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St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge QLD
Excellence in the Education and Care of Young Women
John Fisher Drive
Bracken Ridge
Brisbane North
07 3269 8188
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Preparing Girls to Make Their Mark...

St John FIsher College has a holistic approach to education promoting your daughter's spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth along with her academic learning. It is a vibrant community where girls are encouraged to become fully involved in the life of the College. We share and celebrate the gifts and talents of all members of our community. 

Founded in 1981 on Mercy tradition, the College was inspired by St John Fisher, a Chancellor of Cambridge University who was known for his academic passion and social justice work. Our Catholic values underpin all we do; girls are taught values such as faith, kindness, honesty and compassion, that last a lifetime.

 It's not just a 7-12 education; we offer an education for life. 

St John Fisher College is a Catholic College that demands the best of your daughter and of the teachers in all pursuits. We boldly ask your daughter to go far and do her best, to see more and question every possibility, and to reach further and pursue her dreams. 

We believe that your daughter's education should not only provide her with a ranking when she graduates. It should be an education that prepares her to walk gently in an increasingly complex world. A Catholic education creates a life of purpose, kindness, honesty and compassion. 

The College boasts 15 hectares of land, new look facilities and a forward thinking curriculum that promotes academic rigour. Here you will find a community of supportive and passionate parents, teachers and staff whose common goal is to guide, foster, inspire, enrich and develop our girls. Engaging with our community is central to who we are and we welcome the involvement of parents. Annual highlights that exemplify our warm parent community include Mother's Day Garden Party and Father's Day breakfast where the students pay hommage to the people who have given them these opportunities. 

Inspiring girls to embrace learning….

??Our team of inspirational teachers is central to this, encouraging 'out of the box' thikning with new approaches to curriuclum to respond to students' interests and real-world demands. Teachers and students work side by side seeking alternate ways of problem solving, by developing practical and innovative approaches to learning. Many of our teachers have been honoured with Excellence in Teaching Awards as well as Student Choice Awards, the latter perhaps the greatest endorsement. We promote academic excellence in both the classroom and via our many curriculum-focused clubs, such as the Science Think Tank, Unplugged, Greedy Readers, Scribblers, Write a Book in a Day, Literary Festival and Homework Club. Our students consistently achieve above the State and National average in NAPLAN, and our Year 12s graduate from the College equipped with tangible outcomes that allow them to make their mark in the world.? The College offers an extensive sporting and co-curricular program where students of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Many of our students go ont to compete in the sporting and cultural sphere with great success.

St John Fisher College is a Catholic secondary girls’ College catering for Years 7 to 12 and is administered by Brisbane Catholic Education. It is located in Bracken Ridge, and attracts students from a wide area across the northern suburbs of Brisbane and surrounds. The College focuses on a holistic education with emphasis on the academic, spiritual, social, cultural, sporting and moral development of its students. There is strong sense of pastoral care that occurs naturally as part of a close and nurturing community.

Subjects from Year 7 to 12 are diverse, stimulating and academically rigorous with an emphasis on inquiry based learning.

Senior students are able to choose from a comprehensive list of Authority subjects and Authority Registered subjects; combining these with VET programs should they choose. Students also have access to enrolment in first year university subjects, enrolment in TAFE certificates, school based traineeships and apprenticeships and work placement.
Facilities include a chapel, modern air-conditioned library with flexible learning spaces, classrooms with access to technology, three computer laboratories as well as a laptop program, wireless access throughout the College, hospitality kitchen, textiles room, fully equipped art room, a learning enrichment centre, spacious grounds with multiple ovals, outdoor courts and an assembly hall including indoor sports and rock-climbing wall.

A number of co-curricular clubs and activities also support the curriculum. These include Homework Club, Assignment Help, Maths Mania (tutoring in Mathematics), Science Club, Sewing Tutorials, Greedy Readers (reading club) and Scribblers (writing club). These activities are well attended. It is a strong part of the culture for staff to be involved in helping students with their studies whenever they can.

