Virtual Mother’s Day Liturgy

Today we celebrate Mother’s Day with a liturgy themed “In God’s likeness”. We celebrate all the mums, grandmothers, aunties and all those who are like mothers to us.

Thank you to all those families who contributed photos for the Mother’s Day tribute, featured in this liturgy. We hope you all have a wonderful day on Sunday, celebrating all the mums, grandmas, and mother-figures in your lives.

Winter is coming…

Regular school functions return next week for four of our year groups, and the numbers of other year groups are gradually creeping up as businesses re-open. We are slowly returning to normal.

It is timely to remind the community that terms 2 and 3 at Mary MacKillop are when winter uniform is worn. Can the transition please be made to the winter uniform as outlined in the college expectations here. Please note that in the Senior college, blazers are now a standard element of the winter uniform.

You will recall that we are looking to institute a winter formal uniform for girls in the Junior college, who do not have that option at present. A P and F committee have come up with some recommendations and I will be going through a process of consultation very soon. The plan is for these to be available for purchase for this year, once approved, but to NOT be compulsory for at least one full year. Many thanks to that committee.

Have a lovely weekend. Stay safe.

Mr Chris Gabbett

Principal

Site safety… a reminder

With four year groups returning to the site on Monday, I consider it useful to reiterate guidance regarding site access and site safety.

Access to/on the site:

We ask that parents and siblings do not get out of the car at drop-off or pick-up in line with the directive given by the Chief Medical Officer to ensure social distancing. Parents will not have the ability to go into students learning areas until further notice.

Only students attending school are able to enter our learning areas and if you must go to Junior reception please make sure there is only one person in the foyer at a time.

If you are coming on site for any reason, including dropping off forgotten items, please present to administration where a staff member will assist you.

Junior Drop Off:

P-2 

Students may be dropped off at the AM drop and go zone or Uluru from 8:00am and need to make their way to Billabong.

3-6

Students may be dropped off from 8:00am and are to make their way to Uluru.

Senior Drop Off:

To enable social distancing please use our drop-off zone.

Junior Pick-Up:

To enable social distancing please utilise our pick-up zones at Uluru or the AM drop and go zone.

Prep-2:

P-2 will be collected in the AM stop/go zone. The parking zone outside Prep will be cordoned off with bollards, and children will congregate there. This means the top circle area will be a pick up only zone and there will be NO parking available. From 2:45pm, Prep children will be available for collection. Years 1 and 2 will be dismissed and available at 2:50pm. If you need to park, please park in the Junior car park or on Highfields Road. Please do not leave your car if you are in the pick-up line.

If you have not collected you child by 3:00pm they will be seated outside Junior reception.

Years 3-6:

Years 3-6 will be in Uluru for collection. 

If you have Prep-2 and 3-6 students to collect please collect the Prep – 2 first and then make your way to Uluru.

Senior Pick-Up:

As normal in the Senior school.

Using the car pick-up lines:

Using the car pick-up lines increases social distancing, please do not come into the school unless absolutely necessary. If you must come on site please report to administration first and a staff member will assist you.

Birthday celebrations:

I recognise that this is a really lovely and inclusive practice, but I ask please if parents can stop sending in food for communal consumption. 

Medication

Please remember to send in any medications your child may need along with a completed Administration of Medication Form found on our website.

https://www.highfields.catholic.edu.au/current-parents/student-protection-wellbeing

I do understand that some of these rules hinder a quick getaway, but I want them maintained at this time so that we are doing everything possible to guarantee the safety safety of the children and wider community.

Thank you so much, take care

Mr Chris Gabbett

Principal

What matters the most…

In a previous podcast, I discussed a strategy for situations that are out of your control. When you can’t change something you can always change the way you think about it. Since my last blog post I have really focused on putting this into practice myself. I’ve stopped to reflect on what I’ve had the opportunity to notice, discover, and learn over the last month or so… what matters most to me and what really doesn’t matter! What supports me to be at my best and what holds me back or weighs me down. I’m wondering if you’ve been doing the same?

“I completely acknowledge the negative impact of COVID-19 on so many aspects of our lives, but I can’t help but also acknowledge some positives or silver linings to our enforced reset. Amidst the rush to return to normal, we should all take some time to think about what’s worth rushing back to.”

What have you had the opportunity to slow down and discover about yourself and your family?

What will you do differently as the current situation eases, to live more in accordance with your values?

What will you KEEP, STOP, and START doing??

Dr Jasmin Slack-Smith
College Guidance Counsellor

For more resources from the College Guidance Counsellors, visit their page via the link below.

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