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MacKillop Family Services, a Catholic agency, exists to support, foster hope, and promote justice for children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse.

Love over a cheeseburger - Why students re-wrote Shakespeare

As you may have read, back in April MacKillops Education Services in Geelong decided to go ahead with an ambitious major school production of Romeo and Juliet. It is well documented of the transformative effects that creative performance-based projects can have on a young persons identity development, self-esteem, confidence and sense of belonging amongst their school peers. Thats why we wanted to provide our students with the opportunity to be involved in the development and performance a whole-school production, which would help increase their connection to their community. We were determined that the show would look and feel ... Read More

The power of community conversations

Earlier this year, our Family Relationship Centre (FRC) at Broadmeadows held its annual community dinner. The dinner brings together community leaders from a wide range of sectors, including representatives from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious groups; representatives from a range of Government Departments; Victoria Police; local councils; and recently-arrived migrants and refugees. The aim of the dinner is to promote respect, understanding and acceptance, and to foster harmony within the community. The dinner also provided the opportunity to have a community conversation on a local topic of interest. This year, the theme was The impact of ... Read More

How to become a foster carer

Being a foster carer is one of the most important and rewarding roles you can play in your community. Each year, the number of children and young people requiring a foster care placement grows more rapidly than we can recruit individuals and families to care for them. As a result, there is a shortage of foster carers. Read More

Small changes to the learning environment can have a big impact on students' learning

Recently, the primary school team at MacKillop Education Services in Geelong have been working a lot with the concept of differentiated learning (also known as differentiation) and planning for it within the Australian curriculum and classroom practices. Differentiated learning is an approach to teaching which considers the different strengths and challenges faced by each student and creates individualised learning experiences based on these attributes. Read More