Students from St Mary MacKillop School, Wallaroo proudly joined with over 46,000 students from 103 Catholic Schools in South Australia to celebrate Catholic Education Week this month. Catholic Education in South Australia continues to provide excellence for every child whose learning and education is entrusted to its care. As this year’s motto – Every Child Matters – suggests, the holistic growth and development of all children in its school is paramount.
Catholic Education Week provided St Mary MacKillop School an opportunity to celebrate all the good things about Catholic Education and in particular the great service, St Mary MacKillop School - a proud Catholic School, has provided to the Copper Coast for over 148 years. It was a chance to celebrate and say thanks. It was a chance to acknowledge the great learning and work that the students have achieved so far this year.
A community launch in the Wallaroo main street on Friday, 12 May kicked-off the CEW celebrations. This was led by an eager group of senior students who happily spoke with community members about St Mary MacKillop School and Catholic education. The celebrations continued at school the following Monday morning with the unveiling of a fundraising “Well” which had a specific focus on raising funds for the people of Kiribati, a sister school who the Port Pirie Diocese have a special connection with. On Wednesday, local Pre-School children attended a Pre-School Fun Day and participated in fun games and activities prepared by the 6/7 students. They were joined by the Reception students and finished the day with a BBQ lunch. The major event of the week was the Whole School Assembly and Exhibition of Learning held on Wednesday evening. Students presented an entertaining and fun-filled assembly to a packed hall of parents, grandparents and friends. Students then had the opportunity to take their guests on a tour of the school and their classrooms to show the great learning they have been engaged in over the course of the year thus far. The ‘Switching Off’ initiative marked the final activity for CEW with the students joining with Catholic Schools from around the State in turning off all electricity from 9am to 12 noon. During this time the Reception to Year 2 students and Years 3-7 students gathered for separate liturgies to explore the reasons behind the ‘switch off’ and to ask for God’s love and presence and in their everyday lives.
On Wednesday 24th August we held our annual 'Dress Up Parade'. Each class had the opportunity to tell the community who they dressed up as, and then show their costume on the catwalk. It was great to see so many parents and friends come to watch the parade.
What an amazing array of science experiments we had for Science Week. The children really enjoyed presenting and watching the experiements and some budding scientists even presented two experements! We had chemical reactions, osmosis, magnetism, floating and sinking, static electricty, density of liquid, how sound travels, just to name a few. They explained natural phenomena such as tornadoes, the water cycle and how our blood thickens. What a relief the future is in good hands with these avid scientists.
St Mary MacKillop is a proud Catholic, Co-Educational, R-7 School founded by the Jospehite sisters in 1869. We invite you to explore our website and come for a personalised tour of our school with Principal James Quigley.