From the Principal
Next week is an incredibly important week for our College. It is the week we farewell our first year 12 cohort. Upper senior is challenging in any context. This group however have had to be trailblazers at a new school in a time of the most significant changes to education policy in Queensland since the 1970s. As if that context wasn’t enough, a global pandemic also intervened to colour the experience.
That will be behind them come Friday. Between now and then though, we have some really important rites of passage. The College staff will have the chance to have breakfast with the group on Wednesday morning, followed by the College Awards Ceremony. On Thursday the students will have a Spiritual Retreat in the morning, and their College Formal that evening. Friday brings their graduation Mass, the Guard of Honour and Valedictory Lunch.
When the College leadership gathered to plan these events, we were very conscious that we had the responsibility and opportunity to create traditions. We wanted to establish for all of the students at Mary MacKillop a set of rituals that provide a mixture of reflection, celebration and belonging. I hope our inaugural year 12 cohort feel that we have been successful.
Within this group is one student who began her schooling at Mary MacKillop Catholic School in prep. She will be the first graduate to have completed her entire education at Mary MacKillop, and she has done extremely well. Congratulations, Holly.