The proud reputation Catholic schools enjoy today is based on the strong tradition built by the Religious Orders who founded Catholic education. The history of Catholic education in the Cairns Diocese was characterised by the exceptional personal commitment and perseverance by the many religious and lay women and men who moved to a tropical climate to open Catholic schools.
In more recent decades the availability of government funding to support capital development and operating costs of Catholic schools has led to much improved conditions for those working and learning in Catholic education. The quality of facilities available in Catholic schools has risen to meet the expectations of an increasingly complex world, to provide contemporary, 21st century education.
Catholic schools continue to develop and grow in quality and public esteem and have proven over successive generations that they contribute significantly to the development of the Australian community.
The Religious Orders have since decreased significantly in numbers and today most Catholic schools are administered by lay principals and staff. However they aspire to the same distinctive mission and ideals of maintaining high academic standards within a faith-based education framework. The ethos of Catholic schools as communities of faith, communities of learners, and communities serving their parish and wider communities has endured, and will remain a defining feature of Catholic education.
Catholic education is continuing to thrive, with enrolments in the Cairns Diocese increasing every year. Such growth is an indication of our strong commitment to providing for the needs of ALL students in an inclusive, life-giving and supportive school community environment. Catholic schools welcome all who wish to share in a vibrant, well-resourced learning environment, based on Catholic faith and values.