of reading. Since then our teachers have attended four training days with one more to come in term four. Teachers will now be receiving extra support of school coaches working with teachers in class. Toowoomba Catholic School Office have developed several information videos, which provide some very worthwhile information for parents. Please follow the link to view these videos. http://twbtandl.weebly.com/reading-strategy.html

 

Student Diary items

ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY

It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones and other electronic devices onto College premises to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document. The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or guardians and as such parents should be aware if their child takes a mobile phone onto College premises.

MOBILE PHONES

  • Junior – Mobile phones if brought to the college must be handed in to the office.
  • Senior - Mobile phones, if brought to College, will be switched off on arrival in the morning, placed in lockers and may be switched on again for the journey home. If it is necessary for home or parent contact to be made during College hours (8.30am – 3.10pm) 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 Leader of Pastoral Care.
  • Students using a mobile phone during College hours will have it confiscated and returned at the end of the College day. As a consequence for not complying with College rules the student will receive an afternoon detention.
  • Mobile phones are not to be used to take photos without the express permission of the subject. Mobile phones are not to be used to take photos in change rooms, toilets or in any situation that may cause embarrassment or discomfort to their fellow students, staff or visitors to the College.
  • In order to reduce the risk of theft during College hours, students who carry mobile phones are advised to keep them well concealed and not ‘advertise’ they have them.
  • Mobile phones which are found in the College and whose owner cannot be located should be handed to front office/reception.
  • The College accepts no responsibility for mobile phones that are lost, stolen or damaged whilst on College premises, travelling to or from the College or on College sponsored functions.
  • Any student/s found using a mobile phone to cheat in exams or assessments will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal.
  • Any student who uses vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language while using a mobile phone will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal.
  • Students using mobile phones to bully other students will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal. It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person.
  • As such, if action as sanctioned by the Principal is deemed ineffective, as with all such incidents, the College may consider it appropriate to involve the police. Hence, students with mobile phones must not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person using SMS messages, taking/sending photos or objectionable video images, and phone calls.

Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School

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Chess Tournament

14 September 2017

Last Tuesday, 16 students from Mary MacKillop, Grades 1 to 6, ventured to TACAPS to compete in the annual Teams Chess Tournament. Over 500 hundred students, split into 121 teams, participated in 7 grueling rounds of competitive chess. Our students played some of their best chess to achieve great results and some personal bests! Two of our teams finished in the top 10 which is an outstanding result.

Congratulations to all students who participated and beautifully represented Mary MacKillop Catholic College. Well done.

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Optiminds Regionals

30 August 2017

Optiminds Regionals were on again this year in Gatton on Sunday 28 August. Mary MacKillop presented three teams for the challenges.

We have been practicing and preparing for 10 weeks and had a great time along the way, learning about ourselves and other people in our Teams. We have come to understand more about problem solving and how to achieve our goals. While we may not have won a trophy this year, it is not because we didn’t put in the effort.

Our team 3, The Fruitables, showed such strong teamwork, collaboration and encouragement of each other that they were given the Spirit of Opti-MINDS award by the judges.

Well done to all our teams, you have made us proud.

Our teams this year were:

Team 1 name: Egg Heads

Language and Literature

Gabrielle Stubbings        

Grade 5

Molly Haig                          

Grade 5

Riley McNally                    

Grade 5

Sky Warry                           

Grade 5

Indigo Cadzow-Smith    

Grade 4

Team name 2: Flat Alpaca's

Science and Engineering

Karlie Gorbal                     

Grade 5

Bianca Philp                       

Grade 4

Isla Casey                           

Grade 4

Monique George            

Grade 5

Team name 3: The Fruitables

Social Sciences

Elliott Worner                   

Grade 6

Amelia O'Dea                    

Grade 6

Lara Brophy                       

Grade 6

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  

Grade 6

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Prep Excursion

30 August 2017

On Wednesday August 23, all of our Prep classes went to the Empire Theatre to see a live performance of We're going on a Bear Hunt.

The Prep classes then enjoyed a picnic lunch and a play in Queens Park, before spending the afternoon exploring the Cobb and Co Museum.

A great day out was had by all!

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

18 August 2017

The Golden Rule

When the Prep to Year 2 students displayed their Star of the Week posters at Wednesday assembly, I noticed that several of them had mentioned that they follow the The Golden Rule. Some of you might be thinking - What is The Golden Rule? Or you might recall hearing it during your childhood. 

