Choosing the best college for your daughter takes time and careful consideration. As a Catholic College specialising in girls’ education since 1904, it’s our aim to provide your daughter with an education that will challenge her and help her grow into a balanced and open-minded global citizen. Her experience will be rich and she will develop a strong sense of belonging to the Santa Maria community.

We recommend that you and your daughter visit our College to gain a first-hand impression of life at Santa Maria. We look forward to meeting you and showing you what we have to offer.

Santa Maria College offers a fully integrated curriculum through the IB Middle Years Program, providing your daughter with excellent opportunities for academic, social, cultural, artistic, creative and sporting growth. She will have everything she needs to flourish, with our unique approach to;

Pastoral Care - One Community, Three Villages

In each of our Villages, every student is named and her story known, so as she can learn. For it is our belief that we as a staff at the College are all guardians of her learning, her experience and sense of belonging.

Teaching and Learning - International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (Years 7-10)

The IB program is grounded in inquiry-based learning which is an alternative approach to teaching. Traditional forms of instruction at many secondary schools require students to memorise information via direct instruction from the teacher and/or rote learning information and facts. Our approach is about triggering curiosity which is a far more important and complex goal than the objective of mere information delivery. The overall goal is for students to make meaning.

Engaging with the local community in a compassionate manner through social justice service

Our social justice initiatives are focused locally and overseas. Our endeavours concentrate on fundraising and raising awareness. This is experienced through our Philippines Immersion, Year 11 Street Retreat, connections with Collingwood Cottage and the Billabong program.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

An internationally recognised youth development program. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community. Participation is compulsory in Year 9 (Bronze award) and optional as an elective in Year 10 (Silver award) and VCE (Gold award).