Clubs and Special Interests
St Mary’s Anglicare Ambassadors program is designed for Year 10 students who want to make a difference in the wider community. We meet every two weeks at lunchtime and participate in charitable activities throughout the year.
Amnesty International is a student group that focuses on global and local human rights issues. Students learn about activism and how to protect human rights through education and action.
Do you enjoy looking up at the night sky or searching for shooting stars? Would you like to interact with guest speakers to answer your questions about space? If you answered yes, come and join our Astronomy Club!
All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced players. Our accredited coaches focus on skill development and game play.
BOOK BASH CLUB
Our Library’s Book Bashes encouraged our students to discover and discuss their love of reading. Our Book Bash Club meets twice a term to discuss what we have been reading. We also have a great relationship with Hale School’s Senior Library Book Club and meet up with them to discuss books.
Bridge is a popular two-versus-two card game. Students of all years are invited to participate, with no experience required.
Our Chess Club operates every Wednesday in the Library during the second half of lunch. All Senior School students are welcome, regardless of your chess-playing ability. If you are new to the game, we can teach you!
Create Club is an engaging, after-school art-making club that is available to Years 7 and 8 students. Each term, students are tasked with creating a different product using a range of different media, techniques and processes.
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
Come and join an aspirational group of Year 7 writers who want to flex their creative writing muscle while enjoying fun and thought-provoking activities. We will explore different genres, text types and new techniques in a safe environment, free from judgement.
CyberTaipan is an Australian Youth Cyber Defence Competition that is based on a proven framework for educating and inspiring high school students who are interested in cyber security and other STEM subjects. Those participating in the competition gain exposure to real world cyber security principles and ethics while developing their technical, communicative, and collaborative skills.
DA VINCI DECATHLON
The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across ten disciplines: engineering, mathematics, chess, code-breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and legacy. Selected students from Years 7 to 11 participate in the Da Vinci Decathlon.
Debating Club ensures that all students have meaningful access to debating, which encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues, and equips students with lifelong skills and the confidence to pursue their potential.
Girls with their own horse or pony are invited to represent St Mary’s at the Interschool Equestrian Championships, which are held in April of each year at the State Equestrian Centre. The program consists of combined training, show Jumping, dressage, show horse and vaulting. An eventing component runs at events held during the year.
‘Fun in Fitness’ staff visit the school every Wednesday to conduct fitness sessions for Senior School students. Sessions go for one hour and include activities such as circuits, cardio workouts, boxing and more.
Future Problem-Solving focuses on the development of critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills.
Our goal is to challenge students to apply their minds to significant issues facing the world today and in the future, equipping them with the vision, skills and tools to design and promote positive futures for society.
Our GenConnect Technology Outreach Program started in 2016 and has continued to grow in popularity. Students work with senior citizens residing in Amana Living’s Moline Village to improve their computer literacy and technology skills. Over the last five years, more than 100 St Mary’s girls have accumulated hundreds of hours of community service via our GenConnect Technology Outreach Program.
ST MARY’S HALE PUBLIC SPEAKING
St Mary’s and Hale School are working together to facilitate a St Mary’s Hale Public Speaking Competition. There will be a Junior (Years 7 to 9) division in Term 1, and a Senior (Years 10 to 12) division in Term 3. Each competition will run over a period of three weeks and students will be asked to respond to broad, topical questions and will be coached by senior students, teachers, and professional public speakers.
HELP OUR PLANET EARTH (HOPE)
St Mary’s HOPE group consists of students who gather to work on projects to promote sustainable practices within our school and the wider community. We are passionate about recycling, sustainable gardening, worm farming and climate change initiatives.
KNIT N NATTER
Our Knit n Natter Club promotes knitting as a creative outlet. Students knit blankets, which are donated to Anglicare WA as part of St Mary’s Year 10 Sleepout. Preference is given to Year 10 students as they use it as part of their volunteer service hours.
The New Creation Station is the central monument of the Technology & Enterprise Department. In Lego club we will redesign the Creation Station wall to get the creative juices flowing and help with expressing yourself. Each week you will have the opportunity to build a new feature on the wall and there will be mini design competitions weekly.
Our Year 11 Library Committee assists in the running of the library by volunteering a minimum of 30 minutes per week. They shelve books, serve on the desk, organise displays, lend out chargers and equipment, cover books, and maintain and clean our laptops and iPads.
