College Leadership Team

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

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Kath McGuigan

Principal

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Louis de Jager

Deputy Principal

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Cathy Swain

Director of Curriculum

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Rosette de los Reyes

Director of Business and Finance

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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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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Louis de Jager

Deputy Principal

I was born in South Africa, in a small rural agricultural town called Douglas in the Northern Cape Province. I attended the same school from Year 1 through to Year 12.

I enjoyed History and Geography and my parents encouraged my brothers and I to read local and international newspapers to build my general knowledge. From a young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher.

After graduating from high school, I attended the University of the Orange Free State, majoring in History and Geography.

I began my practical teaching in a small country town in the Eastern Cape Province. It was a wonderful learning experience for me to start in a small school and gave me ample opportunity to practice my new teaching skills. My final teaching position, before departing for Australia, was at Northern Cape High School in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape Province. Northern Cape High School was a dual medium school (which means that lessons are delivered in both the Afrikaans and English language), with 1200 students in Years 8-12.

In 2003 I immigrated to Australia and began teaching in Port Augusta. In 2004 I was appointed as Year 9 Year Level Coordinator at St John’s College in Whyalla.

After 4 years at St John’s I moved to Adelaide to teach at St Columba College. During my 12 years at St Columba I held the leadership positions of Year Level Coordinator for Year 11 and 12; Director of Student Wellbeing for the Senior School, before stepping into the position of Head of Senior School in 2014.  I began at Mary MacKillop College as Deputy Principal in Term 3 of this year.

Just as the life of Saint Mary MacKillop inspires us, I too will endeavour to inspire our students to be local and global citizens and to develop their understanding that actions reflect the Gospel. Living the Gospel in everyday life means doing one’s best even in the ordinary events of the day. I passionately believe in the values of the Sisters of St Joseph, of love, justice, compassion, dignity, hospitality and stewardship, and look to uphold these daily with you all each day.

 

t: (08) 8333 6300
f: (08) 8364 3863
e: ldejager@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 experiences. This included taking helicopter rides to reach clients, being in an open pit mine and feeling the earth shook when the dynamite exploded, seeing gold being smelted, and working in the Silicon Valley with 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 only 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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