Our Proud History

We were formed by the amalgamation of two Catholic Colleges – Clairvaux College and MacKillop Catholic College and we draw deeply from the traditions and charisms of the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of St Joseph.

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In the early 1960s, the parish priest of Mt Gravatt, Father J. Rosenskjar, recognised the need for Catholic secondary schooling in the rapidly growing Mt Gravatt and surrounding areas. With the diocese already owning 10 acres on the corner of Klumpp and Logan Roads at Upper Mt Gravatt, and the Sisters of St Joseph conducting a primary school on a portion of the land, he approached the Provincial of the Christian Brothers to begin a boys’ high school.
In 1966, Clairvaux College opened with Brother Surawski as the first Principal. MacKillop College, originally situated at Holland Park and known as St Joseph’s, opened in 1971 behind Clairvaux College, providing Catholic high school education for girls. Sister Margaret Mary Campbell was the first Principal. In late 1984, a decision was made to amalgamate the two schools. The college names were retained, and in 1985, under the principalship of Dr Tony Baker, the process began.
Over the years we have built a reputation for academic excellence, of students with a balanced outlook on life who have developed self-discipline, self-motivation, responsibility and accountability.
Our vision is to continue that work.  We encourage our students to be welcoming, open and supportive.  We encourage them to interact with their world with justice, respect, compassion, forgiveness and patience.  These characteristics, attitudes and life skills will assist them to contribute positively and openly to their community.
Like our two foundation colleges, Clairvaux MacKillop College has a strong academic, sporting, cultural and pastoral care base. The College provides a wealth of opportunity and is highly responsive to educational reform.