Students who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. 3.png

  • The College runs a wide variety of community events throughout the year that provide opportunities for students to connect other students, staff, family, peers, and the wider community.  This has broad benefits for each student's wellbeing as it develops their resilience, sense of safety, as well as increases feelings of identity and belonging to the College.  Events include: Sporting Carnivals (Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country),  Wellbeing Week International Women's Day Afternoon Tea.​
  • Students connect with the wider community through various outreach and student development initiatives such as student visits to Nest Community Centre [Home - The Nest Community], Student Outreach Programs and Immersions [Compassionate Hearts Ignited in Santa Teresa].​
  • Tutor Groups, which are designed to create a “family" of approximately 18-22 students from Years 7 to 12, are brought together and connect each morning by their Tutor Group Teacher. Older students serve as role models and big brothers/sisters for younger students in their Tutor Group. The House system and Tutor Groups promote a strong sense of community, personal care, and leadership opportunities.
  • Each Year Level attends a College Camp or Retreat.  Camps and retreats offer opportunities for students to interact with College staff, the community and each other in different settings where they can improve their socials skills, learn the worth of working together, build independence, and develop confidence.
  • Mt Maria's Yarning Circle is a place where students can gather and provides a safe place for all to speak without judgement.  It also provides an important space for our First Nations students to connect, learn, develop, and participate in cultural activities. 
  • Mt Maria staff are trained in Restorative Practices approach to conflict resolution with and between students.  Restorative Practices focuses on the harm conflict or wrong-doing causes to people and to relationships, and the obligation to repair that harm. RP is an approach to behaviour management and discipline that emphasises the importance of relationships and maintaining connection.​