A few weeks ago, I attended the annual AJASS Conference (Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools) at Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney. It was a privilege to be in the company of so many Josephite Principals who share the same charism and mission. Part of our Conference was led by Sr Catherine Mead. Sr Catherine has been researching what it means to be a Josephite leader and how we can share with new principals and leaders the story of Mary MacKillop and the Josephite sisters. We also visited Kincumber on the Central Coast, a place of historical significance in the Mary MacKillop story. We were able to stop briefly at St Joseph’s College East Gosford to meet staff and students. Three Year 12 students shared their experiences of East Timor, The Kimberley and India and how these experiences had changed their perspectives on a range of issues.
We have come to the end of yet another busy term. It is time for a break from the routine of school life for two weeks.
During Term 3, I will be taking some leave. This leave is a combination of Long Service Leave and Renewal Leave.
I will be attending the Oxford Summer Theology Course at Christchurch Oxford and spending some time travelling around Spain. I will be looking forward to some warmer weather. I hope that when I visit Glasgow to catch up with family it won’t be raining!
I have left the College in the more than capable hands of Helen Steele who will be the Acting Principal, Cathy Swain Acting Deputy Principal and Lauren Sutton Director of Students during my leave. Ida Parente will be the Pastoral Care Coordinator for both Year 8 and Year 9. I thank all who have stepped into leadership positions so that I can have this opportunity for study and rest.
At the end of Semester 1, we said goodbye to Anthony Arciuolo and Mikaela Pearce. We thank them both for their contribution to the Mary MacKillop College Community.
Angelina Ranaldo heads off on Maternity leave and we wish her all the best for the birth of her second child.
Chantel Juett has joined us in the Home Economics area for the rest of the year.
I would like to encourage parents to finalise enrolments for Year 7 and Year 8. There are a few spots left and we would not like you to be disappointed. Our current Year 7s have very positive stories to tell about their experience at Mary MacKillop College. I have been delighted by the energy that they have brought to the school community. They have enriched us by their presence.
I wish the Year 12 students all the best with their exams at the beginning of Term 3. For those students who do not have exams, I trust that you use the time wisely to complete assignments and review your goals for the rest of the year.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Term 4.