MacKillop College Newsletter

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Our Mission

“Enabling every student to achieve the fullness of life.”

Our Vision

“MacKillop College will be a place that nurtures authentic, courageous, faith-filled people with a passion for learning, respect for relationships and an ability to contribute to a global community.”

Careers

Congratulations to the following students for obtaining their White Card Construction Course certificate that was organised through the school and delivered by Men at Work:

Samantha Candia, Sam Cornish, Jordan Barrance, Lachlan Garth, Kane Henderson, Drew Kuhnell, Joshua Howle, James Martin, Deklan McCarthy, Riley McGuinness, Riley Meehan, Molly Partington, Noah Sajko, Bohdi Seears, Charlotte Simpson, Bradley Tighe, Teleah-Marie Walker and Tom Watson.

It involved attendance at a six hour course onsite, and also doing various assessment tasks throughout the day. This card will set many of our Year 10 students up ready to hit the ground running when they start next year, with a trades career in mind. 

Our Year 9 students will use it to start work experience early in the year. Work experience is a great way for students to regain some direction towards what they want to do with their career path, this in turn leads to a better focus when they are here at school.


Published on: 24 Nov 2021

Senior Lost Property

There is currently a large number of unlabelled items in our senior campus lost property including college jumpers, caps, containers, and other items.

Items that are not claimed by the end of the Week 10 will be donated. New lost items from this week are pictured below.  Please claim from the Senior Office.

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Published on: 24 Nov 2021

Evangelisation

Christmas Hamper Appeal

"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” (Isaiah 58:10)

Imitating the compassion of Jesus and being a Christian example to others, our College will provide a total of 24 Christmas hampers to help families celebrate Christmas.

We offer these beautiful gifts to families who have experienced difficulties over the past year. This may be due to poor health, a death in the family, financial hardship or another stressful circumstance.

What will be in the hampers?

Pastoral Care classes will work in pairs to put together a hamper for a family that the parish has identified may appreciate the love and support that comes with the gift of a hamper.

This year the focus will be on food for families with  group gifts that help bring families together.

Every PC member will be asked to collect enough money and/or donations to provide each family with food or vouchers for fruit & vegetables, meat, which will help alleviate meal worries. 

A focus on a balance of meals and a couple of special things. We suggest smaller juices (tetra packs) and soft drinks are preferable as they are less bulky and heavy.  A nice idea may be to have the makings of four meals complimented by vouchers for fruit & vegetables, meat, seafood or baked goods.

The hampers will not include:

  • Second hand toys or out of date food.
  • Products requiring refrigeration.
  • Cash or alcohol.

Thank you in anticipation of the generous donations that you will be making as a family.

 First Week of Advent - Hope

On Sunday, we begin the Church season of Advent. This Season is a very special time of year that sometimes gets lost in the bright lights and materialism which can be associated with Christmas.

Advent begins a period of preparation in anticipation of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and minds for Christ’s birth, in the world as it is today. It is a time to remember what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is.

Each week of Advent focusses on a different theme. Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

On Sunday we will light the candle of Hope on our Christmas wreath, to remind us of the hope that we, as a community, will offer to struggling families within the Port Macquarie community through our Christmas Hampers. 

Sunday Mass and Gospel Reflection

Please check the link for Mass times and COVID-19 precautions for Masses in the St Agnes' Parish; St Agnes' Parish

You may also like to spend some time in reflection on the Gospel for this coming Sunday.

Marg Gobius
Leader of Evangelisation 

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Principal's Update

Uniform 2022

As 2021 draws to a close, I realise many families start to consider what uniform items need to be purchased over the summer. I wanted to write today to remind parents that we will have the introduction of some new uniform items in 2022 which will be available to purchase from early January 2022. Whilst the new uniform items will be available to be worn from the commencement of the 2022 school year, it is important to note that all current uniform items may be worn until they no longer fit or are worn out. 

