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Pastoral Care is a valued and important aspect of life at St Ursula’s College. It underpins all we do both within the classroom and outside. Pastoral Care is about quality relationships, nurturing the hopes of our students and sharing our stories (past and present) and being challenged to be the best person we can be. We invite the girls to live creatively and justly and we encourage them to realise ‘a future more wondrous than we dream of…’ (from the annals of the first Ursulines). Pastoral Care is at the heart of the College and allows for the integration of the academic, social and spiritual dimensions of College life.
Leadership opportunities, together with the College’s co-curricular program and values of service, ensure that our girls are encouraged and prepared as they move out into the
Our Pastoral Care program:
The Pastoral Care teacher is a very important part of the Pastoral Care structure; this person is the link between home and school. This person meets with the students on a daily basis to work on helping them become responsible, autonomous individuals who are able to achieve and maintain quality relationships.
St Ursula’s College is a Registered Training Organisation delivering three nationally recognised qualifications on campus. The girls can choose to undertake a Certificate II in Hospitality, Certificate III in Business and/or a Certificate III in Fitness. Many students in the Senior School are involved in School Based Traineeships or Apprenticeships which allows the girls to train on the job in paid employment and provide formal training in the process. The TAFE in Schools program and courses offered by private training providers are another avenue for Senior Students wishing to pursue a vocational career pathway.
Such courses include:
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a growing area at St Ursula’s College and is supported by the VET Coordinator Anthea Gray. Ms Gray is an experienced teacher and VET trainer and assessor, holding a Masters of Education in Guidance & Counselling. Many students choosing alternative pathways to complete year 12 undertake a combination of vocational programs to develop employability skills and gain nationally recognised qualifications in addition to the QCE. VET programs are designed to provide practical skills and knowledge and ensure that students have increased employment options available after school. The transformative learning framework of the College supports all girls undertaking a VET program. The VET Coordinator provides assistance and guidance in all areas including work experience, School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships and TAFE in Schools enrolments.
Career guidance at St Ursula’s College is based on the values of lifelong learning within the context of a transformative learning community. Through career education, support and guidance, students at St Ursula’s College are better equipped to make effective and informed decisions about their career development.
We now have a dedicated careers website that is an invaluable resource for jobs and further education after school.
For more information please contact our Careers Adviser on:
St Ursula’s College provides an extensive sporting program, with our students having access to a wide variety of representative sports offered by Darling Downs School Sport. Students also have access to a multitude of team and individual sporting activities which allows them to explore capabilities not previously experienced in the primary setting.
All girls are encouraged to participate in social sport at the College as well as the numerous College championships including track and field, swimming, cross country and tennis with the Desenzano Cup for Interhouse sports.
The College has facilities which include the indoor multi-court Salo Centre, four multi-purpose outdoor courts for tennis, basketball and netball, and the College oval which caters for a variety of activities such as track and field, rugby, touch, football and cricket training.
The College 25 metre outdoor pool is heated and offers an alternative training venue for not only swimming, but many other aquatic activities. The College also has a swim squad which trains in Terms 1 and 4, in preparation for the Toowoomba Secondary School Sport (TSSS) and Darling Downs carnivals.
Our sporting program has been designed to offer an expansive yet flexible and responsive program of physical activity which meets the needs and interests of students in a professional and encouraging manner. We encourage all students to explore the wide variety of sports that are on offer at St Ursula’s.
The Director of Sport oversees the College sporting program, assisted by Teachers in Charge (TIC’s) of various sports and in conjunction with teaching staff and outside coaches.
Staff of the St Ursula’s College Resource Centre administer the College Library collection as well as Bookhire resources and Archive materials.
St Ursula’s College Resource Centre was opened on the 13 October 1973. It has a central standing within our College community.
The Library houses a large collection of curriculum based resources as well as an extensive fiction collection. Resources come in both print and electronic formats. At present there are more than 25,000 resources in the Library collection and 17,000 in Bookhire. Cataloguing and digitisation of the Archive collection began in 2013 and at present more than 8,300 items have been recorded.
The Resource Centre is on two levels. It overlooks a central piazza that was officially opened in March 2008. The downstairs Resource Centre houses the non-fiction collection and audio-visual materials. This area is the hub of the Library and consists of two separate areas for class groups. The circulation desk and Resource Centre administration are also located on the ground floor.
The top floor houses a large open area which is often used for meetings. It contains fiction, teacher reference, Bookhire and media studio.
The Resource Centre is open Monday-Thursday 7.00am-5.00pm and Friday 7.00am-4.00pm.
Students may use the Resource Centre before and after school, and at morning tea and lunch time for collaborative work, private study and borrowing of resources.
Learning Enrichment at St Ursula’s College is offered through supportive inclusive programs across the College. In-class support, small group assistance and classes and withdrawal support are ways in which we ensure students’ needs are met.
Students who may benefit from learning support are identified by their guardians, teachers and/or during the enrolment process and referred to Learning Enrichment for further assessment.
St Ursula’s uses a collaborative approach when addressing students’ needs and place emphasis on the importance of working with teachers, families and specialists to ensure students can achieve at their optimum.
Learning Enrichment provides ongoing benefits for students, staff and parents.
Our program works best in partnerships with parents, so it is essential that if you have any concerns regarding your daughters' learning needs please contact our Learning Enrichment Coordinator email@example.com