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Principal's Welcomehttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/ourcollege/Pages/Principal%27s-welcome.aspx, http://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/ourcollege/Pages/Principal's-welcome.aspxPrincipal's WelcomeEducating young women in Years 7 – 12 is an extraordinary privilege, and I thank you for expressing interest in our college as the school for your daughter.
Academic Excellencehttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/enrolment/Pages/Our-College.aspx, http://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/enrolment/Pages/Our-College.aspxAcademic Excellence​As a Catholic secondary college in the Dominican Tradition we are committed to the education of young women. Our aim is to provide a learning environment that supports the individual student to meet the challenges of the future.
Enrolmenthttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/enrolment/Pages/default.aspx, http://schoolauthoring16.bne.catholic.edu.au/schools/sansisto/enrolment/Pages/default.aspxEnrolmentThrough our authoritative, whole-of-college pedagogical framework, we strive to provide quality learning and teaching experiences that are challenging, innovative, exciting and inclusive.

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Register for a Tourhttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Register-for-a-Tour.aspxRegister for a Tour<p>​The College hosts a number of events throughout the year enabling families the opportunity to explore what San Sisto College has to offer. </p><div><span>Experience first-hand our holistic learning environment that drives academic achievement and a rich co-curricular program which ensures an engaging and balanced education.</span></div><div><span></span> </div><div><span></span>Nothing replaces a visit to our college to appreciate how much we love our school for experiencing our passion for learning.<br></div><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1"><span>College <span>Tours</span></span></h1><div><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><br>College tours are conducted during a normal college day to provide you and your family with a true sense of our San Sisto community. All members of the family are welcome to attend. ​</p><div><p class="ms-rteElement-P">Term 1:          Thursday 8 March 2018 at 9 am</p><p class="ms-rteElement-P">Term 3:          Friday 27 July 2018 at 9 am</p><p class="ms-rteElement-P">Term 3:          Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 9 am</p><p class="ms-rteElement-P">Term 4:          Thursday 25 October 2018 at 9 am​​</p><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/collegtour2018">Click here to register.​</a></p></div></div><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1">​​​​​​<span>Open Da</span><span>y 2018</span></h1><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><br>We invite you to meet our students and teachers while exploring our stunning campus and state-of-the-art facilities.</p><div><p class="ms-rteElement-P">Our Open Day tours are conducted by our student ambassadors with our leadership team and teaching staff available to take your questions.​</p><p class="ms-rteElement-P">Our next Open Day will be held on Sunday 20 May 2018. If you missed our 2017 Open Day, feel free to contact the College and request an enrolment pack or join one of our College Tours in 2017.</p><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span>Register for Open Day 2018. ​​Discover the San Sisto difference.​</span></p><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OpenDay2018">Click here to register.​</a></span></p></div><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1"><span><span>​</span>​​</span><span>Buddy Day</span></h1><p><br>Once you have toured our college facilities, to help you and your daughter with the final decision to choose our college, we offer students the opportunity to spend a day with us through our San Sisto College Buddy Day Program.</p><div>This program offers prospective students the perfect opportunity to share in the excitement of the college day, have fun meeting new friends and teachers, and experience our programs and our beautiful college.​<br></div><p>To register, please email <a href="mailto:scarina@bne.catholic.edu.au">scarina@bne.catholic.edu.au</a><span>​</span>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</p>
Improvement Walls in the Science Classroomshttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Improvement-Walls-in-the-Science-Classrooms.aspxImprovement Walls in the Science Classrooms<p>​Continuing their Excellence in Teaching and Learning journey, the Science Department has created Improvement Walls at the rear of teaching laboratories where examples of current assignments and practical reports can be found for student reference.</p><p>Each example assessment piece has specific aspects highlighted that show students how they are above or below standard and how they can be improved. These example tasks serve to give students an idea on how the assignment they are working on might look or be formatted and what level of scientific detail is required. They also serve to display the level of literacy and numeracy required. Current research in education tells us that Improvement Walls serve to make visible to students the standard of work expected and we are confident this initiative will improve student outcomes. </p><p>Students have already found these learning spaces very useful. As one student commented; </p><p>“The wall shows us what the task looks like so we find starting easier; we can create a mental image of the format of the task. It also shows us what level of scientific detail and literacy and numeracy is needed," said Stuart Gillett, Academic Leader: Science.​<br></p><p><br> </p>
