Dear Families and Friends of Mary MacKillop College,
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”- Viktor Frankl
We are indeed living in interesting times. I have been involved in education for nearly 40 years and I have never known anything like the situation we are experiencing now. I can remember school shutdowns in Scotland due to extreme weather conditions, long-term transport strikes that stopped people from getting to work and school, extended flu seasons but this is unprecedented. A global pandemic has hit our shores and affected the economic and social fabric of our society. We all know of people who have been impacted; lost jobs, cancelled weddings, funerals held with only a few family members, and now we face the absence of Easter services.
I am optimistic that we will get through this, as long as we do our bit. Stay at home – only going out for a daily walk, to buy essential items and for medical care.
Like many of you, I have been in touch with family members around the globe. Everyone needs to help flatten the curve so that we can get back to normal sooner rather than later.
The upcoming Easter Term Break is not a holiday – it is a time to be even more restrictive as many more people will not need to attend work. Students need to stay at home and then we might make a dent in the number of infections and lower the infection rate.
At this point, the arrangements for Term 2 are uncertain. We know that we will move to remote learning in Term 2 however, we are not sure for how long we will be in this mode of learning. We have a Staff Day on Monday 27 April (first day of Term 2) and information will be sent to families when we have been given clearer directives from State and Federal Governments. At this point, the College will be open for learning for all students on Tuesday 28 April.
As one staff member said to me –“we want to flatten the curve but not the learning curve.” We will keep learning and keep striving to do our very best.
At the end of this term, Miescha Archibald will leave us and begin her Maternity Leave. We wish Miescha all the best as she spends more time with family.
Our replacement staff member is Phoebe Barnden who has been working at Sacred Heart College this term. We look forward to welcoming Phoebe to our community.
Thank you to Nhung Pham for her contribution to the ICT Department over the last nine weeks.
I am delighted to inform you that after an extensive process I have appointed Mr Louis de Jager as the next Deputy Principal of Mary MacKillop College.
The Interview Panel were very impressed by Mr de Jager’s experience, commitment to his faith and the education and care of young people.
Mr de Jager is currently the Head of Senior School at St Columba College, Andrews Farm.
He holds a Masters of Catholic Education: Leadership and is an experienced Catholic educator, who is grounded in his faith and inspired by Gospel values.
Mr de Jager is looking forward to joining us in Term 3 and getting to know the Mary MacKillop College community.
I understand that many families have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 situation. This may affect your capacity to pay fees. I invite all families in this situation to call or write to our finance team. We want to work with you and support you through this very challenging time.
This is the final newsletter for Term 1. We will keep in touch with you during the Term Break and Term 2 by SEQTA.
Remember: Stay Home and Wash Your Hands.