Seamless pathway for girls

ST Mary’s College marked an exciting milestone in its history by enrolling its first-ever girls-only kindergarten class this year.

A review of Catholic education in Tasmania’s south encouraged this exciting move for St Mary’s College.

While changing to girls-only in early years education is new for St Mary’s, the college has been leading the way in girls’ education for 153 years, having girls-only education from year three to year 12 on the one, central campus.

St Mary’s College principal Helen Spencer said the college was uniquely placed to provide a seamless and comprehensive education that recognised every child’s pathway to personal excellence was different.

“The single pathway for kinder to year 12 is one of our greatest strengths, allowing for the smooth transition from primary to secondary schooling,” she said.

“While students are navigating the formal school environment, they are also adjusting to the social changes that happen when changing schools and classes.

“Being on the one central site, girls in the junior school get to see their older peers on a day-to-day basis, making the role modelling of older students authentic.

“As they move into the senior school, they are joined by students from other primary schools, which provides for greater diversity and a solid scale for the delivery of a breadth of subjects.”

The lifelong journey of learning can now start even earlier with milangkani, the college’s free early years program which is open to all parents and carers within the greater community who have a child aged between birth to five years.

Sessions are held on Mondays (term-time only), from 9am to 10:15am and 10:30am to 11:45am by early-childhood educator and program coordinator Meg Kitchen who has more than 20 years of teaching experience.

“We warmly invite all prospective families to find out more about St Mary’s College by joining us at milangkani or for a tour at our open day,” Ms Spencer said.

The open day will be held on Tuesday 23 March, with tours departing regularly from reception from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

To book a personal tour of the college or for more information, contact enrolment officer Jo Burgess on 6108 2560 or enrol@smc.tas.edu.au.

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