The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
St Mary Star of the Sea College is committed to providing a vibrant and transformational learning environment where students want to learn and can naturally discover their individual talents and true passions.
Our students want an education that meets their individual needs, and opportunities that connect them to what is happening around the globe. Our challenge is to provide them with knowledge, skills and values to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, developing them as life-long learners and active global citizens of tomorrow.
Our vision is to ensure learning is personalised and relevant to each student, and is built on quality relationships which allows students the freedom and security to grow and flourish.
We do this by providing young women with a holistic education which is engaging and challenging, requiring our students to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.
Teachers are dedicated to providing educational experiences that encourage student attributes such as curiosity, flexibility and resilience as well as promoting student agency, flexibility, and choice that are the core of new learning models.
The content focused educational model of the 19 Century has been superseded by flexible learning spaces, technology enhanced learning, design thinking and a student centred inquiry based approach that develops student’s ability to communicate and work collaboratively, transforming them from consumers to producers of knowledge and other forms of creative expression.
Catering for the unique learning needs of your daughter
At the College we endeavour to cater to the unique learning needs of our students. We recognise that students who consistently working beyond the outcomes for their stage have particular intellectual, social and emotional needs.
The College works to meet these needs and to promote the achievements of these students.
Some of the possibilities offered within the College to encourage gifted and talented students to reach their potential are:
- Higher ability classes in some core subjects for Years 9-10
- Extension courses in Years 11 and 12
- A differentiated curriculum offering challenges with a greater degree of complexity and higher order thinking
- Faster-paced learning
- Leadership opportunities
- A variety of extra-curricular activities such as: choir, orchestra, Amnesty International, St Vincent de Paul, debating, public speaking, Shakespeare Festival, Tournament of Minds, Future Problem Solving, Art Club and Mathematics Challenge.
Special Education Needs
The curriculum at the College provides for equitable access, inclusion, participation and positive outcomes for all students. We anticipate, for most students with special education needs, that they will participate fully in achieving within the regular curriculum but may require additional support.
This support will be determined by the individual needs of each student in collaboration with class teachers. Learning support includes:
- Literacy support
- Numeracy support
- Adjustments to teaching practices, content, assessment and reporting
- Life Skills programs
- Teachers Aides (Learning Support Staff)