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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    hello im in year 10 and i really want to go to smshs next year

    what can i do to maximize my chances to get selected?

    thanks in advance

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    oops too late now. Did ya make it in anyways?

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kavaianas View Post
    Hey guys!

    So, I'm currently in year 10 and I really want to go to SMSHS next year.
    So could you tell me, how easy is it to get into SMSHS?
    What advice would you give a year 10 student who is seeking to attend the school for their senior years?
    What does SMSHS look for in a student? What do they prioritise when it comes down to the selection?

    Thank you in advance! All help is really appreciated!
    I'm a student about to join smshs 2016 this year and I forgot to buy the skirt! I wanted to know does anybody know where I could possibly purchase the skirt before school starts!?! PLEASE HELP!!!

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Any advice that focuses more recently to today?

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Personally didn't apply, but a few of my friends and people I know did and went. Honestly, their grades dropped, but a lot of peoples rise a lot. And its a good school in terms of scaling, at least compared to a lot of schools in the West. To me those people focused way too much on socialising there and there wasnt really a balance.


    How you have a good chance getting in is teacher references from what I've heard, I know someone with straight A's that didnt get in as opposed to someone that had average grades but teacher references, and they did. Your school also probably has an impact, they'll try to take kids from public schools/and possibly even focus on 'disadvantaged' ones. Also applying earlier probably also helps. cant remember if theres a slot of if you know someone already going there, but if you do that helps as well

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Hi guys,
    I am very keen on attending St Mary's Senior High School but need a bit of help. It is an unusual question but i would like to make my application pleasing for the staff to read. i have been told by a friend that the one page smshs provide for their personal profile is where you are supposed to write your entire essay...
    Can i add an extra page or is one page only allowed?

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Quote Originally Posted by ak0 View Post
    Hi guys,
    I am very keen on attending St Mary's Senior High School but need a bit of help. It is an unusual question but i would like to make my application pleasing for the staff to read. i have been told by a friend that the one page smshs provide for their personal profile is where you are supposed to write your entire essay...
    Can i add an extra page or is one page only allowed?
    To be honest it'd be better if you just stick to one page. From what I heard they just skip ones that are too lengthy or don't go straight to the point.

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Woohoo I made it anyone that goes there mind telling me what's it like especially concerning the uniform.

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Quote Originally Posted by wowcool View Post
    Woohoo I made it anyone that goes there mind telling me what's it like especially concerning the uniform.
    Don't quote me on this but I don't think they have a uniform policy, i.e. you can wear whatever you want...

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Quote Originally Posted by wowcool View Post
    Woohoo I made it anyone that goes there mind telling me what's it like especially concerning the uniform.
    You're only expected to wear the school uniform on special occasions. On a normal school day there is a "dress code." The dress code is plain green, grey, black, white or yellow clothing + nothing offensive or revealing.

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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    since this is literally the third link from google when typing "st marys senior highschool", i thought i'd add some of my anecdotal advice for people who are ALREADY accepted.

    but if you want help with the essay, just 1 up yourself and convince your audience that you have to be accepted, tell them that you need to be at this school because maybe you NEED that certain subject that isn't provided at your current school, or you NEED that independant environment to improve as a person. they will only pick people who are confident and are willing to change and adapt to this environment, while putting themselves out there, its about convincing them that you are the student they want and need for the school.

    you've finally gotten into st marys, hooray! honestly, best decision you'll ever make. i came from a private school, and had second thoughts of moving to st marys, but i will never regret this decision. if you are looking for a 99.95 atar, probably not the best school, however this shouldn't stop you if you're determined enough. the only real reason you would come to this school is to become a better person. this school teaches you how to be independent and how to interact in a real world environment, with a safety net. here are some stuff to note

    st marys is as independent as independent gets. most teachers are merely just supervisors, you'll be lucky if you get a teacher that cares about your individual mark and is willing to make sacrifices to help improve your individual marks. most people rely on tutors and study groups, which shows how uneffective some of the teachers' teaching can be (really just depends on what subject, from experience the more difficult subjects will have the more washed out teachers, however there are execptions, rosa the japanese/korean teacher is a great example of a great teacher, but these teachers are rare).

