Why Board at St Ursula’s?
St Ursula’s College has provided Boarding facilities on the Capricorn Coast for over ninety-five years. Of course, in that time our facilities, community, and lifestyle, have adapted to suit the needs of students. Our Boarding House, Yumba-Gy-You, is a community where each person feels welcome and at ease, and where each one can find her special place and sense of belonging. Girls are encouraged to develop their gifts and talents and to grow towards responsible citizens, respecting themselves and their environment. Respect for others, honesty, co-operation and consideration are the fundamental principles supporting our community.
As Boarders live on Campus for approximately forty weeks of the year, the College assumes some important responsibilities. Boarding Staff provide the students with firm but fair guidelines for behaviour and encouragement to take responsibility for their actions and decisions.
Our girls enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Boarding House, and living in a small resort town, with safe, protected stretches of beach within walking distance from our College. Our three storey Boarding House is well equipped with kitchen facilities, spacious Common Rooms and internet access. There are also wide verandahs, where girls can relax, and comfortable individual living areas.
Boarding students enjoy excellent educational opportunities, an interesting and varied co-curricular program, together with a variety of activities that often take advantage of our Beach location. Girls are also encouraged to volunteer within the community, perhaps at the Wildlife Park, the local Vet or at the St Vincent de Paul shop. The Faith and Christian values are nurtured through participation in prayer, liturgies and Religious Education. Girls attend a Saturday evening Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Yeppoon and are encouraged to participate actively. On Sunday evening, students gather for prayer and reflection, which focus on the week ahead.
Our aim is not only to prepare Boarding students for life and learning beyond school but also to enable them to take with them happy memories and lifelong friendships from their years at St Ursula’s.
The key to a successful Boarding experience for your daughter is in knowing that her parent(s) and the College are working together in her best interests. We encourage you to visit your daughter at any time and to keep in contact with the staff looking after her.
An extensive co-curricular program (facilitated by the Boarding College):
Netball, Dancing, Surf Life-saving, Sports, SES, Tennis, Army Cadets, Water Polo, Gymnastics and other such activities are available in the area.
Yeppoon is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Famous for it’s relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, Yeppoon is a national treasure, a township that has retained it’s village style appeal but dubbed as the commercial centre of the Capricorn coast with a well-developed hospitality, retail and arts industry.
The region boasts one of the best sub-tropical climates Queensland has to offer with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Our laid back coastal town has a community orientated spirit that naturally becomes instilled in our girls.
The College is located only a short walk from a patrolled stretch of stunning beaches. Our students get to experience the full advantages of being by the ocean with opportunities to be involved in surf life-saving, sailing, surfing and more. The College facilitates early morning and afternoon exercise sessions along the beach each day. The girls are also encouraged to use the beach for recreation and leisure activities.