St Monica’s College, Cairns

A Catholic secondary day and boarding school for girls


Enrolment Office


(07) 4042 4831


177 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD 4870


St Monica’s College, Cairns offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.

St Monica’s College – 2021 Report
Edna Galvin, Principal

The theme for the Indigenous Program in 2021 was ‘Leadership and Resilience’. An excellent theme for the challenges of the current time with the COVID virus continuing to make schooling, and so many other areas in our lives, difficult. We are very proud of our Indigenous students at the college and their endeavours to make the most of their schooling.

We congratulate all our students who have been involved in progressing our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and have stepped forward to share their love and pride of their culture, with the entire college community. By sharing their stories and knowledge, with the all the students and staff, they have contributed to the development of a greater appreciation for the depth of their history and its many traditions.

They have achieved this by speaking or performing at the Annual Yarning Evening; attending, speaking or performing at the 2021 Combined St Monica’s and St Augustine’s College First Nations Dinner; Fundraising for the Puuya Foundation Yummy Tummies Program in Lockhart River; commemorating Reconciliation Week; celebrating NAIDOC Week with dance, song and activities; performing Acknowledge of Country at many college events, most importantly, at our 2021 St Monica’s Live.

This is our Annual Awards Night held at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) and is one of the most important events in the college year.

Further to this very public support for their identity and culture, the students have been involved in a variety of other projects. These have included being ambassadors and guides for the Indigenous Year 6 Students during Transition Day (which is the day to learn all about secondary schooling). The students have also been guides for the College Open Day and for the College Orientation Day.

During 2021 they also engaged with some of the external providers in the community. These involved such groups as the local Elders and other Cairns and District Indigenous Groups. In spite of the challenges of lockdowns and other cancellations, students also enjoyed a Bond University visit; a University of Queensland presentation; the Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyles Program; the Strong Girls Program to build Healthy Relationships; and the CSIRO Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program.

It has been another very busy and challenging year for all our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students – but they have risen to the tasks and opportunities offered to them. Many thanks to our diligent and inspirational Indigenous Liaison Officer, Ms Jennifer King, who has made many of these activities and events very successful by her organisation and dedication.

AIEF Scholarship Program Details
Thursday Island, Badu Island, Kowanyama, Croydon (QLD), Alyangula, The Marra, Thursday Island, Prince of Wales, Yorke Island, Innisfail, Yirrkala, Yam Island

AIEF Student Class Year Breakdown at St Monica’s College, Cairns 2021

In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at St Monica’s College, Cairns were spread across Years 7 to 12.



Indigenous Secondary Students 2021

In 2021, the 60 Indigenous students enrolled at St Monica’s College, Cairns were representative of 8.5% of the total population of 702 students.

AIEF Scholarship Students 2021


In 2021, AIEF Supported 12 students at St Monica’s College, Cairns.

Retention and Year 12 Completion 2021


In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at St Monica’s College, Cairns was 86%.

Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.

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