Star of the Sea College
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|Star of the Sea College|
|Type||Independent, Catholic, Day school|
|Motto||Latin: Facta Non Verba
("Deeds Not Words")
|Denomination||Roman Catholic (Presentation Sisters)|
|Chairman||Mr. Vincent Savage|
|Principal||Mrs. Sandra Diafas|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue & Red|
Star of the Sea is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA), and is a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).
Star of the Sea College was founded by the Presentation Sisters in March 1883. The sisters were asked to come to Australia from Ireland by Father James Corbett, and after establishing the first Presentation Convent and school in Victoria at Windsor (now Presentation College Windsor), they moved to Gardenvale (then known as Elsternwick). The Presentation Sisters from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, established Star of the Sea College.
The foundresses, Mother John Byrne and Mother Paul Fay, named the school after Our Lady, 'Star of the Sea' when they moved into a house called "Turret Lodge", which had a clear view of a local bay.
|2006 - 2016||Sandra Diafas|
|2005||Kathy Smith (Acting)|
|1991 - 2005||Rosalie Jones|
|1968-70, 1982-90||Sr Josepha Dunlop|
|1972-78, 1980-81||Sr Paschal Rushford|
|1971, 1979||Sr Patricia Carroll|
|1950-51, 1957, 1960, 1965-67||Sr Marie Michael Convery|
|1941-46, 1952–56, 1958-64||Sr Eymard Temby|
|1947-49||Sr Leonard Gartlan|
|1935-40||M. Angela Johnston|
|1919-22, 1929-34||M. Sebastian Lardi|
|1923-28||M. Agnes Keane|
|1914-19||M. Magdalen Keogh|
|1908-13||M. Aloysius Heenan|
|1883-1908||M. John Byrne & M. Paul Fay|
The school has four houses through which students engage in inter-house competition and other activities. The house system dates back to the 1930s, when principal Mother Angela Johnston formed Nagle (blue), named after founder of the Presentation Sisters Nano Nagle, and Stella (red), named for the Latin word for "star". Two additional houses were created in 1948: Ave (yellow) draws its name from the Latin word (in reference to "Ave Maria"), and Fay (green) is named for one of the school's two founders, Mother Paul Fay. Each house has its own crest which symbolises the spirit of the house. From years 10 to 12 students participate in a vertical homeroom system in which students from the same house are group together to encourage house spirit.
Named for the Australian war veterans once housed there, ANZAC is Star of the Sea's Year 9 campus. Located in the Kamesburgh Gardens on North Road, Brighton, the forty-room mansion was built in 1874 and presented as a gift to the Repatriation Department in 1919. It served for a time as ANZAC Hostel before the aged care home relocated to an updated facility in 1996. The mansion was then leased by the college, and opened as a Year 9 campus in 1997.
ANZAC retains a close relationship with the hostel, participating in Remembrance Day ceremonies and a "Companions Program" which allows students to engage in weekly visits with the hostel's residents.
Stacella is the name of the college's a cappella choir. Founded in 1996, Stacella is composed of over 120 students from years 7 to 12, and has performed for primary schools, nursing homes, local festivals, service organisations and corporate clients. The choir holds an annual concert, in which all students perform the repertoire they have learnt during the year. As well as five tours to New Zealand and a trip Fiji, to date, the choir has also released five CDs.
The school has a student exchange program for German, Italian and Japanese students. In 2004 they had six German Bavarian girls stay, and twenty Japanese girls from Shibuya high school as part of their Japanese homestay program.
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- Sarah Elizabeth Fitz-Gerald AM – Consultant Coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport; Professional Squash Player (1987–2002), Career titles include: Commonwealth Games (Manchester) Gold Medal; World Open 2002, 2001, 1998, 1997 & 1996; Australian Open 2003, 2002, 2001 and 1997; Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur) Silver & Bronze Medal (also attended MacGregor State High School)
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