2017 About

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to St Mary MacKillop College Canberra in 2018!

This year, our College celebrates 20 years as MacKillop. Our planned celebrations and observances will be opportunities for all of us to pause and reflect with pride and for marshalling our energies and skills for further progress into the future. This is a school of energy and passion, far from perfect, but with a robust confidence to embrace a future and make it our own. As we do so, we stand in the company of a loving God, the inspiration of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and as part of the legacy of her Sisters of St Joseph.

MacKillop celebrates the huge range of students and their families who choose to belong to our community. Our respect for difference, welcoming atmosphere, and willingness to learn from each other gives us a strength and courage that binds us together. In a world of challenge and uncertainty, as well as opportunity and hope, the College strives to satisfy the deep longing to belong that is within us all.

The women and men of our teaching and support staff are talented, collegial, and have a diverse range of interests and backgrounds. Their contribution to this school makes it a place of engagement, achievement, and good fun.

The love of Christ, reflected in the dignity and respect we bring to each other, is at the heart of our community.

Your interests, qualities, and skills will be welcomed at this school, and your hopes and wishes will be fostered.

2018 offers us renewed hope, energy, and opportunities that will carry us to further greatness.

Yours in St Mary MacKillop,

Michael Lee,
College Principal


About the Principal

Michael Lee has been teaching since 1982, a Principal since 1999, and Principal of MacKillop since 2008.

He attended high school at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, and is a graduate in Arts (History, English, and Political Science) from the Australian National University. He has a Masters in Education from ACU, and a Grad Dip Ed and Grad Dip RE (Catholic Studies) from Charles Sturt University.

Michael has been widely published as a contributor to English textbooks and related journals and in the National Press. He was awarded a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2007 and of the Australian College of Educational Leaders in 2014. He was a finalist in the inaugural Secondary Principal of the Year in 2011.

Michael is a powerful advocate for Catholic education, a wide reader possessing an enduring passion for Australian Rules Football and the Essendon Football Club.