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Mary MacKillop College Nundah

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Mary MacKillop College
Mary MacKillop College is committed to excellence in education for young women in Years 7 to 12.
60 Bage Street Nundah
Brisbane North
07 3266 2100
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At Mary MacKillop College you will find a community committed to bringing out the best in each and every student. It’s a great place to learn. Girls in Years 7 -12 enjoy a diverse and innovative curriculum in a school where the teachers are dedicated to giving their all for the benefit of the students.

Students and staff alike love being at Mary MacKillop College. There’s a strong sense of shared purpose. It’s a faith-filled and hope-filled place. It’s a place of warm and friendly welcome.

Mary MacKillop College, a Catholic Girls’ Secondary College governed by Brisbane Catholic Education situation at Nundah, is committed to excellence in education for young women. The College, founded and owned by the Sisters of St Joseph, caters for the diversity of needs of young women by providing an education that fulfils the MacKillop vision, that genuine education resides in the development of the hearts, minds and spirits of each person as they journey to wholeness. The College has 630 students and will remain a middle-sized school, so that the intimacy of each student being known and recognised as a particular gift will always be a key facet of the school’s character. The College places strong emphasis on faith, community and pastoral care as well as on an education suited to the needs of the times. Mary MacKillop College aims to provide the environment, the resources and the freedom for each young woman to grow towards her full potential in all aspects of her life, whether intellectual, physical, social or spiritual. As a Catholic school for young women, the Mary MacKillop community is committed to the learning and spirit of woman and is at the forefront of contemporary curriculum development.

The College curriculum is designed to cater for the individual needs of our students. Our Year 7, 8 and 9 curriculum is designed to facilitate a seamless transition from Primary school to Secondary school via a connected approach to teaching and learning. Subjects are connected to the real world of young women, to their interests and passions. The College offers diverse pathways through Senior Schooling (Years 10 to 12) via a broad range of subject offerings that facilitate the pursuit of excellence in learning for young women.
Flexible smart classrooms, learning spaces and specialist facilities; Cultural Centre with provision for Drama, Health and Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts, an air-conditioned library and electronic learning centre; counselling suite, state of the art science laboratories; a Practical Arts Centre which includes 2 hospitality kitchens, dining room and a textile room; as well as outdoor tennis, netball, basketball and volleyball courts.
Small population; easily accessible via public transport; diverse curriculum; pastoral care and full-time counsellor support; learning enrichment team; 1:1 student to computer ratio with a netbook program operating in Years 7 – 12 which involves students having a netbook computer for use at school and at home; new covered sports centre; extra-curricular activities including instrumental lessons, band and choir, debating and public speaking opportunities, physical education and sporting competitions, outreach programs.
Mary MacKillop College is founded on the traditions of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph who promote:
• The dignity of each person;
• ‘Equality of opportunity; and
• Great trust in God.
The College responds to the call of Jesus to spread the Good News and does so in its educational mission.

Growing in learning and life requires courage and the ability to take risks. Students are encouraged to set themselves high standards and to be strong and resilient in their endeavour to realise their potential.

To assist in this process Mary MacKillop College girls are encouraged to extend and explore their interests and knowledge through their choice of co-curricular activities. Every young woman has the opportunity to involve herself in a variety of pursuits designed to complement and balance the curriculum. The College offers an extensive co-curricular program which encourages participation, team-work, self-confidence and creativity.

Centrally located with bus and train transport from all Brisbane regions within two minutes of the College. We are also serviced by Red and White Coaches who offer alternate routes to cater for students who are not close to bus or train services.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Josephine Griffiths, an educator and leader with a proven record for cultivating cultures of excellence, as Principal of our College from the commencement of the 2021 Academic Year.

Josephine has forged a highly successful career in Catholic Education, having cemented her leadership expertise as Principal Advisor - School Improvement, collaborating extensively and effectively with Senior Leaders, Principals, Leadership Teams and staff of Secondary, Primary and P-12 Colleges across the Archdiocese of Brisbane, in addition to her roles as Deputy Principal, Brigidine College Indooroopilly, Assistant Principal, St Thomas More College Sunnybank and Head of Senior School, St Edmund's College Woodend. 

Her wealth of experience is underpinned by extensive qualifications - Master of Educational Leadership (UQ), Master of Religious Education (ACU), Graduate Diploma in Education (ACU), Bachelor of Arts (UQ), Certificate IV in T.E.S.O.L and Certificate IV in Work Education – as well as being a member of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership (ACEL) and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). 

As a woman of spirit, integrity and wisdom, Josephine is delighted to be joining Mary MacKillop College to lead and uphold the Josephite Charism.  With a love of learning and a love of teaching central to her being, Josephine is looking forward to working with all who contribute to the very fabric of our community – students, staff, parents, Sisters of St Joseph, the Banyo-Nundah Parish and other valued partners – to nurture, challenge and empower MacKillop Women to be people of potential and purpose to live principled lives and shine. 

QCAA QCE Awards 20170218 EPX26035Mary MacKillop College Year 12 2016 graduate, Bhadra Rajendran Pandalai was recently recognised as one of the Queensland’s top Year 12 graduates. Bhadra was presented with her award in a ceremony at the State Library in South Bank. Education Minister Kate Jones congratulated 34 students from 28 state and non-state schools across Queensland for their exceptional academic results.

Bhadra is a true MacKillop woman. She is audacious and determined, focused and self-directed, analytical and creative, gentle and thoughtful. She was awarded co-dux of Mary MacKillop College in 2016 (along with Anna Twomey) and was the recipient of the Sr Mary Romuald award for the Arts. 

“We cannot thank you and Mary MacKillop College enough for instilling in her good values, strength of faith and the importance of hard work. We can only be obliged for all that MMC has given her.” These are the words of Bindu and Raj Rajendren, parents of 2016 Year 12 graduate, Bhadra. They go on to say: “We are extremely elated with Bhadra’s results which would not have been possible without the mentoring, kindness, giving nature and the provocations used by teachers to challenge Bhadra so that she could perform better than she had before.” Bhadra is studying Mechatronic engineering at Melbourne University this year. Her OP 1 and top ATAR of 99.95 are the outcome of a MacKillop education which inspires learning growth in each and every student. 


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