The school seeks to form students as candidates for Heaven, each one loved and respected as a unique person - truly a child of God.
To this end we train the students to seek what is true, good and beautiful, educating them in an atmosphere of Catholic culture where the Catholic Faith is taught in its fulness, the life of virtue seriously pursued and academic excellence promoted as a true and great human value.
Our patroness and inspiration is St Mary of the Cross, the first Australian-born canonised saint.
Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges, Wagga Wagga was founded in 2007 by Bill and Joanne Andrews as an independent school in the Catholic tradition.
Bill and Joanne Andrews became increasing concerned about the state of Catholic education and they saw a need for a school dedicated to sound Catholic formation and solid academic teaching. The Andrews have worked to make this vision a reality. After extensive prayer and consultation with priests, religious and interested laity, Bill and Joanne came to believe that the venture was in accord with God’s Will. Several public meetings were held to gauge public interest and the Conventual Sisters of St Dominic and lay teachers agreed to teach in the school.
With the permission of the Bishop of Wagga Wagga, Gerard Hanna, Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges opened on the Feast day of St John Bosco, Patron of Schools, 31th of January, 2007.
Beginning as a secondary school, the first intake was only ten students, rising to fifteen by the end of the year. By the grace of God and the prayers and support of the school community and beyond, the student numbers are now over 150 and continue to grow steadily each year.
While the full effectiveness of Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges, Wagga Wagga is known only to God, the school has an important role in the growth and renewing of the Catholic Church in Australia and of society as a whole.