In 1878 the Good Samaritan Sisters opened a High School in Pitt Street Sydney. From 1881 students were prepared for university entrance examinations. In 1901 St Scholastica’s College moved from Pitt Street (which became the site of Central Railway) to Glebe Point. The gates from Pitt Street were erected at the new site of St Scholastica's College. The Glebe Point property, known as Toxteth Park Estate, was formerly owned by George Wigram Allen. The Good Samaritan Congregational Centre now occupies the original home. The campus is close to Blackwattle Bay and is set in a superb landscape which has won prizes in the City of Sydney Garden Competition.
St Scholastica's College continues today in the Benedictine tradition of the Good Samaritan Sisters. Recognised as one of the leading learning institutions for girls in Sydney, St Scholastica's provides a beautiful, safe and challenging educational environment which is as tranquil as it is energetic. At the heart of the St Scholastica's College enterprise are our values: compassion, justice, wisdom, learning, harmony, balance, hospitality and stewardship. Our central values of compassion and justice are inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel (Luke 10: 25-37).
The St Scholastica's College curriculum has at its foundation the Good Samaritan Educational Philosophy, which draws on the strength of the Benedictine tradition which emphasises:
• The dignity of each person.
• An academic environment at the forefront of modern educational development.
• A love of learning.
• A holistic view of education and an integrated curriculum which will challenge the creativity, initiative and ability of each student.
• Respect for individual differences so that “the strong have something to strive for and the weak nothing to run from” (Rule of Benedict 64:9).
• Integration of faith and life.
• Balance of prayer and work.
• Appreciation of beauty and cultural plurality.
• Wise stewardship which reverences the earth and its resources.
• Hospitality of heart and place.
• The seeking of peace.
The curriculum at St Scholastica's College is designed to allow all students to achieve their potential. Comprehensive, distinctive and innovative teaching and learning programs prepare students for post-compulsory pathways in academic tertiary studies or further technical and vocational education.
In Year 7 St Scholastica's College aims to give students a taste of a wide variety of subjects across all areas of the curriculum. All areas of study are compulsory. Typically a Year 7 student will study: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, Technology, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts, Drama.
In Year 8 the pattern of study is identical to Year 7 with the addition of studies in Languages Other than English. The College offers study in French, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin to students at this level.
Students in Years 9 and 10 at St Scholastica's College complete both Mandatory and Elective courses of study. Mandatory studies are in the areas of: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Australian History and Geography. Elective studies are offered at St Scholastica's College in the areas of: Aboriginal Studies, Commerce, Drama, Food Technology, French, History, Geography, Information & Software Technology, Italian, Japanese, Music, Talented Students, Textile Technology, Visual Art and Physical Activity & Sports Studies. Students are also able to access The Open High School and the Saturday School of Community languages to study languages other than English not already offered within the College’s timetable.
Only two subjects are mandatory in Year 11 and 12 at St Scholastica's College: English and Studies of Religion. Students in Year 11 and 12 then have a choice of subjects from the following: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background Speakers, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English Advanced, English as a Second Language, English Extension 1 and 2, English Standard, Food Technology, Fundamentals of English, General Mathematics, Geography, History Extension, Hospitality, Business Services, Community and Family Studies, Italian Continuers, Japanese Beginners and Continuers, Chinese Background Speakers, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and 2, Modern History, Music Course 1 and 2, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion, Visual Arts.
St Scholastica's College caters to the individual student and therefore have remedial Support, as required, enabling every student to reach her full potential.
The extra-curricular life of St Scholastica's College is rich and diverse. Students are encouraged to participate in activities beyond the classroom, which include extensive Music, Choir, Orchestral and Drama and Debating programs, among other activities.
Activities at St Scholastica's College include:
• The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for students from Year 9 onwards.
• The ‘Scholarchie’ Art Portrait Competition, which takes place during the Archibald Prize ‘season’ each year.
• Public Speaking and Debating in the Catholic Secondary Schools’ Association Competition for students from all years.
• Biennial Visual Arts and Writers’ Festivals
An area of commonality across all stages is the study of Religious Education. St Scholastica's College is a Catholic school and as such pursue the formal study of Religious Education as an academic subject across all years.
St Scholastica’s College welcomes students from other countries at all year levels, from Year 7 to Year 12 as day students or boarders.
Not only do we have a lot to offer such students, St Scholastica's College also believes we have much to gain as a multicultural establishment which advocates friendship, tolerance and understanding.
The Boarding experience at St Scholastica’s is very special. The Boarding community provides quality residential care for up to 90 boarders and offers places for girls in Years 7 – 12. Students come from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and locations including country, city and overseas, forming a truly global community.
The Boarding College at St Scholastica's College works in partnership with parents in the care and education of their daughters, aiming to create a welcoming and safe environment for students, families and staff. There is no doubt that the Boarding College adds a very special dimension of community to the experience of being a student at St Scholastica’s and our boarders benefit from the enriching close to city location of the College.