Think back to when you were at school. For me, the future seemed super exciting, but also very daunting. Wouldn’t it have been great to have someone to talk to, apart from your parents and teachers? Someone who’d already been through it all? For a lucky group of Year 9 students that’s now a reality, with Santa Maria launching its inaugural Mentor Project last month. In a nutshell, matching a current student with an Old Girl who shares common interests and/or career goals.

Around a dozen mentors made their way to the College on the evening of 27 April, to meet their mentee for the first time. It was hard to tell who was more excited… the mentors, students or parents!

With technology on our side, mentors were sourced from around the globe, literally, with one Old Girl skyping in from Berlin!

The evening was split into sections, so the program could be explained in detail to the mentors, students and parents separately, before the mentors and students met for the first time. Then all the mums (and one dad) came in to join the fun.

Overall, the night was a huge success, and it was so nice to see the beginning of some very special relationships forming. The mentors will each be catching up with their student again on campus over the next couple of weeks. Each pair has set some goals together, and will work through them at their own pace.

It’s a very exciting initiative put together by SMC staff, and supported by the OGA. Well done to everyone involved.

The video on the Mentoring Project can be found by clicking on this link:

Gemma Varone (Class of 2009)


A few weeks ago I met my mentor, Gemma. From the moment that we first met, we instantly clicked. She works at Nova, which I think is very cool, and she is kind and smart. We talked about our interests and found out that we are extremely compatible. We talked about her work, and she even mentioned that I may be able to go with her one day. Gemma was extremely easy to talk to and even though it was the first time that we had met, I felt like I had known her for years. I could not have asked for a better mentor and I cannot wait for us to bond and grow closer. I can already tell that we are a perfect match.

Ella Jones (Year 9)



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