FUR­THER EX­PAN­SION FOR COL­LEGE

Highfields' Own - - Education -

Mary Mackil­lop Catholic Col­lege is grow­ing. Con­struc­tion has started for stage two of the sec­ondary sec­tion of the col­lege.

This stage of con­struc­tion will cre­ate a per­ma­nent se­nior school ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, and a tech­nol­ogy build­ing to ini­tially in­cor­po­rate metal tech­nol­ogy, tim­ber tech­nol­ogy, and STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths).

The build will in­tro­duce an ad­di­tional sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory, graph­ics room, tex­tiles tech­nol­ogy, and four more gen­eral learn­ing rooms as well as spa­ces to ac­com­mo­date mu­sic and art.

Stage two cre­ates a se­cond au­di­to­rium space with the ca­pac­ity to ex­pand over time to ac­com­mo­date up to 1500.

Its ini­tial form in 2018 will be a shel­ter area in­cor­po­rat­ing toi­lets, change rooms and store rooms.

In 2018 Mary Mackil­lop Catholic Col­lege will ex­tend its en­rol­ment to of­fer classes from Prep to Year 10.

This growth will con­tinue un­til the col­lege will present its first Year 12 group in 2020.

In the com­ing year, the col­lege an­tic­i­pates run­ning three streams of classes for Year 7.

This rep­re­sents a pos­i­tive en­rol­ment trend as the se­nior sec­tion of the col­lege con­tin­ues to gain a rep­u­ta­tion as a place of ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence.

In such a com­pet­i­tive ed­u­ca­tional mar­ket it has been most im­por­tant to cre­ate points of dif­fer­ence that would al­low the col­lege to shine when com­pared to other good schools.

Mary Mackil­lop now boasts af­ter­school pro­grams in drama, mu­sic, art, dance, as well as af­ter-school home­work classes four af­ter­noons each week.

The in­stru­men­tal pro­gram that started 18 months ago now has an im­pres­sive 115 stu­dents tak­ing in­di­vid­ual in­stru­ment tu­ition.

Once pro­fi­cient with their in­stru­ment, stu­dents are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous en­sem­bles in­clud­ing gui­tar, wind, brass, string, drums and vo­cal.

Com­mu­nity pos­i­tive re­gard for the col­lege has re­sulted in an un­prece­dented num­ber of en­rol­ment ap­pli­ca­tions for Prep 2018.

In or­der to be able to ac­com­mo­date this de­mand, the col­lege has sought ap­proval from the Catholic Schools Of­fice to op­er­ate a fourth Prep class.

MANY AF­TER-SCHOOL PRO­GRAMS OF­FERED

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