147,000 Queensland Students Return to Catholic Schools in 2016


More than 147,000 students and over 19,000 teachers and staff will begin the school year at one of 300 Catholic schools across the State this week.

The 2016 school year also marks the commencement of two new Catholic schools in Queensland – MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter and St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa. In addition, the kindergarten at St Brendan’s Catholic School at Mackay’s northern beaches will welcome their first cohort of students.

Catholic schools in Queensland educate about 18.5%, or almost 1 in 5 Queensland students.  Enrolments in Catholic schools have been increasing by 2-3% over the past decade.

“Catholic schools strive to provide a high quality, faith-based and affordable educational option for Queensland families,” QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM said.

“Through their culture, ethos and mission, and through the commitment of their staff, Catholic schools integrate Gospel values within a holistic educational program. I thank our families for their ongoing support for Catholic schools and offer best wishes to all Queensland school communities – Catholic, State and Independent – for a rewarding, safe and enriching year ahead,” Dr Perry said.

Dr Perry said that the Catholic sector welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement that all Prep-aged children would be required to complete a fulltime Prep year from 2017.

Queensland’s Catholic schools are operated by five diocesan education authorities based in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane and 17 Religious Institutes.


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