St Ursula's Leads Way for Women; College One of Few Focused Entirely on Teaching Girls

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WITH a strong reputation as a friendly and community-focused school, it is no surprise that St Ursula's College is also a leading school in Central Queensland in the academic area.

As an all-girls school, the college is one of the few in Queensland able to offer education designed to specifically meet the needs of young women.

St Ursula's, a Catholic College founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1918, caters for day and boarding students.

"St Ursula's College prides itself on its strong faith and academic traditions," principal Catherine Dunbar said.

"Our educational approach builds confidence and leadership skills and encourages each student to do her best.

"Such an education also inspires hope for the future which young people need as much as love."

In 2008, 80% of St Ursula's students received an Overall Position between 1 and 15 and 98% of eligible students were offered tertiary places.

"St Ursula's College encourages our students to participate in the English, mathematics and science competitions and time and time again we are proud to see a number of our students awarded distinctions and high distinctions for their efforts," she said.

"As well, for the second year, St Ursula's students have been in the top 10 in the Australasian International Graphics Design Competition."

St Ursula's College's commitment to girls' education and wellbeing has led to a focus on brain-based learning, which provides new insights into how we think, learn and view the world.

"There are indeed differences in the male and female brains; for example in how information is processed, or the ages at which key brain structures develop," Mrs Dunbar explained. …