From the Principal
Thank you all so much for your proactive, consistent and amazing support this year. We have achieved so much, and if 2021 was when we announced ourselves as a major presence in the Toowoomba family of schools, this year we have shouted it quite loudly! We are continuing to receive a lot of enrolment enquiries, for all year groups, and so many new applicants to our community cite a recommendation from a current family. I do genuinely appreciate how proudly many of you speak of the College.
Our enrolments next year will push over 800 - potentially well over it. As you will know from the different messages this year, we are close to wait-listing a few year groups and we have had to recruit more colleagues in senior to expand the Pastoral Care groups and deliver curriculum to what could now be considered a full Senior College. This is a wonderful achievement considering the fact the inaugural year 7 were taught initially in standalone buildings only 7 years ago. None of this happens without a supportive and positive community. Thank you.
Our year 12 Rite of Passage events last week were really beautiful, and I want to thank the colleagues and parents who helped to make them so magnificent. Our graduating class were fantastic ambassadors for our College, and I have a lot of confidence their results will be really good. Their planned destinations are really exciting and they have left a fantastic legacy. I am confident our 2023 leaders will pick up where they left off. We are fortunate to have a wonderful culture in our College.
There is often debate - amongst many - about the 'real' message of Christmas. This can become a bit schtick and cliched. At a time in our country where some cannot find homes, or are struggling with food prices, or their mortgage, it is a time to remember those who may have little but still deserve dignity. The shepherds who were the first to hear of Christ's birth were the lowest of the low in their time - really, itinerant and unskilled men who were by definition homeless. The fact that they were the first to know of His birth is a message of dignity and love given without the need for reward or recognition. It is a message that at Mary MacKillop I want us to continue.
I hope that you and your family have something restful planned for the Christmas break. Please stay safe and do what you need to do to recharge and reinvigorate. Thank you again for a really wonderful, rewarding and productive year.
Mr Chris Gabbett