New Santa Maria College principal says offer too good to pass


Santa Maria College Principal Jennifer Oaten.
Santa Maria College Principal Jennifer Oaten.

NEW Santa Maria College principal Jennifer Oaten says a chance to lead the school, a place where she was a student and teacher, was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Mrs Oaten moved into the role ahead of the 2018 school year after Ian Elder brought a close to his 40-year career in education.

“I have been part of the Santa Maria College community as a student, a teacher, a parent and a leader and I felt this chance to lead the College community was an incredible opportunity,” Mrs Oaten said.

“The great emphasis we place on developing faith and values in our girls is important to me in a society where there are many challenges for young people.”

Mrs Oaten boarded at the school from 1981 to 1985.

Jacqueline Jenzen (now Fuller) – home economics technician at SMC, Jennifer Buckenara (now Oaten) – SMC principal, Mary-Kate Capp (now Walsh) – mother of deputy head boarder Roisin Walsh and Meredith Wansborough (now Darroch).

She joked much had changed, from the quality of food, popular hairstyles and the ease in which students can now remain in contact with their parents.

“When I was at school I never dreamed of one day being the principal,” she said.

“I also feel a strong sense of belonging and community and hope I will be able to be a role model to our girls to demonstrate that anything is possible if you aim high and work hard.”

New SMC principal Jennifer Oaten as a Year 11 student at the school in 1984.

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