From the Principal

Dear Parents

My last Newsletter focused on academic achievement and I would like to further elaborate on this topic. During the week I was most fortunate to attend a lecture by Professor Geoff Masters. His topic focused on highly effective leadership and I came away feeling reinforced about what is happening at Santa Maria College.

Geoff Masters listed four practices of highly effective leadership where schools performed above expectations. They were:

  1. Leaders focus on outcomes (including academic). They know what they want to see ie where the College is at and where it should be. They also share this with their community.
  2. A realisation that you cannot improve outcomes without improving practices ie we need to change what is happening inside classrooms. A good example of this is using data to determine where students ‘are at’. Within any junior school and middle school class there could be a five year gap between the most able to the least advanced student. To cater for this, teaching needs to be differentiated rather than ‘teaching to the middle’.
  3. Leaders focus on building a culture of improvement as every child is capable of improvement.
  4. There is a major focus on teaching and learning to build capacity within teachers. Teachers never stop learning about learning and we need to devote time to improve our educational offerings.

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Mission

As mentioned at Opening Mass, I invite parents to come along to our weekly prayers and Liturgy offerings. Rosary is held each Thursday morning commencing at 8.10 am in the chapel. Mass is celebrated each Friday morning commencing at 8.00 am. Students are rostered to attend on a Year or House basis. Parents are welcome at any Mass or Rosary, but particularly the day their daughter is attending. Following Mass, parents are invited to stay behind for a coffee from the Santa Café for fellowship with other parents. Representatives from the Santa Ministry and or Parent Network will attend Mass and coffee. You are invited to park within the College grounds if attending either of these services.

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Curriculum

Some students in Years 10 and 11 will sit the OLNA in the next few weeks. OLNA is the acronym for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, which some students will use to demonstrate they have achieved the required standard of literacy and numeracy for their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). The School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements.

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Senior School

Students in Years 10 and 11 attended a Brain Max Workshop on Wednesday 26 February with guest speaker Nathan Hulls. Brain Max is a workshop for senior students, which teaches them accelerated learning strategies for maximum results and maximum recall.  This is to build upon the study strategies and study planning they have already learned in Senior School.

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Middle School

CONEQT-P has a great amount of information for parents on College policies procedures along with information about day-to-day events. This information includes the Co-curricular Handbook for students in Years 7-12, training and games schedules for IGSSA sports, the updated mobile device policy and a great deal more. For teaching and learning programs, your daughters will be able to access these for each subject from CONEQT-S and be able to show these to you.

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Junior School Issue 2, 2015

Parent Information Evening The Junior School Parent Information Evening was held on Tuesday 17 February in the McDonald Building. The evening commenced with a light supper at 6.00 pm followed by a presentation by Miss Kim Maslin, Digital Learning Team Member, about Social Media and ways to keep safe on the internet. The presentation of Kim’s talk is available on …

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Boarding

With the Exeat Weekend upon us Boarding is a buzz with excited young women heading home. I am certain the families receiving the girls are equally excited. Please take the time to find out from your daughters what they have been doing since the beginning of the year. 

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