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MARY MACKILLOP CATHOLIC COLLEGE
2 August 2016
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear members of the Mary MacKillop Catholic College community,
1 - 15 August
Year 12 CSSA Trial
Year 7 Vaccinations
The first two weeks of this term have been rich in
experiences as you can see from this newsletter.
The celebrations of learning and attendance, the
respectful manner in which the students returned
to school motivated and well presented and the
excitement of sharing our faith across the world
with World Youth Day have been a particular joy
to me. We are a community blessed with richness.
This week our Year 12 students are participating
in the HSC Trial exams. Teachers and students
have been working diligently throughout this year
in building confidence and an understanding of
the growth in achievement that will come from the
experience of the trial exams.
The teachers have voluntarily given of their
time each afternoon to the twilight study
sessions held in the IMC. I visited last
week and saw energized teachers and
dedicated students working together to
maximize the learning in preparation for
these exams. It was a relaxed and very
collegial community of learners that I saw.
Students were happy to ask questions
and share their ideas with each other and
teachers were energized by the
enthusiasm of the students.
St Mary of the
Year 9 Elective
25th Anniversary of
the Blessing of
2:00pm - 8:00pm
I am very proud of the staff for the partnerships they have built with our Year 12 students and of
the students for their willingness to take on challenges.
I wish them all the best for their exams and look forward to further developments in the
confidence and dedication that they have been demonstrating throughout the year.
Year 12 Music
6:00pm - 9:30pm
5 Carnarvon Street, Wakeley NSW 2176 Locked Bag 64 BDC Wetherill Park NSW 1851
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
NSW Health - Year 7 Vaccination Program 2016
HPV and Varicella Vaccinations 2nd Visit – Friday 5th August
Due to the movement of our Athletics Carnival to Friday 29th
July, a further reschedule of date has had to take place for the
second visit of the Year 7 Vaccinations.
We have secured a
new date for this 2nd visit being Friday 5th August 2016. As a
result of these changes of date, the scheduled 3rd visit date will
also change. At this stage we have not been advised of when this
Perfect Attendance Term 2 - 2016
At our first assembly this term, I congratulated the 131 students
who will receive an award for perfect attendance for Term 2.
However I challenged the rest of the College community with this
What could the total number of students with perfect
attendance have been if we included those who were absent,
late or left early for just 1 day last term?
Congratulations to the following students who will be receiving a
Perfect Attendance Award at a future Year Meeting;
Thi Cam Tien
Thi To Quyen
Mary MacKillop Day - Friday 19th August 2016
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to this year’s 25th
Anniversary celebrations of Mary MacKillop Day on Friday 19th
August 2016. As per tradition, we start the day with a celebration
of our faith with a Mass then follow the day with exciting activities
promoting student talent. We then plan to cap off the celebrations
with a Carnivale.
9:30am - 11:30am
12:00pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 8:00pm
Mary MacKillop Day Mass and Awards
Ceremony (must be at the College by
MMCC’s Got Talent
25th Anniversary Carnivale
Food, Drinks, Rides and Information Stalls
To ensure the safety of all community members, as you enter the
College you will be asked to sign in at the Front Office and wear a
special tag. Parents are invited to spend the whole or part of the
day with the community. Please note that students will not be
allowed to leave early unless they have provided a medical
reason or an emergency has occurred.
To ensure we can sufficiently cater and prepare for the day please
RSVP your attendance to the 25th Anniversary Mary MacKillop
Please note there will be NO parking onsite, and we ask that you
observe all road and parking rules and respect the local
residents’ privacy and property at all times.
Please get your daughter to return the reply slip below to
Student Services by 9:00am Monday 1st August.
Athletics Carnival – Friday 29th July 2016
The Athletics carnival was a great success. A big thank you goes
to Mr Gray for organising such a great community event. Some
excellent performances on the track and field showcasing
excellent athletic ability and talent throughout all year groups.
Congratulations to the students who have made it through to the
SCC carnival later in the term.
OPAL Cards on School Buses Compulsory
As from Monday August 1st, students will not be allowed on the
bus without an OPAL Card. There are also heavy penalties if they
travel without a card. NSW Transport is cracking down on this and
will be checking students on buses this week.
