Our Vision & Mission

Welcome to St Mary MacKillop College Canberra, formerly known as MacKillop Catholic College, a co-educational school for Years 7 - 12 students located in the Tuggeranong Valley. The College operates under the governance of the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

There are two campuses approximately five kilometres apart. Students in Years 7 - 9 are based on the Wanniassa Campus while students in Years 10 - 12 are based on the Isabella Campus.

The College motto is "Faith and Courage" which reflects and honours Saint Mary MacKillop after whom the College is named.

The College is open to all families who are willing to support the Catholic ethos and the educational, behavioural and uniform requirements of the College.


The Vision

St Mary MacKillop College is a dynamic welcoming community based on the gospel values of Faith, Hope and Love and upon the legacy of the Sisters of St Joseph.

It is a learning environment where excellence in education is valued.

Members of the community are nurtured and empowered to face the future with faith and courage.

Our Mission

St Mary MacKillop College is a Christian community. We are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the support of family life, and the enrichment of all our people.

The curriculum at St Mary MacKillop College is undertaken in an environment where each person is valued and respected as an individual whose personal growth is of paramount importance.

The curriculum provides excellence in education by:

  • Teaching and fostering Christian ideals
  • Ensuring that learning is relevant, rigorous, inclusive and accessible for all
  • Developing the skills and desire for individual life-long learning
  • Empowering students to take responsibility for their decisions
  • Building students' self-confidence and self-esteem through success
  • Encouraging critical thinking, innovation and challenging of assumptions
  • Enabling students to understand how they learn
  • Emphasising the development of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and creative capacities

Our staff fulfil the role of teacher, mentor, carer, guide and challenger. They help to motivate students and develop in them a love of learning.

Acknowledgement of Country

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop made the statement – â€œWe 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 is mind, we acknowledge the Ngunnawal people the traditional custodians and first peoples of this land. We pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging and to the memory of their ancestors.

We acknowledge that they have occupied and cared for this land over countless generations and we celebrate their continuing contribution to the life of our city and of this region.

We also extend our respect to all Aboriginal peoples living in our community.