Santa Maria College, Perth
|Santa Maria College|
Latin: Soli Deo Gloria
("For the Glory of God")
|Attadale, WA, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day and Boarding|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic, Sisters of Mercy|
|Colour(s)||Green, Red and White|
The college is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA), the Australian Catholic Colleges association (ACC) and the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA).
Santa Maria College was officially opened by the Sisters of Mercy on 6 February 1938, with approximately 60 boarders and only a handful of day pupils. Seven Sisters of Mercy staffed the College at is current site in Attadale.
|1937 – 1960||Sr Bertrand Corbett|
|1961 – 1966||Sr Stephanie Horne|
|1967 – 1970||Sr Martha Hayward|
|1971 – 1975||Sr Consilli Flynn|
|1976 – 1979||Sr Perpetua della Marta|
|1980 – 1989||Sr Sheila Sawle|
|1989 – 2000||Mr Frank Owen|
|2000 – 2008||Mrs Anne Pitos|
|2009 – 2010||Mr Greg Clune|
|2010 – now||Mr Ian Elder|
Santa Maria College, as with most Australian schools, utilises a House system. Students are divided into eight Houses, for the purpose of morning meetings in House groups and Homerooms, and intra-school competition. The Houses are named after notable figures in the Sisters of Mercy's heritage in Western Australia. Dillon, de la Hoyde, Frayne, Kelly, O'Donnell and O'Reilly are named after six of the Sisters who journeyed to Western Australia from Ireland and set up the first Catholic High School in the state - Victoria Square School, now known as Mercedes College. In 2007, two new houses were added - Corbett, named after the school's first Principal, Sr Bertrand Corbett, and Byrne.
Each house competes to earn points towards the "McAuley Shield", through various interhouse events, including: Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Debating and Public Speaking. In 2007, the interhouse events were expanded to include an Arts Festival after the lobbying of several students wishing for more events which weren't sports-orientated to be included in the McAuley Shield competition. The Arts Festival required each House to prepare a short play and showcase their House's acting abilities. As of 2013 this festival has been replaced by a theatresports competition.
The Santa Maria Uniform consists of a green and white dress worn during summer, worn with a white socks and black leather shoes. A cream straw boater with a dark green band is compulsory in the summer terms (Term 1 and 4) and must be worn to and from the School as well as at lunchtimes. A formal winter uniform is also required which consists of black stockings instead of socks, a green red and white striped tie, school blazer, green jumper and a green red and white tartan skirt. In winter, girls may wear a short sleeved white blouse or a long sleeved white blouse with a tie as above. A heavier, dark green, red and white skirt is worn with black stockings and black leather shoes. Green jumpers are worn for girls in Years 5–11 and red ‘Leavers’ jumpers for girls in Year 12. The green school blazer is compulsory during winter but optional during summer except for formal occasions and must be worn to and from the school and whenever in a public place in uniform.
The school blazer is a dark green colour with three green buttons and the school crest stitched in red on the breast pocket. Each student is allocated a house badge which they pin on their blazers. Badges are also provided for committees and officials. School and House Officials are awarded a badge that denotes their position. School awards are awarded for co-curricular activities and there are a range of badges, colours and Honours for other activities. Each activity has its own symbol for badges and is pinned onto the student’s blazer if they receive it.
- Geraldine Doogue – Veteran ABC presenter
- Hon. Carmen Lawrence – Junior National President, Australian Labor Party; First female Premier in Australia (Premier of Western Australia); First directly elected federal President of the ALP (also attended Dominican Ladies' College)
- Robyn Mary Quin – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the Curtin University of Technology
- Judith Lucy – Stand-up comedian, radio presenter and actress, starring in films such as Crackerjack and Bad Eggs
- Ashleigh Nelson – Australian Hockey Player, Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Delhi 2010.
Belinda-Lee Reid (vocals, guitar), Jaclyn Pearson (drums), Jessica Bennett (lead guitar) and Micaela Slayford (vocals, bass) formed the band Exteria in 1996. They entered their song "AlohaHand" into the West Australian Music Industry Awards and won. They later changed their name to Lash and in 2001 released their well known song "Take Me Away" which was covered in the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday.
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