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Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah, left, and Angela Alibrando (MacKillop Family Services)

MacKillop Education has celebrated the opening of its third Melbourne specialist school campus to support students who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from school. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Situated on the site of the former St Aloysius Primary School, North Caulfield, the MacKillop Education campus has been receiving students since April 2020; however, as the school opened during the COVID pandemic, the official opening was postponed until this year.

Federal Labor MP for Higgins Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah, officially opened the Caulfield campus on August 15, unveiling a plaque alongside MacKillop Education Caulfield campus principal, Angela Alibrando. MacKillop Family Services chief executive Dr Robyn Miller was also in attendance.

MacKillop Education’s specialist schools provide a positive learning environment to support students who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from school. The three campuses at Maidstone, Geelong and Caulfield are suited to students whose learning needs and social or emotional challenges cannot be adequately supported in a mainstream setting.

Anne Henderson, group director of the MacKillop Institute and MacKillop Education, said the official opening was a great opportunity for the school community to celebrate the inclusive and welcoming learning environment that is provided at the Caulfield campus.

“In two and a half years, we’ve grown from a campus of just a few students and are now at capacity with a significant waiting list. We look forward to our new building project being completed in 2024; the new VCE Learning Centre will enable us to increase enrolments, so that we can support even more children and young people in this region of Melbourne,” Ms Henderson said.

“Our Specialist Schools focus on both academic outcomes and social and emotional wellbeing so that students can flourish. We implement MacKillop’s ReLATE model — Reframing Learning and Teaching Environment — which provides a whole-of-school approach to cultural change, focusing on safety, strong relationships and wellbeing as the preconditions for learning.”


MacKillop Education’s Caulfield campus officially opens (Melbourne Catholic)