Year 12 Mother-Daughter Breakfast: A Memorable Morning

The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle was the venue for our much-anticipated Year 12 Mother-Daughter Breakfast. The room looked amazing, adorned with pink roses in various hues, creating a beautiful atmosphere. A total of 321 guests attended the event, which was filled with warmth and anticipation as Year 12 students and their mothers gathered for one of their final social events at the College before graduation.

Cassie Silver (2006)

This year’s guest speaker was past student Cassie Silver, from the class of 2006. Cassie has had an impressive career in media, spanning over a decade as a journalist and presenter. She now owns her own business, Silver Lining & Co, a boutique creative agency specialising in video production, social media, and communications. Cassie shared inspiring insights about her career, emphasising the importance for the Year 12s to always be their authentic selves and to value kindness above all.

Lucinda, Taya, Sophia & Madi sing 'Slipping Though My Fingers'

A touching performance by Year 12 students Lucinda, Taya, Sophie and Madi, Sophie, Lucinda, and Taya captivated the audience. They gave a beautiful rendition of ABBA’s ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’, setting a heartfelt tone for the event.

Head Girl, Isabelle Morrison

2024 Head Girl, Isabella Morrison, delivered a heartfelt speech expressing her appreciation to all the Year 12 mothers. She acknowledged the unwavering support and the significant role they have played in their daughters’ lives throughout their educational journey. The room filled with emotion as Isabella’s words resonated with the audience. She beautifully articulated the profound impact of the mothers, saying, “The special people we are surrounding ourselves with today have cared and nurtured us, supported us through whatever hardships have come our way, and become our guiding lights – the people we look up to admiring their qualities and passions. They have taught us the true meaning of love, compassion, and hard work. Their wisdom and kindness have shaped us into the people we are today, and the women we all aspire to become.”

In keeping with Santa Maria tradition, each mother received a heartfelt letter from her daughter, which carried sentiments of love and gratitude. These letters create a touching and emotional connection between the mothers and daughters at the breakfast. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.

The event was truly special for everyone involved. As Rose & Mary Simkin, a student and her mother, put it: “Sharing that morning together was truly special, surrounded by such good company and a wonderful guest speaker. The girls singing ‘Slipping through my fingers’ topped it off!”

Estela Taranto and her mother, Julie, loved the breakfast. Estela said, “What I enjoyed most about the breakfast was just being able to spend time with my mum, and it was an especially nice break after exams. I also loved the performance by the music girls; they were amazing!”

Julie added, “Cassie was exceptional. She spoke of many of the things we say as parents. It was reassuring to hear someone much younger and an ex-Santa girl share her experience in a way the girls could relate to. The Year 12 ensemble was so special. My favourite memory, though, accompanied by some tears, was reading Estela’s letter to me; all of the hard yards we sometimes feel as mums get forgotten in those moments. When I looked around, there was not a dry eye in the house, we were all so proud of our baby girls all grown up.”

This Year 12 Mother-Daughter Breakfast will be remembered fondly by all who attended as a beautiful celebration of love, gratitude, and the special bond between mothers and daughters.

Shaping Future Leaders- Jennifer Oaten

At Santa Maria College, we believe that leadership is a journey of learning, not just a title or position. For over 80 years, our Year 12 students have been at the forefront of shaping our school’s culture through their leadership. As one cohort graduates and another takes the helm, the baton of leadership is passed, igniting the potential within each new group of young women.

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