Principal's Welcome


Welcome to the 2021 school year

The 2021 academic year is an opportunity to start again, to reset priorities and commitments, and to pursue them against our lens of trusted values and wisdom drawn from experience. The challenge of COVID-19 has not receded but it will not impact upon the College’s commitment to safety, learning, and the building of a life-giving community for all.

As you navigate our website, I hope you discover our commitment to the principles of inclusion and diversity, equity of access and to community engagement. As important is the sense of energy and endeavour that drives our purpose. This vitality stems from key relationships in the school, those between students, families and our community and most importantly those between teachers and student. Trust, mutual respect and obligation and transparency are at the heart of relationships at MacKillop.

Our school exists to provide an excellent education for our students. A Catholic culture, modern pedagogy, expert teachers and first-class resources and facilities are the tools for this. We aspire to equip our boys and girls with curiosity, confidence, a sense of self-worth and energy to achieve and contribute throughout their lives.

The great American educator, Endicott Peabody, said the trend of civilisation is always upwards, it is a rising road. 2021 is an opportunity to give renewed momentum to this idea.

With a loving God at the centre of our school and St Mary MacKillop as our guide, we face the future with faith and courage.

With that deep comfort I commend the College to you.

Yours in St Mary MacKillop,

Michael Lee,
College Principal



About the Principal

Michael Lee has been teaching since 1982, a Principal since 1999, and Principal of MacKillop since 2008.

He attended high school at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, and is a graduate in Arts (History, English, and Political Science) from the Australian National University. He has a Masters in Education from ACU, and a Grad Dip Ed and Grad Dip RE (Catholic Studies) from Charles Sturt University.

Michael has been widely published as a contributor to English textbooks and related journals and in the National Press. He was awarded a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2007 and of the Australian College of Educational Leaders in 2014. He was a finalist in the inaugural Secondary Principal of the Year in 2011.

Michael Lee is a powerful advocate for Catholic co-education and for the opportunities it offers its communities for an excellent education in faith, inclusion, diversity, and community engagement. He is a wide reader and possesses an enduring passion for Australian Rules Football and the Essendon Football Club.