Celebrating the history of Catholic Education 

With 2020 marking 175 years since the first Catholic School was established in Brisbane, Queensland, we shared the historic stories of our 309 Catholic schools. This website pays tribute to the significant milestones reached, while also paving the way for our future.

In 2021, we celebrate 200 years of Australian Catholic education. You can find out more about the 200 years celebrations on the National Catholic Education Commission’s dedicated microsite here

Foundations of Catholic Education

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

This year, we welcomed more than 150,000 students, including around 11,000 excited Preps through the school gates at the start of Term 1, 2021.

We welcomed two new schools,  Sophia College, Plainland, and San Damiano College, Yarrabilba, which are both operated by Brisbane Catholic Education, bringing the total number of Queensland Catholic schools to 309.

Although 2020 brought on many challenges, I am confident school communities are well prepared to tackle 2021. 

Students, families and staff have put in a huge effortas school communities have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with resilience, creativity and optimism.

I’m confident we will see that same spirit shining through our school communities this year, whatever the challenges of 2021 might be.


All Hallows’ School celebrates 160 years

All Hallows’ School celebrates 160 years

Image source: All Hallows' School Facebook page. All Hallows’ School this year celebrates its 160th anniversary and past students and staff are invited to take part in the celebrations by sharing their best All Hallows’ experiences. The school community are collecting...

St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba

St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba

The St Ursula’s College community recently celebrated 90 years of Ursuline education in Toowoomba during a Mass lead by Most Reverend Bishop Robert McGuckin. The college was established by the Ursuline Sisters in 1931 with a total of 17 students. In 1964 the chapel...

San Sisto College, Carina

San Sisto College, Carina

Year 12 students from San Sisto College, Carina have honoured their school’s 60th anniversary with the purchase of a time capsule to share historic memories with future generations. Students have also designed 60th anniversary memorabilia including candles, a...

About Catholic Education in Queensland


There are 309 Catholic schools in Queensland educating more than 150,000 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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