The MacKillop Community is home to the Grade 5/6 classes.
This year our focus is on the Arts, so all our classes are named after artists - both visual and performing.
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John Farnham is the inspiration for my class name because of one of his most well known songs, "You're The Voice". I believe that my students, being the eldest in the school, should have the opportunity to voice their opinions and thoughts on their learning and life in the school community. Furthermore, through his long career, he has had times of success and failure but is still one of the most well known and celebrated artist in Australia. Proving that success can only be achieved through hard work, determination and times of failure.
Anh Do was born in Vietnam on the 2nd of June 1977. When he was young, he fled Vietnam with his family on a leaky fishing boat to Sydney, Australia as a refugee in 1980. His family includes his father, Tam Do, his mother, Hien Do, his brother, Khoa Do and sister, Tram Do. He married his wife Suzanne Do and they have four children together.
Anh Do represents our school values by showing respect, success, inclusivity and integrity.
Reading Anh Do’s books ‘The Happiest Refugee’ and ‘The Little Refugee’ it became apparent that Anh Do is honest, courageous and has a passion for making a difference.
He has worked extremely hard to be successful in many different fields of work. When he was young and times were difficult for him and his family, he worked hard and in the end, he has become very successful in writing books, acting, painting and stand up comedy. He has also won numerous awards due to his hard work and motivation.
During his life, he has shown respect, inclusivity, and integrity to everyone in his community.
Written by Raajeev Ramani.BickmoreCarrie Bickmore is a TV and Radio host personality best known for her work on The Project. Bickmore shows our school gospel values of success and integrity, being one of the most successful and well known female personalities in Australia. She is also very charitable, creating Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, inspired by her late husbands battle with the disease. The foundation raised more than $4,200,000 in its first two months. In 2017 Bickmore was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll in recognition of her work as a "charitable and inspirational role model for women and girls".Cunxin
Li Cunxin was chosen as the Australian Performer for our homeroom name because his life’s journey epitomises our school values of success and respect. His journey started in poverty, in a rural village to success on the stage as a ballet dancer and Director of Queensland Ballet.
He was 11 when he left home to begin a seven-year harsh training regime from 5.30 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week at the Beijing Dance Academy. Once he found his passion, he worked hard and gave his all. Li became one of the first two cultural exchange students allowed under Mao’s regime, to go to America to study. After his defection to the West, he danced with the Houston Ballet for sixteen years and became one of the best dancers in the world.
He married Mary McKendry, an Australian, in 1987, and in 1995 moved to Melbourne with their two children where Li became a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet. At 35 he began studies to become a stockbroker. Li became a successful investment adviser and senior manager at one of the biggest stockbroking firms in Australia. In 2012, Li followed his dance passion and became the fifth Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet in Australia.
Li’s Autobiography, “Mao’s Last Dancer”, was published in 2003 and was made into a feature film in 2009. He has received many awards including, a Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University for his contribution in Dance and Literature, and in 2009 he was named Australian Father of the Year.