Striving for excellence

By Seymour Telegraph

St Mary’s Catholic College has its origins in the vision of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland (1831).

In 1900 the Sisters were invited to our town and Catholic education has served Seymour and district for more than 135 years.

With a dedicated staff, visionary college board, dedicated Parents and Friends Committee and supportive parish led by Fr Eugene Ashkar, St. Mary’s continues to enrich the lives of all students.

The college’s motto, ‘Protect and Care for Us’ reminds everyone that every member of the college community is valued.

St Mary’s provides a P-10 Catholic educational pathway within the Archdiocese of Melbourne led by Archbishop Peter Comensoli and acting executive director Jim Miles.

As part of a highly professional education system the school is dedicated to quality teaching, supporting the holistic learning success of all students while nurturing a personal relationship with Christ.

‘‘We are a proud college and our staff and parents hold the spirit, culture and traditions as vital to the formation of our students in educating for an ever-changing world,’’ college principal Wayne Smith said.

‘‘St Mary’s is a dynamic learning environment where the nature of our school is seen in the academic and extra-curricula achievements of all students, regardless of age or need.

‘‘We set high expectations and pride ourselves in providing a learning environment where every student can feel happy and safe.

‘‘Our students are well prepared for the rigour of ongoing study and we instil in our students the importance of being the future leaders in their local community and beyond.’’

Mr Smith said a holistic education brought together faith, community, friends and learning at St Mary’s.

‘‘We strive to develop the skills and knowledge that will assist students to become motivated and thoughtful citizens, promoting achievement, wellbeing and engagement,’’ he said.

‘‘Students are asked to act justly, show respect and do their best so they can make a difference in the lives of others.

‘‘Our community fosters the mindset that all things are possible when individuals truly believe in their God-given gifts and abilities and who never give up on their career path dreams.’’

The school offers a welcoming, inclusive environment which allows students to effectively learn while feeling safe and nurtured.

‘‘Our school also places high priority on the importance of setting high expectations and developing literacy and numeracy skills,’’ Mr Smith said.

‘‘Academic success, student wellbeing and faith formation go hand in hand to help students to grow from wide-eyed, curious Preps into responsible, respectful and capable young adults.

‘‘When you enrol your child at St Mary’s College you become part of the community.’’