There are groups and activities for every interest, including dance troupes, instrumental lessons, band, vocal lessons, vocal ensemble, theatre sports, drama, debating, talent quest, craft activities, Interact, social justice group and more. In addition, there is a diverse range social and competitive sporting activities including interschool volleyball, netball, basketball, touch football, soccer, AFL, swimming, athletics and cross country.
At St John Fisher College, a tradition exists of expressing our vision using the language of “the John Fisher Way”. This is a way of acting, speaking and behaving that encompasses our values. In practice, the John Fisher Way may be demonstrated by showing manners, taking pride in your appearance, having respect for self, others and their property, being responsible for one’s actions, having positive relationships with others, being inclusive and tolerant of others, performing acts of kindness, contributing to the community, doing your very best and treating others the way you wish to be treated. This language is interwoven through many daily interactions and throughout all aspects of College life.
The St John Fisher College Community
is inspired by God’s Spirit and
the Catholic faith tradition
to live, to love and to learn
with respect for truth,
the courage to seek justice,
the gift of peace
and the grace to forgive
as we respond with equal dynamism
to society’s challenges today and tomorrow.
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Welcome to the St John Fisher College, a vibrant and compassionate community that promotes the values of respect, care, integrity, service, excellence and inclusiveness.

We are a Catholic secondary girls' College with a curriculum designed to prepare girls for a changing world. Our strong academic outcomes, with appreciation for vocational experiences, combine to give our students the best opportunity to success in further education and in life.

St John Fisher is a College of high expectations. Our goal is for all girls to realise their potential in a supportive and diverse learning environment, valuing the dignity and integrity of each individual.

We have a strong pastoral care focus, a wide variety of co-curricular activities and we expect all students to become involved in College life. We encourage girls to step out of their comfort zones, be problem solvers and future focussed. We offer opportunities and experiences that will allow all girls to explore their own gifts and talents. Feeling connected, protected and respected are key factors in building resilience and this is a key part of the St John Fisher College culture.

Our beautiful grounds and small student population mean that each student is known individually. We are proud of our extensive and evolving curriculum and of our staff who consistently display a commitment to excellence.

St John Fisher has a Sisters of Mercy foundation and we are proud to nurture the girls in this way of care for others, social justice and outreach.

Please explore our website, contact us for a tour and join us for special occasions such as Open Day and our annual Arts & Culture night, Illuminaré. You will find a vibrant and welcoming community.

Rahema MacDonald resizeSt John Fisher College Captain, Rahema MacDonald performed with distinction at the Zone final of Young Lion Youth of the Year competition this week. She placed third to Craigslea State High (2nd) and Brisbane Grammar (1st).

Youth of the Year is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. A high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement is sought in its potential winners.

Frank Rose of Bramble Bay Lions Club spoke on behalf of his club when he said; “We are very appreciative of the work put in by Rahema and the support from her family as well as St John Fisher College and would like to thank all concerned."

“The top 3 contestants all scored in the 80s out of 100 so the competition was quite fierce but friendly and I am sure the members of all the Clubs involved could not help but be impressed with the calibre of the contestants, I know I was," commented Frank.

Rahema said she felt elated and proud to have placed third amongst very tough competition.

“It was an unforgettable experience and I have learnt a lot from the process," Rahema said.

“It not only allowed me to enhance my personal leadership skills and approaches to challenging situations, but it also gave me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing, youth leaders in our Greater Brisbane region."

“It left me feeling more confident in myself and determined to create a lasting impact on our community for the better."

“I'm incredibly grateful to the Lions Foundation and my schools' leadership team for providing me with such an amazing opportunity and experience."

St John Fisher College Principal, Ms Cathy Galvin said Rahema is an outstanding leader, exemplifying what it is to be a St John Fisher girl.

“We are very proud of the effort Rahema put into the Young Lion of the Year competition and her achievements reflect this," said Ms Galvin. 

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