Resources and Facilities
A number of building programs, especially over the last 25 years, have provided St Mary’s with modern, well equipped facilities which include:
- Industrial Arts room – with an emphasis on woodwork
- Five Computer Rooms, a Graphics room and 3 sets of mobile Laptops
- Four Class Sets of mobile iPads
- Wireless internet access available throughout the school
- 17 Interactive Whiteboards and six touch screen TV’s
- Food Technology Laboratory
- Textile and Design room
- Two spacious Visual Arts rooms, one with a kiln
- Music facility with practice rooms
- Library and Resource Centre
- Four modern Science Laboratories, refurbished in 2010-11
- A Language Laboratory constructed in 2010-11
- Fifteen modern air conditioned class rooms
- Modern Canteen, serving healthy food
- Careers Room
- Two Ag Plots
- Tennis Courts
- Access to Sports Oval and Basketball Courts (Kitchener Park)
- Counselling Room
- Landscaped grounds, a pleasant and well maintained environment for learning
- Facilities in the Parish Centre upon request
St Mary’s College Gunnedah has a staff of 36 teachers and 14 support staff. For a full list of our staff, please visit our STAFF LIST page.
Some significant members of the staff are:
- College Pastor – Fr John McHugh
- The College Executive: Principal – Mr Max Quirk
- Assistant Principal – Mrs Catherine Martin
- RE Co-ordinator – Mrs Sandra Garnett
There are six Leaders of Learning, who have responsibility for the learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science, TAS / Creative Arts, PD / Health / PE and HSIE. There is also a Sport Co-ordinator and an IT Supervisor.
There are six Year Supervisors, one for each Year. The Year Supervisor takes a special interest in the welfare of all students in that year and will be, for many issues, the first point of contact between parents and school. The Year Supervisor is the teacher students would see if they have difficulties or problems and is the most likely teacher to contact parents if there are overall behaviour problems. The Year 7 Supervisor is normally appointed in Term 4. The normal procedure is that the Year Supervisor moves through the Years with one cohort of students.
There is an Student Support Unit, comprising two part-time Student Support Teachers, a part-time Indigenous Focus Teacher, two Educational Assistants and an Aboriginal Education Assistant.
Centacare provides a Student Counsellor, who comes to the College for student consultations for two days per week. Students can be referred to the counsellor by staff, with parental consent. In certain circumstances, students can self-refer themselves to the counsellor.
There is a part-time Canteen Manager, who appreciates the assistance of parent volunteers to keep the canteen operating for five days per week. There are two part-time managers of the College Uniform Shop.