Our History

John Paul College opened on an 11 hectare site on Australia Day, 1982, with just 144 students enrolled in Years 8 and 9.

Our College was Queensland’s first ecumenical school, and was built by our community for our community, through the co-operation of clergy from the local Anglican, Uniting and Roman Catholic parishes.

A commitment to Christianity and the fundamental values of love, freedom, responsibility, truthfulness, fairness, unity, tolerance, mutual respect, contribution and loyalty remain at the core of our College and all that we believe in.

The strong sense of unity continues today, with our College staff and students playing an active part in our local community.

Today, John Paul College is recognised as one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic Early Learning to Year 12 co-educational, independent schools and enjoys a national and international reputation for offering a comprehensive curriculum supported by a leading-edge technology programme; and excellent and extensive cultural and sporting programmes.

John Paul College respects Australia’s traditional custodians of the land – the Yugambeh and Jagera people – and we value the environment we share.

Our commitment to Christianity and the foundations on which we were built remain fundamental to our future. The strong sense of unity continues today, with our College staff and students playing an active part in our local community.