MacKillop Catholic Regional College began its life as a junior secondary school for girls in 1970. The initial enrolment was 102 girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 under the care and leadership of Sister Giovanni Farquer, the Principal, and Sisters Clare Schiltz and Zita Moore. The school consisted of one building divided into four classrooms, an office and a staff room. To commemorate the founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, it was decided by the parishioners to name the new school Mary MacKillop Girls' College. Within ten years the College experienced a number of significant changes. The school's population increased, necessitating the construction of more buildings.
In the late 2000's, the WRFL and AFL partnered to start the first Umpiring Academy in an effort to bring more youth into the game. Mackillop College is where this started, and in 2014 Mackillop Umpiring Academy provided over 50 junior umpires to the WRFL ranks, ensuring the many junior games were provided with umpires when they would otherwise not be.
Umpiring Academies are staffed by senior umpires, most of whom umpire regularly at Division 1 level and many of whom have previously umpired at VFL level.
2015 Mackillop Umpiring Academy staff include:
- Mark Westgarth (Director of Umpiring and former AFL umpire)
- Graeme Hodgart (WRFL Goal Umpires coach & Umpires Hall of Fame Legend)
- Mat Westgarth (Former VFL and WRFL umpire)
- Christian Brenner (Current WRFL Division 1 umpire)
- Richard Watt (Former WRFL Division 1 umpire)
Maree Wilke is also on staff as female liaison and administrative assistance and is available to assist with any queries you might have.