St Mary Star of the Sea College, founded by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, is the only all girls school in the Illawarra and one of the oldest, having operated continuously for over 140 years. The College has continually been in the lead of educational innovation and leadership. The introduction of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It promotes the development of students who are internationally minded, globally aware and who value intercultural understanding. St Mary’s provides extension and enrichment in a wide variety of areas: film making, orchestra, vocal ensemble, choir, stage band, College Productions, dance, drama, debating, mock trial, tournament of the minds and all levels of sport, to name a few! There are over 40 clubs and committees in which girls can participate. Our sporting prowess in all areas of sport continues to grow. The senior triathlon team came 2nd in the NSWCCC category and St Mary’s swim team won the Wollongong Diocesan Girls Swim Trophy 2017. Girls excel in sport without competition from boys. 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. The College respects the life journey of each individual and aims to engage young women in academic, spiritual, sporting, cultural and leadership pursuits. At St Mary’s, “I am born for higher things” is a lived experience.
At St Mary Star of the Sea College, our curriculum is extensive and aims to create autonomous, life-long learners. The College is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school). The MYP is an international educational framework that encourages students to become creative, critical, reflective thinkers who can make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the wider world. By 2019, all junior years (Years 7 – 10) will be part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The College is committed to delivering dynamic teaching and learning experiences which will equip our students for the demands of further education and employment into the future. The MYP aims to develop well-rounded students, who respond to challenges with optimism and open minds, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, unpredictable situations. St Mary’s took up the challenge over 10 years ago to embed the latest developments in technology into teaching and learning at the College. We believe that the potential for using information, communication and learning technologies in the classroom lies in their capacity to transform the learning environment into a vibrant, student centred learning setting, enabling students to collaborate, communicate and create. The technology provides the potential for students to engage in the real work of mathematicians, scientists, composers, filmmakers, authors and engineers. In this way students shift from being mere consumers to producers of knowledge and other forms of creative expression. To facilitate this learning approach, the open learning spaces created during the recent building program will provide a dynamic and flexible learning environment for the implementation of the Middle Years Programme. The College fulfils the requirements of both the MYP and the NSW BOSTES Curriculum. Visit our website for more information www.stmarys.nsw.edu.au