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Santa Maria College Appoints New Principal

Santa Maria College, Perth has announced the appointment of Jennifer Oaten to the position of Principal. Jennifer brings with her 20 years of experience in Catholic education and a wonderful Mercy heritage.


Jennifer and her husband Simon have two children, Oliver who is 15 years old and Amy who is 12, and a student at Santa Maria. Jennifer believes her family has helped shape her values and their support has been crucial to her career.


Jennifer grew up on a farm in Margaret River and her first experience of Santa Maria College was when she arrived as a Boarder in Year 8. Jennifer finished her schooling at Santa Maria College and headed to Edith Cowan University to study Education.


Following graduation from university her first teaching role was at Presbyterian Ladies’ College as a Science teacher. She went on to become a Head of Year before moving to St Norbert College as Head of Science and then Acting Deputy Principal.


Jennifer was then presented with the opportunity to work for the Catholic Education Office as a Science consultant. She then moved to Notre Dame University where she lectured students on a pathway to teaching.


Curriculum has always been Jennifer’s passion, so when the role of Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning at Santa Maria College was advertised, she was excited and jumped at the opportunity. Jennifer spent 7 years in this role before her appointment as Principal.

Congratulations Jennifer!