Life at St Mary’s

Established in 1863, St Mary’s College is a Catholic secondary school committed to the education of young women in the Mercy Tradition from Years 7 to 12. Our priority is to offer a holistic education that is values based and life-giving, ensuring that each student achieves to her potential and becomes a woman of integrity. Our education prepares young women to be active global citizens with the skills, confidence and resilience to live life to the full and make a difference in an ever changing world.

We pride ourselves on our caring and supportive environment, with positive relationships the basis of all our interactions. Our community focus and small size, coupled with our established Pastoral Care Program, means we can respond to the needs of each individual. Our girls are taught to be responsible decision makers and encouraged to accept the consequences of their actions; celebrating successes and reflecting on and learning from missteps.

St Mary’s College provides an exciting and comprehensive curriculum that caters for all pathways from a high academic level to vocational education studies. The curriculum incorporates a Religious Education Program delivered across all year levels that is integral to the faith life of the community. Our Pastoral Care Program teaches life skills, career education and the nurturing of the individual. An extensive co-curricular program enables the girls to actively participate in cultural and sporting activities extending their learning beyond the classroom.

St Mary’s College is a systemic school, operating under the auspices of Brisbane Catholic Education and owned by St Mary’s Parish. The College has strong links with the parish and neighbouring Catholic schools, St Mary’s Primary School and St Edmund’s College. We are all located in the same precinct and the three separate schools provide quality education in a Catholic Christian community and are a real presence in the continuing story of the Church and Ipswich.