Student Leadership News

Read about what the St Mary's Student Leaders have been up to in this update.

Our student leaders at St Mary’s College had the opportunity to attend the National Young Leaders Day, presented by Halogen, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This event is Australia’s largest gathering of young leaders and it provides students with a unique opportunity to hear some of Australia’s most high profile people share their insights from their own leadership journeys.

St Mary's Student Leadership team
St Mary's Student Leadership team @ Halogen Young Leaders Conference 2022

This year, the students were able to hear from guest speakers in the areas of the arts, exploration and sports. This included Guy Edmonds (Director and Actor of Hardball), Lachie Smart (Youngest pilot to fly solo around the world) and Cate Campbell (Australian Olympic swimmer and gold medalist).

The students talk about their highlights from the day below:

‘As a leader, being able to get back up and be flexible is something really important.’ - Mykaela

Cate Campbell - Young Leaders Conferenece
Cate Campbell @ Halogen Young Leaders Conference 2022

‘She [Cate] taught us how to manage things when things get hard. She was confident, and she believed in herself. Leadership for her was what you can show to people, face reality, accept yourself for who you are and act real in front of people. Don’t let people ruin your dream and just show them what you can do.’ - Bakhtawar

Lachie Smart - Young Leaders Conference 2022
Lachie Smart @ Halogen Young Leaders Conference 2022

‘I find him [Lachie] inspiring because of his persistence, when things would not go his way, he would continue to persevere through the obstacle. Lachie would also learn from his mistakes, which would eventually end up saving his life. I feel that we, as students from St Mary’s, can apply this mindset into our lives.’ - Janith

‘Cate Campbell was one of the guest speakers and I was very inspired by her speech. I was very fortunate to be able to attend this excursion, and learnt to be a better leader.’ - Myisha

‘It's about not giving up on your dream. And learning from your mistakes’ - Ibrahim

Wantirna South Campus News

What's Been Happening?

Students at the Wantirna campus have enjoyed a variety of learning experiences. Our Foundation students have been working on sequencing and retelling stories. We read the story book ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and at the end of the week, we were lucky enough to decorate some gingerbread cookies and talk about how to decorate the cookies.

Our language program integrates learning activities and creates opportunities for students to engage and explore concepts in a meaningful way.

Family Week

We celebrated Family Week, which highlighted the importance of bringing our school community together. Staff and students welcomed parents into the classroom. This was the first opportunity to open our doors to parents into our learning spaces. The excitement and buzz in the air filled our classrooms with conversations about the achievements of our students.

Pizza Lunch

As a campus leader, Myisha organized a special lunch activity for St Mary’s students during lunchtime. Our students enjoyed sharing some pizza while socializing and playing games. Creating opportunities for our aspiring young leaders to shine is a rewarding and inspiring event to be part of. Great work, Myisha!

Italian Day & Holy Trinity Feast Day

Our school community also celebrated Italian Day and Holy Trinity Feast Day. The theme was “Ancient Rome '' and the day was filled with special activities, a parade and a school Mass. Our students enjoyed dressing up in their favourite Italian colours. Creating experiences to embrace diversity and inclusion makes learning authentic and fun.

Wildlife Experience

We had an amazing live interactive native animal incursion in May. With WildlifeXposure showcasing a variety of Australian wildlife up close, students were able to engage with their own questions, and hold and touch the animals.

Dandenong Campus News

Athletics Carnival

Term 2 at the Dandenong Campus began with athletics sports. Although some of our students were still celebrating Ramadan and couldn't attend the sports the students who did participate showed off many of their athletic talents.

What's Been Happening?

The Dandenong students have been involved in a variety of activities this term including Founders Day activities, Building Construction for TAFE, and also Maths tests. All students have been working hard and became fully involved in the many activities and opportunities that have been offered this term.

Ringwood Campus News

What's Been Happening?

Term 2 began with the first whole school mass nearly two years after the pandemic to celebrate the school's patrons. Part of this celebration included St Dominic, the patron saint of St Mary's.

Australian Hearing, as a regular occurrence, visited and checked all the students' listening devices.

