A Welcome from
the Principal


Mr Michael Lee

Welcome to 2022 and our new-look site!

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, in July 1940: “This is no ordinary time.” The challenges we are facing today would not be remote to her. However, the means at our disposal with which to meet these challenges would be beyond the reach of her imagination and that of her audience.

The 2022 academic year, like last year, will continue to be extraordinary in its challenges and in the agility, ingenuity, and swiftness with which our school will respond.

MacKillop has met the tension between COVID-19 and the provision of an excellent education by prioritising the safety of staff, students, and their families and that of quality learning. This has provided a lens for sound and swift decision making, allocation of resources for the promotion of collective responsibility, and the nurturing of a profound sense of belonging.

The trust and open communication between school, students, and families, has been central to our success.

And so it will continue this year!

As you explore our website and talk to members of our community (and we are everywhere), I hope you discover a profoundly Catholic school that welcomes everybody, that looks to St Mary MacKillop as a pathway to knowing Jesus, where an outstanding staff builds a place of vibrant learning, and where students grow in knowledge, courage, confidence, wisdom, and in the belief in the power of a life led for others.

Your online experience of our College is only a glimpse into the opportunities that await teachers and students.

Yours sincerely 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 Lee is a powerful advocate for Catholic co-education and for the opportunities it offers its communities for an excellent education in faith, inclusion, diversity, and community engagement. He is a wide reader and possesses an enduring passion for Australian Rules Football and the Essendon Football Club.

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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