Scheduled MacKillop Core Outage

Please note that MacKillop Core will be down for a scheduled update on Wednesday 1 July 2020, starting at 9:00am and running until 12:00pm.

Once the update has been completed, we ask that our parents/guardians log out of their SEQTA accounts and back in again for the update to take effect.

Kind regards,
MacKillop College

Engage – student reports

Early next term, your son/daughter’s Semester 1 reports will be published via our new Parent/Guardian portal ‘Engage’. All of our families have been invited  to access SEQTA ‘Engage’ with a significant amount already having viewed their son/daughter’s progress.

We encourage all families who have not accessed this portal to do so by responding to the instructions that have already been emailed. ‘Engage’ can be accessed by either PC or Mac machines using Chrome/Safari/Edge web browsers. A mobile phone app (iPhone/Android) is also available. ‘Engage’ will be the only way in which families can access reports upon publication. Currently all of your son’s/daughter’s past reports exist inside this College portal.

To sign in with your College username/password already sent to you, click here. If any issues please click here Contact: ICT Support Services and at the bottom of the page you can enter an enquiry to access these services.

 

Refugee Week: Sunday 14 June-Saturday 20 June 2020

The Cultural Inclusivity Team at MacKillop College endeavors to raise awareness and develop programs to support all students and families at the College, including families with a refugee background. Refugee Week is celebrated nationally from Sunday 14 June to Saturday 20 June, and the theme for this year is Celebrating the Year of Welcome – Online’.

A number of resources can be located on the Refugee Week website, which provides positive images of refugees and celebrates their stories to create a better understanding between different communities, promoting Cultural Inclusivity. During this week we will take the opportunity to promote some of these stories with our students.

 

Parent/Guardian ENGAGE Portal now open

We have sent out to all our parents/guardians invitations to set up their SEQTA Engage portal accounts. You will have one week from Wednesday May 27 to set up these accounts. If after one week you have not set up your Engage account then another reminder email with the invitation will again be sent. If you cannot find your email please check the junk mail before contacting the College. We have sent these invites to the most current email address we have on our records.

What is SEQTA Engage?

SEQTA Engage is a powerful tool for parents/guardians to have an overview of their son/daughter’s learning and assessments. It also provides a
communication channel for parents/guardians and teachers, enabling greater collaboration and enhanced learning outcomes for the students.
Both the SEQTA Engage (Parents/Guardians) and SEQTA Learn (Students) sites use SEQTA Teach as the primary vehicle through which all pastoral,
teaching and curriculum-related information is shared.

Student Free Days

The following days are student free days:

  • Thursday 21 May 2020 – Student Progress Interviews
  • Friday 22 May 2020 – Student free day
  • Monday 25 May 2020 – Student free day
  • Tuesday 9 June – Student free day

Have you found a silver lining?

Recent weeks have seen us move through a variety of emotions. For some it may seem we are in a refreshing pause, like a cool change in summer, for others an endless ferocious storm, but for most it’s been a steady mix of ups and downs, like Melbourne’s weather: four seasons in one day.

Despite the challenges of this pandemic, there are silver linings to be found. One big one we’ve heard about, is that the time with family once craved is suddenly possible as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. There’s now the luxury of time together for walks, meals, movies, games and more. All in all, though, nothing beats a good conversation!

Now you may find searching for interesting topics to talk about may be a challenge, given we are mostly doing the same things in the same environment as our family members. So we wanted to let you in on some interesting research that found that by working through some of the following questions, bonds could be formed and relationships strengthened. So how about it? Give some of these conversation starters a go…

  • Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  • Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  • What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?
  • For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  • If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  • Take four minutes and tell your life story in as much detail as possible.
  • If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?
  • What is your most treasured memory?
  • What is your most terrible memory?
  • Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
  • Describe each other’s best friends?
  • What foreign country would you most like to visit? What attracts you to this place?
  • What is the best TV show/movie you’ve seen recently that your family hasn’t seen? Tell each other about it.
  • What is the best restaurant you’ve been to? Share why?
  • Share the funniest thing that ever happened to you when you were with a small child.
  • If you had to move from your home where would you go, and what would you miss the most about your home?
  • If you could invent a new flavour of ice-cream, what would it be?
  • What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  • If you were going to become a close friend with someone, what would be important for them to know?
  • Tell each other something that you like about the other.

 

Questions were extracted and altered to suit families from the following study:  Aron, A., Melinat, E., Aron, E. N., Vallone, R. D., & Bator, R. J. (1997). The experimental generation of interpersonal closeness: A procedure and some preliminary findings. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin, 23(4), 363-377. doi:10.1177/0146167297234003

COVID-19 – 14 May
Update 1

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

As you likely know by now, the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) have advised that schools can begin a phased return to onsite schooling.

In the first stage, students in Years 11 and 12 (VCAL, VET and VCE) will return to the College from Tuesday 26 May 2020.

In the second stage all other Year Levels will return to school from Wednesday 10 June 2020. Tuesday 9 June will be a student free day as had been calendared at the start of the year.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home, and vulnerable children, the existing model of onsite schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a student free day.

Please know the College are working through the CECV (Catholic Education Commission Victoria) guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all our staff and students as these transitions occur. This will take some time to sort through and we beg your patience as the necessary structures and processes are put in place. Please know that when we have established clear and firm plans they will be shared with you.

 

Kind regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

Safety First

As an eSmart school, MacKillop Catholic College is often alerted to resources pertaining to the safe engagement of students in an online environment. With the event of online learning continuing for a while longer, it becomes even more relevant that we pause and assess how we are travelling with our remote online teaching and learning experiences.

The eSmart organisation has released a series of parent/guardian and student resources pertaining to flexible and remote learning, that can be used to guide and provide direction for students and their parents/guardians in the online learning environment www.esmart.org.au/esmart-schools/resources/.

The organisations’ theme, that eSmart Teachers + eSmart Parents = eSmart Students, portrays how the partnership between the College and home remains a vital connection for this learning to occur. With such involvement and presence online with current teaching and learning, the eSmart community is strongly advocating the awareness of cyberbullying and appropriate online behaviours. Along with events such as Privacy Awareness Week, which is occurring this week, they have instigated a ‘Do it for Dolly Day’, which aims to bring the community together to celebrate kindness and unite in taking a stand against bullying. This Friday 8 May is to be a day of kindness; so be a mate and be kind on May 8.