St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge | Parent Fact Sheet
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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
Sofia’s Big Pitch
Year 10 St John Fisher College student, Sofia Velkos, has more on her mind than holidays as she prepares for a big pitch to the Lord Mayor’s Council on 4th December. Early this year, Sofia was one of 80 Brisbane Year 10 students selected to sit on the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC).
Students meet with the Lord Mayor once a term, to act as a voice for Brisbane’s youth, identifying issues, providing feedback and their opinion on Brisbane City Council policies, local laws, services and programs that affect young people.
Sofia and a team of 10 LMYAC students, including Oliver Horwood of St Joseph’s Nudgee College and Thomas Darben from St Patrick’s College, have come up with the idea of increasing Brisbane’s creativity and vibrancy through the utilisation of a mobile ‘Pop-Up’ van.
Sofia says the plan is for the van to travel to identified areas within Queensland, enabling children and young teens to participate in drawing, painting and other forms of art, using supplies they may not have previously had access to.
“Our aim is to increase the sense of community and inclusivity within Brisbane through art”, explains Sofia.
St Joseph’s Nudgee College student, Oliver Horwood said the idea came from a project the Council currently fund called, Visible Ink in Fortitude Valley which is a free art space with art supplies and resources.
“We’ve been there for meetings and seen people using it, but we felt like more people would use it if they knew about it. And so, came the idea of setting up the mobile art space we proposed to Council,” said Oliver.
Sofia and one other student will pitch the mobile pop-up van idea, on behalf of 80 students on 4th December and is excited at the prospect of the idea coming to fruition.
“It feels amazing to know that extremely important people like the Honourable Lord Mayor Graham Quirk are asking the youth and future generation of Brisbane for their opinion on current issues that are prevalent within society,” says Sofia.
Sofia says discussions have been raised surrounding the vibrancy and creativity of the city, as well as its environmental friendliness. Methods of improving transport, technology, business, the economy, and lastly health, within the Brisbane region have also been major touch points.
“It’s honestly so rewarding to be a part of the LMYAC group as we provide a voice for the issues and problems that we as individuals and as society, are currently facing. Knowing that these issues can be fixed and changed for the better through the help and assistance of the Brisbane City Council is a real thrill,” Sofia says.
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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