The students also enjoyed a pizza lunch and celebrated birthdays together. It was a fantastic chance for students to catch up in a relaxed setting in what has been a busy term.

Working Hard...

Students have been working hard preparing for numerous assessments in the month of May. Each of the students has shown a great deal of commitment to their studies and we are very proud of them.

South Morang Campus News

Year 12 Science

Hands on learning helps consolidate knowledge and skills. Sarah enjoys the practical elements of VCE Chemistry.

Year 7 Camp

Our students loved the challenges of Year 7 camp.

Year 12 Formal

We were lucky to have the delayed Year 11 Formal go ahead this year at The Manor on High in Epping. Students had a great night dressing up, eating a delicious 3 course formal dinner and then dancing the night away!

Year 4 Swimming program

The Year 4 swimming program is underway, teaching important water safety and swimming skills to our pupils.

Representing St Mary's College

Student leader, Tanisha Iyer carries the banner at the Marymede Assembly.

Congratulations Mahika

Year 4 student Mahika Yadav was rewarded for safety in the classroom and completing her reconciliation. Students have the opportunity to engage in optional faith activities.

St Mary's students (and staff!) shared a pizza lunch, which was organised by student leaders Tanisha and Ibrahim. This was a great way to come together and celebrate the end of the semester and the birthdays of our students.

Sunbury Campus News

TAFE and VCAL Experiences

Our students are enjoying the rich experiences they get with authentic learning at TAFE. It is especially rewarding to see an end product come together.

VCAL students have also been engaging in First Aid in order to be safe in the workplace and deal with any emergencies.

Work Experience

Year 10 students are enjoying work experience at present.

Jordan is working as an admin assistant in the Music Department and gaining new skills.


Senior students had the opportunity to engage in a 3-day camp for an exploration of music, drama and dance.

Tarneit Campus News

What's Been Happening?

Students at our Tarneit campus have participated in a variety of learning experiences held by our partner school, Thomas Carr College. An assembly was held in honour of ex-servicemen and women from the Malaya/Borneo Veterans Association to acknowledge their sacrifice to protect our nation. Our students celebrated a wreath-laying ceremony. Mr O’Neill played The Last Post and Reveille on the trumpet to revere those who gave their lives.

Boys Volleyball

Members of the Thomas Carr College boys volleyball teams competed in the final of their respective competitions, both losing tightly contested matches. We are nonetheless proud of the way they performed and represented their college throughout the season. We are especially proud of our St Mary’s student for making the team.

Auslan Club

Auslan Club at lunch time continues to be a great hit with students and staff. St Mary’s students enjoy taking the lead in this co-curricular activity, teaching and learning with their peers.

Thomas Carr Day

The annual Thomas Carr Day was held for the first time in two years since the lockdowns. The students celebrated Mass in the morning, then enjoyed food, ice cream and carnival rides throughout the day, concluding with the Thomas Carr’s Got Talent 2022 show in the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed the day greatly as evidenced by the rousing rendition of the school song given by the entire body of staff and students.

Culinary Talent

A senior student at St Mary’s highlighted his culinary talent by producing top quality pancake stack. They looked and tasted like a dessert from a three Michelin star restaurant.

Pizza Lunch

Our Tarneit campus leader, Janith, organized a lunch for students to come together and celebrate St Mary’s College for the deaf. Everyone enjoyed some pizza, garlic bread and a drink and shared why they feel it is so special to be part of SMC.

Staff News

Professional Learning

Staff have engaged with a number of learning opportunities this term, including an update from Hearing Australia audiologists, visits to see good practice at Concord College and Victorian College for the deaf and the Deputy Principals Women in Leadership dinner with guest speaker Kate Roffey.

Welcome to Charu

We welcome Charu Vashisht as our new Learning Support Officer at the Tarneit campus.

Well done Michelle!

Congratulations to Michelle Butera who gained her Level 4 Certificate in Education Support.

All the best, Lauren.

We are sad to farewell Lauren Phillips this term on maternity leave and wish her well as she awaits baby number one.