Leadership

Learning to lead is an important part of a girl’s education. Giving her the formal and informal opportunities to lead provides her with a number of benefits. She learns responsibility and the importance of being part of a team. Leadership also develops confidence and an increased belief that she can make a difference in her community. At Santa Maria, students are given a number of opportunities to take on formal leadership positions. Students see these opportunities as valuable and there is prestige in being part of the College’s student leadership team. There is also a culture of encouraging students to be leaders in less formal contexts. All opportunities offer girls a chance to face challenging situations in a positive environment.

Junior School

Students are given many opportunities to experience leadership throughout their Junior School years, both formal and informal. The Student Leadership Council gives students a voice to discuss school life and contribute to school decisions and event planning. There is a formal process for election to this Council and one representative from each House is chosen. Each Councillor also is nominated to be a part of one of the eight committees which include: Liturgy, Service, Music, Sport, Visual Arts, Culture, Performing Arts, and Media. These positions are for a twelve month duration.

Middle School

Each of the eight Homerooms in each Year group has two student leaders. The term of a student leadership position is the beginning of Term 4 through to the end of Term 3 the following year. Student leaders are voted for by their peers, after leadership training sessions in the Mercy Wellbeing Program.

Student leaders are responsible for representing their Year group, House and they also have a position on a Portfolio Committee (Liturgy, Service, Media, Music, Sport, Art, Cultural, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Boarding).

In Year 9 there is also a Middle School Leadership Council, who lead the Middle School student leaders and who work closely with their Year 12 Portfolio Captain counterparts. The Middle School Leadership Council is made up of:

  • Middle School Captain
  • Middle School Vice Captain
  • Liturgy Captain
  • Service Captain
  • Cultural Captain
  • Performing Arts Captain
  • Media Captain
  • Music Captain
  • Sports Captain
  • Visual Arts Captain, and
  • Boarding Representative
Senior School

In Years 10 and 11, each of the eight Homerooms has two student leaders. The term of a student leadership position is the beginning of Term 4 through to the end of Term 3 of the following year. Student leaders are voted in by their peers after leadership training sessions in the Mercy WellBeing Program.

Student leaders in Years 10 and 11 are responsible for representing their Year group, House and they also have a position on a Portfolio Committee (Liturgy, Service, Media, Music, Sport, Art, Cultural, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Boarding).

In Year 12 the Senior School Leadership Council, working with those in leadership positions across the College from Year 5-12, lead the College in student based initiatives. The Senior School Leadership Council consists of;

  • Head Girl
  • Deputy Head Girl
  • Head Boarder
  • Deputy Head Boarder
  • Liturgy Captain
  • Service Captain
  • Cultural Captain
  • Performing Arts Captain
  • Media Captain
  • Music Captain
  • Sports Captain
  • Visual Arts Captain
  • House Captains- There are two for each House

Each portfolio position leads a committee and works with a mentor teacher to work towards developing student initiatives in these respective areas.  Such initiatives have included, Foreign Film Festival, Book Week, service activities such as winter appeal and coordinating umpiring for sport. The House Captains work closely with Heads of House on developing House spirit and participation in school events such as the Interhouse Swimming Carnival, Athletics Carnival and Cross Country. As a council the Year 12 students also lead the organisation and coordination of whole school student events such as Girls4Girls and Purple Bra Day.