Our final newsletter for the school year provides us with the opportunity to reflect on all that has unfolded in 2017. It has been our year of offering gratitude, drawing on Mary’s wisdom to help us lead lives present to the wonder of our God. The past few days have seen the girls move through the College bursting with energy, sharing gifts and cards, saying thank you to their teachers and offering farewell hugs as they begin the long holiday break.
In Advent we prepare the way for Jesus to enter into our lives and hearts. How fitting to end the school year in this season. A time for new beginnings, wonder and awe, excitement, perhaps some fear and trepidation , all normal emotions that shape our daily life.
These final weeks of term have been busy and extremely rewarding.
In this last week our Year 8 and 9 students have completed their learning by engaging in our G‘Day Asia experience. It was very hard to judge the best decorated door, digital presentation and interactive activity. Our Home Economics department and Canteen worked together to prepare and serve delicious asian food.
On Friday 1 December, the two Year 8 Drama classes performed their class productions in front of students, staff and parents. Mrs Coxhill’s class performed Hansel and Gretel and the Creepy Woods and Ms MacLennan’s class performed Alice in Wonderland. During the intermission, Maeve, one of our Year 8 students, played two beautiful pieces on the violin.
Social Justice Outreach
Inspired by the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to 'Never see a need without doing something about it.', The students have been active supporters of various campaigns to raise awareness of existing social justice issues and making a difference in the lives of others.
In schools, Term 4 can be considered both an end time and a beginning time. The Year 12 girls will celebrate their Graduation Dinner tomorrow night. This celebration is significant for students, their parents and us as a school community. We will acknowledge each MacKillop girl and thank them for their contribution to College life.
On Friday 10 November our school community gathered for a Remembrance Day Prayer service to remember those who have been impacted by wars throughout history. This service was wonderfully planned and led by our 2018 Student Leadership Team, under the guidance of our Social Justice Captains, Emily and Hannah.
On Tuesday 14 November, the Art Department celebrated the Annual Youth Vocational Awards, hosted by the Rotary Club of St Peters. We selected Mackenzie (Year 11) and Zara (Year 12) as the award recipients for their determination, high level of skill and application in completing a hands-on project in the arts. Other schools were involved, with two students from each school displaying their work, discussing the processes involved and answering questions. This was a wonderful opportunity for local students to share their ideas and imaginative outcomes with the community.
The past few weeks have seen our MacKillop girls involved in many activities and events and reading this newsletter should find you absorbed in the life of the College. A highlight for me has been the students stepping into opportunities to lead the school. We held our Year 7 Transition Information Evening which was led by Year 8 students. Milly, Felicia, Ella, Jana, Janine and Amelie prepared the meeting with Ida Parente and then proceeded to welcome families and students with the confidence of a teacher and the warmth of a student.