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From the Principal

08.05.20

Dear Families and Friends of Mary MacKillop College,

It was a delight to see so many girls arrive back at school for face to face teaching. They were excited to be back after more than three weeks at home and so happy to see their friends again and catch up with their teachers.

We welcome Phoebe Barnden to the Home Economics Department. Phoebe is replacing Miescha Archibald while she is on Maternity Leave.

These can be anxious times for all of us. For many of us friends and families have been affected in different ways by COVID-19. I take hope from the positive news that South Australia is tracking well. I have been most impressed by the leadership demonstrated by Dr. Nicola Spurrier, for her daily updates and praises for our hygiene and social distancing practices. Well done South Australia.

Here at the College, staff and students are reminded of the good practices that will keep us safe while the virus is with us. It is probably safe to say that these practices will be with us for some time.

The business of school continues and our core business is teaching and learning. Year 12s have two terms left and then they complete their secondary schooling. This is a fact that often galvanises our Year 12s into more determined study and focus on their post school pathway. At the other end of the secondary school journey our new students in Year 7 and Year 8 have completed their first term at MacKillop.

I thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times  

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.” - Elizabeth Edwards

Please support one another and remember that the current situation affects people in many different ways; financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I have been watching 'Mystery Road' on ABC and Jada Alberts, an old scholar of Mary MacKillop College. Jada plays the part of Fran, a police officer who is trying to discover what happened to her cousin who disappeared.

Meanwhile, another old scholar, Luisa Pannucio has been posting Science videos on her LinkedIn page titled 'STEM at HOME'. Luisa's channel aims to promote fun and educational STEM content and learning activities that school students can try from home.

We always enjoy hearing about the journeys beyond school and the interesting paths that our old scholars take. 

 

Kath McGuigan
Principal