Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school! I am grateful to have the opportunity to share something about the truly exceptional educational institution that St Mary Mackillop Colleges is.
The Secondary school offers students and their families an experience which is academically excellent, genuinely faithful to the Church, nurturing of families and aimed at forming young men and women of great character who not only know, but live, and own, their faith.
Please enjoy your stay on the website, and don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.
- Steve Vieira, Secondary Coordinator.
SECONDARY 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. 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.
Public Exams Results
Our Naplan results are consistently high. In 2016, St Mary MacKillop Colleges Wagga Wagga ranked No.4 in the State and No 10 across the nation for Regional Schools.
Our ATAR scores are also consistently high.
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.
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The results are astounding and 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.
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Responsible Technology Use
Saint Mary Mackillop Colleges is conscious of the many human and educational advantages provided by communication and information technologies. However, we are also aware of the many and great evils accessible so easily by the young in their use of the internet, as well as the scientifically-proven personal harm coming to them from an excessive use of personal technologies.
Since we are committed to the human and spiritual welfare of our students, we at Saint Mary Mackillop Colleges seek to create an environment where students are protected, as much as possible, from the negative influences of communication and information technologies, mindful that our students are best able to flourish humanly and spiritually when they are able to use the various technologies moderately and responsibly.
Therefore, at Saint Mary Mackillop Colleges, we:
specify and limit those personal technologies students are permitted to bring to school
ask parents to send a record to the school of which technologies their child needs to bring to school.
require students to hand in to the school administration each day all personal technologies, unless, in senior classes, they are authorised to keep them for educational purposes.
regulate the use of computer-use in the class situation
permit the student-use of computers in school only under supervised conditions
acknowledging the most recent trends in educational psychology and best practice, we are judicious in our use of computers in the primary school classes.