Can I ask parents to ensure they ask their daughters to have their
OPAL card with them at all times. Not having an OPAL card whilst
using a bus service is against the law and carries heavy penalties.
The College does not control OPAL cards or applications for them.
These are handled by the NSW Government.
Please visit the website below for further information:
Term 3 Uniform Reminders
The vast majority of students are always excellently dressed and
groomed. However a small minority of students need to be
reminded of simple uniform and grooming responsibilities and
We ask parents to ensure they check that their daughters are in
correct uniform and are appropriately groomed on a daily basis.
If you are unsure of any uniform or grooming policy, check the
College diary or contact your daughter’s CLC teacher.
I leave you this week with an inspirational quote from Pope Francis
and it relates to how we treat and relate to each other every day at
Mary MacKillop Catholic College:
The students entering the Chemistry Olympiad Qualifying Exam
on the 4 August are: Cattleya Mai, Lana Balqa and Tiffanii Tran
Those who are sitting for the Biology Olympiad Qualifying exams
on 8 Aug are: Lana, Olivia, Carmel, Rose Amanouil, Cindy Nguyen,
Diana Al Tawel and Tanisha Balgos
Those sitting for the Physics Olympiad Qualifying exams on the
10 Aug are: Cynthia Trang, Cattleya Mai, Jenny Nguyen and Tiffanii
Good luck to these students.
Mrs Mathieu, Coordinator of Learning - Science
SYDNEY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS PRIVACY
Parents and guardians are reminded that, from time to time, we are
required to provide student details and background data provided
through the school Enrolment form to government agencies.
May we continue in our partnership of “Forming young women
called to life to make a difference in the world.”
Mr Pablo Grana, Assistant Principal
This is particularly important to note at Census time and for both the
August Special Circumstances applications to be submitted to the
Australian Government Department of Education and Training and
student background data provided to the Australian Curriculum &
Reporting Authority (ACARA) post August census.
Standard Collection Notice on the SCS public website through this
Education Perfect World Science Championships
The Education Perfect World Science Championships will take
place from the 15 - 22 August. This is a FREE online competition
and students who participate will be eligible to win a grand prize to
join the Space Camp at NASA, in the United States in January next
All Newman students from year 7 to 10 and Year 11 science
students have been enrolled for this competition and it is optional
for students to participate in this competition.
These students will receive an email from Education Perfect to
participate in this online competition. All students have to do is to
reply to this email, and then start to answer as many Science
questions, from very easy to very hard in the week of 15- 22 August.
Students will get different levels of certificates according to how
many science questions they have answered correctly. These is an
enrichment science activity as students can also go through
different levels of science tutorials online for harder questions if they
cannot answer the question correctly the first time.
Science Olympiad Qualifying Exams:
This year 14 of our brightest Year 11 students in science will be
attempting the Olympiad Qualifying Exams at school. This very
rigorous exam will give them a chance to enter the State Olympiad
Training in January of 2017.
STUDIES OF RELIGION
Preparation for the Trial HSC has been underway for Yr 12 Studies
of Religion teachers during Term 2. Studies have had the
opportunity to attend after school revision lectures on Jewish
Marriage, Jewish Bioethics, Moses Maimonides and Religion in
Australia post 1945. We have been blessed to have teachers willing
to assist with these sessions and I appreciate the support of Mr
Ndaria for presenting on Jewish Bioethics and Mrs Fetterplace for
presenting on Religion in Australia post 1945, a presentation Mrs
Fetterplace has conducted in many schools throughout NSW and
ACT in recent years.
During the last week of Term 2, Year 12 students also attended the
SOR Focus Day at Australian Catholic University, organised by
Sydney Catholic Schools. On this day students attended 4 lectures
of their own choice to support their revision and preparation on
topics studied throughout the SOR course. Students attended
lectures on Religion & Non-Religion, Christian Baptism, Christian
Bioethics, Paul of Tarsus and Aboriginal Spirituality, just to name a
few of the options available.
It has been the intent of the Year 12 SOR teaching team to provide
students with many opportunities to support their studies and
preparation for the Trial HSC and the final HSC examinations. We
look forward to seeing the fruits of these efforts.
