Claire's relatively short time at St Mary's was an exciting and fun learning experience. She made many life-long friends; with many she shared the great experience of the annual SMC Gold Coast Netball Trip. The close friends Claire made at the school still catch up as often as possible.
Elliahn loved the many opportunities that St Mary's presented her with. One of the main highlights of her schooling was the Oak Valley Immersion trip as it allowed her to connect with the Aboriginal culture. The trip also taught her many important life lessons that she still treasures today. Whilst at St Mary's, Elliahn realised that the amount of effort you put in is how much you will get out, and she continues to live by this motto.
Tadem described her experience of starting at St Mary's College in 2016 as 'being welcomed with love and open arms'. She immediately appreciated the vibe of the school and what it stood for. Tadem attended the College from years 10 to 12, and found herself discovering her passions for Drama and Creative Writing. She gained independence which is now helping her in university. "When I look back, I'm proud of myself for not giving up." When Tadem first came to St Mary's she found it difficult to maintain solid friendships, however she seemed to connect with her teachers, especially her English teacher.
Peter has been involved with the St Mary's College community since the 1980's, when his daughter walked through the Franklin Street gates for the very first time. Since then, Peter has worked in the school canteen and he has been a proud member of the College Board. He strongly remembers the great school culture, strong leaders, staff and students. Peter fondly recalls being involved with the development of the school grounds. In particular, the construction of the old gym from a second-hand car yard.
Lucabella still treasures her amazing experiences and memories through her schooling years at St Mary's. Some of her highlights include making great friends through Gold Coast Netball, attending camps and being Deputy Captain.