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.
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. 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 and the Director of Catholic Education, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat.
Our College began with 340 Year 8 – 10 students with Year 11 being added in 1992 and Year 12 in 1993. 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. The College enrolment is now approximately 910 students in Year 8 – 12 with 120 teaching, residential and ancillary staff.
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. 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 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.
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, 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.