155 years of empowering young women

St Mary's College Adelaide celebrates its 155th anniversary this year, marking a significant milestone for the oldest continuously running girls' school in South Australia. Founded in 1869 by seven Dominican Sisters, the college has remained dedicated to empowering young women through quality education.

With a strong tradition of academic excellence and community support, St Mary’s College has evolved significantly from its modest beginnings in cottages on West Terrace and Franklin Street. Today, it is a leading Catholic girls’ school offering education from Reception to Year 12. The college’s commitment to empowering young women is evident in its diverse curriculum and innovative programs, supported by state-of-the-art facilities, including a Centre for the Performing Arts, Library/Resource Centre, Senior Centre, and Gymnasium. Its leadership programs encourage and enable students to positively impact their communities.

St Mary’s College Adelaide, circa 1918

Reflecting on its legacy, St Mary’s College embraces innovation while staying true to its core values and beliefs. This anniversary celebrates history and reaffirms the college’s dedication to nurturing students ready to make a meaningful difference in society. As St Mary’s College looks forward to the future, it remains committed to inspiring and supporting generations of young women to achieve their full potential, carrying forward the vision of its founding Dominican Sisters over a century and a half ago.

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