Settling in at St Mary’s
Perth Pal Program
We pride ourselves on welcoming your family into our boarding community, even before your daughter commences at St Mary’s. It all starts with our Perth Pal Program, which connects new boarders with a day girl and her family. Your daughter’s Perth Pal family will introduce themselves via an email before you meet in person at our Orientation Day. In Term 1, your daughter will be invited to a sleepover at her Perth Pal’s house and in Term 2 your daughter can invite her Perth Pal to a sleepover in the boarding house. The program helps girls and their families settle into our school community.
Big Sister, Little Sister Program
Our Big Sister, Little Sister Program ensures that each new Year 7 and 8 boarding student is paired with an older boarder, who acts as a friend and mentor as she begins her boarding journey with us. Our ‘big sisters’ and ‘little sisters’ form strong connections which provide them with an important foundation for boarding life. The program includes a variety of activities and outings each term.
Providing opportunities for your daughter to participate in co-curricular and social opportunities is a vital part of our boarding recreation program. Our staff work with our boarders to develop a vibrant and engaging recreation program, which is distributed to the girls and their parents at the beginning of each term. The program makes the most of the School’s coastal location, expansive campus and enviable facilities. The girls enjoy frequent outings to nearby Trigg Beach, relish bike rides around the campus’ neighbouring Trigg Bushland Reserve and delight in regular visits to the many parks that are located near the school. They also enjoy outings to Adventure World, Rottnest Island and local markets and participate in activities including ice skating, laser tag, outdoor movie nights, themed dinners and more.
We encourage our boarders to participate in as many sports as possible. They represent St Mary’s in IGSSA competitions and participate in local club competitions for sports including but not limited to AFL, cricket, hockey, netball and tennis. Our staff transport the girls to and from club training sessions and matches. Our boarders also have daily access to the School’s tennis and basketball courts, gymnasium workout room, and the Sir Thomas Wardle Swimming Pool Complex, which boasts a heated 50-metre pool and dive pool.
Additionally, the girls have after-hours access to the library, IT centre and the School’s many music and dance studios. We also encourage our girls to enjoy our spacious, quiet grounds and our much-loved boarders’ activity room, where they can bake or sew.
Visit our boarding house
We realise that there is no better way to learn more about St Mary’s than by paying us a visit. You are warmly invited to view our facilities and find out more about our wonderful boarding program.