We have had a definite taste of spring over the last few weeks and we are all looking forward to the final days of this term. Last Friday night, I was fortunate enough to attend the annual SASTA (South Australian Science Teachers Association) Awards at Brighton High. Carla Ceravolo (Year 11 and College Captain for 2019) won an award in the category of ‘Scientific Writing’.
Today we celebrated our Good News Assembly. We heard about the South Australian Prayer Breakfast and the story behind the 'Thank you' products. Four MacKillop girls will attend Space School in Texas at the end of the year, and today, they shared their excitement and plans for this upcoming and amazing opportunity. We heard the beautiful sounds of our senior ensemble and took some time to think about our wellbeing over the holidays.
On Monday 10 September the Year 8 and 9 Drama classes set out for the Adelaide Festival Centre to see a brand new play presented by Windmill Theatre Company called “Amphibian.” The play was performed in the Space Theatre and was aimed at middle-school aged children. The students had a great time and were able to gain an insight into professional theatre by watching a Q&A with the actors and director after the performance.
Last Friday, two of the Year 9 classes went on a roaring adventure to the Adelaide Zoo to learn about Australia’s endangered species, biomes, food security and the unique eco-systems many animals use for survival. There were various opportunities that we could get involved in, including a photo competition and a booklet to expand our knowledge on the zoo inhabitants.
SAETA Spring Poetry
Congratulations to the following students who have had their poems selected for publication in the South Australian English Teachers’ Association 2018 Spring Poetry Anthology. From the hundreds submitted across the state, it was extremely pleasing and satisfying to see so many MacKillop students represented in the soon to be published anthology.
Last week was a very special week as Ms Steele and I were fortunate enough to interview the students who applied to be our 2019 College Captains. The applications were well researched and beautifully written. I commented on how the standard was better than many applications I have received for employment positions.
This morning, three significant events took place simultaneously; Year 5 girls arrived from neighbouring schools for our Come ‘n’ Try MacKillop Day; the Year 10 and 11 students gathered in the gym to hear Prefect speeches; and the Year 12 students gathered for the Principal’s Breakfast.
"Throughout my four years at the College, I have observed the previous and current leaders with great admiration, whilst being inspired to commit to the College and demonstrate the values and morals of compassion and service; the values that Mary MacKillop has passed onto us. I believe that every MacKillop girl should have an equal voice, experience the same opportunities and gain their own confidence to believe in themselves and thrive tremendously. My aim is to create cohesion and respect throughout all year levels and to promote this culture of inclusiveness to our new Year 7 cohort, so they too can build confidence".
On Sunday 19 August, two Mary MacKillop College students participated in the APEX Australia Teenage Fashion Arts Festival, held at Scotch College. Year 8 students, Adriana and Daniella, confidently modelled their own designs in this glamorous event alongside many competitors from a variety of South Australian secondary schools.