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A message from the College Captains

A message from the Captains during lockdown

Dear MacKillop community,

Wow, how quickly things can change! A few weeks ago, we were together in the classroom and interacting with our friends outside. Today, we are communicating via screens from our homes.

We would much rather be talking to you in person; however, we write to you in uncertain times.

The COVID-19 lockdown is challenging for everyone, isolating us from our friends and family, and changing our daily routines. It is important that you seek help if needed, and make an effort to look after your health and wellbeing during this time. Remember to exercise, eat well and to get enough sleep, as well as make time in your day to do something you enjoy.

We are proud of the way you are adapting to the ever-changing school environment, and encourage you to use this period of remote learning to strengthen relationships with your peers, and endeavour to stay committed to your academic life.

We would like to thank our phenomenal teachers who, whilst experiencing the same challenges as us with their own families, are still guiding and supporting us through this time. As students, let’s not take this support for granted, as not every school is lucky enough to be as nurtured as we are.

It is times like these that we are reminded of the extraordinary and unique community our school is. We should all feel privileged and supported to be a part of the MacKillop family.

As we miss the camaraderie and social aspect of school life, and share in the disappointment of postponed events, it is important to stay connected with each other, stay positive, and keep our spirits high.

Although we are not together in person, we can still support each other through technology. We are fortunate to be members of such a strong community, and this is something that can never be taken away from us. Thus, we encourage you to reach out. Reach out to your friends, to your families, and to your teachers. Reach out to a person who you know might be struggling.

Great is the strength we possess in our unity, so we must draw upon these strong relationships to overcome this challenge together.

We are St Mary MacKillop College, and we will continue to face this adversity with faith and courage.

We send our prayers and best wishes to you and your families, and are looking forward to a time when we can all be together again.

Zac Cunningham & Lilly Vassallo
College Captains

2 September, 2021

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Acknowledgement of Country

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”

With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.

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