St Mary MacKillop College has always been a Catholic school that welcomes everybody. Our Vision uses words such as welcoming, dynamic, excellence and learning. It reflects the values of the Gospel and speaks of the example and legacy of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her Sisters. A strength of our school and its worth to the wider community lies in its diversity and inclusion.
The range of identities, lived experience and perspectives of our students, teachers, staff, alumni, and their families afford a creative energy and spirit in which authentic and enduring learning occurs. If we are to be our best selves, tolerance, respect for difference, empathy, and welcome must inform our culture of safety and learning. The desire to provide opportunities for all members of our community to contribute to our Vision is an aim to which we must hold ourselves to account.
The school therefore commits its energy to the search for continued improvement for welcome, respect, support, and the celebration of difference. So that each of us can belong, enjoy, and grow from acceptance and shared identity and rejoice in being authentic people of honesty, the College must stand against all forms of ableism, anti –intellectualism, bigotry, disrespect, homophobia, racism, sectarianism, sexism, and transphobia. We must individually and as a community commit our energy and skill to teach our students that compassion, vulnerability, sensitivity, integrity, and courage are at the essence of a healthy understanding of personhood and vital to one’s worth to self and others.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”
With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.
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