OUR ALUMNI LIVE BY AND REFLECT OUR VALUES. THEY ARE ROLE MODELS TO OUR STUDENTS AND ADVOCATES FOR OUR SCHOOL AND WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY CONNECTED WITH THE COLLEGE AND WITH ONE ANOTHER, WHEREVER THEIR JOURNEYS IN LIFE MIGHT TAKE THEM.
OUR ALUMNI COMMUNITY
Santa Maria College has a very supportive and active alumni community, with over 6000 alumni living and working in countries worldwide. We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements, and that our global network is making a difference all over the world.
All former Santa Maria College students are alumni of the school and automatically become members of the Santa Maria College Old Girls’ Association (OGA). This global alumni network enables former students to keep in touch with each other and keep up to date with any developments at the College.
At Santa Maria, our Alumni Coordinator provides a communication channel between alumni and the College. We are constantly looking and exploring opportunities for alumni to connect, participate and learn and we welcome any suggestion.
WAYS TO BE INVOLVED
Maintain contact with friends and with Santa Maria through social events and activities, including attending, or helping to organise your reunion or alumni events.
- Develop professional networks by attending or speaking at our Alumni business networking events, attending or hosting a Santa Maria College business breakfasts at your organisation.
- Become involved in the OGA’s Service Program
- Join the OGA Committee
- Register your business in our Business Directory
- Offer industry internships and graduate employment to students and young alumni.
- Be a panellist at one of the College’s career and student networking events or be a guest speaker at an assembly.
- Get involved with Santa Maria and other alumni on our social media.
- Support the College by providing financial support or making a gift in kind.
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 2015. 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)
Fleur Dias (2015)
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 hold one reunion to celebrate the following different milestones:
Each November we hold the Golden Girls Luncheon to celebrate those graduates who graduated 50 plus years ago.
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