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Primary News – Term 2, Week 2

04 May 2022

Term 2, Week 2

Dear Community,

Happy Mother’s Day

Gospel Passage just for Mum

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7. Many couples who marry in the church often use this reading in the nuptials as it embodies what commitment is all about. I also believe it speaks volumes to our mums, who are everything to everyone.

This will be the first year my siblings and I won’t have mum to honour and share our gratitude. We miss her dearly and her little pearls of wisdom. It hurts to be honest!

On behalf of all the staff and students at MacKillop I wish all mums a great day on Sunday. Know that you are valued, loved and respected.

Three quotes that say it all…

“My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” Picoult

“Don’t poets know it better than others? God can’t always be everywhere: and, so, invented mothers.” Arnold.

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” Jordan

Mother’s Day Breakfast, Liturgy and Class Reading Time

We do hope that tomorrow you will be able to join us early in the morning for breakfast and a special liturgy in the church to celebrate all our beautiful mothers. A nice hot breakfast and cuppa will be served. Mums are also encouraged to hang around for the usual Friday morning assembly @ 8:45 where our K – 2 choir would like to perform a beautiful song honouring our mums. Following this, mums can go into classrooms for about 10 – 15 minutes and read with their child(ren). All mums in attendance will also receive a very small gift from the kids to show that we love, value and care for all our beautiful mums.

Teaching Rounds

To start the term, the team of teachers moving and working with small groups of students has been in the Year 3 and 5 classrooms. The focus has been on instructional strategies for comprehension, spelling, grammar, writing and problem solving. Soon the team will focus on other grades and target specific areas of learning need based on ongoing assessment data. In 2021 the Primary school recorded the best NAPLAN results in our school’s short history and whilst NAPLAN is only one test for one day, we believe that our Teaching Rounds are making a difference.


Commencing next week from Tuesday 10th May – Thursday 19th May the Year 3 and 5 students will participate in the Numeracy and Literacy assessments. Areas for assessment include reading, language features which includes grammar and spelling, writing and numeracy. We wish all the students the very best and know that they have been well prepared.

Early Intervention Strategies

As part of the state government’s commitment to combat the issues created through covid isolation each school has been allocated a small sum of money to target specific areas of need. For our school, this means extra teachers in K – 2 to target phonics and phonemic awareness. We have also engaged an on-site speech therapist who will be working with some students on specific structural language development issues. I have every confidence that what has been planned and programmed will serve our young students well into the future.

Kindergarten Enrolment for 2023 and Enrolment now for other Grades

We literally only have a handful of places left for kindergarten 2023. The end of May is traditionally our cut off for 2023 enrolments. Please spread the word if families are interested then they do really need to act now. Interviews are being held now and offers made immediately.

We have very limited spots in some other grades. We have had two families move north to Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. Again let your neighbours know if they are interested.

Madagascar and Lion King Kids Musicals

Excitement is building in our Creative Arts department and all over the school for the upcoming musicals. This Friday and Saturday our secondary students will perform in the theatre Madagascar. Be sure to grab any remaining tickets you can as it will be wonderful. Then we will hold our very own Musical for the first time in the Primary school with Lion King Kids the Musical. This will take place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June. I am so thrilled by the take up of children who have tried out or who will be a part of the cast.

Behaviour Management – PBL @ MacKillop

At MacKillop Catholic College, behaviour management is seen as guiding, leading, encouraging and demonstrating Christian behaviour within a framework of Christian values. We encourage and recognise positive behaviour to develop the children’s sense of self-worth, belonging and well-being through awards, rewards, and verbal praise. We also consistently apply rules and consequences for misbehaviour, which includes Long and Short Time Out, to ensure our school is a safe, fair and respectful community. 

To ensure our school is a happy, safe and caring place to learn and play, we have 3 main rules:

  1. Respect ourselves and others 
  2. Respect our school environment 
  3. Respect everyone’s right to learn

Visuals are placed around the school and specific lessons are modelled, taught or role played for the students to know and understand desirable behaviour. A copy of these visuals can be downloaded at the bottom of this page for your information so that you can discuss these behaviours and expectations at home.

Parent Principal Chat

On Friday 20th May 9- 10am, parents are invited to come to the library for an informal chat about all things MacKillop K – 6. I will talk about educational initiative and programs, social and emotional wellbeing, Australian Early Development Census and building program plans. Mrs Harman our FLO will also share what she has been doing and what is planned for parents for the reminder of the year. Those unable to attend can watch and participate via zoom. Please RSVP to Mrs Harman so she can plan some light refreshments for the conversation.

A Thought for Mum for the Week…

“The quickest way for a mother to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” Olinghouse.

God Bless,

Frank Cohen

Primary Principal


Behaviour Management – PBL
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