Secondary Schools Leadership Program
On an early morning of Wednesday the 13 March, the College captains and SJH leaders, Julia O’Shea, Alison Burgess, Eliza Chudleigh, Michaela O’Connor, Ashleigh Ledden and Rachael Favaloro, accompanied by Mrs Hangan, left Bathurst to attend the “Secondary Schools Leadership Program” in Sydney.
Diocesan Awards Night 2013
MacKillop College students scooped the pool at The Diocesan Awards evening held in Orange recently. Jo Johnson (exstudent, class of 2006) was the guest speaker. The MacKillop students were recognised for gaining first place in the Diocese in Studies of Religion I & II.
Year 12 Graduation Ball - 2012
At the conclusion of the Higher School Certificate Exams MacKillop College community gathered together in celebration with the Graduating class of 2012 at their Graduation Ball, held at the Performing Arts Centre at St Stanislaus College. The graduating class of 2012 has left an outstanding legacy through their individual and collective contributions to the MacKillop College community. We hope that each student will continue to live her life by demonstrating the faith, courage and tolerance that have been developed throughout her time at MacKillop College.
Year 10 PASS Surfing Excursion
Fifteen Year 10 Physical Activity and Sports Studies students, accompanied by their teachers, experienced the first ever MacKillop College surfing excursion to Manly. The girls had three hours of surfing tuition, including beach safety, boogie board riding and surfing the waves.
Mrs Suzanne Reid
Saint Andre Visit 2012
In 2010, a French sister-school relationship was established between Collège/Lycée Saint André in Colmar France and MacKillop College Bathurst. We were delighted to welcome a large contingent from St André for the second time last week, indeed a highlight for our French program in 2012.
Vive la France!
Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) State Finals
The MacKIllop College debaters enjoyed wonderful success at this year's Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) State Finals winning the Year 7 Championship for the fourth time since 2005 and being runners up in the Senior Division for the second year running. MacKillop qualified for the Country Championships in five divisions, a feat unequalled by any regional Catholic School in New South Wales.
Year 10 Canberra excursion
The Year 10 students are to be congratulated on a successful History Excursion to Canberra.
The highlights for the excursion included a moving visit to the Australian War Memorial followed by a most entertaining time at Parliament House. After an informative tour the girls were given the opportunity to attend Question Time in the both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
We are grateful to be able to have the opportunity to provide our students with this valuable experience in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the history.
The trip was made possible in part by the subsidy provided by the Federal Government PACER program.
At the end of Term 3 the MacKillop College community gathered together in celebration with the Graduating class of 2012, at their Graduation Mass, at the Cathedral of Saints Michael and John in Bathurst. This special occasion was celebrated with the students, their parents and the College community before the commencement of their Higher School Certificate Exams. We often talk about the MacKillop Community as a family and this is one of these times where the parallels are quite clear. The parents and teachers of our Year 12 students have watched them grow and mature as they journeyed through school and we are hoping that the lessons they have been taught, at home and at school, will stand them in good stead as they commence the next stage of their life's journey.
Western NSW Culinary and Barista Challenge
On Friday 12 October, fourteen enthusiastic MacKillop College ladies participated in the Western NSW Culinary & Barista Challenge at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Students from 15 schools in Western NSW travelled to compete in individual and team events, which included the categories of Food Technology, Hospitality, Barista and a Macaroon Bake section.
Year 10 Hospitality Work Placement
As part of their studies in Hospitality, 33 Year 10 students ventured into the workplace for one week. The girls completed 35 hours of industry experience in various cafes and restaurants in Bathurst. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful chefs and industry mentors who willingly host our students every year. We are most grateful for the opportunity they offer our students.
Tournament of Minds Update
On Saturday 8 September, 21 MacKillop girls travelled to Sydney for the TOM - Tournament of Minds State Final. Three MacKillop teams participated in this year’s final – each competed against teams from the 10 other areas of NSW, including three Sydney regions in three of the four disciplines - Social Sciences, Maths/ Engineering and Applied Technology.
The MacKillop Applied Technology Team received ‘Honours’, placing them in the top three for NSW. MacKillop’s Social Sciences team also received ‘Honours’. The Maths Engineering did not receive a place, but everyone was extremely proud of them for doing so well.
Tournament Of Minds is a great way to make new friends. In TOM, there is something new, different and exciting around every corner and it gets you to think outside the square.
Olivia Mills - Year 10
MacKillop College HSC Drama Performances
Shortlisted for OnSTAGE
MacKillop College has had two HSC Drama performances nominated for OnSTAGE. OnSTAGE is a presentation and exhibition of outstanding group and individual performances and projects by Higher School Certificate Drama students.
Congratulations to Emma Murphy who had her Individual Performance shortlisted and to Teneal Butterfield, Genevieve Evans, Sophie George, Keltie Mitchell and Tabitha Plunkett, who were nominated for their Group Performance.
The girls will find out in early November if they have made it through to final selection. If they do they will be performing at the Seymour Centre in Sydney for a week in February next year. (See below for more).
Annual MacKillop Dinner 2012
The recent annual MacKillop Dinner celebrated the achievements of the the graduates of MacKillop College for 2011. A highlight of the evening was listening to the guest speakers, former students, Erin Haley, Danielle Cutler and Jane Kierath, whose specialties were in Science related fields, and former Principal, Mrs Gene Smith.
Languages other than English (LOTE) at MacKillop
MacKillop College French students were recently treated to a French Luncheon and entertainment. The performance of “Concert Pop” was a presentation by Theatre LOTE Fantastique’s performer extraordinaire, Pierre Alain. The concert was comical and entertaining as well as being linguistically enriching for students.
Japanese - Ohtani Visit - 2012
MacKillop College was delighted to welcome forty Ohtani High students and five staff from our Japanese sister-school in Osaka, Japan earlier this term. We have enjoyed the company of the Ohtani High representatives for a number of years and are always excited to see them visit our College. The true value of this most important relationship between the two schools was clearly evident during the visit by Ohtani, a special connection to treasure for many years to come!
Year 7 Camp at Lake Burrendong
On Wednesday 2nd August the students from Year 7 embarked on their annual Year 7 Camp at Lake Burrendong - Wellington. This camp was a great experience for the students and the teachers. Thank you to all who participated so willingly in the activities. It was great fun!!!
☺ Year 7 Semester Two Councillors
Tournament of the Minds
On Sunday 26th August, 28 girls from Years 7-10 competed in the Tournament Of The Minds Competition at Orange High.MacKillop College entered four teams across four disciplines: Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Sciences.The girls went very well on the day, with three of the four teams receiving first place and making it to the State Finals.