Reasons TO CHOOSE
St Mary Star of the Sea College is one of the oldest schools in the Illawarra and one of the few in NSW which has operated continuously for over 140 years.
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are the founding order of the College and their mission was to ensure that girls were educated in the early days of the colony and this tradition of girls' education has continued to this day, with the College the only single sex girls' school in the region.
At the heart of our School are the core values of the Love of God, Love of Learning, Hospitality, Stewardship and Peace.
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The College is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and the development of the complete individual.
As a nurturing community we are also committed to an inclusive education which values uniqueness and caters to differing needs. The College offers a variety of learning experiences which ensure students' continued intellectual, creative and spiritual development.
St Mary's provides extension and enrichment in a wide variety of areas for all students.
Young film-makers are encouraged to develop their skills by entering the Ice Pix Film Festival. In the area of music the girls can join the College orchestra, vocal ensemble, choir, or stage band. St Mary's has a wonderful reputation in the performing arts with recent productions of Sound and Fury, a rock version of Macbeth, Aladdin and a punk steam version of Godspell. Dance, drama, debating, mock trial, tournament of the minds are only some of the other co curricular activities available. Sport is also an area where girls can excel.
At St Mary's, all girls know they are cared for individually.
The pastoral care of each student makes the years of adolescent development a shared experience between the family and the College. An embedded vertical House system promotes pastoral care and builds communities within the larger College community. The College offers a faith environment grounded in the Gospel story of the Good Samaritan where all are accepted unconditionally. The College respects the life journey of each individual and aims to engage young women in academic, spiritual, sporting, cultural and leadership pursuits which will engage their heads and hearts in both the current context and into futures filled with promise and possibility.
The comments made by the students speak for themselves...
"I can concentrate more in class and not be distracted by the boys"
"There is a calm atmosphere and group work is more productive."
"I can participate in many different sports and not have to compete with boys who may want to dominate the agenda".