In addition to the wide variety of curriculum arts offerings in all year levels, St Mary’s College has a dynamic, vibrant and diverse range of activities in the co-curricular Cultural Program, designed to enhance students’ learning, enjoyment and sense of achievement.
Self-expression and creativity are core to the co-curricular Dance Program at St Mary’s College. There are numerous opportunities for students to develop and refine their technical, performance and expressive skills outside of the classroom through the Dance Troupe program. Students involved in the SMC Dance Troupes perform at College and community events as well as compete at renowned Eisteddfods and competitions in south-east Queensland. Involvement in the SMC Dance Troupes offers students a sense of belonging and achievement through building important skills of collaboration and teamwork.
St Mary’s College, in conjunction with St Edmund’s College offers a wide variety of ensembles for instrumental and vocal students of all abilities. Ensembles rehearse once per week and perform at a variety of events throughout the year including Performing Arts Nights, Cultural Showcase, Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival, Liturgies and Masses, Little Kings Movement, Awards Nights and other school and community events.
The College also has a strong instrumental music tuition program, offering students the opportunity to learn an instrument. Students in Years 7 to 9 may receive up to one year of free instrumental music tuition, funded by the P&F. The program caters for all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced.
St Mary’s College and St Edmund’s College have a long tradition of staging high quality and entertaining musicals. Students from both schools have the opportunity to audition to be involved in a musical every year, with each school taking responsibility for producing the musical in alternate years; St Mary’s College producing musicals in even years.
St Mary’s College is proud to have a strong tradition of debating at the College. Students participate in the Local Secondary Schools’ Debating Competition, facilitated by St Mary’s College.
Journalism & Media Team
The Journalism and Media Team (JAM) meet regularly to refine their skills in capturing and sharing content. JAM students act as photographers for College events, write articles for the College newsletter, facilitate competitions for students, produce a podcast and a College magazine.