From the Principal


It is always a delight meeting prospective students and families at enrolment interviews. Our young students are always refreshingly honest when asked questions or for their opinion on various topics. One young girl, when asked, what would you like to do after your six years at Mary MacKillop? answered with refreshing honesty, I might have a bit of a break!; A good answer I thought.  This insight from one so young is supported by advice from many quarters. It is important to pause, reflect and take stock of what is happening in your life.

I am looking forward to the Family Breakfast where funds raised will go to Catherine House. The College has been long supporters of the work of Catherine House, and our students have raised money and have researched the complex causes of homelessness and the possible solutions.

For the next five weeks, Jessica Goldfinch will be working with us, primarily in Physical Education, while Lauren Sutton takes on the role of Director of Students. Jessica graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor in Education and a Bachelor in Health Sciences.

Jessica Johnson, our College Counsellor is about to leave us and take Maternity Leave.  Jessica expects to return to her role in 2019. Mary Superina will be our College Counsellor in Jessica’s absence. Mary has a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Social Work from Flinders University.

This week, I was sad to hear of the death of a great Australian, Jill Ker Conway. Many years ago, I read an account of her early years in her memoir, The Road from Coorain. This is a beautiful story of a young girl’s journey from a sheep farm in northern New South Wales to Sydney and then to Harvard. I have asked Alicia Papp our Librarian to order copies of The Road to Coorain, True North and A Women’s Education. I hope our students enjoy reading them.


Kath McGuigan