MacKillop College Newsletter
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Term 3, Week 1, 22 July
Welcome to Term 3
One thing that never changes with working in a school is that it seems like a year comes and goes so quickly. As we enter the second half of the year, I encourage parents to take some time to sit with your child and read the Semester 1 Report (published to Schoolworx parent portals on the last day of Term 2) and use it to set some goals for Semester 2. It may simply be trying to improve their grade in certain subjects, receive an award or be more ‘consistent’ in their Approach to Learning.
I also encourage parents to discuss with students some goals around involvement in extra curricular and service based activities at the College throughout the remainder of Term 3.
I look forward to working with staff, students and families throughout Term 3.
Creative Arts Nest A4 Art Competition Winners and Highly Commended
Last term I had the privilege to attend the Artwalk and see the magnificent works of so many MacKillop staff and students. I was proud to see that two members of our MacKillop College community received 1st Place in their respective divisions and three received 'Highly Commended’ for their works. We certainly have some very creative and talented students and staff!
Celebration of Excellence 2022 Award Sponsorship
Another year is fast approaching its end for our 2022 HSC students, and we are preparing for our Celebration of Excellence which is scheduled for September.
Students who have excelled in academic and cultural areas receive a trophy or gift voucher as a symbol of their involvement and achievement in a particular area. Each award sponsorship is $50. An invoice can be provided and sponsors are acknowledged on our official program as well as in the College newsletter.
We would like to give any businesses or families the opportunity to sponsor one of the Major Awards given to our HSC students during this event, celebrating their many achievements.
Thank you to those families and businesses who have previously sponsored awards. Your ongoing support is invaluable to making the occasion memorable for all.
Please contact Alex Bamford on 6583 2632 or via email@example.com if you are interested in Award sponsorship.
Lockdowns and Evacuations
It is a requirement that throughout the year the College runs drills to ensure in the unlikely event of an emergency or unsafe situation we would be prepared. During an ‘unplanned’ drill on Wednesday we did have some students contact parents using their mobile device. I would ask that parents discuss the importance of these drills and following all directions from staff so as not to risk the safety of the 1300 plus students and staff, nor to cause confusion in communication with emergency services. In the event of a ‘real’ emergency it would be imperative parents did not take any action until directed by the College, as this too could risk the emergency services access and actions and subsequently risk the safety of those on site.
Assistant Principal Learning & Teaching
Year 10 have had a busy start to the term with Minimum Standards Numeracy (Wednesday) and a visit to Newman Senior Technical College (Thursday). The next step in preparation for Year 11 is for all students interested in continuing their education at Mackillop in 2023 to attend our upcoming Year 11, 2023 Subject Information Night which is being held on Wednesday, 27 July from 6:00pm with their parents. Please register via the link here.
Following the Information Night, Year 10 will be involved in a subject selection day on Monday, 1 August prior to their interviews on Thursday, 4 August. All information was been emailed to parents and students last term.
Assistant Principal Learning & Teaching
Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
MacKillop College Assessments Update
Term 3 is a busy time at the College when it comes to assessment with the Trial HSC taking place, Year 11 having their final exams and Years 7-10 continuing to demonstrate their great work and learning through in class and hand in assessment. Please see below key points in relation to assessment:
Term 3 Assessment Calendars
The Term 3 Assessment Calendars for each year group are available via the Moodle and can be found through the following link: Assessment Information (Click here). Parents and students have also been sent their individual year group calendars with some reminders relevant to their year group this week.
Please note that the calendars are subject to change and are live documents to indicate changes immediately, an updated date indicator can be found at the top of the sheet.
Stage 6 Assessment
Year 12 Trial HSC Exams are taking place from 1 - 15 August (Week 3 to 5). We wish our students all the very best in their Trials as they continue to prepare for the HSC later in the year.
The Year 11 final exam block will take place from 12 - 20 September (Week 9 to 10).
Assessment Variation Forms
If a student is unwell, or a situation arises that may affect their completion of an Assessment Task, please complete an Assessment Variation from. This can be downloaded from Moodle: Assessment Information (Click here)
- Once complete, please submit the form to the Mackillop Assessment email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please ensure appropriate supporting documentation is included.
If you have any questions regarding assessment please don’t hesitate to contact the Leader of Curriculum Sarah Warby via email email@example.com or by phoning the College on 6583 2632.
Year 11 Information Night
Big Day Out - Tuesday, 16 August
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”- Martin Luther
Cocurricular Performing Arts Showcase
Students and families are invited to attend the annual Cocurricular Performing Arts Showcase taking place in the College Hall on Thursday, 28 July from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
The concert will showcase cocurricular music, dance and drama ensembles including the SAPSS Junior and Senior Drumlines, the College Junior and Senior Band, Percussion Ensembles, Saxophone Ensemble, Musical Theatre Company and Collective Praise Band. The Year 7 and 8 - 11 Dance Groups will perform, as will the Year 7 Drama Group.
