It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the Siena College website. If you are a first time visitor, I hope the experience gives you a sense of our beautiful setting and our Dominican tradition, and that you will be encouraged to visit us in Camberwell to meet our students and experience the College in operation.
Siena College was established in 1940 as an independent, Catholic school for girls in Years 7 to 12. The Dominican Sisters who founded the College built a school where young women could be inspired by the human person of Jesus Christ, follow their academic and cultural interests, believe in their potential and become passionate life long learners. It is a place where the diversity and unique gifts of the young women in our care are acknowledged and celebrated, and where we aim to empower young women to go out and make a difference in the world.
The College motto, Veritas, connects us to our 800 year Dominican tradition and to Dominican communities across Australia and around the world. Our Truth searching is grounded in prayer and contemplation, a commitment to study, the relationships and strong sense of community that have long been a part of Siena’s heritage, and a commitment to justice that is inspired by Gospel values. We encourage our students to engage in critical reflection on the world, develop a love of learning, an appreciation of culture and beauty and a spirit of freedom and responsibility.
St Catherine of Siena is the College patron and a role model of a woman who responded to the needs of her time with courage and conviction. She was both passionate and courageous, a revolutionary, a peacemaker, a champion of the poor and a prophetic teacher and Truth seeker. A Siena education has always been based on a deep respect for the unique qualities and gifts of each member of the community with an emphasis on service and on personal excellence in all endeavours.
Since it first opened in 1940, Siena College has demonstrated the capacity to meet evolving educational expectations of Church, students and parents. We look forward to educating and inspiring future generations of young women who will pass through our care.
Elizabeth Hanney Principal
Conversations with the Principal
Principal, Elizabeth Hanney, spoke to current families in late 2021 about their experiences at Siena College.