From the Principal
Mother’s Day Mass and Morning Tea
On the morning of Wednesday 8 May we held our inaugural Mother’s Day Mass and Morning Tea. The Mass was a beautiful tribute to the significant women in the lives of our students, and each student gave a single rose as a sign of their love and appreciation. We thank Fr MacAuliffe, Mrs Flanagan, Mr Reutens and the College Choir for their contribution to the Mass. After Mass, our guests and their daughters joined the MMCC Staff for morning tea. Comments such as “I felt very special”, “it was lovely to celebrate with my daughter”, “what a beautiful chapel” and “the morning tea was amazing” were expressed by those who attended. Following the success of this day, we will definitely make this day an annual event on our College Calendar. We wish all mums a Happy Mother’s Day for this Sunday and keep mothers, living and deceased, in our prayers.
Gentle Shepherd and guide,
ANZAC Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. At Mary MacKillop Catholic College we commemorate this day by students and staff attending the Dawn Services at Cabra-Vale Diggers, Smithfield RSL and Fairfield RSL, and holding a liturgy at school on our first College Assembly immediately after the school holidays.
Thank you to the College Choir led by Mr Reutens and Mr Harski for leading the music at the Cabra-Vale Diggers Dawn Service. This year the PBCF choir combined with our College Choir. Our College liturgy allowed us to pay our respects to all people who have fought and died in wars, and to reflect on the love of Jesus Christ who died for us. Thank you to Miss Ayoub and the Year 9 Elective History class who organised our College ANZAC liturgy.
Every Monday and Tuesday afternoon the College Library is open until 4.30pm to provide homework assistance for our students. SEEK has been a very successful program with a number of students regularly attending and other students using it as time to complete group activities. Thank you to our staff, especially Mr McLean and Mrs Morris, who provide this valuable support to our students.
Yesterday we began our new weekly, Thursday afternoon, Number Ninjas program. This program supports students, especially in Year 7, who require assistance in developing their number sense, numeracy and mathematical thinking. The activities are interactive, hands-on and play-based. Thank you to Mrs Waugh and the Mathematics staff for this new initiative.
Throughout the year our students actively fundraise for their House charities and to purchase resources for students. House Captains and Vice Captains, supported by their House Coordinators look for different ways to make fundraising meaningful and fun, for instance, today Goolagong House held a Pyjama Mufti Gold Coin day.
The Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is always keen to develop and lead fundraising initiatives. Some of the ideas planned for this year are Woolworths Earn and Learn, College Disco and College Christmas Fair. Please support by collecting Earn and Learn stickers between now and 25 June and dropping them in the MMCC box in the store or students bringing them to Student Services. Students can also support PAG initiatives by coming to our College Disco which will be held on 7 June. Our Christmas Fair will be held in December.
This year, the portion of funds raised by Houses and PAG to purchase resources for students, will hopefully cover the remainder of rooms not yet air-conditioned.
MMCC has been communicating for many years via social media mostly through Twitter. This year we are renewing our efforts to also communicate using Facebook.
If you would like to follow us on Facebook please type in the schools name and suburb. The photo below is our cover page.