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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.

Student advocacy at St John Fisher College

Let your light shine

The spirit of St John Fisher College is the courage to seek justice, the gift of peace and the grace to forgive. Young women of the College are encouraged to stand up, make their mark and let their light shine on issues that are important to them and the wider community.

The College encourages its girls to independently advocate a range of causes through fundraising and action for local and international causes, including support for the disadvantaged and those who have suffered domestic violence, collections for St Vinnie’s Appeals, and the Kolega Café which, together with fundraising for Mercy Works, allows us to support our international neighbours in Timor Leste.

Last year a Year 8 student received a Diabetes Ambassador award, and a Year 10 student sat on the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council with strong, viable ideas for improving our city.

Go Far. See More. Reach Further

We encourage girls to think outside the square, challenge theories and dare to dream. Senior students who believe in a communal space for everyone launched a Fun, Food & Fellowship program, while others believing everyone has the right to a quality education are setting up a Bursary Fund for disadvantaged students.

Harmony Matters 

With a diverse and talented student body it is our pleasure to showcase their many gifts and talents through various cultural performance groups. Harmony Day is always a colourful display at the College, and it’s important to the girls to celebrate intercultural diversity all year round.

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

St John Fisher College Dominating the Netball Circuit

St John Fisher Netball

Earlier this year, St John Fisher College netball teams competed in QC Cup, a state-wide catholic schools’ competition. This competition was to be the start of a winning streak for the netballers who brought home gold in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions.

These champions went on to form the QISSN netball team travelling to Bundaberg last month to take part in the Qld Independent Secondary Schools Netball (QISSN) competition.

This is the largest netball carnival in the state with 64 teams from Secondary Schools across the state competing in the week-long carnival. The competition is open with most schools entering teams made up predominantly of members from Year 11 and 12.

The 2019 St John Fisher College team was one of the youngest teams competing at the carnival consisting of year 9 and 10 students with only one year 12 student.

Despite their age disadvantage, team captain Courtney Winter led the division 7 team to gold, continuing their 2019 winning streak, and leaving the competition undefeated.

Erin Trembearth was awarded Most Valuable Player for the week with strong potential for the upcoming Vicki Wilson Netball carnival where the team will compete again.

St John Fisher College Netball Team Coach, Bernie Toohey said the team showed amazing spirit with a beautiful display of grace and sportsmanship throughout the carnival.

Principal Cathy Galvin remarked at the generous support of parent Kimberly Young of Petrie Real Estate who supported the QISSN team, supplying sports bags, backpacks and towels for the eager netballers.

“It is encouraging to see the whole College community get behind the girls who were fantastic ambassadors for women’s sport and St John Fisher College,” Ms Galvin said.   

The netballers are now in-training for the Vicki Wilson Met North competition to be held on August 15 in Pine Rivers where they will compete in the Junior and Senior divisions. For the past two years St John Fisher College’s Junior team have won the Vicki Wilson Shield and represented Met North in the State Final.

Coach Bernie Toohey is confident in the girl’s ability and says they have a winning attitude.

The netball community is strong at St John Fisher College with parent, Gary Pashen recently appointed as head coach for USC Thunder. Making his debut in the Sapphire Series in June; Gary is the only male coach in the league, joined by manager Bernie Toohey.

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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