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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

lara 

 Lara, Year 7
Settling in at MacKillop

"Before starting, I was nervous about finding my classes, making new friends, and homework. After a few weeks, I knew where all my classes were and I made heaps of  friends from other primary schools. The teachers are nice and they eased us into the workload to help us settle in. My favourite thing so far would be all the classes and extra-curricular activities!"

ben 

Ben, Class of 2020
The welcoming community

"Everyone is welcome at MacKillop! People at MacKillop come from all walks of life and everyone is able to make a valued contribution to the school. We are an accepting, respectful, and welcoming community. I feel that everyone gets along at MacKillop, and when we come together for community events there's an amazing vibe and energy!

hannah 

Hannah, Year 9
Fun and interesting classes

"My classes are really interesting because I learn a lot of new things every day and our teachers try to make class fun. I like creating things so my favourite subjects are Art and English, because I get to paint and write stories. I’ve also really enjoyed Food and Textiles, Music, Dance, Woodwork, STEM, and Science. There’s heaps of fun classes to try at MacKillop!"

callum 

Callum, Year 12
Opportunities

"We have a wide range of classes and extra-curricular opportunities. In terms of my studies, I have been able to focus on areas I’m passionate about and enjoy studying. I’ve been heavily involved in performing arts and we have so many sports, academic competitions, art exhibitions, clubs and groups, extension programs, camps, overseas trips, and class-specific activities and excursions."

julia 

Julia, Class of 2020
Co-education

"Since the wider world is co-ed, I always wanted to go to a co-ed high school. MacKillop’s environment is very relaxed and respectful and there’s lots of diversity in terms of ideas and skills. When you bring those things together in the classroom, it creates a great atmosphere for learning, collaboration, and expanding your perspective. That’s the best thing about co-education."

sam 

Sam, Year 12
Good teachers

"The teachers are very helpful – they’re not just a teacher, they’re someone you can relate to and they are approachable people. You develop a good bond with them and they help you grow as a person and to reach your potential. As you get older, you notice all the things the teachers do for you. They recognise you and they know how you learn, and they always try to make our classes engaging and interesting."

josie 

Josie, Year 12
Sport

"The sporting culture at MacKillop is awesome. There's a mix of elite athletes and students who want to have fun and build skills. We can represent the school in lots of different sports and I try to participate in all of them! I've had the honour of representing Australia and it has been great to have supportive programs like PE Pathways and Sports Development. If you love sport, MacKillop gives you plenty of opportunities."

Jake 

Jake, Class of 2020
Academic excellence

"While it may be said that high achievers will succeed anywhere, MacKillop fosters an especially progressive environment for gifted students to flourish and evolve. Students are taught by expert teachers to think critically and analytically about the world around them. Our Year 12 results prove that diligent students achieve beyond their hopes and expectations at MacKillop."

zac 

Zac, College Captain
A really good school

"I recommend MacKillop because we have an awesome community, you make great friends, and the teachers are very supportive. We also have so many opportunities and extra- curricular activities, including sport, performing arts, clubs, and programs, which all help to enhance the MacKillop experience. There’s no place I would rather be for high school than at St Mary MacKillop College!"

Seven reasons to choose MacKillop

 

I recommend MacKillop because we have an awesome community, you make great friends, and the teachers are very supportive. We also have so many opportunities and extra- curricular activities, including sport, performing arts, clubs, and programs, which all help to enhance the MacKillop experience. There’s no place I would rather be for high school than at St Mary MacKillop College!

A Catholic school for all!

A Catholic school for all!

Why do so many people choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

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 work ...

A Co-educational school!

A Co-educational school!

Why do so many people choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

Because we're A Co-ed school: boys and girls learn together

At MacKillop we set ourselves the challenge of being welcoming of all who wish to be with us, whatever ...

A range of opportunities!

A range of opportunities!

Why do so many people choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

Because of the opportunities for each and every student:

Each student at MacKillop has the opportunity to become the kind of person they want to be – it’s our ...

A Safe Community!

A Safe Community!

Why do so many people choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

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. It ...

Achieve at MacKillop!

Achieve at MacKillop!

Why do so many people choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

Because you can achieve at MacKillop:

In the past few years, MacKillop has achieved excellent Year 12 results. In 2019, all students wishing to go to university ...

Great Teaching!

Great Teaching!

Why do so many people choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

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 do so many students choose MacKillop for their secondary school experience?

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 deeply ...