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Secondary News – Term 1, Week 8

17 Mar 2022
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Term 1, Week 8

LENT:

Last Sunday was the 2nd Sunday of Lent. The Gospel reading at Mass was from Luke 9:28-36. This text is about The Transfiguration. Jesus Christ took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John, up on a mountain, where Moses and Elijah appeared and Jesus was transfigured, his face and clothes becoming dazzlingly bright This event teaches about Christ’s authority and glory as well as the transformation we should go through as his followers.

During Lent we are all challenged to transform ourselves by reflecting on our lives and who we really wish to be. We do this through prayer and asking for God’s mercy.

Wednesday Morning Mass:

During Lent we invite all our students and their families to join us on Wednesday mornings at the 7.30am Mass in our Church. All Student Parliament members and Youth Ministry students are asked to attend this Mass as part of their service, but all students are encouraged to attend. Following Mass at 8am we provide breakfast for all the students who attend, both primary and Secondary.

Learning:

Presently our students are experiencing a number of teachers dropping in on their lessons. Sometimes it is just to observe the students and to ask them about their learning so we can gauge if they see the connections and purpose of what they are learning. Other times it is part of a Learning Walk where the teachers are discussing what they observe in classrooms and how learning might be more engaging and collaborative, allowing students to develop skills and display visible learning.

After a Learning Walk the teachers sit together to discuss how the lesson unfolded and what was observed. From this the teachers discuss how the class might be further engaged and to ensure all students are challenged.

We are all learners at MacKillop, both students and staff, as we all work together to enable students to be the ‘best they can be’.

Open Day and Enrolments:

All the MCC staff that were present for the Open Day afternoon and the Information Night all agreed on one thing and that is the pride we felt for all the students present at that event. Firstly, we have never had so many students volunteer to help in many varied activities around the College. Many parents made comments about the way the students spoke with so much pride for their school when they were conducting tours. Students cooked, performed, ran stalls, and gave tours and we thank them so much for their assistance. At the Yr 7.2023 Information Night Montana Currey and Preston Lorusso spoke so eloquently about the College and why they would encourage parents to send their child to MCC. From Year 7 Lucy Brooks, Michal Osei-Kumah and Dimity McMaster all spoke so well about their first 7 weeks of school and how positive it has been which was wonderful to hear.

We truly witnessed a united College community this night.

College Assemblies and Period 6:

Last week we had a full Period 6 with students from Yrs 7-10 and a full assembly with students from 7-12. It was wonderful to come together again as a community and in both cases our students responded so well. These assemblies allow us to do a number of important things.

Period 6 allows us to look at topics that may not be addressed normally and for students to ponder about who they are and who they wish to become. We have guest speakers, both students and outside visitors, as well as looking at important topics such as cyber safety, domestic violence, equality in all areas, international days and why we celebrate them and so on.

Our Assemblies allow us to celebrate our students’ successes and to communicate all the events and activities that have been occurring in and out of the College. We have performances and House score updates and we pray together as a community.

Both contribute to forming a sense of belonging and community building.

Harmony Week:

This week we celebrated Harmony Week which is intended to celebrate the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society and to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community.

The Central Coast is slowly changing and becoming more multicultural allowing all our students to appreciate other cultures and ways of living and beliefs.

Students had the opportunities to her a number of speakers ranging from the Leader of the Greek Community who survived WW2, 2 refugees who told their stories, a St African who told of her experiences as a black woman and an Aboriginal elder. Students also played in sporting competitions and wrote prayers on origami for the people of Ukraine.

The world needs peace and to have this we all need to accept everyone for who they are and celebrate that we are so lucky to live in this diverse ad free country.

Evacuation Drills:

Every school must run evacuation drills each Term. This week we are running a drill from the classrooms. Students know it is a drill so that when a real one occurs, they know the difference and respond accordingly. Next term we will run a drill from the playground areas at a break time. In the last 2 Terms we practise lockdown drills.

Frozen Weeks:

Next week is a Frozen Week for Year 12. A frozen week is when we ask a year group to be in class for each and every lesson in the week leading up to exams so to maximise their revision time. Year 12 will commence Practice Exams in the following week to practise exam skills and test their skills and knowledge in each of their HSC subjects so far.

Final Word

If you have any questions or concerns always, please contact the College.

Remember to check COMPASS, our website and, our Facebook pages for information.

Life is short so why only strive for mediocrity….strive for extraordinary lives.

Debra Ferguson

Secondary Principal

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