• Learning through teaching

    Posted on 22 Aug 2018

    Laura* didnt expect to be teaching a dog to heel as part of her residential care education program. But now as she looks back, shes even more surprised about what ... Read More

  • Passion and determination beyond her years

    Posted on 11 Jul 2018

    At the age of 16, Chloe* has passion and determination beyond her years. She is very positive about her future, but this has not always been the case. Chloes father passed ... Read More

  • Painting lessons at Lightning Ridge play group

    Posted on 16 Mar 2018

    Lightning Ridge playgroup, part of MacKillop Rural Community Services (MRCS) in North West New South Wales, became the areas first pop up art gallery when it hosted a visit by ... Read More

  • Musical Moments at MacKillop School Geelong

    Posted on 06 Nov 2017

    Weve all been moved by music. Hearing your favourite song on the radio can remind you what you were wearing, who you were with and how you were feeling. This ... Read More

  • Lucie's journey from school refuser to full-time student

    Posted on 26 Oct 2017

    Pictured above: one of Lucies lino prints, created during an art lesson. When I met Lucie*, she was 14 years old. She had been in care for 10 months and was ... Read More

  • Welcome St Joseph's Cowper

    Posted on 05 Oct 2017

    MacKillop Family Services in NSW continues to expand with St Josephs Cowper a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea joining MacKillop Family ... Read More

  • Alice in Whittington

    Posted on 10 Aug 2017

    The story of Alice in Wonderland is one most people are familiar with. A girl falls down a rabbit hole and becomes lost in a fantasy world with peculiar creatures, ... Read More

  • Music therapy: a powerful tool in healing from trauma

    Posted on 07 Jul 2017

    For young people who have suffered trauma, talking about their experiences doesnt come easily. Its no surprise that when the conversation is part of a song or musical expression, its ... Read More

  • New beginnings in NSW

    Posted on 03 Jul 2017

    MacKillop Family Services has started the new financial year with an exciting expansion of its services and programs in NSW. Two ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph Good ... Read More

  • How childhood trauma affects learning and how to help children overcome it

    Posted on 21 Jun 2017

    As recently as the 1980s, many professionals thought that by the time babies were born, the structure of their brains had been genetically determined. However, research has since demonstrated that ... Read More