SEQTA – Our New LMS

The beginning of 2020 school year has seen the introduction of our new digital SEQTA Suite, replacing our older eWorkSpace portal. This new suite encompasses a comprehensive learning management system involving TEACH (teacher access), LEARN (student access) and ENGAGE (parents/guardians access). Phase One commenced at the beginning of the 2020 school year with staff professional development surrounding the use of TEACH. This will be for the rest of the term.

While this professional development is occurring, LEARN and ENGAGE will not be available. The reason being that the functionality of these particular modules are dependent on the successful introduction of TEACH to our staff.

During this initial phase, providing information pertaining to your son’s/daughter’s academic progress and work requirements via our Parent Portal (eWorkSpace), will not take place. We intend to deliver these important communications via phone calls, email, printed hard copies, student diaries and the like. This is only an interim measure until our TEACH system is up-and-running to the standard we have come to expect from our College.

Once we have our partially implemented TEACH then Phase 2 can begin with LEARN and ENGAGE coming online. We envisage this occurring early Term Two.

While there will be some inconvenience for our community in the interim, the end result will be a system that will provide the MacKillop College learning community with a comprehensive, easy-to-use learning management system. It will provide for a wholistic digital platform that meets our growing needs as a College.

More information about SEQTA will be offered at each of the Year Level Information Evenings that are held each year in Term 1.

 Parent Portal – eWorkSpace

The Parent Portal – eWorkSpace will be closing in Term 1, 2020. After this time, access to your child’s past semester reports will no longer be available via this portal. However, prior to this date, you are encouraged to download each semester report on your child’s academic history at MacKillop College. 2020 timetables will not be displayed via this portal.

When we move to ENGAGE, the new parent portal associated to SEQTA, our new learning management system, you will again have access to these past reports as well as the usual on-going semester reports. Access to these reports in ENGAGE will not occur prior to Term 2, 2020.

If you have any enquiries pertaining to accessing your son’s/daughter’s past reports please contact the College (03 8734 5200) and our Office Administration will put you in contact with the appropriate staff.

MacKillop Masters Golf results

On Wednesday 12 February, Joanne Tey of Year 9 won her second MacKillop Masters title in a row when she finished six strokes clear of her nearest competitor.

SCORES:
1st – Joanne Tey (Yr 9) 43
2nd – Emilio Datario (Yr 7) & Harrison Hodge (Yr 9) 49
4th – Christopher Diepold (Yr 7) 50

SACCSS Senior Cricket & Netball results – Round 2

SENIOR CRICKET – MacKillop 2/213 (20 overs) def. Penola 74 (11.2 overs)
Sai Vaddepalli 51 retired; Traveen Pandithakoralege 51 retired; Jaxson Hay 43 not out

SENIOR NETBALL – MacKillop 38 def. CRC Melton 12
Best players: Remi Phillips, Lavenia Rupeti, Keely Budd, Ebony Tribe

2020 Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is calling all internet users to collaborate, reflect and discuss their internet usage patterns to inspire a positive change in online safety. The year’s theme, “Together for a better internet”, focuses particularly on the importance of a communal effort and encourages everyone to start the conversation about how we can improve the online environment.

The Australian eSafety Commissioner challenges young people to talk to old and the frequent internet users to talk to those less experienced, in order to raise awareness and to create a better understanding of emerging online issues across a variety of groups; it is only together that we can create a better internet for everyone.

Some important tips include to think of others’ feelings, to ask for permission before posting content of others, to be an upstander, to use privacy and screen time, and to ask for help when needed.

What will you do to start the conversation and to make the internet a safer place?

For more information, and some helpful resources click the below link:  https://www.esafety.gov.au/safer-internet-day/families

Senior Cricket and Netball scores – Round 1

On Thursday 6 February, the Senior Cricket and Netball teams travelled to Sunbury to take on rivals Salesian in their first games of the new season.

The Senior Cricket team’s total was passed by Salesian with eight balls remaining while the Netball team began their quest for a sixth consecutive SACCSS title with a hard fought three goal win.

SCORES:
Cricket – Salesian 3/127 (18.4 overs) def. MacKillop 3/122 (20 overs) *Sai Vaddepalli 50 not out
Netball – MacKillop 26 def. Salesian 23

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Coronavirus

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The safety and care of your sons/daughters is paramount to me and our school community.

I am writing to you following new advice from the Australian and Victorian governments regarding the novel coronavirus.

All children who have travelled to Hubei Province of China, are advised to stay at home and avoid public settings, including attendance at schools and early learning centres, until 14 days after last being in Hubei province, China. This applies to any and all students even if they do not show any symptoms of the virus.

Students who are well and have travelled to other provinces in China, or any other areas where there have been reported cases, are NOT recommended to be excluded from schools unless the following applies:

  • The person is a confirmed case of novel coronavirus
  • The person is a close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the past 14 days

If you think your son/daughter is showing any relevant symptoms of the novel corona virus, please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.

This advice is also being provided to teachers and all school staff to ensure we mitigate any risks associated with the spread of the virus.

For the provided by the Victorian Government providing advice and information about the novel coronavirus, including what actions to take if your son/daughter is feeling unwell following travel to the Hubei province, and practical steps to avoid the spread of the virus, please click here.

You can also access further information and updates from the following websites:

In circumstances like these, there can understandably be a lot of concern and uncertainty about the safety of your son/daughter. Please know that staff are available to discuss your concerns with you, and we will provide any revised advice to you as soon as it becomes available.

 

Regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal, MacKillop College

Important Dates January 2020

The Administration Office is now open:
Monday 20 January 2020 – Friday 24 January 2020 business hours are 8:15am – 3:45pm, Closed 11:30am – 12:30pm daily

Closed Monday 27 January 2020  (Australia Day Public Holiday)
Closed Tuesday 28 January 2020  (Professional Development)

Normal office hours resume Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 8:00am to 4:30pm

Students return for Term 1 2020 on Friday 31 January 2020

Day 1, 2020 Uniform

Physical Education practical classes will not be scheduled for any year level on Friday January 31, 2020. As such, all students will need to be in full summer uniform when school resumes on this day. Please also be aware that students will receive their timetable in homeroom on this day.

SACCSS Year 8 Premier League Grand Final Results

Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Basketball and Netball teams, on winning their respective Premier League Grand Finals.

Both teams played superbly to defeat their previously undefeated opponents.

SCORES:
Girls Basketball – MacKillop 59 def. Emmanuel 33
Girls Netball – MacKillop 30 def. Salesian 23

SACCSS Year 8 Premier League Grand Finals Rescheduled

The Year 8 Premier League Grand Finals have been rescheduled to next week due to the extreme heat forecast on Thursday.

Tuesday 26 November – Girls Basketball v. Emmanuel at Altona Stadium (1:30pm start)
Wednesday 27 November – Girls Netball v. Salesian at Eagle Stadium (1:00pm start)