Preparing Young Women for the Future: Connecting Learning To Life

At Santa Maria College, our mission is to provide an education that not only prepares our girls for the workforce and life beyond school but also equips them to make a positive difference in society. We recognise the importance of making learning relevant to their lives today and adaptable to their future lives in an ever-changing world.

To achieve this, we developed a progressive framework called Connecting Learning to Life in 2019. This innovative approach aims to equip our students for the future by providing opportunities to develop essential attributes across various areas. We are committed to nurturing these attributes through our teaching and learning, co-curricular activities, and emPOWER projects.

Connecting Learning to Life: Fostering Essential Attributes for Success

As a forward-thinking institution, Santa Maria College takes pride in connecting learning to life through our Catholic and Mercy heritage and our College values of Hospitality, Compassion, Justice, Service, and Excellence. Our goal is to prepare our students for the future by fostering the development of the following attributes:

Social Attributes:

  • Respect: Being inclusive and attentive to the feelings and rights of others.
  • Compassion: Extending genuine empathy, concern, and kindness to others.
  • Collaboration: Working cooperatively with others to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Stewardship: Caring for all of God’s gifts, particularly the environment.

Personal Attributes:

  • Resilience: Possessing the strengths to overcome challenges and difficulties.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Recognising, expressing, and regulating emotion to manage relationships.
  • Confidence: Believing in one’s own character and abilities.
  • Adaptability: Adjusting to and embracing new opportunities.
  • Initiative: Being self-driven and taking action independently.
  • Curiosity: Asking questions and actively seeking answers.
  • Critical Thinking: Questioning and evaluating facts to form opinions and conclusions.

Thinking Attributes:

  • Creativity: Using imagination and original ideas to create something new or improved.
  • Problem-Solving: Identifying problems, generating and evaluating solutions.
  • Analytical Skills: Accessing and analysing data and information.

Technical Attributes:

  • ICT Capabilities: Selecting appropriate digital tools and solutions to solve problems.
  • Digital Citizenship: Creating a positive digital footprint, which demonstrates responsible choices.
  • Financial Literacy: Possessing the skills and knowledge to make informed financial decisions.

Santa Maria strives to equip its students with a comprehensive set of skills and values that will prepare them for the future. The College focuses on the development of social, personal, thinking, and technical attributes to ensure that students are not only academically proficient but also well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the challenges of the world. The emphasis on attributes such as respect, compassion, resilience, critical thinking, and digital literacy reflects the College’s commitment to fostering individuals who are capable, empathetic, and responsible. Ultimately, the College prepares its students to succeed in a rapidly changing world by instilling in them the importance of continuous learning and ethical action.

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