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50 Separation St
Northcote 3070
Tel 9489 7644
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Santa Maria College is an independent Catholic Secondary School for girls. It was established by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict in Northcote in 1904 with an approximate enrolment of 920 students from Years 7 - 12.

The values underpinning the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Order, give direction to our College community.

We nurture well-informed, articulate and independent young women who are energised by the Word of God and respond to the challenge of the real world with spirit and compassion.

Dare to do as much as you are able (PLAY)


Last week at the Opening College Mass we launched our theme for the 2015 academic year: Hope: For the Head, Heart and Soul. It is a very dynamic theme as it draws each of us into a promise of engagement, vitality and growth. Hope becomes the light in the darkness, the breath into life, the embrace of possibilities.

As a Christian community, our hope rests in the person of Jesus who is Lord, risen from the dead and the anchor for life’s meaning. Hope conveys the confident trust in God’s redemption won through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:5;2 Cor 3:12). Hope speaks of an inseparable union between humanity (us) and the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:39) and St Paul’s letter to Corinth (2 Cor 12:10) identifies Hope as part of the difficult journey…the tinkering of something more.

As a community at Santa Maria College we will nurture the seed of hope alive in each one of us in a deliberate and meaningful way throughout this year.

The theme of HOPE is vital for our students as we live in a world that can be at times so confronting with shocking acts of terrorism, great vulnerability with the significant abuse of drugs such as ice and confusion caused by the mixed and false messages projected through the media for our young people (and for us too!).

It is essential for our students, your daughters, that we become the collective voice of hope for them to hear. Not quietly but loudly and strongly; to be echoed and celebrated throughout our classrooms, corridors and in your homes. For when Hope becomes the core of our being and the driver for our head, heart and soul we become balanced, renewed and re- energised to become our very best selves. And for our students and your daughters they need us to be the holders of this message we call Hope.


Families are invited to attend an evening with John Marsden on Thursday 30 April 2015 from 7:00pm - 8:00 pm. John is a well-known and popular author. His novels include Tomorrow When the War Began series, The Ellie Chronicles and a selection of fiction and nonfiction books. He will be here to share his love of writing followed by a book signing. A selection of John’s books will be available to purchase on the night. Please email your acceptance with the following details: Student name(s) and Year Level(s) and numbers attending by 23 April to Seats are limited so you will need to be quick. Light refreshments will be provided


Fuelled by this message are the 2014 Year 12 results. We are delighted to see strong results again with the statistics showing solid performances and some wonderful individual success stories. The results are as follows: 18 students received 90 + (15.5%), 23 students received 80+ (19.8%), 19 students received 70+ (16.3%). Therefore over 50% of our students received 70+ or above which is a very satisfying result. What was greatly celebrated however was the news that our median study score was 32 compared to the State average at 30. This indicates success for the whole cohort and a significant growth for Santa Maria College.

Catherine Zhang is our Dux with an ATAR of 98.45. Catherine has received her first preference, being accepted into the University of Melbourne completing a degree in Bio Medicine. Congratulations to all!





25 Year 8 Camp Parent Info Session, 7pm (Benedictine Centre)
27 Swim Carnival, 9am - 2:30pm Northcote Pool
2-4 Year 8 Camps: 8.3, 8.5, 8.6
3 Italy Educational Tour Family Information Night 1, 7pm (Benedictine Centre)
4 SCSA Tennis
4-6 Year 11 Blue Retreat (depart 3.30pm)
4-6 Year 8 Camps: 8.1, 8.2, 8.4, 8.7
5 Year 7 Family Welcome Gathering (SantaLink), 7:00pm
9 Labour Day - Public Holiday
12-13 Practice Bronze Duke of Edinburgh - 9.5 & 9.2
13 Neville Celebration Day
14 Year 7 2016 Family Interviews, 9am - 12.30pm (Benedictine Centre)
16 School Tour, 9am
17 Staff Professional Development - Student dismissed at 1:20pm
18 Soiree, 7pm
19 SCSA Swimming, 6.30pm start
19-20 Practice Bronze Duke of Edinburgh - 9.1 & 9.6
21 Philippines Trip Departure
22 Italy Trip Departure
24 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Family Information Evening, 7-8pm (Benedictine Centre)
24 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Family Information Evening, 8-9pm (Benedictine Centre)
26-27 Practice Bronze Duke of Edinburgh - 9.1 & 9.3
27 Term 1 Concludes, 3:20pm

Term dates 2015




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