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​What's Happening at the College



Opening Mass and Badge Ceremonyhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Cheer-and-Sports-Aerobics.aspxOpening Mass and Badge Ceremony<p></p><p><strong>Father Bernie Gallagher</strong>, in his homily at the College's Opening Mass, spoke about the need to find time to develop and strengthen our connections with God and with each other, so it was particularly poignant to have a large number of parents, staff and students celebrating eucharist together. We were pleased have both Father Bernie and <strong>Deacon Damien Everitt</strong> leading our celebrations. The Mass and Ceremony were reminders that we are a community connected by the call to serve and to love tenderly. </p><p>Congratulations to all the girls who have formally taken up this call of service. We applaud your commitment and look forward to your year as leaders in our community. <br></p><p>Congratulations and a resounding thank you is extended to <strong>Ms Carly Richardson, Mr James Taylor</strong> and all staff members who assisted them in bringing the day to life and commemorating the commencement of our 2018 school year so beautifully. <br></p><p>“<em>I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.</em><em>  </em><em>Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace</em>." <strong>Ephesians 4:1-7</strong><br></p><p><br></p>
Lent - the Christian Journeyhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-Parade.aspxLent - the Christian Journey<p>Pope Frances calls Lent the stairway of mercy. This Christian journey leads us towards Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit, for it is a journey led by the Spirit and fulfilled by the Spirit. The Lenten season commenced yesterday with Ash Wednesday when we were marked with ashes as a reminder for us to live the way Jesus wants. Lent is a special time when we stop and think about how we can play our part in God's hope for a world that is fair, just and peaceful. Deacon Damien reminded us that we can connect with God through living lives that are built on honesty, forgiveness, kindness and truth for God's love is ever present and always there for us.</p><p>The community was also reminded of Jesus' journey to Calvary and the mercy he showed despite his suffering. During the next forty days we take time to reflect on our lives and say sorry for any wrong doing. This repentance and reflection helps to lead us towards a meaningful Easter. It is a time when we can think about the changes we can make in our lives, to be God's love and mercy in our world. </p><p><em>Gracious God,</em></p><p><em>In this season of Lent we wait patiently like Jesus in the wilderness.</em></p><p><em>We ask you to bless us with your gifts of openness, flexibility and trust.</em></p><p><em>Liberate us from all our fears and worries.</em></p><p><em>May we always be the Body of Christ</em></p><p><em>Blessed, broken and given to a world hungry for your truth, compassion, mercy and justice.</em></p><p><em>Amen</em></p><p>Nine students from our College attended the Project Compassion Mass and Social Justice Initiatives at St Stephen's Cathedral on Tuesday 13 February. 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. As part of the Mass our College Justice Captain, <strong>Ama Sam</strong> was commissioned as a leader and we congratulate her on this occassion.</p><p>Students this week also prepared for the seasons of lent through a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Stall. Students sold pancakes with various spreads and toppings as part of fundraising for Project Compassion. 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 commemorate Ash Wednesday. We extend our thanks to <strong>Deacon Damien</strong> for joining us on this occasion. Below in an extract from Deacon Damien's Homily with an important message for this Lenten season:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>As Australians, we are all too familiar with the terms of Reconciliation and Healing. We know how reconciliation and healing can change our country and our world.</em><em>  </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Ash Wednesday is a time for us to reflect on how we can become better people if we believe in all the goodness and love that God has provided for us to share with one another.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>As we receive these holy Ashes, may they serve as a reminder for us that God's love remains always with us.</em><em>  </em><em>God's love has always been simple and pure.</em><em>  </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>There is no greater symbol of God's love than the empty cross - one which shows that Jesus has overcome all suffering.</em><em>  </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>These Ashes are not only a reminder of our human frailty and weakness, but of the loving gift of creation with which God made for us to enjoy.</em><em>  </em><em>May your Lenten journey be sacred, meaningful and blessed.</em><em>  </em><em>The power of the cross gives all of us hope for a better future, one with Jesus Christ who claims us for himself</em>.<br></p><p><br></p>
