Student Leadership at St Mary's College

Nurturing the growth of strong women equipped to find their place in the world means that student leadership matters at St Mary’s College. We empower young women when we create space for student voice in our community. Through our student leadership program, we support students to develop confidence and leadership presence. We live our values of truth, justice and community through our student leadership program. 

There are opportunities for student leadership from R-12 through two leadership teams: 

  • Student Representative Council (SRC) 
  • Justice Leadership Team  

Both teams seek to engage student voice, build community, and raise awareness about things that matter to young people, and local and global events that are important for us to engage with as a Catholic school. These teams are vital in harbouring a diverse, progressive and exciting culture in our College. They offer innovative concepts to the cohort and pave the way for new ideas and change in the environment of St Mary’s. We believe that better decisions are made within the College if everyone affected by those decisions is involved in making them in some way.

In our awareness raising the student leaders invite us to learn about and act in relation to a broad range of local and global issues. This includes environmental justice, homelessness, justice for women, reconciliation with our indigenous people, youth mental health, inclusion and action against racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. We encourage students to promote and explore these issues in age-appropriate ways for our R to 12 community.

Through our outreach programs, some of the charities we support include Project Compassion, St Vinnies, Moore St Centre, Catholic Charities, Birthing Kit Foundation and the Cancer Council. We also raise funds each year for the communities linked with our immersion programs in Cambodia and Vietnam. 

All year levels have student leadership representatives who meet on a regular basis. From the time they begin at St Mary’s College, students can aspire to a senior leadership role. St Mary’s leadership journey begins in Junior School’s Mini Mary’s program. Mini Mary’s is an ecological focus group that works to develop and progress small projects at the College.

Year 12 students can apply for a College Captain, Deputy, or Coordinator role. We have senior leaders in the following portfolios: 

  • College Captains and Deputies Justice and SRC 
  • Sport Coordinators  
  • Dance Coordinator
  • Music Coordinator
  • Drama Coordinator
  • Art Coordinator
  • STEM Coordinator

We invite you to read about our current 2023 leaders and their vision for the College via the link below.