01 May 2019

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,
help us to be open to your Word
and renew our efforts
to lead all to your pasture.
Bless our mothers,
who were created in your pastoral image.
May all know your ways
and guide others to the promise
that is won
in the unity of the Son and Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever, Amen.





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.




Learning Assistance

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.

From the Assistant Principal

Welcome Back to Term 2 – Winter Uniform Reminders

Thank you to all parents/carers and students for the fantastic start to the year, particularly with the wearing of the Winter Uniform.  A few reminders:

  • As of Monday 13th May, the wearing of the Regulation Grey Stockings will be compulsory
  • All students must own a College blazer and MUST wear it to and from the College
  • Any clothing worn under the College shirt must not be visible. All undergarments should be neutral in colour.
  • High-collared skivvies, hoodies, beanies and other non-school attire must NOT be worn.
  • The College Jumper is not part of the Sports Uniform and can only be worn in Winter under the College Blazer when arriving to school or leaving school at the end of the day.
  • Scarves – must be the College scarf or a plain maroon scarf. Scarves with extra fringing or of another colour will not be permitted.
  • College Skirts must cover the bottom of the knee-cap (ie covering the whole knee).  

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety – Within and Around the College

Recently we had a car accident during the morning drop off, it was not serious however it is a timely reminder for parents/carers and students to be vigilant and follow all the correct safety procedures on the driveway and also the roads and streets around the school.  I ask that you read the following information that was sent out last term:

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Speed Limits – A reminder that during the times listed on the school zone signs, 40km/h speed limits apply on the roads around the school.   We ask all parents to ensure you are vigilant with your speed and stick to the speed limit within our school zone all times.




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Safe drop off – Please observe the road and parking rules to ensure you are dropping off or picking up your daughter in the correctly marked zones.  Parents are not permitted to park or stop at any time in a No Stopping Zone.  Particularly in Carnarvon Street as this blocks buses from entering of an afternoon preventing our students from getting home at a reasonable time.



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Pickup and Drop Off Zones – A reminder that these zones can only be used for a quick pick up or drop off only.  The following applies:

  • maximum stop time is two (2) minutes
  • driver must remain in or within a vehicle
  • vehicle must not be left unattended
  • zone applies only during hours of operation


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Morning Drop Off inside the College – When you are inside College grounds the Speed limit is 10km/h.  We ask parents to move their car to the furthest point of the drop off zone to ensure as many cars as possible can come into the College ensuring traffic flow is not stopped or interrupted.  When parents park their cars nearest the gates this causes traffic jams on Hamilton and Bulls roads.   Please also check your mirrors when leaving to prevent any collisions and stick to the 10km/h speed limit within College grounds.   

Police and Council Rangers regularly patrol the area around our College.  Please ensure you observe all road and parking rules.  These reminders are in place to ensure the safety of all members of our College community.  We thank all parents for your continued support and care of our students. Please contact the College if you have any questions or concerns.


Important Attendance Reminders

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Attendance is Vital for Learning

Ms Pussich, Mrs Lowe and myself have been speaking to the students regarding the importance of ensuring your daughters are at school everyday.  To succeed at school and beyond you must:

Appreciate that attendance is important – You can’t learn if you are not present

  • Attend everyday including:
    • Thursday sport
    • Community days e.g. Carnivals
    • First and last day of every term
    • Fridays at MMCC – Have the highest rate of absentees.  There should be no reason why this day should be higher than any other day.
  • Be punctual – get to school on time at least by 8.45am.  If your daughter gets to school at 8.51am she is considered late and this affects her attendance data and she is also given a Matter of Concern for her lateness.  This lateness also has to be explained by their parent/carer.

Ms Pussich also reminded students to use the time effectively whilst at school by focusing on learning. Socialising is a secondary benefit of being at school, not the primary reason for attending school.


Attendance – Ensuring all absences are explained

All students, especially Year 12 who are in their HSC year, should be striving for 100% attendance.  SMS messages will be sent to all parents/carers starting by Monday 20th May 2019.  The SMS message will be sent by 10.00am each morning and will alert you if your daughter is absent.

If a student has an attendance rate of 90% this translates to the student missing 1 day per fortnight of school.  If we take some further calculations below:

  • 1 day per fortnight absence = 5 hours of missed learning 
  • This then translates to 5 days per term = 25 hours of missed learning
  • In four (4) terms or the whole year this translates to 20 days per year = 100 hours of missed learning

As you can see from above, missing one day of school a fortnight translates to 100 hours of missed learning in a year, if you do this over the course of your six years in high school you would have missed 600 hours of learning.

If your daughter is absent for a legitimate reason, please ensure that a note is provided for her absence either via Compass or on a paper format. 

We ask all parents/carers to work with us to challenge our students/your daughters to ensure they attend school on a daily basis.


eSafety for Parents and Carers

The office of the eSafety Commissioner has a great website for parents it provides tips and advice on helping your daughter have safe and enjoyable experiences online.  We encourage all of ur parents/carers to visit this site to support you in your role to ensure your daughter is using technology and accessing information in a safe and secure way.  The web address is below:






Parent Information Evenings Near You – Topic: Sleep 

After successful Term 1 Parent Information Evenings on the topic of Screen Overuse, Sydney Catholic Schools is offering new Parent Information Evenings on the topic of Sleep.  The importance of your daughter having healthy sleeping habits is integral to their overall good health, wellbeing and learning growth.  We encourage you to attend one of the following evenings near you.  Please note that these evenings are for parents/carers only and are free of charge.

