Social Innovation

We empower our students to take action on issues which impact
People and our planet


At Santa Maria, we chart a course that is not just about academics; it is about fostering a spirit of innovation and instilling in our students the power to create change. Our strategic plan is built on five solid pillars, one of which is Social Innovation – an area we are particularly passionate about.


Our emPOWER program exemplifies our dedication. This innovative initiative goes beyond education; it transforms our students into change agents. By providing them with practical life skills that extend beyond the classroom, we empower them to make a genuine impact in their communities and the world.

The emPOWER program offers a diverse range of activities and projects that encourage students to identify and address real-world issues. From community service initiatives to social entrepreneurship, our students have the opportunity to explore various avenues of social innovation and develop their unique approach to creating change.

We strongly believe that social innovation is not just a buzzword; it is a critical component of shaping the leaders and global citizens of tomorrow. Through our emPOWER program, we aim to inspire our students to think critically, collaborate with others, and use their knowledge and skills to bring about positive social change.

This focus on Social Innovation dovetails perfectly with our Learning for Life pillar, creating a holistic approach to education. We believe that our students are not just learners but also doers, thinkers and visionaries. And it is through programs like emPOWER that we bring this belief to life.

Our Service Program

Our partnerships with various organisations serve as the cornerstone of our community outreach initiatives. These alliances create opportunities for our students to actively engage with the wider community, addressing critical social issues like poverty, homelessness, and environmental conservation. Through our service programs, students gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by underserved communities, fostering a deeper understanding of cultural nuances, a heightened commitment to social justice, and a profound passion for service.

Additionally, our College Gifting Program is a testament to our commitment to nurturing generosity and compassion in our students. Held throughout the school year, this program allows students to offer their support to various charitable organisations through donations of items or funds. This initiative, coupled with our theme days and immersion programs, plays a pivotal role in fostering our students’ spiritual growth, social awareness, and leadership skills.


Each service project, each immersion experience, and each gift given tells a story of hope, resilience, and

Our efforts don’t stop there. We are embedding social innovation into every aspect of our institution. From introducing recycling initiatives and installing solar panels to providing co-curricular opportunities such as Eco Sisters, Junior Sprouts, and our Women in Business program, we are making strides towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

Our mission is clear: We want to be seen as visionary. Not just in the academic sense, but also in how we approach societal challenges. We are committed to teaching our students to be changemakers, to see beyond the status quo, and to believe in their ability to shape a better world.

We are dedicated to fostering innovation, inspiration, and positive change. Because at Santa Maria, we are not just educating for today, we are empowering for tomorrow.


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