Links & Forms
Cocurricular Performing Arts Showcase (Music, Dance & Drama)
Week 2: Thursday, 28 July. Matinee Performance - Periods 3 and 4, College Hall.
Evening Performance - 6:00pm - 8:00pm, College Hall. See your ensemble director for details!
Centenary of the Smith Family Performance (Senior & Junior Drumline)
Week 2: Saturday, 30 July 1:20pm - 2:20pm, Laurieton United Services Club, SAPSS Junior & Senior Drumline.
Week 3: Wednesday, 3 August Period 1, College Hall, Junior Percussion Ensemble.
Please contact Robert Denham with any questions relating to the cocurricular music program at MacKillop College.
Leader of Music
Athletics Carnival 2022 POSTPONED
As you are aware the weather forced our Athletics Carnival to be postponed until Monday, 25 July. Hopefully the fields hold up over the weekend and our carnival can go ahead. Thank you for your understanding with the changes to our Carnival.
Just a reminder there is still the below events to take place for our Athletics Carnival after Monday's potential carnival.
Pre-events Week 2: Tuesday, 26 July
|1||9:00am||16, 17, 18 Girls|
|1||9:30am||16, 17, 18 Girls|
|2||10:00am||12, 13, 14, 15 Girls|
|2||10:30am||12, 13, 14, 15 Boys|
Event: High Jump
|3||11:45am||12 - 13 Boys|
|3||12:15pm||12 - 13 Girls|
|3||12:45pm||14 - 15 Boys|
|4||1:15pm||14 - 15 Girls|
|4||1:45pm||16 - 18 Boys|
|4||2:15pm||16 - 18 Girls|
If students wish to do the fosbury flop in the HIGH JUMP, parents MUST fill out the parental permission form (found at the Sports Notice boards) and provide it to Erin Denham.
Term 3 Sport
Please refer to the College website for the Sport Programs for Year 7-10 Term 3 Sport.
Year 7 will go offsite to participate in a Tennis Program hosted by five coaches from Goodwin Tennis at Westport Tennis Courts. All equipment is provided.
Year 8 will complete a combination of Rock Climbing, Planet X and Hydro Golf for the first three weeks, and a mini round robin of volleyball and soccer in the remaining two weeks.
Students will be emailed these programs.
Year 9 and 10 students completed their sport selections in Week 7 for Term 3 Sport. These selections have been emailed to students.
7/8 NSW All Schools Touch Football - Girls
The 7/8 girls started off the day with a one-all draw against a well drilled St Clare’s, Taree side. Despite the slower start, the girls stepped it up a gear and convincingly won the remainder of their pool games against Camden Haven (6-0), Taree (4-0), MVAC (7-1), Hastings (8-0) and Regional (4-0).
This meant the girls finished on top of the ladder and earned a spot in the grand final. Again they came up against St Clare’s but our MacKillop girls proved too strong and played an outstanding game to come out victors 6-1.
A big congratulations to Milla Swain who was named players player for the day. All the girls are to be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves throughout the day both on and off the field.
A wonderful and very talented group of girls. Good luck in Sydney!!
Laura Cudmore - Coach
7/8 NSW All Schools Touch Football - Boys
After a few washouts, the All Schools carnival was played on Tuesday, 28 June under chilly conditions. The 7/8 Boys’ team were reduced in numbers due to a variety of factors, but despite this they were keen to play some games and give it their best.
They played six games throughout the day and came away with four wins and two losses, placing them 3rd overall.
Well done to Sam Howard, Jesse Andrews and Eli Hudson for their strong driving plays; to Lewis Shipway, Joey Thompson and Bailey Rowlatt for hitting some great holes in attack and to Arthur Schmude, Chase Thompson, James Gunn and Paxton Blake for their solid defence.
These boys worked well together as a team, supporting each other and representing our college with great sportsmanship and pride.
Thank you to our referees, Jesse Fisher and Ethan Tombs, who also did a great job for the school. Without them, this team would not get to compete. Gratitude is also extended to Tana Marino who coached his younger peers, giving them good feedback to assist in developing good skills and team play.
Best and Fairest for the day goes to Bailey Rowlatt.
Michelle Marino - Coach
9/10 NSW All Schools Touch Football - Girls
The Year 9/10 Girls kick started the day against the favourites and overall winners Regional, only narrowly going down by one in the last minute. This gave them the confidence and motivation to play at their best and be a fierce competitor.
Led by Tallara Duck (Year 10) and Charlee Bailey (Year 9), the girls displayed amazing team work and high quality drives which lead to convincing wins against Camden Haven, Hastings Secondary College and St Clare's Taree.
A special mention to Bella MacCullagh, a stand out winger and try scorer on the day who unfortunately went down with injury in our final round game.
