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Our Vision & Missionhttp://www.stjohnfishercollege.qld.edu.au/About Us/Pages/Vision-and-Mission.aspxOur Vision & Mission<h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">OUR PHILOSOPHY</span><br></h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><img class="ms-rteImage-0 ms-rtePosition-2" src="/About%20Us/PublishingImages/2%20Liturgy%20b.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:332px;height:243px;" />The St John Fisher community is inspired by God's spirit and the Catholic faith tradition to live, to love and to learn with respect for truth, the courage to seek justice, the gift of peace and the grace to forgive as we respond with equal dynamism to societ​y's challenges today and tomorrow. We are a Brisbane Catholic girls' college for Years 7-12 providing a contemporary and holistic Mercy education in the spirit of Catherine McAuley, that prepares young women for the world that awaits them. ​​​<br></p> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">TO LOVE & TO LEARN</span><br></h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">The holistic approach to education at St John Fisher College means that your daughter's spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth are promoted as well as her academic learning.  Because our Pastoral Care program is integrated throughout the school system, the Gospel values of love, justice, peace and forgiveness are taught by example and experience. Sharing the support of a Pastoral Care teacher with a small group of other students offers your daughter an intimate and nurturing atmosphere.<br></p> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">TO LIVE AS CHRISTIAN PEOPLE OF FAITH</span><br></h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">The formal teaching of Religious Education in our curriculum is underpinned by the daily lived experience of Gospel values in our community. The College chapel provides a place for regular liturgies, as well as for private prayer and reflection.  Priests from the surrounding community support the College in the regular provision of Eucharist.</p>

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SJFC​ Officially Unveils Stage One of its Decade Long Master Planhttp://www.stjohnfishercollege.qld.edu.au/News/Pages/Blessing-&-Opening-of-Mercedes-&-Magnolia-Place.aspxSJFC​ Officially Unveils Stage One of its Decade Long Master Plan<p>​After more than 40 years in the community, St John Fisher College is undergoing some impressive major redevelopment, with the completion of its new ‘Mercedes building’ concluding the first stage of a decade long masterplan.<img src="/News/SiteAssets/Pages/Blessing-%26-Opening-of-Mercedes-%26-Magnolia-Place/DJI_0677%20(2).jpg" alt="DJI_0677 (2).jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:266px;" /><br></p><div>College Principal, Catherine Galvin, welcomed the new addition at an official opening attended by Deputy Executive Director, Brisbane Catholic Education, Doug Ashleigh, on Friday, as well as Father Gerry, Parish Priest of St Joseph and Anthony’s Parish, Bracken Ridge, who performed a blessing of the new building.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“The demolition of the preexisting building, known then as the Bridgeman block, commenced in April 2021, to make way for the Mercedes (Latin for ‘mercies’) building, a new Hospitality and Design precinct, including commercial kitchens and food tech spaces, a purpose-built design centre and a new and improved college café,” Ms. Galvin said.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“Staff and students are already benefiting from the redevelopment, having grown produce in the recently installed raised garden beds, which are being used as fresh ingredients in our brand-new industrial kitchens – it really is our own micro version of paddock to plate!</div><div><br></div><div>“The new Design hub provides students with state-of-the-art technology at their fingertips, and includes 3D printers, a laser cutter and engraver, as well as sewing machines, prototyping materials to test new designs and lightboards to share and communicate ideas – all set in a very flexible learning space which flows from indoors to outdoors.”</div><div><br></div><div>Principal Galvin said, the recently built facility also includes a café named Maggie’s, which is fully operational and named after the magnolia bush, a strong symbol of resilience for the Mercy Sisters in Brisbane.</div><div><br></div><div>“Sr Ellen Whitty, Queensland's first Mercy nun, was writing a letter back home to Ireland when she saw a goat eating a magnolia bush - she reflected that if the magnolia bush survived, so too would the sisters,” Ms. Galvin said.</div><div><br></div><div>“As a testament to this enduring faith, all proceeds from the Café goes toward supporting Mercy Works, and since opening for business, Maggie's has already raised more than $1000 for various charities.”