Good Samaritan Catholic College

401 Hoxton Park Road Hinchinbrook

St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School

1-11 Justin Street Smithfield

Date:  Monday 20th May, 2019

Date: Monday 3rd June  2019

College Hall

School Hall

Time:  6.30pm – 8.30pm

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Pope Francis – Easter Message


Curriculum Update

Dear Members of the Mary MacKillop Catholic College Community

It has been a very busy start to the year regarding Curriculum. I have included links to documents (where relevant in the information below)

Term 1 saw a swift beginning to the year:

  • 2019 Assessment Handbooks were issued, these handbooks have critical information in them regarding rules around assessment and assessment grids (which include tasks and their approximate due date, as well as syllabus outcomes and the weighting assigned to each task). These are available under the Achieve tab on the College website
  • Year 11 students attended the Assessment Information evening which assisted their transition with the differences in Stage 6 assessment
  • Year 7 and 9 students completed their online practice for the upcoming NAPLAN tests
  • I have spoken to both Year 9 and 10 students about subject selection for Years 11 and 12
  • Assessment tasks were well under way

Term 2 as always shapes as an action packed term:

  • All year groups will receive via Compass, their reports at varying stages this term. These reports will reflect student learning in Semester 1. You will be notified via Compass when the reports are ready
  • Year 10 students have begun their subject selection journey for 2020. There is an information evening on the 26th June which is compulsory
  • Year 7 and 9 students will undertake NAPLAN Online on the 14th and 15th May. This year, for the first time, all papers will be attempted electronically. This should see a faster turnaround time with the results
  • Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews will occur on Tuesday 28th May (bookings are available via Compass). We look forward to sharing your daughter’s educational journey with as many of you as possible
  • Stage 4 and 5 (Years 7 – 10) Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews will occur on Thursday evening 5th July and Friday 6th July. There will be more information shortly. We look forward to sharing your daughter’s educational journey with as many of you as possible
  • Staff, students and parents will undertake the annual Tell Them From Me Survey (TTFM) to assist the College in evaluating its policies, practices etc. More information will follow shortly
  • Round 1 of the 2019 National Minimum Standards will occur

If ever you have a question at all concerning your daughter’s learning, please feel free to contact me.

Miss Michelle Israel, Leader of Curriculum

Special Honour for Adriana and Family

We recognise our Year 11 student, Adriana Ferkula-Cohen and members of her family who gave the Acknowledgement of Country at the Education Forum featuring The Federal Shadow Minister for Education and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Tanya Plibersek

Coming Events

14 – 15 May
Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN
20 – 22May
NAPLAN backup day
20 – 24 May
Year 12 Work Placement Week
22 May
Year 10 AGAT Testing (Pd 1-2)
 Year 8 AGAT Testing (Pd 3-4)
23 – 24 May
Year 9 Camp
24 May
Year 8 & 10 AGAT Testing Catch Up Day
28 May
Year 11 & 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews             4.00pm – 8.00pm in College Hall
29 May
Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion Parramatta Courts
30 May
Year 12 Careers Expo
31 May
CSDA Debating Round 5 at Cerdon College
5 June
Launch Year 11, 2020 Subject Selection
6 June
Year 12 Ancient, Modern and Extension History Study Day Sydney University
Year 12 Society and Culture Incursion (Bollywood)
7 June
MMCC College Disco 6.00pm – 9.00pm
10 June
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
12 June
Year 10 Meningococcal Vaccinations
13 June
Courage 3.15pm – 5.15pm in IMC
14 June
NSWCCC Cross County Carnival
CSDA Debating Round 6 at MMCC
21 June
College Athletics Carnival

Mass Times

St Benedict’s Parish Smithfield

Saturday Vigil 6.00pm;

8.00 am (Italian); 10.30am; 6.00pm

St Benedict’s Parish Fairfield West

Saturday Vigil 5pm (Vietnamese); 7 pm

(Spanish); 7.30am & 9.00am; 11am (Spanish); 6pm (Arabic)

Smithfield 9.15 am. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday;  6pm Wednesday 

Fairfield West Monday – Friday 7am Saturday 8am

Fr Jarek Zan

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Fairfield

Vigil: 6:00pm Sat   

Sunday 7.30am (Polish) 9.00am 10.30am 4.30pm (Vietnamese) 6pm

Fr Michael de Stoop, Fr Francisco Regala

Sacred Heart Parish Cabramatta

Saturday Vigil English: 6pm Vietnamese: 7.30pm

Sunday English 8.30am, 10am & 6pm Vietnamese 6.30am, 4pm, 7.15pm 

Polish 11.30am

Monday – Friday 7.00am, Wednesday 7.30pm Saturday 9.00am Vietnamese – Tuesday & Thursday 7pm

Fr Nen Dang

Sacred Heart Parish Villawood

Monday 7.00am  Tuesday 8.00am Thursday & Friday 8.00am Wednesday 7.00pm Saturday 8.00am

Saturday Vigil 6.00pm Sunday 9:00am

Fr Jerry Prindiville

St Thomas the Apostle Cathedral Bossley Park

Monday-Friday:  8.30am Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm Sunday: First Mass 8.30am  

Solemn Mass 10.30am English Mass: 5.30pm

Assumption of Virgin Mary Fairfield

Monday-Friday: 5.30pm Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm Sunday: Solemn Mass 9.00am Arabic Mass: 5.30pm

St. Joseph Chaldean & Assyrian Catholic Church Mount Druitt

Saturday English Mass: 5.30pm Sunday Mass: 9.00am