Class of 1997 Reunion

I found out about the reunion somewhat last minute. So, I applied for a visa to come to Perth and it was granted two days before!! I then bought my ticket to fly the next day to be able to join the reunion.

I was so excited and happy to see my old friends from 20 years ago. As soon as I arrived at the school, I was truly amazed by the breathtaking view across the river from the Community Room. I had never realised how beautiful the view was before. I like the new renovated interior of the school now… I wish for my daughter to go to SMC in the future and also hope she will experience life as a boarder like me. It was really good to be back again and catch up with everyone! I had a blast.

Devina Tee (Class of 1997)

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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 hansen.jocelyn@santamaria.wa.edu.au

Santa Maria Public Speaking Competition

Hello past students of Santa Maria College. We are seeking, once again, volunteers to adjudicate the Santa Maria Public Speaking competition. Without volunteers the competition cannot take place so your role is very important to us. The Public Speaking Competition will be run in Term 3 this year on two evenings.

The evenings are:

Tuesday 25 July from 7.00 – 8.00 pm (24 Adjudicators needed for Round 1)

Tuesday 25 July from 8.00 – 9.00 pm (8 Adjudicators needed for Round 2)

Tuesday 8 August from 7.00 – 8.00 pm (20 Adjudicators needed for Round 1)

Tuesday 8 August from 8.00 – 9.00 pm (8 Adjudicators needed for Round 2)

You can volunteer for the whole evening, and both dates or just part and/or one of the dates.

If you are available to help as an adjudicator please contact Meg Anderson at: Anderson.megan@santamaria.wa.edu.au

Where Are They Now?

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Felicity Gooding (Class of 1997)

After finishing university, I spent 10 years living in Melbourne, Washington DC, Vietnam, London, Sydney and North Yorkshire. After some incredible adventures, the pull of family and friends lured me back to Perth where I now live in Subiaco with my partner Kevin. I’m the CFO and COO of the Minderoo Group and Minderoo Foundation so work keeps me pretty busy, but I make sure I find time to travel, participate in the occasional ocean swim and try to keep up with my nieces and nephews.

 

Sarah Jane Edwards (Class of 1997)

I am currently with the Federal Law Court in the National Native Title Tribunal specialising in geospatial work relating to land claims. I was the 2016 Perth Coordinator for the Japanese Foundation Film Festival. I worked as the Senior Urban Planner for the Australian Capital Territory Government’s Education and Training Directorate from 2011 to 2014. During that time, I was also a Professional Adjunct with Dr Rachel Davey at the Centre for Research & Action in Public Health at the University of Canberra for two years. In 2010, I was selected under postgraduate entry for the Graduate Program at the Commonwealth Department of Health in Canberra. I was awarded the prestigious Japanese Government Postgraduate Scholarship also known at the MEXT Scholarship, the Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship and the Hyogo Government scholarship. Through these scholarships I completed research at the University of Western Australia, the University of Tokyo and Waseda University. I published a chapter in the Handbook of Research on Sustainable Development and Economics, 2015, through collaborative research. I developed expertise in Japanese policy and urban development through my Masters in International Relations at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. I am fluent in Japanese and whilst at the University of Tokyo I was attached to the International Development and Regional Planning Research Unit. In 2003 I completed an internship at Parliament House assisting with a Joint Standing Committee’s inquiry into Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. I have also completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies majoring in Japanese Studies with Honours from ANU. In 1998 I spent one year in Japan supported by the Rotary Exchange Student Scholarship program.

Oh! The Places They Will Go

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Recently had the travel bug? Looking for inspiration for your next holiday? Or taken part in a new or unusual experience? Then watch this space.

We are looking to share some of your travel stories and experiences. Send your breathtaking photos and a short description to smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au

Whether it’s swimming with whale sharks in Exmouth, skydiving, walking some local hiking tracks or travelling around Europe – we want to showcase the amazing places you have visited and experiences you’ve had!

 

Old Girls’ Gringo Guide to South America

Anyone who knows me knows that I would lose my head if it wasn’t screwed on, so when I announced my plans to spend the next three months backpacking around South America, pretty sure my mum tripled my life insurance.  With three Gringos, seven countries, eighty-seven days, and having booked nothing but our tickets there and back we knew the trip would an adventure from start to finish, and we were not left disappointed. Here are just a few of the many highlights from our trip:

Picture1Medellin, Columbia: A long standing obsession with the show Narcos meant that Colombia was high up on my list of places to visit while in South America. Despite not being quite as had I had imagined (probably for the best), Colombia proved to be far better than I had of ever expected. The vibrant, Spanish inspired buildings that line the streets, and the energetic street vendors around every corner, combined with ever innovative and fast paced lifestyle of modern Colombia, makes the city of Medellin a bustling microcosm of all the best that Colombia has to offer. Plus, I did also manage to squeeze in some Narcos cultural appreciation, with a trip to Pablo Escobar’s private island complete with paint balling in his now abandoned mansion, and meeting his brother Roberto, who once had a bounty of $10million US placed for his arrest.

