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)