Our challenging curriculum builds firm foundations in English and Mathematics. Prioritising both breadth and depth of knowledge in literacy and numeracy, we dedicate a significant proportion of the timetable to these areas of learning. We try to instil in the students a love of reading, competence in communication, both oral and written, and a strong grasp of mathematical skills.
Reading both for learning and pleasure is strongly encouraged and all students participate in poetry memorisation and recitation at levels appropriate to their age and abilities.
Primary Religion Programme
The Conventual Sisters of St Dominic have written and teach a thoroughly orthodox RE programme in Primary, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Children are carefully prepared at the appropriate age for their first reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Class prayers, stories from the lives of the saints, Church history, Scripture discussions and the daily pursuit of virtue help foster the Faith of these boys and girls.
Forming Candidates for Heaven
Father of four children.
"My prayers [for a good school] were answered when I discovered Saint Mary Mackillop Colleges in Wagga Wagga. It is here that the salvation of the children's souls comes first. Every child is viewed as a candidate for heaven and the educational environment is geared to ensuring total success against the myriad of voices attempting to separate our Catholic kids from their Catholic faith."
Our secondary classes allow for close teacher-student interaction and careful monitoring of student work-standards and behavioural development. All studies are carried out in accordance with Catholic ethos and the requirements of NESA. The school prepares students for HSC and facilitates their participation in national competitions.
Unique Literature Programme
A particular feature of the school is the English Programme 7-10 which is strongly based on the classics of English Literature, covering each year works by the great English novelists - Dickens, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Thomas Hardy, and poets - Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, plays by Shakespeare and some works by Australian authors. Ample provision is made for exploring and exercising literary techniques – both written and oral – for a variety of purposes and audiences. We aim to educate the students to appreciate fine literature, expand their knowledge of humanity and society, and develop their skills of creativity and communication.
Secondary Religion Programme
The Religious Education Programme 7–10 uses texts been written by the Conventual Sisters of St Dominic: The Faith of the Church Series. These cover all the components of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The texts involve the students in reading, viewing, discussion dramatisation and written exercises and each text contains Chapters on Doctrine, Church history and the Spiritual Life.
Learning to love, live and spread the Faith at Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges encompassed much more than Religion lessons.