From the Acting Director of Students


The end of Week 5 marks the halfway point of Term 3 and there has already been much to reflect on, be grateful for and to celebrate. There has been mid-year exams for our Year 12 Students, the Year 9 Retreat, course counselling, Saturday Sport, fitness sessions and of course JJAMM Week. We have celebrated Book and Science Week with various activities and presentations. We also welcomed the 2020 cohort of Year 7 students at their Winter Transition Day and came together as a community at our Good News Assembly.

A highlight for the Mary MacKillop College family is always JJAMM Week. It truly is a time of festivities and fun, a week of acknowledging the work of the Sisters of St Joseph and of reflection on the work of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Under the guidance of the 2019 Student Leadership Team, the week was a great success. Monday had students and staff singing away to karaoke in the gym at lunch. Tuesday was all about donuts, 240 donuts to be precise. The annual donut eating competition is always a crowd favorite and this year was no exception. Lunchtime activities were the go on Wednesday, thanks to the Sports Captains. Thursday was testing the knowledge of staff and students in ‘MacKillop Millionaire’. The activities throughout the week created excitement and a buzz as we built towards Feast Day on the Friday.

The Mass allowed time to listen, reflect and to offer gratitude for the work of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph. As a community, we were able to honor those Sisters who joined us for Mass and offer thanks.

With the formalities completed in the morning, it was time for M-Factor. The judges once again out did themselves with Lion King inspired costumes. There was singing and magic acts that delighted the audience and questionable dance routines from staff. Under the leadership of the SLT, the day was a great success. A fantastic memory for Years 7 and 8 students, their first Feast Day and a wonderful final experience for our Year 12 students.

It was our pleasure to welcome the 2020 Year 7 students or the class of 2026 to the College on Wednesday. Under the leadership of Year 7 Pastoral Care Coordinator, Kate Fallon, the girls took part in a scavenger hunt around the school, met new people and visited different places. They also had the chance to pick a subject and experience learning MacKillop style. We hope the girls had a wonderful day and that they look forward to their next visit.


Lauren Sutton
Acting Director of Students