From the Principal
As a P-12 College, we are well placed to promote and embed a seamless transition from junior school to senior school.
When I interview children for the senior school at Mary MacKillop, I always tell them they should forgive themselves any feelings of anxiety or worry. Transitioning into a senior school is famously one of the most challenging things our children do. Many very large books have been written on academic transfer and transition. Analysis varies from the way it can impact detrimentally upon academic performance, increase anxiety for families, or decrease feelings of inclusion or wellbeing.
Our vision at Mary MacKillop is to secure for our junior children not only a commitment to aspiration regarding senior school outcomes, but also a sense of comfort, a feeling of belonging and a knowledge that transition will be stress-free. Our 'moving on up' days are just one part of this. Academic transition has already begun for the current year 6, who have spent a series of lessons in the senior school.
We are cognisant that some children in our year 6 cohort will be following siblings to other institutions, and we ask please that you let us know if that's the case. If we do not hear from you, we will be planning to welcome your child into year 7, 2021, after a smooth and comfortable transition.
Thank you all very much for the way that you supported the College in celebrating the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop last week. I was very upset to miss the festivities. These activities are part of what assists us in creating culture of aspiration, inclusion and welcome. A huge congratulations to the children who took part so positively.
Lastly, a huge thanks to the year 1 cohort who participated so beautifully in the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for one of their classmates yesterday. It gave me such joy to be able to witness that.
I hope you are all well and looking forward to a glowing spring.
Mr Chris Gabbett