Queensland’s newest Catholic school has recently welcomed its 98 foundation Prep to Year 3 students and officially joins Brisbane Catholic Education’s network of south-east Queensland archdiocesan schools.
On 29 January, St Ann’s Primary School officially opened its gates, joining Brisbane Catolic Education’s network of catholic schools, being its 142nd school. Located at 67-87 Halletts Road, Redbank Plain, the School will grow by one school year at a time and is expected to be a four-stream school when it reaches Year 6 catering for 780 students with around 50 teachers and support staff.
Foundation Principal Sonny Smith said that he is excited and humbled to have been given the opportunity “to bring an affordable Catholic education to the community of Redbank Plains and surrounding areas.”
“Ipswich City Council’s latest development report shows that Redbank Plains is now the fastest-growing suburb of Ipswich, and this momentum is expected to continue as new suburban developments are rolled out all the way to the Ripley Valley,” Brisbane Catholic Education Executive Director, Pam Betts, said.
“Brisbane Catholic Education is committed to ensuring that high quality and affordable Christian schooling is available to young families throughout the region, with other new schools planned for Springfield, Ripley, Greenbank and Flagstone over the next decade.”
Apart from St Ann’s, seven other catholic schools were recently opened including Good Samaritan Catholic College, Bli Bli; St Joseph’s College, Coomera; McAuley College, Beaudesert; Clare’s Primary School, Yarrabilba; St Benedict’s College, Mango Hill; Good Shepherd Primary School, Springfield Lakes; and Mother Teresa Primary School, Ormeau.
St Ann’s Primary School also joins eight new state schools across the state that were also opened in late January 2020. It was indeed a day that marked a milestone for education in Queensland as it recorded the highest number of schools to open on the same day in more than 30 years.
The eight state schools that opened in 28 January, 2020 were Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, Calliope State High School, Foxwell State Secondary College in Coomera, Mango Hill State Secondary College, Yarrabilba State Secondary College, Ripley Valley State School, Ripley Valley State Secondary College and Lee Street State Special School at Caboolture.
St Ann’s Primary School was named in honour of Virgin Mary’s mother, grandmother of Jesus, and patron saint of miners.