I ask parents to be particularly vigilant when purchasing new school shoes that shoes must be PLAIN (no obvious logos), ALL BLACK, ALL LEATHER (no rubber toes), POLISHABLE LACE-UP SHOES. 

The other item I ask parents to carefully consider is the length of the current SPORT SHORT. The short is required to be mid-thigh and the current style makes this difficult for some students to achieve, or some are choosing to purchase them a size or two smaller so that they are a shorter fit. 

I have included below the 2022 College Code of Presentation and the storyboard of the new items. As mentioned above, all current items will remain able to be worn provided they are in good condition and comply with College expectations. 

MacKillop College Code of Presentation

Updated November 2021

All students who belong to the MacKillop College community are to wear the College uniform with pride and at an excellent standard.

Rationale

  • Excellence: Our school uniform bears the words of the College motto – Summa Tentabo, which means Strive for Excellence. To support the culture and spirit of our College, you are expected to wear the College uniform at an excellent standard. 
  • Belonging: School uniforms help create a sense of connectedness to the College community. Belonging helps us feel safe, cared for and happy at school and is important for our wellbeing. By wearing the College uniform correctly, you show we are all on the same team working together to create a school community where everyone belongs.
  • Pride: Students should be proud to belong to our College community. Our local community recognises our uniform and the pride we have in our school by the standard to which it is worn. By wearing the uniform correctly, you demonstrate you care about your school and are proud to be a MacKillop College member.

Expectations

Students will wear the formal College uniform on all school days except when they are engaged in a lesson or school related activity which requires the full College sport uniform to be worn. 

There will be various occasions throughout the school calendar year which will require all students to wear the formal College uniform. On these occasions, students will be required to change into their College sport uniform during the day for practical lessons or physical activity.

Commencing in 2022, College uniform items have been re-styled. There will be a transition period where students may continue to wear the old uniform items until it is necessary to make a new purchase. 

Formal Uniform Code

  • Double pleated skirt to the knee (teal for juniors, grey for seniors) with black College plain mid-calf socks OR black College shorts or pants with SAPSS logo and black College mid-calf socks with white bands.
  • White College short sleeve button-up blouse or shirt with College crest. 
  • Black College jacket. 
  • College ties are an optional uniform item.
  • Shoes must be plain black, polishable lace-up leather shoes (no high tops, boots or ripple soles, skate type, buckle or open top shoes).
  • In winter, plain black scarves may only be worn with the College jacket and black tights may be worn, with the skirt, instead of socks.
  • Undershirts or singlets must be plain white and not visible.

Sport Uniform Code

  • Black College sport shorts at a minimum length of mid-thigh featuring the SAPSS logo, aqua College polo shirt and College sports socks with SAPSS logo. 
  • Black College jacket and/or SAPSS track pants may be worn as part of the sport uniform. 
  • Sport shoes must be lace-up jogger or cross trainer styles suitable for sport. Sport shoes must have arch and heel support. No canvas shoes, gym boots, skate shoes or other casual footwear are permitted.
  • Undershirts or singlets must be logo free and not visible.
  • Students unable to wear the full and correct College sport uniform are to wear the full and correct College formal uniform.

Year 12 Jersey

  • Year 12 students are permitted to wear their College jersey with both the formal and sport uniform.

Swimwear

Swimwear must be suitable for physical activity. Students must wear a rash shirt and shorts or board shorts for all swimming and water activities. Swimwear designed for competitive activity is permitted at the College swimming carnival.

Hats and Caps

All students are required to bring their College hat or cap to school each day.  The College hat or cap must be worn when students are outside during recess and lunch times (unless they are under shelter or in the shade), participating in outdoor physical activity and at the explicit direction of staff.

Hair

  • Hair should be clean, tidy, of a natural colour and worn off the face. Hair length beyond the shoulder must be tied back at all times in practical lessons and sporting activities. Hair accessories must be black, white or gold.
  • Hair should not be of an extreme style. Hairstyles that draw unnecessary attention are not permitted, including but not limited to mohawks, mullets or shaved lines. 

