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​What's Happening at the College



Project Compassion Launchhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics.aspxProject Compassion Launch<p>​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics/Caritas.JPG" alt="Caritas.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:401px;" /><br></p><p>7 students from our College attended the Project Compassion Mass and Social Justice Initiatives at St Stephen's Cathedral on Tuesday 5<sup>th</sup> March. This was an opportunity for our students to connect with the story of Project Compassion and learn further ways to provide outreach and service in our College community. </p><p>This week, students also prepared for the season of Lent through a “Shrove Tuesday Pancake Stall". Students sold pancakes with various spreads and toppings as part of fundraising for Project Compassion. This was a great way to begin Project Compassion with over $400 raised. We thank the staff and students involved in this initiative and we look forward to continuing to raise money and awareness for Caritas Australia as part of our Project Compassion appeal. <br></p><p>As part of our preparation for the season of Lent we gathered as a College community to commentate Ash Wednesday. Below is an extract from our Liturgy on Wednesday.</p><p><em>“Bless us as we are signed with these ashes as a reminder that we want to walk with Jesus this Lent, that we want to say sorry for the times we have hurt others, and so we become more loving as we put others needs before our own. Help us to be fair, peaceful and just as we stand with others in our global family who bear the burden of injustices and inequalities around the world". </em></p><p>Each week during Lent we, as a school community, will learn stories of hope, related to the work of Caritas Australia. Below is the story of Thandolwayo. </p><p><strong><em>Life in her village in</em></strong><strong><em> north-western Zimbabwe wasn't easy for </em></strong><strong><em>12 year old Thandolwayo. </em></strong><em>Thandolwayo lives with her grandparents and attends the local school which has just 35 students.</em></p><p><em>Every morning Thandolwayo would walk seven kilometres and risked being attacked by crocodiles as she collected contaminated water for her family. She'd then go to school feeling exhausted.</em></p><p><em>Thandolwayo's grandparents sell pearl millet bran to fishermen and farmers for animal feed. They also sell chickens, but the income it brings isn't enough to support the family. Thandolwayo's hope to be a nurse seemed almost impossible to realise, until Caritas Hwange helped the village to install two solar powered pumps and two 10,000 litre water storage tanks.  The pumps draw the water up from the river to the storage tanks.</em></p><p><em>Thanks to Caritas' support, water is now on tap in the village, benefitting the whole community and Thandolwayo can concentrate on her education. </em></p><p><em>“Now I can bathe every day, the distance to collect water for the family has been reduced," Thandolwayo says. “We now drink clean, safe water and diseases are no longer affecting us." </em><br><br></p><p><br></p>
QUT Internship Recipient - Astrophysicshttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-Parade.aspxQUT Internship Recipient - Astrophysics<div><p>​​​​​​​​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Book-Week-Parade/Courtney%20Judd.jpg" alt="Courtney Judd.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Congratulations to <strong>Courtney Judd</strong> (Year 12), who has just been selected from students across the state, for one of the highly sought after QUT High School STEM Internships in the field of Astrophysics. During the month of April Courtney will spend a week working alongside Dr Sean Powell on an Astrophysics placement. </p><p>Through the project, Courtney will explore concepts in rocket science, space travel and exoplanet habitability to design a mission to relocate humanity to a nearby solar system and save the human race. Using a combination of advanced astrophysics simulation software and practical experiments, Courtney and her fellow interns will determine the composition of planets and stars around us, applying physics, mathematics and basic coding to guide rocket simulators into orbit and beyond. </p><p>By the conclusion of the project, students will leave this placement understanding the critical role astrophysics research plays in investigating the stability and sustainability of Planet Earth in our complex and ever-changing corner of the universe. Congratulationd again to Courtney for this remarkable achievement! <br>​<br></p></div>
New Families Breakfasthttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes.aspxNew Families Breakfast <p>​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes/_MOO0071.jpg" alt="_MOO0071.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:400px;" /><br><br></p><p></p><p>Parents play an important role in their daughter's education and the nurturing of the relationship between the College and home is one that is prioritised at MMC. It was therefore heart-warming to see so many parents and daughters at last week's breakfast. The breakfast afforded parents and teachers the opportunity to meet informally and to provide valuable feedback on their daughter's transition to high school. The feedback provided indicates that overall the girls have transitioned well and have settled into the challenges of a new school and a new curriculum.<br><br></p>
International Women's Dayhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp.aspxInternational Women's Day<p>​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp/Together2.jpg" alt="Together2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:291px;" /><br><br></p><p></p><p><strong>International Women's Day</strong> on Friday 8 March, marks 108 years since Clara Zetkin, the leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany tabled the idea of an International Women's Day at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. </p><p>It is now a day to celebrate women's achievements and both highlight and work to address barriers that continue to perpetuate gender inequality.</p><p><strong>UN Women, Australia, have named Australia's IWD 2019 theme, More Powerful Together</strong>, recognising the important role we all play – as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.<br></p><p>MacKillop Women are educated to understand their inviolable part in the web of creation, represented by the intertwined colours of the College crest. Further, they are called to be active in ensuring justice and dignity for all, particularly those who are most vulnerable. This is what St Mary MacKillop did. This is what Jesus did.  Lent and IWD each draw us to this focus. <strong>MacKillop Women - confident, capable and compassionate; more powerful together. </strong></p><p><strong>Some 2019 Numbers from the International Women's Development Agency</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/GSH2018/GSH18_Gender-related_killing_of_women_and_girls.pdf"><strong>87,000</strong></a> women are killed every year just because they are women. Of those, 50,000 are killed by their male partners or family members. And those are only the deaths we know about</p><p><a href="http://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/archive/2017/SDG-05-gender-equality.html"><strong>112</strong></a><strong> </strong>countries have no repercussions for husbands who rape their wife</p><p><a href="https://wbl.worldbank.org/en/reports"><strong>2.7</strong></a> billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men</p><p><a href="https://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/face-facts/face-facts-gender-equality-2018"><strong>15.3%</strong></a> is the size of Australia's gender pay gap, and it's been that way for 20 years</p><p><a href="http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/women-and-the-sdgs/sdg-5-gender-equality"><strong>49</strong></a> countries do not have specific laws against domestic violence</p><p><a href="https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/violence-against-women"><strong>35%</strong></a> of women globally have experienced sexual or physical violence</p><p><a href="http://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/archive/2017/SDG-05-gender-equality.html"><strong>80%></strong></a> of women in Central African and Republic Timor-Leste believe domestic violence is warranted if they burn their husband's food, argue with him, leave the house without telling him or say no to sex. </p><p><a href="https://iwda.org.au/take-action/international-womens-day/">https://iwda.org.au/take-action/international-womens-day/</a> Accessed 2 March 2019​<br></p><p><br></p>