The first Catholic school in the Diocese of Rockhampton was established in Rockhampton in 1863. Since that time and with ongoing contribution and support of clergy, religious orders, parishioners and the Catholic and wider communities, Catholic Education has evolved into the modern and vibrant learning communities we see in our Diocese today.
In 2013 we celebrated 150 years of Catholic schools in the Diocese and another exciting chapter in the long history of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton. The commencement of the 2014 school year saw the opening of a new Catholic Primary school in Emerald, St Brigid's. The establishment of St Brigid's school has been an exciting time for both Catholic Education and the wider community of Emerald. Planning is now well underway for our next new school, St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School to open in the Bucasia, Northern beaches area of Mackay in 2015.
St Brendan's, when it opens in 2015, will add to the 30 Catholic primary schools and 8 Catholic colleges already operated by Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton and geographically the Diocese of Rockhampton covers an area from Bundaberg to Mackay and west to Longreach. These Catholic schools and colleges offer a quality, faith-based and values-based education for close to 17 000 students. Over the past 18 months we have also opened new kindergartens in various regions following successful trial centres in Springsure and Barcaldine. The Year 7 move to Secondary is also a time of challenge and opportunity for our schools and colleges and a tremendous amount of work has been put in to ensure this transition goes smoothly for the commencement of the 2015 School Year.
We invite you to visit Catholic Education's primary and college websites to feel the enthusiasm and spirit of their communities and witness that our schools are safe, happy places of learning excellence where living out the gospel values are at the very heart of school life.