San Sisto College Teacher Represents Australia http://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/San-Sisto-College-Teacher-Represents-Australia-.aspxSan Sisto College Teacher Represents Australia <p>​San Sisto College Health and Physical Education (HPE) Teacher, Amy Penberthy recently represented Australia in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam.<br></p><p>Amy has spent the last six years competing locally in the sport, since graduating from high school. “I have always been a lover of running and any type of endurance activity starting back in my days at primary school.  When leaving school I wanted to try something that involved running, but triathlons were a little more challenging; which pushed me out of my comfort zone. My sports coordinator at high school was the driving force behind my starting up in the sport. I got to train with her throughout university and I just loved the atmosphere of the training squad – the lifestyle and the enjoyment of both competing and training still provides a thrill for me," said Amy.</p><p>“Competing in the ITU World TriathlonGrand Final in Rotterdam was an amazing experience. Just being able to race overseas while representing Australia in my age group was an honour. To be racing in new places while taking in the scenery whilst on course was awesome. Interacting with like-minded people from both Australia and other countries was also a highlight. The atmosphere at the event was great and although you are competing against each other, there is a real sense of team spirit and fun across the entire event. Everyone is there for the same reason, and it was great to meet and get to know athletes from all over the world."</p><p>Leading up to the event, Amy was required to compete in five different qualifying races including the Noosa and Mooloolaba triathlons here in Queensland. It was necessary to gain an allocated number of points to make the team. Amy was training for 20 – 25 hours a week to build fitness. “I have always been much more of a lover of training rather than competing, so I love training as much as I can and try to fit it in where possible across my week with teaching and coaching the girls at San Sisto College. Training is a part of my day that I really look forward to – it is not only a time where I can work hard, but also a time where I can socialize and catch-up with friends.</p><p>My advice to anyone interested in the sport is to have perseverance and stay committed to get the best out of yourself and your training even when life is busy. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing so enjoy the moment you are in – focus on what you can control and the rest will come."​<br></p><p>​<br></p>
QUT Future Leaders’ Program Successhttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/QUT-Future-Leaders’-Program.aspxQUT Future Leaders’ Program Success<p><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to 2017 College Captain, on her graduation from the QUT Future Leaders' program.  Over the past two years in this program, she has been involved in events at QUT designed to inspire and promote leadership. Furthermore, the program allows students to participate in networking opportunities with students from other schools, QUT lecturers, staff and mentors, as well as successful individuals in an array of professions such as Science, Business and Law. This program also provides the selected participants with an insight into tertiary education as well as the professional world beyond.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><p style="text-align:justify;">College Captain, Luisa Randall was commended at the graduation ceremony for her commitment to Future Leaders' and she also spoke eloquently on behalf of her cohort in regards to the rewards that the program has provided. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">QUT requested that San Sisto put forward two student nominations (in the past we could only give one) for the program starting in 2018 based on the excellent involvement and achievements of San Sisto students. The academic requirements for the program are extremely high as is the level of responsibility and commitment expected. <br></p></div>
A Love of Learninghttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/A-Love-of-Learning.aspxA Love of Learning<p>​​​As a College we are entrusted by our community to provide engaging classroom pedagogies and employ high yield strategies to determine their impact. This is underpinned by wellbeing structures, as we work to create a learning environment that is innovative and nurtures the needs of each student.<br></p><p>Our 2017 NAPLAN results are ahead of Brisbane Catholic Education, National, State and QCEC scores for all literacy measures (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) in Year 7 and 9, and Numeracy in Year 9, whilst our Year 7 cohort exceeds BCE.<br></p><p>Both our Year 7 and 9 cohorts have demonstrated growth in all NAPLAN strands since their previous testing period.  Our Year 7 cohort have shown growth exceeding BCE and Australian rates in Reading and Numeracy, and above BCE patterns for Writing. Our Year 9 group exceed BCE growth rates in Writing, and both BCE and national trends in Numeracy.<br></p><p>In 2017, students have experienced an initiative known as Excellent Learning and Teaching—Moving Forward.  Student learning growth has been the goal and during the year there has been an explicit and targeted focus on literacy learning and teaching. This new initiative has built upon the great learning culture always experienced at the College, and has been achieved through consistent practices in classrooms and collaborative cultures amongst staff. Teachers have introduced students to a series of questions that served to assist them to gain deeper understandings of their learnings.  College Leadership Team members and Brisbane Catholic Education Leaders and Education officers have been frequent visitors to classrooms throughout the year.