Casa del Arbol, Ecuador: Aptly named the ‘Tree House’, Casa del Arbol is a must visit for anyone visiting the small town of Baños. Ever ones for literal names, Baños (Spanish for bath), is famous for the hot springs that line the mountainous borders of the town, and Casa del Arbol offers the best view in town. This spectacular tree house on the side of a cliff with an array of adult sized swings which offers incredible, panoramic views of this amazing countryside for only the equivalent of $1.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: After spending almost two months staying in $10 a night backpackers, it was a nice change of scene to spend some time on a luxury yacht cruising the amazing Galapagos Islands. David Attenborough has not been exaggerating with his high praise of this incredible place, the islands are an indescribable archipelago with each island being completely different from the one before it. The life under the water is
just as good as above, with the most incredible snorkelling I have ever experienced. Reef sharks, seals, marine iguanas, stingrays and every kind of fish imaginable were all common place on our three times daily snorkelling adventures. We were also lucky enough to go scuba diving with hammer head sharks, and even managed to spot the rare ‘mola mola’ (Sunfish).

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Rainbow Mountain, Peru: Waking up at 2 am and trekking for 6 hours in rain and snow at 5,500m above sea level was definitely not something I had planned to do when we left for this trip. It was also something I had definitely not planned to do when I packed one jumper. However, despite believing I was going to die from either frost bite or exhaustion several times over the day, our trip to rainbow mountain was certainly unforgettable. Though it was not quite like the Facebook video I have since been tagged in 50 times, rainbow mountain is an incredibly beautiful and amazing sight. It’s also an amazing testament to the awesome mountain people of the Andes, who complete the trek daily in flimsy sandals (usually with a baby on their back), and are always willing to offer some coco leaves to help with the altitude in exchange for a chat and some Oreos.

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Machu Picchu, Peru: Of course, no trip to South America is complete without a visit to the amazing Machu Picchu. We decided to take the adventure route to the ancient ruins which included mountain bike riding, rafting, trekking and travelling over some very rapid rivers in carts suspended 15m above. The whole experience was an amazing adventure which resulted in a 4 am wakeup to scale the 2,000 steps which lead to Machu Picchu. As the clouds dissipated over the ruins, it really was a spectacular sight and it became instantly understandable why this place is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia: Finally, the incredible salt flats of Bolivia are a must see when travelling to Bolivia. The amazing feat of nature is not only spectacular to see but also provides the opportunity for some pretty cool photography. Sitting in a natural hot spring, under the incredible stars of the Atacama desert at 3 am in the morning was the perfect way to end what had been an unforgettable trip.

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Despite managing to lose 90% of my clothing and returning a few kilo’s heavier from all the cheese, potatoes and dulce deleche I had consumed, the trip was an amazing experience and somewhere I would recommend that everyone adds to the top of their must visit list.

By Megan O’Connor (Class of 2014)

Congratulations

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Nicole Sinclair (Class of 1991) – ‘Bloodlines’ http://margaretriverpress.com/shop/new-releases/bloodlines-by-nicole-sinclair/

Ailsa Piper (Class of 1976) ‘The Attachment – Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship’ http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/drive/the-attachment/8402114

Elizabeth Perica (Class of 2013) is doing her bit for cancer research: http://www.communitynews.com.au/southern-gazette/news/como-curtin-uni-student-receives-cancer-council-wa-research-grant/

Good luck to Charlotte Jones (Class of 2008) who is WA’s finalist in the Ag Institute of Australia’s National Science Award. Charlotte’s research looks into ecological restoration and human health – focusing on ticks and tick-borne disease: http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/rural-lifestyle/general-news/charlottes-tick-study-has-ag-implications/2755190.aspx

Kate Leaver (Class of 2009) won the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award for journalism. http://www.communitynews.com.au/stirling-times/news/wa-youth-awards-stirling-times-reporter-wins-charmain-dragun-memorial-award/

Weddings

Congratulations to Amanda Murray (Class of 2004) and Michael Innello, who were married recently in the Santa Maria Chapel.

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