This week, Catholic Education celebrations are being held across all Queensland Catholic Schools. Did you know that 1 in 5 Queensland school students attend a Catholic School? St Paul’s School Woodridge belongs to a community of 307 Schools, 35 Kindergartens and 16 Boarding Schools. Our Schools today enjoy Government funding of about 80% of its operational costs. When Catholic Education in Queensland began 175 years ago, Catholic Schools were fully funded by the State Government. Four lay teachers began the first Catholic School in Queensland on the site of the current Myer Centre in Brisbane. Funding was eventually withdrawn from all religious schools by the 1880s as there was a move to separate religion from state funded endeavours. Fortunately, funding was reintroduced by the Whitlam Government in the 1970s and has grown to what it is today, about 80% of our operational costs. (Most funding for Catholic Schools right across Australia comes from the Federal Government).
175 years of Catholic Schools is a special milestone for us to be very proud of. Happy Catholic Education Week to all our families.