It was fantastic to be at the Highfields Redbacks Oval on Wednesday night to see year 7/8 Mary Mack students win the inaugural Grand Final in the Darling Downs Super Rugby Cup. They were part of a combined team alongside Toowoomba Anglican School, and the style of rugby was incredibly entertaining. On a neighboring pitch at the same time, some girls from the Senior College were supporting a TAS side in a 7s game against Scots PGC. Again, our girls modelled really great teamwork and commitment. On Sunday, we also had girls make the semi final of the Vicki Wilson Netball competition which is wonderful.
We are so lucky at Mary MacKillop to have a real wealth of opportunities for our young people to play sport. There is nothing like it for teaching what I consider to be the two hallmarks of a wonderful character - will and humility.
We ask a tremendous amount of children today. Childhood is filled now with all the temptations that we faced; but with so many additional traps and snares via a toxic level of social media, a greater quantity of opportunities for at-risk behaviours. Such an environment, particularly the 'selfie' culture, creates a huge focus on the individual above the collective; upon the rights of one person being considered more important than a responsibility towards a community.
What I saw on Wednesday night - but also on other occasions when I have had the chance to watch our students play in varied sports - was the brilliant mix of collective will and individual humility. It is mirrored in so many of our College activities; in the strings group who have performed so beautifully, in the choir who made our Father's Day liturgy last week so memorable; and in the numerous charitable and service activities our students engage in. Thank you all very much for the way that you encourage participation in these events and support them so willingly.
I hope you will have seen the letter regarding the Christine Bethel Academic Bursary. We have introduced this to enable greater inclusion at the College, so if it is something that would support your family please do look on the website and consider applying.
We are hosting another Open Classrooms this coming Friday. I have asked a number of teachers to model our developing digitial pedagogy in the classrooms to give parents a greater idea of our potential in this area. As I said to the Parent Forum in early August, my vision is to ensure that learning is really maximised in every classroom but also that the students feel that they receive a really first class experience.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support. I hope to see you at the Open Classrooms next week.