Mary O'Connor

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Star of the sea College is in Brighton , Victoria
What is the nature of your College Star of the Sea is a Catholic Independent Girls' College,  Year 7-12.
It was founded by the Presentation sisters in 1883 and since 2014 has been part of a new PJP, Kildare Ministries, which has schools  with Brigidine or Presentation spirituality.
How many students 1140
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at at Loreto Toorak for 11 years

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • The community of parents, staff and students have been very welcoming.  Otherwise, it's only been 3 weeks!
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The College has a significant focus on social justice activities, living the school motto, "Deeds not words"(Facta non Verba")
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The official response to the Royal Commission and the impact this may have on future enrolments as people lose trust in the institutional Church.




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044