Celebrating 175 Years of Catholic Education Queensland

2020 marks 175 years since the first Catholic School opened in Brisbane, Queensland. 

This website pays tribute to the significant milestones reached during this time, while also paving the way for our future.

Foundations of Catholic Education

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

We extend a warm welcome to the students, staff and families who formed part of our Catholic school communities this year, with more than 154,158 students, including 11,000 excited Preps commencing in Term 1. 

We welcome two new schools, St Ann’s School at Redbank Plains and Woodstock Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) in the Gold Coast hinterland, which is expected to open later in the year.

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

I look forward to seeing the many more achievements 2020 is yet to bring.


An insight into the history of St Patrick’s College, Townsville

An insight into the history of St Patrick’s College, Townsville

St Patrick’s College, Townsville Date of foundation:                   1905 School motto:                           Honour is more precious than gold Significant milestones in the school’s history: The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Townsville at the invitation of Bishop...

Trivia Test: Can you guess what Brisbane school this is?

Trivia Test: Can you guess what Brisbane school this is?

Date of foundation: 1868 The administrator of St Stephen's Cathedral led the motion to establish the school, and did so with Catholic laymen who taught and conducted the school for the first 25 years. In 1893, the Christian Brothers took over administration of the...

Remembering Queensland’s first Catholic school

Remembering Queensland’s first Catholic school

The first Catholic school in Queensland operated from an old government store in Elizabeth Street in Brisbane. The Myer Centre now occupies that site on the corner of Elizabeth and Albert streets. The school was run by Michael and Mary Bourke and enrolled 56 students...

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.


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