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​What's Happening at the College



Partnerships With Purposehttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp.aspxPartnerships With Purpose<p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp/ACU.png" alt="ACU.png" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp/ACU1.jpg" alt="ACU1.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p></p><p>Last week I was invited by <strong>ACU Associate Vice Chancellor, Professor Jim Nyland,</strong> to meet the university's <strong>Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Zlatko Skrbis,</strong> along with the university's Heads of School across programs such as Physiotherapy, Law and Business to name a few, to outline an exciting partnership program Mary MacKillop College is embarking upon in 2022 with the university. </p><p>Designed specifically for our high achieving and high potential students, the <strong>university's executives</strong> were <strong>galvanized</strong> by our College's clarity of vision for our MacKillop Women and <strong>unanimous</strong> <strong>in their enthusiasm to partner with us in this exciting endeavour.</strong> The opportunities the program will present for our current and future students <strong>exemplifies</strong> our <strong>commitment</strong> to forging a culture of excellence for our MacKillop Women to be people of purpose and achieve their potential. </p><p>I thank ACU for recognising the quality of our initiative.  I look forward to <strong>conveying the features of this program to our present students and parents</strong>, as well as to our future MacKillop Women and their parents at our College's OPEN DAY in preparation for its commencement in 2022. ​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Mothers' Day Breakfasthttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes.aspxMothers' Day Breakfast <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes/MB1.JPG" alt="MB1.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:332px;" /><br><br></p><p></p><p>Last Friday morning our Mary Mackillop Women enjoyed the delightful company of their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, carers and significant women in their lives for our wonderful <strong>Mothers' Day Breakfast</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Our theme, <em>We Rise by Lifting Others,</em> was evident as the numerous women who contribute so strongly to our College community came together to share stories and gather in friendship.  Wandering through the crowd, it was wonderful to learn many of our Year 12 MacKillop Women have been bringing their mothers to this event for the past 6 years.  The girls told me how their mothers and grandmothers enjoyed catching up with their own friends as much as they enjoyed celebrating their relationship with their daughters.  Raising girls in the 21<sup>st</sup> century takes a tribe and such an event allows women an invaluable opportunity to nurture positive relationships at the heart of this endeavour and shine as great models for our young women.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As mentioned in my last newsletter article, Lisa Damour in her bestselling book, <strong>'Untangled'</strong> discusses the importance of friendships amongst teenagers and how women surrounding those teenagers play an important role in modelling good friendships.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">She writes that the teenage world of friendships can be difficult for parents to navigate, especially when the opportunities that were so frequent in primary school, aren't as regular when they reach high school and  their daughters become more independent.  Research tells us that high school students will have ups and downs with their friendship groups – and all of this is normal!  Damour writes that teenagers form tribes with the express purpose of creating a group that doesn't include adults.   It is important for girls to learn when to call upon one another for support as they navigate their way to womanhood. </p><p>Some advice with helping your daughter traverse the teenage years of friendships include:</p><ul><li>Get to know your daughter's friends and their parents.  Make sure you know who your daughter is hanging around with, and, where possible, introduce yourself and get to know the friends' parents. </li><li>Talk to your daughter about the difference between friends and <em>friends on social media</em> – there can be a vast difference! Having 500 social media friends is not reality in the real friendship world!</li><li>Discuss friendships with your daughter through conversation and honesty, rather than texting and social media posts.</li><li>It is always good for your daughter to be involved in a sport, dance or other curricula activity.  This not only keeps your daughter busy and engaged, but it helps her form friendships beyond the week-day school context.  Having friends beyond classes is always great, especially if friendships at school get sticky. Other friends help share ideas on how to navigate!</li></ul><p>We hope you enjoyed our College's Mother's Day Breakfast.   I would like to extend my thanks to all involved, especially Mrs Glenda Bassa, for her work in coordinating the event.  I hope all the mums had a wonderful time.<br></p><p><br></p>
Year 9 Camphttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-Parade.aspxYear 9 Camp<p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Book-Week-Parade/Camp3.JPG" alt="Camp3.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" />​​​​<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Recently students from Year 9 headed to Noosa Northshore to undertake a 3 day Outdoor Education camp designed to address the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum. In particular, these are <strong>Personal and Social Capability</strong>, <strong>Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, and Sustainability.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students participated in mountain biking, hope ropes, abseiling and survival skills. Working in small groups, students had an opportunity to foster and experience:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>the learning of self-reliance, interdependence, and leadership</li><li>the development of an adventurous spirit</li><li>managing personal risks</li><li>experiencing safe journeys in nature</li></ul><p> </p><p>Each of these align to the MMC Learner Dispositions we use to help form our MacKillop Women in light of our Vision and Mission – for students to grow in personal qualities, including self-direction, resilience, curiosity and creativity.</p><p><strong>Below are some of the reflections shared by Year 9s:</strong></p><p><strong>What I learnt</strong></p><p><em>I learnt that I am able to try things that I have never done before and how my friends supported me through these experiences.</em></p><p><em>I learnt about social skills. We all are on our phones and devices so I found that I can take a break for social media, and that I can actually make friends.</em></p><p><em>I discovered I enjoy working in a team and working with new people.</em></p><p><em>I learnt that if I push myself to the fullest, I can have fun with what I'm doing and end up enjoying it.</em></p><p><strong>While on camp, what were you grateful for? What did you most look forward to when you got home?</strong></p><p><em>When on camp I realised how grateful I am for everything I have at home and all the nature around me. Instead of being on my phone the whole time I could be getting out and adventuring.</em></p><p><em>I was grateful to get be with my friends outside of the school environment and getting to connect with other people in my grade which i don't always have the opportunity to do. I looked forward to getting to sleep in my bed and be in my own room.</em></p><p>We sincerely thank our fantastic MacKillop staff <strong>Rebecca King, James Pink, Laura Gill, Katherine Hayward, Melissa Eychenne, Nicole Anderson </strong>and<strong> Alex Russell </strong>for accompanying our students over these 3 days and facilitating invaluable learning opportunities to shape these developing MacKillop Women.<br><br></p><p><br><br></p>
MMC and the Islamic College of Brisbanehttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics.aspxMMC and the Islamic College of Brisbane<p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics/Islamic.jpg" alt="Islamic.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:449px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://www.trybooking.com/BPXNJ"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"></span></a></p><p>Recently, we were fortunate to have had a number of Year 11 MacKillop Women attend the ICB's Community Iftar Dinner, to break fast during Ramadan. Our students exchanged similarities and difference between their schooling and shared in a delicious meal once the sun had gone down. </p><p>Our College is looking forward to reciprocating their hospitality with representatives attending our Celebration Week in August to participate in the many activities we hold in honour of Mary MacKillop, to share the invaluable legacy she has forged with our Australian Muslim sisters and brothers as we strive to encourage unity through diversity.  ​<br></p><p><br></p>