FAQ - Should Magdalene Catholic Collage become Magdalene Catholic College?

What does the word “college” mean?

While there are differing definitions, the term ‘college’, like ‘school’, refers to: “ an educational institution or establishment”. Why the possible change? While there may be similarities in terms of definitions and meanings between ‘school’ and ‘college’, often, it is the little things which can make a great difference. The notion of, or use of the word ‘college’, is often associated with the idea of quality and that is what Magdalene offers.

Now in our 20th Year, Magdalene is ready to “step up” and view ourselves with fresh eyes. Schools which do alter their name, often notice a visible lift in the way students regard themselves and the way they view their place of education. As Magdalene continues to develop its ‘Academic Care’, becoming a “College” would have multiple benefits for our students.

Increased use of the term ‘college’

Years ago CEO Wollongong was opposed to the notion of its schools being called ‘colleges’ but this viewpoint has now changed. All new secondary CEO schools developed have ‘college’ in their title, and, of the eight Diocesan secondary and one K-12 institution, four of them are ‘Colleges’. As we move into our 20th Year it is a great opportunity to strengthen our own self-perception.

Would a move to becoming a “College” change the governance of Magdalene?

No. Magdalene would remain a Diocesan school in the Wollongong Diocese.

Would a move to a “College” change or increase school fees?

No. Our name would have no impact on this.

Would a change to a “College” see Magdalene’s logo alter?

The only change would be in the actual name under the crest i.e. “Magdalene Catholic High School” would become “Magdalene Catholic College”.

If this change occurred, when would this happen?

If this proposal was successful, the timeframe to become a College would be at the start of 2019.

Would a change to a “College” result in a different uniform?

If there was a change, the name of the School under the crest would change on various items which contain the full crest, however, any future change to the style of the uniform would not be related. Any changes to these crests would be staggered over 2 to 3 years and students would not be required to purchase new uniform items in that time period.

Irrespective of a possible move to a “College”, it is important to note that the School and sports uniforms are currently under review for this year.




The Magdalene Parents and Friends Association would like to extend an invitation to our current and incoming families to be part of a new initiative aimed at strengthening community partnerships and supporting local business.

The Magdalene Community Business Directory will provide an opportunity to advertise your business, free of charge, to families and staff at Magdalene through a digital directory linked to our Parents and Friends portal on the school website.

We would love to hear from interested Magdalene families who would like to promote their products and services to the local community and encourage our wider Magdalene community to consider supporting these businesses where possible.

Inclusion in the Business Directory is voluntary, completely free of charge and open to all families with students attending the school. To list your business with us, please make initial contact with Michelle Cornett through our Parents and Friends email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to your support of this initiative and will work hard to get the Directory up and running for the start of the 2018 school year.

Best wishes for a happy, safe and holy Christmas and New Year break from the Magdalene P&F.


20 Year Celebration Dinner

As 2017 draws to a close, as a school we celebrate another significant year of academic, sporting and cultural successes. We also acknowledge a year of spiritual formation and connection through the joys and sorrows that we experience as a community.

When we resume our school year in 2018, it heralds a significant milestone for our community, 20 years of quality Catholic education.

Magdalene intend to celebrate this important year in our journey through a series of events that will both honour our history and display our optimism for the future.

The premier event in our calendar of celebrations will be our Gala Dinner to take place on the 18th May, 2018 at The Cube Function Centre at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

This exciting event will provide an opportunity for past and present members of our school community to honour 20 years of service to the students, staff and families who have formed the fabric of Magdalene Catholic Collage.

Over the Christmas and New Year break, we are requesting your assistance to begin to build the excitement of the coming celebrations. Not only do we ask you to 'save the date' of the Gala Dinner, we are hoping to make contact with as many Magdalene alumni as possible, to hear your stories, gather memorabilia and really connect as a community as we move into this significant year.

To register your interest, make contact to share your history or help us find some of our founding staff and students please email Michelle Cornett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will begin to form social media contact pages in 2018 and will keep you informed of the wonderful events that we have planned to Celebrate 20 Years of Magdalene. Looking forward to your support, Michelle Cornett The 20 Years Committee


Mr Alan McManus

Please see attached letter from our Principal, Mr Matthew McMahon.


Week 1 Term 3 2017

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


It has been another wonderful week at Magdalene.



Students performed admirably in terms of their athletic prowess and also their school spirit at Tuesday’s Athletics Carnival. The students entered into the day with a great attitude and were very supportive of one another. Our Year 12s gave their full support to the day and were very creative in their choice of attire and fancy dress. I would like to thank Mr Hewitt and all of the PDHPE staff and general staff for their support on the day.




