Mary MacKillop


  • Wear casual clothes and runners and bring gold coin for MM Foundation
  • Feast Day Mass at 10:30am – parents and families most welcome!
  • Sausage Sizzle Lunch provided
  • Mary MacK Talent Show- by kids for kids!


RETURN All about Mary Challenge! tomorrow

  • Write 5 things you know about our Mary MacKillop
  • Colour in or draw a picture

Lots of prizes to win!



  • Home learning can be accessed from the blog under Home Learning / Term 3 2017
  • Home learning is distributed on Tuesdays and collected the following Monday
  • Home learning is expected to be completed weekly
  • If you do not return your book on Monday, then you are expected to bring it the following day
  • If you have any trouble accessing home learning or have questions about the tasks to be completed, see your teacher as soon as possible




We are using our Chromebooks as a learning tool to view multimodal texts which incorporate sound, images and written text. To be able to hear the texts and to be respectful to others, all students are required to use headphones.

  • If you haven’t done so already, please bring in headphones for you to use
  • Don’t forget to clearly label headphones with your name




We’ve all been using extra tissues on these cold and chilly days and our stocks are beginning to run low. Please bring in a box of tissues for your home group to share.

Friendly Reminders


Online Learning Logs

To support our reporting of learning & teaching each student has an individual Online Learning Log (OLLs). The OLLs provide families and students with regular work samples and teacher feedback.

  • To access your child’s SMCM Online Learning Log you will need to use the Gmail account you have provided the school.
  • Your child’s personal OLL address is their name, followed by smcm and their graduating year then eg.

If you are experiencing difficulties in accessing your child’s OLL, please see their teacher.

Winter is Coming!

With the blast of cold and wet weather in recent days, Mother Nature is reminding us that Winter is fast approaching! The air is more chilly and the grounds are becoming more wet and muddy.

At SMCM, students need to prepare themselves accordingly. Here are some reminders so that we can make the most of our inside and outside time at school.

  • Wear your full winter uniform from Monday 1st May
  • Bring in gumboots to wear for outside play.
    • Remember to label the inside of both gumboots with your name and class images
  • Bring in a box of tissues to share



At times, students will be required to listen to audio for their learning. Headphones ensure that you are able to hear the audio while respecting the learning of others in the learning space.

  • Bring in headphones to be used with Chromebooks
    • Remember to label the headphones with your name and class 129109-L-LO


Looking forward to hearing about your weekend on Monday!


Chromebook Launch

The Middle School was a buzz of excitement this afternoon as the Chromebooks were launched in MacKillop Views. After practising transitions and logging in safely and responsibly, we began to learn how to create an avatar to keep our identity confidential.

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What is the purpose of using Chromebooks?

Why is it essential that we follow the digital technology policy?


Spring Into Action!

It was great to see SMCM Spring Into Action in a wash of colour today. Staff and students donned flowers on clothing and in their hair, bringing a donation to raise money for Caritas Australia. We have now raised close to $1000 for disadvantaged people across the globe – thank you for your generous contribution to our Caritas Friday!

How have you been able to spring into action this Lent?

Home Learning

Thank you for the feedback regarding home learning. It is fantastic to see the dialogue and conversation regarding the home learning tasks continuing at home between you and your families.

For Mathematics this week, we were asked to challenge our thinking about place value by answering worded problems. These problems can be tricky to understand so it becomes important that we break down the question and write down the information that we know so that we can find the solution. For example:

What number has 7 tens, 1 more hundreds than tens and 2 more ones than tens?

We can use our place value columns to help us keep track of the information that we know.

Hundreds Tens Ones
  • After reading the question, we know that there are 7 tens

(What number has 7 tens, 1 more hundreds than tens and 2 more ones than tens?)

Hundreds Tens Ones
  • Let’s look at the next part of the question…

(What number has 7 tens, 1 more hundreds than tens and 2 more ones than tens?)

  • We know there are 7 tens, so 1 more would be 8
  • There are 8 hundreds
Hundreds Tens Ones
8 7
  • Let’s look at the next part of the question…

(What number has 7 tens, 1 more hundreds than tens and 2 more ones than tens?)

  • We know there are 7 tens, so 2 more would be 9
  • There are 9 ones
Hundreds Tens Ones
8 7  9
  • My number is 879


To celebrate South American culture and to include others, the Canola Homegroup made Guacamole to share. This recipe of Guacamole was very popular and can be eaten as a dip with corn chips, carrot or celery sticks. We used a fork to mash the avocado and added the chopped ingredients.

4 – 5 Avocados
juice of 1 lime
1 bunch of coriander chopped
1 onion chopped
2  tomatoes chopped
pinch of salt a pepper
1 teaspoon of oil
When ready, taste and add more ingredients if required. You might need to play a bit with the amount of lime and salt to get a nice flavour so it is not too salty or sour. If your tastebuds are feeling adventurous, you might like to add a bit of chilli.
  • What is the message of the video?
  • Where would you set up your table to include others?
  • Who would you like to invite to your meal?
  • What meal would you like to make to share?

Harmony Day

On Tuesday, the students at SMCM took the opportunity to celebrate our cultural diversity by wearing traditional cultural dress and a touch of orange. We showed each other that we accept our differences and that we belong by completing a range of activities.

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  • Tell us about your family’s background
  • Why is it important to include others?
  • How do you include others and make them feel like they belong?

“Change and Grow in the Light of the Lord”

Once again, the learning spaces of SMCM showed their flexibility and adaptability to suit our needs. The multipurpose room and former temporary home group learning space went through a change and transformed today into the Sacred Space to accommodate the Middle’s and Senior’s Ash Wednesday Liturgy. A new liturgical season brought about a change of colour of cloth and once again we were reminded of the closeness of God and that Jesus is Present and Active in our lives. Thank you to the parents and family members who joined us in celebrating this special occasion.

  • Why is Ash Wednesday an important day?
  • What special ceremony was conducted during the liturgy? What does this symbol represent?
  • What action will you take on during Lent to follow in Jesus’ footsteps?

Week 3 & 4 Japanese

Dear students in Middle
This is our first Japanese blog post this year!

Highlighting week 3 & 4, students in Middles have learnt how to read some words in Japanese. They practised how to read these words by using Japanese letter charts and identifying the sound that each letter makes. It was great to see them having a go at independently working out how to read Japanese letters! I wonder what new words you learnt. I’m looking forward to hearing you use it in our next learning time! Quiz: what does this sentence say? のり で はります。By Yumi Sensei