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Primary Years

About Us

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 is currently ranked 16th in the State across NAPLAN and ranked 1st among schools with fees under $10,000.

Our Class of 2021 achieved outstanding results, with nine students receiving an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the State. Annabelle Hazelton, awarded as College Dux, was among just 32 students in Queensland to receive the highest ATAR score of 99.95. 23% of the graduating class received an ATAR of 95 or above, 40% of students received 90 or above, and six students received a perfect score of 100% across five subjects. Vocational studies results were equally outstanding. 

St Rita’s College is among schools listed as the country’s most innovative by The Educator magazine and College Principal Mrs Dale Morrow has been awarded with an ACEL Queensland Fellowship for exceptional educational leadership.

Of fundamental importance is our provision of a comprehensive education that produces adaptable and employable young women within their chosen interests. In achieving this, the College caters to a wide range of student needs, abilities and interests, to assist students in meeting personal and academic goals and challenges. It is equally 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. Our highly successful Study Skills Program develops good learning habits and the confidence in students to approach exams secure in their knowledge of theory and practice. 

St Rita’s Teacher Pathway Program, initiated in partnership with the Australian Catholic University, 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.

Testament to the quality of staff at the College, many of our senior teachers have been engaged by the QCAA with professional roles in QCE assessment task processes. 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.

Primary Years

This year, St Rita’s recommenced tuition to girls in Year 5. These students will form the initial Year 6 cohort in 2023. 

St Rita’s College provides exceptional learning experiences for the Secondary Year levels. Students of Year 5 and, subsequently Year 6, flourish under our College mission to inspire engaging, inquisitive and passionate learning, leading to action for a just world. Our Primary Year levels will experience a holistic, safe and first-class learning environment.

Years 5 and 6 at St Rita's College, known as the Primary Years, follow the Australian Curriculum and are guided by the principles of the Lantern Learning Framework, the pedagogical framework that underpins our learning philosophy at the College. The Lantern Learning Model's focus on resilience and metacognition are vital components in the education of young girls who are developing an understanding of their learning and their place in the community. Our Class Teachers are Primary specialists working alongside Secondary specialists to deliver the Religious Education program and the eight key learning areas of the P-12 Curriculum - English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies, The Arts and Languages. Years 5 and 6 students also benefit from exposure to specialist learning areas which include Science/STEAM laboratories, Language laboratories, Drama studios and Music suites. 

We recognise that the inclusion of quality sporting opportunities are fundamental to a well-rounded education and provide team and leadership development, courage and confidence alongside the known health and physical benefits. As a further enhancement to their learning experience at St Rita's, our Primary Years have use of the College's onsite sports facilities for Netball and Tennis and the 25m heated pool for Water Polo and Swimming - all being sports in which St Rita's excels. Students also have access to State Representative school sport.

Importantly, each student is connected to one of the eight St Rita's Houses from Year 5 and formally join the Vertical House System from Year 7. The pastoral education and support provided at St Rita's allows the Primary Years students to develop a sense of who they are and contribute to the betterment of society in meaningful, but fun, age-appropriate ways. They enjoy the opportunities to be together as a whole College for days of significance, including College assemblies, Masses and our calendric celebrations.

The College’s Nagle Centre is home to our new students - an environment somewhat removed from the general busyness of activity seen within a Secondary campus, and where our Year 5 students experience a sense of comfort and safety in their own surrounds. The modern Nagle Centre is filled with dynamic learning spaces and technology that provides our young students to experience collaboration in their learning and be stimulated, challenged and engaged in their lessons.

The College's Head of Primary works closely with the College Leadership Team and Heads of Faculty in the planning and delivery of a holistic curriculum, which also meets high standards of spiritual, physical, emotional and social growth for the students. Our Primary Years students benefit from the provision of retreat, service, outreach and justice opportunities consistent with the Presentation charism - opportunities which will encourage them to become Women of Action; not just words. 

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

Take a sneak peek of our faculties below.

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


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.

Library Fun Facts

  • The oldest library in the world is in Iran and dates from the seventh century BC.
  • There is a Library of Smells in France.
  • Isaac Asimov has a book in nearly every category of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
  • The Vatican’s Secret Archive isn’t really secret. 
  • There’s a Magician’s Library in New York.
  • Librarians used to have to learn a specific style of handwriting.
  • At the Rococo Library in Portugal’s Mafra National Palace, a colony of bats is allowed to reside in the library to eat the book-damaging bugs.
  • A.A. Milne purchased a teddy bear from Harrods for his son, Christopher Robin, in 1921. The bear was named Winnie-the-pooh after a real bear named Winnipeg at London zoo, and a swan who featured in Milne’s When We Were Very Young.
  • The rare books library at Harvard only exists because of the sinking of the Titanic.
  • Many people don’t want to admit this, but you can learn more by spending a single day in the library than you could spending four years loitering outside a shopping centre!  
  • J. Edgar Hoover, author Lewis Carroll, former first lady Laura Bush and China's Mao Zedong all worked as librarians or in libraries. 
  • Employment of librarians in the US is expected to grow 9% by 2026. Some 12,000 jobs are projected to open as communities look to librarians for a variety of information services. 
  • Not all libraries require silence. The Tikkurila Library in Vantaa, Finland, has a karaoke room with thousands of songs for guests to perform. (Finland is home to a lot of karaoke-loving citizens.) Fortunately, all that warbling doesn’t rise to the level of a disruption. The room is soundproof.

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.

High Potential Learners

The High Potential Learners (HPL) program at St Rita's College supports gifted students in Years 7 and 8, providing a truly inclusive and capability-appropriate education to young learners. Some 50 students regularly attend specialist Mathematics and/or Humanities classes, with visits by guest teachers from the fields of Modern History, Science, Culture, Language, Research, Mathematics, Drama, and Film and Television. The HPL program provides deep dives into topics of interest, with sophisticated and unique subjects that take them beyond the usual classroom scope. Students are also exposed to higher end teamwork and problem-solving skills through subjects like trigonometry, civil rights, filmmaking, and protest poetry.

Read more: Extension program sees high potential learners thrive

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 a highly experienced lawyer, manager and leader with over 25 years’ experience in senior legal and business affairs roles with a particular focus on media and technology companies. Charlotte is a partner of a leading London firm, and has gained significant industry experience in senior in-house positions. She is also an entrepreneur who runs an early stage consumer tech business called Storychest, a private digital scrapbook for families, which Charlotte created 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 The Marketing Room, a marketing consultancy that places senior marketing managers into businesses on a part time basis. Giving back has always been important to her which is why she has mentored teens for Youth Frontiers; is a "Future Women" Mentor; and has the role of Non Executive Director 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. Marianna is currently on the Board of Directors of the Stanwell Corporation, the second largest energy generator in the country. She is also a Board Member of The McKell Institute, an 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 CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation from 2009 to 2018, where she planned the $1.3 billion development of Brisbane's parallel runway.

Ms Alroe is the current Chair of Infrastructure Australia and the Queensland Ballet. In addition, she is a member of the University of Queensland Senate, Board member of BESIX Watpac and Gardior Pty Ltd., a Member of the Committee for Brisbane Advisory Board, the inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Institute (QFI) and a Member of the Queensland Thoroughbred Advisory Panel.

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. Christine recently announced her departure from AGL Energy following the company’s decision to withdraw its demerger proposal.