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Why choose our school?

At Mary MacKillop Catholic College we consistently attain high levels of academic achievement. This is the product of our differentiated, personalised and dynamic approach to learning in which we know and cater for each young woman’s needs, passions and aspirations.

We inspire a love of learning, which when combined with tailored wellbeing programs and a strong Catholic ethos, creates our successful formula for empowering our students to make a difference in the world.

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the community of Mary MacKillop Catholic College Wakeley, a vibrant all-girls educational and faith community where students achieve academic excellence. Through a rich and varied curriculum, a focus on wellbeing and living the Josephite charism of respecting the dignity of all, we support every girl in achieving their best.

Our college vision, ‘To call young women to life, inspire a love of learning and empower them to make a difference in the world’, is realised through dynamic teaching, personalised learning and authentic engagement in faith and social justice.

It is my hope that the MacKillop education experienced by all our students enables them to lead a life of significance and success as faithful ambassadors of love, justice and excellence, who embrace their role in society with purpose, confidence and self-knowledge.

Ms Gilda Pussich
Principal

Mary MacKillop Catholic College Wakeley principal Gilda Pussich talking with students

Four students talking in front of Mary MacKillop statue at Mary MacKillop Catholic College WakeleyMary MacKillop Catholic College Wakeley proudly continues the tradition and charism of the Sisters of St Joseph and their founder, Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint. Mary MacKillop began her work in providing education for the young in 1866, when she established the first Josephite school in Penola, South Australia. By 1872, the Sisters of St Joseph had expanded their ministry to NSW, opening numerous schools in Bathurst.

The Sisters of St Joseph brought education to Vine Street, Fairfield in 1928 with the establishment of a primary school called St Joseph. In 1947, the school extended to junior secondary education and was named Rosary High School.

In 1991, due to increased enrolments with further extension to include Years 11 and 12, Mary MacKillop Catholic College was founded. Uniquely designed in the shape of the Josephite Cross, the college has modern facilities and an environment that provides a backdrop for learning.

The words of Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it”, guides and inspires our community. We continue her focus on providing access to education to all young people, including those who are underprivileged.

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Called to Life

Vision
To CALL young women to life, INSPIRE a love of learning and EMPOWER them to make a difference in the world.

Mission
As a community we:

  • seek to know and love Jesus, live out the Gospel, and be inspired by the example of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
  • value respect as the basis for how we interact with each other in order to nurture trust and belonging
  • strive to know each learner, foster inclusivity and enable personal growth and excellence
  • engage in learning that is creative, collaborative and reflective
  • make learning engaging, inspiring and empowering
  • believe authentic learning is lifelong and transformative.

Our Values
As a community we value compassion, courage, excellence, hope, justice, love, respect and service.

Mary MacKillop Catholic College Wakeley student holding school candle

We witness our Catholic faith through prayer, liturgy and acts of social justice. The Eucharist and other special school liturgies and events are a wonderful opportunity for our students, together with the parish clergy, Sisters of St Joseph, parents and staff, to share our faith and build our community.

Mary MacKillop Catholic College resides in the parish of Smithfield. As such, we have strong links with the priests of St Gertrude’s Smithfield. We also appreciate the strong links we have with the priests of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fairfield, Sacred Heart, Cabramatta, Mary Immaculate, Bossley Park, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mt Pritchard and Sacred Heart, Villawood, as well as those from the Syriac and Chaldean Churches. Our parish priests celebrate the Eucharist on college feast days and lead our weekly year group Masses, Adoration and Reconciliation. They support our students at retreats, reflection days and in Religious Education lessons.

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Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of over 150 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.

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