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Our Teaching Approach

We celebrate the transformative and liberating power of education and are committed to a system that promotes equity and access.

Our learning and teaching approach is informed by the wellbeing principles and trauma-informed framework of Reframing Learning and Teaching Environments (RELATE), whilst being mindful of our distinctive educational mission as a Catholic school.

We are committed to working in partnership with families and carers to promote a holistic and integrated approach to academic learning and wellbeing. Staff work collaboratively, as an inter-disciplinary team, to enhance the educational outcomes and wellbeing for young people in our care by providing targeted and personalised learning experiences.

To support children and young people's diverse needs, we provide a flexible learning environment, designed to develop the knowledge and skills of our students so they experience success in their learning journey. Student pathways will vary; some will pursue the opportunity to re-engage in mainstream education, others will complete their primary or secondary education at MacKillop and others will undertake further training or employment.

We aim to empower our students:

  • To be successful learners
  • To be confident and creative individuals
  • To be active and informed citizens
  • To recognise, receive and model the values of Respect, Justice, Hope, Compassion and Collaboration

Curriculum Framework

The following provides an overview of the curriculum offered, across all school sites. The specific program, at each campus, is determined by whether it is a primary school or a primary to secondary campus.

Foundation to Year 10

Curriculum development and implementation is informed by the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 10, and is defined by learning areas and capabilities. The Victorian Curriculum provides a comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards. Teachers plan student learning programs, assess progress and report to families/carers in alignment with this curriculum framework.

Subjects offered include

Health and Physical Education
The Arts
The Technologies

Year 11 an 12

Mackillop Education offers the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) to senior students. Subjects offered include:

Personal Development Skills
Work Related Skills
Industry Specific Skills

Students can also access Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) whilst completing their VPC Certificate.

Teaching and Learning at MacKillop Education

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.

Campuses and Programs

Our schools, based in Geelong, Maidstone and Caulfield, support students whose learning needs have not been able to be catered for in a mainstream environment.

Intake Transition and Pathways

We provide individual learning plans and supported pathways and transitions.


At our schools, we focus on both educational outcomes and social and emotional wellbeing so students can flourish.