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Seton College
1148 Cavendish Road
Brisbane South
07 3291 5333
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Secondary School
7 - 12
Fees: Single: $3624 per child per annum

Family: $5832 per annum + $240 per child for senior years (camp fees)

SETON COLLEGE was established in 1964 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Elizabeth Seton. The College is a Catholic co-educational High School but is open to students from non-Catholic families who are prepared to support its Vision and Mission. It has a maximum enrolment of 335 students from Years Seven to Twelve.

Its modern campus is located in a bush land setting at Mount Gravatt East, 12 km South-East of Brisbane’s CBD. An extensive building program in recent years has seen the building and upgrading of classrooms and specialty areas and the construction of a large covered piazza. All class rooms are air-conditioned and the school has its own chapel, large and small playing fields, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor gymnasiums, specialty classrooms and runs a 1:1 notebook program.

As a school of “specific purpose”, Seton College welcomes students with a range of abilities. In particular it seeks to provide opportunities for students who have experienced difficulties with their schoolwork in earlier years to achieve success. The College is not a designated Special School and may not be able to accommodate the needs of all students seeking enrolment.

At Seton College we seek to identify the strengths and abilities of individual students and develop those while targeting specific academic areas where the student needs additional assistance. Seton’s small class sizes and “multi-levelled curriculum” enables students to achieve at all levels.

The college curriculum includes most core subjects and a variety of elective subjects. Particular emphasis is given to literacy and numeracy, inculcating good study and work practices, encouraging independence, and developing strong communication and organisational skills. Small classes, a strong core curriculum, focused teaching and extensive learning support give students the opportunity to do their best “whatever their best may be”. Once they have ‘picked up the pace’ and gained confidence the flexibility exists for students to move on to more challenging levels in other classes.

In their senior years at Seton College students may choose to study for the Queensland Certificate of Education, do a variety of vocational and Certificate courses or choose to transition to other appropriate academic and vocational pathways. Work experience, work placements, certificate courses and traineeships are offered from Year Ten. This can give students a “head start” with credits accumulated towards the Queensland Certificate of Education or to enter the workplace confidently.

Within a small school setting strong connections are able to exist between the home, teachers and students. Students come to be known well by the teachers and academic progress is closely tracked so that students do not ‘slip through the net’. Many students at Seton are very talented, and being a small school, are able to participate and develop these talents in a variety of ways, opportunities that they may not have in larger conventional schools. Seton students with particular sporting, cultural and creative abilities have gained local, state, and sometimes national recognition.

An ethos of pastoral care and positive behaviour reinforcement pervades the school and provides students with a good network of support. Weekly whole school assemblies focused around liturgies encourage students to live the Christian Gospel values and ‘see the face of Jesus in everyone they meet.’ Raising awareness of people in need and funds for those who are disadvantaged is a focus of Seton College so that students look outside themselves to practice charity.

Seton College aims to provide the very best curriculum and educational opportunities for students to enable them to achieve at their best in a pastoral and caring Christian environment, to seek to be lifelong learners so that they may pursue further education or enter the workforce confidently and capably in order to positively contribute to society.

The College is located on spacious grounds in Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt East. An extensive and ongoing building programme for general and specialist areas has seen the college transformed into a modern educational centre. New Classroon and specialist Blocks in a bushland setting have created a picturesque complex. Sporting facilities include a 25 metre pool, multipurpose court and indoor and outdoor gymnasiums. The College Chapel is used for weekly prayer assemblies.
Seton College is a regular high school in the junior years. Students of all abilities can do well but the College also provides opportunities for students who have experienced difficulties with their school work in earlier years to be more successful. The curriculum includes most core subjects and elective subjects in the areas of Commerce, Home Economics and Manual Arts. Particular emphasis is given to Literacy and Numeracy. Programs in all subject areas are offered at many different levels so that students with a wide range of abilities can experience success by being the best that they can be.


Outstanding opportunities for students pursuing vocational pathways are provided by our experienced VET team so that students gain a head start in securing employment.

Currently the College offers the following courses with the view of adding more scope:-

Certificate II in Retail, Certificate II in Active Volunteering, Certificate I in Agri Food Operations (Horticulture), Certificate I in Business, Certificate I in Information- Digital, Certificate I in Media and Technology, Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways, School based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
The college is involved in a variety of extra curricular programs including intra and interschool swimming, athletics and cross country running. An active swimming squad program is available. The college runs a wide variety of lunch-time extra curricular programs including ecogardening, coffee club, board games club, computer games club, art, etc...

Pastoral Care: Seton College operates a vertical, family style Pastoral Care grouping with two teachers (generally a male and a female teacher) who care for the emotional, organisational and academic needs of their students. PC classes consist of students from Year Eight through to Year Twelve and are arranged into House groups. There is an emphasis on older students supporting younger students as they grow in the same group with the same PC teachers for the five years of their secondary schooling. In this way it is hoped that student wellbeing is fostered and a good, long term personal and working relationship develops between teachers, students and their families.

We affirm that Seton College Community is called to be, first and foremost, a community of Faith based upon belief in God and a commitment to Christian living within the College and in the wider community. We believe education in faith should have a central place and we acknowledge the relevance to all areas of learning of the Christian way of life as interpreted in the Catholic tradition. This Christian life is expressed in celebration, prayer, worship, the presence of religious symbols and our dedication to pastoral care and service. Our aim is to assist all to achieve their potential as educated, thoughtful, responsive Christians who will take their place in society and influence it positively. A spirit of mutual trust, sharing and co-operation is central to our life together as we support each other (staff, students and parents) in the spirit of our motto – “Sursum Corda”. The organisation and administration of the College is committed to sharing responsibility, decision-making and all tasks associated with developing school policy and direction where and when appropriate.
With Christ as our Model, we will strive, in peace, justice and love, to achieve our Vision by:

interacting together as befits followers of Christ to foster the faith of all members of the community – staff, students and parents;

fostering a warm and caring environment where all individuals are valued and respected for their gifts, capabilities and experiences;

providing all students with opportunities to achieve their potential and enrich their lives by developing curricula that are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are creative, challenging and relevant to the students’ needs;

encouraging parents to participate in those aspects of school life, including pastoral care, policy making, curriculum development and fund-raising , as and when they feel comfortable; empowering all our members for a commitment to shared responsibility, professional development and the maintenance of open channels of communication.

QCE The Queensland Certificate of Education is Queensland’s senior schooling certificate. To be awarded a QCE, students must demonstrate a significant amount of learning to a set standard and in a set pattern, and meet literacy and numeracy requirements. Students must obtain at least 20 points to be awarded a QCE. VET Vocational Education and Training courses provide numerous pathways into training and include a greater emphasis upon the world of work. Students select courses that enable them to concentrate on industry-specific areas such as Business, Hospitality, Furnishing or Agrifood Operations (Horticulture). The Vocational Education Program provides students with entry-level training and qualifications that are industry endorsed. All competencies achieved are Nationally Accredited and are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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