Stella Maris consists of two campuses: the main campus on Eurobin Avenue and Benedict Campus, a short five-minute walk away on Pittwater Road.
Across the road from Benedict Campus, the playing fields and tennis centre at Kierle Park are accessed daily by the girls. The main campus is only 200m from Queenscliff Beach and the girls regularly use the beach, surf club and promenade for PDHPE classes and sport activities. The Manly Boy Charleton Swim Centre is also just a short walk from the College and is used for PDHPE lessons, swimming/lifesaving training and our swimming carnival.
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Built in 1930 in the distinctive Inter-War Spanish Mission style, the heritage-listed Convent was once the home of the local Good Samaritan Sisters community and is the finest example of its style in the Sydney region. The ground floor houses the administration offices and Student Services and the carved timber stair framed by a stained glass window, accesses the first floor College Museum and wide verandah looking into the canopy of our precious fig trees, which are also heritage listed. Original picture rails supporting contemporary artworks created by our girls line the ground floor hallway, with its rich stained and waxed Oregon timber and period tiling.
Built around 1888, making it the oldest part of the College, the Chapel is a place of prayer and quiet reflection in the midst of the ‘busy-ness’ of everyday school life. Much of the original stained glass remains, depicting scenes of the Annunciation, Nativity and Baptism of Our Lord. Painting carried out in more recent decades has been stripped back in places to reveal the original paintwork. Echoing our Good Samaritan Benedictine heritage, the early timber choir stalls remain in place in the monastic style as they were when the Sisters prayed the Office and observed the Liturgy of the Hours in times past. Class liturgies and Staff masses find a distinctively sacred home here in our most cherished space. Additionally, this spiritual heart of the College regularly hosts ex-students’ weddings and baptisms, and is open for bookings by the general public.
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The Sister Colette Egan Information Centre
Named after Sr Colette Egan, a long time and most highly respected staff member and former Principal of the College, the Information Centre occupies much of the first floor of Scholastica and is an academic hub where girls gather to study and read in small groups or independently, and classes come to complete research assignments. It is open from 8am to 6pm.
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Star of the Sea Theatre
The Star of the Sea Theatre is a professional two-tier 300-seat theatre, complete with its own orchestral pit and lighting and sound rigs. It is used by the College’s performing arts students and senior Entertainment students for ordinary lessons and also on the many music, drama and dance nights hosted by the College. It is also used extensively by professional theatre companies as well as local primary schools and community groups.
The distinctive exterior of the Theatre references the original tiles of the Convent roof and the small windows facing the street are based on Gregorian Chant notation. Around 520 CE St Benedict laid down the protocols of the Divine Office, including the use of chant. To this day it remains the form of music considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be most suitable for worship and the Divine Office is the archetype of Benedictine spirituality.
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Parent volunteers have the chance to be part of the College community by working with our Canteen Coordinators. It serves fresh and healthy food to the College community everyday and is open from 8.30 am until 2.20 pm for breakfast, recess and lunch. Student ID cards are used to make purchases as the Canteen is completely cashless and lunch orders can be placed in person or via email to the Canteen Coordinator. The girls are encouraged to think about nutrition and they earn reward points for their House when they make healthy choices. The Canteen supports Australian-made, fair trade and sustainable production suppliers wherever the option is available.
Uniform and Book Shop
From 8 am to 4.30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday our Uniform Shop Coordinators assist girls with uniforms and books.
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Careers Education Centre
The Careers Education Centre is located in the Scholastica building, providing convenient access to information on many college, university and TAFE courses in Australia and overseas. Appointments can be made or students can simply pop in for advice on UAC and other tertiary requirements. Help is also provided for career, employment application and job interview advice.
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Stella Maris IT Department
Stella Maris has created a 1:1 student to laptop ratio for the College, supporting the integration of information technology across the curriculum. The College has invested significantly in supporting the integration of technology in learning and in communication. The IT Department team is always on hand to assist students and staff with their IT issues and to ensure the smooth functioning of the College IT infrastructure.
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These are light and airy rooms with large workbenches for practical activities such as printmaking, painting, ceramics and sculpture. The rooms are also wireless so that any technology extensions to tasks such as animation can be performed in the classroom with laptops.
