From the Principal
As some of the newer students this year can attest, in enrolment interviews, I like to ask students what they want to be when they grow up. As you can probably imagine, there are a variety of responses ranging from the absolutely assured to the completely flummoxed. And, of course, there are no wrong answers and no judgement! The window it gives though into the dreams and goals of our new students is just wonderful.
The reason I ask this question is so I can start talking to the student about their learning dispositions, their pathways and, specifically, what they need to realise their dream. For some, it is the first time they uncover that becoming a veterinarian (an extremely common response) involves more that just loving animals. For others, it is a chance to discuss what's required to achieve the goal of being an NRL player (another very common one). For those who genuinely have no idea, it is a really valuable opportunity to reassure them that having no idea is absolutely no problem.
When we wrote the College Strategic Plan in 2020, we considered it very important to be explicit about 'pathways' (2.2 and 5.2 in the Strategic Plan if you're interested!) In particular, it was crucial that the child who decides at the age of ten that they want to be a Vet is valued as much at Mary MacKillop as the child who decides they want to play for the Rabbitohs. We have to back up our words with action. This means that we don't just tell students that we value practical or creative learning as much as traditional 'academic' classroom learning - we need to show it in our investment, attitudes and processes.
You will have already seen a significant evolution and enhancement in our senior subject offering since 2019. The new Australian Curriculum is coming online very soon, and this will provide another opportunity to enrich and deepen our P-10 curriculum as well as provide more avenues for our 'middle school' curriculum to grow. This is happening at a time of very strong growth in enrolments and, as you can see, a period of capital investment.
It is a very exciting time to be at Mary MacKillop.
Thank you as ever for the way that you continue to support our mission at the College.
Mr Chris Gabbett