Jane Armstrong – Homelessness We Care

Jane Armstrong (Class of 1993) manages the organisation Homelessness We Care (HWC), with her partner Sim. The organisation provides food, toiletries and clothing for the homeless in the Perth CBD. HWC also coordinates professionals to volunteer their time and services including haircuts, podiatry, physiotherapy and doctor check-ups to the homeless on Tuesday nights.

Jane receives a tremendous amount of support from friends and businesses donating food and personal items. Many friends volunteer their time to serve dinner and are very happy to chat, laugh and hug the homeless.

Since starting in October 2015, Homelessness We Care has over 70 volunteers with Santa Maria College now joining the ranks of awesome people involved.

Jane Armstrong is also a Nursing Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor at the Challenger Institute of Technology and Director of the Armstrong Agency which works with individuals wanting to reignite their passion for life, by overcoming conditioned behaviours, thoughts and patterns. We are so blessed to have Jane as an Old Girl.

The Year 10 students and staff at Santa Maria College have begun volunteering their time to help and support HWC once a month. The students get to experience working with the community and a better understanding on the issue of homelessness.

The next two dates of the Homeless Food Run will be:

Tuesday 6 June

Tuesday 27 June

If you wish to assist in sourcing, preparing or serving food on any of these dates, please contact smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au

We are also collecting the following items to distribute:

Sleeping bags


Gloves, scarves, beanies

Mens and womens new underwear and socks

Grocery plastic bags

Plastic containers for leftovers

Please let smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au  know if you can donate any of these items, so collection points can be arranged.

If you wish to help Jane and volunteer your time to Homelessness We Care, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/homelessness.we.care.perth/ for more information.


Jacob Steber


Makumba Community School

Makumba Community School is a remote school about an hour outside of Livingstone, Zambia. The walls are bare and the floors are dusty concrete. Set within a village of about 500 people, Makumba Community School services students who walk up to three hours to be there every day.

Makumba Community School employs seven teachers, most who have only completed up to Year 6 or 7 themselves. The funds raised by OGA events were used to send two teachers to College in nearby Livingstone. This means they could complete their further education and give the students at Makumba Community School a better education. In a school where resources are lacking, better teachers equals a better education. The remaining money was used to fund a sports tournament as well as purchase necessary stationary for the students attending the school.

The Makumba Community School board has expressed their gratitude to the Santa Maria College Old Girls’ Association and hope to continue a positive relationship with them.

Shannon O’Connor (Class of 2011)

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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.