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Carolyn McCarthy Acting Principal 2021 

Carolyn McCarthy will assume the role of Acting Principal at Santa Maria College in 2021. She is currently the Deputy Principal Wellbeing. She has held this position since 2016, having held major leadership positions at the college for the last 10 years. 

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Carolyn knows every Santa Maria student by name. This speaks of her belief that a young person’s capacity to learn and to grow is directly connected to their sense of belonging, of being known, within a warm and vital community. 

Carolyn’s background is in wellbeing, professional growth and curriculum, with teaching methods in Physical Education and Health, English and Religious Education. 

In her role as Deputy Principal Carolyn has worked closely with students and families and has seen first hand many of the challenges they face.

She has a clear understanding that the world our students are entering is fast-changing and increasingly unpredictable. Skills that can be transferred from one career to another, from one profession to another, are vital to success. 

As part of the College Leadership Team Carolyn has played a key role in implementing and developing innovative programs in education and wellbeing, and in advancing a school community that has gospel values at its heart.

Supported by a visionary College Board and an experienced College Leadership Team, Carolyn will ensure stability and consistency in how the college moves forward. She will bring her own considerable gifts to the fundamental task for which the College is known. 

At Santa Maria we know girls, and empower them towards fullness of life! 

Joanne Rock Principal commencing Term 3 2021

Santa Maria College Board has announced the appointment of the next Principal of the college. Ms Joanne Rock will commence in the role in Semester 2, 2021.

Joanne’s appointment comes after extensive consultation with staff, students, parents, Good Samaritan Education and the College Board to determine the attributes required to lead the College forward and to build on the outstanding legacy of current Principal, Mrs Deborah Barker, who has recently been appointed Principal of St Kevin’s College, Toorak.

The Selection Panel interviewed a large number of candidates with extensive leadership experience in Catholic secondary schools. The process was thorough and exhaustive.

Joanne has a depth of experience in Catholic education, having held a range of significant leadership positions throughout her career. She is passionate about education.

Joanne will come to Santa Maria College from FCJ College Benalla, where she has been the principal for the last 5 years. Prior to this appointment she was the Deputy Principal Staff at St Francis Xavier College Beaconsfield.

Joanne has been awarded the Masters of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies from Sydney College of Divinity and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne. Joanne has taught Religious Education, Science, Biology and Mathematics.

Joanne’s educational vison and substantial skills and experience will build on the platform of innovation underway at the College and bring fresh and vigorous perspective to that most important of endeavours - the education of girls and young women.