It is with great excitement and joy that we welcome the newest members of our MacKillop family, as the 2018 Prep students commenced their transition into formal school this week. The purpose of the Transition Program is to assist the new MacKillop kids to settle in through the gentle process of becoming gradually independent at the College. This allows them to become familiar with the environment and facilities, with their teachers and peers and with the routines that help them to be organised and ready for learning at school. Even more importantly, the Prep Transition Program provides the opportunity for us to welcome them warmly into the fold of the MacKillop family, so that they might begin developing positive relationships with their teachers and peers. Thanks goes to the wonderful Prep team, who organised the morning activities.
All terms of the school year are demanding, and this stage of Term 4 is charactered by continuing learning, engagement in tracking of learning (assessments) and the preparation of feedback (reports) for students and families. During these weeks we are welcoming and engaging next year’s Prep students and their families in a transition experience. We are so pleased that these students and families are joining our MacKillop community.
Our cultural and spiritual focus is on the upcoming season of Advent in preparation of the Christmas feast. Our final week will feature a Service of Carols by Candlelight (Tuesday evening 28th November), Christmas Concert (Thursday 30th November 9:00am) and Thanksgiving Liturgy for the School Year (Friday 01 December 9:00am).
A reminder that school year concludes at 12noon , Friday 01 December.
Currently (2017) we are at capacity in Years 2, 3 and 4. These additional eight learning spaces, library resource and teacher collaboration and planning space mean we are able to expand our offering for 2018. As reported in the final newsletter of Term 3, we will create an additional class in 2018 in each of Years 3, 4 and 5. This will mean next year we will offer two learning groups in each level from Prep through to Year 5.
Next Year, we will have about 20 places available each in Years 3, 4 and 5, as well as a small number of places in Year 2. Next year’s Prep and Year 1 groups have a short wait-list. I am letting you know again of these plans first, because personal recommendation is the best form of advertising. Many families have already joined us these past 18 months because of the good word shared by our parents. I encourage you to share this news with friends and family who may be interested in considering joining us.
As a result of a new version of the on-line enrolment application facility, the back-office work to process enrolment applications is now significantly reduced. Consequently, from this point forward, we are able to offer a $0 enrolment application fee (for enrolments submitted on-line only). I’m sure this news will be well received by families wishing to join us at MCC.
Secondary commences with Year 7 in 2020
Concept design for the Secondary School learning experience has already commenced in earnest. Construction will commence at the end of next year, providing us the first stage of our secondary school, as well as additional learning spaces for our Primary sector. We anticipate significant increase in parking spaces (alleviating much current frustration) as well as substantial expansion of our student services and administration facilities in this Stage 3 build.
In the next few weeks, we will be calling for applications for enrolment for Year 7, 2020, via our on-line enrolment process. Students currently members of our MacKillop Catholic College community will not have to re-enrol, however, for planning purposes we will be seeking an indication of intention to continue onto to Secondary with us. More to come on that.
I received a phone call from our College friend, Andrew Chinn, this week who asked if there were some eight year old students at MacKillop who would be interested in assisting him with the illustrations of his new book. I assured him that we did! Miss Bek has been working with some of our eight year olds to
produce some magnificent representations of Andrew’s new prayer song book. The book will be published early next year and sold in America, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and beyond.
Well done to our artists and a big thank you to Miss Bek for her expertise and guidance.
We are pleased that the building program for stage 2 is now 99% complete. The first change most will notice is the absence of the construction fencing that has penned us in all this year. Year 2 have moved into the new learning space and have settled quickly into their usual learning routine. If you have been accessing recent Facebook posts you will have seen how happy they are in their new home. Well done Year 2, Mr Grealy and Mrs D, for sharing the Penola Learning Common with us all this year. Enjoy your new learning space!
Catholic Education Services have released information regarding the Federal Government’s proposal for the funding of schools in Australia for the ten year period commencing January 2018.
Please click here to download the letter from Mr Bill Dixon, Executive Director.
This year has seen the start of Before School Care yay! We love seeing our children walk in with bright and happy faces early in the morning. So far we have had a wonderful two weeks of Before School Care and look forward to many more to come. Our children enjoy a yummy, healthy breakfast before heading off to school at 8.15 on the Before School Train. All aboard!!
Operating hours for Before School Care are 6.30am – 8.30am and After School Care from 2.50pm – 6.00pm.
Bianca Moloney – OSHC Coordinator
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
Tuesday the 10th of October will see our AGM take place in The Penola Learning Common. This meeting will see voting in of the MacKillop P & F committee, who will see us through to the end of 2017 and beyond in 2018. Everyone parent/guardian is welcome to attend and the AGM will be followed by our regular meeting. We hope to see you there!
CENT SALE – SAVE THE DATE!
Our first ever MacKillop Cent Sale is coming up. Although Saturday the 28th of October seems a while away, we have no doubt that this will creep up on us in no time! If you have any unwanted brand new gifts that you would like to donate, please speak to a P and F committee member. Thank you to those who have already generously donated!
We would also like to ask for gift voucher donations of any sort to contribute to making our Cent Sale a profitable fundraiser! If you would like a donation letter to present to your company, please email the committee at and we will forward via email or print some for you. These forms will also be available from Tracey in the tuckshop.
WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN
Thank you for all the Earn and Learn stickers that have been coming into school so far. We appreciate your shopping efforts and will continue to collect stickers until the 19th of September.
To assist parents and caregivers with preparations for the return to school in 2017, we have produced a “Parent Ready Reference Book”.
This publication provides some essential information about our community, our vision and mission, as well as organisational arrangements for 2017. While we encourage you to read the entire document, some of the pertinent items related to Back to School include:
- The Transition to School Process for Prep students
- Key Dates and Term Dates for 2017
- Daily School Routine
- Student Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
- Uniform information – including pricelist
- Tuckshop information
- 2017 Room Allocations
- Fee Information