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You can be a St Mary’s Girl

For over 140 years St Mary's has been forming young women in the tradition of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.


From the Principal

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Our Story

St Mary Star of the Sea College has played a significant role in the education of women in the Illawarra for over 140 years.

The Good Samaritan Sisters are women who have had a powerful impact on the direction and spirit of the College. The College today may appear to be a different place with new facilities, new curriculum and fresh new faces but at its heart are the same core values of Love of God, Love of Learning, Hospitality, Stewardship and Peace.

Why St Mary’s?

The comments made by the students speak for themselves...

"I can concentrate more in class and not be distracted by the boys."

Year 7 Student

"There is a calm atmosphere and group work is more productive."

Year 8 Student

"I can participate in many different sports and not have to compete with boys who may want to dominate the agenda."

Year 9 Student

"I can be myself."

Year 10 Student

Quick Facts

90 %

of parents feel that St Mary's values are reflected in the behaviour of staff and students


Dedicated Staff

80 %

2019 Parent overall satisfaction score

91 %

student retention rate


Staff hold a Degree or PHD

75 %

of 2019 Year 12 students were offered a place at University