    you are also NOT forced into many of the various extra curricular activities that st marys provides, HOWEVER its definitely worth it, as thats what st marys is all about. anytime you can help out with ANYTHING, be it helping out at a stall during heritage day, doing charity work, being a part of a club, being a club leader (also, join pop culture club and anime club) or being src, ETC. you can learn a lot from it, can gain a lot of experience, and plus you can write it down as a reference at the end of year 12. you are given a reference sheet nearing graduation and shows all the various things that you could have done and you have to tick the stuff that you did, and honestly, mine was pretty empty. if you EVER have that opportunity, please do yourself a favour and consider it, it will definitely be worth your time and will be helpful in the future. you'll learn a lot from experiencing things you've never done. if you're willing enough, then you're already half way there! thats the spirit st marys looks for.

    even if you aren't as social as most people, you'll be fine. personally, i was a fucken nervous wreck at the start of year 11. i only knew 2 other people going into st marys and just stuck to them, like a pest, then eventually stuck to myself for most of the first term. but as time came i met more and more people, and those people helped me become more confident in myself and was able to get out there and meet new people, and thats where i believe st marys does things right. the amount of social interaction with people will improve your ability to communicate, you will meet hundreds of new faces, and by the time its graduation, you probably wont even know everyone. don't make the same mistake as me, because i only knew faces and names but not their personalities.. get to know the people around you as much as you can and be someone that people want to be around. when graduation comes (and it comes quick), you'll probably never to get see those lovely faces anymore, so dont lose out on those opportunities.

    probably one of my biggest mistakes was treating year 11 way too seriously and lost out on a lot of social outings, so hear me out and just take year 11 a lot more lax, and make all the friends that you can, go out of your way to enjoy time with friends, be it at the city, blacktown, vivid, abandoned train tracks, etc., enjoy highschool life before it gets serious, so that in year 12 you will have a group to help support you, and people who you can support. another way to look at it is, the greater your social web; the more resources. also, always make friends with your class, and make group chats on facebook to help each other out. also, never decline an invitation from a friend, its about the experiences with your friends that strengthens your bonds, be a yes person and be positive. st marys will bring you out of your comfort zone for the better, always take that opportunity to experiment to see what you are capable of. maybe try out for club leader, or maybe even higher like SRC, or even god damn school captain. if you are confident enough, its worth the experience.

    important thing, don't be dumb like me and procrastinate in year 12. im literally writing this 3 days before my first hsc exam. learn to manage your time, listen and take notes in class, and know when you need to ask for help, especially if you are struggling.

    also, first impressions don't matter. people will change within months time, heck even within a term. that guy who you thought dressed weird in the first term might be the coolest guy if you actually bothered to talk to him. if you see someone sitting alone, go up to them and have a little chat. just make friends with anyone and everyone. add them on facebook or somthin, say hey when you see them between periods. most importantly, never cut ties with someone. friendships and connections are what makes st marys a great school

    and most important, focus on yourself. you came to this school for your own reason, make sure you accomplish what you were achieving, and on top of that achieving the best and more, and helping others achieve their goals. you cannot get through life alone, humans are social creatures and rely on the help of others while providing their own help. just remember, life isn't a competition, but a co-op campaign with your companions. you are only as fast as the slowest member, so help each other out.

    anyways, yeah. st marys senior highschool has changed me a lot personally, i still remember stressing and looking at this thread to see if other people were in the same boat. i just wanted to give back, since st marys has given me a lot (just postgrad depresso hitting me tbh). good luck, make the most of it, you wont regret it.

    class of 17 student, hope this helped.
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    Re: Advice for Applying to St. Mary's Senior High School?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Hero_Comes View Post
    you'll be lucky if you get a teacher that cares about your individual mark and is willing to make sacrifices to help improve your individual marks. most people rely on tutors and study groups, which shows how uneffective some of the teachers' teaching can be
    This isn't exactly 100% true. Sure not all the teachers there are great, *cough* that one physics teacher *cough*. Most teachers such as Rosa are willing to help students if they ask for it. Like you said, St Mary's is an independent environment, so most of the teachers aren't going to spoon feed you. If teachers see you're making an effort to improve your marks they'll definitely help you. However I do agree with most of your points.
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