Introducing the new Year 7 & 8 Village Learning Centre - Opening in 2019!

Future year 7 and 8 students at Santa Maria College can look forward to a new Year 7&8 Village Learning Centre opening in 2019!

The new centre has been designed by specialist education designers Law Architects to develop students’ sense of belonging and connection as well as enhancing the contemporary teaching and learning style. It also supports the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program offered to Santa Maria students in Years 7 to 10.

Santa Maria introduced a new structure in 2016, “One community, Three villages”. This means we get to know each student and her story very well – how she learns, what helps her flourish as a person and how we work in partnership with her family.

Law Architects has designed the new two-level Year 7 and 8 centre by rethinking and extending an existing building. Each level has a collection of contemporary learning and breakout spaces surrounding a central garden atrium.

Natural light will wash through the centre with expanses of windows and internal glass walls to the central atrium. A pair of learning spaces on each level opens up to create larger spaces for collaborative learning and student inquiry. Each level also includes an amphitheatre, and breakout spaces to promote teamwork and enhance social engagement.

The centre’s curved front facade is fully glazed with an eye-catching decorative metal screen in sage green and copper tones to control light and heat while maintaining views across northeast Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges.

Contact the College Registrar now if you would like to enrol your daughter to experience contemporary learning at its best!







Santa Maria College enjoys a brilliant location in the heart of Northcote. Our buildings capture the heritage and history as we celebrating over 110 years of educating young women in the northern region of Melbourne. Established with a commitment to the education of girls, the Sisters worked tirelessly to build a learning environment that offered rigour and opportunity for growth imbued within a rich Faith community. This legacy continues to flourish and opportunities abound for students at Santa Maria College.

Our Benedictine Centre at the entrance to the school on Separation Street has a modern architectural design with striking curved panels reflects captures our contemporary educational philosophy. This new building is home to our Visual and Performing Arts precinct. The building exhibits innovative, creative learning spaces that reflect engaging learning for the 21st century. The design mirrors the College’s contemporary learning program, the building offers open, energetic and creative spaces to optimise best learning practice. The building will inspire learners from Year 7 to 12 to imagine, create and innovate within a 21st century contemporary learning space.

Take a tour to see a school immersed in the latest technologies, students with their own Notebooks, as well as some of the specialist areas like …

Our Mission Statement calls us to be educationally innovative. This means that we are always looking to create new opportunities, resources and ideas to excite students and teachers alike.