MATHS ENRICHMENT CLUB
Our Maths Enrichment Club caters to girls who love maths and want to challenge themselves beyond the classroom curriculum. It is open to any students in Years 7 to 10.
Learn to code with everyone’s favourite game, Minecraft! Code your way through Minecraft with sequences to build houses and much more.
Our Multicultural Club celebrates the many cultures that make the world what it is. We also enjoy different foods and draw on the talent and traditions of our members to gain a broader view and appreciation of the different cultures around the world.
Our Philosophy Club meets once a month to discuss exciting topics like, how do I know I am not Virtual? Can I jump in the same river twice? Where do right and wrong come from? Members also discuss the theories and ideas of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Rene Déscartes and Richard Dawkins. The only requirement is an open mind!
St Mary’s Photography Club is open to all Senior School students who are interested in improving their photographic composition and post-production skills.
St Mary’s Podcast Club is for anyone who loves telling stories or is interested in producing podcasts. Students discuss qualities of great podcasts and learn about the skills required to make a podcast before recording and producing their own podcast.
POP CULTURE APPRECIATION SOCIETY (PopCAS)
PopCAS is a place for girls to celebrate their love of TV shows, movies, books and games. We do all sorts of activities, ranging from discussion panels, arts and crafts, games, quizzes and viewing movie trailers. The only requirement for PopCAS is a love of anything pop culture and agreeing to be respectful of other people’s opinions.
In 2022, St Mary’s and Hale School are working together to facilitate a St Mary’s Hale Public Speaking Competition. There will be a Junior (Years 7 to 9) division in Term 1, and a Senior (Years 10 to 12) division in Term 3. Each competition will run over a period of three weeks and students will be asked to respond to broad, topical questions and will be coached by senior students, teachers, and professional public speakers.
Our Respect Committee is led by our Chapel Prefects and all Year 12 students are invited to join. The aim of the Committee is to generate initiatives that raise awareness about local and global issues.
ROLE-PLAYING GAME CLUB
Do you enjoy fantastic worlds? Do you want to create your own character and storyline, where choices and chances hinge on roll of a die? Our Role-Playing Game Club is for those who wish to explore role-playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons.
Run Club offers students an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company while developing their fitness ahead of interhouse and interschool competitions.
SCHOOLS CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION (SCRAM)
SCRAM is an interschool mediation competition that develops our Year 9 and 10 students’ conflict resolution skills. Each mediation is based on a fictitious scenario where students both role-play and mediate to develop an understanding of conflict dynamics and practise mediation skills.
Are you sew cool? If you answered yes, join us on Wednesdays after school in the textiles room from 3.45pm to 5.15pm! Bring your own projects and fabric to sew your creations, or you can join in sewing for our various community projects throughout the year.
ST MARY’S ANIMAL RIGHTS TEAM (SMART)
SMART meets during two terms of the year to discuss animal rights issues. We have guest speakers from animal rescue centres and companies who do not test their products on animals. Members watch documentaries on animal rights issues and enjoy cooking demonstrations from vegan chefs. SMART is only for Years 10 to 12 students, as the content and issues considered are sometimes not suitable for younger students.
Students from Years 7 to 12 can participate in our Learn to Surf Program or join our Surf School Team. Our Learn to Surf Program sessions are conducted through Surfing West Australia and Trigg Beach before school in Terms 1 and 4. Our Surf School Team caters to competent surfers who are interested in representing St Mary’s in competitions.
Our Technology Committee is led by the School’s Technology Captain, who facilitates discussions about cutting edge technology, being creative and helping to promote technology in our school and wider community.
TOURNAMENT OF MINDS
Tournament of Minds offers teams of students opportunities to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative divergent thinking whilst developing collaboration and teamwork. It is a creative, problem-solving competition where there are two challenges: the Spontaneous Challenge and the Long-Term Challenge, which span six weeks in Term 3.
VISION GENERATION CLUB
This group aspires to make the world fairer by inspiring and empowering young people to act on global justice issues facing the world.
WEARABLE ART CLUB
Our students research, design and create Wearable Art costumes. They rehearse a choreographed show and perform at our Creative and Performing Arts Festival and Senior School Art Exhibition. Participating Years 9 to 12 students can also enter competitions such as the Apex Teenage Fashion Awards and Mandurah Wearable Art.
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St Mary’s is all about girls discovering their best. We want our students to be engrossed in the exploration of ideas, to be self-motivated and self-directed, to delight in trying something new and to contribute positively to the community.