Clairvaux MacKillop College
|Clairvaux MacKillop College|
|Upper Mount Gravatt, Queensland
|Type||Co-educational, Secondary, Catholic|
|Motto||By Effort and Faith|
|Established||1986, from the merger of Clairvaux College and MacKillop Catholic College|
|Principal||Dr Andrea O’Brien|
|Colour(s)||Maroon, Gold and White|
Clairvaux MacKillop College is a co-educational, secondary catholic school located in Upper Mount Gravatt, a suburb in the south side of Brisbane, Australia. With a student body of over 1100, the school was founded in 1986 by the amalgamation of Clairvaux College and the MacKillop Catholic College. It houses the Edmund Rice Centre, which is used for the education of learning impaired students.
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. Sister Margaret Mary Campbell was the first principal. Both schools operated as separate colleges until 1984, with some sharing of classes, teaching staff, and sports facilities. A decision was made to amalgamate the two colleges and full integration occurred in 1988 with the co-educational school renamed to Clairvaux MacKillop College.
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 three inter-house sporting events annually and come together as a united college for inter-school sport events.
School laptop program
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. 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
- Darren Smith, played Rugby League for: Australia, Queensland, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos, St Helens R.F.C. and Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane. He returned to become a career pathways teacher working with the school after his rugby career.
- Jason Smith, played Rugby League for: Australia, Queensland, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels, Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys, Hull F.C. and Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane
- Terry Hansen, comedian and 97.3 radio DJ.
- Bob Gallagher, 97.3 radio DJ.
- Mark Coyne, played Rugby League for: Australia, Queensland, St. George Illawarra Dragons and Brothers, Brisbane
- Peter Coyne, played Rugby League for: St. George Illawarra Dragons, Halifax and Castleford
- Mitchell Kealey an Australian olympic runner, who runs long distance.
Notes and references
- Noted on the Clairvaux MacKillop homepage
- "Clairvaux MacKillop College School Brochure" (PDF). Clairvaux MacKillop College. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
- "Clairvaux MacKillop College - Our Proud History". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
- "Clairvaux MacKillop College School Prospectus" (PDF). Retrieved 2 April 2016.
- Clairvaux MacKillop College Memorate, 2010
- "Durko's Drum: Good People, Good Players". nrlportal. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
- "Darren Smith Interview". Telstra Media. Retrieved 2 April 2016.