THE GROWTH OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE TOOWOOMBA DIOCESE
All 31 schools within the Toowoomba Diocese have their individual School Master Plans that are regularly revised to ensure that we are planning for the provision and sustainability of Catholic schooling in the Diocese. These plans take into consideration areas of growth, not just buildings, but overall space including the purchase of land for future schools in areas of growth and need. Sustainability projects also form a part of future initiatives that will include solar PV cell batteries, LED lighting and maintenance planning.
Some major projects that were completed in recent months include; Stage 2 of Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields which included new buildings to support the growth of the secondary campus. Mater Dei Primary School completed a new classroom block, The Good Samaritan wing, which has created a flexible, modern, learning environment.
Stage two of a $4.5 million, multi-stage building project is well underway at Assumption College, Warwick. The College needed to renovate and update facilities due to an increase in enrolments.
St Finbarr’s School, Quilpie has a multipurpose sports facility currently being worked on in stages. Stage 1 is complete with a roof installed. The next stage will be the installation of synthetic turf and the final stage will be fencing.
St Mary’s School, Goondiwindi is in the planning and design stage for the first stage of their new secondary campus. The building will accommodate specialist learning areas for Years 7 to 10 including industrial technology design and art. The new facilities will also provide additional space for an increase in Primary enrolments.
St Joseph's Primary School in Chinchilla is gearing up for exciting facility upgrades. The upgrades will feature four classrooms and teaching facilities, a covered play area and toilet amenities. These building works are largely due to enrolment growth due to development in the region.
St Mary’s College, Toowoomba is currently working through the Council planning processes to construct an Auditorium. The building is needed as the school has outgrown the current hall. The new building will also have facilities for music and drama in the future. Exciting changes ahead.