Our school has had a long, and in many ways, dramatic history, and in 2017 we celebrated our Centenary. Importantly, this celebration focused squarely on the students and staff who have made our school what it is today. We have so much to be thankful for in terms of those who have worked, learned, and grown in our school before us, and our school will always be indebted to their graciousness and commitment. The school moves into its second century with great confidence and an eagerness to discover what the future holds.
The first thing that people notice when they visit our school is the warmth and confidence of the students they meet as they walk around the campus. These students are inquisitive, interested, and present, always keen to meet the new boy or girl. Going to school is an enticing possibility and exciting opportunity, with students regularly displaying their enjoyment of their time here at Cathedral.
The school community is a microcosm of the modern world, embracing cultural diversity and accepting different backgrounds and life experiences. Rural, indigenous and international students join their Townsville counterparts in a school community that is tolerant, patient, and kind. Life-long friendships are forged as students work and play together in a supportive, inclusive community.
With the cost of private education being a significant consideration for families, there is a need for a school like ours to offer the very best teachers, facilities, and care for the families who decide to join our school. To offer an authentic and individually rewarding program for each of your children when they become our students is always given the importance it deserves.
The mission of The Cathedral School is to be a caring, Christian community in which children are challenged and inspired to explore, learn and grow so they will be equipped to make wise decisions as informed members of society. Our Aims
To be a center for academic excellence.
To encourage an understanding that the spiritual and moral aspects of life are central to our humanity.
To affirm the unique worth of the individual.
To inspire our students through creative, purposeful, enjoyable learning to reach their full potential.
To develop attitudes that are anticipatory, visionary, and reflective.
To educate our students to be discerning, sensitive, and responsible.
The Cathedral School has undergone many changes throughout its long history. However, one thing has remained the same - it has always provided a nurturing and challenging environment where students can learn, develop, and grow in a caring Christian community.
The school was established in 1917 as St Anne's, a girls' school operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Advent Society. Sixty years later, the Sisters departed, and the school came under the control of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland. The first lay principal was appointed in 1978, and the school soon became co-educational and assumed its new name.
The original school operated in the Synod Hall adjacent to St James Cathedral, but soon moved to its premises on the site occupied by the Townsville City Council. During the war years, staff and students were evacuated to the safety of inland Ravenswood, and in 1958 the school moved to its current site in suburban Mundingburra.
Cathedral (as it is affectionately known) is now a modern, independent Anglican School. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 enjoy the unique natural environment created by the massive rain trees and freshwater lagoon on the school's grounds. The single campus is "family-friendly" and provides an easy transition for students as they progress through the school years.