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History of Founders

MacKillop Education was established in 2011. However, our commitment to education dates back to the 1800's and the beliefs and passion of our founders.

MacKillop Family Services continues the proud tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of St Joseph and Edmund Rice Education Australia and remains committed to empowering children, young people and families.

The founders of each of these orders, Catherine McAuley, Mary MacKillop and Edmund Rice, believed that to give expression to their faith and values at the heart of the Catholic tradition, they should respond to and support those most in need. They each recognised that access to education was critical to the creation of a more just and humane society.

Our history

Coming together – MacKillop’s formation

MacKillop Family Services was the amalgamation of seven child and welfare agencies managed by the Christian Brothers, the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph.

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The formative years

In 1997, MacKillop Family Services launched with over 100 individual services delivering residential care, foster care, education, disability and family support across Melbourne and Geelong.

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History of our Schools

MacKillop Education was established in 2011. However, our commitment to education dates back to the 1800's and the beliefs and passion of our founders.

Ethos and Identity

At MacKillop Education we are committed to living out our faith and values, through our work and in our efforts to create a more just society.

Our Community

We are committed to working in partnership to enhance the learning outcomes of every student. These partnerships are a vital part of our community.

Our Teaching Approach

We are trauma-informed and focused on enhancing student outcomes.