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.
The Resource Centre provides an information service to students and staff in a flexible, friendly and creative environment that meets the educational and recreational needs of a Catholic Secondary girls’ school.
The Resource Centre is centrally located within the College, overlooking Merici Courtyard and Rome Street. It is on two levels. Both levels are open, innovative spaces that offer access to printer, scanner, photocopier and data projector technologies. The ground floor houses a quiet room for small group or individual study, an up-to-date collection of curriculum based nonfiction resources and multiple fiction collections. The top level is home to the Bookhire and Teacher Reference collections.
The Resource Centre is staffed by a full-time Teacher Librarian, a part-time Library Technician and a part-time Bookhire Coordinator. Each provides instruction, support and guidance to students and staff on their recreational reading needs, in the use of technology and ensuring information is accessible. They provide students and staff with the core skills of searching and evaluating information. They support and empower students and staff in the area of digital citizenship so as to enable them to fully participate and engage with the complex digital landscape.
The Resource Centre catalogue is accessible both on and off campus. It allows for searching and reserving of both print and electronic resources from our Library, Bookhire, Wheelers, ClickView and Archive collections.
The Resource Centre is open Monday – Friday from 7.30am – 5.00pm. Students find these extended hours extremely beneficial for completing homework and assignments and, for those who don’t have good internet access at home, the internet connectivity is enormously valuable.
The St Ursula’s College Archives collects, organises, preserves, makes accessible and promotes the College’s unique collection of historical records that support administration, teaching and learning. The Archives provide authentic evidence of our corporate, personal and social activities. Information about our Archive Collection can be found here: https://stursulas.fireflycloud.net.au/resource-centre/archives
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 firstname.lastname@example.org