Week 8 Term 2 2023 Newsletter

Dear parents,

St Mary MacKillop practised a profound devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the conclusion of the postualor’s volume on her virtues, is a tract called An Appeal of the Sacred Heart, containing the cor ad cor loquitur words of Jesus spoken through His Australian saint.

Ah, weary, unhappy soul, you know not what ails you; you have sought peace and that comfort for which the human heart must thirst – and thirst in vain until it finds it. You have sought long and eagerly, and sometimes you have thought the dear object within your reach. Only a little more – one more step, and you would securely grasp it. Thus it has seemed to you, but alas for you, poor soul, at the moment when all seemed nearest, you have over and over again, had to give up the pursuit of that dear to you, in disappointment and disgust.

It is the Heart of Jesus that we seek, but with faltering steps and a heart that clings to the world.

You know not, poor soul where to find that for which your heart craves. But stay, I will show you … You think it too much to believe that you can find true happiness in My Love.

There is only one Heart, the Most Sacred One, in which we will find true happiness. St Mary’s and Jesus’ appeal runs several pages long and is, upon reading, reflection a prayer, potentially life-changing. We are truly blessed to have a heavenly patroness with such a vivid appreciation of Jesus’ love for each one of us, and even more to have a Divine Saviour who invites us into an ever-deepening relationship of love with Him.

The solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus typically signals the nearing of the end of term, and this year is no exception. One week to go and I am immensely proud of the efforts of our students to single-mindedly pursue excellence in their studies, on the sporting field, the stage, the garden, the kitchen, in the art room and at prayer.

Staff members continue working into the first week of the holidays, it being an ideal time for collaborative professional learning. Teachers will be working on programming and curriculum early in the week, focusing on finalising current programs, but beginning the process of preparing for the new NSW syllabuses in English, Maths and Italian that will be operational in 2024. A day of first aid training and another in the area of child protection will be sure to keep them sharp. Among the workshops, staff members will also visit the Carmelite Monastery at Mathoura, where they will celebrate Mass, pray the Rosary and have conversation with the sisters. The pilgrimage is a capstone event to conclude the particular focus staff have had on prayer.

Thank you for your support throughout the term. I trust that the school holidays will be a time of growth and blessing.

Warm regards,

Ian Smith



2024 Enrolments

Expressions of interest are now being taken for Kinder enrolment for 2024.  If you have a child that you intend to enrol for next year, please contact the college office to let us know as soon as possible.  Enrolment interviews will then be booked for those who have registered.


CIS Cross Country

Congratulations to Xavier Wall, Sarah Irwin, and Evangelina Moore for competing in the Combined Independent Schools cross country in Sydney last week. The three runners ran exceptionally well, with Xavier Wall posting the fastest time out of the Riverina 17 years school team with an impressive 22:38s for his 6km run. Sarah Irwin came in 2nd for the RAS team and finished 21st out of 105 runners, while Evangelina Moore also came in second for the RAS team, and 27th out of 111 runners.


UTS STEM Workshop

On Thursday 22nd June we will be visited by Engineers Without Borders from the University of Technology Sydney who will be conducting a series of STEM workshops for all students in years 3-10.  It promises to be an insightful day where students will have the opportunity to apply their scientific and mathematical knowledge in order to solve real world engineering problems


Gala Dinner

Ticket sales for the SMMC Gala Dinner are now open through Trybooking:


This year’s Gala Dinner will take place on Saturday 5th August at the Commercial Club Albury, with pre-dinner drinks starting from 6.30pm.  There will be silent and live auctions, a three-course meal, live music and dancing, all in support of the school’s new building development.  Invite your family and friends to a great night out in support of our school.


Confirmation and First Communion

The college would like to congratulate students who recently received the sacrament of Confirmation at the Holy Spirit Parish:  Elora Blood, Aurelia Chadrasegaran, Oscar Darlow, Annette Gillespie, Emily Green, Sophie Porter, Bronagh Slee, Poppy Stead, Jessica Stewart, Lucia Wall and Rylie Willis.

Congratulations also to Abel Blood, William Griffin, Katherine Irwin and Samuel McClarty who made their first Holy Communion last weekend.

May you be blessed with the knowledge that God is always with you to watch over you and guide you.


Carpark Safety

A friendly reminder for parents to drive slowly and safely through the college carpark.  Parents of young children are asked to walk their child/ren from their car and the school gate.  Children must be supervised around cars at all times.  Thank you.