Year 7 in a secondary setting

Mary MacKillop College is ready now!

Time for change

Catholic Education South Australia has made a commitment to move Year 7 to the secondary setting. Mary MacKillop College made the change in 2019.  Currently South Australia is the only state where Year 7s undertake their education in a primary setting.

Our girls deserve the very best educational opportunities that we can provide

At the heart of a Josephite Education is a commitment to every child and a focus on their educational, spiritual and emotional needs.

As a Catholic school founded in the tradition of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Mary MacKillop College welcomes students of all abilities and potential. We welcome students from Catholic families and those of other faith traditions. The College is conscious of Australia's multi-cultural society and celebrates the diversity of the cultural and socio-economic backgrounds of our students.

A Year 7 education designed for girls

  • Specialist teachers and specialised facilities with a focus on how girls learn best. 
  • Our girls thrive in an affirming environment that encourages leadership and supports their developing social and emotional needs.
  • MacKillop Girls become skilful, knowledgeable and active learners. 

Let us show you what we do best by visiting our College.

Attend one of our Principal's Tours or Come 'n' Try MacKillop Days or come to our Open Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Year 7 at MMC?
We believe young people are ready for the learning opportunities provided in a secondary setting. Access to specialist staff and facilities will promote a greater depth of learning, challenge and growth. At this age, socially and emotionally, young people are ready for more independence and can further their learning with specialist teachers in specialist facilities. Promoting Year 7 to secondary school places South Australia in line with the rest of the nation and allows us to fall in line with the Australian Curriculum (ACARA) which bands together Year 7 and Year 8.


What are the school fees for Year 7?
Please see the fees section on our website for further information.

The Year 7 students are provided the Year 7 Transition discount.  Families on lower income are supported through the College fee reduction scheme.

What does Year 7 Curriculum look like?
At Mary MacKillop College all students study Religious Education, English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, as well as a semester of Italian and Spanish. Students are also able to choose from a range of electives; Art, Drama, Music, Dance, Digital Technology, Food & Fabric Technology and specialist sport programs.

What is Year 7 Pastoral Care?
At Mary MacKillop College we believe in the uniqueness of each young person and honour the gifts and talents that each girl brings to our school community. A designated Year 7 Pastoral Care Coordinator is assigned to look after the Year 7 cohort. This Pastoral Care Coordinator develops strong relationships with both parents and Year 7 students and leads a team of dedicated teachers who are committed to the health and wellbeing of each student.

Year 7 students have a pastoral Care Teacher who they see at the beginning of every school day. These teachers mentor students to assist in their holistic development, their relationship with their faith, their social skills and their involvement in the community.

Two key teachers work closely with one class to deliver a combination of the core subjects, while a number of specialist teachers deliver subjects that are not delivered by the key teachers.


What will the Transition process be?
Mary MacKillop College takes great pride in welcoming new families to the College community. Our welcome includes:

  • Year 7 Transition Program consisting of three transition mornings prior to the new school year.
  • Parent meetings which include meeting the Pastoral Care Coordinator and a Parent & Student Information Evening.
  • The first day of the school year dedicated to getting to know each other, the school surrounds and procedures.
  • A welcome assembly.
  • A camp that provides opportunities to meet other students, gain independence, develop teamwork and communication skills.