Victoria Ridgwell a former student of SMC started school in Reception 1999 and finished school in 2012. She loved learning and was also involved in Social Justice and school sport. Victoria enjoyed helping others, and the Immersion Trips really opened her eyes and helped her grow as a person.
Georgia Parasiers was a student at St Mary's College from Years 8 to 12. As a student Georgia made lots of friends and learnt that there are many different people in the world, who you can be friends with. Year 12 Muck-up Day was something Georgia loved. Doing the crazy and silly things made Georgia happy just talking about it. On Year 12 Muck-up Day, Georgia and her friends put cups of water all along the lower bridge connecting the two buildings. This meant that no one could walk across without kicking of the cups having a result of getting the people underneath the bridge wet.
Giordana Cimmino first stepped through the gates of St Mary's College in 2000 and graduated in 2012. Her time at St Mary's was memorable. Giordana participated in the Vietnam Pilgrimage in 2011. Advice Giordana would like to share is, enjoy every minute and don't take opportunities for granted. Her most surprising moment was winning the Sister Susan Sullivan Award. Giordana was a member of the first stage band that Mr Chambers took to Generations in Jazz.
Georgie Toth was a student and OSHC Supervisor here at SMC. She attended St Mary's from 2007 to 2012 and worked from 2012 to 2016. Georgie says that the opportunities that were available were amazing and that you should always take advantage of any opportunities given.
At SMC, Lucy learned about social justice, forgiveness, getting second chances and developing confidence. Lucy's teachers helped prepare her academically, but it was the experiences, working with people from different backgrounds and cultures, the valuable life skills and lessons that helped shape her confidence for life beyond school.
Tahlia Meola first walked into St Mary's in 2008 with many emotions on her first day of secondary school. Tahlia formed many friendships with other students, as well as teachers. St Mary's helped shape Tahlia into the person she is today as she learnt important values. Tahlia still loves to talk about her years at St Mary's, especially the Vietnam trip that she was extremely lucky to be accepted into.
Eilish Maguire attended St Mary's as a student in 2006 and graduated in 2012. Her strongest memory is becoming Social Justice Captain, attending meetings and getting involved with good causes. Once, in a crazier moment, she hired a superhero outfit, running around school and busking near the old library. During her time at St Mary's, she learnt a lot about resilience and the importance of bouncing back from difficult times.
School was one of my biggest challenges but also one of my biggest successes. St Mary's taught me to believe in myself, even when times were challenging. The teachers always supported me and gave me direction. Playing volleyball for the school helped me to focus and be positive. A passion for cooking has changed my life due to the skills St Mary's has instilled in me. I have learnt to be dedicated, hard-working and to have a positive mindset. Without these qualities, I would not have the ability to reach my goals or even attempt them.
Shannice Marie Simbol started her journey at St Mary's College in Year 8 and graduated in 2012. During her time at the college, she grew to be fond of music which led her to participating in the music program. The music program taught her to become more confident in herself. Shannice cherished her time at the college, and it was her second home because of the amiable environment provided by the girls and teachers.
Paloma believed that St Mary's really empowered her to follow her dreams. It allowed her to explore her interests as she was passionate about a few different things. St Mary's provided the opportunity for Paloma to try all the things she enjoyed, which helped her to decide on her future career path.
Mary Foley had two main roles at St Mary's College over the 30 years she was a part of the community: being a parent of the school and working as an ESO. One of Mary's strongest memories and life lessons was in 2006, when she worked with some students who were affected by war back at home in Africa. Mary felt privileged to work with these students as she was able to help them overcome their challenges and get a quality education.