Jewellery

  • Students may wear plain sleeper earrings or studs (a maximum of two in each ear), one ring and a watch. No facial piercings are allowed.  Clear studs are not permitted.
  • Year 11 and 12 students may wear one fine gold or silver necklace.
  • In practical lessons or sporting activities students are not permitted, for safety reasons, to wear a ring, or in Year 11 and 12 a necklace so must remove these items. Safe storage of jewellery is the student’s responsibility.

Makeup and Nails

  • Makeup is not permitted in Years 7-10. Makeup must present a natural look in Years 11-12.
  • Artificial nails, nail polish and false eyelashes are not permitted.

Tattoos

  • Tattoos must not be visible whilst wearing the College uniform or representing the College.

Out of Uniform 

  • All clothing worn on these days must be appropriate: shoulders and torso must be covered; shorts and skirts must be at least mid-thigh length; shoes must be enclosed; all text and graphic designs must be respectful to College values.
  • All students must wear a hat or cap as per normal College rules.
  • The College Code of Presentation for hair (except for accessories), jewellery, makeup, nails and tattoos applies.
  • If students do not meet these standards parents will be contacted and the student will be required to rectify the matter.

The Principal reserves the right to exclude students who do not comply with the Code of Presentation.

Uniform Purchases

All uniform items are available from the St Agnes’ Uniform Store, located at 6 Boronia Street, Port Macquarie.

The following changes will be implemented from January 2022:

  • Two new formal white out-shirts will replace the current shirts.
  • The grey mid-shorts will be replaced by formal black shorts.
  • Black shorts and trousers will be an available option for all students.
  • Year 7-12 Sports shorts with the SAPSS logo will be a new micro-fibre material.
  • New black track pants with the SAPSS logo will replace the current tracksuit pant.
  • A soft-shell black jacket will replace the current woollen jumper and tracksuit top and may be worn with both the formal and sport uniform.
  • There will be new black SAPPS sports socks.
  • There will be two new options of black formal ankle socks to be worn with the formal shorts or skirt.
  • Ties will not be part of the Year 7-10 uniform and will be optional for Years 11-12 .

END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, we have had to modify what our end of year celebrations will look like in Week 11. 

Due to the current restrictions we are unable to have our whole school celebrations including our Christmas Mass or Major Award ceremonies. We will instead be having Year group award ceremonies, however it is with much disappointment that parents are unable to attend. We will begin our last day (Wednesday 15 December) with a whole school Zoom Christmas prayer service, and staff and student farewells. 

Parents are asked to note that lessons will continue up until our final day on Wednesday. Reports will be issued on this day and staff will be available to discuss the reports by phone between 8:30am - 11.30am on Thursday, 16 December. 

Tuesday, 14 December:

  • Years 7 and 8 Awards.

Wednesday, 15 December:

  • Christmas Service and farewell to departing staff and students.
  • Years 9, 10 and 11 Awards.

Cath Eichmann 
Principal

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Year 10

I thought with the end so close and the craziness of Christmas this might be nice to reflect upon.

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.  As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room … just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied.

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I've  already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank.  I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said:

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred.
  2. Free your mind from worries.
  3. Live simply.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less.

Glen Littler
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Year 8

It is always interesting to walk around the College and drop into classes. Below are some snap shots of Year 8 and what they have been up to in class. Science experiments involving dissolving metals in acid, finishing off their timber clocks in woodwork, cooking pasta with ingredients grown from the College garden and playing a game of Monopoly on a Microbit coded game board.

Congratulations to the students from 8.8 on their success in Science Skills!

Congratulations

Congratulations to Liam Poppleton who has received a Silver Principal’s Award.

Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award Evie Dailey, Emma Galvin, Georgie Healey, Liam Poppleton, Erin Rapley and Madeline Strong.

