The Inter-College Sporting Competition (ICC) provides a fantastic opportunity for college students to compete in a variety of sports. Duchesne girls compete against female residents from seven other colleges within The University of Queensland. Each year, the college competes in 15 different sports, receiving points based on final placing in each sport. At the end of the year, the points are tallied to announce an overall winner. The sports for 2016 are: swimming, tennis, badminton, table tennis, cross country, water polo, netball, rowing, hockey, volleyball, AFL, touch football, soccer, basketball and athletics. The standard of play in the ICC competition is very high across all colleges, creating a great sense of friendly rivalry particularly as the year draws to a close. Duchesne has won the cup five times in the last nine years, finishing a close second in 2014.
SPORT AT DUCHESNE IN 2016
Duchesne College has a reputation within the UQ college community for displaying a high standard of skill and sportsmanship across all 15 competitive college sports. At Duchesne, we encourage girls from all sporting levels to participate in sport, whether it be the ICC competition or social sport competitions run on campus by UQ. Less common sports such as water polo and AFL even offer “come and try” sessions where girls can learn the rules and ways of the game in a fun and friendly atmosphere prior to trialing for the team. All of our players train hard throughout their respective seasons to develop their skills as a team, and this is reflected through their successes in competition. The girls at Duchesne appreciate the wide sporting opportunities college has to offer and strive to do their fellow residents proud when representing the college. The relationships built within our sporting teams contribute towards the sense of unity that the Duchesne community has to offer. This sense of belonging and pride in our college, teamed with our friendship and love for Duchesne, make us a force to be reckoned with across all sports. So far in 2016 this has seen us progress to various finals whilst maintaining our unrivalled sense of sportsmanship.
I feel very privileged to be able to give back to the college that has offered me so much through my role as Sports Convenor this year. Seeing the hard work pay off for our teams and the joy that each game brings them is very rewarding. If you are considering college, in particular Duchesne, I can assure you that our sports program has something for everyone and will provide you with relationships and memories that you will cherish forever.
Sophie Webb-Smith, Duchesne Sports Convenor 2016
The formidable table tennis and cross country teams
Supporting is just as much fun
Whilst Duchesne does not select our students primarily on the basis of their academic achievements at school, we are proud of the high academic standards achieved at University. The College average GPA is approximately 5.3, well in excess of the University average.
Service and Mission
To live the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, Mission and Service play a large part in College Life and all students are expected to participate in this area.
Residence in College offers many opportunities for the development of leadership skills. Many of our students have held significant leadership roles at school and all are encouraged to play a full and active part in the College community.