Senior Art Studio
The Senior Art Studio is a large space with high ceilings and an abundance of light for the use of Year 11 and 12 Elective Visual Arts students. It is accessible to them during class and in their study periods. Girls from other years may stretch their creativity in this space after school at the weekly Studio Time. This is an open access time for any keen art student.
Elective Photography & Digital Media students have access to a black and white darkroom which includes a bank of enlargers. Here, the girls explore traditional black and white film development and photographic printing, as well as alternative techniques in wet photography. Many of the photos you see on our website were taken by our Photography students.
Jewellery & Ceramic Workshop
The specialist jewellery and ceramic workshop allows students of elective Visual Design to explore precious and non-precious materials in an exclusive adapted space. Wax cast, riveted and soldered forms are produced by the girls in brass, copper and silver. This space also provides for an area where clay forms can be hand built and kept for drying.
Textile Technology Rooms
The Textile Technology rooms are fully equipped with computerised sewing machines, overlockers, ironing boards and various other pieces of equipment that enable the girls to stretch the fabric of their textiles creativity in a multitude of directions.
Commercial Kitchen and Food Technology Facilities
In keeping with our Benedictine values, Hospitality is a popular subject and the girls enjoy the facilities of the fully equipped commercial kitchen. As well as the large commercial kitchen we have two equally well-equipped rooms for teaching Food Technology. We are also very lucky to have a full time, qualified chef with years of industry experience to support the teachers and girls with demonstrations, advice and preparation for classes.
The Drama Studio provides students with a chance to create and perform in a professional environment. The space is designed to allow students the room to explore the diversity of theatre. Being fitted with stage lighting, sound, whiteboards and blackout curtains, the Drama Studio has its own stage-like appearance with the capacity to hold an audience of 30 to 40 people, and with sprung wooden floors and access directly to the Star of the Sea Theatre, it is an inspiring place for young drama enthusiasts.
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Dance students at Stella Maris College discover the art of movement in purpose built studios designed for classes and performances. The studios are equipped with mounted bars, floor to ceiling mirrors, industry-quality sprung floors and Denon sound equipment. In addition to the learning tools the studios can be transformed into intimate performance spaces. Curtains frame the perimeter of the rooms and provide a professional setting for presentations with small audiences. The Dance Studios are fitted with a data projector and an observation screen that creates a dynamic learning environment.
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The Video Production Room is an area that can be converted easily to meet the needs of a variety of different studio settings and is used as a part of all Video Production classes for single and multi-camera interviews, chroma key work, lighting and sound activities. There are no permanent fixtures and the studio is set up using portable lighting, sound, digital camera and vision mixing equipment giving it maximum flexibility and responsiveness to the ever-changing needs of the curriculum and of the students. The room is primarily used for Video Production classes to pre and post produce work but can also be used as a general purpose learning area.
Music Practice Rooms
The College has eight practice rooms accessible to our ‘noteworthy’ musicians for personal practice and private music lessons. Over two hundred students each week receive music lessons from our private tutors. Each of the practice rooms is equipped with a MIDI-capable digital piano and computer to assist students with composition and music assignments. Our Conservatorium-trained teachers provide individual or group lessons, both of which are available at the College during school time.
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Benedict Campus was acquired in 2010 from the Manly Fishing & Sporting Association (aka ‘Manly Fishos’). After extensive refurbishment, which saw an almost complete redesign of the interior and major structural work, the new campus opened for the 2012 academic year.
As our Senior Campus, the Year 11 and 12 girls enjoy the facilities at Bennies, which complement and extend the main campus, including
- general purpose classrooms all fitted with interactive data projectors and Apple TV
- operable walls between six of the classrooms meaning that the space can be opened up for major examinations and special events
- a spacious open area used by seniors as a study and comfortable common area including a fully equipped student kitchen
All Year 11 and 12 exams, including the Higher School Certificate Trials and final HSC examinations, are held at Bennies, at which time the top floor of the campus becomes a dedicated exam space that is supportive of the girls’ particular needs at this very important and often emotional moment in their Stella journey.
The campus has been an addition to the College of inestimable value and, as part of the College Master Plan, the site will be further upgraded in the coming years.