An Education Designed for Girls

Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead is about challenging students to think outside the box building confident young women who are empowered to pursue their chosen path.

Our students are encouraged to pursue subjects that satisfy their curiosity without the stereotyped gender-weighted expectations that may be applied in a co-educational environment. 

Programs that are designed to challenge and expand thinking are introduced to students from junior years. As students progress through to the senior years they are inspired to apply what they’ve learned to make a difference. Our strong pastoral program coupled with an extensive suite of subjects empowers our students with self-confidence and resilient mindset as they learn, grow and thrive.

Opportunities to Lead:

  • Young women achieve greater academic success and high levels of confidence in all-female educational environments, according to research. A study of nearly 6,000 incoming female university students has found that graduates of all-female schools are more likely to show higher levels of self-confidence, consider themselves critical thinkers, score higher on measures of academic habits of mind, and demonstrate stronger study habits (Riggers-Piehl, Lim & King, 2018, p. 6).
  • Bespoke Leadership Development Program is being introduced from 2021 to build leadership capacity and confidence in our students.
  • Our Design Thinking subject is about giving students the opportunity to try things and fail, to try it again and to discover a better way.
  • Extracurricular activities give students the opportunity to engage and build relationships with staff, peers and students across all year levels.
  • Pastoral days provide students with an opportunity to make connections and further advance their Catholic spirituality and personal development.
  • The College offers camps and retreat programs; each with a focus that further develops friendships, spirituality and connections with the wider community and the environment.
  • Students impact decision-making at the College through Mercy Girls in Action and the Student Representative Council.
  • Leadership opportunities are related to chosen disciplines.

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“I would say that this school gives you many opportunities to do something amazing, and that everyone will give you a second chance to do something you couldn’t at first.”

Macey, Year 7 

“I love St Pats because it is a friendly and loving community where everyone is equal and all the staff and students are very supportive. I also love that it offers so many opportunities for you to flourish and these opportunities are open to everyone. I love that no matter who you are, when you walk through the gate, you get a sense of belonging.”

Sarah, Year 9

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Our accomplishments:

  • Regional School of the Year Finalist, Australian Education Awards 2020.
  • Over 140 years’ experience in educating women of the future through challenging stereotypes and providing a platform for young women to take charge of their future.
  • The East Precinct Building is a state-of-the-art performance and learning facility completed in 2020 which features an 800-seat auditorium, contemporary library space and specialist hospitality, dance, drama and music rooms.
  • A team of staff who are industry leaders and specialists in their fields, coupled with a pastoral care team who go above and beyond to create a caring and nurturing environment.
  • An Alumni network which features generations of St Patrick's College Townsville women who are involved in inspiring our current students.
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St Patrick’s College Townsville
45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810

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