Over the last 15 years over $48 million has been spent on the development of the school. These improvements have been funded by the school, St Mary's Anglican Girls' School Foundation and our generous school community.
2016 - The Polson Room
On Wednesday 2 March 2016, The Polson Room was officially opened by Mr Ian Curlewis, Chair of the Board of Governors, and was dedicated by The Most Reverend Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth. The Polson Room, is named in honour of St Mary’s Chaplain Emeritus Reverend Joyce Polson, in recognition of her long association with and ministry to the St Mary’s community. The Polson Room is a modern function facility, which will play host to many of our school’s activities, including class lessons, examinations, performances, reunions, school events and more.
2016 - Anne Symington House - Boarding House Foyer and Courtyard
Over the summer holidays, the entire reception area of Anne Symington House was fully refurbished with a new reception area and brand new furniture for the lounge. The outside courtyard was also updated with new paving and bench seats for the students to enjoy.
2015 - The Marlene Carter Heritage Centre
The Marlene Carter Heritage Centre was opened by Mr Ian Curlewis, Chairman of the Board of Governors and dedicated by The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, on Wednesday 19 August 2015. The Centre was named in honour of Marlene Carter (’63), an Old Girl, former President of the Old Girls’ Association and member of the Board of Governors, current member of the Board of Management of the Foundation, a Trustee of the Foundation and Chair of the Bishop Riley Society. Marlene has also been a devoted supporter of the Archives for many years, making numerous donations, facilitating other donations, and helping with research and practical assistance. The new Centre houses the extensive Archives collection in purpose built conservation storage facilities, and provides a multi-purpose curriculum and display room.
2015 - Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop was relocated to the front of the school and it is now a brand new dedicated building with ample parking at the rear.
2015 - Anne Symington House - Boarders Dining Room
In February 2015, the girls returned to a newly refurbished dining room, with new furniture and fixtures, including the food service area.
2014 - Anne Symington House - Boarding House Extension, Activity Room, Classroom and Parents' Accommodation
An extra 20 beds were added to the boarding house, in a variety of single and twin share dorms, along with a brand new boarding house classroom. A Boarders Activity Room was built to provide a place for boarders to sew and cook after school and at the weekends with their friends. The refurbishment of the Parents' flat, consists of an ensuite and kitchenette for boarding families to stay overnight.
2013 - The Peter Arney Centre for Early Learning
In September 2013 the school opened the new Peter Arney Centre for Early Learning, which will house the Pre-primary students. The new facility features a playground that takes advantage of the adventurous, creative and playful nature of young minds and is set amongst natural flora. Inside, the building, which houses two classrooms under one roof, as well as a large group area, takes advantage of the latest technology and includes an interactive whiteboard in each classroom.
2013 - The Ron Farris Media Studies Centre
The development of the new library made space for a new facility for Media Studies, a subject which now attracts over 300 students. The old library site was refurbished and now houses a state of the art facility for Media Studies, including a green room, several classrooms and editing suites and an equipment store.
2012 - The Elizabeth Myles Library
On 15 August 2012, the Elizabeth Myles Library was opened. This is an entirely new, first floor building, that takes advantage of the bushland views, as well as offer students shade on the ground floor. The integration of new technology while maintaining the tradition of reading books has been skillfully factored into the development of this new facility.
2011 - Sir Thomas Wardle Swimming Pool Complex
In late 2011 the Sir Thomas Wardle Swimming Pool Complex, inclusive of a 50m pool, paddle pool and dive pool, were refurbished with funds from the Foundation. This included the addition of solar power heating (with a gas backup) to allow the students to swim in colder weather.
2011 - Hearn Hall
Hearn Hall was largely funded by the federal government's Building Education Revolution Primary Schools for the 21st Century Programme. It is an outstanding new gymnasium that provides a wonderful environment for our girls to enjoy Physical Education lessons and sport. It has also been used for large school events, including the 90th Birthday Bishop Riley Memorial Lecture, featuring speaker Li Cun Xin, and the annual whole school Eucharist.
2011 - Year 7 Complex
With the introduction of Year 7 into the Senior School, a dedicated area with classrooms, a computer lab, courtyard and play area were built. This facility features state-of-the art technology, and was tailored with the requirements of the Year 7 group in mind.
2010 - 2011 - Anne Symington House - Boarding House Bathrooms
Over two Christmas holidays, all student bathrooms (including showers and toilets) were completely refurbished.
2008 - St Mary's at Metricup: The Lady Treatt Centre for Learning and Leadership
With the fantastic and generous support of the Foundation and school community, St Mary's opened the gates to St Mary's at Metricup: The Lady Treatt Centre for Learning and Leadership, in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region, in April 2008. This 100 acre rural campus forms the focus of our outdoor education programme and some academic camps. St Mary's is the first all girls' school in Western Australia to establish such a facility.