St Mary MacKillop College considers education to be broader than simply providing a sound curriculum within the classroom. With parents, we strive to provide a balanced education that not only prepares students academically but also physically, socially and spiritually.
Supporting the formal curriculum, the College provides a range of co-curricular opportunities for students to further explore their interests and talents. Since co-curricular activities are usually conducted out of normal school hours, students are able to work with their peers in a less formal environment. These valuable opportunities are made possible by the generous support of teachers, parents, and friends of the College.
The College has a long tradition of involvement in sports, debating, public speaking, musicals, Duke of Edinburgh Award Program, liturgy, camps, retreats and youth ministry.
Camps and Retreats
Camps and retreats provide an invaluable opportunity for students to associate with each other and with staff in an informal learning environment. These activities also allow students to further explore areas of their development such as teamwork and personal faith. Years 7, 11, and 12 typically take part in camps/retreats.
Conferences and Seminars
Students are able to attend events to learn about or contribute to a range of topics, such as: leadership, sustainability and the environment, sport, careers, personal development, teamwork, law, the arts, and science.
Exchange Programs and Study Tours
MacKillop students have the opportunity to visit the College’s sister schools in Italy, France, and Japan, and are able to host students from these countries. The College also sends study tours to locations around the world, including New Zealand, the United States, South-East Asia, and other locations in Australia.
Extension programs and interschool competition
Programs such as the Science and Engineering Challenge, Tournament of the Minds, RoboCup, ANU Stem Program, and debating, among others, offer opportunities for extension and for exploring new interests.
Formal leadership opportunities exist for students from Years 7 to 12 in the Student Representative Council. Students participate in the leadership of the College, campus or one of the houses. The SRC oversees our outreach program that fundraises for local and national charities and organises events for students, including fundraisers, fashion parades and Variety Night.
The College performs a musical each year and has a proud history of critical acclaim. The musical is typically performed in Term 3, with production starting early in Term 1. Students are also able to perform dance, music, drama, or comedy pieces at assemblies, special events, concerts, the annual Variety night, and in competitions.
Students are able to learn musical instruments through the In-School Instrument Tuition Program. There are senior and junior band programs, dance groups, drama clubs, and student choirs. In 2016, the College’s A Cappella Choir qualified for the grand final of the Australian A Cappella Championships.
Students enjoy participating in competitive and social sports including swimming, cross country, athletics, netball, softball, basketball, squash, cricket, tennis, hockey, beach volleyball, and the various codes of football. The College competes in carnivals and events organised by the Associated Southern Colleges and ACT Secondary Schools Sports Association. The College has a proud history of success in these competitions.
MacKillop students are also given the opportunity to participate in the sport of fencing. The College runs a program at MacKillop outside of school hours in conjunction with the ACT Fencing Association.
Students who excel in a particular sport are able to take part in the PE Pathways program, which is aimed at the development and support of elite athletes. Since the College does not field sporting teams on the weekend, students are free to represent their club.
To see what extra-curricular opportunities are currently available, please view our Co-Curricular Noticeboard.