Isabella: The Senior Campus
The Isabella Campus accommodates students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
The senior campus provides a variety of curriculum options. In Year 10, students complete the Australian Curriculum in Maths, Science, and History, and some aspects of English as well as Religious Education and Physical Education. Students are also able to choose from a wide range of elective units. In Year 10, students are placed in Mathematics and English classes concomitant with their ability and application to studies. In other subject areas, students have a great deal of choice as to units studied. In this way students are able to select units that suit their abilities and interests. It is important for Year 10 students to have a sound understanding of their academic strengths so that, when they arrive at their senior studies, appropriate choices can be made. Year 10 students undertake formal counselling with their parents in order to help inform their decisions regarding senior studies.
In Years 11 and 12 students undertake a program of study designed to provide a pathway to the workforce or tertiary study. All courses offered in Years 11 and 12 are accredited and approved by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. It is compulsory for students enrolled at MacKillop to study English and Religious Education in Year 11. In Year 12, students are only required to study English. Students undertaking a tertiary package, however, are advised to study Mathematics.
Students with aspirations to attend university are offered a wide range of tertiary subjects as well as choices in Accredited and Vocational subject areas including Information Technology, Fashion Design, Hospitality, Media, Music, Business Administration, Furniture Construction, Construction Pathways, and Sport, Fitness, and Administration. Individual student packages are developed to meet the needs of each student. Counselling is provided for all students to ensure their package is appropriate and that it will prepare the student for future career options.
Specialist facilities on the Isabella Campus include a Trade Training Centre, well-equipped science laboratories, two commercial kitchens, textile and art rooms, industrial technology workshops, gymnasium, drama, dance and music rooms, a comprehensive Information Resource Centre and computer laboratories complete with modern equipment.
Staff promote an atmosphere conducive to learning, are approachable and encourage students to achieve their potential. Pastoral structures exist to ensure students are cared for and enhance the bonds that form between students and staff.
Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills in a range of activities and programs on offer at the College. These include camps and retreats, the Student Representative Council, drama, musical productions, the opportunity to play in or coach a variety of sporting teams, and to become involved in outreach programs in feeder primary schools.