Mary MacKillop Catholic College provides a quality education for all junior school year levels, from Prep to Year 6.
Within these year levels, students are provided with not only an exceptional education, but are also more than adequately prepared for high school and their future undertakings.
Stage 1 (Prep to Year 2)
During the early stages of Prep to Year 2, the College will provide a strong and solid foundation for all of a child’s future learning endeavours. Our highly qualified staff provide individualised programs which nurture and cater to each child's needs and interests.
Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 4)
Years 3 to 4 continue to develop each child's learning journey. The highly qualified staff build upon each student's needs and interest to develop their future goals.
Stage 3 (Year 5 to Year 6)
Year 5 and 6 continue to explore each child's development by providing a wide range of experiences and opportunities. Leadership training, service to others, camps and a wide range of curriculum opportunities are provided. Transition to high school is also considered during this time.
The College encourages an approach of excellence in all endeavours. Students are taught subjects across nine Key Learning Areas (KLAs). Class teachers follow the Australian Curriculum for subjects of Religion, English, Mathematics, Science, HaSS, Arts, LOTE, HPE and Technology. As a Catholic College, in the Toowoomba Diocese, our class teachers follow the curriculum of Catholic Studies as directed by the Diocese of Brisbane Catholic Education.
Significant emphasis is given to literacy and numeracy. Students engage in Stamina Reading and all students are subscribed to Mathletics. Each of these programs have documented data to show their positive effects on student performance.
Specialist teachers are responsible for teaching a range of subjects within the core curriculum. All children from Prep to Year 6 are taught by subject specialists in the areas of Music, Health and Physical Education, Library, Language (German), Drama and Dance.
The College operates from an attitude of excellence, expecting that each child will work hard and be supported in their academic pursuits. We believe that every child can and will achieve to high standards.
The College gives junior school students a wide and diverse opportunity to develop their artistic skills and abilities in various forms ranging from visual art and music to performing and acting.
In terms of musical and theatrical performances, all students within the junior school have the option to learn a musical instrument, and join the junior choir.
The College also offers after school visual art lessons for junior and senior students at regular intervals each week.
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The College is a foundation member of the Queensland Combined Independent Schools (QCIS) which formed in 2016. Students also compete in Diocesan Sporting Competitions and many round robin and knock out competitions.
Opportunity exists for gifted athletes to gain representation from a school level right through to national representation in many sports. Sports offered at the College include: netball, hockey, rugby league, rugby union, basketball, cross country, swimming, track and field, indoor soccer, touch, aquathon, triathlon and cycling.
Our classes are well resourced and are constantly being upgraded. Technology is recognised as an essential learning tool. Use of technology is mandated in every course and every year level of the Australian Curriculum. Interactive whiteboards are in every classroom in the junior school. The library contains a class set of networked computers. Class sets of laptops and iPads are available to support classroom learning.
Prep to Year 3
For students in Prep to Year 3, it is vital that the employment of technology is adequate to prepare them for their future years within the College. Therefore, these students will have the opportunity to utilize and hone their skills with both iPads and laptops provided by the College during school hours.
In addition, each classroom has employed various smart devices, such as smart projectors, boards, or TVs. These devices can provide the students with the best possible foundation for not only their technological endeavours, but also serve as an excellent medium in which the students can effectively develop and learn within their classrooms.
Years 4 to Year 6
All students from Years 4 to 6 are involved in a 1 to 1 iPad program which supports their learning both at school and at home.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a rich and diverse cocurricular program including music, drama and sport. Students are also encouraged to engage in chess, Optiminds, dance, art, choral ensembles, homework club, coding, drama, swimming, running, fitness groups and many sports.