Our Catholic College

Our History

The Cathedral College was founded in 1991 as a Catholic Co-educational College for students in Year 8 – 12. Prior to the establishment of the College, the Sisters of Mercy’s Range College for girls and St Joseph’s Christian Brothers’ College for boys offered Catholic secondary education for the families of Central Queensland for nearly one hundred years. 

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1990 Final Year of St Joseph's Christian Brothers' College

Boarding accommodation for girls was also provided by the Sisters of Mercy at their first Convent in Kent Street and then on the site of the Range College in Agnes Street.

At the end of 1990, the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers handed over their educational responsibilities to the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Rockhampton. Our College is an integral part of the Catholic Education System of the Diocese of Rockhampton under the leadership of the Bishop of Rockhampton, Bishop Michael McCarthy, and the Director of Catholic Education, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat AM.

Our College began with 340 Year 8 – 10 students with Year 11 being added in 1992 and Year 12 in 1993.  In 2015, the College welcomed its first intake of Year 7 students.

Continuing the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, the College operates as a boarding school as accommodation for girls remained on the site at 265 Agnes Street with the girls travelling to and from the Day Campus by bus. In 2001, boarding accommodation was provided for boys first on the site of “Bethany” in Agnes Street and then at 210 Upper Dawson Road. In 2014, Boys' Boarding moved to their state-of-the-art facility at Derby Street on the site of the Day Campus.  The College enrolment is now approximately 1165 students in Year 7 – 12 with 135 teaching, boarding and ancillary staff.


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1990 Final Year of The Range College

Our College Motto “Come, live life in all its fullness” 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. 

As one sign of our living commitment to our College Motto, the entire College Community gathers periodically for Liturgies in St Joseph’s Cathedral which is situated next to our Day Campus. Liturgies of the Word are led by both students and staff while our Bishop, Bishop Michael McCarthy or our Parish Priest, Father Bryan Hanifin, lead the Liturgies of the Eucharist.

St Joseph, husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, is the Patron Saint of our College and signifies the importance of family to the College community. It is our practice to conclude our prayers with “St Joseph – pray for us.”

The College Board and Parents’ and Friends’ Association are very active in supporting the vision and mission of The Cathedral College.


Former Principals  

Mr Robert J White (Foundation Principal)


Miss Leesa M Jeffcoat


Mrs Christine Ryan


Br L Ted Magee cfc


Mr Mark Stower


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