Mary MacKillop Memorial School Penola

Introducing the Community

Early Years to Year 6 - Catholic Education Primary School in Penola

Mary MacKillop Memorial School provide children in Penola a high quality learning and growth environment.

LBI Foundation has partnered with the school community since 2021, as guided by the Resilient IMPACT capacity building strategy. The intent (or outcomes) and actions of this work is summarised below. 

Mary MacKillop

Intent ('What')

Build a Wellbeing and Trauma Responsive Educational Community

As Made Practical Through the Following Co-Designed Outcomes


To embed a cohesive, intentional, integrated and common approach (across main site and early years) to:

  • Implement a safe, growth-focused and wellbeing-responsive learning environment. 
  • Deliver personalised student wellbeing and support services, and to meet all students at their individual starting point (needs and context).
  • Embed a trauma-responsive and inclusive support culture. 


To embed the awareness, skills and mindsets to: 

  • Intentionally respond (rather than react) to individual student needs (e.g., trauma, growth, learning, developmental) in a relationship focused and personalised manner.  
  • Grow student capacity through intentionally delivered social-emotional learning, side-by-side coaching, shared Growth Action Planning processes and through both implicit and explicit learning approaches.
  • Empower educators to work together in shared intent. 


To provide students high quality resources and content that is focused on: 

  • Foundational wellbeing and resilience skills. 
  • Social-emotional learning competencies and curriculum. 
  • Meta-cognitive and problem solving. 
  • How to work side-by-side with others in shared intent. 

Actions ('How')


The support has been personalised to the school and geographic community. The work has dovetailed into the broader work occurring across the region with Tenison Woods College (Mt Gambier) and St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School (Millicent). The work has sought to strengthen the implementation of broader Catholic Education of South Australia’s wellbeing frameworks and learning initiatives (Living Learning Leading and Learn Well), as well as the whole-of-state CESA implementation of the Clarity framework.

Summary Actions

  • Entire capacity building initiative founded upon the science, research and practice of intentional practice, as made practical for educational and school settings.  
  • Implementation underpinned by the Resilient IMPACT capacity building strategy.  
  • LBI Foundation Community Lead: David Kelly. 
  • 2021All staff were IMPACT Trained, supported by wrap-around coaching and two leaders being trained to the IMPACT Coach level. 
  • 2022 – The focus has been on embedding IMPACT into local policies, procedures and systems, with extension training and coaching. 
Training St Anthonys

 LBI Foundation IMPACT Trainer Kylie Agnew delivering the foundation IMPACT Training in 2021.

Commentary and Further Information

Local Quote

Role of IMPACT Tools

Staff have found that by engaging with LBI, and particularly using the What-What-How® tool, we now have a common language to use with students and also with each other when discussing students. We are already seeing the impact in our school when putting into action strategies to assist students to thrive and to flourish.

Leadership Team

Leaders from Tenison Woods College, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School and Mary MacKillop Memorial School at a community of practice reflective day in 2021. Supported by David Kelly, Community Lead, LBI Foundation.