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College Life

150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2023

From the Principal

It is with a considerable sense of both pride and humility that I invite you to share in the celebration of the 150 years of St Mary Star of the Sea in 2023. By any measure, this is an extraordinary milestone. The history of our College is as much about the history of our city of Wollongong and our State of New South Wales as it is about the proud traditions and evolution of our College.

Two of the high points of our celebration of this milestone in 2023 will be our Celebration Mass and Gala Black Tie Ball both to be held at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre (WEC). The Mass was held on Wednesday, 15 February and the Gala Ball on Saturday, 20 May 2023.

Image from our 150 Celebration Mass.


150 Black Tie Gala Ball - Guess Who's Coming for Dinner!

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Tickets are on Sale!

Secure your tickets via Humanitix Link
Tickets are $180 per person or a table of ten $1800. This includes a 3 course meal, drinks and entertainment.

We are excited to announce our Host for the evening is Australian television presenter, former Olympian and host of Better Homes and Gardens, Johanna Griggs AM

Entertainment is the Killer Queen Experience. The Killer Queen Experience has toured to sold out shows in the UK, Norway, Singapore, Russia, and India, and every city in Australia, and shared billing with the likes of Jeff Beck ( RIP ), Foreigner, Journey, Twisted Sister, Thin Lizzie, and Kelly Rowland.

This show features Queen’s greatest hits, including – Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Somebody To Love, Radio Ga Ga, Another One Bites The Dust, and more songs that will bring a smile (or a tear) to any Queen fan.

The above events will be community celebrations: a gathering of current and past families, members of staff, ex-students and civic leaders and leaders of business through the period. I invite you to consider partnering with us to conduct these gala events for our city.

Sponsorship packages are also available for the Gala Ball Sponsorship Package

St Mary Star of the Sea is proud of our reputation for contributing to the community of Wollongong. I hope that you will find benefit in joining with us in support of the celebration of 150 years of empowering young women in the Illawarra.



For more information contact Catherine Jeffcoate, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Mother's Day Breakfast

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Dear Parents & Carers,

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the St Mary's Mother's Day Breakfast on Friday, 5 May, from 7.45am to 9.30am. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honour the special women in our lives who have provided us with endless love and support.

The event will be held at the College SGN Hall, and we have a special program planned for the occasion. We are thrilled to announce that Brigitte Phillips, a mother, Alumnae and PhD holder in neuroscience, will be our Special Guest Speaker. Brigitte will share her inspiring story of resilience and the power of love.

This is a free event, and we would love to see as many parents as possible attend.

Please RSVP via this link to secure your spot.

We look forward to celebrating Mother's Day with you!

College Fundraising Events

St Mary's fundraising events are organised and run by the St Mary's Development Office with the support of dedicated and enthusiastic event committees. St Mary Star of the Sea relies on the generosity and initiative of our community of supporters to provide contemporary, innovative education programs. 

For more information on any of our events. If you'd like to learn more about the Development Office and our vibrant fundraising community, get in touch. Email Catherine Jeffcoate, Director of Development, at or call 4253 5234