Star of the Sea College, Brighton

Star of the Sea College, Brighton

Principal:  Ms Mary O'Connor

E No.  E1028

Year Levels:  7 to 12

Phone Number:  9595 9595

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The College has been delivering Catholic education of the highest quality to young women in the Brighton and surrounding areas for the last 134 years. The College has a rich tradition of educating women to think globally, work for justice and make a difference.

Founded in 1883 by the Presentation Sisters, Star of the Sea College (the College) is a Catholic school for young women. We remain faithful to the spirit of the Presentation Sisters who are called to encounter God in the heart of the world. We seek to continue the mission of Jesus in the spirit of Nano Nagle.


Star of the Sea College educates young women spiritually, academically, physically and creatively in a compassionate Catholic context. In keeping with our desire to promote the dignity and potential of each community member, the safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount across all aspects of the school environs.  We strive to empower young women to engage in critical reflection leading to positive action for our world.

Star is a registered Catholic Secondary College for girls, first established in 1883 by the Presentation Sisters, who own and administer the school. The College Board has responsibility for the management of the College and the continuance of the educational mission of the Presentation Sisters. Star of the Sea is a member of Kildare Ministries.

Situated in Brighton, the college is within easy walking distance of the station and is well served by public transport.

The College is known for the quality of its education for girls in Australia. As well as aiming for excellence in academic areas, the College offers a wide range of experiences in art, music, drama, sport (including swimming and athletics), public speaking and debating.

Star, also has a reputation for educating girls to exercise initiative, to be independent thinkers, to be articulate and practical in their response to matters of social concern, and to be active and contributing members in their Church and their society.

The name “Star of the Sea” was chosen by the first group of Presentation Sisters when, in 1883, they placed the school under the Patronage of Mary, Mother of Jesus, symbol of faith and love and openness to God for all Christian people. The choice of this particular title for Mary was doubtlessly influenced by the school’s proximity to the sea. Mary has been honoured through the ages by this title. At a time when mariners guided their ships by the stars, Mary was seen as a clear guiding light for all Christians on their journey through the sea of life, and the title has been retained by the Church for its rich symbolic meaning. The The College crest dates back to the very early days of the twentieth century.

The motto chosen by the College, Facta Non Verba (Deeds Not Words) reminds us that words are not enough by themselves. We need to be doers of the Word, sharing our gifts, giving and receiving, as Mary did in her response to God and to his People. The motto reminds us that we are called to be people of faith, love, and especially today, of initiative and courage.

Our current school population is approximately 1100.


Star provides the opportunity for a number of compulsory and optional camp programs to build confidence, resilience, teamwork and a sense of achievement.

Students studying German, Italian and Japanese in Years 10 & 11 also have the opportunity to attend exchange or immersion programs.

School location

Address:  80 Martin Street
Brighton VIC 3186

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Melbourne

Region:  Southern

Parish:  St James'

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