Faith Life

The study of Religious Education in a Catholic College is inextricably linked to the Religious Life of the community.  

Special days such as Mary Help of Christians Feast Day (our patron), NAIDOC, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, ANZAC Day and Year 12 Graduation are celebrated with special liturgies either at school, in the Church, or with the wider community. At the same time parents are supported through the newsletter with relevant articles pertaining to our faith. Religious literature is distributed to families. The Campus Minister is also available to assist secondary students in their search for an authentic spirituality. Connections are regularly made with St Mary's Parish in Kingaroy and, to a lesser extent, all other Catholic parishes from which our students come. Sacramental programs in these parishes are promoted and supported. The College has a weekly Mass before school for staff and students and once a month the College runs the weekend Parish Mass.

Religious Education Program

Religious Education students are offered a program that has been developed by Brisbane Catholic Education and endorsed by Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Classroom learning and teaching of Religion is based on core learning outcomes with a set body of deep understandings and skills to be covered across the ten years of compulsory schooling.
Students in Years 11 and 12 have the option of selecting Study of Religion, leading to an OP result or Religion and Ethics. The aim of such a program is to ensure our students, across the twelve years, discover the core beliefs and teachings of the Catholic faith and are given the opportunity to compare it with other major religions.

Prayer and Retreat Experiences

Prayer is an integral feature of the faith life at the College. Regular opportunities are offered for students to gather in prayer. These include daily homeroom prayer, liturgical celebrations or class prayer. Classes are invited to present assembly prayer.
Each year students in Year 6 to 11 are offered Reflection Days. These days enable students to reflect upon their life and future and relationship with God. In Year 12 students take part in an extended Retreat Program.

Christianity in Action

Students have many opportunities to put Christian values into practice, not only in everyday situations, but at special times. A St Vincent de Paul School Conference coordinated a Christmas appeal, work in our local St Vincent de Paul shop, visits to Orana Aged Care, participate in two Street Retreat Outreach Programs, one in Brisbane and one in Kingaroy with Uniting Care. Each term, the College organises a collection for major appeals such as Caritas, Bacolod Kindergarten in the Philippines and Catholic Missions.  

Statement of Recognition

Saint Mary's Catholic College acknowledges that our community is built on the traditional lands of the Wakka Wakka Nation.
We pay respects to the elders of the Wakka Wakka Nation, past and present, the custodians of this country, since the beginning.
We respectfully acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region. 

School Prayer

Lord, bless our school, Saint Mary's Catholic College. Pour out Your blessings upon all your students, upon the staff, upon all the people who work in some way here in this College. Help us all to work together for Your good, that we may make this a truly Christian school where You, O Christ, are always honoured, praised and loved by all. 

History of Saint Mary's Catholic College

The Sisters of Charity came to Kingaroy in 1929. Thirty children attended their first classes in St Mary's Church. The desks were taken outside every weekend so that people could come to Mass.
The Good Samaritan Sisters replaced the Sisters of Charity in 1934. Just after the Second World War, the Good Samaritan Sisters began a secondary school with twelve students. It only remained open for four years. The secondary school reopened in 1964 with classes being held in the parish hall. The new secondary college buildings were opened the next year.
The idea to amalgamate the primary and secondary schools was agreed to in 1989, and in 1990 the combined schools became known as St Mary's South Burnett Catholic College.
The College was renamed Saint Mary's Catholic College in October 2009. 

The College Patron - Mary Help of Christians

Mary, Help of Christians, is the patron of Australia. In 1821 Fr J.J. Therry, the first Catholic chaplain in Sydney, dedicated his first church to Mary - Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral.
In 1844, Archbishop Polding officially declared Mary, Help of Christians, as patron of Australia. In 2001, during the celebrations for the Centenary of Federation, the Australian bishops rededicated Australia to Mary, Help of Christians. The qualities encouraged through this dedication are loyalty, humility, care and faith. We celebrate the College Feast Day on 24th May, the Feast Day of Mary, Help of Christians.

The Archdiocesan Patron - Mary MacKillop

In 2009, Archbishop Bathersby named Mary MacKillop as the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. She was canonized on 17 October 2010 and is the first Australian Saint.
In 1842, Mary MacKillop was born of Scottish parents, Alexander MacKillop and Flora MacDonald in Fitzroy, Victoria. Mary, the eldest of eight children, was well educated by her farther who unfortunately lacked financial awareness, so the family was often without a home of their own, depending on friends and relatives and frequently separated from one another. From the age of sixteen, Mary earned her living and greatly supported her family. While acting as a governess to her uncle's children at Penola, Mary met Father Julian Tension Woods who needed help in the religious education of children in the outback. At the time Mary's family depended on her income so she was not free to follow her dream. However, in 1866, greatly inspired and encouraged by Father Woods, Mary opened the first Saint Joseph's School in a disused stable in Penola. Young women came to join Mary, and so the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph was begun. This great Australian woman inspired great dedication to God's work in the then new colonies. In today's world, she stands as an example of great courage and trust in her living out of God's loving and compassionate care of those in need.

The Good Samaritan Way of Life

A message for today in the Benedictine Tradition
Saint Mary's Catholic College is a school in the Good Samaritan tradition.
John Bede Polding gave to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan the Rule of St Benedict, the rule from which he himself and generations of Benedictines have drawn life.
St Benedict was born in Nursia in Italy in 480. He is remembered still today because he confronted the difficulties in the society of his time and managed to live a life of peace both within himself and with all those around him. Benedict saw God's presence in our lives as something that enables us to see situations from a higher point of view. Anslem Grun in his book "Benedict of Nursia - His message for Today" explains Benedict's understanding of God in our lives.
'Benedict's message for today is: "Quit complaining! The problems of the world are not there to be lamented, but to be solved. Do what you can. Build a community around you that will stand. It can be your family, your group of friends, your company, your parish. If you can create a Christian way of life where you live, it will be like heaven for this world." Benedict did not claim to be able to change the whole world. In the midst of the confusions of his own time he set out to shape a little community in such a way that it would be filled with the spirit of Jesus.' Benedict ventured to believe in the goodness of human beings and treated people with trust and kindness.
The Good Samaritans have left the tradition of Benedict with our College community. We commit ourselves to serving God and neighbour. This is experienced through a readiness to be continually challenged by the gospel and to see God in all those around us.
Saint Mary's Catholic College community is called to respond with the compassion of the Good Samaritan and to create a Christian way of life where we can.