CELEBRATING 2016 AT MARY MACKILLOP
As we near the end of another year and my final one at Mary Mackillop Catholic College, I reflect not just on 2016 but on my last 14 years.
To grow from a school of 49 in 2003 to one of over 600 with a strong and supportive community, happy children and spectacular teachers makes me very proud indeed.
The year began with the opening of the Stage One senior school facilities with the College’s first Year 8 students.
Building of the Stage Two development will begin early in 2017 which will see more specialty buildings as the College continues to grow to Year 12 by 2020.
Queensland Combined Independent Schools (QCIS) has been launched, and Mary Mackillop students engaged in this new sporting competition with other schools throughout the region.
In 2017 QCIS opportunities for students will expand to include chess, debating, public speaking and performing arts as well as more sporting opportunities such as basketball, tennis, cricket, soccer, rugby 7s, swimming, track and field and more.
The College introduction of instrumental tuition and ensembles, band program, choirs and vocal groups has seen students flourish in the area of performing arts.
A highlight of the year was the College’s musical production of Annie Jr, where students showcased their talents in acting, music, dance and singing.
As I write my last article as a staff member, I thank God for the opportunities and blessings that have been showered on us as we have established a place where life, love and learning are embraced and celebrated.
— head of junior school and foundation principal, Donaugh Shirley