St Mary MacKillop College, Canberra

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St Mary MacKillop College
Tuggeranong, Australian Capital Territory
Australia Australia
Coordinates 35°25′28″S 149°05′33″E / 35.424483°S 149.092455°E / -35.424483; 149.092455 (MacKillop Catholic College Isabella Plains Campus) 35°24′18″S 149°05′27″E / 35.404976°S 149.090931°E / -35.404976; 149.090931 (MacKillop Catholic College Wanniassa Campus)
Type Co-educational Secondary college
Motto Faith and Courage
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1997
Principal Michael Lee
Staff 199
Enrolment 1873

Years 7-9
Junior Campus

Years 10-12
Senior Campus
Colour(s) Navy, Teal and White

St Mary MacKillop College, formerly known as MacKillop Catholic College, is a Catholic high school in the Australian capital of Canberra, with two campuses in the Tuggeranong Valley. The school is the result of an amalgamation of Padua High School and St. Peter's College in 1998. It is the largest school in Canberra.[1] Mackillop College describes itself as a "dynamic and welcoming community where excellence in education is valued". Mackillop College accepts students from year 7 to 12. There are two campuses of St Mary MacKillop Catholic College, the junior campus (years 7 to 9) in Wanniassa and the senior campus (years 10 to 12) in Isabella Plains.


The College is divided into four houses for administration, pastoral care and extra curricular purposes. These houses - Mindygari, Meup Meup, Gurabang and Ngadyung - represent the four classical elements, with names derived from the language the Ngunnawal people, the local Aboriginal people.[2]

The uniform of St Mary MacKillop College is primarily in the school colours navy, teal and white. Students wear a summer uniform in the first and fourth terms of the school year, and a winter uniform in the second and third terms. Students in years 11 and 12 wear a separate senior uniform. This senior uniform for girls is the same as the junior girls winter uniform, but with a green line on the collar. Senior girls only have one uniform and do not alternate in summer/winter. The senior boys uniform is the same as the junior boys uniform, except the shirts are blue instead of white, and there is a different tie. [2]


Sister Noeline Quinnane, a member of the religious order founded by the college's patron Mary MacKillop, was the founding Principal of St Mary MacKillop College, serving from 1997 to 2003. Moira Najdecki served as Principal at MacKillop from 2004 until 2006. Moria Najdecki left at the end of 2006 to take up the role of Director of the Catholic Education Office. Ms Rita Daniels moved across from St Clare's College to take up the role of Acting Principal in 2007, returning to be Principal at St Clare's College in 2008.[3] Michael Lee succeeded Rita Daniels as principal beginning in January 2008, having previously held positions at Hennessy Catholic College, Young and Mt Carmel School, Yass.[4]

Paul O'Callagan has been Campus Head at Wanniassa from 2005 till 2008. Mrs Louis White took on campus head in 2009; Sandra Darley has been Campus Head at Isabella from 2008.[5] Each campus also has an Assistant Principal Pastoral Care and an Assistant Principal Curriculum; there is a cross-campus Bursar, and the school also has other executive positions intermittently.[6][7][8][9][10]

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  1. ^ St Mary MacKillop College ACARA 2011
  2. ^ a b MacKillop Catholic College Student Diary 2006
  3. ^ Rita Daniels Principal 2008 Archived December 15, 2010, at WebCite
  4. ^ MacKillop Catholic College Newsletter Volume 11, 23 July 2007 Archived December 15, 2010, at WebCite
  5. ^ MacKillop Catholic College, Canberra. Retrieved 4 April 2008. Archived December 15, 2010, at WebCite
  6. ^ MacKillop Catholic College Yearbook 2002
  7. ^ MacKillop Catholic College Yearbook 2003
  8. ^ MacKillop Catholic College Yearbook 2004
  9. ^ MacKillop Catholic College Yearbook 2005
  10. ^ MacKillop Catholic College Yearbook 2006
  11. ^ "London 2012 - Melissa Breen Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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