Old Girls’ 1938 – 1960 Interviews

At Santa Maria, we believe in cherishing the past and remembering our heritage. Although many of the school buildings and grounds have changed, the core values and ethos has remained intact. Our Old Girls’ enjoy connecting with the school and keeping involved. They are an important part of our history with many stories to share.

The OGA recently organised a morning tea for Year 9 students and Old Girls from 1938 – 1960. The women attending were from all from walks of life, and have all been through their own circumstances which have shaped who they are today. Everyone had a certain level of worldliness and had much to share.

Reminiscing on their times at Santa Maria College, the Old Girls reflected on friendships, lessons, struggles, fun times, sports, socials and teachers. The students were fascinated by the many differences of school life, compared with today. Both parties thoroughly enjoyed the shared experience.

By Georgina Guidi (class of 2015)

 

It was a huge privilege to spend the morning with six of the Old Girls. I spoke to Barbara Edwards (Stevens)  and  found it very interesting. I admire all the stories she was sharing with us.  Barbara left home at five years old to go to boarding school, where it was very strict and they got the cane if they talked or misbehaved. Barbara left me with a little bit of advice saying to always keep an open mind, as you never know what your future will be, and to keep your options always open. It was an amazing experience, sharing their knowledge. I would do it all over again.

Olivia Gumina (Year 9)

Talking to the Old Girls was very inspirational and makes me really appreciate what I have today at this school. How lucky we all are as a community to have such a lovely school, with a strong history.

Eloise Davis (Year 9)

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One School, A Thousand Memories

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We are calling for past students who want to share their memories of schooling at Santa Maria College. We are creating a series of short films called ‘One School, A Thousand Memories.’

You can come on your own or as a small group.

Contact smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au to book a spot.

We have already had a few Old Girls share their memories.

Natalie Rees (class of 2003) – https://youtu.be/glHOxivfFyU

Sonya Erceg (class of 1998) – https://youtu.be/UZrfEIbuLxI

Hannah Elsbury (class of 2014) – https://youtu.be/193T4KCyna4

One School, A Thousand Memories

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We are calling for past students who want to share their memories of schooling at Santa Maria College. We are creating a series of short films called ‘One School, A Thousand Memories.’

Filming will take place on Saturday 17 June from 12.00 – 3.00 pm in the Staff Community Room at Santa Maria College.

You can come on your own or as a small group.

Contact smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au to book a spot.

Josephine McKimmie

McKimieAfter accumulating a considerable amount of concert experience in Perth, Josephine McKimmie set out to England on S.S Orontes. She was accompanied by her friend, Rosemary Ferguson from her days at Santa Maria College. With clear weather for their voyage and the sun shining, she was optimistic about the opportunities waiting for her across the sea.

Josephine, a talented singer and pianist was awarded a five year scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music at The University of London. During the time at the College she achieved the Diploma of Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) and Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM), both for her talent as a pianist.

As a student, she met and married Richard Rippion, a singer with a fabulous bass baritone voice. Following their five years at the College, they both took part in many concerts – Josephine then went on to spend three years with the Glyndebourne Opera Company in Sussex, singing in the chorus, and understudying roles. At a professional organization such as Glyndebourne, they always performed Operas in the original language. She had the opportunity to sing two operas in Russian, ‘Eugene Onegin Opera’ and ‘The Queen of Shapes.’

Josephine continues to share her passion for music. She teaches singing, piano and theory to many children and adults. Two of her best students were her sons – Jonathan and Nicholas have both gone onto be very successful musicians. They were both awarded scholarships to prestigious music schools.

Written by Elizabeth Franchina (2013)

One School, A Thousand Memories

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We are creating a series of short films called ‘One School, A Thousand Memories.’

The first memory in our series, featuring Elizabeth Franchina (2013), can be found here!

We’re looking for more people to be a part of our series!

Our interns are at the College on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be available for filming any time between 9.30 am – 2.30 pm. Or, we can make arrangements to meet at your home.

Please email smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au to join us for some fun and let us know what time you are available for a quick burst of stardom!!! We are also keen to film small groups if you are feeling a tad shy.