St Mary’s College has provided Catholic education for the Maryborough/Hervey Bay District for over 100 years. The Christian Brothers established the College on its present site in 1888. St Mary’s College is a parish owned Catholic Secondary Co-Educational College with an enrolment of 455 students. It serves the communities of St. Mary’s Church, Maryborough, Tiaro, Torbanlea, Howard and surrounding areas and is proud to be a part of Catholic Education under the auspices of the Catholic Education Office in Brisbane. Because of the size of the College, students can work closely with a small number of teachers to ensure they gain the most from their education. This, combined with supportive parents and a caring and dedicated staff, creates a real sense of family and community.
At St Mary's College, we aim to educate our students with an appreciation of the spiritual as well as the intellectual and physical aspects of their lives. We strive to create an environment that puts the student at the centre and where that student is supported by dedicated teaching staff and tremendous community spirit. We aim to instil a can-do attitude in all our students and work with them all to engender high aspiration and a range of personal skills and qualities including self-confidence and leadership abilities. We ensure that we are developing our students not just academically, but as well-rounded young adults ready to be future citizens who will positively contribute to their community and the wider society when they leave. ?
For the 2022 year, the College will provide two (2) Scholarships for Year 7 2022 students. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit as determined by an application and interview. Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate potential for a commitment to a holistic education, in preparation for the values of Service, Courage and Justice at St Mary's College.
Applications for Scholarships (Year 7 2022) open on Monday 26 April 2021 and close Friday 30 July 2021 at 4.00pm.
There are two (2) Scholarships available at a value of $1,000 per year over three (3) years of attendance at the College. Over these three years, the Scholarship recipient must maintain the College values as a student to continue receiving the Scholarship support over the outlined period.
Under the QCE Scholarship Program, QATSIF provides two-year scholarship funding to support students commencing in Year 11. QATSIF funds successful schools which then provide scholarships to individual students. The intention of the funding is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander student retention in Years 11 and 12 rather than simply sustain existing retention rates, and funding has to be used to complement and build on existing school and community programmes and support for individual students.
An eligible QATSIF Scholarship Applicant:
is a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, is accepted as such by the community in which he/she lives.
is an Australian citizen and resident of Queensland.
is enrolled at a Queensland school as a student OR has enrolment confirmed at a Queensland school.
is currently in Year 10 or 11.
intends to undertake and complete his/her Queensland Certificate of Education during the school year and have the ability and their school's confidence of fully completing their QCE by Year 12 Graduation.
has current school attendance of 85% or more.
is under age 35.
is currently achieving A-C in English and a C or higher in other subjects in Year 10 or if currently in Year 11 must be “on track” to receive their QCE by the end of year.
demonstrates effort and behaviour of a C or above.
participates in school activities which enhances his/her Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural identity.
demonstrates willingness to fully participate in the life of the school and be a worthy role model for other students.?
Applications for Scholarships (Year 11 and 12) ?St Mary's makes these applications on your behalf, please contact the College Office.
?If you are looking for information on available Bursaries please CLICK HERE
St Mary’s College always encourages interested students to participate in the competition with the 2020 challenge set to code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of cybersecurity. From explaining the importance of cybersecurity, to planning a digital solution for a specific audience, writing an algorithm, turning the algorithm into visual block code using Scratch or text-based code using HTML or Python, all the way through to supporting a self-evaluation of the prototype and filming a video explanation of their design. Ava, Skyla and other students were encouraged to enter as part of the College Makerspace (The CITADEL). “We would like to thank Ms Patterson and Mrs T for helping in the setup, the recommendations and coding advice” To enter the challenge, the students began by learning a new language. Ava explained “We really wanted to challenge ourselves but we first had to learn HTML code” Skyla said “I think the hardest thing was, we had all these ideas, but we really had to limit them down and find a general idea what we wanted. “Then we were able to adopt things and take things away to streamline it.” The girls created their entry - a website, using HTML code, they then utilised the College CITADEL equipment to transfer the website onto a Raspberry Pi device which they set up as a web server. Ava said “We got our friends and other students in the library to test it and tell us what they thought, we could kind of tell if they found it exciting, and we found what we had to do after that.” Ava and Skyla have a real passion for STEM which they share with their peers.
As a duo, the girls have become regular winners of technology based awards, in January 2020, the won the Young STEM Award at the Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards. In 2019, the girls won the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards and won a trip to Sydney. From that they were invited to apply to be SheEO Activators as part of a Queensland Government Initiative that sponsored 10 women to be Activators. Ava and Skyla reviewed businesses asking for funding from SheEO in 2020 and voted on which women-led venture should receive the money. These sessions were held online and continued through COVID19 lock down.
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