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From the Deputy Principal

29.08.18

The sun shone brightly and warmed all those gathered for the final Saturday morning of sport.  As parents arrived to MacKillop, I witnessed high levels of excitement as the girls prepared to play grand finals. Extra care had been taken to dressing for the day, with matching ribbons and a splash of war paint. MacKillop girls were winners, coming home with three Grand Final wins!  But the greatest joy of the day was watching our girls with their parents; their interactions were respectful, warm and fun. The girls introduced their parents to friends’ parents and together they gathered on the sidelines. There was cheering, encouraging and, I am led to believe in one instance, running onto the court on the final whistle.  Parent involvement in the life of a high school girl is so important. Knowing what is happening without over interfering is the balance parents of teenagers seek and attending Saturday Sport is a great way to be connected with your daughter and involved in your daughter’s life.  We take a break from Saturday Sport now for a few weeks, but next term we will start all over again.  Thank you for your support of your daughter through extra-curricular activities.  There are two more opportunities for you to engage in school life coming up very soon. Music Night will be held in Week 8 and Sports Night will be held in Week One of Term 4. 

The Quiz Night, held on Saturday 18 August, was a fabulous evening of family fun. Led by the Parents & Friend Association and their supportive families, we entered into a night of challenge and laughter. Many thanks to the Parents & Friends and especially to Quiz Master and the Master of the Quiz, Lino and Tania Piotto. Thank you all for your support and for an evening that I am sure will become a tradition at the College.

At this time of the year, it is opportune for parents to have conversations with their daughters about their studies. Goal setting and sharing learning are two ways for you to engage. Ask your daughter to explain a concept she has learnt in maths or science or any subject. As she explains, avoid correcting, ask questions and affirm her knowledge. Goal setting needs to be achievable. If your daughter is clearly struggling at school, perhaps spend some time working on one or two simple achievable goals. Keep it simple. When it has been achieved, offer acknowledgement, and move to the next goal. As the assignments increase, the preparation for tests take on a new intensity and tasks become more demanding, encourage persistence – doing a little bit more, not a little bit less.

I am writing my article surrounded by members of the knitting group. There is a rise and fall in the level of conversation – very little about knitting. As I listen to the girls, I can barely make out what they are saying but I know there is a level of acceptance, help, excitement and friendship. The Year 8 students are energetic, the Year 10 girls are enjoying the music, singing and chatting – oh and knitting. Gathering with people we trust, feel comfortable with, who make us laugh and teach us new things – these are the moments at Mary MacKillop College that are treasured.  

 

Helen Steele
Deputy Principal