St Clare’s College has celebrated over 50 years of continuous education to the Canberra community (established in 1965). The reason for its establishment in the beginning is now further enhanced with contemporary research supporting the many benefits of girls being educated in a girls’ only school.
St Clare’s has a proud history of success in many fields of endeavour across academic, cultural, sporting and extra-curricular activities. This is due to the support of parents and staff working collaboratively to provide the opportunities for a vibrant and willing student body to participate in the many fields of endeavour available today. St Clare’s College is a welcoming school and open to all.
It is interesting to note that research shows girls in a single sex school are often more competitive amongst their peers in their desire to achieve. The environment of a single sex school, especially for girls, promotes opportunities for students to overcome gender bias that may occur through social learning. Girls approach their studies during the compulsory years more positively in a single sex school and will enthusiastically attempt the areas of Maths, Science and Technology at the senior levels where female representation is generally lower in co-educational schools.
The opportunities for leadership are extensive throughout their secondary schooling at St Clare’s. The girls have the potential to be considered as a Pastoral Care Captain, be on the Student Representative Council, the captain of one of the twenty six St Clare’s sports teams, a House Captain or one of the five senior leadership roles. Girls are role-modelling to girls and the students learn how to be confident, articulate and influential through their involvement in a community of empowered and self-assured young adults.
As a Catholic school, the climate of the College is based on the life and teachings of Jesus and inspired by the example of St Clare. There is an environment of acceptance, forgiveness and reconciliation in the way that people treat each other as well as a sense of hope for the future. Students are provided the opportunity to explore their spirituality and have a better understanding of the role of religion in their lives. The students at St Clare’s are also well known in the ACT for their commitment to the less fortunate through raising funds for charities and volunteering for many causes. They are generous and compassionate in their work for the underprivileged.
The students at St Clare’s can shine in whatever they choose to undertake. The girls’ only environment provides the opportunity to build their confidence without socially imposed barriers to hold them back. The expectations are clearer for them in a College that has students from Year 7 to 12 all growing, learning and working together for their mutual benefit and the benefit of society generally.