St Mary’s College
Empowering Young Women
as 21st Century Learners
in a Technology Rich Learning Environment
for Learning and Teaching at St Mary’s College...
will be engaging and challenging, building the capacity for students to
connect, collaborate and be critical thinkers.
will be equipped to contribute and be responsible citizens in a digital
rich learning environment will provide a platform for innovative
teaching, and learning that is lifelong and lifewide... Anywhere,
A message from the Principal...
Implementing a change to our learning and teaching
tools such as the 1:1 Laptop Program must be grounded in and true to our
common purpose and mission... “to provide a quality,
holistic education in a caring Catholic Christian community.”
At St Mary’s College, a quality education must ensure our girls are well
prepared for the world of work... and that means the tools and technology
used in their world outside of school must be integrated into the learning
and teaching at school to ensure their education is contemporary and
Photo Courtesy of "The Local Bulletin"
There are many revolutions... and the digital revolution is just one that
will have a major impact on learning and teaching. I suppose it is timely
for us to reflect on how technology has been integrated into the curriculum
and the limitations that exist when students have limited access. We are on
the precipice of a huge change in the medium used in education, not seen
since we last moved from slate to paper/pencil.
Any such change, naturally, is accompanied by fear and apprehension. But
this should not deter us from embracing what is necessary and our
responsibility if we are to provide our girls with an authentic contemporary
education. Their use of technology must match what they can access at
home... to ensure a seamless, consistency in their learning... as it is now
more than ever that learning is anywhere and anytime!
With this in mind, as I have mentioned before, St Mary’s College will move
to embrace a 1:1 Laptop program in 2010. The College will receive funding
linked to the Digital Revolution from the Federal Government. Whilst this
will purchase a number of laptops to be used in Years 9-12, the College is
moving to a school owned, student managed device to be used both at school
and home, from Years 8 to 12. As a result, whilst there are no costs
associated with the batch of laptops purchased with the Federal funding,
there will be additional costs required for the College to upgrade current
technology, inclusive of Year 8. This increased cost in Technology will be
incurred from 2011 and shared across the whole College by each student
By 2012, every student enrolled at St Mary’s College will be responsible for
managing their own laptop, provided to enhance their learning opportunities
and ensure their education continues to be relevant, engaging and
“Learning will not take place only inside school and Colleges, but in
communities, workplaces and families.
The shift to thinking about learning beyond the classroom requires a shift
of our thinking about the fundamental organisational unit of education...
From the school, an institution where learning is organised, defined and
To the learner, an intelligent agent with the potential to learn from any
and all of her encounters with the world around her.”
Tom Bentley, DEMOS
Mary’s College recognises the financial and other support received from the
Commonwealth through the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund (NSSCF).