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.
EVENING WITH JOHN MARSDEN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Seats are limited so you will need to be quick.
Light refreshments will be provided
VCE RESULTS 2014
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!