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:
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.
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.
Health and Physical Education
Mackillop Education offers the Victorian Certificate for Applied Learning (VCAL) 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 VCAL Certificate.
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 schools, based in Geelong, Maidstone and Caulfield, support students whose learning needs have not been able to be catered for in a mainstream environment.