Magdalene Catholic High School

Newsletter Vol 19 Term: 3 Week 7 - 1 September 2017

Principal's Blog

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,


Magdalene is certainly blessed by the quality of young people who attend our school. Last week it was wonderful to attend the Year 11 Leadership Day and be part of the process electing, selecting and naming Student Leaders for 2018. While the process for electing House Captains is still currently occurring, over 50 of our Year 11 students have put their names forward to be a part of formal leadership positions from Term 4 onwards.

I was very impressed by the enthusiasm, personal qualities and the strength of the ideas to improve the School – from the vast range of students on the day. It was clear that there was and is so much leadership capacity. Given this it was certainly a difficult process, and a very close thing in terms of the number of student and staff votes polled for the various portfolios.

As an acknowledgement of both the needs of the School and the quality of the students ,an additional councillor was included this year in the Social Justice Portfolio and an entirely new portfolio has been developed. The role of Academic Councillors has been created and these students will play a critical role in supporting fellow students with ideas and initiatives in the HSC Year, promoting academic competitions 7-12 and encouraging students to talk about their learning and learning styles across the School.

I commend all of the students listed below but also note that ALL Senior Students at Magdalene are regarded as leaders in their own right and have a critical role to play as role models for the School:


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We know that families come in very different shapes and sizes in the modern world, so it is timely with Fathers’ Day occurring on Sunday that we acknowledge the wonderful fathers, step-dads, grandfathers and significant males in the lives of our students.

The importance of fathers and/or significant males in the lives of students is critical as they provide wonderful guidance for young people to be the very best young people and future adults that they can be in their lives.

The importance of role models – through words, encouragement, mentoring and coaching cannot be understated. Thank you to all of these fathers and/or father figures for everything that has been done to provide the emotional, financial and/or spiritual guidance and support that our young people need.

Quite often, this help, support and love comes across silently – not requiring thanks or even acknowledgement – but for all of the work thank you and please know it is noticed and appreciated (even though it isn’t always stated).

Fathers are obviously our first teachers and mentors and they, by example, exemplify the types of people that we want our youth to become. So Happy Fathers’ Day!


Heavenly Father,
You entrusted Your Son Jesus,
the child of Mary,
to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.

Bless all fathers
as they care for their families.

Give them strength and wisdom,

tenderness and patience;
support them in the work they have to do,
protecting those who look to them,
as we look to You for love and salvation,
through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.


God Bless

Mr Matthew McMahon


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Magdalene Classics occurred on Saturday, August 19 at Mater Dei Chapel and was a fabulous display of the broad range of talents of our students.

The performances consisted of a real mix of classics (‘At Last’ and ‘Feeling Good’) as well as more contemporary items by artists such as John Legend, Ed Sheeran and Delta Goodrem. The Strings Orchestra was quite beautiful and it was wonderful to be in attendance to hear booming solo items, technical pieces on the Flute and Piano and stirring items by the School Choir.

Thank you to the students and the families for their involvement and wonderful support as well as Ms Aimee Boughton, Mr Ewen Sinclair-Kydd and especially Mr Brandon O’Donnell and Mr Michael Mae for their musical talent and leadership to bring this afternoon together. Thank you as well to Mrs Meagher and Ms Flick for their work behind the scenes.

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For the last couple of years we have been collecting Earn & Learn stickers from Woolworths to buy Educational resources for our partner, remote, Primary school (St Patricks) in Brewarrina.

This year we will be collecting them again. If your family and friends shop at Woolies can you please ask them to collect the stickers and bring them in. The official box for stickers is in the Admin office

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Commencing Monday 4 September, students may wear their summer uniform, (students will have until Week 10 (Monday 18 September) to transition to the summer uniform). This is to allow for changes in the weather.

All students must be in full summer uniform by Monday 18 September.

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