Welcome to Our Lady's College
In 1964, the Sisters of St Joseph established a school designed to educate young women and inspire them to uphold the ideals of Mary MacKillop.
More than 50 years later, Our Lady's College continues to nurture each girl to become a woman of compassion, justice, service and integrity.
Supported by dedicated teachers, your daughter will be empowered to make a positive impact in a changing world.
At Our Lady's she will be inspired to be the best she can be.
Her potential is our passion.
When Our Lady's Annerley 2020 Dux Blessy Mathew learned her final school result, she was stunned into disbelief.
“I refreshed the screen about five times to make sure," she said.
“I was hoping to do well but it's a new system with a whole new set of subject scaling."
Blessy achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.9, which places her in the top 60 students in Queensland.
41 per cent of senior students at the College achieved an ATAR of 90 or higher.
The final year of school can be challenging, and that is without the additional stress of a global health pandemic.
Blessy said she kept motivated during lockdown by working to the school schedule and prioritising subjects that had assessment due.
She named teacher feedback as significant to her learning during lockdown.
“We also had exams at that time and had to prepare for those at home, which was good preparation for university because it was self-directed study," she said.
Blessy studied English, Study of Religion, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
She has been offered a place in the prestigious Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) at the University of Queensland, and she has been awarded the UQ Vice Chancellor Scholarship. ?
Blessy acknowledged all the teachers at Our Lady's for inspiring her to do her best.
She said the Our Lady's College motto “Ad Altiora – ever higher" was a guiding light through her high school years.
“That's always been in the back of my head since Grade 7 and I really like it," she said.
“It's always been motivation to me to strive ever higher."
Our College motto, Ad Altiora, reminds us of the importance of striving ever higher. There is a long tradition of Our Lady’s College women who live this virtue.
Following are six outstanding women, from the numerous who have been part of this wonderful community, over the past 53 years. These women have succeeded in theatre, sporting arenas, business, the medical world and in the legal system. The breadth of talent and careers within our past pupils’ community is truly amazing. We join in celebrating their tenacity, perseverance and commitment.
Yasmin is a lawyer, social justice and female empowerment advocate. She was admitted to the Bar in August 2019 and currently works in a pro bono legal advocacy service for vulnerable and disadvantaged people including those seeking asylum and refuge. Yasmin also established Glamourzonians, a not for profit aimed at ?empowering young girls to redefine what beauty means to them, as well as look beyond themselves to bigger world issues. In 2018, in an effort to do this, she was 4th runner up in Miss World Australia
The Western Bulldogs created history, when the Club’s AFLW team faced the Fremantle Dockers at Victoria University Whitten Oval in the opening round of the 2017 AFL Women’s season. Captaining this inaugural game for the Western Bulldogs was a female football pioneer, Katie Brennan, 2009 graduate of Our Lady’s College.
Kylie Goeldner was a dedicated and influential committee leader whilst attending Our Lady’s College, working on many social justice and community service projects. After graduating, she trained with the Australian Youth Ballet Company, has worked as a professional performer in productions nationally and internationally and choreographed dance productions for some of the biggest corporate events in Australia. Kylie is currently teaching at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Following her graduation from Our Lady’s College, Professor Maree Smith studied a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Queensland and then completed postdoctoral training in clinical pharmacology in the Dept of Medicine on the Herston Campus of UQ. She began lecturing in 1989 and was promoted through the academic ranks to Professor in 2004. Professor Maree Smith is the inventor of the pain relief medication for chronically ill patients – EMA401. In 2016, she was the recipient of the prestigious Clunies Ross Science Award.
Winner of the first season of the US reality show “Project Runway”, is the highly creative Our Lady’s College graduate, Juli Grbac. Juli is a now an acclaimed fashion designer who famously designed the contemporary and elegant uniforms worn by Virgin Australia Staff. A tenacious woman, Juli worked for various companies, including luxury Brisbane brand Easton and Pearson, before starting her own label in 2002. Her designs have been applauded during L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week.
Past College Captain and teacher at Our Lady’s College, is the current Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education, Ms Pam Betts. With an abundance of professional achievements, Pam remembers her years at Our Lady’s affectionately. She said, “I have many fond memories of my time at Our Lady’s College … My fondest memory however, is the great sense of community that was always evident – the support and encouragement from staff and the friendships forged. My interest in the College has remained over all these years and my affection for my old school is still evident in the gratitude I have for the education I was afforded at Our Lady’s.”
Following a 12 year career as a workplace relations lawyer, where she attained a partnership in a leading Qld firm, McCullough Robertson, Helen Davis joined Suncorp as a Human Resources Business Partner in 2008 where she is now the Executive General Manager Human Resources, Change & Communications. Helen is responsible for shaping and enhancing the people capability and culture in the bank. She has been a volunteer at the Arts Law Centre of QLD for over a decade and a member of the Lifeline Brisbane Board.
Associate Professor Melissa Penny studied applied mathematics at QUT in Brisbane. After obtaining her PhD she moved to Switzerland to undertake research in malaria and public health. She is currently based at the Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute at the University of Basel in Switzerland, and has recently been awarded a professorship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. This will allow her to research the development of new medicines and vaccines using mathematical modelling.
After graduating as College Captain, Joanne Blanchfield completed a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Queensland. She then went on to complete her Honours and PhD in Organic Chemistry moving to the USA to take up a postdoctoral research position at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Since returning to Australia, she has worked at the Australian National University in Canberra and is now an Associate Professor and head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland. She is head of an active research laboratory which includes the identification of active chemicals from herbal extracts and the development of safer vaccines. Joanne's connection with the College continues today in her role as President of the Our Lady's College Past Pupils Association.
Welcome to Our Lady’s College.
As a College living the legacy of St Mary (of the Cross) MacKillop, Our Lady’s is committed to the education of the ‘head, heart and hands’.
We are a Catholic girls Secondary College that is centrally located and living the motto and challenge “Ad Altiora” (Ever Higher).
Established in 1964 by the Sisters of St Joseph and from 1976 administered by Brisbane Catholic Education, the College enjoys connection with approximately 145 other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and 32 Josephite schools across Australia and New Zealand.
The values of Tradition, Excellence and Community are readily apparent in our girls, who are supported in their learning by highly professional, experienced and dedicated staff.
Enactment of the Master Plan has seen the Our Lady’s facilities and streetscape grow and change significantly. Ad Altiora Place includes a modern Resource Centre with theaterette, café and deck that overlooks McKnoulty Field. Two new state of the art Science laboratories in our Tenison Woods Wing extension allow the girls access to contemporary pedagogy and provide opportunity for advanced investigations.
Our Curriculum is both broad and deep, allowing for extension with our gifted programs and consolidation through our Learning Enrichment department.
Instrumental Music and Cultural programs and membership of the Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls Sports Association (CaSSSA) sports competition encourages girls to be involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Our Lady’s girls are nurtured in their learning in smaller than usual class groupings. This is reflected in their academic results, which enable our students to achieve desirable outcomes in placement in university courses and post school work opportunities.
Come and meet me for a personal tour of our College at 8am on the last Friday of each month during term time.
Please contact the College office on 3426 8000 to make an appointment.
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