2003

Our Stories

DEANNA CAMISSOTTO
OLD SCHOLAR

2001-2003

"ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES"

Deanna Camissotto recalls her time at St Mary's as being a major confidence booster and a great school that encouraged her educational and social achievements. On the first day of year 8 she was very anxious, as she didn't know anyone there. As time went along, she gained a very special group of friends, which are still some of her closest friends today.

She has worked as a relief teacher for many years, teaching various subjects and today she works as a Design Technology teacher, which was highly influenced by her learning at SMC. Deanna stated, "The range of subjects at St Mary's was extremely instrumental in my career choice and gave me the ability to teach a range of different subjects."

Overall Deanna really enjoyed her time being at St Mary's College and it has now left her with lifelong friends and a career that she will forever enjoy.

Written by Jessica Smith (student)

STEPHANIE JAMES
FORMER TEACHER & PARENT

1979-1995, 2002-2003

"SUPPORT AND EMPOWER"

Stephanie James has a deep connection with St Mary's College. Her grandmother attended St Mary's College as a boarder prior to Cabra opening their boarding school in 1886. Stephanie commenced teaching as a relief teacher, "and just didn't leave." Whilst teaching at the school her two daughters also attended the Junior School.

Stephanie taught Religious Education, Social Studies and English but her main teaching and passion was in History. When South Australia turned 150 Stephanie applied for a grant from the State Government. She received a small amount of money which was used to work on a project with a group of Year 10 students. They produced a book that has become a wonderful resource for the history of the College.

Stephanie learned the following lessons from her time at St Mary's; trusting people and accepting support and the importance of what women can achieve when they are supported and empowered.

Written by Eileen McCabe