Clairvaux MacKillop College

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Clairvaux Mackillop College
Motto By Effort and Faith
Formation 1988; 27 years ago (1988)
Type Catholic High School
Purpose Education
  • Brisbane, Australia

Clairvaux MacKillop College is a secondary school located in Upper Mount Gravatt on the south side of Brisbane, Australia.[1] With a student body of over 1,200, it is a large Catholic Education school facility in Queensland[citation needed]. It houses the Edmund Rice Centre, which is used for the education of learning impaired students.[1]


Clairvaux College was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1966 as a Catholic All-Boys Secondary School with Brother Surawski as Principal. In 1971 it was decided that the All-Girls Catholic Secondary School St Joseph's College be moved from its current location in Holland Park to the site adjoining Clairvaux College and be renamed Mackillop College with Sister Margaret Mary Campbell as the first principal. Both schools operated as separate colleges until 1984 when the decision was made to amalgamate the two colleges and full integration occurred in 1988 with the co-educational school renamed Clairvaux MacKillop College.

House system[edit]

The students are divided into the following 6 houses:

  • Aspinall (Orange): Named after Father Kevin Aspinall, PP.
  • Campbell (Yellow): Named after Sister Margaret Mary Campbell, first principal of Mackillop. (formally O'Donnell)
  • Chisholm (Green): Named after Caroline Chisholm. (formally Penola)
  • MacKillop (Red): Named after Mary MacKillop. (formally Duhig)
  • Rice (Blue): Named after Edmund Rice.
  • Surawski (Purple): Named after Brother Surawski, the first principal of Clairvaux College.

The house system was expanded in 1995 and the six houses participate in fund raising for selected charities, vie in friendly rivalry for sporting and academic points while coming together as a united college for interschool events.

School laptop program[edit]

Clairvaux MacKillop has a student laptop program, in which laptops are provided for students. As of 2013, all students at the college have a laptop. [2] Students will have the option to keep their laptops after finishing Year 12 if they pay extra fees, but otherwise must return the laptops to the school.

Notable former students[edit]

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Coordinates: 27°33′12.67″S 153°04′40.31″E / 27.5535194°S 153.0778639°E / -27.5535194; 153.0778639