Dear parents,

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Have you ever noticed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation logo worn on the front of the traditional Sisters of St Joseph habit? I don’t know who can lay claim to it first, but I wonder what ABC journalists would think if they knew that their workplace emblem honoured the Blessed Virgin Mary. There may be hope for the ABC after all!

 

The Josephite seal has its origins in a Marist design that brings together the letters “A” and “M”: Ave Maria. It is the greeting of the angel at the Annunciation. The Ave Maria is then branded with three Js for Jesus, St Joseph and St John the Baptist.

 

In the first rule of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, written with St Mary MacKillop by Fr Julian Tenison Woods, its meaning is explained:

 

“The professed Sisters shall wear upon their hearts a large blue monogram of the Blessed Virgin between three letters J in honour of Jesus, Joseph and John the Baptist thus typifying the Holy Family. This monogram shall be made of plain blue woollen braid.”

 

The monogram is set behind and in front of the Holy Cross, the emblem of our redemption.

 

It is a fitting connection to SMMC that St Mary would choose to emphasise family in her mission. Family is everywhere at SMMC. Students can often be seen in the playground with linked arms, looking more like conjoined twins than cousins. The teachers are family, the school was established by a family, the volunteers are family. Through the intercession of St Mary MacKillop, may we take the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as our model.

 

The feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop is Saturday 8th August.

 

Warm Regards,

Ian Smith

Principal

 

 

Parent Teacher Interviews – By Appointment Only

Parent teacher interviews for primary will take place on Tuesday 4th August. If you would like to make an appointment to see your child/children’s teacher please email them directly.

 

2020 Enrolments

Saint Mary MacKillop College is now open for 2021 enrolments.  If you wish to enrol your child for next year, please register your interest with the office by telephone or email.  Thank you.

 

Covid – 19 Guidelines

In response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, please make note of the following guidelines:

  1. Adhere to relevant hygiene, distancing and safety protocols, including
  • Stay at home when unwell
  • Maintain physical distance from each other (1.5m) including teachers, support staff and parents
  • Avoid handshaking; adopt non-contact greetings
  • Cover coughs and sneezes; wash your hands
  1. Please sign in and use the hand sanitiser on arrival

 

Thank you for your support of these protocols.

 

Subject Information Session

Every year, our  Elective Information Evening assists students and parents in the transition from Year 8 into Stage 5 (Year 9/10), and Year 10 into Stage 6 and the HSC (Year 11 and 12). The session is also essential for current Year 9 students considering changes to their electives for Year 10. This year will be no exception, with information about the process, structure and options available in subject selection for 2021.

 

Due to current regulations around COVID 19 and school events, this year’s Elective Information Evening will be facilitated in a live streamed session via Zoom on the 13th August.

 

The session for current Year 8s and Year 9s will commence at 5:30pm; and the session for Year 10s moving into Year 11 will commence at 6:00pm. A link to the live stream will be sent out closer to the date. Should you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

 

Excellence in Writing

Congratulations to Catherine O’Brien who received a certificate for Excellence in Writing over the holidays, for her short story “Witch Weather”. Catherine’s entry into the 2020 Schools Poetry & Short Story Writing Competition was one of 7,000 with only 323 receiving a certificate. “Witch Weather” will be published in “The inside Story” book along with other poems and short stories.

 

Working Bee

Thank you to all the families who helped to prune all the rose bushes before school began. We appreciate all the time and effort you have put in.

 

Concert Auditions

The school concert will be held this term with consideration of the COVID-19 restrictions. It will be held during school hours for students to attend.

Mrs Horsfall and Miss Maclean will be holding student auditions for the concert in the hall during lunch time next Wednesday 5th August.  More details about the scheduling of the concert will be given in the next newsletter.

 

Yrs. 4, 5 & 6 Sport

Please make note that the Year 4, 5 and 6 Classes now all have their sport day on Mondays. If your child/children are in these years, they are to wear their sport uniforms on Mondays not Wednesdays. Thank you.

 

Gala Dinner

Due to changes with regulations around the COVID-19 situation, we have unfortunately had to cancel the Gala Dinner. Refunds have been processed for those who had already booked tickets for the event.

 

Photographer on Site

Next Tuesday 4th August we will have a professional photographer at the school. They will be taking photos to be used for school publication and advertising purposes.

 

Uniforms

School scarves and jackets are now available to order through the school uniform shop. Please note that the jacket does not replace school jumpers or blazers and is an optional addition to the uniform.  The jacket is to be worn over the top of school uniform during recess and lunch times on colder days. See attached flyer for more information.

 

Friday Mass Student Sign In

A reminder that all students must report to their class/homeroom teacher to be marked off on the roll before the start of Friday Mass.  If for any reason your child/children are late, they will need to report to the school office before joining their class.