<br></p><p>College Assemblies have celebrated academic excellence and acknowledged those students who have been persistent in their studies, with an average of 62% of students receiving above expected results across core learning areas (compared with a BCE average of 52%).  We have also recognized students who achieved success through their efforts in academic competitions, involvement in university courses and achieved full attendance at school. <br></p><p>Our continued emphasis on academic achievement, development of practical skills, focus on student wellbeing, promotion of community harmony and a wide co-curricular program, will continue to challenge and cater to the varied interests and needs of students seeking both academic and vocational outcomes. In partnership with our College Leadership Team, Academic and Pastoral leaders, teachers, administrative and support staff, and parents and carers, the continued academic success of students at San Sisto College is assured.<br><br></p>
Year 12 Retreathttp://www.sansisto.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Year-12-Retreat.aspxYear 12 Retreat<p>Our Year 12 students were given the recent opportunity, amongst other things, to heal broken relationships, express gratitude, affirm others and let go of weighing burdens.  They heard the stories of two women whose journeys have brought them, in roundabout ways, to happiness today.<br></p><p><img src="/latest-news/SiteAssets/IMG_6283.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:99%;height:305px;" /><br></p><p>We would like to offer our Year 12s, and all in our community, the following words for reflection and consideration.  They are the words of Ron Rolheiser, an American Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the same order that established and governs Iona College. Fr Rolheiser is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. </p><p>Fr Rolheiser has paraphrased an interview response of Pope Francis's - synthesizing Pope Francis's  central point into his own words.</p><p>Ten Secrets to Happiness</p><ol><li>Live and let live — All of us will live longer and more happily if we stop trying to arrange other people's lives. Jesus challenged us not to judge but to live with the tension and let God and history make the judgments. So live we need to live by own convictions and let others do the same.<br></li><li>Be giving of yourself to others — Happiness lies in giving ourselves away. We need to be open and generous because if we withdraw into ourselves we run the risk of becoming self-centred and no happiness will be found there since “stagnant water becomes putrid."<br></li><li>Proceed calmly – Move with kindness, humility and calm. These are the antithesis of anxiety and distress. Calm never causes high blood pressure. We need to make conscious efforts to never let the moment cause panic and excessive hurry. Rather be late than stressed.<br></li><li>A healthy sense of leisure — Never lose the pleasures of art, literature, and playing with children. Remember that Jesus scandalized others with his capacity to enjoy life in all its sensuousness. We don't live by work alone, no matter how important and meaningful it might be. In heaven there will be no work, only leisure. We need to learn the art and joy of leisure not just to prepare for heaven but to enjoy some of heaven now.<br></li><li>Sundays should be holidays — Workers should have Sundays off because Sunday is for family. Accomplishment, productivity and speed may not become our most valued commodities or we will begin to take everything for granted; our lives, our health, our families, our friends, those around us, and all the good things in life. That is why God gave us a commandment to keep the Sabbath holy. This is not a lifestyle suggestion, but a commandment as binding as not killing. Moreover, if we are employers, the commandment demands too that we give our employees proper Sabbath-time.<br></li><li>Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people — If you want to bless a young person, don't just tell that person that he or she is wonderful. Don't just admire youthful beauty and energy. Give a young person your job! Or, at least, work actively to help him or her find meaningful work. This will both bless that young person and bring a special happiness to your own life.<br></li><li>Respect and take care of nature —The air we breathe out is the air we will re-inhale. This is true spiritually, psychologically and ecologically. We can't be whole and happy when Mother Earth is being stripped of her wholeness. Christ came to save the world, not just the people in the world. Our salvation, like our happiness, is tied to the way we treat the earth. It is immoral to slap another person in the face and so it is immoral too to throw our garbage into the face of Mother Earth.<br></li><li>Stop being negative — Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. Negative thoughts feed unhappiness and a bad self-image. Positive thoughts feed happiness and healthy self-esteem.<br></li><li>Don't proselyte, respect others' beliefs — What we cherish and put our faith into grows “by attraction, not by proselytizing."  Beauty is the one thing that no one can argue with. Cherish your values, but always act towards others with graciousness, charity and respect.<br></li><li>Work for peace — Peace is more than the absence of war and working for peace means more than not causing disharmony.  Peace, like war, must be waged actively by working for justice, equality and an ever-wider inclusivity in terms of what makes up our family. Waging peace is the perennial struggle to stretch hearts, our own and others, to accept that in God's house there are many rooms and that all faiths, not least our own, are meant to be a house of prayer for all people.​<br></li></ol><p>​​</p>

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