Daniel O'Dell
Year 8 Leader of Pastoral Care

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Year 7

Over the duration of this term, I have been busy getting to know the Year 7 group. I have been in many classes seeing some of the fantastic things taking place with students engaged in learning. This was a great reminder of the reason why we are all here at MacKillop College. We are all here to learn and make the most out of what is on offer at the College. As we draw closer to the end of year it’s more important than ever to "finish strong" and put in that little bit extra! From catching up on work at lunch to adding the final touches to your assessment task, in the end every little bit counts. A teacher once told me this quote “Good, Better, Best. Never Let It Rest. ‘Til Your Good is Better and Your Better Is Best.” This quote I hold dear to this day.

I encourage Year 7 to focus on learning and to “finish strong”. It was disappointing to hear that some students are stopping their peers from learning in class. At times we need reminding that our actions have a direct impact on the learning of others.

I request Year 7 to ask themselves:

  • Am I prepared for class?
  • Do I follow teacher instructions?
  • Am I impacting on my classes in a positive or negative way?
  • Do I raise my hand when asking a question or contributing to the class?
  • Do I say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’?
  • Am I ready to learn?
  • Do I give my best in class?

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ryan Campbell who has received a Silver Principal’s Award.

Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Ryan Campbell, Charlee Lawlor, Lucy Ryan, Hallie Tydd and Maddison West.

Greg Finney
Acting Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Music News

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”- Martin Luther

Thank you

It has been a challenging year for all students and staff involved in all things music at MacKillop this year! Thank you to students and families in particular for your patience and perseverance. Whilst many planned events and performances have been cancelled, a sprinkling of ensemble rehearsals and recording sessions were maintained throughout the year.

Term 4 recordings have been mixed and are now available for students to listen to within their ensemble google classroom page; links are provided below. We are hopeful that the new year will see a return to singing and the playing of wind instruments in particular. Music staff are currently in conversation to put in place an ensemble plan for 2022 that will be entertaining, engaging and inspiring. Watch this space!

Links and Forms  

MacKillop College Music Tuition Request Form

Saxophone Ensemble Google Classroom

Choir Google Classroom

Junior Percussion Ensemble Google Classroom

Senior Percussion Ensemble Google Classroom

String Ensemble Google Classroom

Collective Pop & Praise Band Google Classroom

SAPSS Drumline Google Classroom

Senior Vocal Ensemble Google Classroom

Junior Band Google Classroom

Senior Band Google Classroom

Upcoming Events

Youth Mass

  • Week 10: Sunday 5 December, 4:15pm - 6:00pm, St Agnes' Parish Church, Collective Praise Band (singers only).

Please contact Rob Denham with any questions relating to the co-curricular music program at MacKillop College.

Rob Denham
Leader of Music 

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Year 11

Week 8 Challenge

Our focus this week was to have students reach out and talk to someone different. Despite being the ripe old age of 17, striking up a conversation with someone outside your friendship group or class group can be daunting, however it's an important life skill. Often when we do this, we find things we have in common with people and also learn that it's not so scary after all. 

Our aim with all of these little challenges is to break down the barriers and ensure that the year group feels connected to each other. As adults we all look back on our high school with memories with mixed emotions. Our hope is that we can add to the feelings of belonging and connection for these students so that when they look back their own mixed emotions weigh more heavily on the positive side rather than negative.

Assessment Week

On Friday of Week 9, Year 11 will begin their assessment block. This will extend to the end of Week 10. During this time Year 11 will only be required on site during their exams. If they do not have an exam on a particular day they will not be required at school. If a student has a ‘hand in’ task, they must be sure to follow the guidelines of the task notification and hand it in by the due time on the appropriate day. If a child is sick and cannot attend an exam, they will be required to have a Medical Certificate and phone the school to complete and submit an Illness and Misadventure Form. Alternative arrangements to complete the task will be made depending on the nature of the illness. 

Morning session exams start at 9:10am and afternoon sessions start at 1:10pm. Students are advised to be half an hour early. The JMC is available if students wish to study at school during the assessment block. If you have not already printed out a copy of the assessment schedule to place on your fridge, please find it on the link below.

