The MacKillop Portrait Prize 2021
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The MacKillop Portrait Prize 2021

The MacKillop Portrait Prize is ON NOW!

Entries close Wednesday, 3 November so get those creative ideas flowing!

Theme:  Farewell Mr Todd, College Principal.

Draw or paint a portrait of Mr Todd who is retiring at the end of this year. See the bottom of the page for a brief Bio of Mr Todd and some pictures to inspire you.

The Competition Aims: This is a competition about technical skill within the composition and material use, as well as the interpretation of the theme.

The Rules: 

  • The artwork must be about the chosen theme (Mr Steve Todd)
  • The competition is open to Kindergarten to Year 11
  • Size: A4 or A3 (paper or canvas)
  • Be a drawing or a painting (2D form) 
  • Materials students may choose includes – pencil, pen, colour pencil, watercolour pencils, pastels both oil or chalk, watercolour paint, acrylic paint, gouache or oil sticks. Some collage will be accepted as integrated work
  • In Secondary – One entry per student in years 7 – 11. Compulsory for all Elective Visual Arts students in stage 5
  • In Primary – one entry per student. Hand your entries to Mrs Whitmore.
  • Each entry must have the students name and class on the page using the entry slip (download at the bottom of the page)
  • Classroom teachers or an appointed staff member will select finalists
  • Finalist works will be hung in the Art Centre gallery for judging
  • All finalists will receive a certificate
  • Each work is photographed and presented as a film display at the award ceremonies
  • There is one overall winner of the Prize in the Secondary and one overall winner in Primary
  • Each year voting from the students and school staff awards The People’s Choice Prize. This Prize is determined by the highest number of votes counted and is awarded at the Awards for Distinction ceremony at the end of the year
  • The People’s Choice Prize will be voted on via the College Facebook page
  • The Packing Room Prizes are awarded by the Creative Arts staff and may not be awarded each year. It is awarded at the Awards for Distinction ceremony at the end of the year
  • The overall winners of the MacKillop Portrait Prize (Junior and Senior) are awarded at the Awards for High Distinction ceremony at the end of the year for both Primary and Secondary
  • Recipients of each Prize receive certificates and art equipment. The overall winners have their name on perpetual trophies
  • The winning work is kept, framed and hung in the school’s gallery
  • All entries must be received by the due date (Wednesday 3 November 2021)


  • Mr Steve Todd started his teaching career as a Primary teacher in 1977 at Waverley College, Junior School before moving to Marcellin College Primary School.
  • He commenced his rise in middle leadership as a Religious Education Coordinator back at Waverley College and St. Matthew’s Central School, Mudgee
  • In 1993 he was promoted to his first principalship at St. Joseph’s Central School, Oberon
  • In 2003 he moved to MacKillop College, Bathurst, an all-girls school, as Principal
  • In 2011 he joined us at MacKillop Catholic College Warnervale
  • He is a man of deep faith with a Masters in Religious Education. Whilst in the Bathurst Diocese he generously served on the Religious Education Working Party developing ‘The Christ We Proclaim’ Secondary RE Units where he was a collaborative writer and presenter. He was also on the Bathurst Diocesan Task Force for Adult Education whilst also being the President of the Bathurst Diocesan Catholic Principals Association. When he came to our Diocese, he also served on the Broken Bay CSO Mission Committee for 4 years
  • Mr Todd was one of the founding executives of the Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools (AJASS)
  • Mr Todd has been our Principal during ‘The Cultural and Identity Era’. is era has featured: new Mission and Vision Statements with associated Strategic Plans and School Improvement Plans across the years; becoming a leading HSC performing school in the area; the introduction of a new House system reflected in the students connection to the story of Mary MacKillop; a new visual identity honouring both the original Lighthouse logo and the canonisation of Mary MacKillop as Australia’s first Saint; and for how the College expresses their motto of ‘Christ Our Light’ with a Josephite heart. A booklet he wrote and published in 2021 entitled ‘We All Belong Here’ offers the connection with the College motto, Gospel Values, Mary MacKillop’s Story and with the Indigenous Stories of First Nation Peoples
  • Mr Todd is a very talented illustrator and writer, and he has co-written a number of books including ‘Growing Together in Faith’ Series, Books 2 & 3, illustrator of ‘Breathing Life into the RE Classroom’ by Dan White CEO, Bathurst and illustrator & Co-Author for KD Publications for six other books based around our faith and religious education.



MacKillop Portrait Prize - Entry Slip 2021