Our WYD pilgrims are now in Poland participating in WYD events,
that include catechesis, prayer, reconciliation, Mass and
entertainment from prominent Catholic musicians. WYD will
conclude with a night of prayer at the evening vigil and the Papal
Mass the next day. We continue to pray for our pilgrims. May God be
ever present with them and keep them safe on their journey.
Life Week 2016 - Come, be my light
At the beginning of September, Sydney Catholic Schools will
celebrate Life Week. This focuses on the sacredness of life and the
dignity of the human person. This years theme focus on every
Catholic answering the call to be Christ’s light to others, exemplified
through the life of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Blessed
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a champion of the poor and a
defender of society’s most vulnerable, answering the call to bring
Christ to all as she helped all created in God’s image, valuing life and
the dignity of all.
Fr Mac - 60 years of Ordination
contribution Fr Mac
has made to the
C a b r a m a t t a
community and his
dedication to also
It was a great
honour that our students from Cabramatta parish were
invited to attend a ceremony to recognise Fr Mac and to witness the
renaming of the basketball court at Cabramatta PCYC as the
Fr McAuliffe Basketball Court. For generations to come, all will be
able to know the great works of Fr Mac in the local area, especially
to basketball and the youth of the region.
I wish to thank all the students who volunteered to attend the day
and who too were very moved by this recognition of Fr Mac.
World Youth Day - update
The MMCC WYD students have arrived safely in europe, having left
our shores early Sunday 17th July. They have spent the past week in
Italy, visiting visiting Rome, Vatican City, Siena, Assisi and Florence,
exploring the wonderful cities, villages and religious sites throughout
Italy. As part of their WYD pilgrimage they have taken time to pray
and offer up Mass for our community.
Students are invited to take part in Life Week by competing in the
“Come, be my light” competition and have the chance to win an ipad
mini. Students are asked to submit a project in the form of an
editorial, magazine article, report, essay, book, play script or poster
that calls Christians to “Come, be my light” and brings to life the
teachings of Blessed Mother Teresa.
Quotes for Year 7 to 10 entrants
“God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be his love
and His compassion to the poor” Blessed Mother Teresa of
“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work” Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Quote for Year 11 & 12 entrants
“Life is the most beautiful gift of God, therefore people and nations
who destroy life by abortion and euthanasia are the poorest. No
human hand should be raised to kill life, since life is God’s life in us.”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
For further details please refer to the
information emailed to all students
by Mrs Flanagan. Students making
submissions, must do so to Mrs
Flanagan by recess Friday 12th
September, so entries can be
submitted on time to Sydney
Leader of Learning - Catholic
Life & Religious Education
St Benedict’s Parish Smithfield
Saturday Vigil 6.00pm;
8.00 am (Italian); 10.30 am; 6.00pm
Saturday Vigil 5pm (Vietnamese);
7 pm (Spanish);
7.30am & 9.00am; 11am (Spanish);
Smithfield 9.15 am. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday; 6pm Wednesday
Fairfield West Monday - Friday 7am
Fr Jarek Zan
Fr Richard Green
Fr Josue Moran
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Friday 19th of August
Tickets can be
WK 2, Term3
Unlimited Ride Pass
$25 (pre paid)$30 (on the day)$5 (single ride)
Rides till 8pm
food and drink will be available from 1pm
PLEASE BE ADVISED
THERE IS NO ON-SITE
ON THE DAY
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Fairfield
6:00 pm Sat
7.30 am (Polish)
4.30 pm (Vietnamese) 6pm
Fr Michael de Stoop
Fr Francisco Regala
Sacred Heart Parish Cabramatta
8.30 am, 10am & 6pm
6.30 am, 4pm, 7pm
Monday – Friday
Vietnamese - Tuesday & Thursday 7pm
Fr Patrick McAuliffe
Fr Nen Dang
Sacred Heart Parish Villawood
Fr Jerry Prindiville
St Thomas the Apostle Cathedral
Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm
Sunday: First Mass 8.30am
Solemn Mass 10.30am
English Mass: 5.30pm
Assumption of Virgin Mary Fairfield
Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm
Sunday: Solemn Mass 9.00am
Arabic Mass: 5.30pm
St. Joseph Chaldean & Assyrian Catholic
Church Mount Druitt
Saturday English Mass: 5.30pm
Sunday Mass: 9.00am