Many people have suggested to me that our College is a “hidden gem”, tucked away behind Portrush Road in a quiet leafy street.
Our College is small in terms of student numbers and that enables strong and enduring relationships to be developed quickly between staff and students. These quality relationships go hand in hand with quality teaching and learning. Our girls feel at home and very much part of the College community.
The College has a strong connection with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and we honour these historical connections and look to the future with hope and a sense of purpose to continually develop a faith filled community inspired by the service of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first saint.
Our College has adopted the motto “Know more, Do more, Be more.” I developed this motto inspired by reading Learning: The Treasure Within, the report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. The Commission felt that education throughout life is based upon four pillars: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be.
The motto “Know more, Do more, Be more” assists staff and students focus on what we are aiming to achieve at Mary MacKillop College. Young women skilful and knowledgeable, active in their learning and co-constructors of new knowledge, open to challenging opportunities, and a sense of service and spirituality inspired by our Josephite tradition.
Mary MacKillop was always a teacher and the education of children came first. At Mary MacKillop College students are at the heart of the learning and everything we do supports the learning of students. We respect and celebrate the uniqueness of each young woman and do this within a caring, supportive, challenging and contemporary environment.
We are a Catholic College with a diverse student community, of different cultures and faith traditions, open to all in the spirit of Mary MacKillop, a woman of courage and resourcefulness, a woman for our times.