St Mary's Catholic College
New South Wales, Australia
About St Mary's Catholic College
St Marys Senior High School is a co-educational government senior school for students in Years 11-12. Located in St Marys, NSW, this school was the first government high school to cater exclusively to senior students. They have approximately 900 students and 65 teaching staff.
St Marys was founded in 1989, and the school offers a wide range of academically challenging and specialised courses to prepare students for further study, and the school also attracts mature-age students.
Facilities include a large lecture theatre-style and traditional classrooms, computer laboratories and large library, interactive whiteboards, internet and technology access, performing arts studio and visual art studios, an industrial hospitality kitchen, spacious school grounds and sporting fields, and a school farm and student car park.
St Mary's curriculum is varied and challenging, and encourages independent learning to prepare students for university. A wide range of specialised courses are offered, including history, business, chemistry, food technology, engineering, legal studies, music, physics, software design, and visual arts. Languages include Italian, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Students can earn their HSC, or High School Certificate, in these subjects.
The school offers a peer mentoring program, and access to a welfare and personal development team of counsellors. Popular extra-curricular activities include debate, drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes, musicals, and a wide range of sports.
St Marys aims to offer an environment that allows students to achieve their personal best and to support students through qualified staff and modern school facilities. The school tries to blend aspects of secondary schools and a university campus feel to prepare students for future learning.