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.


Strong Foundations: St Patrick’s Catholic School, Bundaberg West

Strong Foundations: St Patrick’s Catholic School, Bundaberg West

With rapid population growth in Bundaberg from the early 1930s, the need for a second Catholic primary school, and later parish, was recognised by Father Bannon and Bishop Hayes. However, it was not until 1936 that land was purchased and funds were raised to build and...

A trip down memory lane: St John’s Catholic School, Roma

A trip down memory lane: St John’s Catholic School, Roma

From the 1800’s to the new millennium, St John’s Catholic School, Roma has more than a page of history to tell. We present to you the timeline of one of Queensland’s oldest Catholic schools below: 1881Two Sisters of Mercy arrived in Roma by train and buggy. The first...

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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