4 Education



St Mary MacKillop College considers education as more encompassing than providing a sound curriculum within the classroom. With parents, we strive to provide a balanced education that not only prepares students academically but also physically, socially and spiritually.

Supporting the formal curriculum, the College provides a range of co-curricula opportunities for students to further explore their interests and talents. Since co-curricula activities are usually conducted out of normal school hours, students are able to work with their peers in a less formal environment. These valuable opportunities are made possible by the generous support of teachers, parents and friends of the College.

The College has a long tradition of involvement in sports, debating, public speaking, musicals, Duke of Edinburgh Award Program, liturgy, camps, retreats and youth ministry.

Students enjoy participating in competitive and social sports including swimming, cross country, athletics, netball, softball, basketball, squash, cricket, tennis, hockey and the various codes of football. The College competes in carnivals and events organised by the Associated Southern Colleges and ACT Secondary Schools Sports Association.

MacKillop students are also given the opportunity to participate in the sport of fencing after the College created a program in conjunction with the ACT Fencing Association in 2009.

Students are able to learn musical instruments through the Musicorp program, which operates on the Wanniassa Campus. There are senior and junior band programs as well as student choirs.

Camps and retreats provide an invaluable opportunity for students to associate with each other and with staff in an informal learning environment. These activities also allow students to further explore areas of their development such as teamwork and personal faith.

Formal leadership opportunities exist for students from Years 7 to 12 in the Student Representative Council. Students assist in the leadership of the College, campus or one of the Houses. The SRC oversees our outreach program that fundraises for local and national charities and organises events for students, including fundraisers, fashion parades and variety night.

Programs such as the Science and Engineering Challenge, Tournament of the Minds, RoboCup, and Debating, among others, offer opportunities for extension and for exploring new interests.

To see what extra-curricular opportunities are currently available, please view our Co-Curricular Noticeboard.

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