After back to back games, fatigue and injury crept in and we faced Regional again in the semi final. The girls went down but spirits were still high after an amazing effort. I congratulate all the girls on their positivity and sportsmanship throughout the day. Tallara Duck took out MVP of the day.
Jamie-Lee Cartwright - Coach
9/10 NSW All Schools Touch Football - Boys
The boys were crowned Mid North Coast Regional Champions after a convincing 5-1 victory over Taree High School in the grand final. This now qualifies the team for the NSW All Schools State Final series in Tuggerah in early Term 3.
With a favourable draw, the boys warmed into the regional tournament with early victories over Hastings Secondary College, Macleay Valley Vocational College, St Columba and St Clare's Taree. In the round games, St Joseph's Regional College offered some early resistance but the boys ran away with a convincing 6-2 victory. The final round game was against Taree High who were also undefeated at the time. Our boys stepped up their play and exposed them with hard defence and strong driving through the midfield to defeat Taree 6-1 and progress to the grand final.
The team had a great balance of players but in the big games it was our representative players Ethan Tombs, Cooper Lorger and Tana Marino who controlled the play. Will Oliver and Wil Rosenbaum supported them well. Ethan Tombs took out MVP of the day.
Warren Lorger - Coach
MacKillop College Upcoming Events and Registration
All registrations for MacKillop College sport teams will be completed by students via logging into the school Moodle page. Go to the Student Links tab on the left hand side and click on the Representative Sports Registrations link. Click on the relevant sport and fill out the google form.
Students will be notified through the morning notices of when to sign up, and when trials will occur.
Click on this link to register.
Pre-events Periods 1 & 2 1500m and 3, 4 & 5 High Jump
Katrina Fanning Cup Northern Finals – Coffs Harbour
NSWCCC Football QF Knockout – Lake Macquarie Sports Centre
Bill Turner – Girls – MacKillop College
Feast Day and Big Day Out
NC Regional Netball finals 7-10 Boys and Girls – Port Macquarie
Harry Wells 9s Boys – Wood Street Port Macquarie
Lismore Diocesan Events and Registration
Please note that the following sports are currently open for students to be able to sign up to or register their interest to trial. These sports have been advertised to students through morning notices over the past week.
Please click on this link below to register for the sports.
Date of event
Registration Closing date
Junior & Intermediate –Coffs Harbour
2 & 3 August
Athletics carnival in Coffs Harbour
Diocesan Junior/Intermediate/Senior Championships Girls – Port Macquarie
Diocesan Boys and Girls Championships – Coffs Harbour
Grafton - TBC
NSWCCC Events and Registration
Students MUST be registered for the event with parent and Principal approval (or Principal delegate).
Registration is through the CSNSW Sport portal. Details on how to register.
Please note that the NSWCCC Sport registrations for individual nominations for 2022 selections are open for the following trials:
Date of event
Registration Closing date
CCC Girls Camp
Girls – St Mary’s Stadium
Boys & Girls (Junior and Senior) Knockout finals - Glenwood
30 & 31 August
Sydney Olympic Park
For further information, go to the CSNSW Sport website Sport pages. https://csnsw.sport/
NSW All Schools Events
The selection for these events are a result of the NSWCCC events.
Date of event
NSW All Schools Touch Football – 7/8 Girls, 9/10 Girls and 9/10 Boys at Central Coast
1 & 2 August
Glenwood – This event follows the knock out competition and the results at the end of the term
If your child has achieved outstanding sporting results in their community sport, we would love to hear about it. Please email myself, or your child’s respective Leader of Pastoral Care, so we can acknowledge these achievements.
If you have any questions regarding sport at MacKillop College, please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone at the College.
Leader of Sport
To order from the canteen:
1. Orders can be written out at the canteen (bags supplied free of charge).
2. Orders can be written out at home and handed in at the canteen.
3. Download the Qkr! app and order on line.
All orders to be in by 8:00am please.
Please remind your child/children if you have ordered for them, and what their order is.
If your child is sick and you have ordered, please phone the canteen (6583 2632) to arrange a credit.
Please note to change your child's year group when using the QKR! app to order lunch for 2022.
Now available: Gluten free pies $5.00 and gluten free sausage rolls $4.00; these items must be ordered.
Monday 25 July
Patrick Corr & Paul Atkins
Tuesday 26 July
Anthea Romer & Elisabeth Jardine
Wednesday 27 July
Jaci Zimmerman & Amelia Browne
Thursday 28 July
Tracey Reddie, Sue Ryan & Stacey Hyde
Friday 29 July
Canteen Help Needed
We are in need of some parent assistance for canteen. For more information and requirements on volunteering in the Canteen, or if you are able to volunteer, please follow this link.
Tuesday 7:45am-8:30am and Friday 7:45am-8:30am
Room 12 Main College with Elizabeth Robertson