Take a Sneak Peek at Open Day Enrolments


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 in 2020 gives greater opportunity to provide a high-achieving educational experience. The Class of 2020 at St Rita’s achieved outstanding academic results, with eight students receiving an ATAR of 99 or above, 24% receiving 95 or above and 44% of students receiving 90 or above.

A recently implemented past scholar tutoring program, headed by six accomplished Class of 2020 graduates maximises the College’s widely acknowledged Study Skills Program which provides specific opportunity for students to develop good learning habits and the confidence to approach exams secure in their knowledge of theory and practice. Tutoring students across a range of subjects in designated Study Skills workshops, the past scholars are providing current students with enhanced motivation, increased productivity and strong student/tutor rapport. 

Equally valuable is the St Rita’s Teacher Pathway Program initiated in partnership with the Australian Catholic University. The joint venture connects graduate teachers with the reality of a modern classroom and prepares them to better navigate the complex work of teaching and meet the quality checks expected in high achieving schools such as St Rita’s.

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.

The Arts
Religious Education
English
Languages
Library
Science
Mathematics
Social Science
Technologies
Health and Physical Education
Study Skills
Diverse Learning
Music
Sport
Swimming

The Arts

Immerse yourself in the creative arts of St Rita’s College on Open Day! With a range of subject options including Visual Art, Film, Television and New Media, Music and Drama, you will be impressed by our Arts facilities, programs and expertise.  Produce your own masterpiece in the Visual Art space, explore a secret musical talent, or take in the stunning sounds of St Rita’s College Music students. Visit the brand-new Green Screen room in the Film and Television space, where you might be dancing at a disco or being chased by a dinosaur! Maybe you are the ultimate entertainer and would like to get amongst the amazing performance and acting spaces with our awesome best Drama teachers. If you love The Arts, we’ve got you covered.


Religious Education

At St Rita’s College, we share and promote the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education. This vision emphasises the complementarity of the two dimensions of religious formation: religious literacy through classroom teaching and learning of Religion and faith formation through the teaching and experience of the Religious Life of the College.

On Open Day the Religious Education Department will showcase a range of Years 7 – 10 student work demonstrating the religious and academic formation of students through the classroom teaching and learning of Religion. 


English

English is designed to develop students into literate, creative and critical thinkers who participate actively in the world. Through the study of a range of literary and non-literary texts including poetry, novels, speeches, short stories, contemporary film, television, social media texts, documentaries and plays, St Rita’s students come to understand the power of language in shaping societal values and attitudes and in turn, challenging injustice. 

Come along to our display on Open Day to peruse the fantastic texts studied as part of both English and Literature in Years 7 – 12, chat with our friendly staff and students and marvel at some of the wonderful work of our talented students. 

Looking for something a little more hands on? Get involved in a game of Giant Scrabble, explore Shakespeare’s The Globe theatre in 360° through the wonders of virtual reality and test your skill in deciphering the difference between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop lyrics.  It’s harder than you would think! You can also play a game of Literary Who Am I? for a chance to go into the draw to win a $50 Dymocks book voucher. 

Languages

Come and experience the fun and excitement in the Languages classrooms. Our bilingual students and teachers will be on hand to help you navigate your way through learning French, German or Japanese at St Rita’s. Try your hand at chopsticks or learn how to fold Origami with our talented staff and students. Why not try a delicious French crepe cooked by our own French teacher just the way it is eaten in Paris, or guess how many German Gummi bears are in a Haribo packet. We look forward to welcoming you on Open Day!

Language students Annabelle, Daniella, Jaime and Elka with Head of Languages, Mrs Carmen Anders, and French Teacher Mr Richard de Kretser.

Library

Our Nano Nagle Library is the vibrant and active centre of learning at St Rita’s College. The Library supports all staff and students in their development of 21st Century skills by fostering courageous information consumers and creators through a love of learning and literature. The Library program, The Think Project, celebrates reading, writing and creating through events such as; The Expert Series, which includes author talks and workshops; Rita’s Readers events including student Book Clubs and Readers Cup teams; Write On! Writer’s Club and Young Writer’s Conference, and the Wider Reading program.

