From the Deputy Principal: Farewell to our Japanese Friends


The final weeks of the first term are upon us and, as the season changes, we consider all that has been accomplished whilst re-considering our goals to ensure we remain focussed on our learning. Parent Teacher Conversations have begun and students are experiencing the next round of tests and assignments as we begin to gather all the information needed to carefully assess your daughter’s learning needs and accomplishments. In amongst the assignments, tasks and work of the classroom, the College continues to build a strong sense of community through its many activities and events. Last week we delighted in a trip to Penola to mark the Sisters of St Joseph Sesquicentenary celebrations. Thirteen of our girls, accompanied by Gavin Hughes and Adriana Sotira, spent two nights in the South East discovering more about the life of Mary MacKillop. They were welcomed with open arms by the Penola community and made a significant contribution to the Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Philip Wilson. The day was simply wonderful as the Sisters gathered to celebrate 150 years of Catholic education in Australia. Despite a slower than expected departure, the trip home was terrific. Trundling along Portrush Road at 10.30pm the sounds of the College anthem came booming out of the bus and I wondered if Mary MacKillop had ever dreamed of such a life she has created for our girls.

Our Japanese friends from St Capitanio School will leave us this week. We have delighted in their presence in our community and they have provided us with lots of learning, working with students across all year levels. They made a movie with their Year 8 buddies and went snorkelling with their Year 10 buddies.  Most significantly they got to know and work alongside the students from Mary MacKillop College who will be touring Japan in April visiting St Capitanio School. The Japan Music Cultural Tour departs on April 13 and in preparation for this wonderful opportunity we joined up with our Cardijn friends to rehearse our songs and learn a little more about Japan. Under the leadership of Mr David Gauci from Cardijn College, the group of 17 students has learnt a number of songs that they will perform at both St Capitanio and Osaka Seiko School.

On Monday 21 March Ms Lauren Sutton accompanied the four Sport Captains to the annual Halogen National Young Leaders Day held at the Convention Centre. The girls came away from the gathering inspired and energised as student leaders of Mary MacKillop College.

In the weeks ahead I ask families to consider some of those important policies that ensure our school remains a school of excellence including punctuality, attendance and uniform. In regards to the uniform I remind families that we now purchase the uniform through Ranier Design Group. The new winter school shirt requires no tie.  Students from all year levels are encouraged to buy the winter shirt. It is smart and comfortable and goes nicely with both the new winter tunic and the current winter skirt. Brown stockings and shoes must be worn with the current winter skirt whilst the new winter tunic requires navy stockings and black shoes.  Please see the Uniform section of the College website for more details. Alternatively, students in Years 9-12 can purchase the old style uniform (in limited sizing) through school as per the information in this newsletter.

Helen Steele
Deputy Principal