COVID-19 updates (as of 27/5/2021)
In light of the growing COVID-19 outbreak, the Hon. James Merlino, Acting Premier of Victoria announced yesterday a state-wide 7 day circuit breaker lockdown in effect from 11.59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11.59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021.
Friday 28 May, 2021 is a student free day across Victoria. From Monday 31 May to Thursday 3 June, 2021, all schools will commence remote schooling program in line with Victorian Government advice. Schools will only be open for:
- Students of parents, guardians or carers considered an essential worker cannot work from home (no evidence required)
- Vulnerable students including:
- Children in out of home care
- Children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
- Children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
Students in attendance for On-site Supervision will be supervised by school staff. Parents are asked to register their child’s attendance for On-site Supervision ASAP so we can ensure adequate staffing during the Lockdown period.
We ask all families to take care during this time - stay home, stay safe.
Child Safety when online
Please ensure student safety when using the Chromebook at home. The student Chromebook is to be used for Remote Schooling learning purposes only. Internet access from home means that the student is under home internet security measures and not the school’s internet security. Parent’s please ensure there is adequate supervision while your child is engaged in their Remote Schooling learning. Students are expected to adhere to our Lockdown-Remote Schooling Student Agreement listing expected student behaviours when using the Chromebook online.
Child Safety - Child Friendly version of Child Safety Policy
Our Year 6 student leaders have been working together to produce a child friendly version of our Child Safe Policy. Mrs Privitera and Mrs Jones have been meeting with the Year 6 student leaders on this very important document. We hope to have the child friendly version ready to share with classes and to publish in the newsletter and on the website very soon. We thank our Year 6 student leaders for their contributions and insights to ensure our school community and messages about child safety reaches all students in our school community.
Chromebook Distribution - FRIDAY 28/5/2021
All students have 1-1 Chromebook device to support them in their learning during Remote Schooling. The Chromebooks and ONE charger per family will be distributed via our drive through service on Friday 28/5/2021 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm. The IT User Agreement must be signed by parents to ensure student safety when online. Please do not remove any school stickers/labels from the Chromebook. The Chromebook and charger must be returned on Friday 4 June when school is expected to resume after the lockdown period, unless further advice is received from DOSCEL and/or the Victorian Government. The Chromebook must only be used for learning purposes and under adequate supervision by parents. Thank you for working in partnership with us for your child’s online safety.
Celebrations of Learning - Inquiry
As part of their learning in Inquiry this term – Design and Technologies and Science, the Year 3 and 4 students were engaged Shelter Building and Physical Science incursion on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 May.
The Year 3 students engaged in Shelter Building with Supreme Incursions. The Shelter Building experience provided students with the opportunity to develop their team building skills to construct a shelter that would protect them from the harshest weather conditions. Students learnt about various types of human-made and natural shelters worked within a budget to use their money wisely, negotiating needs –v- wants, calculating refunds, exchanges through collaboration and team work to complete their problem solving task successfully.
The Year 4 students engaged in Physical Sciences activities with Supreme Incursions. Their task challenged students to think critically about forces and energy. They investigated heat and discovered how it is used as a source of energy and identified friction, magnetism and pressure as contact and non-contact forces. Curriculum areas covered throughout this learing experience included heat, forces, magnetism, potential and kinetic energy, light reflection and refraction, pressure, investigating, communicating and making observations.
Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education
As part of Catholic Education Week we celebrated a whole school Mass this morning. This year marked the 200 anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia and we were able to take the time this morning to stop and reflect on the significant and important journey and to look forward to our theme this year of Faith in the Future.
Parish Mass – Thank you
Thank you to all families who joined us for the Parish Mass last Saturday 22 May. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Parish by having representatives from our 3 Parish schools – Mary MacKillop, Don Bosco and Trinity as well as the Senior students in the Saint Francis Xavier choir.
From late May 2021, crews will begin installing flexible safety barriers on Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Narre Warren North Road, between Thompsons Road in Cranbourne and Fox Road in Narre Warren North, with works taking place Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. Works on this project are expected to be completed in 2021, weather permitting. You can find out more on the project at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/melbourne-road-projects/narre-warren-cranbourne-road-and-narre-warren-north-road-safety-improvements.
Many thanks to parents and their families who attended the masses held over Catholic Education Week. Your presence and support is greatly appreciated as we together work in partnership sharing faith and celebrating together.
During Catholic Education Week families have been encouraged to visit the newly Blessed and installed Stations of the Cross Garden. As you can appreciate more work is needed to beautify the area with suitable plants and outdoor décor. There is still time to make a donation towards the garden area of the sacred space. Families may wish to donate shrubs, plants, pots, pottery, outdoor garden décor, etc. All donations will be acknowledged. A flyer is attached with details of the event.
The Admin Staff in our School Office did an outstanding job putting together over 250+ badges. The ‘family’ badge fundraiser was very popular, raising $250. Thank you to all students, families and staff for your participation in this year’s Trinity Families fundraiser.
Congratulations to the following students who have received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation:
Alyra, Dominic, Hanisi, Milania, Abigail & Mila
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle B
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Jesus sends his disciples to make disciples of all nations.
This week we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next Sunday, however, are designated as solemnities, special days that call our attention to the central mysteries of our faith. Next Sunday, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons.
Jesus gave his disciples the power to baptize people everywhere in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus also told his disciples to pass along the power by teaching others what he had taught them.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Anxiety requires understanding
Children and young people who experience anxiety need acceptance, understanding and compassion rather than judgement, dismissiveness, and rejection. View the article attached below:
OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS PARISH INFORMATION
Mary MacKillop Primary School is one of the three Parish Primary Schools belonging to the Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren within the Diocese of Sale. Fr Brendan Hogan is our Parish Priest and Fr Isuru Weliwatte is our Assistant Priest. We are grateful for their ongoing prayers, involvement and support of the students, families and staff of Mary MacKillop School.
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This week in Japanese, students created carp kites called koinobori for the Children’s Day festival. We enjoyed flying them outside on a windy day! Japanese people believe the carp symbolises health and strength - so it is an important symbol of Children’s Day.
6MV - Prayer cloth
Our class has chosen the quote “we must teach more by example than by word”, because as Year 6's we feel it speaks to us as we should teach more by example than by word because actions can speak louder than words!
We model this by teaching younger students and our peers what this school represents.
The symbol of the giant hands on the prayer cloth represent equality, shown by the different colour of the two hands and it also symbolises how we can pray to Mary Mackillop and she can support and protect us on our life journey.
At the bottom of the cloth we added our school values as we all try to display these in our everyday school life.
We all signed our names on the cloth to represent our commitment to upholding all of the school values and to carry out what the quote represents.