From the President

Recently I attended the launch of an exciting first for our Association, with the commencement of our Mentoring Project. The project sees Year 9 IGNITE students being mentored by a number of our OGA members.  Mentoring creates relationship building opportunities for all participants to learn and develop and we are very excited to introduce this new OGA project. In 2017, the mentoring will run as a ‘pilot’ project, be assessed and if successful, will run again in 2018.

The OGA Mother Daughter High Tea is one of the highlights of our OGA calendar.  Our Old Girl members who currently have daughters/grand-daughters at the College are invited to a special Mother’s Day high tea, held at the College.  With over 60 attendees, the room was full of laughter, talk and love.  I thank Genevieve Sumich (1985) for her insightful talk on parenting and also the students who wrote letters to their mums and recorded a very emotional video. Also, special thanks to Jacqui Daniels, OGA Coordinator and Fatima Horta from catering who both work so tirelessly to make the event so special.

Danielle Cattalini (Class of 1986), OGA President

From the President

Since our last newsletter, it has been announced that the current Santa Maria College Principal, Ian Elder, has resigned from his position of Principal and will leave the College at the end of this year. It is Ian’s eighth year as Principal and over this time he has been an asset to the College and demonstrated strong leadership, the power of action, a kind, caring heart and the ability to live in the true spirit of Mercy.

Ian provides valuable guidance to students, teachers and the College community and supported the Santa Maria Old Girls’ Association and inspired me in my role as President of the OGA.

On behalf of the OGA, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Ian and wish him and his wife Lesley all the best for their future endeavours.  You will be missed.

Danielle Cattalini (1986), President