Holy Spirit College is located in Mackay, a tropical haven half way between Brisbane and Cairns. The Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 km north from St Lawrence to Laguna Whitsunday’s, and inland to the town of Clermont. The region’s colourful past is economically founded upon coal, sugar, beef and tourism. [br]
Holy Spirit College is a co-educational Catholic college which seeks to nurture all types of learners through Quality Curriculum and through Supportive Pastoral Care, based on the life and values of Jesus. Guided by our patron, the Holy Spirit, we strive to achieve a sense of positive community for all, laying the foundation for a successful and fulfilling future for our students. [br]
At Holy Spirit College, students enjoy the benefits of a complete secondary schooling environment – from Year 7 through to Year 12 – a structure which offers continuity, a plethora of opportunities and broad curriculum offerings. But more than those advantages, students also enjoy the benefits of specialised programs for each individual phase of their secondary schooling. Each student has the opportunity to discover where and how his or her skills and abilities are best developed.
HSC currently has approximately 910 students enrolled across Years 7 – 12. We proudly boast that we have an active and committed P&F Association, working alongside our College Board. [br]
Junior College (Years 7 – 9)
Quite deliberately, our Year 7 Program at HSC exposes students to the full breadth of learning areas, enriched by the ‘secondary school’ experience of access to Specialist Teachers and facilities. A core focus of our Year 7 curriculum is to support Students – as they make a successful transition from primary schooling – to develop confidence as a new member of the Junior College at HSC.
Then, our Year 8 Program is focussed upon supporting students to identify their interests and abilities as they take their first steps in elective-focussing. In Year 8, students now have the opportunity to undertake and accept more self-responsibility across the College community.
In Year 9, Students – as leaders in the Junior College – make more focussed subject choices which begin to reflect their evolving and emerging future aspirations for a life-direction beyond their schooling years. Then, later, students will cast their gaze beyond the Junior College as they are supported to make their next major transition into the Senior College at HSC (Years 10, 11 & 12).
Senior College (Years 10 – 12)
Year 10 at HSC is a ground-breaking year for Students. HSC’s pioneering and innovative Year 10 Transition Program has been applauded as a Lighthouse Project across Queensland and has been adopted as a model approach by other schools. Our Year 10 Program is focussed upon providing targeted opportunities for students to reflect further – with growing levels of maturity and self-direction – upon their academic and personal strengths, including trialling ‘Introduction to Senior’ subjects in Semester 2.
Year 10 Students are now already well-advanced along their all-important journey within the Senior College at HSC!
Years 11 & 12 students at HSC savour the unique opportunity to make their own special contribution to the leadership of and the quality of our College Community! With mentoring support, Senior students at HSC would have selected from an extensive basket of subjects – best suited to their abilities and interests – designed to provide successful pathways to their future careers and to facilitate them to secure university and employment places!
The HSC campus occupies a spacious 10.7 hectares with a full-sized football field, soccer pitch, basketball, netball and volleyball courts, and other general playing fields. [br]
A major re-shaping and building project was completed in 2015 and encompasses the Year 7 Precinct or ‘The Hub’ with flexible learning classrooms, a self-serve canteen (Spirit Café), undercover eating areas, covered walkways, and refurbishment of all Science Laboratories and the Visual Arts Centre. In 2018, the Father Bucas Centre had a full refit of its Audio Visual and Control Systems, to current leading edge standards, to serve the cultural, sporting and College community events well into the future. [br]
The Administration Building was completed in November 2020 and the College Master Plan sees the development of a Student Services Precinct in 2021.
HSC has a large undercover area, called the Physical Education Centre (PEC), which incorporates an indoor and outdoor gym. In addition, a Multi-Purpose Centre (Father Bucas Centre) contains a full-sized basketball court and is utilised by both Health & Physical Education and Performing Arts classes. HSC prides itself on the quality facilities for Design Technologies (i.e. Woodwork, Metalwork, Engineering, Construction, Plastics, Electronics, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing and other practical subjects) as well as Hospitality programs. Our Performing Arts Centre (PAC) accommodates programs in Drama, Dance and Music. HSC has modern facilities for the teaching of Digital Technology. [br]
In fact, being a relatively young Secondary College gives us overall advantages as our whole infrastructure is quite modern.