STAR Learning Framework
“Listen, carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from one who loves you; welcome it and faithfully put it into practice.”
(Rule of Benedict – Prologue)
For over 90 years, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict, a Catholic Religious Order of Sisters founded in Australia in 1857, have been involved in the education of young people in Manly. From their beginnings as an Industrial School for neglected children and orphans in 1881, the site where the College now stands grew into a Catholic comprehensive high school for girls under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of God as Our Lady, Star of the Sea.
Our Religious Education program is the foundation of our school year and goes beyond the formal Religious Education classroom curriculum. Stella is a Catholic school: liturgy, reflection, school retreats, Eucharist, Community Service and Social Justice Programs all combine to create an atmosphere where Christ is an everyday presence in our girls’ lives.
We aspire to equip each girl with the confidence to combine her Catholic faith and her educational learning to make sense of and a difference to her world.
Learning at Stella
“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”
(Rule of Benedict Chapter 30)
The College is part of the wider Good Samaritan Education community. Stella Maris College is one of ten Independent Colleges operated under the auspices of Good Samaritan Education along the eastern seaboard of Australia. As such, we ascribe to the Good Samaritan Mission Framework and the Good Samaritan Teaching and Learning Framework. Inspired by the words of St. Benedict above, Stella Maris College is Registered and Accredited to teach the New South Wales Board of Studies Syllabi and to offer credentialing at the Record of School Achievement (Year 10) and Higher School Certificate (Year 12) levels. These syllabi are delivered in mixed-ability classes where every level of understanding and achievement receives appropriate treatment by the classroom teacher.
At Stella Maris College all of the above has been combined and articulated through the Stella STAR Learning Framework. This frames all learning at Stella.