Life Lessons with a Lunchbox

Andrea Wills (class of 1997)

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We had our first Life Lessons with a Lunchbox with Old Girl Andrea Wills (class of 1997). Andrea spoke about Honesty, Perspective and Perseverance to the Year 11’s.


Taylor Donati (class of 2015)

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Taylor Donati spoke to the Year 5’s about Bravery and Honesty.


Upcoming Events

OGA SWAT (Sprint, Walk and Talk) – Sunday 15 October

We are in the planning stages for a 5km fun run. We are looking for volunteers to assist with organisation, set up, marshalls and breakfast/BBQ pre and on the day of the event.

Tickets to the SWAT will go on sale soon.

Please contact if you would like to volunteer.

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OGA Movie Fundraiser

We are inviting family and friends to watch the screening of Victoria & Abdul on Friday 15 September at the Windsor Cinema in Nedlands. Tickets cost $20. We are raising money for Makumba Community School in Zambia.

Book your tickets at

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Women @BCG Networking Event


Women at Boston Consulting Group is your opportunity to network with the women of BCG, hear their stories, and gain an insight into what a career at BCG is like.

Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Date: Thursday 31 August 2017

Venue: The Boston Consulting Group Perth office

Spaces are limited, so please register and submit a copy of your resume, using this registration link, by Wednesday 23 August.

Successful applicants will be sent invitations by August 25.

Upcoming Events

Service Fundraiser – Sunday 27 August

We are in the planning stages for a 5km fun run. We are looking for volunteers to assist with organisation, pre and on the day of the event.

Please contact 

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SMC Old Girls Brunch – Sunday 23 July

Invite a friend and join us for a sumptuous brunch.

To book tickets visit:

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Class of 1977 Reunion


Date: Saturday 29 July 2017

4.00 pm Tour of the School

4.30 – 6.30 pm Reunion

Santa Maria Community Room

To book tickets, visit:


Careers Day

We had an explosion of interest from our OGA community, who wished to be involved in the Year 10 Careers Days held on 30 and 31 May. It was very exciting to see many past students wishing to connect and pass on their wisdom.

The highlight of the Careers Workshop included hearing from past students about how they chose their Year 11 courses, their recommendations for preparing for exams in Year 10 and their career pathways, current employment and businesses.

Thank you to everyone who put their hand up to participate.  Hopefully next year we can involve more Old Girls into the workshops.

‘Thanks for allowing me to take part in the session! It was a lot of fun, and so great to see the girls so eager to find out about possible career paths.’ Stephanie Terwindt, Class of 2006

‘It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. The girls were lovely to talk to.’ Natalie Rees, Class of 2003

 ‘Thank you for having us yesterday. The hospitality and welcome was fantastic. As another alumnae mentioned, it was great that the Year 10s heard from many different viewpoints and learnt about many pathways.’ Belinda Hermawan, Class of 2003

‘Had a ball and was great to meet so many amazing women!Jane Armstrong, Class of 1993

‘Thank you for the opportunity to connect with the students (past and present). It was a wonderful experience!’ Ruth Hatherley, Class of 1995

Careers Day was a great way to discover the pathways we could take toward our future careers. Having past SMC students tell their stories of how they got to where they are now (even if they changed their minds) was really inspiring. The Old Girls talked about endless opportunities and careers you can try. It was also great knowing that the subjects you do in year 11 and 12 don’t determine the rest of your life. There are bridging courses, portfolio entries and alternate entries into universities. Being reminded that you don’t only have to have one career was also reassuring. Sometimes people go straight into a career they love, others have more than one career but ultimately end up where they want to be. Sophie Daniels, Year 10 student

Mercy Wellbeing

Santa Maria College is further developing its Mercy Wellbeing Program, a carefully structured and planned approach to wellbeing and pastoral care for all in our community.  The ultimate aim of the Mercy Wellbeing program is to furnish those within the community with the skills to strengthen their relationships, build positive outcomes, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and live a healthy lifestyle. The hope is that these skills will enable all to value themselves and those around them, and to make a difference in the world.

Natalie Rees (Class of 2003) was invited to speak to the Year 8 students about the character strengths of perseverance and bravery in her professional life.

We encourage all past students to be involved and volunteer some time to talk to our current students about any of the following character strengths.



Mother Daughter High Tea

The OGA Mother Daughter High Tea is an annual event that my daughter Sarah (Year 9) asks me eagerly whether we are booked into. We both look forward to it. This year, Sarah passed her enthusiasm onto her sisters Kate (Year 7) and Megan (Year 5) who were ‘new recruits’ to this event.

This is always an exceptionally well organised event. Thank you to the polite and hospitable Year 10 girls who served, Jacqui Daniels and Danielle Cattalini, and everyone who worked ‘behind the scenes’ and who kept the surprises coming throughout the event.

Why was the Old Girl’s High Tea so delightful this year?

We love catching up with other Old Girls because of the real sense of belonging to something together and sharing in each other’s lives for a moment, through our SMC experiences. For my girls, I see the delight in the chance to talk to different friends from school.

The guest speaker Genevieve Sumich (Class of 1985) was so refreshing and honest and a real highlight of the event. Genevieve and Russell Sumich have seven children. I remember the wonderfully intellectual and rebellious side of Genevieve at school. Listening to Genevieve’s heartfelt words about how her faith was the foundation of her motherhood, parenting and raising children to be adults of character was truly inspirational. We will remember from Genevieve that being a mother is more important than any other vocation and that ‘love is a doing word.’

This year the High Tea was full of other surprises too. There was the movie of our daughters responding to the question, “What do you love about your mother?” It was so emotional and beautiful to hear their individual messages to us. Each daughter presented a letter of gratitude and love to their mum and it felt like time stopped while we quietly read them. We also had a chance to share with our daughters on selected topics in the ‘pick-a-slip’ activity where smiles and laughter abounded. A raffle to raise money for charity in memory of Linda Bulloch (former Head of Boarding) and Laura Gray (Class of 2013) enabled us to experience the warmth of giving. Finally the photo booth gave us treasured memories of the event … now displayed on our fridge!

And so, when I asked my girls about something they remembered and enjoyed about the OGA Mother Daughter High Tea, here’s what they said:

“I especially loved to listen to Genevieve. She reminded me about the importance of family and how we can choose to be the good characters we want to be.” (Sarah, Year 9)

“I liked the pick-a-slip activity because it was fun, we laughed, and we also laughed with others on our table when we shared our memories.” (Kate, Year 7)

“The food at the High Tea was awesome. Everything is teeny tiny! I especially loved the teeny tiny cup cakes.” (Megan, Year 5).

OGA of SMC, we thank you!

Angela Scott (Alvaro, Class of 1985), Sarah, Kate and Megan Scott

Focus Group Request

We are currently reviewing parent engagement and communication in the Santa Maria College community.

We are searching for approximately 6 Old Girls’ who would like to participate in a focus group discussion on Monday 12 June, 2017 from 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm.

Topics of discussion will centre around your association with Santa Maria College and your experiences as a student and/or parent.

If you are interested in participating, please contact