A Girls Catholic School - Our Culture

A culture of learning

At St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, we strive to provide all students with opportunities for academic success. An enriching learning environment delivers challenging, relevant, and meaningful curriculum experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.  Varying capabilities are catered for, and multiple learning pathways are offered, to assist all students achieve their full potential. Students are recognised for their academic performance, with Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards distributed at special Academic Assemblies twice yearly.

 

A culture of faith

The Mission and Values of the College are centered on faith, the provision of Religious Education, and our commitment as Catholics to live out the Gospel message. As a Catholic College – founded by the Presentation Order in 1918 – we have a rich history of faith in action, liturgy, and prayer.

A Faith in Action Captain is appointed each year, as one of the Student Leadership roles. The College is committed to providing authentic experiences of faith in action that are student-initiated and led, and to nurture the spiritual journey of each person, in relevant and life-giving ways.

A culture of environment

St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, is within walking distance to local beaches, which are part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. With National Parks also a short drive away, and the impressive landscape of the Capricorn Coastline at hand, appreciation of the natural environment is strongly echoed in the culture of the College.  Environmental excursions provide opportunities to explore the wonders of coastal life, and students are encouraged to develop an understanding of global environmental concerns.

An Environmental Captain is appointed each year, as another Student Leadership role. This student leads their peers, and the wider College Community, in activities to promote environmental campaigns and sustainability.

A culture of diversity

The multicultural atmosphere of the College fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among all students. Students and staff from various cultural backgrounds share their knowledge and skills within the College Community and are appreciated for their contribution to campus life. Cultural tours of Japan and France are undertaken by students as part of their Languages Other Than English (LOTE) studies. Students of Tourism and Hospitality also visit countries such as Singapore and New Zealand.

A Yarning Circle, created at the College in 2016, provides a sacred space for students to remember, pray, and relax. Designed and built by Indigenous Elders, staff and students, the Yarning Circle has a unique blend of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural influences.

A Cultural Captain is appointed each year, also as a Student Leadership role. This student works with staff to create opportunities to celebrate cultural awareness and acknowledge diversity in a respectful and affirming manner.