St Mary's Anglican Girls' School

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St Mary's Anglican Girls' School
StMarysPerth.svg
Location
Karrinyup, Western Australia
Australia
Coordinates 31°52′37″S 115°45′54″E / 31.877°S 115.765°E / -31.877; 115.765Coordinates: 31°52′37″S 115°45′54″E / 31.877°S 115.765°E / -31.877; 115.765
Information
Type Independent, Day and boarding
Motto Latin: Fideliter
(Faithfully)
Denomination Anglican
Established 1921[1]
Sister school Hale School
Chairman Ian Curlewis
Principal Lynne Thomson
Chaplain Geraldine Nixon
Gender Girls
Enrolment ≈1,350 (K–12)[2]
Colour(s) Maroon, white and blue     
Athletics conference IGSSA
Website

St Mary's Anglican Girls' School is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in Karrinyup, a suburb north of Perth.

Established in 1921 at West Perth, St Mary's has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for over 1350 students from Kindergarten to Year 12,[2] including 166 boarders from Years 7 to 12.[3]

St Mary's is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[5] the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia,[1] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[2] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australia (AGSA),[6] and is a member of the Independent Girls' Schools Sports Association (IGSSA).

St Mary's brother school is Hale School, located in Wembley Downs.

History[edit]

St Mary's Anglican Girls' School was founded when two private girls' schools operating in West Perth amalgamated. The school opened on 14 September 1921, with the Reverend Charles Lawrence Riley as Acting Principal. Two other schools later joined them.

In 1964, a building appeal was launched to develop the present campus at Karrinyup. Under the guidance of the then Principal, Anne Symington (1965–1982), St Mary's operated in both West Perth and Karrinyup until 1970, when the whole school was finally situated in Karrinyup.[7]

Facilities[edit]

St Mary's at Metricup: The Lady Treatt Centre for Learning and Leadership
St Mary's at Metricup: The Lady Treatt Centre for Learning and Leadership

The St Mary's campus in Karrinyup is located on 40 acres of land.

In 1999 the school built a performing arts venue, The Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre with an auditorium that seats 509 people. Later, an adjoining building, The Lady Treatt Centre for Music and Dance, was built and contains a dance studio, as well as a number of music classrooms and individual music tuition rooms.[8]

The school grounds also contain a 50m heated swimming pool, paddle pool and dive pool (The Sir Thomas Wardle Swimming Pool Complex), which was refurbished in 2011,[9] as well as two gymnasiums (Hearn Hall and Dannatt Hall). Hearn Hall was largely funded by the federal government's Building Education Revolution Primary Schools for the 21st Century Programme. In 2012 the school completed construction of a new library complex.[9]

In 2005, the St Mary's Anglican Girls’ School Foundation purchased 100 acres of land in the Margaret River Wine Region. In 2008, St Mary's at Metricup: The Lady Treatt Centre for Learning and Leadership, an outdoor education facility, was opened. The centre is the first of its kind for an all-girls school in Western Australia and was funded by the Foundation as well as donations from Old Girls, parents and friends of the school.[10] The facilities were designed and constructed in a manner which maximises their environmental sustainability. The property contains two dams, two large pastures, an eco-tent camping area, dormitory accommodation and a cottage.

Academic performance[edit]

In 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2010, St Mary's was the top-ranked school in Western Australia based on the highest number of students scoring in the top third of Tertiary Entrance Exam (TEE) results.[11]

Year % +75 in WACE[i] State ranking[ii] % +65 in WACE[iii] State ranking % graduation[iv]
2014 31.66 4 66.96 3 99.24[12]
2013 32.46 2 65.75 1 100[13]
2012 30.58 3 70.97 1 100[14]
2011 34.88 3 76.47 1 100[15]
2010 38.74 1 80.63 1 100[16]
2009 8 7 99.43[17]
  1. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 75 or above was achieved
  2. ^ Ranking of school compared to other schools in the state
  3. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 65 or above was achieved
  4. ^ Percentage of Year 12 cohort that graduated with a WACE certificate

Headmistresses[edit]

Period Details[18]
1921 – 1923 Bishop Charles Lawrence (Tom) Riley, CBE MC LLB DTh Cambridge
1923 – 1937 Miss Ethel H Dannatt, Maths (Hons) Oxford
1938 – 1940 Miss Katherine Cameron Carter, MBE BA Melbourne
1940 – 1944 Miss Beryl Hamilton, BA UWA, Teacher at St Mary's 1921-1940
1944 – 1956 Mrs Elizabeth Myles, BSc (Hons) Edinburgh, Teacher at St Mary's 1942-1944
1957 – 1965 Mrs Theresa Macdonald, MBE
1965 – 1982 Mrs Anne Symington, BA (Hons) MA Oxford
1983 – 1997 Mrs Audrey Jackson, AM BSc (Hons) Wales GCed GDEd Admin
1997 – present Mrs Lynne Thomson, BA (Hons) DipEd (UWA) EdM (Harvard) FACE

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, St Mary's utilises a house system. Each student at St Mary's is placed in one of six houses: Craig – Purple Pirates, Hackett – Yellow Tigers, Lefroy – Light Blue Ducks, Riley – Royal Blue Teddy Bears, Wardle – Green Frogs, and Wittenoom – Red Wasps.

Through the house system, students participate in extra-curricular activities and competitions. Each house has a Year 12 prefect who, together with captains and the guidance of a house teacher, leads the house through the year's activities.[19] Houses often compete against each other in inter-house athletics, swimming, singing and other activities, including the arts at the Creative And Performing Arts Festival (C.A.P.A.F). Throughout the year, the houses compete for the House Cup presented at the end of the year to the house with the most points awarded from interhouse competitions.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Alumnae of St Mary's Anglican Girls' School are commonly referred to as Old Girls, and become life members of the alumni association, the St Mary's Old Girls' Association on graduation.[20] Some notable St Mary's Old Girls include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "St Mary's Anglican Girls' School". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
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  4. ^ "Western Australia". AHISA Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. January 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  5. ^ "JSHAA Western Australia Directory of Members". Western Australia Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
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  8. ^ "Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre". The Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  9. ^ a b "Development". Our School. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  10. ^ "St Mary's at Metricup". St Mary's at Metricup. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  11. ^ "Private schools outperform public schools in TEE". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  12. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "St Mary's Principals". St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  19. ^ "Senior School". Teaching and Learning. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  20. ^ "Old Girls' Association". Community. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  21. ^ a b "Scholarships: Western Australian Rhodes Scholars". UWA website. The University of Western Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  22. ^ Lofthouse, Andrea (1982). Who's Who of Australian Women 1982. North Ryde, NSW: Methuen Australia. p. 128. ISBN 0-454-00437-0. 
  23. ^ "Classical sisters are doing it for themselves". thewest.com.au. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  24. ^ "Jessica Gethin Biography". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  25. ^ "Ashleigh Gillon" (PDF). OGA E-News. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  26. ^ "Our Young Media Power Players Part One". PerthNow. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  27. ^ Green, Shane (15 April 2015). "New High Court judge Michelle Gordon lauded as a 'fabulous' lawyer and jurist". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  28. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "HAYTER (Sandy) Sandra L". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  29. ^ Mollie Lukis
  30. ^ "Ray Oldham". The Australian Literature Resource. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  31. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "STEWART Jan". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  32. ^ "Our School". Community. St Mary's Anglican Girls' School. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 

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