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Santa Maria College, Melbourne

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Santa Maria College
Northcote, Victoria

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Coordinates37°46′14″S 145°0′9″E / 37.77056°S 145.00250°E / -37.77056; 145.00250Coordinates: 37°46′14″S 145°0′9″E / 37.77056°S 145.00250°E / -37.77056; 145.00250
TypeIndependent secondary school
MottoLatin: Quantum Potes Tantum Aude
(Dare to do as much as you are able)
PrincipalJoanne Rock
ChaplainSr. Glenyss
Staffaround 100
EnrolmentOver 950
ClassroomsAbout 84
HousesConway (red), Carmel (blue), Rosaria (gold), Lourdes (green), Neville (purple), Clare (white)
Colour(s)French navy and gold
SongStrong and Tall

Santa Maria College is a Roman Catholic all-girls high school located in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote, Victoria, Australia. Santa Maria was established in 1904 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, originally titled the Good Samaritan High School. As of 2017, the school caters for over 950 students.[1]

In 2020 Santa Maria College announced the appointment of its new principal Joanne Rock, who has come from FCJ College Benalla, where she has been the principal for the last 5 years.[2]


The College is an IB (International Baccalaureate) School, offering the Middle Years Program to students in year 7–10, culminating in the completion of the MYP Personal Project.[3] Italian and Japanese are both taught at the College as a part of the LOTE (Languages Other Than English) program.

Extra-curricular activities are a prominent aspect of school life at Santa Maria.[4] The school's debating teams compete in both inter-house and DAV competitions representing the college in their respective divisions.

More than 15 different sports are offered to students throughout the year, including basketball, cross country (running), soccer, football, hockey, volleyball, netball, softball, swimming, diving, indoor cricket and super 8's.[5][6] In addition to these activities, the College hosts an annual inter-house athletics and swimming carnival in which students compete to earn 'house points'.

School productions are also held annually, with musicals and plays on alternate years.[7] Past productions include Fame, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Wiz, Aladdin Jr., The Pajama Game, Little Women, Mulan Jr., Peter Pan, Annie, Alice in Wonderland and Cats (2017). The music program covers a variety of instruments and abilities, and includes vocal lessons.


  1. ^ "Our College | Santa Maria College – Melbourne". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
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  3. ^ "International Baccalaureate | Santa Maria College – Melbourne". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Co-Curricular | Santa Maria College – Melbourne". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Sport | Santa Maria College – Melbourne". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ "SMC SPORT". Google. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Performing Arts | Santa Maria College – Melbourne". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
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