St Ursula’s College offers a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, catering for diverse learning pathways and student interests.
A member of the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia, St Ursula’s College is a specialist in girls only education; our curriculum and co-curriculum programs are tailored to allow your daughter to collaborate, develop confidence, and seize leadership opportunities.
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Our Junior School curriculum for Years 7 and 8 students develops confident and capable learners. A broad range of subjects, including the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Health and Physical Education and Religious Education, is enhanced by elective studies in Languages (French and Japanese), Creative Arts and Digital and Design Technologies. Supported learning experiences in Literacy and Numeracy are available, including a dedicated Numeracy enhancement program.
In our Middle School, Years 9 and 10, student learning extends to include a broader range of elective studies in a variety of specialist areas, including Certificate courses and Careers Education. Some of the elective subjects available include Business, Design with Digital Technology, Music, Visual Art, Drama, French, Japanese, Design with Food and Textiles, Certificate I in Hospitality, and Certificate II in Health Support Services. In addition to this learning, students have the opportunity to be involved in extension and supported programs. This approach ensures our students remain engaged in their core learning while pursuing individual areas of interest.
Our Senior School program for Years 11 and 12 offers personalised pathways for all students, encompassing both Tertiary entrance (ATAR) and Vocational Training (VET) certificate subjects. Senior subjects currently available at St Ursula’s College include, but are not limited to, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Aquatic Practices, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, General Mathematics, Essential Mathematics, French, Japanese, Music, Drama, Ancient History, Modern History, Legal Studies, Geography, Design, Health and Physical Education, Fashion, Business Studies, Visual Art, Study of Religion, Religion and Ethics, English, Essential English, Certificate III in Tourism, Certificate III in Allied Health, Certificate III in Fitness, Certificate II in Hospitality and Certificate II in Health Support Services. St Ursula’s College students can also access University subjects and Diplomas through CQUniversity, or connect with one of our many community partnerships to undertake a school Traineeship program. Our dynamic and supportive learning environment ensures excellent educational outcomes for all our students.
St Ursula’s College E-Learning options ensure students who are interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have outlets to explore, research, extend their knowledge and skills, and create.
In conjunction with the well-established co-curricular Lego Robotics program and designated ‘Maker Space’, opportunities are available to explore Electrical Engineering with Arduino programming, and 3D Printing.
Student Device Program
The Student Device Program provides all pupils with readily available technology for the duration of their Secondary Schooling at St Ursula’s College. All students will be issued with a computing device, purchased by the College, and parents/carers pay a Technology Levy for the device over three (3) years. The consistency of devices is essential to ensure proper functioning in the College environment.
Students will receive a new device at the beginning of Year 7 and Year 10, along with a laptop carrier. Devices will be need returned for updating and processing as required.
The Learning Enhancement Department and Teacher Assistants provide support for students with recognised additional learning needs, especially those for whom English is a second language. Opportunities are also provided for high achieving students to extend their learning, sometimes in classes with students of similar ability, or through the completion of more challenging tasks or activities. Our 21st Century Learning classes also expose students to skills and experiences that enhance their general capabilities and help prepare them for the changing demands of work and life in the future.
The College is also very keen to identify and provide appropriately for the diverse educational needs of students entering St Ursula’s to help them reach their potential. One such strategy is the administration of a computer based test called the Dyslexia Screener to Year 7 students each year, to assist in discerning those learners who show a Dyslexic profile: that is, their literacy and information processing skills do not seem consistent with their general ability. The program includes two tests of general ability, two of information processing and two of Literacy. A decision on Dyslexia status cannot be made only on the basis of this program; this is simply an initial assessment. An Educational Psychologist is required to diagnose Dyslexia. Students who show signs of more complex or severe Dyslexia will almost certainly benefit from further testing by an Educational Psychologist.
Vocational Education and Training
St Ursula’s College offers students a variety of opportunities to expand their skills and training in professional settings. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways available are extensive; we cater for student interest and respond to emerging areas of demand.
Each year, students in Year 10 develop their Senior Education Transition (SET) plans during Term 2. Year 10 SET plan interviews are held between a member of the Leadership team, students and parents. They are compulsory for all Year 10 students wanting to transition to Senior School. This SET plan meeting enables students to discuss, plan and set goals for their post-school options.
St Ursula’s College Registered Training Organisation (RTO Provider No: 30032)
Complaints and Appeals
St Ursula’s College, as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), has a complaints and appeals policy specific to its RTO operations.
A complaint can be made to the St Ursula’s College RTO regarding the conduct of:
- St Ursula’s College RTO, its trainers, assessors or other St Ursula’s College RTO staff
- students of the RTO
- any third parties providing services on behalf of the St Ursula’s College RTO (if relevant).
Complaints may be made to any member of staff.
An appeal can be made to the St Ursula’s College RTO to request a review of a decision, including assessment decisions.
Appeals should be made to the trainer/assessor in the first instance, but can also be made to Heads of Department or the RTO Manager.
St Ursula’s College RTO will ensure that the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness are adopted at every stage of the complaints and appeals process.
- Any staff member can receive a complaint or appeal. Where possible, complaints are resolved immediately.
- All complaints and appeals are heard and resolved within 60 calendar days of receipt.
- If the St Ursula’s College RTO considers that more than 60 calendar days are required to process and finalise the complaint or appeal, the complainant or appellant will be informed of the reasons for the extended time-frame in writing and will be regularly updated on the progress of the matter.
- St Ursula’s College RTO will maintain a secure Complaints and Appeals Register, documenting all complaints and appeals received, as well as actions taken and decisions made.
- St Ursula’s College RTO will undertake a continuous improvement process that includes reviewing both the details in the Complaints and Appeals Register, and the complaints and appeals policy and procedures, and taking appropriate corrective action to eliminate or mitigate the likelihood of the same problems occurring again.
Complaints or appeals may also be directed to the Principal as CEO of the College RTO via [email protected]
Replacement Certification Policy and Procedure
Upon request St Ursula’s College RTO permits replacement of AQF certification documentation it has issued in the previous 30 years. Replacements are free of charge.
To request replacement certification please contact our RTO Manager, Natasha Oldham. Verification of the identity of the applicant (name, address, date of birth), based on suitable proof of identity documents, will be required.