SECONDARY 7 - 12​

Curriculum Overview 7 - 10 

Our secondary classes are small and 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.

 

Public Exams Results

The NAPLAN results are  a tribute to the students and their teachers. Of particular note was the secondary school's achievement; it ranked no.10 out of the 917 regional schools nationwide (i.e. in the top 1%)! Read M. Biddle's article on Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges, Wagga Wagga achievements. Click to read: NAPLAN SUCCESS

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Student Formation

Our expectations of student behaviour are high and reflect our aim of developing true Christian virtues in the young people entrusted to us.  The virtues of self-motivation, responsibility, diligence, gratitude, consideration and care for the needs and rights of others, and religious fidelity are what we seek to cultivate in the students as we guide them in their studies. See Christian Formation for more. 

 YEARS 11 - 12

Senior School Programme

Our expectations of student behaviour are high and reflect our aim of developing true Christian virtues in the young people entrusted to us.  The virtues of self-motivation, responsibility, diligence, gratitude, consideration and care for the needs and rights of others, and religious fidelity are what we seek to cultivate in the students as we guide them in their studies.

“Dear previous teachers and supervisors, I am writing to tell you all that I have been accepted into Law… without your help and advice I would not be where I am today. So, that being the case, I am thanking you again for your tireless effort, and will hopefully be given an opportunity in the future to repay St Mary Mackillop Colleges and also each of you personally.” - A delighted HSC student, 2014.

 

The issue of offering a range of subjects for HSC in the context of small class numbers is overcome by the provision of Distance Studies. 

 

In the senior years students study Theology, Philosophy and Apologetics. These programmes also are devised by the Religious Education Department using courses devised by the teachers.

HSC Subject Choice

 

Below is a list of the HSC subjects which have been offered or can be considered for our senior students:

SUBJECT LIST

  • Ancient History

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Community and Family Studies

  • Design and Technology

  • Drama

  • Earth and Environmental Science

  • Economics

  • Engineering Studies

  • English Advanced

  • English Extension I

  • English Extension 2

  • English Standard

  • Food Technology

  • French Beginners

  • French Extension

  • Geography

  • German Beginners

  • History Extension

  • Hospitality

  • Indonesian Beginners

  • Industrial Technology

  • Italian Beginners

  • Italian Continuers

  • Latin Continuers

  • Mathematics

  • Mathematics General

  • Modern History

  • Music 1 & 2

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Primary Industries

  • Retail Services

  • Senior Science

  • Software Design and Development

  • Spanish Beginners

  • Spanish Continuers

  • Visual Arts

VET courses – a wide range are available.Others may be offered to cater for the needs of particular students. An individual meeting with the Senior Advisor is recommended for all students and their parents.