The College has a number of special programs that provide students with enhanced learning opportunities, support with their studies, or enable them to pursue areas of interest and targeted elective choices.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Support
St Mary MacKillop College has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contact teacher, whose role is to provide academic support, embed cross-curriculum perspectives, and integrate cultural experiences.
MacKillop students have access to a Careers Advisor, who can connect students with Australian School-Based Apprenticeships and employment opportunities, as well as providing information about the workplace and further learning.
The counselling service is a confidential and free service to support students with concerns around friendships, mental health, family issues, identity, risk taking, and other issues. There are two counsellors on each campus.
The College, with support from the Australian Defence Force and Defence Community Organisation, provides a dedicated Defence Transition Mentor to assist students whose family members are part of the ADF.
MacKillop students have the opportunity to host students from overseas and to visit Italy, France, Japan, Greece, New Zealand, the United States, South-East Asia, as well as other locations around Australia.
In addition to the Performing Arts curriculum at MacKillop, the College has a number of extra-curricular programs for students, including in-school tuition, a wide range of ensembles, dance groups, the Musical, and Drama Club.
Formal leadership opportunities exist for students from Years 7 to 12 on the Student Representative Council. Students participate in the leadership of the College, Campus, specific portfolios, or one of the four Houses.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award equips young people for life and work. It has inspired and created opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure.
A strength of our College lies in its diversity and inclusion. The College is committed to inclusive education principles and practices to ensure all students can access, participate and succeed in their education.
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.