</div><div><br></div><div><img src="/News/SiteAssets/Pages/Blessing-%26-Opening-of-Mercedes-%26-Magnolia-Place/STJOHNFISHEROPENINGMERCEDESBUILDING2022(6of24).jpg" alt="STJOHNFISHEROPENINGMERCEDESBUILDING2022(6of24).jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:250px;" />Built by Rohrig Constructions and designed by Phillips Smith Conwell (PSC) architects, Mercedes also features a striking mural on one side. Joel Fergie, aka The Zookeeper, captured the magnolia flower and a student looking toward a bright future, with contributions from the St John Fisher College’s very own Cultural Liaison Officer and First Nations Artist, Jessica Tedim, whose work acknowledges the connection and history of the land on which the college stands.</div><div><br></div><div>Father Gerry blessed the building prior to the official opening, with community figures, including local Councilor Sandy Landers, as well as principals and staff from surrounding schools, attending the ceremony.</div><div><br></div><div>Deputy Executive director, Brisbane Catholic Education, Dr Doug Ashleigh was also in attendance and said the building was a testament to the community spirit of St John Fisher College.</div><div><br></div><div>“This outstanding development will surely set this school apart for the next 40 years and serve its community<img src="/News/SiteAssets/Pages/Blessing-%26-Opening-of-Mercedes-%26-Magnolia-Place/STJOHNFISHEROPENINGMERCEDESBUILDING2022(3of24).jpg" alt="STJOHNFISHEROPENINGMERCEDESBUILDING2022(3of24).jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /> well,” Mr Ashleigh said.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“The new hospitality unit will be a space of endless educational opportunities and a place which allows students to develop real world skills and inspire in them a love of cooking.</div><div><br></div><div>“I’d like to acknowledge the commitment of Principal Catherine Galvin, her leadership team, and hard-working staff who have shown great patience during the construction of these areas, as well as the Archdiocesan Development Fund for their support of this project and of the St John Fisher College school community.”<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>The next stage of St John Fisher Colleges Master Plan is expected to commence in mid-2023 with the construction of a new administration and wellbeing building.</div><div><br></div><div>For more information about St John Fisher College, visit their website www.sjfc.catholic.edu.au, and to view the mural being painted, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2mCz3Xj1sE">click here​</a>.<br><br></div>
SJFC Student UN Ambassador http://www.stjohnfishercollege.qld.edu.au/News/Pages/Fisher-Christmas-for-Hope.aspxSJFC Student UN Ambassador <p>​<br><br></p><p>St John Fisher College (SJFC) Year 11 student Prabhdeep Kaur is on her way to becoming a leader of tomorrow after being accepted into the United<img src="/News/SiteAssets/Pages/Fisher-Christmas-for-Hope/prahb.jpg" alt="prahb.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:400px;" /> Nations Student Ambassadors Program. <br></p><p>Prabh said she has long had an interest in international relations and participated in the United Nations (UN) Youth Australia Emerging Leaders Program in 2021. <br></p><p>"During this time I gained an in-depth understanding of political and diplomatic leadership positions offered by the UN and associated government organisations, as well as how they operate in the Indo-Pacific Region," she said. <br></p><p>“Following this, I was kindly invited to apply for the United Nations Student Ambassadors Program.  <br></p><p>“In this role, I try to encourage other SJFC students to become global citizens and find ways to give back to the community.  <br></p><p>“I also intend on running get-togethers to provide an opportunity to socialise with other ambassadors.  <br></p><p>“In addition to this, I have begun participating in regular Model United Nations (MUN) simulations. These are virtual exercises looking at solving global issues alongside hundreds of thousands of students worldwide from all levels of education – primary school to university." <br></p><p>Prabh says her hard work and dedication to this role has helped her to take on challenging situations with confidence, what she believes is a vital characteristic of a leader. <br></p><p>“Many of today's leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in MUN as students," she said.  <br></p><p>“During this experience I have learnt that those with authority can override public opinions and this specifically is something I have pledged to avoid at all points throughout my leadership journey."<br></p><p>College Principal, Cathy Galvin, recommended Prabh for her role and says she is definitely a student with huge enthusiasm and big ideas on how to change the world.  <br></p><p>“Prabh is dedicated to her studies, has an open mind and is deeply respectful in her dealings with teachers and other students," Ms Galvin said.  <br></p><p>“I can absolutely see Prabh in the world of diplomacy, she is a mighty role model to her peers and we can't wait to keep watching all she achieves."<br></p><p>Ms Galvin said Prabh's participation in the United Nations Student Ambassadors Program was just one example of how the secondary college works hard to prepare students for a changing world.<br></p><p>“Our strong academic outcomes, combined with an appreciation for vocational and co-curricular experiences, give our students the best opportunity to success in life beyond the school gates."<br><br></p>

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