Return to School Term 2 2021

A quick reminder that the transition to winter uniform occurs in the first two weeks of Term 2 2021.

Long or short sleeve shirts may be worn, however please ensure that your child is compliant with all uniform expectations when they return to school after the term break.

SACCSS Senior Girls Netball champions

A huge congratulations to all girls in the Senior Netball team after they won MacKillop’s sixth consecutive SACCSS Netball title with a hard fought three goal-victory over archrivals Salesian College yesterday.

SCORES: MacKillop 27 def. Salesian 24
MVP on the court – Stella Talbot
Team members: Keely Budd, Ebony Cachia, Jorja Caserta, Tiana Galea, Megan Irvine, Mackenzie Pene, Remi Phillips, Stella Talbot, Ebony Tribe, Jade Portogallo.

Well done to all girls involved, and the coach of the team, Ms Sue Stinchcombe.

SACCSS Swimming results

On Tuesday 30 March, 32 students represented MacKillop at the annual SACCSS Swimming Carnival at MSAC in Albert Park.

At the end of 192 events, MacKillop finished second in the Junior Boys division and third in the Junior Girls, Junior Aggregate and Intermediate Girls divisions.

The individual highlight of the day was undoubtedly the performance of Year 11 student Cailey Dixon, who won the champions’ medal in the Senior Girls division after winning all five of her events.

MacKillop students were successful in winning the following events:

  • Cailey Dixon (Year 11) – 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle
  • Jonathan Palma (Year 8) – 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle
  • Ella McGinness (Year 8) – 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke
  • 13 year old boys 4x50m Freestyle Relay (J. Palma, C. Millar, R. Galliott, B. Hayler)

SMC Marine Biology Tours @ Queenscliff

Year 9 St Mary’s classes have spent the term investigating eco-systems and the effect of climate change on our environment.

One of the highlights was the excursion to Queenscliff, taking part in a marine biology boat trip with the staff from the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. Many creatures were discovered among the seaweed at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay, including sea hares, wandering anemones, decorator crabs and sea horses.


Library Lovers’ Day 2021

Despite having yet again been forced to endure remote learning, the students’ enthusiasm could not be dampened when it came to their blind date with a book on Library Lovers’ Day 2021.

Students selected their unknown book as a blind date in the week prior to Sunday 14 February (Valentine’s Day), utilising skills based on appearance of size, and perhaps a favourite number. The usual practice of looking at cover images and reading blurbs were dispensed with as the challenge to step into the unknown, unfamiliar, and often a very different genre, was taken. Even COVID-19 couldn’t take away the fun that was experienced by all during our annual event in the Geoghegan Library to celebrate reading, literature and the young adult genre.

Reading opportunities continue for MacKillop students with the ebook option available on the Geoghegan Library Homepage. Students of all year levels are invited to take a closer look and investigate the online young adult literature for their reading pleasure.

SACCSS Year 10 Premier League results – Round 5

Boys Basketball ‘A’ – MacKillop 83 def. Emmanuel 25
Boys Basketball ‘B’ – MacKillop 50 def. Emmanuel 12
Girls Basketball – MacKillop 27 def. Emmanuel 20

Girls Netball – MacKillop 51 def. Emmanuel 15

Boys Soccer – Emmanuel 3 def. MacKillop 1

Boys Volleyball – Emmanuel 3 def. MacKillop 0
Girls Volleyball – Emmanuel 3 def. MacKillop 1

SACCSS Senior Cricket & Netball scores – Round 5

On Tuesday 23 March, the Senior Cricket team defeated Thomas Carr to take a 1-0 lead in this year’s MacK Thom Cup.

SCORES: MacKillop 3/153 def. Thomas Carr 3/106
Sai Vaddepalli 55 retired, Harish Suresh 35, Traveen 29 not out.


Meanwhile the Senior Girls Netball team finished the season undefeated with a solid win over CRC Melton. They will now go into next Wednesday’s Grand Final against Salesian attempting to win MacKillop’s sixth consecutive Senior Netball title.
SCORES: MacKillop 29 def. CRC Melton 21

Evaluating Websites

When students utilise websites, a process of evaluation of that website content is required to ascertain the value of continuing with the information presented. A number of questions can be proposed to assist the decision process or to recommence your search process.

Authority: Who is the author/creator and what are their credentials? Are they knowledgeable of the topic? Do they have expertise in the area? Are they contactable, reputable and reliable?

Purpose: Is the information relevant to your task? Is the information trying to advocate or inform? What does the URL tell you about the site?

Objectivity: Is the information advertising, fact or opinion with balanced bias? Are references cited? What literary techniques are being utilised?

Accuracy: Is the information verifiable by other sources and credible references? Is the information accurately presented, logically written and without mistakes? Do any links work?

Currency: How recent is the information? Will it be current enough for your task? When was it last updated?

Asking some of these questions each time a website is utilised can assist students in valuing the information they use and ensuring they are critical consumers of information.

St Mary’s @ Wydham Tech


On Friday 19 March, St Mary’s students began their excursions to Wyndham Tech School, where they took part in a series of digital storytelling workshops focusing on the following tools:

  • Minecraft
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Fresco

Students will be using these skills to present digital stories throughout the semester.



SACCSS Year 10 Premier League results – Round 4

Boys Basketball ‘A’ – MacKillop 40 def. Marymede 34
Boys Basketball ‘B’ – Marymede 57 def. MacKillop 49
Girls Basketball – MacKillop 39 def. Marymede 18

Girls Netball – MacKillop 31 def. Marymede 8

Boys Soccer – MacKillop 0 drew Marymede 0

Boys Volleyball – Marymede 3 def. MacKillop 2
Girls Volleyball – MacKillop 3 def. Marymede 0

*All teams will play Emmanuel away in the final round next Thursday.