College House System

​​​​Our students are allocated into one of six houses in which they remain for their entire time at the College. These Houses compete against each other, but they also form a strong support network for students while they are at the College.
 
Throughout the school year, students participate in their Home Room groups in various sporting carnivals in their houses. During the year, each house also holds a Mission Days, which fundraises for a charity of their choice.
 
In line with our Catholic faith, our houses are named after modern-day Catholics who have made a significant contribution to the College community.
 
Our six houses are:
  • Aspinall (orange): named after an earlier St Bernard’s Parish Priest, Father Kevin Aspinall. 
  • Campbell (gold): named after Sister Margaret Mary Campbell, who was a sister of St. Joseph and the first Principal of MacKillop College.
  • Chisholm (green): named after Caroline Chisholm, who worked tirelessly during the 1800s in both England and Australia to help women and families.
  • MacKillop (red): named after St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, the founder of the Josephite Order.
  • Rice (blue): named after Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers.
  • Surawski (purple): named after Brother Damian Surawski, a Christian Brother and the first Principal of Clairvaux College.

 

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COLLEGE HOUSE MISSIONS

Clairvaux MacKillop College supports a number of charity organisations during the year.  Each house holds a mission month that includes a number of awareness activities and events to raise money for each organisation. These include:
 
Aspinall - Emmanuel City Mission​  (Journeying with the most vulnerable in our society, one step at a time)
Emmanuel City Mission is a daytime sanctuary for the most vulnerable in our city.  The centre is based on Christian​ values and behaviour with each individual being treated with dignity and respect.

Campbell  - Caritas (Creating a just world)
Named after a Latin word meaning love and compassionWorking through thprinciples and practice of community development. Their mandate is to support people to help themselves out of poverty, hunger, and injustice

Chisholm - Romero Centre (Small Act Big Impact)
The Romero Centre was established in 2000 in response to the needs of people arriving in Australia seeking safety and human rights. With the community’s support, they continue to share the journey of people seeking asylum. Providing genuine welcome and the right support for those who have fled danger and are now struggling to survive in Brisbane.

MacKillop - Sisters of Saint Joseph (Revealing the hospitable heart of God)
Held in God’s hospitable heart, they draw strength to respond to places of violence, fear and insecurity in their world, the places of incompleteness and limitation in ourselves. The words 'for us to have faith in God’s presence in every circumstance’, sums up what spirituality is for the Sisters of St Joseph.

Rice - Edmund Rice Camps (Providing growth, presence and fun)
Edmund Rice Camps creates a safe, supportive and fun environments that empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and volunteers alike to grow, develop and make new friends.
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Surawski - Catholic Earthcare (Caring for creation)
An advisory agency on ecological matters including the safeguarding of the integrity of creation, environmental justice and ecological sustainability