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​What's Happening at the College



World Science Festivalhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-Parade.aspxWorld Science Festival<p style="text-align:center;">​​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Book-Week-Parade/World%20Science%20Festival.jpg" alt="World Science Festival.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:337px;" />​<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><p></p><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A group of Year 10 MacKillop Women were recently given the opportunity to participate in the <strong>World Science Festival</strong> at Southbank.  Students were fortunate to participate in three inspirational sessions that consolidated our students' understanding of key scientific concepts and provides our students with invaluable insights into the value of Science in our lives:</p><p><strong>Session 1:</strong> '<strong>The Circle of Life</strong>'</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Three of the world's leading biologists took students on a journey to outline the most basic forms of life in the universe and how, through,    the circle of life, they were connected to the most complex example of life ever known…us. </p><p><strong>Session 2:</strong> '<strong>Girls in Tech'</strong> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">MacKillop Women were fortunate to meet local Brisbane schoolgirls who identified a real-world problem and solved it using technology. These young girls shared their experiences about you problem-solving process and how they went about creating their apps. </p><p><strong>Session 3:</strong> '<strong>Pioneers in Science'</strong> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A line-up of the best and brightest scientists shared with our students how they got to where they are now in their chosen profession, new methods of discovery they pioneered, and secrets of the universe they have uncovered. </p><p> </p><p>Below Year 10 future scientists share with us insights and describe the impact this excursion had on their learning:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>I learned quite a lot about the Earth. One of the main things that especially caught me off guard was the knowledge that at many stages throughout history over 50% of Earth's population was wiped out and the Earth was frozen over (Snowball Earth) for many years!</em> – Millie Molloy</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>In this session I learnt about many different aspects of biology including, the earth's existence, animals and human beings. I learnt many amazing facts including how bacteria is the most complex molecule on earth, humanity moved from the continent of Africa over two hundred thousand years ago, evolving from an ape-like ancestor from the primate family tree, and that chimpanzees have 98.8% of the same DNA as humans as well as a dog with 80% and a banana with 60%. I also learnt how to extract DNA from different organisms such as strawberries and ourselves using just water, salt, dishwashing detergent and rubbing alcohol.</em> – Lilly Hallett</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>During the 'Girls in Technology' session, we heard from two young women who shared their technological journey with us and who gained their initial inspiration from the Girls in Tech program. They taught us that there are so many branches of technology and that it can help us in so many different ways</em>.- Neeve Sutton</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>This session opened my eyes to the more complex side of science and the inspirational stories that went with it. It showed me that I don't have to know what I want to do with my life straight away. I found it really cool to see a Nobel prize winner and see how they got to where they are today. This session educated me about the many different pathways an education has to offer. Overall, I found the trip very useful, fun and exciting! I would definitely go again if I was given the opportunity! </em>– Ella Baxter</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>During the second session 'Girls in Technology' we listened to inspiring Brisbane schoolgirls who identified a real-world problem and solved it using technology. They explained their problem-solving process and how they went about creating their apps. It was so amazing and inspiring as how their winning apps were able to reach huge US-based tech companies like Facebook, Accenture and eBay. 'Girls in Tech' is basically a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology.</em> – Isha Reddy<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Holy Weekhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics.aspxHoly Week<p style="text-align:center;">​​​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics/Holy%20Week.jpg" alt="Holy Week.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p></p><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During this final week of Lent, <em>from Palm Sunday to the Easter celebration of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus,</em> Holy Thursday takes on particular significance for me this year because this liturgical celebration involves Jesus, God made man, washing the feet of his disciples with water, our symbol of baptism.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Our commemoration of this poignant act of service encourages us to '<em>stay'</em> with Jesus, reflecting on His <em>Agony on the Mount of Olives</em> in the hours prior to his crucifixion, when he asks his disciples '<em>will you not wait an hour with me?</em>'</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As modern-day disciples of Jesus, and mindful of the works of service modelled by Mary MacKillop, we are tasked to be the Good News towards one another, to '<em>live as children of the light, performing actions good, just and true'</em> Ephesians 5:1-9. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Learning of the three-day lockdown we entered on Monday afternoon, meant our well-planned end-of-term activities had to be cancelled. Several of our Year 11 students had the fortune of being of kind service to our closest neighbours, taking Easter Eggs to the Prep to Year 6 students at St Joseph's Primary school, Nundah. I was proud of their efforts to provide a little ray of sunshine for the school's staff and students before school closing abruptly.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">I take this take this opportunity to extend to our MMC community my sincere thanks for the genuine welcome I have experienced and the positive interactions you have afforded to all staff members new to the Mary MacKillop College Community – whether through our Year 7 Information Evening, Opening Mass & Investiture Ceremony, Welcome Breakfast, Parent Engagement Evening, Uniform Shop, emails, phone calls or meetings with you to discuss your daughter's education. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The welcome from students has also been terrific. I have loved speaking with MacKillop Women in classes as they engage in their learning and work with their peers and staff. I have valued opportunities to work with our College Captains and Student Leadership Team at their weekly meetings to discuss plans for fabulous events that have dotted the term: <strong>Galentine's Day, Fitzroy Day, International Women's Day, St Joseph's Feast Day and Harmony Week t</strong>o name a few. I have enjoyed students greeting me with a '<em>Good morning Mrs Griffiths</em>' or '<em>Hello Mrs Griffiths</em>' during my travels across the campus.  I have appreciated their chats with me in the tuckshop line, listening to them during lunch, discussing wins or losses from Wednesday sport after school, and cheering (albeit Covid-safely) our fantastic Swim Team's efforts. I do not take for granted the many and varied positive interactions.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Our students' manners, commitment to their studies and support of various College events are testament to the <strong>values</strong> you hold and inculcate in your daughters in partnership with our commitment to nurturing, challenging, educating and empowering MacKillop Women to forge a culture of creativity, excellence, justice and compassion. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the midst of some uncertainty that still exists during the upcoming weeks, I encoura​ge you to draw on Mary MacKillop's faith and radical trust in God to be your light.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best wishes to you and your families for a joy-filled Easter celebration and a restful holiday​ before the start of Term 2.<br></p><p><br><br></p>
MMC Music Showcasehttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes.aspxMMC Music Showcase <p style="text-align:center;"></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes/Music%20Showcase.png" alt="Music Showcase.png" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:600px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<br></p><p></p><p>The Semester One Music Showcase will be held on Th<strong>ursday 13</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> May. </strong></p><p>Over the next few weeks, to celebrate this event, we will be featuring our MMC Music Tutors and acknowledging their contributions to Music at MMC. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Vanessa Strydom </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Vanessa is a highly accomplished singing teacher, with a Bachelor of Music degree (specialising in opera performance) and is currently in her final stages of a <strong>PhD in Musicology</strong> at The University of Queensland where she also lectures in <strong>classical music history</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With over nine years of private vocal tuition experience, Vanessa enjoys teaching all styles and genres to people of all ages. She specialises in <strong>performance preparation</strong>, in particular helping students to overcome nerves to create an enjoyable performance. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Vanessa joined the MMC Music Department in 2020 and thoroughly enjoys teaching MacKillop Women, noting the talent, passion and creativity she has unearthed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Musically, Vanessa believes MMC students possess a solid foundation of musical concepts provided by their classroom music lessons, enabling her to value-add to the students' repertoire and integrate complex skills into their singing practice. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout her time at MMC, Vanessa has enabled students to improve their vocal range, gain confidence and explore a variety of music genres. Each semester, Vanessa provides students with the opportunity to professionally record a vocal piece and she is grateful for numerous performance opportunities available for private music students at MMC. <br></p><p><br></p>
Open Day - Sunday 16 Mayhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp.aspxOpen Day - Sunday 16 May<p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp/Open%20Day.png" alt="Open Day.png" style="margin:5px;width:650px;height:235px;" /><br><br></p><div>​<p><strong>Open Day – Everyone is Welcome</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sunday 16 May, 10.00am - 1.00pm. A​ll our dedicated staff, along with our present MacKillop Women, will be sharing Mary MacKillop College with everyone​. Guided Tours will be conducted, Musicians and Drama performers will entertain, Science scholars will intrigue you, and our Philosophers, Human Movement, Language specialists and other Artisans will have you engaged in a range of interesting, challenging and joy-filled activities throughout the day.<br><br></p><a href="https://www.trybooking.com/BOTOE" style="font-size:2.2em;font-weight:bold;text-align:center;">​</a>​<br></div><p><br><br></p>