St Mary MacKillop College Canberra, formerly known as MacKillop Catholic College, a co-educational school for Years 7 – 12 students located in the Tuggeranong Valley. The College operates under the governance of the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
There are two campuses approximately five kilometres apart. Students in Years 7 – 9 are based on the Wanniassa Campus while students in Years 10 – 12 are based on the Isabella Campus.
The College motto is “Faith and Courage” which reflects and honours Saint Mary MacKillop after whom the College is named.
The College is open to all families who are willing to support the Catholic ethos and the educational, behavioural and uniform requirements of the College.
St Mary MacKillop College is a Christian community. We are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the support of family life, and the enrichment of all our people.
The curriculum at St Mary MacKillop College is undertaken in an environment where each person is valued and respected as an individual whose personal growth is of paramount importance.
The curriculum provides excellence in education by:
- Teaching and fostering Christian ideals
- Ensuring that learning is relevant, rigorous, inclusive and accessible for all
- Developing the skills and desire for individual life-long learning
- Empowering students to take responsibility for their decisions
- Building students’ self-confidence and self-esteem through success
- Encouraging critical thinking, innovation and challenging of assumptions
- Enabling students to understand how they learn
- Emphasising the development of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and creative capacities
Our staff fulfil the role of teacher, mentor, carer, guide and challenger. They help to motivate students and develop in them a love of learning.
The Padua Campus, Wanniassa
As people approach the Padua Campus, they are greeted by the iconic dark blue entranceway and the words, “Faith and Courage,” the College motto.
Once the home of Padua High School, the College’s ‘junior campus’ accommodates students for Years 7, 8, and 9. As the oldest year group at Wanniassa, Year 9 students are provided with the opportunity to play a significant role in the leadership of the campus.
To support the breadth of curriculum offered at the Padua Campus, an excellent range of facilities exist. These include a new state-of-the-art Information Resource Centre, the award-winning College Chapel, newly refurbished science laboratories, music rooms, a theatrette, gymnasium, kitchens, technology workshops, art and textiles rooms, a weights room, basketball and tennis courts, and an oval.
Construction on a new STEM facility will begin in 2018.
The St Peter’s Campus, Isabella Plains
The first thing you’ll notice about the St Peter’s Campus is how open it is, with blocks of classrooms linked by courtyards and external walkways. The open feel of the campus suits the older students – more freedom, more trust, and more responsibility.
Formerly the home of St Peter’s College, the College’s ‘senior campus’ accommodates students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
Specialist facilities on the St Peter’s Campus include brand new science laboratories, a media computer laboratory, two commercial kitchens, textile and art rooms, science laboratories, industrial technology workshops, gymnasium, strength and conditioning room, basketball courts, oval, drama and dance rooms, music rooms with a recording studio, a newly-refurbished Information Resource Centre (Learning Commons), and the Trades Training Centre. An Academic Resource Centre, which includes a new cafeteria, will become available in 2019.
The Trades Training Centre’s Industrial Kitchens and Construction Hangar allow students to work towards Vocational Certificates in the fields of Hospitality and Construction while they complete their Senior Secondary Certificate.