Our Catholic College

Special Religious Character

The Cathedral College acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which it stands – the Dharumbal people – and recognises their ongoing spiritual closeness to the land.

The Cathedral College, a Diocesan Catholic College for day and boarding students from Year 7-12, was opened in 1991. This was the fulfilment of a dream of Bishop Bernard Wallace (8th Bishop of Rockhampton) who was a passionate supporter of Catholic education. Wallace House bears his name.

Proximity to St Joseph’s Cathedral, the Principal Church of the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, is only one of the strong links that is significant in the relationship between the College and the Cathedral. The Cathedral is the focal point of all major Diocesan Liturgical celebrations as it is for Liturgical celebrations of the College. The College members also join with the Cathedral Congregation and take responsibility for the ministries at a monthly Saturday night Mass and a weekly Thursday morning Mass. St Joseph, the protector of the Holy Family, is the patron saint of the College and signifies the importance of family to the College community.


The founding traditions of the College are those of the Sisters of Mercy who conducted the Range College for girls in Agnes Street Rockhampton from 1895 and the Christian Brothers who conducted St Joseph’s Christian Brothers’ College for boys from 1894 on the present site. Their traditions of help for the poor and needy and provision of education for all continue in the College today. One aspect of this tradition of service is the provision of boarding facilities for boys and girls from across Central Queensland and overseas who wish to access Catholic co-educational secondary education.

Every year, special House events provide the opportunity for staff and students to be of service to others. McAuley House leads the celebration of the life of the Venerable Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. In partnership with Ryan House, named after the last Sister of Mercy Principal of the Range College, Sister Mary Andrina Ryan, these two Houses acknowledge the contribution of the Sisters to the College and funds are raised to support their ministries especially in Papua New Guinea. Rice House conducts the celebration in honour of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. Quinn House is named after the last Christian Brother Principal of St Joseph’s College, Brother Luke Quinn. Both of these Houses acknowledge the contribution of the Christian Brothers to the College and funds are raised in support of the Christian Brothers’ ministries. Glover House, named after Miss Margaret Glover, long serving teacher and Principal of Our Lady’s Primary School which was adjacent to the College, co-ordinates the College’s fund-raising for Project Compassion during Lent. Families in need in the local community benefit from Wallace House fundraising for Christmas Hampers that are distributed by the St Vincent de Paul Society.


The two founding Colleges developed strong relationships with indigenous families from the local area. In the case of the Range College, this extended to families from Woorabinda since girls from there boarded over many years and eventually the Range established a branch school at Woorabinda that developed into Wadja Wadja High School now run by the community. Today The Cathedral College continues to build this strong relationship through partnership with the Woorabinda and wider indigenous communities in providing quality education.

Our College Motto "Come, live life in all its fullness" (John 10:10) invites every member of the College community to develop their relationship with Jesus, to nurture their individual gifts, and to recognise and celebrate the giftedness of others. It also invites us to witness Christ’s presence and to make a difference through just and peaceful actions that show our reverence for all people and the environment.

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