Year 11 Assessment Calendar

Andrea Huxley
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care

Published on: 23 Nov 2021

Canteen

All volunteers must QR code in at the front office and provide proof of double vaccination before proceeding to the canteen.

For more information and requirements on volunteering in the Canteen, or if you are able to volunteer, please follow this link

Monday 29 November 
Rebecca Eakin and Assistance Required

Tuesday 30 November
Assistance Required

Wednesday 1 December
Jaci Zimmerman, Peta Clancy and Kate Perkins

Thursday 2 December
Rowena Beukers, Melinda Scriven, Jackie Jovanic and Renee Bullock

Friday 3 December
Michelle Butt, Melissa Carroll, and Assistance Required

Parents please also ensure your child knows about their online order. There are a signifcant amount of orders daily that are not being claimed. 

To order from the canteen:

1. Orders can be written out at the canteen (bags supplied free of charge).

2. Orders can be written out at home and handed in at the canteen.

3. Download the QKR! app and order on line.

ALL ORDERS TO BE IN BY 8:30AM PLEASE

Please remind your child/children if you have ordered for them, and what their order is. 

If your child is sick and you have ordered, please phone the canteen (6583 2632) to arrange a credit. 

Published on: 22 Nov 2021

From the Mathematics Vault

Welcome to our weekly Maths Vault! 

We will provide a mathematics problem for solving, with the answer published the week after underneath a new problem. Good luck!

Published on: 22 Nov 2021

Lost Property

There is currently a large number of unlabelled items in our College lost property including college jumpers, caps and jackets.

Items that not claimed by the end of the Week 9 will be donated.  New lost items from this week are pictured below.  Please claim from the Office.

Published on: 18 Nov 2021

Parent News

From Tuesday 30 November, some regular route numbers and all school bus numbers in Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Wauchope & Kempsey regions will change to become part of a state-wide standardised program.

There will be no changes to times or route paths operated.

This information is available on the Busways website:
https://www.busways.com.au/nsw/school-services/school-timetables

Please select the link adjacent to MacKillop College | New timetable | 30 November 2021. We have provided the Junior Campus timetable below as an example.

For any enquiries regarding these changes, please contact the Busways Customer Service Team via 1300 692 929 or Infoline@busways.com.au

Published on: 18 Nov 2021

Year 9

In Year 9 Religious Education, students have been studying the unit, ‘Search for Meaning’. Some of the questions addressed include:

  • How did life begin?                                                    
  • Why am I here?
  • What is the purpose of life?
  • Why is there evil, pain and suffering?                       
  • What happens when I die?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?            
  • How did the universe begin?
  • Is there a God?

As part of their Evidence of Learning task, students research and present information on a significant Australian who has integrated faith and life in such a way that their actions and relationships express their faith. We hope that this insight into the relevance and sometimes centrality of faith in making meaning will open students to consider their own attitudes to both faith and life.

Jesus brings light and life to all. He said, “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” Jesus is often described as the light of life. Indeed, at Christmas we speak of the light of life coming into the world. I recently came across this short reflection which looks at both themes, light and life, in one man’s attempt to explain the meaning of life. I will be sharing and discussing with my class next week.

What is the meaning of Life?

A Greek philosopher and teacher ended a lecture asking, “Are there any questions?” In the audience was Robert Fulghum who asked, “Dr Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?” Fulghum relates: “The usual laughter followed, and people stirred to go. Papaderos held up his hand and stilled the room and looked at me for a long time, asking with his eyes if I was serious and seeing from my eyes that I was. “I will answer your question,” he said. Then taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished into it and brought out a very small round mirror, about the size of a quarter. Then he said, ‘When I was a small child during the war we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found several pieces of a broken mirror from a wrecked German motorcycle. I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine – in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find. I kept the little mirror and as I went about growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child’s game but also a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light – truth, understanding, knowledge – is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.’

