Dear Students, Parents, Carers and Teachers,
St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College is celebrating next year its thirtieth year Anniversary. The Lord has supported us to go through a lot of difficulties and challenges. Through the prayers of St. Mary’s, our patron Saint, we feel very blessed crossing this milestone.
Currently the College is running three or four classes in each year level from Foundation up to Year 10. The College also offers 18 VCE subjects.
According to 2020 Census, we have 826 students, with half of them attend the Primary School and the other half attend the Secondary School. The College also has 119 employees, including teachers, administration staff, support staff and bus drivers.
In the last thirty years, the College has grown up from just 51 students to over 800 students. The College is planning to be able to accommodate up to 900 students. The College is also providing transport for the students, who do not live close to the College campus. The very well-maintained College fleet of busses is being modernised and more new busses to be added to the fleet next year.
Since 1991, the College was visited by His Holiness Pope Shenouda of blessed memory four times. It was also blessed by the visit of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II in 2017. Many of our fathers the bishops visited our College throughout the years.
The first group of Year 12 graduated in 1999. It was a group of four students only. Since then, about 1200 students completed their schooling at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College. Many of them achieved good success in their careers and provide considerable input to the community. We are also blessed with many of their children, who enrolled at SMCOC’s College following the steps of their parents.
Some of our Religion teachers are now serving at our Coptic Churches as priests. We are so humbled and glad for these blessings the College had through their services.
2020 was a special year. During this year, the College had to go through a tough lockdown. The College managed successfully to run all the scheduled classes online. It was a great effort and the very dedicated staff of the College managed to do a great job. This time was also a great chance to do all maintenance works which was overdue. Six old toilet blocks were renovated and thoroughly refurbished. It was also a good chance to clean old Asbestos, which was not in any harmful form but we managed to get rid of it finally.
During 2019 and 2020 the College restored all the buildings to its original plans. Buildings were cleaned and refurbished. Old classrooms in Buildings A&B were re-painted and covered in new plaster. I am glad to announce that the whole College now looks clean and tidy. Yes, we felt knocked back by the COVID-19 lockdown but we were otherwise blessed to renovate and properly refurbish the whole College’s buildings and gardens.
The last two years were a very busy time for St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College. I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation for the enormous tasks and works taken by the College Board in collaboration with the College’s senior staff to be able to meet all the VRQA standards and requirements, which was finalised in November 2020.
On behalf of all the College community, staff, students, parents and carers, I wish to extend special thanks to all the College staff for all the great efforts to keep the College on top standards.
St Marys Coptic Orthodox College offers a complete educational experience – from Foundation to Year 12.
The College fosters a true community spirit.
We maintain high academic standards, smaller class sizes and a caring, inclusive and supportive community.
Our teachers are deeply committed to seeing each student realise their God-given potential
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