About Us

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​A Catholic learning community founded in 1961 in the 800-year-old Dominican tradition, San Sisto College shapes and challenges the heart, mind, and spirit of each young woman through the lived experience of the Gospel and the principle of Veritas (truth). We value personal achievement and excellence in an environment founded in the Dominican principles (or pillars) of Community, Study, Prayer, and Service where young women flourish.


As leaders in *Critical Thinking Pedagogy, our students are taught to think, paving the way for success in a tertiary environment or the workplace, and in active citizenship, change making, and leadership, so that our students may become Women of Integrity Shaping the Future. San Sisto College provides a nurturing, challenging, and innovative educational experience with a key emphasis on health and wellbeing to support our students individually, catering for all learning styles.

 

What is Critical Thinking Pedagogy?

Critical Thinking Pedagogy is teaching students to think!  This may sound obvious but, in fact, we have researched and practised teaching for thinking for several years with the University of Queensland and know that girls tend to be more proficient in learning facts off-by-heart, but under-practised in critical thinking – the “why?" at the heart of information.  Our students are taught to dig deeper, to look at sources critically, to ask the “why" and to imagine the “what if", to argue points of view, to find greater meaning, to collaborate with others, and to use information with deep thought and investigation.  That is why we have been recognised by Brisbane Catholic Education and the University of Queensland as ahead of the curve in our teaching practises.  O​ur students complete their education with us better equipped for tertiary study or the workplace, more prepared to navigate the global superhighway of information, ready for active citizenship and leadership.

Our college, with 850 students, recognises and meets the individual needs of our students, academically – whether they choose to pursue tertiary education or vocational education and training – while providing the essential emotional, spiritual, and social supports young women need to thrive at school.

San Sisto students shine bright in an environment when they are valued, nurtured, and celebrated as individuals!

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