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St Rita’s College continues to be at the forefront of girls’ education, with a reputation for achieving impressive academic and vocational results. Students are provided with a versatile and extensive curriculum that allows them to engage in the world both critically and creatively.

St Rita’s College was among the schools listed as one of the country’s most innovative in a recent report published by The Educator magazine, selected as one of 40 schools across the country that are collectively shaping the future of education. Just last month, College Principal Mrs Dale Morrow was awarded with an ACEL Queensland Fellowship for exceptional educational leadership.

The College caters to a wide range of student needs, abilities and interests, assisting students in meeting personal and academic goals and challenges. Of fundamental importance to the College is the provision of a comprehensive education that produces adaptable and employable young women within their chosen interests. It is similarly important that our teachers are provided with the professional development required to deliver a system that actively encourages students to learn, develops the best assets of our students and progresses them at a rate that drives their individual achievement.

The College’s latest innovation is the new state-of-the-art learning precinct, the Trinity Centre. The opening of the five-level building this year gives greater opportunity to provide a high-achieving educational experience and follows an outstanding year of academic results for St Rita’s, with 38% of last year’s graduates achieving an OP 1 – 5 and 83% within the OP 1 – 10 band.

Another important development in student learning at the College is providing students with crucial lifelong study skills in areas such as time management, organisation, motivation, focus and goal setting. Our Study Skills program provides specific opportunity for students to develop good learning habits and the confidence to approach exams secure in their knowledge of theory and practice.

In addition to this, many senior teachers of St Rita’s have been engaged by the QCAA with professional roles in QCE assessment task processes. Testament to the quality of staff at the College, these appointments place St Rita’s teachers in an excellent position to assess student learning across the State, constantly improving curriculum delivery.

Meet our Principal
Mathematics and Science
Sport
Library
Outdoor Education
Technologies
The Arts
Action, Not Words

Meet our Principal

Mrs Dale Morrow, Principal of St Rita’s College, holds an unfaltering belief in the transforming power of education. A refreshingly modern school, St Rita’s stands by its conviction that the power of education and participation in education by women is a fundamental requirement of a strong and forward looking society. 

To see, hear and feel the energy of an engaged classroom – a classroom that has come about because students are involved and inspired – is the type of classroom St Rita’s is delivering to its students. Drilling down to the uniqueness in each individual and tapping into their creative thought are powerful tools for learning.” - Mrs Dale Morrow


Mathematics and Science

St Rita’s students are taught to embrace the art of curiosity and the challenges of Mathematics and Science to ready themselves with the necessary skills that a technology-driven future will require.

We aim to create a strong academic culture of lifelong learners which harnesses the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our subjects offer hands on experiences, challenging students with real world problems in creative and innovative ways. Technology is embraced as we prepare our students for the future.

Sport

At St Rita’s College, students are offered a well-rounded sporting program which contributes significantly to personal development and learning achievement. Accountability, dedication and leadership are fostered in an environment which supports the girls to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Accomplishments are valued when challenges are overcome as a team, enhancing collaboration and cooperation skills. 

The College has built a respected reputation in many sports and enjoys excellent student participation nurtured by dedicated coaches. At interschool level, St Rita’s is a top performer in the Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls Sports Association (CaSSSA) and Water Polo Queensland.

Library

Our modern and forward-thinking Library plays a vital role in the delivery of successful learning programs across all faculties. Embracing technology and emphasising the importance of a library’s role as an information hub, the St Rita’s Library is a ‘blended collection’ offering both traditional forms of literacy and new and emerging information technologies that support today’s social and educational direction of learning, teaching and research.

The College’s acclaimed Read Like a Girl (RLAG) program captures the correlation of reading and academic success. The campaign hosts a calendar of savvy reading based events including book launches, author talks, discussion evenings and professional development courses. The program encourages reading for pleasure as a lifelong skill which, in turn, assists expression, grammar, logical problem solving and, ultimately, academic results.

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Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education Program for Years 7-10 at St Rita’s College extends the learning experience beyond the classroom and gives girls the opportunity to participate in team activities that develop and enhance their resilience, collaboration and their organisational and leadership abilities.

Hosted at several locations on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, hinterland and the Lockyer Valley, each step of the fun and diverse program encourages the mind to be curious, responsive, trusting and brave. This invaluable program reinforces that lessons are not necessarily all learnt in books and that learning is for life.

Technologies

The academic framework of the Technology Faculty at St Rita’s embeds the skills that drive global economic growth. The College’s STEAM education incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to delve into real world problems using project-based learning.

Our Technology subjects provide an abundance of creative and critical thinking skills that connect students to a rapidly transforming world. The emergence of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, laser cutting, and the ‘internet of things’, has resulted in the IT sector being one of the fastest growing industries, with Business leaders looking for people with liquid skills. These skills, honed at St Rita's, include the ability to work with others, effectively communicate, demonstrate creative and critical thinking and have a disposition toward lifelong learning.

The Arts

The Trinity Centre is our state-of-the-art, purpose-built home for our creative and performing arts programs. Students flourish through study, exploration and performance and gain confidence in behaviours and attitudes that can fuel a roadmap for success in any field of endeavour.

Learn one of 19 musical instruments on site and value the fun, spontaneity and originality that Drama, Visual Art and Film Television and New Media offers. As we educate budding musicians, composers, film makers, directors, actors and artists, our students revel in the kaleidoscope of richness and depth the College’s arts program offers.

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Action, Not Words

St Rita’s girls are confident, courageous and are encouraged to lead rather than follow. The St Rita’s College motto, Virtute non Verbis: Action not Words, has stood alongside the education of the College for more than 90 years, producing Women of Action who continue to lead and contribute to civil, economic, political, academic, social and cultural pursuits.

St Rita’s taught me to back myself. It taught me that you really can do whatever you set your mind to, provided you have determination, grit and persistence. I can’t remember ever being told ‘no’ at St Rita’s, I just remember being taught that my success would be judged on my follow through. It has certainly been one of the most important foundations of my life post school so far. - Courtney Ayre, Strategy and Innovation Executive (Class of 2004) 

The St Rita’s model of education advocates leadership as service, forgiveness as strength and equality as paramount. Students at St Rita’s are taught that they have a responsibility to empathise with the poor and marginalised and to advocate on their behalf. With informed guidance, students are encouraged to voyage beyond what is comfortable, confront what is culturally different and question what is socially acceptable.

Where can St Rita's take me?

Tierney George (St Rita's Class of 2013), now a UQ Engineering graduate, is currently helping to shape cities and futures:


Where are they now?

Justice Susan Brown

A graduate of St Rita’s in 1983, Susan took degrees in arts and law, the latter with first class honours from the University of Queensland, following those accomplishments with a scholarship to Cambridge University, from which she returned with a Master of Laws. In 2016 she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and also named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association Queensland.

Julieanne Alroe

Julieanne left St Rita’s in 1971 and completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland before becoming a leader in the Australian aviation industry. Julieanne was appointed chair of the ERM Power Board in 2019. She is chair of the boards of Infrastructure Australia and the Queensland Ballet, the inaugural president of the Queensland Futures Institute, and a member of the University of Queensland Senate, the advisory board of the Committee for Brisbane, the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Queensland and Chief Executive Women.

Christine Corbett

After graduating from St Rita’s in 1985, Christine studied at QUT before establishing herself in the corporate world. Christine was interim CEO at Australia Post prior to joining Price Waterhouse Cooper in 2018 as a special Adviser, consulting for a range of clients including in the energy sector. In June 2019, she was appointed Chief Customer Officer with AGL Energy.