For the 149th time in a row, students have entered the doors of St Mary MacKillop School in Wallaroo. The 2018 school year has begun. This is a statistic to be proud of. The students and the parents who came in through those doors are now a part of our long and amazing history. We often wonder what the Josephite Sisters of the 1860’s, Mary MacKillop included, would think about our school today? I have a feeling they would see connection, smiling students, dedicated staff and supportive parents and feel as though the vision they had for our school, all those years ago, is well and truly alive and well.
As you wandered around classrooms on the first day back, you would have seen the huge progression from our new Reception students through to our Senior Year 6/7 students. Parents filled the Reception room, and the parent numbers dwindled as the students got older. This is a good thing. It shows growth and development in the students, it shows that the lessons on independence and resilience are working, it shows that students feel comfortable and confident in their environments. We are very proud of this.
Parents mingled in our purpose built Multi-Purpose Learning area, and then headed in for a coffee and a chat in our Mini-Macs Playgroup room. Once again, there was a great buzz and a great vibe in the room as parents met each other for the first time and spoke about their nerves about ‘letting go’.
On the screen as students walked into their classrooms was a challenge:
“How are you going to help make this the best ever year at St Mary MacKillop School?’
We are looking forward to what this 149th year is going to bring.
St Mary MacKillop School in Wallaroo has welcomed two new teaching staff members to it’s team for 2018.
Luke De Leonardis is the schools new Year 6/7 teacher. Luke completed his final year practicum at the school during 2017. He was a very popular staff member with students, staff and parents alike and won the Year 6/7 position as a result. He brings with him a strong knowledge of curriculum and a desire to incorporate 21st century teaching and learning pedagogies into the classroom. He is a keen sportsman and is already looking forward to coaching many of the schools sporting teams during the year.
Jenni Mulraney also the school community in the Reception/Year 1 room this year. As an experienced educator, Jenni brings a great wealth of knowledge and love for students in the Early Years and their developmental needs.
Both Luke and Jenni have settled into the community with great success. We wish them both well for the year ahead.
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.