‘I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have, I can reflect light in the dark places in this world – into the black places in the hearts of men – and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.’

“And then he took the mirror and, holding it carefully, caught the bright rays of daylight streaming through the window and reflected them onto my face and onto my hands folded on the desk.”

Where there is darkness, let us bring light;

Where there is despair, let us bring hope;

Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Peter Murphy
Year 9 Leader of Pastoral Care 

Published on: 17 Nov 2021

Music

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”- Martin Luther

Digital Bravissimo Success!

Congratulations to Jadzia Stronell of Year 12, whose HSC Music performance ‘Danza’ by Alberto Ginesterra for solo piano, has been selected for inclusion in the Digital Bravissimo Concert 2020 - 2021. Ordinarily, Bravissimo is a live concert staged at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie with a student audience. Due to the disruption created by COVID, the concert has been curated digitally to include the best HSC music performances from Music 1 and 2 students across our region from 2020 - 21.

Included is a recording of Jadzia performing this piece from earlier in the year.

Ensemble Recordings

Ensemble recordings have now wrapped up and are being mixed. These audio recordings will be released to ensemble members throughout Week 8 to share with families. In a year that has made the creation of music difficult we are grateful to have had the opportunity to record repertoire to share with our school community.

Links and Forms

MacKillop College Music Tuition Request Form

Saxophone Ensemble Google Classroom

Choir Google Classroom

Junior Percussion Ensemble Google Classroom

Senior Percussion Ensemble Google Classroom

String Ensemble Google Classroom

Collective Pop & Praise Band Google Classroom

SAPSS Drumline Google Classroom

Senior Vocal Ensemble Google Classroom

Junior Band Google Classroom

Senior Band Google Classroom

Upcoming Events

Youth Mass

  • Week 10: Sunday 5 December, 4:15pm - 6:00pm, St Agnes' Parish Church, Collective Praise Band (singers only).

Please contact Rob Denham with any questions relating to the co-curricular music program at MacKillop College.

Rob Denham
Leader of Music

Published on: 15 Nov 2021

Sport

Please refer to the College website for the Sport Programs for Year 7-10 Term 4 Sport.

Return of School Sport
We have been advised by NSW Catholic Schools and the Lismore Catholic Schools Office of changes to school sport from November 1. School sport onsite and at off-site venues will be permitted under the following guidelines. Parents are asked to particularly note the vaccination rules for students aged 16 or older.

  • Organisers must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place including plans to minimise mingling and mixing between cohorts entering and exiting the location where the sport is taking place. 
  • The school must maintain a list of all students and staff that participate and attend each session for contact tracing purposes.
  • Schools are discouraged from enabling students to participate in sports across different school cohorts, and are not permitted to enter into inter-school competitions during school hours until 2022. 
  • If transport is required masks are required on buses for staff and students in Year 7 and above. 
  • Students aged 16 and older (and staff) must be fully vaccinated to enter public indoor recreation facilities until  December 1, and will be required to show proof of vaccination status to school staff prior to boarding a bus and to facility staff on arrival. Students 16 and over that are NOT fully vaccinated will NOT be permitted to go off site as per COVID regulations. Alternate sport arrangements will be in place for students at school to participate in sport. 
  • Students in Year 7 and above (and staff) must wear masks indoors at all times when not exercising, including change room and bathroom facilities.
  • As much as possible, schools should negotiate to have sole use of the recreation space for the time required and minimise use of shared spaces including change room facilities.
  • Indoor and outdoor pools are permitted to be used with the above requirements, including for swimming carnivals. 
  • Inter-school sport activities
    Inter-school sport trials, training and competitions, Inter-school representative sport, and grade sport training and competitions will not proceed during school hours in Term 4, 2021 so schools can focus on learning during the school day. Subsequently all diocesan Term 4 representative sports trials will not proceed. 

