This is the final newsletter for 2019, and as we reflect over the year, we pause to be thankful for the many gifts that have been bestowed upon us.
It does not seem that long ago the Year 7 students entered our buildings for the first time and blessed us with their energy and enthusiasm. Both the Year 7 and Year 8 girls, while nervous and excited, delighted in their new surroundings and the chance to play more sport, light those Bunsen burners in Science and demonstrate their master chef capabilities in Home Economics. In a world that seems obsessed with KPIs, targets and measures, we must remember that we are in the business of developing young people to be the best they can be spiritually, intellectually, socially and emotionally.
At the End of Year Mass and Awards Ceremony, we acknowledged the work and support of Laurie Sammut, Principal of St Joseph’s Payneham. Laurie was also delighted by the number of Awards achieved by students formerly from St Joseph’s Payneham!
I acknowledge and thank the staff who are leaving at the end of this year.
Chantel Juett and Anthony Arciuolo, who have finished their teaching contracts.
Marika Harrap, who has been with us for four years and I thank Marika for her commitment in the area of Inclusive Education.
Finally, I acknowledge the significant contribution of Helen Steele as Deputy Principal of the College. As Helen begins her time as Principal at St Dominic’s Priory School, we know that she is ready for the next step in her leadership journey. She is often the first person at school and the last to leave. She ensures that the school runs smoothly and everyone is cared for. Staff, parent and student concerns are handled promptly and sensitively. Leadership is nurtured and encouraged. It is a testament to Helen’s leadership that so many families stayed behind after the evening to say farewell.
We will advertise for the position of Deputy Principal in Term 1 2020. During Term 1, Cathy Swain will be the Acting Deputy Principal and Lauren Sutton will be the Acting Director of Students. Cathy and Lauren held these positions in Term 3 and I have every confidence in their ability to carry out their duties with excellence.
Our air-conditioning project is still in progress. However, we have hit a few hurdles with the timing of the project. In order to ensure minimal disruption to teaching and learning the project will not start until mid-November 2020 with completion expected early 2021.
Next year, we will acknowledge 50 years of being named Mary MacKillop College and we have a number of events planned to mark and celebrate this occasion. We will keep you informed through Facebook, SEQTA and the school newsletter.
During Advent, we look forward to Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Let us remember that the Christmas message is a message of hope and of love.
I wish you every blessing for the Christmas season. May you have a good break and I look forward to seeing you all in 2020.