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Dear Parents,

In the lead up to Anzac Day, I spoke to the Year 6-12 students about the sacrifice of Teddy Sheean VC. 18-year-old Teddy was a sailor aboard HMAS Armidale, which came under sustained attack by Japanese warplanes on 1st December 1942, ultimately leading to her sinking.

When the call to abandon ship came, Teddy worked with his shipmates to launch the lifeboats, but when the enemy fired upon men in the water, Teddy manned an anti-aircraft gun and, though wounded in the back and chest, returned fire until he sank beneath the waves along with the Armidale.

Teddy’s actions downed at least one enemy aircraft and warded off other attacks, giving the 49 men who escaped the ship their chance for survival. In 2020, Teddy was  posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

The image of Teddy going down firing reverberated in my mind while listening to Phil Bell read the Ode at the Jindera Anzac Day Service. The words – They fell with their faces to the foe – seemed more evocative than ever.

Many Saint Mary MacKillop College students and their families were present at this and other commemorations around Albury, paying respects to those who gave to the cost of their lives. While the Anzac Day Service was a civil ceremony, it was by no means secular.

Life is a gift to be received and given. Teddy understood that.


Warmest regards,

Ian Smith




Athletics Carnival

The Athletics Carnival is almost here!

The carnival will take place at the Les O’Brien Precinct (Alexandra Park) on Tuesday 4th May from 9.00am. Parents must log into their PAM

account to give permission for their children to attend.  This is a whole school event and all students are expected to attend.  A flyer with further details about the carnival was sent home last week.  Further details can also be found on the PAM permission request.


Uniform Shop News

Carmen Price will be temporarily running the school uniform shop from Monday 10th May to Friday 9th July while Karen Murphy has a well-earned break.  If you need to contact Carmen her number is 0418 637 707.


If you have any second-hand uniforms items in clean, wearable condition that you would like to donate to the uniform shop, you are most welcome to drop them off at the school office.  Thank you for your generosity.



A big congratulations to Esther McFarland (Yr 1), Lily Hayward (Year 2) Isaac Williams (Yr 2) and Edmund Gunn (cousin of Esther) on making their First Holy Communion last Sunday at St Mary’s Church, Jindera.  May our Lord bless and keep you all as you grow and walk with Him.