Your wellbeing is in experienced hands at Duchesne, because it’s something we value and believe is critical to your success.
We know many students transition straight from high school to university life, and often from regional parts of Queensland, interstate or from overseas. Rest assured that Duchesne provides a homely environment where you’ll belong and feel safe. Here you’ll develop your confidence and explore your independence, knowing there are support networks, services and a ‘family’ of friends to support you.
TRANSITIONING TO UNIVERSITY
It’s natural to feel a little apprehensive before you join us, but we’ve supported students through this process many times over, so we know how to make your transition to College and university life smooth and really wonderful.
Before you arrive at Duchesne, our Directors of Academics and Careers, and Admissions and Residential Life can provide support with your course and subject selection and your questions about life at Duchesne. Then once you arrive a week before the Semester begins, our O-Week program will be an amazing introduction to your new home and local area.
You’ll make lots of new friends from Duchesne and all the other colleges, and you’ll have so much fun!
ACADEMIC AND CAREER SUPPORT
As you progress with your studies, you may want to talk to someone about subject selection and pathways – you can book appointments directly to meet with our Director of Academics and Careers. Read more about the supportive learning environment we provide to help you succeed here.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE SUPPORT
The Director of Admissions and Residential Life oversees all areas that may affect your wellbeing and works hard to ensure your experience at College is safe and enjoyable. We also work very closely with the Resident Leaders who provide invaluable peer-to-peer support – the Duchesne sisterhood is strong – girls look out for each other, they check in on each other and make sure no girl is left behind.
Appointments with our wonderful Counsellor can be booked directly and our Head of College’s door is always open for a chat too!
We also have a gym onsite where you can get the endorphins going and recover with a healthy chef-prepared meal.
But sometimes you might just need a bit of puppy love, and our Chief Happiness Officer is always ready to oblige! You really will have the support you need to live, grow and flourish at Duchesne.
KEEPING SAFE DURING COVID
The College is committed to providing a COVIDSafe environment for all of our residents, associate members, staff, and visitors. We’ve developed a COVIDSafe Action Plan Policy in line with directions and regulations issued by Queensland and Federal Governments. During any mandatory stay-at-home or quarantining periods, we work closely with The University of Queensland and Queensland Health to ensure our residents are safe, supported and informed.