Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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Welcome back to school for Term 4. It was wonderful to have the enthusiastic buzz of the students back with us yesterday and to bring the school to life again. I thank them and our staff for a calm and productive start. This term will be as busy and productive as ever and with only nine weeks, it will be more like a sprint than a marathon. At yesterday’s assembly, I spoke to the students about the importance of respect and courtesy between all members of our community and ensuring we continue to build a positive culture here at SMMC. The little things such as saying good morning and using manners make a huge difference. We are all looking forward to working with your children again this term. They have been encouraged as always to work hard at their studies and to really enjoy the challenge of learning.



A special welcome to the McFarlane family who join the Saint Mary MacKillop College Community this term. Caitlin is in Yr.3 and enjoyed her first day with us yesterday. We hope you are settling in well to the local area and we look forward to your involvement with the SMMC Community.


Our family was very blessed last Friday with the arrival of a beautiful daughter. She was keen to meet us all, arriving 11 days early! We have named her Lucy Catherine and she and mum are going really well. For those who like stats, she weighed 3.55kg (7lb 13oz) and was 50cm long. We are very happy to have her home and thank God for his great blessings. Hopefully she’ll be feeling social enough to come and visit the school in the next couple of weeks.



Please come along to our P&F meeting tomorrow evening (Thursday) from 7pm. We will be talking all things Fete and ensuring we are ready to go for a successful day on the 21st. Please keep the success of this event in your prayers (especially for good weather!). There is a page in this newsletter with reminders, so have a close look and see if there is any way for you to

help out. The day is looming, so now is the time to band

together and make this fete our most successful yet!



Don’t forget to get in touch with Anastasia Byrnes if you require any Summer Uniform items, including hats, which are required to be worn during Term 4. No Hat, No Play!


Working Bee – 2-5pm this Saturday

This Saturday 14th October we are holding a combined working Bee with St Mary’s Parish. There will be plenty of jobs on offer as we prepare our grounds and buildings for our annual fete. A BBQ will follow at around 5pm once the hard work is done. Meat will be provided but please bring a salad and dessert to share with others.


Month of the Rosary

October is a special month dedicated to the Rosary. I know many families already pray this prayer each evening with their families, but it is always a great time to renew our commitment to praying together as a family. Throughout the month of October, different year levels will go to the church each day to pray the rosary.


In this week’s newsletter we move onto Part 3 of the Developmental Stages. I hope you are enjoying the information being provided. If you would like a copy of the full version of this publication please let me know.


Just a reminder that the Parish have an 8:30am Mass each Wednesday morning here at St Mary’s Jindera, which is a great opportunity for families to attend an extra Mass each week. I encourage you to come along if you can.


The Yr.12 students begin their HSC Examinations next Monday 16th October. Please remember to keep them in your daily prayers during this time.


God Bless, Luke Burton (Principal)