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  • St Mary's College


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    St Mary's College

    Founding year: 1868
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Ms. Clare Nocka (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    Restorative Justice is integral to our community and underpins all we do and all we are. St Mary's College is a place where relationships come first to the awareness that all else is affected by the quality of how we see ourselves and those we are in community with. This community of 800 students enjoys small class sizes throughout our Junior, Middle, and Senior sub-schools. Each sub-school has its Director, who heads the pastoral leadership of between 150-300 girls. Such a structure again enables the College to establish and maintain close relationships with both students and family.
    Each year we call our community to examine the Dominican tradition of Veritas Truth through a different theme. The College theme for 2018: Truth-seeking through dialogue, Let our hearts and minds be stretched open, is shown on the banner. St Dominic's legacy to the Church is an Order that at its best faithfully lives its motto of Veritas (truth). St Dominic realized that the truth was not merely something that we know, but a way of living in community and relationship with others.
    Dialogue is critical in developing relationships; it demands that we present ourselves and others as we explore the world together. It often requires us to shift about circumstance, new knowledge, or encounter the truth of another. In this, we are stretched, and we grow.
    The oldest continuously running school for girls in South Australia, the College was established on February 2, 1869, following the arrival in Adelaide from Dublin, Ireland, of seven Dominican Sisters. They came in answer to the call of the Bishop of Adelaide, Rt Rev. L. B. Sheil, who wanted 'a select school for girls whose parents could afford to pay for education beyond the elementary stage'. They took up residence in three small cottages on the corner of West Terrace and Franklin Street.
    In December 1868, the foundation stone for a building known as St Catherines was laid. This early building is remembered in facilities built in 1996 which carry the same name. In 1871, the Dominicans were invited to move into the building now known as the Convent. In 1898, it substantially extended it to include the Boylan Building, which remembers Sr Columba Boylan, an early Prioress. Since that time, the Moore Building (1966), named after Mother Teresa Moore, the founding Prioress, and the Kavanagh Building(1987), named after Sr Catherine Kavanagh, have been added to student facilities.






    Address: St Mary's College, 253 Franklin Street Adelaide, South Australia, SA 5000, Australia

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