The Senate is the student leadership group at the St. Mary’s Campus. Students apply for a position in the Senate and then present to the entire St. Mary’s cohort, including both teachers and students, on why they should be elected. Working in collaboration with each other, the teachers at St. Mary’s then consider students’ previous achievements and adherence to College expectations before electing the students to their positions of leadership.
This leadership structure aims to empower student voice, allow young people to take ownership of their environment, and engage with others in the community. The Senate works closely with the Campus Co-Coordinator to organize and run assemblies, special days (Resilience Day and Sustainability Day), liturgies and various extra-curricular activities at St. Mary’s.
The Senate is run as an executive government, with the elected students taking on a variety of leadership positions. The Senate is led by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and is made up of Ministers who are responsible for their own portfolios. The portfolios that students take on include Catholic Identity, Environment and Sustainability, Social Justice, Wellbeing, Multimedia and Photography, Music and Performing Arts, Sport and Recreation, Academia, Science and Technology and Transport. At the beginning of their semester as a Senator, students set specific goals relating to their individual portfolio that they intend to achieve. With the support and guidance of staff, students pursue these goals throughout their time at St. Mary’s Campus.