St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Newsletter

Newsletter #1 January 31st 2019

 Faithful God,

Your Spirit is ever new and ever greening, bringing to new life new vision and new hope. 

Open our hearts to your grace at work in us, that we may be united as we journey and

minister together in 2019 at St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School.  

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, whose spirit guides and directs us.

Welcome to All Our Families

Happy New Year and welcome back to school. We look forward to working with you this year as we learn, build and grow together as the community of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Epping North


  • The SMCM school newsletter is published every Thursday on our website and App only.  We are going green this year. An alert will be sent out on our school app.
  • Please download our free school app to receive all notifications regarding our school.
  • If your child is walking home alone, please notify their teacher in writing.
  • If another adult is picking up your child, please also inform their teacher.
  • All visitors to the school during school hours are required to sign the visitor’s book at reception.
  • Early collection/ Late drop off - If you are bringing your child to school late or picking them up during the school hours you will need to complete the digital sign in/out register at Reception.  
  • Please note the 3-minute parking signs at the front of the school – do not leave your car parked here, it is for drop off and pick up only. Please do not double park along Farmhouse Boulevard – park on Creeds Farm Lane.

2019 Morning Gatherings

  • Tuesday: The Lane (Krill, Lobster, Periwinkle, Prawn, Turtles & Sharks Homegroups)

  • Wednesday: MacKillop Views (Clams, Coral, Oysters, Dolphins, Stingrays & Whales Homegroups)

  • Thursday: The Boulevard (Barramundi, Marlin, Salmon & Snapper Homegroups)

  • Friday: The Rise (Jellyfish, Seahorse, Seastars, Penguins & Seals Homegroups)

From the Front Desk

Tuck-shop lunches

Tuck-shop lunches are available Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Please write your child’s name, homegroup, selected items and price on a paper bag, fold in half and half again with correct money inside.  If your child does have a lunch order it is advisable to still send along a fruit snack and water bottle.  

Absent Notifications

In the event your child being absent for any reason you must notify us through the school App.  Open the App, go to eForms, Absentee Form.  Complete details and an email will automatically be forwarded to Reception.   

Camps, Sports and Excurions Fund

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

School Hats are available for purchase from Reception. $20 cash

From the Sports Desk

Welcome back to one and all

Term 1 starts with our Senior students beginning their interschool sport competition next Friday 8th February against Epping Views (2) as an away game. Soccer will be played at Harvest home reserve, Cricket at Epping Reserve and Handball at their school, 9-11.00am.

Students are expected to be in full sports uniform also with their hats. Parents who are interested in coaching or umpiring any of these sports are more than welcome.

Interschool Sports Dates

  • Feb 8th Vs EVPS (1) - Away
  • Feb 15th EVPS (2) - Away
  • Feb 22nd Marymeade - Home
  • March 1st The Lakes - Away
  • March 8th Marymeade (2) - Away
  • March 15th Harvest Home -  Away
  • March 22nd Al Siraat - Home

Swimming Dates

  • Feb 6th Swimming Trials at Epping Leisure Centre Yr 3-6     4.00pm -5.00pm
  • Feb 12th  Swimming Trials at Epping Leisure Centre Yr 3-6     4.00pm -5.00pm
  • Feb 13th Swimming Trials at Epping Leisure Centre Yr 3-6     4.00pm -5.00pm
  • February 19th District Swimming Carnival 9-1.00pm WaterMarc Centre Greensborough
  • March 5th Divisionall Swimming Carnival 9-2.00pm Northcote Pool
  • March 19th Regional Swimming Carnival 9-2.00pm Northcote Pool

Gala Days

  • March 27th District Gala Tee-Ball Carnival
  • March 29th District  Gala AFL and Netball Carnival

Foundation Students First Day



Friday 1stYears 1 to 6 Begin 
Wednesday 6thInterschool Swimming Trials
Friday 8thInterschool Sports Begins
Monday 25thSchool Photos

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