We are just concluding Catholic Education Week (CEW) activities and celebrations. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to grow into the people God intended to be as thoughtful, compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of their families and communities. We look back on the excellent tradition we share as a member of the community of Catholic schools across Queensland, and we look forward to the contribution our College is and will make. We were so proud of and pleased for our Year 3 class who joined with students across Cairns for a liturgy of thanksgiving at St Monica’s Cathedral this past Thursday.
I had the privilege of spending some time in Grade 3 and hearing about their plans for a playground. The students had to design the playground and draw it up from a birds-eye view. There was rich discussion about the elements of a playground and consideration of the likes and needs of different children. Here are some of their efforts.
Congratulations to those students who are taking part in the Cairns Hockey competition this season. We hear you did a wonderful job at your first event on Friday night. If you would like to know more about Hockey and be a part of the team, please contact Brother’s Hockey representative Kathy King on 0413 377 183.
This term (Term 2) we are providing our children with an opportunity to take part in the AusKick program after school on Wednesdays. This program is run by the staff at AFL Cairns. We had Kieran from AFL Cairns talk to the children about the program on last Monday’s Assembly. The children, both boys and girls, were really keen to become involved. For more information about the program, please read the flyer included with the latest newsletter.
In Term 3, we have partnered up with Netball Cairns to allow our children opportunities to be part of the NetFun netball clinic. More information about this will also be sent home towards the end of this term.
Also in Term 3, we will be holding our first Annual Sports Day. This day will be an important part of the history of MacKillop Catholic College and the beginning of many traditions that we will continue to develop as the school grows. Part of these traditions is House Teams. We are in the process of developing these, and in the coming weeks children (and families) will be allocated the House Team of which they will be members.
At the end of the year (Term 4), our children will be taking part in a Swimming Program at Gordonvale Pool. This will enable children opportunities to work with qualified swimming teachers in developing water safety and survival skills as well as swimming stroke techniques. Information about this program will be sent out in Term 3.
As we are a start-up school, we are developing and building up our school resources and this too includes equipment that the children can access during PE lessons as well as play times. Part of our development plan is constructing more soccer goals for the children to use on the grassed areas at play times. If you feel you could help out our staff in constructing these goals (PVC piping), then please be sure to let the school office know. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work”, and I know the children would appreciate your efforts!
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the College office.
Readers of the Cairns Post may be aware of a recent story reporting calls for the Federal Government to continue funding of containment and eradication measures for Yellow Crazy Ants (YCA) in our region.
From the outset I want to reassure the College community that the challenge presented by Yellow Crazy Ants is well managed at our school. We have ensured our construction contractors have followed Wet Tropic Management Authority (WTMA) protocols with regard to vehicle movements and containment of soil and vegetation on site. Further, the area we now occupy for the first stage of our school has no evidence of YCA activity and we are vigilantly monitoring to detect any signs of YCA presence. We believe we are effectively managing the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors to our school, notwithstanding the presence of YCA in nearby Stony Creek.
Radio Discussion regarding Yellow Crazy Ants
MacKillop Catholic College school uniforms have arrived from our supplier.
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Our fantastic kids look great in their new school uniform
We were delighted when samples of our school uniform were recently sent to us. They received the tick of approval (well … smiles of approval really!) from Aya and Zacary when they tried them on for size. The uniforms are now in full production and will be available to us before the end of the year.
Our uniforms will be available for inspection at our Open Day.
Our Open Day will be held at our school site on Sunday 8th November, 10:00am to 1:00pm. All welcome!
Download the Open Day Flyer here.