Senior School

Mary MacKillop Catholic College provides a comprehensive education for all senior school students.

Specialist teachers provide extensive opportunities for all students to explore and reach their potential. Students are equipped for their future undertakings as they negotiate pathways for their future.







Stage 4 (Year 7 to Year 8)


Students study the following compulsory subjects:


  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS)
  • Languages other than English
  • The Arts (Music, Art, Drama)
  • Technology

Learning and Achievement Standards Year 7


Learning and Achievement Standards Year 8



Australian Curriculum Information for Parents Years 7 - 8



Stage 5 (Year 9 to Year 10)


Students study the following compulsory subjects:


  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and Geography
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS)

At the end of Year 8, students have the opportunity to choose two elective subjects.


The Electives:

Business Studies, Computing, Dance, Drama, Economics, Graphics, Health and Physical Education, Home Economics, lndustrial Technology and Design, Language, LOTE, Media Studies, Music, Textiles, Visual Arts.


Please Note: These elective subjects are not prerequisites for subjects offered in Year 11.


Learning and Achievement Standards Year 9


Learning and Achievement Standards Year 10


Australian Curriculum Information for Parents Years 9 - 10


Year 9 & 10 Subject Selection Book



Stage 6 (Year 11 to Year 12)


Students choose their own program of study for Years 11 and 1 2. A SET Plan (Senior Education and Training Plan) process during Year 10 will lay the foundation for effective decision making about subject selection.


All programs must include:


  • English or English as an Additional Language or Essential English
  • Study of Religion or Religion and Ethics
General Subjects (previously called Authority Subjects)


Accounting, Business, Economics Legal Studies, English, English Extension, English as an Additional Language, Literature, Health Education, Physical Education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Ancient History, Modern History, Geography, Philosophy and Reason, Study of Religion, General Mathematics, Mathematics Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Psychology, Design, Digital Solutions, Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Dance, Drama, Music, Music Extension, Film Television and New Media, Visual Art


Applied Subjects (previously called Authority Registered Subjects)


Business Studies, Essential English, Early Childhood Studies, Recreation, Religion and Ethics, Social and Community Studies, Tourism, Essential Mathematics, Science in Practice, Building &Construction Skills, Engineering Skills, Fashion, Furnishing Skills, Industrial Graphics Skills, Industrial Technology Skills, Information & Communication Technology, Hospitality Practices, Arts in Practice, Dance in Practice, Drama in Practice, Media Arts in Practice, Music in Practice, Visual Arts in Practice.





There are three dimensions in the Australian Curriculum:


  • Learning areas
  • General capabilities
  • Cross curriculum priorities 
Learning Areas


The Australian Curriculum is organised into learning areas and subjects. Some learning areas being a number of subjects together: Humanities and Social Science includes History, Georgraphy, Civics and Citizenship, and Ecomomics and Bussiness. The Arts includes Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Technologies include Design and Technology and Digital Technology. There is also a choice of languages.


Learning areas contain content descriptions that detail knowledge, understanding and skills to be taught each year or across a band of years. These content descriptions are accompanied by achievement standards that describe what students will know and will be able to do as a result of teaching and learning in the classroom.


General Capabilities


General capabilities are included in the content of the learning areas. These are the skills and abilities intended to help prepare young Australians to learn, live and work in the 21 century. The Australian Curriculum has seven general capabilities:


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication, Technology (ICT) Capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding
Cross Curriculum Priorities – Preparing Students for 21st Century Living


In a similar way, there are three priorities essential to Australia’s future:


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Histories and Culture
  • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

They build across the curriculum and allow students to connect the content of learning areas.




The Arts


The College gives senior school students a wide and diverse opportunity to develop their skills and abilities in various forms of art, ranging from Dance, Drama, Media Art, Music and Visual Arts.


All students have the option to learn a musical instrument, and join musical ensembles and choirs.







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.





Use of technology is mandated in every course and every year level of the Australian Curriculum. Interactive whiteboards and smart TVs are in every classroom in the senior school. 


All students are involved in a 1 to 1 iPad program which supports their learning both at school and at home. 


Technologies includes Design and Technology and Digital Technology.



Extra Curricular


Students have the opportunity to participate in a rich and diverse range of extra curricular opportunities tailored to their individual interests and supporting their learning pathways. These range from Arts, Dance, Sport, Technology, Fitness, Ensembles and Homework Groups.