St Monica’s College is a Catholic girls’ secondary school located in the heart of Cairns. Our school is the oldest existing school in Cairns and the only girls’ school in the region. The school first commenced in 1890. The Sisters of Mercy have maintained a presence to this day.
St Monica’s incorporates Mercy traditions of providing an excellent education for girls in the context of a Catholic school which values above all the quality of relationships and the development of the whole person. Our Mercy identified values – Faith, Integrity, Self-Belief, Courage, Mercy and Community –the basis of all we undertake in our school.
Our teaching and learning promotes the education of the whole person encompassing the spiritual, social, moral, academic and the physical dimensions. St Monica’s offers a full, comprehensive and inclusive education. Individuals participate to the best of their ability to achieve personal and community goals. Our strategies focus on girls’ learning styles, our girls excel in a safe yet challenging learning context. Students are encouraged to believe in themselves, to know they can make a positive contribution to society, to be courageous leaders. Our one to one laptop program empowers our girls for their future careers.
St Monica’s College students excel in English, evident in our outstanding results in the NAPLAN tests.
Other conventional academics studies include a diverse and full range of subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Modern History, Study of Religion, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Italian, Japanese, Information Communication Technology.
St Monica’s College also has access to a wide range of Vocational Education Training programs in the Senior school.
Sporting prowess surges from our success in competitive inter-school events where students choose from soccer, netball, AFL, Touch football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, swimming, and cross country. The recreational sports program includes: yoga, tennis, pilates, water aerobics, zumba, fishing, roller skating, ten pin bowling and others. The physical education program focuses on the intellectual development and the physical and psychological wellbeing of students.
Students are encouraged to develop a social conscience and understand the interdependent nature of our society. We value the just treatment of all people as we accept the Mercy mandate to challenge injustice. Students are proactive in their fund raising and responses to those in need.
St Monica’s has a well-established Performing Arts program which offers students individual instrumental tuition and group performance scope in percussion, woodwind, strings, brass, voice and keyboard. We also offer further opportunity in choral, ensemble and orchestral presentation. Girls are also able to choose Drama, Music and Music Extension. Dance classes incorporate Ballet, Contemporary, Cheerleading, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco and Caberet. Our Performing Arts Department is very active producing major musicals, plays, Youth Theatre, Talent Quests and Dance Exhibition evenings.
Our College is purposely small, where every student is valued and known. We are a welcoming, happy and inclusive community, where students, parents and staff develop a strong sense of belonging. Our Homeroom structure is cherished by our students, who start every day with their second family. Students travel alongside one another in a supportive and caring context over the duration of their secondary education. The vertical structure builds a strong sense of community breaking down the barriers often found between different age groups. In each Year Level, our students undertake a thorough social and emotional learning program as well as quality spiritual development program.