This month on SchoolTV: Positive Parenting

Despite the best efforts of parents around the world, the reality is, there is no such thing as the ‘perfect parent’. However, arming yourself with the right information is a good start!

Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people is a close relationship with a supportive adult.

ACC Cross Country 2019

St Mary MacKillop College sent a team of 63 students to Perth early last Thursday morning to compete in the ACC Cross Country Carnival at Perry Lakes. The event hosted over 70 schools, with more than 300 runners in each event, and all our students ran amazingly on the day.

Year 10 Try a Trade Week

Recently twenty-one Year 10 students attended a four day course to explore their interest in the building industry, in partnership with Skilled Hire.

The students gained valuable knowledge and skills across a range of trade-related activities including erecting and dismantling scaffold, bricklaying, brick paving, carpentry and joinery.

Fr Rob Galea rocks annual youth rally

This year’s Middle School Youth Rally hosted Fr Rob Galea, a Maltese Australian Catholic priest from Sandhurst, Victoria. Fr Rob engaged students from Years 7-9 as he combined faith and music with his tumultuous life story.

Cross Country

Wednesday the 15 May saw the running of the Year 7-12 InterHouse Cross Country. There were hundreds of runners on the day and some fantastic performances. The boys took on the 4km track first with several great runners across all year groups. Beau Haynes was amazing, blazing the course in 14mins and 8 seconds. Lucy Hill was the fastest girl and she led the girls around the 3km course in 12 mins and 31 seconds.

Assembly and Awards 2CT Yoga, health and panda friends

Mrs Tilley’s Year 2 class began their assembly last week by showcasing three yoga sequences they have been using in class as ‘brain breaks’. They showed everyone how to practice deep breathing and using ‘shark breaths’ to help them calm down, and even got the audience to join in.

After the Junior Primary awards, they demonstrated what they had been learning in Health about being resilient and how we think and communicate. They explained the difference between positive, helpful ‘dolphin’ thoughts and negative, unhelpful ‘shark’ thoughts.

Curiosity Academy

At the end of Term One the Awesome Artists – a group of gifted and talented students from Years 4 to 6 – had a visit from our groundsman, Mr Tony Heritage, who is also a very talented sculptor. Mr Heritage spent time sharing with students the step by step processes he goes through when planning a sculpture, as well as the actual making of his artwork.

Cobie Donates Her Hair with Heart

“Hello, my name is Cobie and I am 6 years old. I have very long and thick hair and with the help of my mummy who is a nurse, I have decided to cut my hair and donate it to be made into a wig to help a little girl who is sick to feel better.

Fishing National Small Fry

Twelve year old Michala Gibsone looks set to break Australian and State Small Fry Gamefishing records after she reeled in a 9.9kg Pink Snapper on a 6kg line at a recent fishing competition with the Naturaliste Game & Sports Fishing Club, smashing the previous record of 7.6kg, set in 2012.

The Year 5 MacKillop student also caught a 4.4kg Sampson Fish on a 4kg line during the same local Two Oceans 2019 Light Tackle game fishing competition, which could earn Michala two national gamefishing records in one weekend!

Following normal procedure, the forms are currently pending with the Gamefishing Association but if approved, Michala will join fellow MacKillop student, Ember Jensz (Year 3) in the record books.