Join us in the Library on Open Day to witness a live mural painting by author and illustrator Remy Lai. Visit Remy to receive an entry into the raffle to win a Think Project prize pack, including Remy’s new bestselling book Pawcasso, and lots of other reading, writing and creating goodies. Visit the Library to find out more about our programs and pick up some inspiration for your next read!

Science

Experience Biology first-hand and marvel at both living and non-living material right up close under a microscope! View plants transpiring or extract DNA. In Chemistry, learn how to use reactions to make your own slime, giant bubbles and gases, all showing the colours of the rainbow. Physics will display collisions, static electricity and electrical circuits where you can put your reflexes and stability skills to the test. Learn all about motion using 3D catapults, or even construct your own mousetrap car!

The Science department at St Rita’s College offers the Australian Curriculum in Science to Year 10 and offers Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Years 11 and 12.


Mathematics

Our Mathematics Faculty will help guide your daughter through her Mathematics journey from Year 5 to Year 12. Our different courses are appropriately paced to allow for students of all abilities to achieve their potential. In addition to regular Mathematics classes, we offer an Honours Maths program, extension classes, participation in various competitions, additional Maths tutoring sessions and a Mathematics support program for younger students who need help with fundamental skills and knowledge.

Have a chat on Open Day with our teachers and students to explore more about our programs. Displays and interactive activities will include course outlines, interactive textbooks, Education Perfect, Maths Manipulatives activities and an interactive Maths experiment where you’re the brains in helping us generate data!


Social Science

Did you know that in the 13th Century, Pope Gregory IV declared a war on cats? Or that Australia is wider than the moon? The Social Sciences is all about understanding the world we live in, how it came to be, and how it is likely to change in the future. If you’ve ever wondered how something came to exist, how it has changed over time, or why we live where we do and not somewhere else, you have asked historical and geographical questions. Come to the Social Sciences display at Open Day to go into the draw to win some great prizes and to leave your mark as a St Rita’s Girl of Action

Technologies

Technologies is a dynamic faculty so be sure to come along on Open Day to get a taste of what we do. Your daughters will love playing with the robots and drawing with Apple Pencils on the iPad Pros in the Information Technology area or visiting the Design and Technologies department to make a book mark or sample some toffee or mini meringues whilst watching some food experiments. Come and see what the students create in their STEAM subjects working across the various subject disciplines. Take a look at Design students have prototyped in the flexible layout Design room.

Witness Entrepreneurship at it’s best by visiting the Year 9 Business and Enterprise stalls at the College Carnival on Hogan Place.

 

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education (HPE) supports students to refine and apply strategies for maintaining a positive outlook and evaluating behavioural expectations in different leisure, social, movement and online situations. Students learn to apply skills to devise and implement personalised plans for maintaining healthy and active habits. They also experience different roles that contribute to successful participation in physical activity and propose strategies to support the development of preventative health practices that build and optimise community health and wellbeing. Students also focus on a Personal Development program.

Study Skills

The St Rita’s College Study Skills program offers a full suite of programs and opportunities to help develop study skills. International studies going back over more than 30 years show that effective study skills are the most important factor in determining student academic achievements. A high IQ is not an indicator of success – excellent and consistent study practices have been shown to be the single most important factor. We teach students to study smarter, not harder!

Our Study Skills program includes Study Skills lessons, visits to classrooms across all curricular areas and Year level by Study Skills experts, individual coaching sessions for students across all Year levels, the delivery of academic reading strategies and the availability to all students of a full range of resources via the Study Skills area on our e-platform. Parents are also offered fortnightly tips for supporting their daughters via our newsletter Verbis, and they also have access to resources on our e-platform. Visit our Study Skills display to learn more!

Diverse Learning

St Rita’s College recognises that students are individuals who learn in a variety of different ways. Through collaborative planning, Individual Support Plans (ISPs) for identified students are developed, implemented and monitored to enhance learning experiences. In supporting literacy and numeracy development, a small group of Years 7 and 8 students are offered the opportunity to undertake Extension English and Mathematics classes. In addition, Teacher Aides may provide support within the classroom and the Diverse Learners team offer Homework Help to all students.

