“It is crucial that young people learn essential life skills such as resilience, respect, responsibility and critical reasoning in order to thrive both online and offline.”
Most families by now would have received our letter regarding the use of mobile phones during the school day. Of course this does not mean our students are without the use of technology – they still have the use of their IPad and laptops for learning.
The past two weeks have seen MacKillop girls settle into their studies with the first round of assignments and tests being distributed. The girls are engaged in their learning, getting to know their teachers and classmates and learning new concepts. In between their studies and homework, students have engaged fully in the College as we launched Project Compassion and sent Year 8 and 9 girls on camp.
It has been a busy four weeks as we have welcomed the girls and begun our learning. We are looking forward to another exciting year of teaching and learning, along with our College activities. If, during the year, you have any queries regarding the teaching and learning of your daughter, or subject selection please do not hesitate to contact me.
Our Social Justice Captains and Senior Student Leaders, with the help of Ms Nadia Witton and Mrs Narelle Matthews, got Shrove Tuesday and Project Compassion off to a flying start. On Shrove Tuesday, pancakes are traditionally eaten. Pancakes were sold to students at recess with a variety of toppings. All the proceeds from the sale of the pancakes go to Caritas’ Project Compassion.
With a focus on risk taking and building resilience, the Year 9 Cohort ventured down to Douglas Scrub for the annual Year 9 Camp. The girls had the opportunity to mountain bike through Kuitpo forest and to climb meters off the ground, rock climbing. There were chances to leap off platforms high in the sky or to carefully move around the high ropes course in the tree tops.
The use of technology and, in particular, social media has been in the news a lot recently. At Mary MacKillop College we take all kinds of safety very seriously! Our students are constantly reminded about their own safety and being a responsible citizen in society, both online and off.
Are You Interested in a Beauty Therapy Pathway?
Heather Langton Academy is the oldest private nationally accredited college of beauty therapy in Adelaide and are holding an Open Night on Monday 26 Feb, 6PM-8PM.
This is an information evening for student who are looking to study beauty therapy once they leave school or for students who wish to study an accredited night course whilst they are at high school.
The school year has begun with all of the excitement, ritual and celebration we have come to expect at Mary MacKillop College. The Year 8 and 12 students had their first day of the school year together, led by their Pastoral Care Coordinators and Teachers. During a small ceremony Year 12 students received their senior badge and Year 8 students receive the Lily pin.
On Thursday 8 February our school community gathered for our Beginning of Year Mass at St Ignatius Church. We gathered in the presence of God to welcome in the New Year and acknowledge the academic results from 2017. The new school year offers us an opportunity to review our personal growth and make some new goals. During this Mass we introduced the theme for 2018, “Find Happiness in making others Happy”. We are reminded by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop that true happiness can be found in the way we are with others, thinking of others happiness in the small things that we do.