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Go Against the Flow. Be Unafraid to Give up on the Good.http://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes.aspxGo Against the Flow. Be Unafraid to Give up on the Good. <div><div> ​<img src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/12retreat3.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /><br><br></div><p>In a fast paced world where violence, dishonesty, trauma and fear-mongering is the stuff of the 24hr news cycle it's little wonder we are experiencing record rates of anxiety. A life well lived calls us to positively disrupt this debilitating downward spiral to meaninglessness. </p><p>Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation <em>Gaudete et Exsultate</em> released last week, beckons us to the presence of God in the very ordinariness of the everyday; to go against the flow; “to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God". </p><p>The Mary MacKillop College retreat program is a commitment to this very imperative. All staff and students, every year, step aside from the hustle and bustle of daily routine to refocus on the ultimate meaning of life. A small glimpse of the power of privileging time and space to “be faithful to your deepest self" is evident in these images from our recent Year 12 retreat.</p><p>​Pope Francis urges us to be “unafraid of holiness" for holiness, present in quiet moments, is that which is intimately present also in the actions of everyday people being good and doing good…"in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in the elderly…in our next door neighbours, those who, living in our midst reflect God's presence. "There will be many times when it will take courage to go against the flow; to be firm, clear and passionate about the dignity of human life". We must be unafraid to give up on the good. <br></p><p>Such is the message of Jesus. Such is the principle at the heart of the life of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Such is the at the heart of a MacKillop education.</p><p>Special thanks and congratulations to the staff who facilitated the Year 12 retreat – APRE <strong>Ms Carly Richardson, Mrs Narelle Dobson, Ms Georgia White, Mr James Taylor, Ms Liz Casey, Ms Nidean Dickson.</strong></p></div>
ANZAC Dayhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp.aspxANZAC Day<p> <img src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:186px;" /><br><br></p><p></p>Mary MacKillop College had a very significant presence at the Nundah ANZAC Day service. College Captains, Jamisyn and Matilda, presented an address on behalf of the schools, and students from Years 7-12 formed an important part of the parade and service. Pope Francis writes “Growth in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others."  Our presence on ANZAC day was a living example of this. Thanks to Assistant Principal, <strong>Ms Carly Richardson, Ms Andrea Hickey </strong>and <strong>Mrs Karyn Chapman</strong> for their organisation and involvement.<br><br>Mary MacKillop College was represented by 48 students in the Nundah Northgate RSL ANZAC Day service. Our students were outstanding in their way in which they represented us on this occasion. Below is an extract from our College Captains about what ANZAC Day means to them:<br><br> “It is with sadness that we recall the deaths of the thousands of Australians who landed in Gallipoli on this day in 1915. Though, as someone who has never personally experienced war, all of my knowledge comes from second or third hand accounts. ANZAC Day for me is about reflecting on the reality of war, all that we have lost and could lose, war's futility and what we, as a society hope to avoid. Above all, it is about the sacrifice that so many people have given. ANZAC Day celebrates the mateship and courage that lived in the hearts and minds of our soldiers. It is about their competence, generosity and endurance that we are all so grateful for. The Anzac spirit represents a sense of purpose and responsibility that we as young people hope to carry with us as we remember the legacy of the Anzac soldiers.<br><br><p>It is essential that the youth of today recognise this vital part of our history. We need to understand where our nation has come from in order to know where we can go. And so, the Anzac tradition has been readily embraced, becoming more important to younger people. The service always taught me to respect and value our history. For over 100 years now we have come together reflect on our proud history of courage and mateship that sets us apart from other countries. Most of us here won't have to experience what our soldiers faced but today we show our gratitude for their sacrifice by taking pride in Australia and appreciating all that it offers: freedom, opportunity and peace."<br></p>
The Benefits of Exercise for Young Womenhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-Parade.aspxThe Benefits of Exercise for Young Women<div><img src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/DSC_0769.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" /><br><br></div><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Recently the sun finally shone on our Cross-Country day and the girls were able to run through Kalinga Park as part of the course. Despite it being a wonderful community moment, some questioned why we would have a cross country when most of the girls have not been involved in training. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The answer for me is twofold. Firstly, it contributes to the holistic development of our young women through the community nature of the morning and the opportunity for the girls to be together in a different environment.  Second is the opportunity it provides for the girls to engage in healthy exercise at their own level. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The benefits of exercise for teenage girls are well documented. These include:</p><ul><li>Increased strength, stamina and flexibility<br></li><li>Helps maintain a healthy body weight<br></li><li>Improves fitness and heart health<br></li><li>Decreased incidence of stress and depression<br></li><li>Increased self-esteem<br></li><li>Positive body image<br></li><li>Opportunities to have fun and interact with peers, friends and family.<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">All too often we forgo the benefits because of our fast-paced life and the demands which seem to consume us. For our girls, exercise not only helps them to engage in their classes through increased brain function, but it is essential for flourishing mental health. Studies have found that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29108442">a single session of exercise can improve memory and cognition</a>. </p><p>Young people who play sport are often more fulfilled and feel healthier and happier about life. The key is helping them to find an activity they love. Physical activity instantly improves mood and can even lift symptoms of depression. This is because it ticks so many of the 'psychological wellbeing boxes' including movement and all of the 'feel good' hormones that go hand-in-hand, social support and offers opportunities for them to engage in an activity that captivates them. Exercise works by releasing hormones and neurotransmitters that make us feel good. When we exercise, <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00007256-199724010-00002">our body releases endorphins</a>, which are referred to as the “happy hormones." <br></p>
Service. Connection. Voice.http://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics.aspxService. Connection. Voice.<img src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/Leanne%20Linnard.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" />​​<div><br></div><div>Our College Captains, <strong>Matilda Bourke</strong> and <strong>Jamisyn Chapman </strong>and I were guests last week at Parliament House of MP for Nudgee, Leanne Linard.  The message of Pope Francis was palpably evident in our meeting with Leanne described by our 2018 captains as follows:<br><br><em>Service. Connection. Voice. Leanne's leadership emphasised the value of community service. She looks for opportunities to work with, or assist the local communities, and is insistent on gaining first hand experiences to make balanced judgements to inform the political agenda. Leanne's friendly demeanour, her real-world experience, and her own struggle to attain life balance is authentic and encouraging. Leanne's outlook was particularly pertinent in our year of connect. All voices can be heard. The ordinary can become the extraordinary. </em><br><br><em>Leanne's leadership and her journey to becoming a member of parliament inspire an appreciation of the value of integrity, loyalty, empathy and service which we hope to carry with us throughout this year. We are extremely grateful that Leanne took time from her day to discuss with us what is means to be a leader who encourages change.</em><br><br></div>