Operating for more than 10 years, our schools have always supported children unable to learn in mainstream settings.
In 2011, the first MacKillop Specialist School was opened by MacKillop Family Services in Whittington, Geelong. St Helen's
Primary School (Sisters of Mercy) and St Augustine's
School (Edmund Rice Education Australia) merged to
become St Augustine’s Education and Training.
Children and young people, who were disengaged
from education and unable to experience learning
success in a mainstream school, were referred to this
setting. The curriculum was designed to provide
opportunities for hands-on learning, in a range of
settings, beyond the classroom.
In 2014, the school was registered as MacKillop
Specialist School. It implemented the Victorian
Curriculum and provided individualised and
differentiated learning and teaching, to support
the complex and diverse needs of our students.
As the student enrolment numbers continued to increase,
we extended our curriculum to offer the Victorian
Certificate of Applied Learning, supporting
our secondary students to complete a senior
certificate and enhancing their opportunities
for post-secondary pathways. In 2017, in
recognition of both the need and demand for
the distinctive learning environment we could
provide, an additional primary school campus
was opened in Maidstone for students in Years 3 to 6.
In 2020, in response to the needs of students and families in Melbourne’s south, we opened a campus in North Caulfield, for students from Foundation to Year 10.
In this same year, in celebration of our commitment
to learning diversity and inclusive practices, we
launched our new school logo and branding,
creating a consistent identity for our three schools.
Capturing the voice of our students and guardians was a critical part of this process; one student described MacKillop as being “so much more than a school." It is our hope that this is the experience we can provide, as we work collaboratively with families, carers and professionals, to enhance the learning outcomes for every child and young person in our schools.