Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise in a Catholic school. The fact that in their own individual ways all members of the school community share this Christian vision, makes the school “Catholic”; principles of the Gospel in this manner become the educational norms since the school then has them as its internal motivation and final goal. (The Catholic School, 34)
St Mary MacKillop Catholic School communicates its identity and charism by:
Celebrating the school story each year through direct teaching.
Learning about our House Patrons
Religious iconography throughout the school. For example: Statue of St Mary Mackillop, School Values 'Barn', Peace Garden for meditative prayer, 'Nature Walk' with references to St Mary Mackillop's Life, feast day group constructed artwork based on the H.U.G.E values.
Office foyer displays based upon the Church Liturgical Year
Communicating significant events and learning in the school newsletters
Integration of the Archdiocesan Vision and values into school's mission, vision and school story
Public celebrations and recognition to the commitment of role holders within the school (Blessing of Staff 20/30 years, World Teachers Day, Blessing of Support Staff)
Using student and staff skills in the arts ( artwork used in presentations/liturgies.
Welcoming and encouraging parent and community participation through Mass, liturgies, open afternoons, secular events
Engaging students in prayerful use of spaces and the environment within the school ( Church, Southern Cross Centre, Peace Garden )
Exploring God's presence through art and media (Stations of the Cross through the arts, sharing of students religious art..)
Enhancing prayer through the introduction of more contemporary music, new resources in celebrations, liturgies (student choir, multimedia presentations).