THE new Prep to Year 12 Catholic College set to open in Coomera in 2019 will be called St Joseph’s College.
The name was chosen by the school’s newly formed Steering Committee and has now been approved by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Brisbane Catholic Education revealed on Thursday.
St Joseph’s College will be built on a 10ha site on Kerkin Road South and will have room for 1,800 students across its four-stream primary school (Prep to Year 6) and six-stream secondary school.
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The College will first open in 2019 with a smaller number of students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 7.
Year levels will be added progressively until the first Year 12 students graduate in 2024.
St Joseph’s College will be one of three schools receiving pastoral support from the Coomera Parish, which also includes Assisi Catholic College (P-12) at Upper Coomera, and Jubilee Primary School at Pacific Pines.
In addition, it’s intended that the secondary year levels at St Joseph’s College will also attract students from Mother Teresa Primary School at Ormeau and students from other Catholic and state primary schools in the area.
Brisbane Catholic Education Executive Director, Pam Betts, said the choice of name was reflective of the values which the school will represent.
“The Steering Committee very strongly advocated for the new college to embrace the charism of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and of the order which she founded, the Josephites,” she said.
“The name chosen for the college pays tribute to the full name of that order – the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
“We are thrilled that the Sisters have given us their strong support for this, which will strengthen the Josephite charism and values on the Gold Coast.
“The college’s motto – Courage to Love, Learn and Serve – beautifully encapsulates the values and example of St Mary of the Cross, and we are sure these values will inspire the students, staff and families of the new college community,” Miss Betts said.
The Steering Committee has also finalised the college’s emblem, which will serve as a visual articulation of the school’s identity.
Featuring the college colours of gold and teal blue (the signature colour of the Sisters of St Joseph), the emblem represents the college’s Catholic identity, its location close to the Coomera River, the green hills and farmlands of the landscape, and the connection the college will provide for the community.
Applications for the role of Foundation Principal are now open, while enrolments will open early next year.