Sarah Bastian attended St Mary's from Year 7 to 12. She cherishes the time spent at the college and strives to still incorporate the 4 Rs she learnt here in everyday life Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Relationships. Whilst a student, Sarah had always had a busy life due to her love of sports. St Mary's accepted this and helped create a healthy balance between the two. Having the privilege of being selected for the Vietnam Pilgrimage was the highlight and 'proudest moment' of her years at the college. To Sarah this trip proved how determined, strong and powerful the young women at SMC are and how much of a difference they can make when they put their minds, hearts and hands into something.
"You should always speak your truth even if other people don't agree". Belinda, a young, successful Team Leader and Quality Assurance Manager, uses her SMC values and morals daily. Lessons like "Be a woman in power" have stayed with her and she is grateful that SMC taught her "how to think, not what to think". Social Justice Days are Belinda's best memories. The fun event helped her create positive changes.
Caitlin Emma Hegarty created a community for life and found love for academic experiences during her five years at St Mary's College. These friendships and connections contributed to her future success. Being involved in netball at St Mary's taught Caitlin teamwork and resilience and helped develop her passion for sport. By participating in year 12 activities she became competent in public speaking.
Alexandra Gavrilidis attended St Mary's from Reception (2003) to Year 12 (2016). She developed a great passion for music. She was in the school choir and has strong memories of participating in the school musicals from Year 4, all the way to Year 11. She has continued her love for music and has also followed another passion of hers, which is teaching.
Georgia explained that the confidence she gained at St Mary's allowed her to pursue new ventures in the outside environment. This included starting a new job, university and going overseas this year. Georgia said she gained a passion for Art, which she has continued outside of high school. Her time at SMC prepared her for life as she is now studying 2 of her favourite subjects; English and History in university and is hoping to teach them one day.
Sienna Vawser studied from Year 8 to 12 at SMC. Sienna said that St Mary's feels like a "safe nest" and you make great friendships because it is a positive and encouraging environment. She loved how St Mary's appreciated the power of women. "I wouldn't be the same person nor have the same school values, if I didn't attend St Mary's".
Without even knowing it at the time, Issy absorbed everything St Mary's had to offer. She was heavily involved with Social Justice, Music and her work on the environment, and is proud of what she achieved at school; especially introducing the concept of sustainable fashion to the Year 12 Religion course. Issy is currently studying Law and Environment at university, a product of these last two years of education; therefore, combining the environment, social justice and her passion for law.
The Cambodia Pilgrimage was a highlight of Issy's school life. She always valued social justice and leadership and took these passions out of school and created an organisation through university. In her last year at school, Issy stepped into her own self. Her time in Year 12, as well as the supportive culture, is what prepared Issy best for university; it is what she took away from school more than anything.
Written by Harriet Burgess (student)
Being a student from Reception to Year 12 at St Mary's taught Tayla to be an independent and confident young woman. Receiving the position of College Captain in Year 12 was a major achievement that Tayla will never forget. The Social Justice program and Oak Valley Pilgrimage made her more passionate about helping others; she hopes to continue this in her chosen career of nursing.