Professor Sue Fletcher Speaks to Brain Stem Students

We were fortunate to have Professor Sue Fletcher from Murdoch University, and three of her Ph.D. students speak with the Year 10 Brain Stem class this week. The students have been studying biotechnology and surveying students and staff to determine the level of understanding amongst the general public about biotechnologies.

The Year 10 students collated their survey data and put together pamphlets outlining a type of biotechnology they had researched and the related survey information. The students were able to discuss their research topic with the Ph.D. students and elaborate on the science and the ethics of such biotechnologies.

The Ph.D. students are all working on gene-related drug therapies for rare genetic conditions including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and were able to explain their research to the students. This increased the students’ awareness of the sort of research being carried out in WA and also provided them with more detailed insight into the medical applications of many different types of biotechnology.  

Alexa Teixeira’s Journey from Santa Maria College to the screen

From a gap year adventure in California to working alongside Hollywood stars in Western Australia’s thriving screen industry, Alexa Teixeira’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. Graduating from Santa Maria College in 2015, Alexa deferred her sports science degree to explore a newfound passion for filmmaking. Her experiences, from Warner Brothers Studio tours to assisting renowned actors like Daisy Ridley, highlight a remarkable career shaped by spontaneous decisions and a deep love for the arts.

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Equipping Our Year 10 Students for the Future

Santa Maria College’s Future10 Program empowers Year 10 students with comprehensive guidance for academic and career planning. Through personalised course counselling, resources like the Learn Curriculum Handbook, and interactive events such as the Course Expo, students gain clarity and confidence in their subject choices. The program fosters a collaborative approach involving parents, teachers, and external representatives, ensuring students are well-prepared for their future pathways.

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the Winter Appeal and Outreach Mass at Santa Maria College.

Term 2 – Empowering Students and Community – Jennifer Oaten

As we conclude another remarkable term at Santa Maria College, we celebrate the myriad achievements and growth of our students. Term 2 was filled with empowering opportunities, from faith-based activities and learning innovations to social awareness projects and community engagements, embodying our Mercy values and commitment to excellence.

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