Catholic Education Week


As we celebrate Catholic Education week, we think about the theme of ‘A Spirited Tomorrow’. This week we reflect on Catholic Education in Queensland experienced in the past, present and future. The executive director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission stated that, “It is a time to celebrate the uniqueness of each of our school communities but to also realise that we are one in faith and drawn together through a common heritage.”

This week we also reflect on the story of our school. St. Mary’s opened on 19 August 1901, with an enrolment of 61. By the end of the first year, there were 91 students in attendance. The Sisters of Mercy led the school and taught in the original convent. A new brick convent was built in 1930 to replace the first wooden structure destroyed by fire in 1929, and a new brick school was built in 1939. Many changes have occurred to the school over the last 119 years, however one thing remains the same, the dedication of the parish and school community to providing wonderful facilities, education and resources for the children in our care.

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Catholic Education Week is also a time to celebrate the achievements of our students and staff, as they work together to live faith filled lives. At St. Mary’s, we acknowledge our students achievements through our McAuley and Duhig Awards each week at MJR Assemblies. We also present our students with certificates at Junior and Senior Assemblies held on Fridays. This brings great joy for not only the students being recognised, but for the whole school community.