Our House System

At St Mary MacKillop College, every student and staff member belongs to one of our four Houses; Solomon, Tension, Woods, or Xavier. Upon enrolment, students are assigned to a vertical Homeroom in their House, consisting of students from Years 7 – 12. They will remain in this Homeroom, ideally with the same Homeroom teacher, for the length of their journey at the school. The Homeroom teacher is the first point of call for families and works within a House Team led by the House Leader.

The House system works to strengthen the College’s Josephite heritage, enhance the connection of students across and within year groups and encourage greater student and staff engagement in school events and activities. Students attend Homeroom each morning from Monday through Thursday, and student achievement is recognised at weekly House assemblies. On Friday, students attend a whole school assembly in place of Homeroom.

Teacher Advisor Program
The Teacher Advisor program is part of the support Homeroom teachers provide students. Each term every student meets individually with their Teacher Advisor to discuss and monitor their academic and pastoral progress. This regular contact builds trust and ensures that families and teachers know each student’s strengths and needs and that secure relationships are formed that guide the students along their learning journey.

MacKillop Cup Points
House members work together every month to earn points for their House, and at the end of the year, the winning House is awarded the MacKillop Cup trophy at our Presentation Night. Points can be earned in the areas of; academics, arts, sport, community service, and living out the school values.  The House System encourages teamwork, friendship, service, and leadership as students work for the good of their House.

Solomon  House

Solomon House is named after Emanuel Solomon. He was born in London and arrived in Sydney in 1818. He was an Adelaide business man and a member of Parliament who showed practical sympathy for the Sisters. When Mary MacKillop gave up her Convent for the newly arrived Dominican Nuns from Ireland, Emanuel gave her a row of houses for the 19 country sisters coming to Adelaide for their Annual Retreat.

Tenison House

Tenison House is named after Fr Julian Tenison Woods. Fr Woods was the Parish Priest at Penola where St Mary MacKillop first started her school. Fr Woods also built the first church in Penola in 1858.

Woods House

Woods House is named after Fr Julian Tenison Woods. An active geologist and missionary priest, he was the Parish Priest at Penola where St Mary MacKillop first started her school. Fr Woods also built the first church in Penola in 1858. It was here that he co-founded the Congregation of Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart with Mary in 1866.

Xavier House

Xavier House is named after Sister Francis Xavier. Born Blanche Amsinct in England she was the daughter of Captain Henry Amsinck of the Royal Navy and Charlotte nee Wilson a former lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. Blanche arrived in Melbourne with her father whilst a young woman. Blanche worked as a governess prior to becoming a companion to St Mary in 1866. She was the first Postulant after Mary MacKillop started the order of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She died in 1932.

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New Teachers

February 5, 2024

We are thrilled to offer a warm welcome to Jimmy and Fiona McGovern, and their three children James, Conor, and Sarah, to the St Mary MacKillop College Community. In the true spirit of Irish adventurers, Jimmy and Fiona have travelled from Portmarnock Community School, Dublin North, to join us. We hope that their time with …

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