College Leadership Team

Mary MacKillop College is led by a strong team of people who are committed to excellence in girls' education.

Kath McGuigan
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Kath McGuigan

Principal

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Helen Steele

Deputy Principal

Helen Steele
Cathy Swain
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Cathy Swain

Director of Curriculum

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Rosette de los Reyes

Director of Business and Finance

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Kath McGuigan

Principal



I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and being the eldest of six children I think I always wanted to be a teacher because I loved school. I loved reading and learning. My siblings might disagree and say it was because I was opinionated and bossy! My father loved numbers and finance and my mother loved drama and reading. I was lucky enough to inherit these loves from both of them. My parents were also great dancers; this gift was not passed on to me.

I attended Glasgow University and studied Physics and Mathematics. When I graduated I then attended Teacher’s College for Post Graduate Studies in Education. I taught in Glasgow for four years before immigrating with my husband and young son to Australia. We wanted a change in lifestyle and more sunshine. I then taught Mathematics at Santa Sabina College and John Paul 2 Senior High before moving to Adelaide in 1992.

In 1999 I was appointed Science Coordinator at Cardijn College and in 2004 was appointed Deputy Principal.  I was attracted to the position at the Catholic Education Office which assisted schools to implement the New SACE as it allowed me to visit all of the Catholic secondary schools in the state and work with school leadership teams and teachers.

In 2011 I began as Principal of Mary MacKillop College. I love being the Principal of a girls’ school. I like being able to think of the many ways that we can make the College a better place for students and staff.  School improvement and change management are two of my focus areas. In particular I love the history and tradition that comes with Mary MacKillop College; the ongoing ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph and the legacy of Mary MacKillop.

t: (08) 8333 6300
f: (08) 8364 3863
e: kmcguigan@marymackillop.sa.edu.au
 

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Helen Steele

Deputy Principal



“You should be a teacher!” These five words came to me from the Principal of St Therese Catholic Primary School Colonel Light Gardens where I began my working life in Parish Youth Work. They were five words I had never considered but I soon found myself pondering the idea and with the encouragement and support of the other staff at the school, I enrolled in a Diploma of Education at Magill SACE.

I took up my first teaching position at Mary MacKillop Memorial School in Penola where I was nurtured as a young teacher by the Sisters of St Joseph. Since that time I have taken up many posts and transitioned into the secondary world through Sacred Heart College Middle School and Cardijn College. I have continued a love of learning, having completed a Bachelor of Education, Masters of Educational Leadership and am currently a PhD student with Curtin University. 

Since joining Mary MacKillop College I have learned what makes a girls’ school unique; laughter, confidence, potential. I am particularly interested in the middle years of learning and development, taking delight in watching girls transform into young women of clarity and conviction. Those five words; “You should be a teacher,” they changed my life and shaped my future of which I am grateful for every day.

t: (08) 8333 6300
f: (08) 8364 3863
e: hsteele@marymackillop.sa.edu.au


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Cathy Swain

Director of Curriculum



Teaching and learning has always interested me, and I've wanted to be a teacher since I was a young child. I have worked in schools my whole career and have found recently that developing engaging and creative curriculum and exploring new pedagogical methods is my passion in education.

This led me to the Director of Curriculum role at Mary MacKillop College and I am excited everyday by the wonderful opportunities our staff offer the students in teaching and learning. We live in times of rapid change, socially, educationally and technological, and I am privileged to work with dedicated teachers who take on board new ideas or curriculum and shape it to suit our students, their needs and their learning styles.

As a teacher it is so gratifying when a student achieves that "aha" moment, when all their learning comes together and they can see the connections to their life and their world. Teaching young women to become creative and collaborative learners who understand their place in the world and to lead the teachers and learning in this school, in the footsteps of Mary MacKillop, is my aim, and from this develop an educational community of like minded and life long learners.

t: (08) 8333 6300
f: (08) 8364 3863
e: cswain@marymackillop.sa.edu.au


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Rosette de los Reyes

Director of Business and Finance



For as long as I can remember, my motivation has always been to have a variety of experiences.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that prior to coming to Mary MacKillop College, my education and professional work took me from Asia, to the United States, then to Australia.  I worked in audit, tax, business services, consulting and advertising, and along the way had some of the most unforgettable moments in my life. This included taking helicopter/twin-engine plane rides to reach clients, being in an open pit mine and feeling the earth shake when the dynamite exploded, actually seeing gold being smelted, and working in the Silicon Valley and meeting some of the most brilliant IT minds in the world.

Coming to the College was born out my desire to do something completely different from the Chartered Accountancy profession, although my two daughters will jokingly argue that was not the case.  Just like any young children, they felt a sense of pride if they could see me working in the Canteen.  So when this role came up they thought it was a nice substitute.

I am truly privileged to be part of the Mary MacKillop College community where everyone is warmly welcomed, valued, appreciated and supported.  I am given this opportunity to use my professional training, skills and varied experiences to manage and improve the resources of the College, for the provision of an enriching education for girls, the way St Mary of the Cross MacKillop envisioned it to be.

t: (08) 8333 6300
f: (08) 8364 3863
e: rdelosreyes@marymackillop.sa.edu.au
 

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