There are two big events on our music calendar this term, the first being Music Night in Week 7 and the second in Week 9; Catholic Schools Music Festival.
Mary MacKillop Feast Day Mass
On Friday 11 August the College celebrated The Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop by gathering together to celebrate a Mass in her honour. The theme of the Mass was “Gratitude is the Memory of the Heart”, which is a quote from a French proverb that Mary MacKillop used in one of her letters in 1907.
Term 3 is upon us and with it comes continued opportunities for MacKillop girls to thrive as learners. The Year 12 girls have completed their trial exams and received Research Project results. We are most pleased with these results and congratulate the girls on their perseverance and thank the teachers for their diligence.
National Youth Science Forum – January 2018
We offer our congratulations to Year 11 students Izabella and Hannah who have both been successful in gaining a position as state representatives at the NYS Forum. In January 2018, both students will travel to either Canberra or Brisbane to participate in a two week program of scientific, formal, personal development, and social activities.
Queensland Netball Competition
For many, Term 2 school holidays meant long relaxing days or family holidays, but for a group of 11 MacKillop girls the time had finally arrived to head north for the 2017 Queensland Netball Competition. Having been selected back in Term 1 and attending training and fitness sessions weekly, the girls were confident they had prepared enough to take it to the best from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Welcome back to Term 3!
Our Year 12 students have been working furiously on their events for JJAMM Week and students from all around the College have been putting their names forward for M Factor – our yearly talent show.
I will be taking some leave for the next 4 weeks, Helen Steele will be the Acting Principal and Cathy Swain will be the Acting Deputy Principal. I will be keeping an eye on all the JJAMM Week festivities through the College Facebook site.
We have a very busy Term 3 in regards to the Faith and Spirituality of the College.
This week Year 9 students will be learning more about Mary MacKillop by visiting places in Adelaide which were significant to her life and work. In Week 5, Year 11 students will travel to Penola for their four day retreat, to learn more about Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods’ contribution to Catholic Education and the Josephite order.
In recent weeks I have found myself engaged with the document “Theology of the Body” as I prepare to teach the Sacrament of marriage to Year 11 students. I think it is reasonable to suggest that whilst it is not a light read it does have the power to enlighten. The complexity of John Paul II's work cannot be summarised in one short newsletter article and I will not attempt to do so here. I do believe that it speaks powerfully about God’s presence in each person and each encounter. When we recognise that God exists in each other it reminds us of the sacredness of being human.