 

In the Christian faith, the Golden Rule is ‘do to others as you would have them do to you’. I think we have all heard this saying before. It was very interesting to hear that The Golden Rule is stated in many other major religions and spiritual cultures around the world. They don’t all sound the same but they all have a very similar message. 

 

Here are some examples;

 

Buddhism - Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

Confucianism - Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

Judaism - What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour.

Aboriginal spirituality - Our identity with land is sacred and unique. We have a very strong sense of community. All persons matter. All of us belong.

Islam - Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.

Hinduism - Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. 

 

At Mary MacKillop Catholic College we teach The Golden Rule through our Making Jesus Real (MJR) program. MJR teaches children positive Christian values including, to be welcoming, encouraging and respectful of others. It is hard to understand why we have so many tensions in the world when we all have a strong sense of The Golden Rule in our faith and spiritual backgrounds. 

 

Sports Uniform

Effective immediately, students from Year 1 to Year 6 will be permitted to wear their preference of shoes when wearing the College Sport Uniform. Shoes must be for running or cross training and must not be high cut sports shoes or skate shoes.  Students can still wear the black school shoes if they wish. Prep students must wear plain black leather or jogger style shoes. School socks must be worn at all times.

 

Kind Regards

Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School 

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

4 August 2017

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The following will offer some helpful points for parents:

 

Before the Interview

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

 

During the Interview – 15 minutes

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

 

Some questions you may want to ask include:

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

 

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

 

After the Interview

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

INFLUENZA

 

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

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

 

Prevention:

Good hygiene is essential to protect yourself and others:

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

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

 

Kind Regards

Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School 

 

 

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

21 July 2017

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

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

 

Lost Property

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

 

 

 

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Darling Downs Readers' Cup Competition

23 June 2017

Mary MacKillop Catholic College students, Kearra Connor, Thomas Fagan, Lucy Hutchison and Monique George displayed determination and excellent teamwork skills during the recent

Annual DD Readers' Cup Competition, held on Tuesday 14th June at the Glennie School. Representatives from 15 schools competed to correctly answer 40 questions based on 5 Australian children's novels. This is the first year that Mary MacKillop students have participated in the competition and the students are commended for their commitment and enthusiasm in preparing for the competition. Thank you to parents for supporting this initiative.

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

9 June 2017

CLASSROOM COMMUNICATION

A longer version of this information was published in the newsletter in Term one. Please take the time to read this repeat information, as I would like to remind people of this very important process.

The most important relationship you can have at school is with your child's teacher.  The classroom teacher is central to your child’s education at school and Teacher/parent communication and the process for having good communication is very important. Parents are requested to discuss any problems or concerns with the classroom teacher, in the first instance.

These are three highly recommended ways of starting communication with your child’s teacher:

  • Contact the teacher through a classroom communication book/note.
  • Send the teacher an email. Teachers will check their email either at the start or the end of each day.  
  • Contact the College office and make an appointment to see the teacher.     
  • If the matter is urgent, please don’t use email, please contact the office.

Not all teachers are able to have lengthy conversations in the morning as they are preparing the learning experiences for the day. I recommend if you need time for a conversation please make an appointment. Communication needs to work both ways and all staff should be communicating with parents effectively.

It’s important to trust your child's teacher. They know what happens in class, because they are present. This means working together as a team for solutions to problems. If the teacher provides advice regarding your child’s learning it is important to take it seriously.

Our teachers love your children too. They want the best for them, but also need your support. Your appreciation and support is always valued.

 

TOOWOOMBA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS READING IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY

Last week all families were sent a copy of the Horizons magazine. In this recent May edition Mr Jim Midgley, Director: Teaching and Learning, wrote about the Diocesan Reading Improvement Strategy. I want to share this very important article with you all as this initiative will have a positive impact on our school.

Schools across our Diocese are about to embark on a major initiative focussed on consistent use of teaching strategies that make the most difference to students’ reading. This is a big decision for the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office to intervene in the life of schools and insist on specific strategies, not additional strategies, but replacement strategies for an improved rate of learning achievement in reading. Teaching has long been a profession where almost everything has a positive effect, and therefore many and varied approaches have been applied in schools. The variation of reading strategies across our schools is one example of this in practice and while most strategies have a positive effect, there is such a thing as ‘best practice’ for greater effect, as there is in every profession. Our data indicates that the Toowoomba Diocese has ‘pockets of excellence’ when socially just comparisons are made between schools and within schools. Our goal is to move from ‘pockets of excellence’ to ’schools of excellence and a diocese of excellence’ where every student can exceed one year’s learning (reading) achievement in a school year. The work of Professor John Hattie, a renowned educational researcher and chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership has informed our strategy. His research (2015) highlights that a community of teachers agreeing that they can collectively have a positive impact on the quality of student learning achievement makes the biggest difference. Therefore, we will be working with school communities to develop this collective efficacy, growing teachers’ deep knowledge and mastery of best practice in the teaching of reading; and reaping the benefits will be our students as they develop the skills needed for reading and come to know the great joy of the written word and the doors that are opened when one can read. Midgley, 2017

