Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Who can enrol at San Sisto College?

Children from all families who are prepared to support Catholic values, ideals and principles may be considered eligible for enrolment at San Sisto College. Priority for enrolment is given to:

  • Catholic students from Catholic Primary Schools
  • Catholic students from non-Catholic Primary Schools
  • Siblings
  • Non-Catholic students from Catholic Primary Schools
  • Non-Catholic students from non-Catholic Primary Schools

Do you have to be Catholic to attend San Sisto College?    

  • No, a percentage of our student body is non-Catholic.  All students are required to study Religious Education and participate fully in the Religious Life of the College.

If my daughter is attending a state school can she move to San Sisto College?

  • Yes, subject to the enrolment criteria and availability of places of the College.

How do I enrol my daughter?

  • It is advisable to lodge an application for enrolment is to be lodged by the time she completes Year 3.
  • Applications for enrolment can be downloaded from our website.  Alternatively, an enrolment pack can be requested from the College via email: scarina@bne.catholic.edu.au

  • An application fee of $80.00 is payable upon application.

What is the interview process?

  • Interviews are conducted at the beginning of your daughter's Year 4 year.  Some interviews may be conducted at the end of her Year 3 year, at the discretion of the Principal.
  • Following the interview, parents are advised if their application has been successful and a place may be offered.
  • Confirmation of Enrolment papers and a confirmation fee of $350.00 is payable within a given timeframe of the interview.  Failure to return this paperwork may result in a cancellation of the enrolment.
  • An information evening is conducted in Term 3 of the year prior to enrolment.  Following this information evening, students attend a 'Buddy Day' at the College.  Buddy Day is a full day on campus where your daughter will shadow a current Year 7 student for the day. 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.​​

How much are the school fees?

  • Year 7 - $5370 (2017)
  • Year 12 - $5700 (2017)
  • Please note: the fees listed are based on the 2017 fee structure and include College levies, camps, text book hire and our laptop program. 

Are there scholarships available?           

  • Scholarships are not offered at San Sisto College.  QATSIF funding is available to Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 only.​

What provisions are made for students with particular learning needs?


  • San Sisto College provides educational opportunities and support for all students. Once the College has evaluated whether the prospective student meets the general enrolment criteria, the particular needs of the student and the College's capacity to meet them will also be evaluated.
  • The first point of contact for enrolment of students with particular learning needs is the Enrolment Officer. Where an enrolling student has particular learning needs, the application will be referred to the Principal, who will assess whether the school can provide the facilities, resources and suitably trained personnel to support the educational needs of the applicant. Parents or caregivers will be involved in discussions with the Principal and ST:IE about the student's learning needs, as part of the process of considering the application for enrolment.
  • San Sisto College offers various support services to students with particular learning needs.  A variety of programs are also offered to cater for students of different abilities.

What if I can't afford to pay the school fees?


  • The College is committed to providing a Catholic education to all Catholic children.  In cases of financial hardship, the College will consider offering a concession on the tuition and capital levies.
  • Families experiencing financial difficulties are invited to confidentially approach the Business Manager who will respond to their situation with care and sensitivity.

What facilities and resources does San Sisto College provide?

  • ​​Our College utilises the latest technology to engage students in their learning. This includes access to computers (1:1 laptop program, dedicated labs), multimedia equipment, data projectors, interactive white boards, and other tools for learning.  Each student receives a laptop at the commencement of Year 7 and again in Year 10.  San Sisto College has a well-equipped library/resource centre which is open for students during study periods, lunch, and before and after school.  Our classrooms use state-of-the-art technology and learning programs are second to none. All learning areas are air-conditioned and recently built or extensively refurbished. Our girls have access to new industry-standard catering kitchens, four science labs, sound-proofed music studios, art studios with clay oven, brand new gym facility, and indoor and outdoor multi-purpose courts which cater for a wide range of sports including netball, volleyball, and tennis.

Is San Sisto College accessible by public transport?

  • Yes, San Sisto College is easily accessed by public transport.
  • For up-to-date timetable and service information on the following routes, visit: http://www.transdevqld.com.au and http://www.translink.com.au
  • ​Student travel rebate applications are only open in May for Semester 1 and October for Semester 2. Please visit the School Transport website first to check if you are eligible. Visit www.schooltransport.com.au for more information.  
  • A bus runs daily to San Sisto College from Cannon Hill Railway Station in the morning and returns students to the station in the afternoon.

What if my daughter has to be away from school?

  • If your daughter is absent from school and you have not rung the Absentee Line (3900 9888) before 9.00 am or no previous written advice has been received, a text message will be sent to your mobile phone advising you of the need to contact the College to clarify your daughter's absence.
  • All absences from school must be explained by either a telephone call from a parent or carer to the College or a message left on the absentee line. For extended periods, please provide a note. Late arrivals and early departures must be accompanied by a note.
  • As our system relies on searching the student's family contacts for the first mobile phone number, it is important to have student details correct. Family details for current students can be updated on the Parent Portal via the Community Access tab on our website. For family update details on future enrolments, please contact our reception on 3900 9800.

What are the San Sisto College hours?

  • School hours: 8.35 am until 3.00 pm
  • For more information on Term dates, click here​.
  • Office hours: 8.00 am until 4.00 pm

When can I come to see the College for a tour?               

  • The College hosts a number of events throughout the year enabling families the opportunity to explore what San Sisto College has to offer.
  • Experience first-hand our holistic learning environment that drives academic achievement and a rich co-curricular program which ensures an engaging and balanced education. Nothing replaces a visit to our College to appreciate how much we love our school and experience our passion for learning.
  • Please click here​ for further details on dates and how to register for an event.  

What can you tell me about teacher qualifications?

  • ​In 2017, of our 61 teaching staff, 34 held post-graduate qualifications.  13 held a Masters degree, 15 a Graduate Diploma and 6 a Graduate Certificate.  Our staff are continually striving to better their experience and qualifications through Performance Development opportunities and University degrees.

Why should I send my daughter to San Sisto College?

  • Our Dominican Catholic education is founded on the inclusion of all students, where excellence is not compromised and where young women flourish.  We strive to provide dynamic learning environments and teaching experiences that are challenging, innovative, exciting and inclusive of all learners and their individual learning styles.  We offer a wide range of subject choices in both Authority (OP) and Vocational Educational courses. Both Italian and Japanese languages are offered and are popular with our students. We also have strong arts, drama, and sporting departments that continue to profile students' talents at competitive levels. 

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