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St John Fisher College offers girls on the northside of Brisbane the opportunity to excel in a single-sex Catholic secondary schooling environment. Could it be the difference you’re looking for?

Why choose St John Fisher College?

The ethos of St John Fisher College embraces a holistic approach to girls’ education. The spiritual, social, physical and emotional growth of the future focused individual are paramount as well as her academic success. A highly integrated pastoral care program means that all the College members (staff and student) with whom your daughter will come across in her daily life are committed to working together as a College community. A relatively small student body has a flow on effect, meaning your daughter is treated as a unique individual who is recognised and responded to by staff who are experienced in girl’s educational needs.

Creativity at St John Fisher College

St John Fisher College is a community that celebrates ‘out of the box’ thinking, with the intention of encouraging creativity, innovation and those light bulb moments, that make teachers’ hearts sing. Not only does the College offer a wide range of cocurricular activities that provide the opportunity for students to express their creativity, it also embraces creative learning in the classroom. This innovative and creative approach to learning is the result of forward thinking teachers who take standard curriculum and transform lessons, making them relatable, interesting and fun. Teachers of STEM subjects that are traditionally deemed non-creative, constantly look for new ways to encourage alternative approaches to problem solving, by developing practical and innovative approaches to learning.

Exclusive to the College are the annual St John Fisher Day celebrations, where students are encouraged to express their ‘House’ motto and identity through performance. This year, McAuley House created a haunted house to explain their motto of courage and bravery, with Bridgeman House using the theme of pirates to communicate a message of persistence.

Embracing cultural diversity and individuality is another way the College’s creative spirts are displayed with a range of performance groups, such as the Polynesian and African dance groups which entertain at various school and community events, with student-led choreography and costume design.

The cultural highlight of the annual calendar is Illuminaré, an Arts evening showcasing the array of College talent through performances of art, dance, design and music. ‘Shake N Stir’s Shakespeare Festival’ (with categories of dance, acting, photography, costume design, film, music), ‘Dance Squad’, ‘Sister Act’, ‘Write a Book in a Day’, ‘Scribblers’ (creative writing group) and ‘Studio 27’ (lunch time art club) are some of the many activities where students are offered a creative outlet in which to foster and share their talents.

What co-curricular opportunities are there at St John Fisher College?

There are a wide range of sporting and cultural opportunities waiting for your daughter at St John Fisher College. From representative sport, to fixtures level, to health and physical education classes – her physical self will be extended, and she will be given ample opportunity to participate. Culture and music, too, play a significant role in the development of the students of St John Fisher College, with a College Drum Corps also available. Dance, drama, music ensemble and speaking opportunities abound.

News from St John Fisher

Emily Moore sings from the heart this Anzac DayEmily Moore sings

Year 9 St John Fisher College student Emily Moore has been selected to perform with Voices of Birralee Anzac Commemorative Youth Choir on Anzac Day in France this year.

Emily and 70 other youth choristers are set for the trip of a lifetime as they sing their way through Europe, venturing through five countries, including Crotia and Austria, with the finale being Anzac Day Dawn Service and Commemoration of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux at the Australian National Memorial.

15-year-old Emily has been charged with the honour of laying a Remembrance Poppy on the grave at the Australian National Memorial and says she feels very proud and privileged to have been chosen to do so on this significant occasion.

“I am so excited for the tour and I feel truly blessed and honoured to have been selected to represent both my College and my country”.

Founded in 1995, Voices of Birralee is a Brisbane based non-profit child and youth choral organisation which has developed a strong reputation across the country and the world.

Emily began singing with Voices of Birralee one year ago and is one of a select few 15-16-year old’s who have been chosen for the Anzac Choir and the international tour.

St John Fisher College Principal, Ms Cathy Galvin remarks; “St John Fisher College is very proud of Emily who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment in preparation for what I am sure will be the tour of a lifetime.”

“Emily is a humble and conscientious student who is passionate about singing and we support and congratulate her on this momentous occasion.”

The Voices of Birralee forms part of a five-year commitment to the World War One Centenary engagement with the Department of Veteran Affairs with part of the experience aimed at teaching Australian youth about World War One ancestry.

How will my daughter get to school?

There are a range of public transport options to the campus, via public bus or the various Thompsons school buses that provide services to the surrounding areas.

What are the school fees at St John Fisher College?

For the most up to date information regarding fees and levies, follow this link.

The best way to get a real feel for a campus, particularly one that offers students such personalised learning, is to see it in person. Contact administration to arrange a personalised tour and to receive information about upcoming Open Days and College events.

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