Representative Sport

The Lismore Diocese will be holding trials for 15 Boys, 15 Girls, Open Boys & Open Girls Touch Teams on Thursday, 3 March 2022 in Coffs Harbour. Start time of these trials is 9.00am. To nominate for these teams, please fill out the form below. Students will then be selected to trial for each squad and a team will be chosen at the trials.

Diocesan Teams will compete at the NSWCCC Touch Football Selection Trials in Nelson's Bay on 29 March.

Community Sport

If your child has achieved outstanding sporting results in their community sport, we would love to hear about it. Please email myself, or your child’s respective Leader of Pastoral Care, so we can acknowledge these achievements. 

If you have any questions regarding sport at MacKillop College, please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone at the College.

Erin Denham
Leader of Sport

Published on: 15 Nov 2021

Year 11

The last two weeks have involved plenty of action for Year 11. We held a poetry challenge where we combined our Term 4 character strength of gratitude with our poetry skills. The students had to create a poem of gratitude about their PC. This was a strength based challenge and let’s be honest poetry is not for everyone but some of the classes really excelled with some fabulous poems. Clare Hayes was the guest judge and PC19 took away the win with their lovely poem about their PC teacher Nicole Bailey. My personal favourite however came from PC10 who included everyone from their PC and for the record were the only PC to hand theirs in on time.

I have included a copy of the cute poem below:

Attitudes of Gratitude

  • A - Appreciation for our school
  • T - Thankful for our teachers
  • T - Thinking of ways to give back
  • I - Inspired by faith
  • T - This is PC10
  • U - Unified by our amazing PC teacher, Jamanda Eggert
  • D - Dedication to education is fielded by our inspiration
  • E - Embodying our school values

Of

  • G - Gratitude strengthens our PC’s teamwork skills through
  • R - Recognising Liam, Jordan and Jack’s appreciation for physical activity
  • A - lice, Alys, Amelie and Ashton’s ability to motivate the PC
  • T - The appreciation of kindness by Callie, Kiera, Noah and Olivia
  • I - Identifying Jayden, Patrick and Jack’s humble enature
  • T- Tayla, Luka, Joelle and Jannel’s school spirit
  • U - Utilising Maddie, Maddie and Zoey’s different strengths
  • D - determination of Hugh and Hudson to lead our school
  • E - Eggerts spooky Halloween cupcakes which is only one example of our PC teacher’s generosity.

The next challenge was a balance challenge. I naively thought Year 11 students would find it fun to do a handstand challenge but apparently being upside down stops being fun when you hit puberty. Nonetheless, a few courageous souls had a go at the hand stands. The slackline challenge brought lots of laughs and a few tumbles. PC10 again had a fantastic team effort but PC11 took away the handstand win with Cayden Briscoe holding his handstand for longer than all the other PC’s combined!

Our SRC jumped into action this week, kicking off a Christmas Secret Santa activity where those who wish to be involved do a little research about their peer and purchase a little present for them for Christmas. We have our fingers crossed that we can celebrate together with a Christmas party in Week 11 before we head off to the Christmas holidays.

The SRC also requested a sporting challenge for our extended PC which went very well with everyone having a bit of fun and spending some positive time together outside of the classroom. They have also instigated a sports competition each Friday. Last Friday we played touch at lunch and this Friday was four-way volleyball. It's great for the students and even better for me as I get to run around with them whilst I referee. 

All this fun activity comes at a great time as the academic pressure builds toward the end of term and assessments start to fall due. I am noticing a number of students finding the balance between study and life a bit hard to reach. Many are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and others are not quite working at the level they need to in order to keep up with the demands and meet the expectations of their classes. I encourage parents to have a chat with your child and determine how their study/life balance is going? If they, or you, need advice on how to get the most out of their study routine, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of your child's teachers. We certainly strive for academic success and we recognise that this comes in many different forms. However, our main aim is to have healthy young men and women who know how to work towards a goal, as part of a team and who are able to appreciate their success with humility and handle their challenges with resilience. It takes a village to get a student through the HSC and we look forward to a continued positive relationship between the College and our families in order to do so.

