Achievement at MacKillop

Students come to MacKillop with many different talents and dreams, which MacKillop’s teachers seek to nurture and encourage. Whilst the primary focus for MacKillop is on teaching and learning, the success of our students in all aspects of life serves as a source of pride for the College community. Students at MacKillop achieve in academic life, vocational studies, sport, the arts, cultural pursuits, and in the wider community. This achievement provides students with opportunities to progress down their chosen pathway once they graduate at the end of Year 12.

Academic Achievement

At MacKillop, our data shows that we add great value to our students, with most of our students achieving ‘greater than or equal to expected growth’ across the areas of NAPLAN from Year 7 to Year 9. The College utilises the data gained from Year 7 NAPLAN results to inform our teaching and learning programs in order to achieve this growth in our students - and this growth continues until our students graduate from MacKillop at the end of Year 12.

Exceeding personal expectations.


of ATAR seekers from the Class of 2021 achieved at or above their predicted score, with some students achieving 15 points higher than they expected.

High achievers do well at MacKillop.


In recent years, MacKillop students have achieved some of the highest ATARs in the Territory, including James Crispin's 99.90.

The Supportive Environment.


of the Class of 2020 said their teachers did their best to make Year 11 and 12 a positive experience.

Course leaders.


In 2020, two of our high-flyers topped their ANU H Courses in Specialist Mathematics and Astrophysics. Both students achieved ATARs above 99.

Co-education at its best.


The Class of 2021's top 20 students consisted of 10 boys and 10 girls - and they all achieved ATARs well above 90. Co-ed is irresistibly successful at MacKillop!

University entrance.


of ATAR seekers from MacKillop's Class of 2021 achieved an ATAR that would get them into university. Most students got into the course of their first choice and many also received early offers.

Year 7

Academic success

James - now studying Medicine at Monash University

“We had a number of success stories from my year group – some of my friends are studying things like Engineering, Veterinary Science, Actuarial Studies, Law, and Physiotherapy. The relationship I had with my teachers was incredibly critical to my success. They were invested in me, checked up on me regularly, and cared about my academic success and me as a person. I put in lots of hard work but the AST results of our year group also made a difference. Huge thank you to my teachers who helped and supported me, and to my friends who competed with me and motivated me to do my best. I’m incredibly happy with my results!”

Vocational Achievement

MacKillop offers a broad range of vocational courses - delivered in industry-standard facilities - that equip students for the workforce and/or further training. MacKillop issues among the highest numbers of Vocational Educational Certificates in the ACT to its graduates, giving them a head start at CIT or in apprenticeships.

Certificates Achieved.


MacKillop presented 72 Vocational Certificates and 123 Statements of Attainment to the Class of 2021.

Certificate types on offer.


There are 14 different types of Vocational Certificates available to MacKillop students in a wide range of courses.

Facilities and opportunities.


The Trades Training Centre provides Hospitality and Construction students with modern, industry- standard facilities. 

Year 7

The Vocational Program

Ruby, Year 12

“I’m really happy with what I’ve been able to study within vocational education at MacKillop. I’ve been able to gain industry experience through my Australian School-Based Apprenticeship, which I take part in two days per week. It’s a Women in Construction pathways program that lets me do electrical, carpentry, project management, landscaping, and plumbing. At school, I’m taking courses in Construction and Hospitality through the Trades Training Centre to gain vocational certificates and qualifications. After school, I want to do carpentry in the Army, before one day starting my own carpentry business or opening a café. The vocational pathway has given me lots of options and opportunities to work towards those things, and will hopefully give me a head start in my career.”

Opportunities for the future

Students have a range of potential pathways after Year 12. Many students opt to go on to university, others seek further education at CIT, some go straight into the workforce, and some take on apprenticeships. From Medicine and Engineering to NIDA and Construction, students from the Class of 2021 completed Year 12 at MacKillop with the ability to pursue their passions and dreams.

Foundation for the future.


of students from the Class of 2020 claim to be happy with their current pathway and situation after graduating from MacKillop.

Employment and further study.


of the Class of 2020 had secured further study or employment by February 2021, with many commencing uni, apprenticeships, CIT, or joining the workforce.

Opportunities at MacKillop.


of students from the Class of 2020 said MacKillop provided them with good opportunities during their time here.

Acknowledgement of Country

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”

With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.

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