Mary MacKillop College identifies girls who require acceleration and extension in a number of ways:
The students who are accelerated are often placed in a class of the year level above their own, in a particular subject area. Class teachers extend students through open-ended activities, problem solving, critical thinking skills and classroom based enrichment activities.
The following activities are opportunities to extend students with high intellectual potential:
Mary Mackillop College is a member of the Extended Curriculum Group (Parade Cluster), along with Adelaide High School, Blackfriars Priory School, Cabra College, Pulteney Grammar, Loreto College, Mercedes College, Seymour College, Unley High School and Wilderness School.
The group’s intention is to plan and implement an inter-school programme which offers extensions of the usual curriculum for students. These activities are either carried out at one of the above schools or at another suitable venue.
The College offers a very successful educational program called Season for Growth. It is a unique program available to all students and is delivered in small groups of 8-10 and is based on research that highlights the importance of social support. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem solving, decision making, effective communication and support networks.
Students are encouraged to participate in a range of National Curriculum Competitions. These provide challenging activities that not only extend student thinking but also allow students to test their abilities against a larger reference group.