One of the first tasks of the School Board 2007 was the development, through consultation and reflection, of a Statement of Special Religious Character.
Special Religious Character Statement
At St Mary MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School we are fortunate to have Blessed Mary MacKillop as our patron and role model. We see St Mary MacKillop as a real, hardworking Australian woman who reached out to many less fortunate Australians, and as such, we are inspired by her life, her dedication to God and her triumph over adversity to educate children throughout Australia. We incorporate aspects of her life and dedication in the religious character of our school community, and this is reinforced within our school motto - “Reach out, Embrace, Achieve”.
We believe in teaching and encouraging children to live Jesus’ message in their daily lives. This is achieved through faith education, which instils values such as forgiveness, acceptance and helping each other. We believe in a child-centred spirituality, which acknowledges individuality and promotes the belief that each child is special and has the ability to make a difference to our community. We promote behaviours and ideas that make children feel at peace with their lives and their environment. We also encourage children to be actively involved in caring for their environment and to celebrate the unique Australian spirituality that St Mary MacKillop pioneered.
We see St Mary MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School as an integral part of the ministry of the Birkdale parish and the Catholic community, and we value the relationships between all community members. In the way in which both Jesus and Mary MacKillop embraced and helped all people, we endeavour to be welcoming and promote a strong sense of belonging and involvement to all community members.