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​What's Happening at the College



Family Day - a Time to Connecthttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp.aspxFamily Day - a Time to Connect<p>​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp/DSC_0005.JPG" alt="DSC_0005.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">We live in an age of technology where face to face conversations are lessened and where children send their parents text messages from their bedrooms rather than walk to the loungeroom to speak in person. The same can be seen here before school where girls text each other across the plaza and I have no doubt the same would happen at lunchtime if mobile phones weren't banned during the school day. Unfortunately, as a society, we are losing the human connections (belonging, humility, forgiveness, humour, empathy, trust, respect and understanding) that comes from engaging personally with others.  This new way of communicating is also weakening family connection and engagement. “Family" is being lost to younger generations through a lack of personal communication and face to face quality time. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eating together is perfect, quality time. It should be a restful space in the day where you feed your body and your emotions by sharing and communicating. Clinical psychologist and author <a href="http://reneemill.com/">Renee Mill</a> identifies the benefits of eating together as a family as outlined below.</p><p>1.       When Mum and Dad share in a non-burdensome way, children learn empathy and realise that Mum and Dad have feelings, too. This goes a long way to reducing behaviour difficulties.</p><p>2.       It reinforces the idea we are a family and do things together. We do not lead separate lives.</p><p>3.       It is an opportunity to encourage healthy eating just by providing healthy food. Young kids can be encouraged to sit and eat because they love Mum and Dad's attention.</p><p>4.       All technology should be off so there is a twenty-minute window of quiet and focusing on each other.</p><p>5.       You can teach mindfulness by teaching mindful eating, which lowers anxiety.</p><p>6.       Feeling part of a family boosts self-esteem and feelings of belonging as opposed to feelings of alienation (Mill, 2018).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Our homes today are designed with dining and living spaces as one area which promotes a connection of areas but inhibits our ability to separate technology and dinner. As a family it is important to turn off the TV and devices in order to come together and learn more about what is happening in the lives of each other rather than in the lives of the fictional characters to whom we become attached. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Listening to each other supports understanding, respect and empathy. It shows younger family members that their parents really want to know what is happening in their lives (and vice versa). Parents and children have an opportunity to grow closer together through appreciating the value each has to offer and it provides a platform for trust to grow. Trust that someone really cares and trust that they can be listened to when a supportive hand is needed most.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the upcoming holidays try to find a 'family day' (or a few) to sit, eat dinner together and connect as a family.  Let your daughter cook (or help to cook) dinner to ease the pressure when you arrive home. Encourage her independence and reap the benefits of this simple activity and the wonderful sharing that follows.<br></p>
Reconcilation Weekhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes.aspxReconcilation Week <div><div>​ ​<img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes/RW.png" alt="RW.png" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:280px;" /><br><br></div><p>National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generation. As a part of this year's commemorations, staff and students from our College participated in the Noonga  Reconciliation Group's Sorry Day Service, with the Tidda Girls dancing with Aunty Maud and eCCCo's choir also performing. This was a wonderful community event and thanks is extended to <strong>Ms</strong> <strong>Atarrah West, Ms Rebecca King, Ms Mary Fletcher </strong>and<strong> Ms Pattie Lee </strong>for the organisation of the performers on this day.</p><p>On this day our College also welcomed guests <strong>Aunty Maud, Aunty Chicko Fisher, Aunty Melita Orcher, Aunty Vikki Vale and Uncle Alex Davidson, Ms Emily </strong><strong>Wurramara, </strong>and<strong> Ms Danita Martin</strong> from Brisbane Catholic Education, for a Sorry Day Liturgy. We were privileged to hear stories from the elders and music from Emily Wurramara as we reflected on the true meaning of reconciliation. </p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBx7YwL7Nwk&feature=youtu.be">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBx7YwL7Nwk&feature=youtu.be</a> </p><p>As a College we will acknowledge National Reconciliation Week this week from the 4 – 8 June. During this week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. The 2018 theme “Don't Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow" explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. Here at Mary MacKillop College staff and students have been invited to contribute to a mural symbolising our ongoing commitment to reconciliation. ​<br></p></div>
Touching Country Immersion 2019http://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-Parade.aspxTouching Country Immersion 2019<div>​<img src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/Sue1.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:263px;" /><br><br></div><p></p><p>In 2019, students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are invited to join students and staff from Clairvaux MacKillop and Our Lady's College on the Touching Country Pilgrimage through Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Details are outlined below:</p><p><strong><em>It will change the way you see Australia and its people. </em></strong></p><p><em>Are you interested in being part of this life-changing experience of cultural exchange which will broaden your horizon, build your capacity for understanding differences, help you to think critically about the world, and grow within you a sense of gratitude for your own life in Australia?</em><em>  </em><em>In the first week, we visit Catholic Schools in the East Kimberley, as well as spending time walking with the Sisters of Saint Joseph.</em><em>  </em><em>The Sisters have been living and accompanying the people in this region since 1964, supporting and encouraging their process of self-determination. Their untiring effort to give care, dignity, and opportunity to others is inspirational.</em><em>  </em><em>We are privileged to spend time with them and to be a witness to their endeavours. </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>While the students may contribute to the lives of people who struggle for survival on a daily basis, our focus is about supporting these amazing women in their work, and the relationships built between the Sisters and the students are rich and joy-filled. </em></p><p>Video: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iv74gWel4E&feature=youtu.be"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iv74gWel4E&feature=youtu.be</span></a><br></p><br><div><p><br></p></div>
At the Heart of Josephite Educationhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics.aspxAt the Heart of Josephite Education<div>​<img src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/Conference6.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:263px;" /><br></div>​​“I would stress too that the “genius of woman" is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are an essential means of reflecting God's holiness in this world." These words of Pope Francis might well be a reference to St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. At the Penola Centre in South Australia Mary MacKilllop is depicted with the following attributes:<ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Deep spirituality and trust in God</li><li>Love of family and regard for friends</li><li>Sense of social justice and compassion</li><li>Belief in consensus and cooperation</li><li>Respect for the dignity of the individual</li><li>Spirit of independence</li><li>Charity to all regardless of religion, race or culture.</li></ul><p>We aspire to instil these same attributes in the MacKillop Women of our College. I was gifted a powerful reminder of this last week at the annual conference of the Principals of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools (AJASS) held in Adelaide.</p><p>The theme of the Conference was “At the Heart of Josephite Education". Josephites, Sr Catherine Mead rsj and Sr. Jospehine Huppatz rsj, prompted us to grow and deepen our spirituality as leaders in Josephite secondary schools. Living and leading by the values of inclusiveness, humility and respect for the dignity of others, demands courage and the willingness to respond to the forces which propose a different way of being. This was poignantly expressed during our visit to the Chapel of St Mary, the place in Adelaide where Mary was excommunicated by Bishop Shiel. Despite the injustice of the Bishop's action, Mary never faltered in her love of God and in her resolve to see the good. <br></p>