Andrea Huxley
Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care 

Published on: 15 Nov 2021

Year 10

In October we recognised Dyslexia Awareness Month. In the Diocesan staff newsletter, Georgia Ryan was recognised for the amazing work she does for dyslexia awareness. Below is the article.

Georgia Ryan 2021 Dyslexia Youth Ambassador

Georgia has been a Dyslexia Mid North Coast Youth Ambassador since 2019 and is a student at MacKillop College. We were first introduced when Georgia reached out to Dyslexia Mid North Coast to attend Luminosity in 2018 to see one of her heroes, dyslexic sailor Jessica Watson.

Since then Georgia has gone from strength to strength petitioning federal and state governments to improve teacher training in specific learning difficulties, and has been recognised in NSW Parliament for her contribution. Fairfax newspapers called Georgia a ‘trailblazer’, MindFood journalist Cat Rodie referred to Georgia as a Dyslexia Warrior. And we think she is truly an amazing young lady who is creating positive change for all children with dyslexia.

October was Dyslexia Awareness Month and Georgia has kindly taken the time to record a video to shed a light on living with dyslexia and to encourage you to support, embrace and be proactive in creating positive changes for children with dyslexia. 

Glen Littler
Year 10 Leader of Pastoral Care

Published on: 15 Nov 2021

Year 7

Congratulations

Congratulations to Amelia Southwell who has received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award.

Congratulations to the following students who have received a Leader of Pastoral Care Award: Cooper Beukers, Meredith Davies, Ciarran McCallum, Bailey Partridge, Mia Perkins, Lewis Shipway and Amelia Southwell.

Greg Finney
Year 7 Leader of Pastoral Care

Published on: 15 Nov 2021

Evangelisation

Year 9 & 10 Youth Ministry Shine 2021

On Wednesday and Thursday, our Year 9 and 10 Youth Ministry classes each had a day experience of Shine “Called to Connection”.

Each event was facilitated by Ella Ippaviz, Youth Ministry Officer, and Conor, Youth Ministry Officer, Newman. We used the program created by the Catholic Schools Office to give the students an opportunity to encounter God and come together as a community.

Some of the prayer experiences provided the students with the opportunity to take time to reflect on friendships, and some different forms of prayer and worship.

The students enjoyed various activities and small group discussions, and took away from the day a greater sense of their own faith and the importance of their class as a community in Christ.

Christmas Hamper Appeal

"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” (Isaiah 58:10)

Imitating the compassion of Jesus and being a Christian example to others, our College will provide a total of 24 Christmas hampers to help families celebrate Christmas.

We offer these beautiful gifts to families who have experienced difficulties over the past year. This may be due to of poor health, a death in the family, financial hardship or another stressful circumstance.

What will be in the hampers?

Pastoral Care classes will work in pairs to put together a hamper for a family that the parish has identified may appreciate the love and support that comes with the gift of a hamper.

Every PC member will be asked to collect enough money and/or donations to provide each family with food or vouchers for fruit & vegetables, butchers, which will help alleviate meal worries. 

This year the focus will be on food for families with  group gifts that help bring families together.

A focus on a balance of meals and a couple of special things. We suggest smaller juices (tetra packs) and soft drinks are preferable as they are less bulky and heavy.  A nice idea may be to have the makings of four meals complimented by vouchers for fruit & vegetables, meat, seafood or baked goods.

The hampers will not include:

  • Second hand toys or out of date food.
  • Products requiring refrigeration.
  • Cash or alcohol.

Thank you in anticipation of the generous donations that you will be making as a family.

Sunday Mass and Gospel Reflection

Please check the link for Mass times and COVID-19 precautions for Masses in the St Agnes' Parish:

St Agnes' Parish

You may also like to spend some time in reflection on the Gospel for this coming Sunday.

Marg Gobius
Leader of Evangelisation

Published on: 15 Nov 2021