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From the Acting Deputy Principal


On Friday 8 June, the Senior Student Leadership Team hosted the Annual Family Breakfast. It was a delightful morning, and the students are to be congratulated on their commitment and contributions to the event. There was a tasty breakfast, a competitive silent auction, wonderful music and a raffle with so many prizes donated by our MacKillop families.

This year, the Family Breakfast supported Catherine House, a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. The Acting CEO of Catherine House, Linda Matthews, spoke to the group about how important the service they provide is, and how grateful they are for the continued support of the College. Thank you to all who donated prizes or attended this event, your support is greatly appreciated.

During Lent, the students supported Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion. This year, the staff were invited to participate in the ‘Dance Off’. The more money raised, the more staff were involved in one of the two dance teams. During our Good News Assembly on Thursday 7 June, our Social Justice Captains, Hannah and Emily, shared the results of this campaign with the students and started the ‘Dance Off’. Team 1 consisted of Mr Alvaro, Mr Hughes, Ms Parente, Mrs Morrish and Mrs de los Reyes. They delighted the audience with their uplifting moves to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. There were many happy faces in the audience as this team grooved their way around the gym with perfectly orchestrated and in-time dance steps. Team 2 consisted of Mrs Tatarelli, Mrs Sotira, Mrs Penna, Mrs Coxhill, Ms Sutton, Mrs Swain as the Pink Ladies and Mr Iannace as our very own Danny Zuko. They performed to a classic Grease medley. The end of this piece saw the staff encouraging the girls to join in with the “Hand Jive”. It was a close competition. In the end, the victors of the first ever Mary MacKillop College Staff Dance Off was Team 2. Well done to our Social Justice Captains and the Student Leadership Team for organising fundraising activities and rallying the support of the student body for Project Compassion.

On Thursday 14 June, the Year 10 Drama class and the Drama Club entertained a small crowd of parents and friends with a selection of plays they had been working on during Semester 1. The Year 10 students opened the evening with a few short Commedia Dell’Arte scenes. These scenes focussed on humour and improvisation. The Drama Club’s play, “The Accident”, follows a theatre group trying to perform their play without their costumes and props as they have been involved in a truck accident. Students acting as doors, couches, radios and telephones showed excellent comedy and strong acting skills. Over the semester, the Year 10 drama class have worked on their performance, “Good Cop, Bad Cop”, in class. This humorous play, of two incompetent police officers and their menagerie of witnesses, was well performed, creative and amusing. In between performances, musicians, Amalia (on voice), and Aoibh (on flute), entertained us. Well done to all the performers, and thank you to Mrs Coxhill and Mr Hughes for their work with the students.

This week, the Year 11 students have been undertaking their mid-year examinations. Next week, when we start Semester 2, the Year 10 girls will be involved in Futures Week. Mary MacKillop College is a busy place but is one where our community can delight in all the opportunities and activities there are and can be involved in.


Cathy Swain
Acting Deputy Principal