2017 Enrol

Why MacKillop?

There are many reasons so many students enjoy coming to MacKillop every day! Find out why MacKillop is one of Canberra's favourite schools through the interviews and testimonials below.


Student Testimonials

milo 

 Myles, Year 7
The smooth transition

"It was daunting to start at high school, especially since I didn't know many people, but it turned out to be a big adventure! My first day was great - they made it warm and welcoming and I got to catch up with old friends and make lots of new ones. The older students are really kind and the teachers are great - they support you with everything and ensure that you're never afraid to ask for help."

tyra 

Tyra, Year 9
Fun and interesting classes

"We have fun classes at MacKillop. The teachers make them interesting because they're really passionate and that makes you want to do well. My favourite classes are English, Food, and Science because I have lots of friends in those classes and my teachers are enthusiastic. We also have so many electives, like Visual Arts, Technology, STEM, PE, and Performing Arts."

darcy 

Darcy, Year 10
The welcoming community

"The community is my favourite thing about MacKillop. Despite being spread across two campuses, we have a great community feel. When we come together for events like the carnivals and MacKillop Day, it’s really special. Everyone gets into it and there’s such a good atmosphere. Senior students visit the junior campus regularly to integrate with the younger students or help out in class."

lauren 

Lauren, Year 11
Co-education

“I like co-ed because there’s a really good vibe where we all just get along and support and respect each other. I think the gender mix helps to create that balance. In class, it’s interesting when the boys bring their different perspectives to the table and we’re able to learn from each other. I believe co-education prepares you for the world beyond school – society is co-ed, after all!”

tom 

Tom, Year 12
Good teachers

"My teachers definitely have an interest in my learning and help me to work towards achieving my goals – and not just the teachers of my classes but all the teachers at the school. They treat you with maturity and there’s a real mutual trust and respect. Some of my favourite teachers like to have a laugh, are down to Earth, and give you good feedback. That positivity really helps in the classroom.”

sophie 

Sophie, Year 12
Opportunity

"At MacKillop, there are classes, programs, activities, and opportunities to suit every interest. Over the years, I have participated in sport, debating, the school musical, the Australian A Cappella Competition, overseas study tours, World Challenge, leadership, extension programs, and charity. I’ve also been able to take classes that interest me and have prepared me for my future career."

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Amber, Year 12
Sport

"I love sport and I’ve had lots of opportunities to represent MacKillop in so many different sports over the years. We have a great sporting culture at MacKillop and we’re often very successful as well. I’ve also been fortunate to be part of the PE Pathways and Sports Development program for elite athletes to help me pursue netball at the highest possible level."

ryan 

Ryan, Class of 2017
Academic excellence

"I achieved my goal of studying Engineering at university by taking on a challenging academic program. My success in my studies was down to hard work, teachers who guided and inspired me, and a culture of academic achievement at MacKillop. My teachers were always willing to help should I need it and I was provided with opportunities, such as the ANU Extension course in Engineering, that gave me an edge."

sarah 

Sarah, Year 12
A great place to be

"MacKillop is a great school; there are so many reasons to come! It’s a really welcoming community, we have supportive teachers, there are lots of opportunities, and I like that we value individuality and we’re respectful of difference. It’s just a great place to be. No matter what your interests, there’s something here for you, and because it’s a big school you’ll always find someone with similar interests to you."

Seven reasons to choose MacKillop

A Catholic school for all!

A Catholic school for all!

Why is St Mary MacKillop College Canberra's largest Catholic co-educational school?

Because we're a Catholic school for all:

At MacKillop, we're faithful to the Gospels, attentive to the example of Jesus Christ, and challenged by the life and ...

A Co-educational school!

A Co-educational school!

At MacKillop we set ourselves the challenge of being welcoming of all who wish to be with us, whatever their faith tradition, talents, abilities, backgrounds, culture, and interests.Our community seeks to reflect the diversity of our Australian ...

A range of opportunities!

A range of opportunities!

Why is St Mary MacKillop College Canberra's largest Catholic co-educational school?

Because of the opportunities for each and every student:

Each student at MacKillop has the opportunity to become anybody they want to be – it’s our job to ...

A Safe Community!

A Safe Community!

Why is St Mary MacKillop College Canberra's largest Catholic co-educational school?

Because of the safe and dynamic community:

MacKillop boasts a Pastoral Care program that has been held in high regard by teachers, students, and parents alike. ...

Achieve at MacKillop!

Achieve at MacKillop!

Why is St Mary MacKillop College Canberra's largest Catholic co-educational school?

Because you can achieve at MacKillop:

In the past few years, MacKillop has achieved excellent Year 12 results. In 2017, almost all students wishing to go to ...

Great Teaching!

Great Teaching!

Why is St Mary MacKillop College Canberra's largest Catholic co-educational school?

Because of the great teaching:

A school can be no greater than its teachers, and MacKillop prides itself on employing the very best. With teachers committed to ...

Students love MacKillop!

Students love MacKillop!

Why is St Mary MacKillop College Canberra's largest Catholic co-educational school?

Because our students love their school (and the feeling's mutual, really):

When MacKillop bids farewell to its Year 12 cohort, they leave knowing they were ...