At Duchesne, we’re committed to living our vision to inspire personal growth within an inclusive community and an atmosphere of wise freedom.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN PRACTICAL TERMS?

As a Catholic residential College within The University of Queensland, we provide accommodation and academic support for young women. But it’s the Sacred Heart values that shape our culture and create the welcoming community where no girl is left behind. In this community, every girl is supported to achieve her full potential, and encouraged to practise her Faith and become purposefully engaged in the College, University and wider community.

OUR VALUES

Our residents and members are encouraged to:

  • respect each individual within our community
  • embrace diversity and inclusivity
  • aim for the highest standards in all undertakings
  • value and promote charitable service and social responsibility
  • commit to our vision
  • seek strength in the Light of Truth.

GOALS OF SACRED HEART EDUCATION

Duchesne College is a proud member of the global network of schools and colleges established by the Society of the Sacred Heart, and inspired by the works of the Foundress, Madeleine Sophie Barat. Each institution develops a series of Goals and Criteria which underpins the life of its institution.

OUR SACRED HEART GOALS

  • a personal and active faith in God
  • a deep respect for intellectual values
  • building community as a Christian value
  • a social awareness that impels to action
  • personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

CREST AND MOTTO

  • Duchesne means ‘of the oak’ and inspired the college motto, ‘Robur in luce veritatis’. Robur translates as either oak or strength, so the motto reads, ‘Strength in the Light of Truth’
  • Our College colours are blue (‘azure’, cobalt blue) and gold (‘or’)
  • The oak spray represents ‘Duchesne’ literally translated from French as ‘of the oak’
  • The three five-pointed stars represent:
    – the resurrection of Duchesne, as decided during the Octave of the Epiphany
    – light and the name Lucia, where the University is located, derived from ‘Lux, lucis, light’
    – three stars represent the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary (asked for by Our Lady at Fatima)
  • The book represents learning.

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