Welcome back to Mary MacKillop College and a very warm welcome to all of our new students and families.
We have been delighted in particular to see the beaming and nervous faces of our Year 7 and Year 8 students. We have been planning and preparing for their arrival and we hope that they enjoy their secondary school life.
Much has happened over the holidays. A mini-renovation was completed in the Chemistry laboratory and our new 'Digital Tech Hub' is now completed. We are looking forward to using these new learning spaces in many different ways.
We were very pleased with the achievements of all of our 2018 graduates and are delighted that many of them have already received their chosen University and TAFE offers in the first round. We look forward to seeing many of our graduates at the Beginning of Year Mass and Dux Assembly
We have a number of new staff and staff who are returning to the College.
We also welcome back Claire MacLennan and Jessica Johnson from Maternity Leave.
Almuna, Juliet Rapetti is going to assist with our Sports Program during Term 1.
Mary MacKillop Museum
We have been delighted to hear that work will soon start on the new Mary MacKillop Museum. We are a Josephite school founded by the Sisters of St Joseph who inspire us by their presence next door. The Sisters are touchstone for the Josephite Charism and a tangible reminder of the history and legacy of Mary MacKillop. This new museum will bring the Josephite story alive to new generations of students and families.
Our theme for the year is 'We must teach more by example than by word'. We will be encouraged to live out this theme throughout the year and turn our intentions into actions.
Many people set goals or resolutions for a new year and during the summer holidays I spent some time reflecting on the year that had passed and the year to come.
This quote from Adam Grant resonated with me,
"Leadership is a verb not a noun. It is your actions, not your title that make a difference."
I look forward to working with all of you for a very successful 2019 school year.