Our High Potential Learners program identifies and supports girls of high academic ability by offering opportunities for extension and enrichment. Students are also encouraged to participate in a range of enrichment programs such as Debating, da Vinci Decathlon, Future Problem Solving, BRAINways activities and Days of Excellence. In Years 11 and 12, students can undertake tertiary subjects at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Catholic University.

Music

Our Music Program provides opportunities for students to be involved in music regardless of skills or experience, whilst more advanced students are provided with challenges and diverse opportunities. The College prides itself on a dynamic and extensive program that encourages participation from students of all abilities.

Students are encouraged to develop their performance skills to the highest level. The program’s instrumental ensembles comprise bands, orchestras, guitar ensembles and chamber ensembles and cater to all students who learn a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instrument. Our vocal students participate in one of our choirs and all ensembles perform regularly at College events, festivals and competitions. Our Music home is fortunate to be located on the top floor of the purpose-built Trinity Centre with world-class music rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, classroom, recording studio and instrument storage facilities.

Sport

We strongly believe a well-rounded sporting program contributes significantly to student health, wellbeing and personal development. St Rita’s College offers a great range of sports, all with the goal of:

  • Helping students feel they belong
  • Improving their fitness, skills and knowledge
  • Having fun with their peers
  • Allowing themselves to be challenged
  • Demonstrating sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership 

We want Sport to be a positive contribution to a student’s social and academic development. Regardless of experience or performance level, students can participate to challenge themselves physically and to achieve their personal bests. The College ensures that no matter where sporting interests lie, student enthusiasm, passion and commitment will be supported – from those wanting to participate for fun through to those wanting to represent their sport at a State or National level.


Swimming

Swimming at St Rita’s is a year-round activity catering for swimmers of all abilities. The swimming program offers lessons and squads to students and their family members mornings and afternoons. Potential avenues to pursue include CaSSSA Swimming Competitions in Term 1, competitive club swimming including State, National and International competitions, swimming for Water Polo or other aquatic pursuits, or just general health and wellbeing.

The swimming program is conducted at the Acqua Rosa Centre at the College and employs highly qualified and experienced coaches and staff. Swimming is offered free of charge to St Rita’s students in Terms 1 and 4 to complement the College’s CaSSSA Swimming and Water Polo programs.


Where are they now?

Charlotte McMillan

Charlotte (Class of 1988) is an experienced lawyer, manager and leader with over 20 years’ experience in senior legal and business affairs roles within law firms and corporates. Currently working as a senior legal consultant to TikTok, Charlotte’s areas of expertise include copyright, media law, broadcasting, film and television production, film financing, content regulation and data protection and privacy. She is also the Chair of the University of Queensland’s Business, Economics and Law Alumni Council in London. She is also an entrepreneur and runs her own business, Storychest, a private digital scrapbook for families, following her passion to create a safe place for people to keep and pass on their memories.

Terri Martin

Terri left St Rita's in 1991 to complete a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Management. From there she began her career in marketing, working in various agencies in Sydney and as Brand Manager for Nickelodeon TV in London. Terri has climbed the ranks to General Manager running various businesses in the marketing, communications, education and not-for-profit sectors. Terri is currently General Manager of Kimberlin Education, an agency that creates teacher resources and digital platforms based on real life learning. Giving back has always been important to her which is why she has mentored teens for Youth Frontiers; is a "Feel the Magic" mentor for grieving children; and has the role of Membership Lead for ADHD Australia.

Marianna O'Gorman

Marianna (Class of 2001) holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) specialising in international law, which has taken her to the US Congress and World Bank in Washington DC, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation in Brisbane, the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy in Canberra and into Federal Parliament as an adviser to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Climate Change Minister. She has represented Australia at the United Nations and Major Economies Forum and has met many world leaders. Marianna is accoladed for helping to develop the World Bank’s first climate change education program. She is currently the Queensland Executive Director of The McKell Institute, the acclaimed research institute dedicated to providing practical and innovative solutions to contemporary policy challenges.

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, and just last month became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.