Welcome from our 2021 Boarding Leaders

Welcome to our boarding family! We hope you enjoy your exciting journey ahead. Whether you need some advice or just want some company, we are here whenever you need us, so please visit us often. We would like to share a little bit about ourselves and our boarding story…

Hannah Manuel – Wubin | SENIOR BOARDER 

I joined the St Mary’s boarding community in Year 7 at the age of 11, from Wubin which is near Dalwallinu. I have made so many friends in boarding over the years and have had the opportunity to do amazing things just from stepping out of my comfort zone and getting involved. The highlight of boarding has been the weekend recreation activities. As well as being super fun, these activities gave me the opportunity to connect with lots of different boarders not just the girls I was close to. They have helped me to create long lasting relationships with both the St Mary’s girls and also boarders from other schools.
As the 2021 Senior Boarder, I plan to make our boarding community one where everyone feels safe, respected, and connected. These are the three main focus points for me next year. I also want to make 2021 as much fun as possible and to make it memorable for all the right reasons!


Sophie Whitfield - Konongorring | CHAPEL BOARDER

I joined boarding in 2016 as a Year 7. I come from a small town in the Wheatbelt called Konongorring, about two hours north east of Perth, in between the towns Wongan Hills and Goomalling.
One of the highlights of boarding life are the days when you just sit after dinner and chat with your friends for hours and laugh until your tummy hurts. My favourite day of the year is by far Christmas shopping night. We go into the city and do all our Christmas shopping and then go to a late-night movie. It’s such a wonderful tradition and lots of fun.
As a 2021 boarding leader at St Mary’s, I plan to try and make 2021 a fun year for everyone within the house. I want to get to know the girls from all year groups and encourage you to do the same. My goal for 2021 is to bring all boarders together and to make sure that we respect our own individualities and continue to be kind to each other, no matter our differences.


Hannah West– Wongan Hills | DANNATT WING 

I joined the St Mary’s family in 2016 when I was in Year 7. I grew up on a farm in Wongan Hills, in the Wheatbelt. Boarding has been one of the best choices for me and allowed me to become who I am today. One of the main highlights of my boarding journey is the range of friendships that I have made. There is always someone who is around to support you whenever you need help.
As a 2021 boarding leader at St Mary’s, I plan to make sure that all girls have a boarding experience that is full of happiness and laughter. I want to be there to support the girls in my wing to brighten their days.