Highfields' Own - - Education -

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

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