Santa Maria’s Blue Tree Blessing

Amy Treasure, Head Boarder and Harriet Comerford Smith, 2020 Head Boarder Elect, have been working together on our very own Blue Tree Project here at the College. The mission of the Blue Tree Project is to help spark difficult conversations and encourage people in rural settings to speak up when battling mental health concerns. A group of very keen boarders spent last Wednesday afternoon painting one of the College trees blue, with the help of Chris Dawson, Property Manager at Santa Maria. The tree can be seen near the Doyle carpark.

“The message associated with the Blue Tree is so important to me living in a boarding community, as often girls can go through distressing times away from their family, which increases their reliance on friends to support them through the challenges,” Amy said.

As explained on the R U OK? organisation’s website, ‘The Blue Tree will hopefully create a space that is comfortable, inviting and open to encourage both staff and students to be asking questions of each other.’

Harriet said, “We hope the location of our blue tree becomes a place to meet, discuss and enrich the lives of those who might be struggling.”

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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