Mary MacKillop Place provides a range of programs. These include:
2016 Educational Experiences for Schools
In 2016 the Sisters of St Joseph celebrate 150 years of service and we invite you to join us in marking this significant milestone in the history of the Congregation.
Museum Guided Tour - Students $6 / Adults $8 (maximum 80)
This is the standard 90 minute guided tour delivered by an experienced museum guide. The tour features the story of Mary MacKillop, Fr Julian Tenison Woods and the Sisters of St Joseph. The story is presented across the themes of beginnings, growth, challenge, influences and legacy. Visitors also have the opportunity to view highlights of the Sesquicentenary special exhibition. Teacher notes and online resources are available for schools.
Museum Self-Guided Tour - Students $6 / Adults $8 (maximum 80)
Groups are welcome to self-guide through the museum within a booked 90 minute time slot. The group can explore the story of Mary MacKillop, Fr Julian Tenison Woods and the Sisters of St Joseph at their own pace. Guide notes are available for the group leader if required. The story is presented across the themes of beginnings, growth, challenge, influences and legacy. The group also has the opportunity to view highlights of the Sesquicentenary special exhibition. Teacher notes and online resources are available for schools.
The ‘Sesquicentenary Experience’ for Schools Students $9 (maximum 80)
The ‘Sesquicentenary Experience’ is a 3 hour experience with two elements inclusive of a lunch break. The first is a 90 minute guided tour delivered by an experienced museum guide highlighting the sesquicentenary special exhibition, museum galleries, Alma Cottage and a heritage site walk.
The second element is a 90 minute teacher directed session where you have exclusive use of the museum. In this session, students further explore the story through viewing objects and videos, engaging with technology and reading stories. Teachers may use their own activities and/or suggested activities from the online teacher notes. This session is organised by the teacher according to student needs.
Pilgrimages for Schools
A renewed way to experience Mary MacKillop Place!
In reviewing our purpose in collaboration with teachers and schools across the country, and understanding that purpose as applied to the needs of schools, we know we have a sacred place of Pilgrimage at Mary MacKillop Place that we need to share with all.
A Pilgrimage’s central offering, of removing yourself from your own time and place to a sacred time and a sacred place, allowing you to pause in a significant moment of reflection, is a transformative experience. It is the act of making the journey and being present physically and spiritually in the sacred place that makes it a Pilgrimage.
These understandings are at the core of the two new experiences we have now created for you here at Mary MacKillop Place; the Children’s Pilgrimage for your students and the Teacher’s Pilgrimage for your school staff.
The schools that have helped us trial and develop our Pilgrimage offerings have found them to be a tangible and uplifting experience for students and teachers alike. The Pilgrimages transform what was previously a historical tour into a spiritual exploration. These schools have then been able to take this uplifting spiritual experience back to their classrooms, delivering real benefit to the students and their school communities.
We look forward welcoming you to Mary MacKillop Place in this renewed way and to sharing the wonderful outcomes of our new Pilgrimage experiences with you, your students and your teaching colleagues.
Our 90 minute tours are interactive and student-centred.
The tours are curriculum based and ideal for students from Year 4 to 12 who are studying various topics e.g. Church History, Saints, Social Justice and Australian History.
Central Reservations Event Coordinator
T: 02 8912 4814
School Holiday Program
This program has been designed to provide primary-aged children with opportunities to explore the life and times of Mary MacKillop – Australia’s first saint.
Children will be able to:
- Enjoy art and craft activities
- Listen to stories
- Explore Mary's home and the School house
- Discover Mary's travelling trunk
The holiday program details:
- Offered in the second week of the NSW school holidays (April, July and October)
- Runs for two hours (11am to 1pm)
- Delivered and fully supervised by the Education Officer (qualified primary school teacher)
- Parents/carers are welcome to stay with the children, take a tour through the Museum or spend some time in the Gift Shop and Cafe
- Costs $8.00 per child
- For bookings, call the Museum Education Officer (details below)
- BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL!
T: 02 8912 4878
School Retreats and Reflection Days
Mary MacKillop Place offers you the opportunity of enjoying a staff or student reflection day with a difference.
Your reflection day may include facilitation, reflection in the chapel, a museum tour and use of conference facilities.
Our staff are willing to help you design a day that will meet your needs.
For enquiries and bookings please call 02 8912 4814 or send us an email.