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Strategic Plan

As Educators governed by Good Samaritan Education, in the Order of St Benedict, we at Santa Maria College are a community of learners committed to professional dialogue and capacity building for all. We are charged with the responsibility to lead in matters of Faith, Learning and Wellbeing through the framework of the One Community, Three Villages model.  

As a College committed to holistic learning, we aim to foster respectful relationships for all by nurturing an optimal learning environment. This occurs within partnerships where every student can flourish within the context of our Catholic community and imagine her life and those around her in new ways.

Recognised as a global school authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate: Middle Years Program (Year 7–10), we commit ourselves to best contemporary practice within a framework of inquiry and collaboration. The offering of senior pathways through the delivery of VCE/VET/VCAL programs encourages students to reach their aspirational goals becoming young women who strive to live a balanced, informed holistic and full life with a strong commitment and energy to care for the needs of the other and the world they live in.

In developing our strategy, we consider 5 key pillars for growth within our rich heritage and tradition as an all-girls Catholic school here in Northcote. These pillars reflect our long tradition of educating young women to do and be more, as inspired by our College motto: Dare to do as much as you are able.  

Pillar 1.

Our Catholic community invites us to be people who live in life-giving relationships built on Scriptural values.  

Pillar 2.

We aim to provide a flourishing learning environment for all as we actively participate in a global educational platform.

Pillar 3.

Our Benedictine heritage encourages us to listen, adapt and mentor the students to become just, compassionate, discerning learners and reflective young women for today and tomorrow.

Pillar 4.

We aim to build individual and communal capacity

Pillar 5.

We ensure good governance, environmental responsibility, sustainability and financial strength within a framework open to innovation.

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