Andrew* first started
at MacKillop Education at the beginning of 2019. He had severe anxiety, low
self-esteem and was generally disengaged from learning.
Throughout the year, he
was supported by the Primary and Wellbeing Teams to feel safe at school, engage
in learning tasks, and be reflective and honest in acknowledging his own
It has made all the
difference. Now in his final year of Primary School, Andrew has been elected as
a Student Leader, supporting his much younger peers. Earlier this year, he
stood up at the Assembly, as a newly elected leader, and read an Acknowledgment
of Country to the school community.
His anxiety and
unexpected behaviours have decreased as a result of the consistent, structured,
and routine learning environment, clear and compassionate boundaries and high
expectations. A Key Teacher and Education Support Staff member have supported
Andrew to engage with learning and have developed strong and positive
“It’s encouraging to see Andrew gain confidence in his own strengths and to believe in his academic abilities and self-worth,” comments Andrew’s Key Teacher.
Andrew’s mother has
also expressed her gratitude for what his Key Teacher and MacKillop has done
“I’m so grateful for
the support Andrew receives at MacKillop from the Wellbeing Team, and for the
opportunity the school has provided for him to gain confidence as a learner and
to believe in himself.”
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