JJAMM Leadership Conferencehttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Excellent-Year-12-Outcomes.aspxJJAMM Leadership Conference<p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Year of Youth invites the church into dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people, the Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church. Our College Captains, <strong>Matilda Bourke</strong> and <strong>Jamisyn Chapman</strong> are among 80 students from Josephite schools in Australia and New Zealand who are gathered at the annual JJAMM (Joseph, Julian and Mary MacKillop) student leadership conference.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">I was privileged to join them for their Commissioning during Mass at the Chapel, MacKillop Place, Sydney. During their time at the conference, all of the leaders are being called to renew the connections young people have with the Church through Mary's vision and through service by walking in Mary's footsteps. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The girls, accompanied by <strong>Ms Carly Richardson</strong>, have also visited Kincumber, north of Gosford, where Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph established in 1887 a home for boys. It was here that the boys learnt the skills necessary for living and working in the country. Since 1966 the site has been used for retreats and conferences. I am very grateful to Ms Richardson for giving generously of her time to be with the girls during the five-day conference. Her support of the College and the conference enables our girls to access this memorable opportunity. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Our connection to Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Josephite is fundamental to our ethos and core to the principles and values we imbue.  On Thursday our student leaders visited the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Convent with a gift of flowers, as the Sisters had not been able to join us for our Opening Mass and had the occasion to speak with a number of Sisters who were present at the time. <br></p><p><br></p> <div> </div> <div><div></div></div>
HASSE Space Schoolhttp://www.mmc.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Senior-Visual-Art-and-Music-Camp.aspxHASSE Space School<p></p><p><strong>MMC Girls took on NASA… and WON!</strong></p><p>In December 2017 <strong>Willow Kohn</strong> (Y10 2017), <strong>Priyanka Iyer </strong>(Y12 2017) and Ms Andrea Hickey travelled to Houston, Texas as part of the Alliance of Girls Schools Queensland Group for the two-week HASSE Space School. The HASSE Space School (Houston Association for Space and Science Education) was a breathtaking, inspirational and “out of this world" trip that had us getting up close and personal with some of the most impressive achievements of humans. </p><p> The trip started with a week-long Space University course run by Space Centre Houston adjoining Johnson Space Centre. Eager to see where the magic happens, the groups were shown around some amazing parts of Johnson Space Centre including access to the Saturn V Rocket, Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility, Historic Mission Control used for each of the Apollo missions and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where we were able to see astronauts training for a spacewalk. </p><p>While Johnson was breathtaking, being involved in the Space University Course were equally exciting and challenging. Students and teachers were given the opportunity of designing and building working rockets that were launched and landed, (some safely), functional habitats and rovers to allow for human existence and exploration on Mars and of course cryogenic suits to avoid freezing in deep space and thermal shields to withstand re-entry through the atmosphere, all within a budget. The ability of the students to pull together and develop the skills and see their designs come to fruition was inspiring. <br></p><p>With rockets that flew through the sky, rovers that covered the terrain of Mars collecting samples, thermal shields that were able to withstand sustained exposure to a 1500°C flame—conditions similar to passing through the atmosphere—and suits that protected astronauts from temperatures similar to those of deep space environment at around -200°C, all of the girls not only rose to the challenge but exceeded their own expectations. The graduation from Space University at the end of the first week was extra special for some of the Queensland girls with one of the teams collecting first prize for the coding of their Mars Rover that was successfully able to navigate the first of the Mars tracks, rocks and all!<br></p><p>As with all fresh university graduates it was not long till the next lot of challenges were upon them—getting back to the moon. The Lunar XPRIZE Challenge consisted of getting a spacecraft to and landing safely on the Moon's surface, travelling 500m as well as transmitting high-definition video and images back to Earth. Did I mention the girls were judged by current NASA staff? Knowing the stakes were high saw energy levels sustained and the need to meet and work with people who could help them fulfil their challenge. <br></p><p>As a result, the second week of the HASSE Space School was spent working with members of the TXRX Hackerspace Labs to learn more about lunar rover designs, visiting a rocket company and simulating space missions. At TXRX the girls listened, designed, created virtual 3D models before getting them printed to aid in their XPRIZE presentations. The scientists and engineers at Ad Astra rocket company shared their story of their one-of-a-kind deep space rocket engine design, (a plasma engine that is more advanced than anything previously seen) and gave us inside access to the engine test chamber, as preparation for its next round of testing occurred. The final days of the trip saw the XPRIZE final presentations, an NBA game, where the Houston Rockets turned it on for us, a trip to the George Observatory to take part in deep space mission simulations and finally an opportunity to explore Rice University, a world leader in space science and nanotechnology. </p><p>The HASSE Space School was an amazing experience that exposed us to some of the most impressive achievements of humankind and developed some of the most amazing memories with new lifelong friends. The inspiration and motivation of what was achieved in such a short space of time really did highlight that if you have a goal and believe in it, you are unstoppable!<br></p><p>​<br></p>