The College communicates via a number a ways to inform and keep parents up to date with weekly and term time events, activities and information.
Our College website is our main way of keeping parents informed of what is happening in the life of our school. On our website, parents have access to the College calendar, upcoming events and our eNews feed. The site is updated weekly and we encourage all parents to check the site weekly.
The College uses a push notification Mobile App as a way of communicating important events, notices and reminders, as well as a useful tool for accessing the College Calendar, eNews and Absentee forms. This app is available for download to parents' personal iPhone, iPad or android device.
Letters to parents for excursions, camps and activities are sent home as required, detailing the schedule and other relevant consent information. Parents are to complete and return to the College by the requested due date.
Text messages will be sent to notify parents of absence and on occasion when there is a variation to routine.
The College has invested in a learning management platform, Firefly. This is an online means for students and teachers to easily and effectively distribute and access teaching and learning related materials i.e. class timetables, assignments, teaching programs and more.
The College operates a public Facebook page, as a means of communicating further information and showcasing College activities and events, and an alternative page in conjunction with the College P&F Association.
The College shares events, achievements and important information via the website eNews feed which is updated weekly. eNews shares the latest highlights and life at the College as it unfolds. Parents are welcome to view eNews via our website to stay up to date with the latest.
Click here to view the College eNews page
Stay connected with events, activities and updates at Mary MacKillop Catholic College, by downloading our new Mobile App.
The App is available on iPhones, iPads and Android phones via iTunes and Google Play respectively.
This App will become a vital communication tool between the College and our parent community, so it is important that you have this App on your devices!
Please note: The skoolbag app is no longer in use, and can safely be deleted from your devices.
Parents wishing to have interviews with teachers may do so before or after school via appointment through the Homelink Folder. We encourage parents to approach their classroom teacher first if there is an issue to be clarified. If your concern needs further attention, an appointment can be made with the Principal or Assistant Principal.
All junior school students have a Homelink Folder which is used to carry communications between home and school. Communications may take the form of absentee notes, excursion letters, behaviour comments, awards and homework.
Written school reports will be given twice a year with at least two face to face interviews occurring during the year. Parents are notified of when they are able to book an appointment time through our online booking system.
School commences at 8:30am for junior school and 8:20 am for senior school. Please refer to the Back to School page for the daily schedule. Parents and students are reminded that punctuality is of utmost importance.
Late to College
Late students require a late slip from the office to be given to the class teacher. On arrival, students report to the College office. Students will be asked the reason for being late, and will be asked to sign in on the student register.
Leave During The Day
Students leaving the College throughout the day are required to bring a signed note from parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence and expected duration. This note is to be presented to the class or PC teacher who will complete an Early Departure form. Both the note and completed form are to be presented to the College office at the time of departure. Senior school students are to sign the student register and junior school parents are to sign out their child at the office. On return to the College, after the leave, students are to present to the College office again to sign the student register or parents to sign in their child and will be given a return slip to present to the class teacher.
If a student is feeling unwell they are to report to the College office. Their parent or guardian will be contacted to arrange collection. The student will remain in sickbay until they are collected. If a parent cannot be contacted, the student's condition will be monitored. Students are not to contact parents via mobile phones or iPads.
Student Attendance and Absences
If a student is to be absent from school, a phone call to the office by 9:00 am would be appreciated. The office will pass on the message to the classroom teacher as required.
Unnecessary and regular absences from school are detrimental to a child’s education. The minimum standard record of attendance is 85%. Should any student fall below this standard without a good reason, a College Based Attendance Improvement Plan will be devised. This information may be required to be reported to the Catholic Schools Office and Catholic Education Commision, QLD.
A student absence must be explained within seven days of returning to the College. Where no notification is provided, students will receive an 'unexplained absence'.
Parents seeking leave for their child/ren for a period of more than 5 days are requested to put in writing to the Principal an 'Exemption from Attendance' outlining an explanation for the leave and the period of time required. Please note this request does not equate to automatic approval of this timeframe.