St Benedict’s Catholic School, Shaw will feature the highest standards of education and learning facilities synonymous with Catholic schools across the Townsville Diocese.
St Benedict’s Catholic School will open in 2018 and will be a Kindy to Year 6 school servicing Townsville’s northern suburbs.
The school will embrace sustainable practices for the natural and built environment nurturing a love for creation and stewardship. The school’s culture will reflect the grace and spirit of St Benedict, known as a gentle, dignified, strong, peace-loving man, who by the subtle power of sympathy became the centre of the lives and interests of all around him.
Benedictine spirituality is the foundation of our meditation prayer life to which all Catholic schools across the Diocese aspire. We believe meditation builds community and St Benedict shows us the way of community. St Benedict is known as the father of the modern monasteries, and he had a focus on unity and fraternity as he brought together groups of monks into cohesive communities, sharing prayer and reflection; learning and life.
- St Benedict's Catholic School, Shaw will be the 30th Catholic school in the Townsville Diocese.
- The school site is part of the Catholic Parish known as the Ministerial Region of the Good Shepherd, currently led by Fr Dave Lancini.
- The school will open with one class for each grade (Prep to Year 6) but may increase if demand dictates.
- The school will include the latest energy efficiency technologies.
- The school will open an administrative centre at Greater Ascot from early 2017
The need for a new primary school
The planning for St Benedict's Catholic School, Shaw, has been some years in the making, and commenced when the Townsville Catholic Education Office faced waiting lists for Prep places in the local Catholic primary schools close to Shaw.
The opening of St Clare's Catholic School, Burdell in 2011 helped to ease the demand for places, but Townsville's continued growth and our local community's respect for the quality of Catholic education on offer in the Diocese, meant a new location should be investigated.
Located at Dalrymple Road, Shaw, St Benedict’s Catholic School will service the city’s growth area of the Bohle Plains, Greater Ascot, Mount Louisa, Kalynda Chase and Kirwan. The new school has been flagged with the Queensland Schools Planning Commission as assisting to meet the needs of the growing northern corridor.
St Benedict's Catholic School has been masterplanned as a Kindergarten to Year 6 school offering a unique primary school experience. Secondary school places for St Benedict's Catholic School students will be provided at our existing secondary facilities in the city. When the demand for more secondary places increases, the Townsville Catholic Education Office will review the mix of secondary schooling places available in the Townsville area.
Children attending Catholic primary schools receive a priority enrolment at secondary school in one of our Diocesan Catholic Secondary Schools*.
*N.B. Diocesan Catholic Secondary Schools in Townsville include: St Anthony's Catholic College, Deeragun; St Margaret Mary's College, Hyde Park; Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan and Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale.