The two campuses
Wanniassa: The Junior Campus
The Wanniassa Campus accommodates students for Years 7, 8 and 9.
The Year 7 program of study is based upon transitioning sutdents from primary to secndary school through a very carefully structured and integrated pedagogy. Year 7 students are placed in a pastoral class belonging to one of the Houses: Gurabang, Meup Meup, Mindygari or Ngadyung. This pastoral class remains together for Integrated Humanities, which includes Religious Education, English and Studies of Society and Environment. The curriculum offered to students in Year 7 meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum in the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and History.
Students also undertake studies in the areas of Cultural Studies, Science, Art, Food and Textiles, Music, Physical Education and Health and Technology.
Year 8 students have pastoral classes based on House groups. In Year 8, all students undertake the Australian Curriculum in English, Maths, Science, Geography, and History, as well as studying Religious Education and Physical Education. Year 8 Students are able to choose from a range of elective courses.
In Year 9, students have a greater choice of courses. All students undertake the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, and History, as well as studying Religious Education and Physical Education. The range of elective courses in Year 9 is much more varied than in previous years.
To support the breadth of curriculum offered at the Wanniassa Campus, an excellent range of facilities exist. These include a new state-of-the-art Information Resource Centre, newly refurbished science laboratories, music rooms, a theatrette, gymnasium, kitchens, technology workshops, art and textiles rooms, computer laboratories, basketball and tennis courts, and an oval. All students are provided with their own laptop.
An extensive team of support staff including counsellors, technical assistants and teacher aides assist students and teachers within and outside the classroom.
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 study Religious Education and complete the Australian Curriculum in English, Maths, Science, History, and some aspects of Physical Education. Students are also able to choose from a wide range of elective units, including Australian Curriculum Geography. Across the curriculum, 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. In 2014, Australian Curriculum Essential English is being introduced into Year 11.
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.