History and Tradition

“Never cease to cultivate this vine that has been entrusted to you.” 

... Angela Merici

Although St Ursula’s College began life in Toowoomba in 1931, the College draws its spirit and tradition from the lived experiences of many people in many continents and across many cultures over 400 hundred years of history.

The story of St Ursula’s College is linked in every way with two great stories.

Our story is grounded in the story of Catholic education that was told dramatically and humbly lived out by Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago.

Our story began in the mind and heart of Angela Merici, the woman who founded the Company of St Ursula in 1535 in the city of Brescia in northern Italy.

Much of Angela’s spirit continues to influence our approach today as we work towards being a place where people are celebrated for their unique giftedness and potential.

In recent years there has been a growing awareness among many Ursuline schools that this network can provide a means of mutual support and development amongst our schools through the sharing of spiritual and intellectual resources. It has also been considered that the international nature of the Ursuline schools helps foster an important global awareness in students and staff and an appreciation of other cultures and societies.

Those who become part of the community of St Ursula’s College inherit this rich tradition and heritage. They also have the privilege of contributing to the dynamic shaping of the charism of Angela Merici as it is embodied in this place and time.


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