If you would like to do some further reading, please follow the link and look at pages 22 to 23.

http://www.twb.catholic.org.au/horizons/Horizons%2046.pdf

 

STUDENT DIARY ITEMS

I was recently scanning our student diary and realised that there are many important pieces of information that some in our College community may not be aware of regarding policies, procedures and general College routine. Over the next few newsletters I will insert examples of items that I believe will be helpful for families. In the near future all of the information from the student diary will be accessible on the College website. The website will become the source of all information for the College and I recommend that our community use it as a reliable resource.

Late to College

On arrival, report to the Front Office. You will be asked by office staff your reason for being late, and will be asked to sign in on the student register in the Senior School. You will be given a slip which you must show your class teacher. If you are more than a few minutes late you should bring a signed note from a parent/guardian, or your parent/guardian should phone the office. In the Junior School you will be asked your reason for being late and handed a late slip, which you will give to your class teacher.

Kind Regards

Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School

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Bee-Bot Programming in Prep

8 June 2017

Prep students have been learning how to program Bee-bots while developing their understanding of digital technologies and mathematical concepts.

A Bee-bot is a programmable floor robot which is used to teach sequencing, directional language, estimating and problem solving.

It has been wonderful to observe students actively learning and working together while having fun programming their bee-bot. Thank you to our P&F who have funded the purchase of 12 Bee-Bots and accompanying technology resources. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

25 May 2017

MARY’S GAZE

Mary’s gaze - how important this is! Many things we can say with a look - affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride, and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words we do not or we dare not say.

At whom is the Virgin Mary looking? She is looking at each and every one of us. How does she look at us? She looks at us a as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy, and love.

Pope Francis’ message, October 12, 2013

Reflection: What does your look say about you? Do you look upon others with mercy, or does your glance convey a sense of disapproval, superiority, or boredom? Take up Mary’s example and look on others with love.

A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis, 2014.

STUDENT DIARY ITEMS

I was recently scanning our student diary and realised that there are many important pieces of information that some in our College community may not be aware of regarding policies, proceedures and general College routine. Over the next few newsletters I will insert examples of items that I believe will be helpful for families. All of the information from the student diary will be accessible on the new College Website once it has been launched. The new website will become the source of all information for the College and I recommend that our community use it as a reliable resource.

ATTENDANCE

The minimum standard record of attendance is 85%. Should any student fall below this standard without a good reason, a College Based Attendance Improvement Plan will be devised. This information may be required to be reported to the Catholic Schools Office and Catholic Education Commission, QLD.

ABSENCE

A student absence must be explained within seven days of returning to the College. Where no notification is provided students will receive an ‘unexplained absence’.

 EXTENDED LEAVE

Parents seeking leave for their child/ren for a period of more than 5 days are requested to put in writing to the Principal an ‘Exemption from Attendance’ outlining an explanation for the leave and the period of time required. Please note this request does not equate to automatic approval of this timeframe.

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL ABSOLUTELY FREE DRESS DAY

For our whole college Athletics carnival on Wednesday, 31 May, students are invited to wear their sports uniform and/or Free dress in the colour of their house; Red (strength) - Cunningham, Yellow (energy) - McCormack, Blue (peace) - Penola, Green (growth) -Tenison. Clothing must be “appropriate” with a sunsmart hat (no caps). All students must wear joggers.

SPEED LIMITS IN AND AROUND THE COLLEGE

We have been advised by our local police to remind all members of our College Community to be vigilant and observe the speed limits in and around the College. School zones are 40kms per hour and within the College 10kms per hour.

PARKING AT THE COLLEGE

All members of the College community must reverse park in all parent parking areas. In particular the parking area near the junior admin and the grass area beside the main driveway. This is for safety reasons and visibility of students.

If you have any questions please contact the College office.

TOYS AND COLLECTABLES AT SCHOOL

Fidget spinners, football cards, all other collectables and toys are not be brought to school unless the classroom teacher allows a student to do so for classroom activities. These items will be confiscated if found at school.

Tim Franzmann, Head of Junior School

timothy.franzmann@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

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