Spirited future for Catholic schools in milestone year

More than 149,000 students will pass through the doors of Queensland’s Catholic schools as school resumes this week.

Numbers will be bolstered by the opening of a new primary school, St Ann’s School, Redbank Plains, which will open with more than 100 students in Prep to Year 3 and be operated by Brisbane Catholic Education. St Ann’s is expected to eventually grow to a community of almost 800 students.

The total number of Queensland Catholic schools will rise to 308 later this year with the opening of a new flexi-school for disengaged students in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said the opening of these schools was another milestone in Queensland Catholic education’s significant history.

“In 2020 we will mark 175 years since the opening of the first Catholic school in Queensland and to this day communities across Queensland continue to seek the choice of Catholic schools,” Dr Perry said.

“This year we welcome more than 11,000 Prep students who are starting their school journey.

“There will also be a similar number of students entering Year 12 in Catholic schools as the first students to pass through the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system.”

Catholic education in Queensland will mark another milestone in 2020 with the first Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers certified at the end of last year ready to share their experience with students and colleagues.

“These teachers have been certified by the Queensland College of Teachers as demonstrating the highest quality classroom teaching,” Dr Perry said.

“Our first group of teachers completed the rigorous certification process in 2019 and we are excited to be able to recognise and reward our best teachers through this process.

“We are already working with a larger group of teachers from throughout the state seeking certification in 2020.”

Dr Perry said she hoped 2020 would be a year of rich learning for students in Catholic schools.

“We’re looking forward to another year of supporting all areas of students’ development and helping them grow into individuals building meaningful lives and contributing to the community.”

You can watch our welcome back video here.