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Our Schools

Catholic Education Cairns’ 30 schools and colleges in Far North Queensland are located from Waibeni (Thursday Island) in the Torres Strait, in and around the Cairns area, west to the Atherton Tablelands and south to Innisfail and Tully on the Cassowary Coast.   

We have two Prep to Year 12 colleges, 20 primary schools and eight secondary colleges (see table below). 

The most recent school to open is Newman Catholic College, Smithfield which opened in 2022 with Year 7 and will grow a year level each year until Year 12 is reached in 2027. It is the first Catholic school in Australia to be co-located with a university, at James Cook University’s Cairns campus. 

In 2016, St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa opened with Prep to Year 6 and MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter also opened that year in the Cairns southern growth corridor. MacKillop will offer Prep to Year 12 by 2025. Our youth assistance college, Holy Spirit College, opened its Cooktown and Manoora campuses in 2015, with the Edmonton campus opening in 2021. 

Schools P-6 7-12 P-12 Youth Assistance Day & Boarding All Boys All Girls OSHCare

Cairns Suburban Region

Bentley Park

St Therese’s School

Cairns City

St Monica’s College

Earlville

Our Lady Help of Christians School

Gordonvale

St Michael’s School

Edmonton

Holy Spirit College

Manunda

St Francis Xavier’s School

Manoora

Holy Spirit College

Mount Peter

MacKillop Catholic College

North Cairns

Mother of Good Counsel School

Parramatta Park

St Augustine’s College

Parramatta Park

St Joseph’s School

Redlynch

St Andrew’s Catholic College

Smithfield

Newman Catholic College

Trinity Park

Holy Cross School

Woree

St Gerard Majella School

Woree

St Mary’s Catholic College

Northern Region

Cooktown

Holy Spirit College

Waibeni (Thursday Island)

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School

(Kiriri – Hammond Island campus P-3)

Mossman

St Augustine’s School

Weipa

St Joseph’s Parish School

Atherton Tablelands Region

Atherton

St Joseph’s School

Dimbulah

St Anthony’s School

Herberton

Mount St Bernard College

Mareeba

St Stephen’s Catholic College

Mareeba

St Thomas’ School

Ravenshoe

St Teresa’s School

Innisfail / Johnstone Region

Babinda

St Rita’s School

Innisfail

Good Counsel College

Innisfail

Good Counsel Primary School

Silkwood

St John’s School

South Johnstone

St Rita’s School

Tully

St Clare’s School