From the Principal
Dear Mary MacKillop Community
I hope you are all well and just as importantly had a wonderful Easter Break. It has been fantastic to see the students arrive back and devote themselves to their studies with such vigour. After the reflection and somberness of Lent, how wonderful it is to celebrate the Risen Christ! There is something so inspiring of a God made man – made so fragile by the challenges of the Passion he chose – conquering death.
I have lots of announcements below, all to do with the ongoing strength of our College as we grow alongside Highfields.
I have designed Leadership roles that I believe will give us the strength and capacity to grow whilst providing the expertise and structure to best support our students now. I am pleased to announce the following, alongside their broad remit within the College.
Director –Maths and Numeracy
P-12 Numeracy Lead teacher for Maths across the College
Director – English and Literacy
P-12 Literacy Lead teacher for English across the College
Head of Learning - HASS
P-12 lead for Humanities, Arts, Social Science, LOTE
Head of Learning - TESS
P-12 lead for Technology, Engineering, Science, Sports Science
Middle Leader Wellbeing – Student Support and Inclusion
P-12 lead of Pastoral Care, Behaviour, Attendance, House Leader
Middle Leader Wellbeing – Tracking and Intervention
P-12 lead developing resilience, supporting inclusion, House Leader
These appointments are key to delivering my vision for the ongoing success of the College, and I thank these colleagues for their applications. Middle Leaders are the engine room of College improvement – and these colleagues will play a crucial role in securing better teaching, greater learning, improved accountability and a more secure and warm College environment. Our next step as a College leadership group (Executive plus Middle Leaders) is a process of formation and development, and then engagement with the whole Mary MacKillop community, starting with all staff, on the type of young person we want this great College to form – and how we create that environment from Prep to year 12. It really is a very exciting time to be leading Mary MacKillop.
We were also very fortunate to appoint Dr Jasmine Slack-Smith to the role of College Psychologist, replacing Amanda Rolls. Dr Slack-Smith comes with a very strong academic and practical record and has experience of working alongside some of the practitioners in neighbouring Catholic schools. My vision is that she works alongside Mary MacKillop staff to support student wellbeing, careers guidance and engagement with parents.
May – the Month of Mary
As a Marist boy, seldom does a day go by without me saying a Rosary. Thank you very much to these community members who joined me for the Rosary on Wednesday. Please do not be put off if you have not prayed the Rosary for a while or indeed are completely unfamiliar with it! We have guidance booklets to support you and you will be made very welcome. We meet in the Foyer of the MacKillop Centre, 8 am. The next Rosary is Thursday, 9 May.
Year 7 Transition
As per the College Calendar, the year 7 Information Evening will be held on Wednesday, 8 May. We have written to current year 5 as well as year 6 parents about this event. This will be an opportunity to hear about the processes we are putting in place regarding effective transition, the bridge between the Junior and Senior College, and ways that the new Middle Leadership processes can support this. One of the greatest advantages of a P-12 College is ease of transition – but that does not mean we should not put as much support in place as possible.
College Supported Mass
The next Parish Mass supported by Mary Mack students will be Sunday, 19 May. Please do make every effort to attend, even if your child does not have a specific task.
The NAPLAN tests will take place this month. As I communicated to parents of those children sitting them – these are important tests. However, they do not define the brilliance that is your whole child and the beauty of them as made perfect, in God’s image. I am Principal of this College and of course I want the children to succeed in the NAPLAN tests. Please remember though that they are a day of reading, answering questions, writing down answers. That is... it is business as usual. As we do every day, please just encourage them to come here and do their very best.
Year 11-12 Subject Choice
We are currently planning, aligned to Pentecost, a retreat for year 10 students. This will involve workshops looking at Vocations, careers and subject choices for year 11. The vision is that the College is able to offer all subjects that are desired for every student. This retreat will become a regular fixture of the yearly calendar.
Election (18 May)
Any parents or students able to assist with a Bake Sale at the College on Election Day, please contact the P and F. (email@example.com)
Thank you all for your ongoing support