At the time of concluding this entry the Feast Day is well underway and there is substantial excitement and a wonderful energy in support of the School.


 The Mass was quite lovely and I think it is appropriate to include most of my address here:


 “I believe we are blessed to be able to have the opportunity to be educated at a school like Magdalene Catholic High School.


Indeed, there is much of which to be proud:


  • We are about to enter our 20th successful year as a school
  • We have built a strong reputation in the local community
  • We have a history of strong sporting and academic successes
  • We have very committed and dedicated staff
  • We have a very impressive student body.
  • And the list continues …


Therefore, I am very comfortable to say that I am lucky and proud to work at Magdalene.


Yet the ideas of ‘being proud’ and pride itself – well, we need to be very careful of such concepts.


Pride you see is not always positive. It can also relate to arrogance, selfishness and feelings of superiority.


 Many of you will have read the great Christian writer CS Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles. He once said the following about pride:


“each person’s pride is in competition with everyone else’s pride. Pride is essentially competitive, it is competitive by its very nature … Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next person. We say that people are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good looking, there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.”


However, there are several ways one can avoid tendencies towards self-centredness and false pride.


One of these measures is to be grateful. The more we say thank you for what we are given - the more we are able to take the focus off ourselves.


So many people are responsible for this quality school which we celebrate today and there are so many people in our lives who have helped us to be the people that we are at this point in our lives. People have shown love and devoted finances, time, energy, patience and compassion towards you. So I hope we do thank our friends, our family, our teachers and all those who care for us daily.


A second way to avoid being proud in a negative sense is to practice “servanthood”.


This is where we are blessed by Mary Magdalene’s guidance and example. When Mary Magdalene’s special day in the Church’s calendar moved from being a memorial last year to becoming recognised as a fully-fledged Feast Day, it was clear that Mary Magdalene’s memory was being restored in a timely and important fashion. Indeed, she is a lesson for all Christians to trust in the Christ who is: “alive and risen.”


Pope Francis had previously reminded us that her tears at Christ's empty tomb were a reminder that (and I quote): “sometimes in our lives, tears are the lenses [from which] we need to see Jesus.” You see Saint Mary Magdalene: “proclaimed life from the tomb, a place of death.”


Despite grief, uncertainty and fear, Mary Magdalene did what she needed to do to offer “servanthood” and this is a great model for us to overcome our own pride or self-doubt.


Mary knew, that despite the great threat that the Romans posed in her day, (remember Jesus had been arrested, brutalised and then executed), she knew, that Jesus’ ministry and message were critical.


It was she that empowered the disciples to preach and, with the Holy Spirit, was able to get them out from hiding in the days and weeks after Jesus’ death. By giving of ourselves – we are being ambassadors for Christ.


Our work in Brewarrina, our ongoing work with aged-care facilities like Carrington, our community service work as part of Duke of Edinburgh, our financial support and efforts to support countless charities such as Westmead Children’s Hospital, our substantial work with St Vincent de Paul and the Vinnies Van … the list goes on and on … but I mention these now not to show inappropriate pride but rather to say that this is who we are.


I hope that all students can find a way, if they are not already, to participate and help others in a meaningful way. By doing so we fully recognise that the world is much bigger than ourselves and that by helping others we are being true to Mary Magdalene’s example.


To the staff: magnificent, dedicated and really caring about the students and their life chances, you make a real contribution and I thank you. I am proud of your commitment to the greater life of the school - and that makes the difference.


 I also acknowledge the student body: you know I am new here but I really am sensing that you rise to the occasion at these special events and I am impressed by your generosity, your efforts and for who you are.


I finish today with another quote: “Our greatest achievement is to be ourselves … in a world that is constantly trying to get us to be something else.”


So Magdalene students I challenge you to attain yourself, your real and truly great self - just as Mary Magdalene did, to make a difference in the world and help us to be closer to Jesus and preach the good news in our everyday lives, words and actions. Happy Magdalene Feast Day.”


What better than in honour of Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day and the School’s Feast Day than to pray the School Prayer this week:


School Prayer


Jesus, you chose Mary Magdalene

to be the first witness to

your resurrection.

Help us to be filled with the

power of your Spirit.

May we become witnesses

to your love and healing

both within and beyond

this community.

Mary Magdalene


Pray for us.


God Bless


Mr Matthew McMahon