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Posted by Queensland Catholic Education Commission on Thursday, 24 January 2019


Two new schools operated by Brisbane Catholic Education will be among the 306 Catholic schools welcoming students back to school this January. 

Good Samaritan Catholic College at Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast will open with Prep to Year 3 and Year 7 while St Joseph’s College, Coomera, south of Brisbane will also open with Prep to Year 4 and Year 7.   

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said more than 147,000 students were expected to be enrolled in Catholic schools throughout the state, including around 11,000 Prep students.  

“We will also welcome hundreds more students into our 28 Catholic kindergartens, including our newest kindergarten St Anthony’s at North Rockhampton,” Dr Perry said. 

Dr Perry said it would be a year of new experiences for many schools such as St Catherine’s Catholic College, Whitsundays, where the school will be consolidated on one campus for the first time. 

“Our growing schools are expanding their offering with Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly, and Southern Cross Catholic College, Townsville, welcoming their first Year 12 cohorts while St Mary’s Parish School, Goondiwindi, will offer Year 10 for the first time.” 

Dr Perry said Catholic schools around the state were well prepared for the significant changes that will be introduced from Year 11 this year around Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance. 

“All of our schools have put in considerable effort over the last three years to ensure that teachers are well prepared for the new systems and that families understand what the changes will mean for their children,” she said. 

“Equally, we want to ensure that the 2019 Year 12 cohort, who will be the last to go through the OP system, have a rich and rewarding education experience in their final year at school.” 

Dr Perry said Catholic schools were focused on working in partnership with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.  

“Our efforts are focused on ensuring all Queensland families can have the choice of high-quality, affordable, faith-based education,” she said.