Santa Maria girls, once they go on to life beyond the College, are no less a part of our community. College alumni live by and reflect our values. They are role models to our students and
advocates for our school.
We encourage our graduates to stay connected with the College and with one another, wherever their journeys in life
might take them.
School years are defined by many challenging and rewarding experiences at a time of self-discovery. Lifelong friendships are forged, and what is learned during this time equips individuals with the knowledge required to contribute and prosper beyond the school years. We cherish our alumni. We are proud of their lives and achievements, and we look forward to sharing their
stories with you.
Throughout their school journey, students are required to serve their families, their school and the broader community. Girls are asked to chronicle their service with a view to creating insights into the spiritual and psychological dimensions of making a positive difference in the lives of others.
A range of volunteering activities and groups enable our girls to become, as a reflection of their faith, well-rounded, caring and productive members of the community. Wherever an individual’s path might lead, the values instilled by engagement with this program never lose their relevance.
ABOUT OUR OLD GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION
Following the launch of the Old Girls’ Association (OGA) in 2006, the committee has been working hard to create a solid foundation on which to build a resilient and inspirational Association. All students who attended Santa Maria College for at least one year are automatically members of the Association. We have over 5,000 members who together create a vibrant network of women.
The Association is managed by a committee of past students ranging from the Classes of 1963 to 2002. They volunteer their time to build a sense of community, encouraging members to reconnect with the College and friends through a number of events throughout the year.
Gemma Varone (2009)
Gwen Wood (Berrigan 1963)
Micaela Haddrill (Grandison 1999)
Mary Bairstow (Heavens 1974)
Claire Hales (Barrett-Lennard 1996)
Alison Auld (Chaffer 1996)
Chelsie Wheeler (Heal 1999)
THE BLESSING OF UNITY STILL DWELLS AMONGST US – AND OH WHAT A BLESSING – IT SHOULD MAKE ALL THINGS ELSE PASS INTO NOTHING… THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ORDER INDEED – THE TRUE SPIRIT OF MERCY – FOLLOWING ON US.
– CATHERINE MCAULEY
The SMCOGA holds a number of reunions and events each year. We host reunions to celebrate the following different milestones:
If you would like to help organise your class reunion, or you would like to organise a reunion/event for other milestones we would be happy to help you get in touch with other members of your class.
BECOME A MENTOR
The OGA Committee has started a mentoring program for our current and past students of Santa Maria College. What we are looking for is an Old Girl who would like to develop a collaborative relationship between you and your student/alumni and share your knowledge, skills and experience with them. The outcome is to helping your mentee grow personally and/or professionally.
Benefits of mentoring
- Gain personal satisfaction from sharing your experience and fostering someone’s career development
- Widen your professional network
- Enhance your personal leadership skills and coaching styles
- Increase your exposure to new ideas and fresh perspectives
Benefits of being a mentee
- Increase exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
- Develop confidence, new skills and knowledge
- Build your personal and professional networks
- Broaden your knowledge on career options and guidance on professional advancement
To register your interest please send an email to [email protected]
Part of the Old Girls’ Association’s vision is to continue the Mercy tradition from our school days; to support, nurture and contribute to the community. There is no better way than starting our service program by assisting our ageing, or ill OGA members. We are currently creating a wide and extensive volunteer base to provide support in various ways to our community of Old Girls’.
Some examples of the support we can offer are:
• Provide company/companionship – a chat and a cuppa
• Cooking or providing meals
• Light gardening
• Transport to appointments or shopping
• Light house cleaning
Do you know of an OGA member who might benefit or, can we give you a hand? Are you interested in volunteering time to help our Old Girls?
If so, please send post to:
Old Girls’ Association Service Program
Santa Maria College
Locked Bag 1
Melville WA 6956