Meet the Principal
Welcome to our school, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School in Epping North. SMCM is a welcoming and inclusive faith community that values the partnership between home and school. Our flexible learning environments and outdoor play spaces are a place for students to engage in deep learning that seeks to fire their imagination. At SMCM each child is valued as an individual and our personalised learning programs reflect this. With St Mary MacKillop as our guide and model, we look to embrace each day with optimism, excitement and challenge.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School is committed to the care, well being and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable people in our community.
‘There where you are you will find God’
Mary MacKillop 1874
A Culture of Welcome & Inclusivity
Flexible & Dynamic Learning Spaces
Celebrating a Faith Filled Life
Inspired by the Spirit of Mary MacKillop, guided by the life of Jesus Christ.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School is a place of optimism, excitement, excellence and challenge.
Where every student, teacher, parent and community member is accepted and invited to make a contribution.
Where we seek to fire the imagination and promote a lifelong thirst for God and learning.
Our Educational Philosophy
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School, Epping North is part of the mission of the Catholic Church serving and providing opportunities for life in the Catholic Parish of Epping and Epping North,
It honours the diversity of the children and families entrusted to it, shaping its endeavours so that all are drawn forward within its mission, formed by the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Church and the inspired life of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School is a place of optimism, excitement and challenge, where students, parents and staff see each day as a journey, full of purpose, where intellectual engagement and connectedness to the real world are priorities. Personalizing learning is vital to the success of each child’s unique development and preparation for a rapidly changing society, confident, resilient and hopeful.
As a learning community, this school thrives in a diverse and flexible environment where an inseparable relationship has been created between innovation, sustainable design and a deep knowledge of how children learn. The learning spaces are open, adaptable and aesthetic, embracing the importance of interaction, communication and collaboration; enabling the learning community to share and learn from each other. The provision of state of the art technology resources is integral to the school’s belief in accessing both the local and global communities.
School leaders will develop a wellbeing culture across the school, and will have a strong presence in the community and broader Parish. The vision of the school will be to reach out, providing structures, processes and procedures for creating links between student wellbeing and improved learning outcomes.
Every student, teacher, parent and community member is accepted and invited to make a contribution to a vibrant school community that seeks to fire the imagination, develop good citizenship and promote a lifelong thirst for God and learning.
At St Mary of the Cross MacKillop we aim to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure environment, where each child feels accepted and respected, and is challenged to work to his/her full potential. Ours is a community of learners where all students are personally known, encouraged and challenged by a dedicated, caring staff.
We work to ensure that the programs offered, and the teaching in St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish School, supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
the rule of law
equal rights for all before the law
freedom of religion
freedom of speech and association
the values of openness and tolerance.
We work as a collaborative team to achieve common goals. We value learning from each other and a culture of learning and continual improvement at SMCM. We believe this will provide the best learning for our students.