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From the Principal

Dear Parents

I congratulate all students on the way they commenced the 2015 academic year and in particular I need to mention the Year 12 students. On Saturday 7 February, the Year 12 Ball was conducted at the Hyatt Regency. I thank the families and the girls who made sure the night was special, elegant and enjoyable for all. While it might sound strange, one of my greatest pleasures from the Ball occurs after the event, when I hear everyone has arrived home safely.

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Scholarships Survey

Dear Parents

Over recent years a number of discussions on the topic of scholarships have taken place with the College Board, the Parent Council, the Old Girls’ Association and the College Management Team.  As you would be aware, most Independent and Catholic schools offer academic scholarships.  My question relates to why we offer scholarships

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Curriculum

Our Achiever’s Assembly was held on Thursday 6 February where we recognised our Year 12 high achievers from 2014, our scholarship winners and Staff Achievements. Our high achievers from WACE 2014 were also presented to the College with acknowledgement of the pathways they have chosen for 2015. Our guest speaker was past student Simone Vitali (1985)

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Mission

On Tuesday evening, 10 February, we were blessed with beautiful weather for the College Opening Mass. This enhanced the ambience of this very significant event when we were able to gather as a faith community to ask God’s blessing on the year ahead. A year in which we will focus on the mercy value of Compassion, as articulated in the scripture readings, by Fr Sean during his homily and in our Mission statement. “To be compassionate is to feel for others. We do this by keeping our hearts open to the cause of all people and reaching out to them in the spirit of mercy”.

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Senior School

Welcome back to 2015 and what a start we have had in the Senior School. We began with our new students orientation on Monday 2 February. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our nine new Year 10 families and one new family in Year 11. It can be quite a daunting experience starting a new school in the senior years. Please let the senior team know if we can be of any assistance.

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Middle School

Middle School students took part in an Alternative Learning Day today. The day is a break from curriculum classes, instead taking part in a number of different activities and programs, which teach team building, resilience, persistence, safe risk taking and many other skills, which will help them endeavor for success throughout the year, while having fun.

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Junior School

A warm welcome is extended to all families of students in the Junior School. For some families the start of life at Santa Maria College has necessitated huge adjustments and we thank you for entrusting your daughters to our care. For returning families we hope that 2015 is as exciting and rewarding as 2014 was for you.

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Boarding

The girls in Boarding have made a very impressive start to the year. The new members of our community have embraced all that is being offered and clearly understand a busy boarder is a (slightly) less homesick one.

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Notices for Parents

A reminder that all girls should have their dresses at knee length, have their hats with them at all times when out of the classroom. All students should be aware of, and adhere to, the College uniform policy, including what is appropriate in regards to uniform. For more information on the College Uniform Policy please see the details in the back of the student planner.

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