Education in Faith
Our School takes its name from Mary MacKillop, and upon sainthood known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Mary MacKillop was born in Fitzroy on the 15th January 1842 and spent most of her childhood and early adulthood in Victoria and died in North Sydney on the 8th August 1909. Mary MacKillop accepted Father Tenison Woods’ invitation to become the first Sister of St Joseph.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010 and is Australia's first saint.
As a Catholic Primary School, Mary MacKillop Primary School plays a unique role in helping to develop the characteristics of our Christian faith by passing on our values, traditions, beliefs and stories to the children in our school community.
The Catholic school, through its defining culture, its curriculum and classroom based Religious Education program, plays an important role in the support of families in Religious Education.
The Religious Education units of work are developed coherently and incrementally, ensuring that learning is developmentally appropriate and tailored for students' learning needs and backgrounds, as well as being reflective of the Victorian Curriculum. Students are encouraged to engage with the living values and beliefs of a Catholic worldview that is 'informed by Catholic beliefs and values in relation to God, life-giving relationships, justice, and an ongoing search for what is good, right and true in their culture and world' (Sharkey, 2015).