Paving the pathway to personal excellence

FOR many students, this journey begins with their first steps into formal education as a four-year-old in kinder and progresses until they graduate at the end of year 12.

As the only Catholic, all-girls school for kinder to year 12 in Tasmania, St Mary’s College is uniquely placed to provide a seamless and comprehensive education that recognises that every child’s pathway to personal excellence is different.

Teaching and learning approaches are specifically focused on girls’ learning needs and preferences, and are underpinned by a whole-school culture that respects, nurtures, challenges and empowers.

St Mary’s College principal Helen Spencer said the single pathway for kinder to year 12 was one of its greatest strengths, allowing for the smooth transition from primary to secondary schooling.

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

“Being on the one central site, children 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.”

Educational opportunities at St Mary’s College start in the junior school (K-6), where staff and parents work in partnership to guide students to their full potential in an environment based firmly on the Gospel values of tolerance, truth, and love.

In kinder, children are encouraged to be independent in a program that builds confidence and grows their love of discovery and learning.

Designed with the college’s youngest students’ experiences in mind, the early-learning facility at St Mary’s College was purpose-built to offer a stimulating and nurturing setting tailored to foster play and sensory-based learning.

From prep to year 6, the school’s well-balanced, child-centred education takes account of varied learning styles and the diverse backgrounds of students, with a curriculum that includes a soundly developed literacy and numeracy program, a wide range of arts and science related activities, and many opportunities for involvement in sporting teams.

St Mary’s College welcomed enrolments for students in all year groups at any time, with places for kinder and year three in 2021 currently available.

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

Caption: St Mary’s College provides girls with a single pathway for kinder to year 12.

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