Optimism high at Mary MacKillop

New adventure: from left, having a good time at Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha last Thursday were Year 7 students Nina Chang, Alice Evans, Jasmine Taylor, Misha Gange and Katie Blackshaw.

MARY MacKillop College in Leongatha welcomed 118 happy new Year 7 students and their families to the school last Wednesday.

Principal David Leslie said there were many nervous but excited faces, with students hailing from 24 primary schools and filling five classes.

The new playground, funded by the Parents and Friends, was popular with years 7 and 8 students. The Year 7 enrolment is slightly down on last year’s figure of 126.

The college also welcomed new students joining at most other year levels.

“A special point to note is the continuing numbers of students who are children of Alumni. This second generation is growing all the time,” Mr Leslie said.

The college enrolment remains the same as 2018 at 590 students and the school community is looking forward to another successful year in 2019.

Later this year, construction will commence on a new state of the art $4.5 million Senior School, thanks to a significant capital grant of $1 million.

This project is the fulfilment of more than 30 years of development at the Leongatha site.

For the first time, the college will have a full suite of permanent, first class buildings.

Mary MacKillop College is pleased to welcome three new teachers for 2019:

  • Mrs Julia Strentz, learning adjustment leader. She has extensive qualifications in this area and comes from St Joseph’s Primary School at Korumburra where she had a similar role;
  • Mrs Joanne Knox, curriculum leader – VCAL,  a role she previously held at ECG College; and 
  • Mrs Sally Newton who has relocated back to the area with her young family and joins the Junior School team.

“All three are highly experienced, dynamic teachers and great additions to an already strong team,” Mr Leslie said.

After the success of last year’s program, the college has continued its partnership with AFL SportsReady, welcoming two former students back to the college as trainees – Ms Anna Kirk (class of 2017) and Ms Hannah Charlton (class of 2018) – to complete their certificates in health and fitness and assist staff and students throughout the year.

The college theme this year, selected by the Student Mission team, is “The strongest trees are the slowest growing”, a quote from Fr Julian Tenison Woods. 

“Mary MacKillop College, 33 years young, is still growing strong,” Mr Leslie said.

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