The annual VCE Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition was held this year from the 20thto the 26th of October with the official opening on the evening of the 20th October. The Gathering Space in the Benedictine Centre was filled with wonderful works showcasing Year 12 Media, Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design, Food and Technology and Product Design and Technology.

The large crowd of students, staff, parents and special guests thoroughly enjoyed viewing the finished products that the Year 12s have been working tirelessly on all year. The exhibition displayed a variety of intricate drawings, paintings, digital photographs, posters, short films, product and fashion designs and delicious recipes.

We would like to thank all students who have shared their passion, creativity and talent with us as well as the VCE Visual Arts and Technology teachers – Miss Simone Bellinger, Ms Lindy Howlett, Miss Catherine Ozols, Ms Lisa Piantadosi and Ms Ngaire Wallace, for guiding and encouraging all of the Year 12 students to bring their creative ideas to fruition.

Simone Bellinger & Ngaire Wallace
Technology Domain Leader, Arts Domain Leader


Below is 2015-2016 Visual Arts Captain, Christina Hiar’s opening speech;

Good evening Mrs Barker, staff, students, family and friends.

I’d like to welcome you all to the opening of Santa Maria College’s Annual VCE Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition. My name is Christina Hiar and I have had the privilege of being Visual Arts Captain this year.

A great part of any community is its ability to showcase the talents of the people within it. Within the Visual Arts there is an empowering element in sharing ideas and inspiring others. This year there have been many opportunities that have showcased all the incredible things we do at Santa Maria College in Visual Arts and Technology.

As Visual Arts Captain for 2016, it was my aim to try and enhance a sense of connectedness within the College through all forms of art. It was my main objective to invite students to push the boundaries of their capabilities and to positively encourage our students to recognise their immense artistic and creative potentials. It has been an honour to work alongside many talented staff and students who together, have evidently raised the profile of the Visual Arts community.

This year a new Visual Arts Team was established. This team consisted of enthusiastic girls, from all year levels, who gathered together weekly to share ideas about potential visual arts events. This team, alongside Ms Wallace, have without a doubt made my experience as Visual Arts Captain much more significant. Their constant support, enthusiasm and love for the arts has definitely inspired me this year, and I can confidently say I have learnt a great deal from each member of the team, which I get to take with me on my path next year. The work of the incredible team have allowed many new events to take place throughout the year, with the introduction of the colleges very first colouring corner, a fortnightly rotation of student work exhibited in the College cafe Benedict’s, a week dedicated to the Visual Arts where artists and designers held lunch time sessions with the Santa Maria Students, a new House Mural Competition, and many other opportunities that allowed students to bond over the arts and leave their mark on the school. Although my position this year has come to a close, I am confident the newly elected Visual Arts Captain, Sophia Zavattiero will carry on bringing creativity to the college.

As we gather here tonight amongst the high quality of work around us, we are able to see the immense creative abilities showcased by each individual. The talents of all those involved in the VCE arts and technology program has truly exceeded expectations.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Visual Arts and Technology teachers who guided and supported each of us on our journey this year. To Miss Simone Bellinger, Ms Lindy Howlett, Miss Cathy Ozols, Ms Lisa Piantadosi and Ms Ngaire Wallace, without the help of such wonderful teachers, this year would have been much more difficult. Your  constant passion and dedication to each of us has made this year a memorable one and the lessons we have learnt from each, will be messages we take with us for years to come.

I hope that as you explore the exhibition tonight, you will take the time to truly appreciate the tremendous effort that has been put in by the year 12 students. Folio subjects are extremely difficult, and the skill on show for you all today is the culmination of many hours and hours of hard work and represents the end of a long journey. All students today should be incredibly proud of all they have achieved. The dedication, persistence, skill, creativity, love, sweat, tears, regular all nighters and most importantly the support shared amongst each other over the year have enabled each of you to create something worth celebrating.

This night and everything accomplished this year would not have been possible without Ms Wallace, who surprisingly had the patience to put up with myself, my beautiful visual arts kids, all our insane ideas and the meltdowns that emerged from many of the students here today. Thanks for constantly providing each of us with the resources needed to achieve great things this year.

I hope you all enjoy the evening and are just as amazed at the incredible talent that is present in this room today.

Thank you

Christina Hiar
Visual Arts Captain 2015-2016