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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.

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.

St Rita’s College was among the schools listed as one of the country’s most innovative by The Educator magazine, selected as one of 40 schools across the country that are collectively shaping the future of education. College Principal Mrs Dale Morrow has been 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 state-of-the-art learning precinct, the Trinity Centre, gives greater opportunity to provide a high-achieving educational experience across a range of subjects and is home to the performing arts disciplines of the College. 

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, and affords them invaluable insights to assist continual improvement of curriculum delivery.

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At St Rita's, our extensive academic, vocational and cocurricular subjects ensure that diverse career pathways are opened up for every student. 

Take a sneak peek of our faculties below.

Library
The Think Project
Study Skills
Diverse Learners
VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools)

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.

The Think Project

The Think Project is a literature-based initiative led by St Rita's College, in partnership with Riverbend Books. The project promotes a literacy-rich culture through a calendar of events that encourage a love of literature and creative thinking. The Think Project provides opportunities for our community to engage with writers, illustrators, public speakers, creatives and other literature enthusiasts through, book events and Q & As, workshops, conferences, clubs and other networking events. Our Expert Series and workshops provide space for courageous information consumers and creators to flourish.

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. 

Read: Alumnae tutoring enhances learning culture at St Rita's

Diverse Learners

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.

VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools)

A range of VET qualifications are on offer to provide real-world qualifications and experience. These courses are designed to prepare students to continue onto tertiary studies or to transition to work.
VETiS courses are designed to give students a wide range of skills. School-based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SAT) are also options students may choose to take up and therefore are required to spend one day per week at work off campus. Alternatively, students may choose to study a VETiS qualification through an external RTO; TAFE and Mater Education are just some of these.



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.