Celebrating the history of Catholic Education 

With 2020 marking 175 years since the first Catholic School was established in Brisbane, Queensland, we have shared the historic stories of our 307 Catholic schools. This website pays tribute to the significant milestones reached during this time, while also paving the way for our future.

As we quickly approach 2021, we also look forward to celebrating the launch of 200 years of Catholic education in Australia in February. You can find out more about the 200 year celebrations on the National Catholic Education Commission’s dedicated microsite here

Foundations of Catholic Education

Dr Lee-Anne Perry, Executive Director, Queensland Catholic Education Commission

At the beginning of 2020, we welcomed students, staff and families who formed part of our Catholic school communities, with more than 154,158 students, including 11,000 excited Preps commencing in Term 1. 

We welcomed two new schools, St Ann’s School at Redbank Plains and Woodstock Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Our Year 12 students, along with their peers across other sectors, were also the first cohort to complete the new Queensland Certificate of Education. 

I look forward to seeing the many more achievements 2021 is yet to bring.


St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mundingburra

St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mundingburra

St Joseph’s Catholic School was established by the Sisters of St Joseph on their return to Townsville in 1924. The school was originally located in Norris Street, Hermit Park but moved to its present site on Ross River Road, Mundingburra in 1936.  From 1952 St...

St Thomas More’s Primary School, Toowoomba

St Thomas More’s Primary School, Toowoomba

St Thomas More’s Primary School was established through the persistence of Father Bill Hall and the Sisters of St Joseph in 1961.  Sr Finbarr and Sr Anne Marie opened the doors with 67 students and the school operated from an old farmhouse, which also served as the...

Mt St Michael’s College, Ashgrove

Mt St Michael’s College, Ashgrove

Mt St Michael’s College was founded in 1925 by Archbishop Duhig. It was at that time, Archbishop Duhig asked the Superior General of the Sisters of Charity if she would undertake the work of education in the newly formed Ashgrove parish. In May 1925, St. Finbarr's...

About Catholic Education in Queensland


There are 307 Catholic schools in Queensland educating more than 154,158 students or one in five Queensland school students.

Our Catholic schools provide a faith-based education focused on educating young Queenslanders to be well-informed, highly skilled and constructive members of the community.

Catholic schools value diversity and are welcoming and inclusive communities where families from a wide range of social, economic and religious backgrounds come together.

To find out more about Catholic education in Queensland visit the Queensland Catholic Education Commission website here.


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