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Dear Members of our Community of Faith,
What an exciting week for Saint Mary MacKillop College! We waited ever so patiently for the lines on our multi-sports court to be painted and finally on Wednesday afternoon it was complete and we had absolute pandemonium when the final bell of the day was rung. This is a wonderful addition to our school and has certainly made playground duty a breeze, knowing that all 130 students are contained within approximately a 30m x 20m area. This facility will really open up opportunities within our PDHPE programs. A big thank you to all those who have contributed financially to this project, especially through the Annual Gala Dinner and other generous contributions to our building fund throughout the year. Also thank you to the P&F who have contributed $20,000. The photos on page three tell the story – lots of smiles and lots of competitive ‘steely’ faces!

Today is Saint Dominic Savio’s Feast Day, who is the patron of one of our classrooms. He once said that “Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him.” During this time of Lent, it is a great time to refocus on the real Master and on what we are doing out of love of Him. Thank you to Mrs Stewart who brought in a first class relic of Saint Dominic Savio, which we have shared with our students today.

Girls’ Camp 2017
Get your diaries out and save the date for the girls’ camp to be held at Howman’s Gap from 10th – 12th November. At present the girls’ and boys’ camps are being held about every 18 months. This means the girls’ camp will be held this November and then not until early 2019. The next boys’ camp will be held early in 2018 and then later in 2019. These camps are a great opportunity for faith, fun and friendship, so I hope you are able to get along.

Saint Patrick’s Day
Next Friday 17th March we celebrate St Patrick’s Day, a wonderful feast day to celebrate our Catholic Faith and the example of St Patrick. Students can wear a green ‘accessory’ on the day. Each family is asked to bring in a plate of food to share at recess time. Green Salad Rolls will be available at lunchtime for $1 and Frogs in a Pond for 50c. We will have a St Patrick’s Day Concert beginning at 12:00pm. Should be a terrific celebration.
RAS Primary and BISSA Swimming
Well done to our students who headed to Wagga to represent SMMC in the swimming carnivals this week. A special thank you to Max Clarke who ended up as our sole representative at the BISSA Carnival yesterday. Well done!
I walked through the Library the other day and saw all the wonderful Yr.1/2 students looking like a character from a book I have read many times! Mrs Barber kindly took a photo and wrote about what they were up to.

In Library, the Year 1/2 Class has been exploring books written by Dr. Seuss, including ‘Oh say can you say?’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’. Last week was Dr. Seuss’ birthday and if he was alive today he would have turned 113! Dr. Seuss imparted many words of wisdom including: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. This week we had fun making ‘The Cat in the Hat’ glasses and hats, which you can see us wearing in the picture. The students have also enjoyed picking items out of the ‘mystery box’ which provide clues about the book we will be reading during the library lesson.

Attached to this newsletter is a note from the Department of Education and Training regarding Student Residential Address Collection. Please be assured that no names or other identifying information will be revealed.

There will be no newsletter next week as I am away on a three-day course in Sydney. So don’t forget to celebrate St Patrick’s Day well next Friday.

I hope you all have a terrific weekend.

God Bless,

Luke Burton (Principal)