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Seven reasons to choose a Stella education

Enrolments are now open for Year 7, 2027 at Manly’s Stella Maris College – so if you have a daughter currently in Year 4 and want to send them to one of the Top 10 Catholic schools in New South Wales, now is the time to act!

Applications close on Friday, 26 July – and demand for places means that late applications will be placed on a waitlist.

For further enrolment details and important dates, visit the link below.


To see Stella in action, you can join a campus tour. Upcoming tour dates are available on the school’s website www.stellamaris.nsw.edu.au

The school offers exceptional value for money compared to independent schools that have significantly higher tuition fees.

But that’s not the only reason to choose Stella Maris for your daughter’s secondary education.

We asked Principal Elizabeth Carnegie for seven more good reasons to start Year 7 at Stella – and she’s more than qualified to respond! An educator with 40 years’ experience in schools, she is passionate about student wellbeing and advocates strongly for all girls’ schools.

Ms Carnegie also grew up on the Northern Beaches and is a former student of Stella Maris College.

Ms Carnegie chats with Year 12 leaders.

1. Strong Community and Support Network.  “We foster a close-knit community where each student is valued and supported to achieve academic, emotional, and social growth. As a former student, I can attest to the lasting friendships with fellow students and the impact that teachers played in shaping my life.”

Students at work on a research project.

2. Commitment to Academic Excellence.  “Our academic trajectory sees Stella ranked amongst the State’s top 10 Catholic secondary schools and with the best 65 schools in New South Wales for the past two years. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire, preparing students for future success. My time as a student equipped me with critical thinking skills and a passion for lifelong learning, which my staff strive to instil in students today.”

3. Holistic Education.  “We believe in educating the whole person. Our programs integrate academic, spiritual, cultural, and physical development, so that students not only excel in their studies but also develop into well-rounded, compassionate individuals.”

Success through teamwork for personal and physical development!

4. Focus on Leadership and Empowerment.  “We encourage students to become leaders in their own right through a range of leadership programs, community service, and extracurricular activities. My own leadership journey began here, and I am committed to providing similar opportunities for our students.”

5. Inclusive Environment.  “As a non-selective school, Stella welcomes students from all backgrounds and fosters mutual respect, understanding, and a sense of belonging. I experienced first-hand the richness that diverse perspectives bring to our community. This inclusive approach remains integral to our ethos today.”

6. An all-girls’ environment.  “Research shows that girls perform best in an-all girls’ environment. While girls’ schools make up only 10% of all secondary schools in New South Wales, they account for almost half of the schools ranked in the top 20 in 2023. It’s also why our focus remains on student wellbeing. We know that when we prioritize wellbeing, strong academic results follow.”

A Year 12 leader supports some new students.

7. Rich History and Tradition.  “Stella Maris College boasts a proud history on the Northern Beaches since it opened as an industrial school for boys and girls in 1881. Our alumni are represented at the highest echelons across all professions and industries, and make significant contributions to their own communities, both locally and globally. I’m proud to be a Stella graduate.”

Choosing Stella Maris means being part of a vibrant, supportive, and forward-thinking community. It is a place where students are encouraged to dream big, achieve their goals, and make a meaningful difference in the world with strong minds and open hearts.

Talent shines at Music Night!

For more information

Phone: 9977 5144

Email: registrar@stellamaris.nsw.edu.au

Facebook: @smcmanly

Address: 52 Eurobin Avenue, Manly, 2095


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