Education at St Mary's College is holistic in
that it seeks the formation of the entire person.
The broad curriculum sets out to fulfill the
academic, spiritual, social, physical and cultural goals of each
St Mary’s has a
strong sporting tradition and a fine record of achievements. However,
emphasis is placed on commitment to training and participation for all
as well as giving due recognition to talent.
In swimming, cross
country and athletics, the students compete in inter-house, inter-school
and Catholic schools competitions.
Students also compete in
interschool competition in cricket, tennis, netball, basketball,
softball, touch football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, indoor soccer and
Students are given
the opportunity to trial for Regional, State and National teams in their
chosen sport and are given support to achieve their best.
and PERFORMING ARTS
St Mary’s has a strong cultural life.
Musically the College boasts a concert band, orchestra, stage-band,
various ensembles, as well as a full choir and show choir.
The school also provides private specialty
instrumental teachers and many opportunities to perform in cultural
nights and interschool competitions. St Mary’s cultural life also
includes theatre excursions and workshops, debating, public speaking,
mooting and visual arts.
our Combined College's annual Musical
St Mary’s provides a full range of both real
life and life-like Art activities. Students have access to Art rooms
during lunch hours and after school to explore media and techniques like
pottery, print making, drawing, painting and sculpture. Excursions to
the Global Arts Links and the Queensland Art Gallery are held regularly.
Workshops with visiting professional artists are held in school time and
at weekends. Entry in exhibitions like the Education Minister’s
Excellence in Art award extends students individuality and creativity.
forms an important part of the overall curriculum. Students participate
as a whole year level in camps in Years 8 and 12, as well as
specifically for some particular subjects (eg Biology).
Social Justice members at work for
the Little King's Movement
Miss Anderson and the Student Leaders say
farewell to Sr Joan - 2009
The development of leadership
skills in students is seen as an integral part of total education.
Students are given informal leadership roles
wherever possible, students at all year levels have the opportunity to
participate in Student Council and senior students have the opportunity
to take on traditional designated leadership roles.
Student Representative Council provides an
appropriate forum for the discussion of areas of concern to students. It
is comprised of representatives from each pastoral care class in the
-Senior students, under the leadership of the
College Captain, Vice Captain, Sports Captain, Arts Captain and House
Leaders, receive leadership training and take on a vital leadership role
in the College. Their major initiatives are taken through committees
which aid them in achieving their group goals for the year. Above all,
they lead by their example to others.
Each year a number of exchange students come
to St Mary’s from our sister schools in Tokyo and Sakuragaoka and
Kagoshima. Various social activities such as outings and functions are
arranged for both students and their home stay families.
Exchange teachers also stay with St Mary’s for
one year and similar activities are arranged. Each year three students
from St Mary’s College have the opportunity to visit Sakuragaoka, our
sister city school in Tokyo for six weeks.
Each year there are also regular outings to
Japanese restaurants and gardens to further our knowledge of the
Japanese people and their culture.