St Vincent’s College is a non-selective, contemporary Catholic day and boarding school for girls. The current ethos and approach is based on a belief that an independent education should provide advantage not entitlement.
The College avoids visible ostentation, balances opportunities with responsibilities and invites students to learn in a culture that is informing, transforming and empowering.
Our motto ‘Scientia cum Religione’ (knowledge and religion united) calls us to take the wisdom and understanding that comes with education and combine it with the virtues and values of religion – love, compassion, care, justice – so that we may truly live a life modelled on that of Jesus and his concern for people.
Essentially, as we look to a future filled with opportunity for women in Australia, St Vincent’s College is all about empowering young women to be independent in thought, compassionate in attitude and confident to act.
Our students enjoy the benefits of an exciting and extensive co-curricular programme that nurtures mind, body and spirit and builds individual confidence and self-esteem.
Students are encouraged to discover their athletic ability with individual and team sports; release their creativity with our performing and creative arts; share their generous spirit with social justice groups; and build strength of character with leadership opportunities.
Students can participate in classes such as dance, Performance Arts, acting, debating, public speaking, choral and instrumental music, the Mock Trial Competition and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The College Sport Programme attracts high levels of participation by all students. Students are encouraged to choose at least one team or individual sport each term from an extensive range of options including basketball, netball, hockey, softball, cricket, volleyball, touch, soccer, water polo, athletics, cross country, swimming, diving, gymnastics and skiing.
All students in Years 7 to 10 enjoy annual an Outdoor Education Camp. Year 11 and 12 students undertake Retreats that strengthen their relationships with God and friends.
Boarding at St Vincent’s College provides a unique opportunity for students to broaden their horizons. Living and learning on the edge of one of the world’s great cities, our Boarders develop the independence, knowledge and confidence needed to successfully transition to lives beyond their secondary education.
An education at St Vincent’s College is comprehensive with a full academic program plus a busy co-curricular schedule. Boarders take full advantage of these co-curricular activities, as well as participating in the after school and weekend boarding activities.
Our bright and spacious boarding house offers accommodation in twin rooms for Years 7 to 11 and single rooms in Year 12. Indoor and outdoor facilities encourage our Boarders to engage in structured and self-directed community building.
Our experienced and compassionate Boarding Coordinators encourage the Boarders to achieve their true potential. Under their care all manner of personalities learn to live harmoniously in Boarding.
The Boarding community attend a weekly Mass at our local Parish, St Canice’s and take active roles in the liturgy.
Afternoon and evening study is structured by learning stage and is supervised by Boarding and Teaching staff as well as Tertiary students.
We recognise students as individuals and encourage exploration of their unique expression outside the realms of the traditional classroom. Our students enjoy the benefits of an exciting and extensive co-curricular programme that caters to their diverse talents and interests nurturing mind, body and spirit to build individual confidence and self-esteem.
Pastoral Care at St Vincent’s College is centred on the Tutor system which involves small vertically structured groups each under the care of a dedicated staff member offering encouragement and guidance to the students. The depth of communication between the varying year levels is further enhanced by the community nature of the Tutor system as well as the variety of peer support networks in the College.
The College House system builds on the strengths of the Tutor Group and uses the vertical house as the unit around which all the pastoral and administrative functions will revolve.
With a strong community focus the College ensures parents and carers of the students are valued partners, assisting and complementing the pastoral care and education of their daughters.
The College ensures the emotional and physical needs of the students are met by employing a full-time College Nurse and Counsellor.
Annual camps are enjoyed by students in Years 7 to 10 with senior students undertaking retreats that strengthen their relationship with God and friends.
St Vincent’s College is a Mary Aikenhead Ministry in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity. Mary Aikenhead was committed to service of the poor which continues to be upheld through the education ministry of St Vincent’s College. In Australia, the Sisters of Charity realised that as well as providing health care for the sick poor, providing education, especially for women, was pivotal.
Each year a variety of scholarships and bursaries are offered to students based on academic merit, particular gifts and talents (i.e. music, drama), student leadership or other areas as deemed appropriate by the College Board.
The College Board endeavours to provide opportunities for families who would otherwise be unable to afford quality Catholic education the chance to be educated at St Vincent’s College.
Scholarships offered include:
For more information visit https://www.stvincents.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships/
Extended Day Programs
St Vincent's College offers students from Years 7 to 12 supervised study which includes supervised study which includes the support and assistance as required.
Extended Day is held in the Learning Resource Centre with a teacher as the supervisor. This initiative is to assist our strategic priority of Academic Excellence. It also offers girls an opportunity to complete their homework and study so they can go home to spend time with their family.
For more information visit https://www.stvincents.nsw.edu.au/learning/teaching-and-learning/extended-day-program/
Sydney landmarks and cultural facilities such as Government House, the Sydney Opera House, Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Royal Botanic Gardens are all within walking distance of the College.
The College is served well by public transport with many of our day students commuting from suburbs throughout metropolitan Sydney.
Boarders and their families have ready access to Sydney’s domestic and international airport terminals which are located only 15 minutes from the College.
Our students and staff would love to talk to you about the learning culture that informs, transforms and empowers. The best way to do this is at an Enrolment Morning Tea, or Open Afternoon. I encourage you to come and feel the spirit of the place. It is hard to explain but it has been nurtured and passed between generations of young women who have had an education based on advantage – not entitlement.
I hope your curiosity about the College will soon bring us together in conversation.
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